Patrick Meaney

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Patrick Meaney
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Meaney at House of Demons Screening in 2018
Born
Port Chester, New York, United States
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, comic book writer, producer, editor

Patrick Meaney is an award-winning film director, screenwriter, producer, comic book writer, and editor, best known for his work as a director of documentaries about the world of comics books, including Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods, Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, She Makes Comics and Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously. His most recent project is the horror film House of Demons.

Career[edit]

Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods[edit]

In 2008, Meaney was approached by Sequart to turn a series of blog posts about Grant Morrison's comic book series The Invisibles into a book. In the process of working on the book, they decided to approach Morrison with the idea of creating a documentary about his life and work.[1] He agreed, and filming began in 2009.[2] In 2010, the film was completed and picked up for distribution by Halo-8 Entertainment. The film received critical acclaim from outlets like Variety,[3] Wired,[4] and Attack of the Show.[5]

Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts[edit]

While completing filming on Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods, Meaney began work on his next project, a documentary profile of Warren Ellis. The film was shot between 2010 and 2011, shooting with Ellis in London and picking up interviews in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego.[6] The film featured numerous experimental interludes, including a muppet version of Ellis.[7] Respect Films again partnered with Halo 8 to distribute and the film premiered at the Napa Valley Film Festival.[8]

The Image Revolution, She Makes Comics and more[edit]

From 2012 to 2015, Meaney worked on several additional documentary projects. The Image Revolution, which chronicles the tumultuous founding of iconic indie comics publisher Image Comics was acquired for distribution by Shout Factory in 2015, and released in January 2016.[9] The film was praised by outlets like Latino Review, who called it "one of the best documentaries of the year".[10] Concurrently, Meaney produced the documentary exploration of women in the comics industry, She Makes Comics, with director Marisa Stotter. The film was selected by the 2015 Comic Con International Film Festival, where it won the Best Documentary Award.[11] The film was acquired for distribution by XLRator Media and was released in summer 2016.[12]

As a director, he created the short form documentary, Comics in Focus: Chris Claremont's X-Men, which was expanded for feature release in 2018.[13]

Meaney also contributed a short story, "The Green" to the Occupy Comics anthology, and reunited with editor Matt Pizzolo and Black Mask Studios for the four issue comic book miniseries Last Born, with artist Eric Zawadzki.[14]

Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously[edit]

In 2016, Meaney completed a long in the works documentary on iconic fantasy author Neil Gaiman. The film chronicles Neil on his final signing tour, and explores Gaiman's passion for writing, as well as the challenges of balancing embracing the opportunities available to him as a successful writer and creating the stories that fans love.[15] The film was released in July 2016 by Vimeo on Demand.[16]

House of Demons[edit]

In 2018, Meaney released his first narrative film, House of Demons. The film follow fours estranged friends who spend a weekend in a remote cabin that used to be home to a Manson Family like cult. The film features numerous popular personalities from the geek world, and was acquired for distribution by Sony Home Entertainment/Smith Global Media.[17]

Works[edit]

Documentaries
  • Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods - Director/Producer/Editor (2010)
  • Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts - Director/Producer/Editor (2012)
  • The Image Revolution - Director/Producer/Editor (2014)
  • She Makes Comics- Producer/Co-Editor (2014)
  • Comics in Focus: Chris Claremont's X-Men - Director/Producer/Editor (2014)
  • Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously - Director/Producer/Editor (2016)
  • Chris Claremont's X-Men - Director/Producer/Editor (2018)
Narrative Film
  • House of Demons - Writer/Director/Producer/Editor (2018)
Comics
  • Last Born - Writer (2014)
Non-Fiction
  • Our Sentence is Up: Seeing The Invisibles - Writer (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baldino, Greg. "Talking With Patrick Meaney - Greg Baldino and the Grant Morrison Documentary Director - Part one". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  2. ^ Thill, Scott. "Counterculture Comics Hero Grant Morrison Gets a Biopic". Wired. Conde Nast. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  3. ^ Harvey, Dennis. "Review: 'Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods'". Variety. Penske Business Media LLC. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  4. ^ Thill, Scott. "Review: Talking With Gods Bows Down to Comics Immortal Grant Morrison". Wired. Conde Nast. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  5. ^ Gore, Chris. "Avatar, The Last Airbender, Grant Morrison DVD Review". G4TV.
  6. ^ Baker, Bill. "Comics: Director Patrick Meaney on Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts". The Morton Report. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  7. ^ Thil, Scott. "Exclusive: Meet Warren Ellis, Profane Comics Muppet". Wired. Conde Nast. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  8. ^ Turner, Monica. "Documentary about comic book legend to premiere at Napa Valley Film Festival". Stark Insider. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  9. ^ Villordsutch. "The Image Revolution picked up by Shout! Factory". Flickering Myth. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  10. ^ El Mayimbe. "Exclusive Clip from HOT Documentary The Image Revolution". Latino Review. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  11. ^ Phillips, Mike. "She Makes Comics Wins Best Documentary Award at the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival". Sequart. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  12. ^ MacDonald, Heidi. "She Makes Comics to be distributed by XLRator". The Beat. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  13. ^ Martinez, Phillip. "EXCLUSIVE: First Look At Extended Chris Claremont's X-Men Documentary". Player.One. Newsweek. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  14. ^ Truitt, Brian. "'Last Born' a whole new world of character drama". USA Today. Gannet. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  15. ^ Kopian, Steve. "Speaking Dangerously: Patrick Meaney on his career and Dream Dangerously, his masterpiece on Neil Gaiman". Unseen Films. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  16. ^ Busch, Anita. "'Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously': Exclusive First Look". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  17. ^ Barkan, Jonathan. "NEWSExclusive: Sony Enters a House of Demons; Release Date, Box Art, and Trailer Inside". Dread Central. Retrieved 28 January 2018.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hamblin, Sarah (Fall 2012). "Review: Canonizing the Superhero: Patrick Meaney's Our Sentence is Up: Seeing Grant Morrison's The Invisibles". Studies in Popular Culture. Popular Culture Association in the South. 35 (1): 139–142. JSTOR 23416370.

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