Dark and Light
The LIGHTer side - I laughed, I cried,
maybe there was some smooching involved...
The DARKer side - Look out behind you! Screams, blood,
people wondering what the HECK that noise was...
Founded in 2006, OneTakeFilms is the production lovechild of Greg Ivan Smith’s duel backgrounds: film/video and classical acting. Reviewed by indiewire.com as one of “Ten Short Filmmakers You Should Know,” Smith currently has nine shorts completed with OneTakeFilms, and directed the star-studded two-part season finale of the award-winning web series Darwin, helmed by Claw's Carrie Preston. Smith has written several feature screenplays seeking full productions.
His first short, 2008’s multi award-winning The Back Room, screened on five continents in over 50 film festivals, won LOGO TV Channel’s “The Click List” Seasons 7 & 8, and was released by Wolfe Video in 2010 on the best-selling shorts compilation Boycrazy.
2010’s short film Remission won FLICKERS: The Rhode Island International Film Festival’s “2010 Horror Film Award” and Tucson’s Out in the Desert Audience Award for “Best Horror Short Film.” It was released on DVD by Guest House Films on the best-selling dark-themed compilation Black Briefs.
Smith was interviewed extensively for the 2nd Edition of Kim Adelman’s 2009 book, Making It Big In Shorts: The Ultimate Filmmaker's Guide to Short Films.
Since Remission, Smith has completed nine new short films:
The thriller Razor Burn won “Best Film” and “Best Cinematography” at the 2010 Vermont Cohase 48 Hour Film Slam; the award-winning broad comedy Hardwood Throughout, shot for the 2011 Green Mountain Film Festival’s 48 Hour Film Slam, screened at over 12 festivals worldwide; the psychological thriller Exposure, a finalist in the 2013 Green Mountain Film Festival’s 48 Hour Film Slam.
The ensemble mystery Violin Case, which was commissioned
by Middlesex School in Concord, MA, premiered June 2012 at the
Provincetown International Film Festival; Scary Larry, a period
thriller also commissioned by Middlesex School, won the
"Best Editing" Award at the 2014 RI International Horror Film
Festival and screened at the Seattle International Film Festival;
Ganymede, commissioned by The King School in Stamford, CT,
a zombie horror-comedy, premiered at the inaugural St. Lawrence
International Film Festival in 2015. What It Means to Fall premiered
at the 2017 Rhode Island International Film Festival. His latest films,
the 1970's period horror-mystery Glasgow, and the teenage drama
Hummingbird have just begun their festival journeys with World
Premiere announcements coming soon.
(For more on commissioning a professional film with your students, click here.)
Other recent film projects include directing the new web series All the World's a Cage, created by Julie Perkins,
the short Little Consequences (First Assistant Director and Script Supervisor), directed by Sweet Home Alabama writer C. Jay Cox and starring CSI's Gerald McCullouch; Pearl (First Assistant Director), directed by Frasier’s Dan Butler and starring Butler and Frances Sternhagen; Respect for Acting (First Assistant Director and Script Supervisor), directed by Richard Waterhouse and starring Dan Butler.
Smith’s political-horror-zombie-comedy More Brains, a feature screenplay about gay marriage rights, seeks immediate funding as it is next in line for a full production. More Brains was a quarter-finalist in the coveted 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, and a semi-finalist for the Outfest Screenwriting Lab. His Irish-psychological-horror feature script Slab comes next. Finishing touches are being put on two other feature screenplays: Snowman, an erotic psychological horror film about a man who falls for his frosty creation, and the character-driven Getaway, a five-part piece of intertwining short stories.
Smith earned an MFA in Acting from The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, CA, and a BFA in Film/Video from Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT. Acting credits include The Dody Show, directed by Carrie Preston, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, directed by Moisés Kaufman, and Cymbeline, directed by Bartlett Sher. He is an experienced On-Camera Acting and Shakespeare teacher. For more about Smith's acting career, click here.*
He lives in Los Angeles with his favorite actor: his husband, Michael Fitzpatrick.
Please feel free to contact him here.