"It’s how Needell ties together the real world with the animated one that sets this short apart..."
"A touching story on the humanity of technology and the many ways we find ourselves, our voice, and each other."
"What really stands out throughout is the complexity of these characters, and the nature of their specific struggles. Everyone gets to be human."
"It’s a tricky balancing act to take an audience from a terminally-ill mom to an avalanche of insects, but director David Oyelowo (working from Emma Needell’s Black List screenplay) gets all the tones just right..."
DIRECTOR WRITER WORLD BUILDER
EVIL MONSTER DOG is my company, where I create original stories across multiple mediums. I gravitate toward stories that are "evil with a heart": dark in tone, plot, or theme but with a throughline of hope.
I grew up on a solar-powered cattle ranch in rural Colorado. My closest neighbor was 3 miles away. It was beautiful, but lonely. In absence of the "real world," I created my own - with the help of movies, nature, and my imagination. After college, I moved to Los Angeles to create and collaborate on films, television, books, and new media.
When I was 24 years old, my screenplay THE WATER MAN caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey, who came onboard to produce the project. Since then, I've worked with Oscar-winning directors and producers, including Steven Spielberg and Ava Duvernay, as well as studios and production companies like Netflix, Anonymous Content, Disney, and Gaumont TV.