We work harder. We stay up later. We dream higher. So pay attention! (Jim Jannard, Founder of RED)
We are a cutting edge creative production company with the sole mission of creating top quality content.
We’re all about team work, sharing knowledge, pushing boundaries and making truly entertaining, ground breaking and important films!
We’re all about developing great ideas, and then finding the right people to get them off the paper and onto a screen.
We provide the tools and resources to help great ideas come to life, utilising the very best in technology and creative collaboration. Through this – we have an extensive network of friendly experts to call upon whenever we run into any kind of problem.
Following the lead of industry innovators such as Peter Jackson, Kevin Smith, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and Robert Rodriguez the ultimate mission of LateNite Films is to help revive the Australian film industry by bringing together a team of some of the most talented and inspiring people in the industry and providing them with the tools they need to just get out there and MAKE FILMS!
Chris Hocking (Technical Director)
Chris has been working in the entertainment industry for well over a decade, beginning his career in the Animatronics Department of a BBC Live Kids Show. After two Australian tours, and three UK tours, he moved into lighting design for live productions – a job that has taken him around the globe – lighting circus’s in Taiwan, Casino’s in South Africa and Google Launches in New Zealand.
Previous to being full-time at LateNite, Chris worked as the Post Production Supervisor and head “tech guy” at Melbourne’s award-winning editing house The Butchery, and their sister company The Refinery for several years. He also still occasionally lectures Post Production classes at Swinburne University.
He has a great love of all things technical – having worked on a huge range of feature films, video clips, short films and television programs in various technical roles, from sound recordist, to gaffer, to Post Supervisor. He currently looks after all things technical at LateNite Films – ensuring that each production makes the use of the best and more current technology and workflows.
Nicholas Colla (Creative Director – Narrative)
Nick has been working in the Film & Television industry now for over 15 years, having first worked professionally as an actor at the age of 8. Since that time he has worked extensively in network television with roles in children’s shows Driven’ Crazy, The Saddle Club, Wicked Science and the multi award winning Holly’s Heroes. He has also appeared in network dramas such as Neighbours, Blue Heelers, The Nation and City Homicide.
Whilst building his career as an actor, Nick completed a Bachelor of Film & Television at Swinburne University, his attention particularly focused on writing and directing.
Nick is a passionate filmmaker whose love of films spans across all genres. He is constantly inspired by filmmakers who have forged a career through relentlessly pursuing the impossible.
Jacqui Hocking (Creative Director – Documentary)
Jacqui is a Documentary Editor and Filmmaker based in Melbourne, Australia. Her goal is to support and collaborate with inspiring Documentary Film-makers and NGO / Non-Profit organisations globally to create important content.
She also aims to support others in the industry to adapt to the changing landscape of online content, and is ridiculously passionate about cross-platform distribution and social media collaboration. Currently she is loving the innovative ideas at RunWay Digital and distributing through the FairFax Digital Network.
Jacqui always finds inspiring stories – and has filmed and edited all over the world – Indonesia, Singapore, India, Nepal, Switzerland, Cambodia, Australia, Vietnam, Kenya, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Brazil, South Africa, Saint Helena… the list goes on. Her favourite place of all? Timor Leste! She is the official film-maker of TOPtoTOP.org and GoneAdventurin.com, and film direction supervisor for WorldbyCycle.info.
Although not always easy to get in touch with – she is always happy to hear from like-minded people from around the world. Her answer to most questions is: ALWAYS POSSIBLE!
Michael Shanks (Writer/Director)
The first video content Michael created was in his final week of Year 12, where running around the streets of Altona with a Sony Handicam seemed more important than studying. That video went on to win the 2008 Escapist Film Festival, beginning Michaels 18 months of nonstop production on successful web-series Doomsday Arcade.
Working on every capacity of that series – working as Director, Writer, Editor, Actor, Sound dude, Composer and Visual Effects guy – educated Michael about his passion as he bluffed his way through his job pretending to have Talent.
Nowadays, Michael distracts himself from his hopeless loneliness and crippling impotence by dabbling in Writing, Directing and Visual Effects.