ADAM SANTANGELO

Born in Toronto and raised in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Adam Santangelo's first work appeared in 1995, when he sold two Spider-Man spec scripts to Marvel Comics at the age of 18. Both comic books were illustrated by top Marvel artists and published with circulations of more than 100,000 copies worldwide.

In 2000, Adam graduated from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing. During his time at York, Adam's prose and poetry was published in Existère — the school's arts and literary journal — and he went on to serve as that publication's editor during the 1999-2000 academic year.

Adam began working with digital video in 2001, experimenting on a series of unreleased short subjects while earning his living at a myriad of call centre, analyst, and communications-related jobs. He left the 9-to-5 world behind in 2004, entering the Toronto film industry as a Production Assistant and Trainee Assistant Director.

Since discovering digital video, Adam became fascinated with the idea of bringing U.S. filmmaker Rick Schmidt's model for "feature filmmaking at used car prices" north of the border, and wrote HALF A PERSON with the specific intention of funding its production from his personal bank account. Working with a paid cast and crew, Adam shot HALF A PERSON over 3 weeks in the fall of 2005, edited the feature throughout 2006, and wrapped post-production in spring 2007. During the entirety of production and post-production, Adam worked a part-time job to stay financially afloat.

During 2006 and 2007, Adam also edited the short films Big Daddy? and Breadcrumb Trail for directors Adam and Max Reid.

HALF A PERSON is Adam Santangelo's first film. He is currently developing his second feature.