Guy Soulsby

Guy began directing from an early age and after winning praise from the National Science and Media Museum in Yorkshire for a short film project he moved to London aged 22. The next five years saw him direct work for various TV broadcasters before making the leap to become a freelance director.

Over a decade later he has directed commercials in the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA working with brands that include Sony Playstation, Nike, Cadbury, O2 Telefonica, Michelob, Vauxhall, Mitsubishi and Samsung.

Guy has also been driven to expand his narrative work and this can be seen in his short films. ‘Devil Makes Work’, starring Shaun Dooley received a Vimeo Staff Pick, and it was selected for over 40 film festivals around the world including Raindance, Sitges, One Screen, DragonCon and BAFTA accredited Leeds International. ‘God’s Kingdom’ starring Alistair Petrie, Anthony Flanagan and Mark Wingett was featured on Vimeo’s Narrative Category Page and the YouTube channel ALTER where it has pulled in over 550,000 views to date.

Guy’s latest short film ‘A Sickness’ starring David Langham and Ethan Storey just launched, and he is in the early stages of pre-production on a new short film called ‘Provisions’.

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Q & A

Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?

I have no idea, lol…:)

You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?

I write a lot of ideas and try to develop each one but not all advance much further than the original line or two that I scribble down. I have had a number of ideas and projects go all the way to pre-production but rather than them being a bad idea a logistical, timing or cost problem will hamper the short film from being made.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?


When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?

I looked at various references for this short film (A SICKNESS) including the work of David Fincher on Mindhunter in regard to camera movement, blocking and pace. I also looked at a lot of modern horror films such as Hereditary, It Comes At Night, It Follows and many others. Justing watching films, TV shows and other short films is only part of the process. An image, a line in a book or a painting might spark an idea or help expand upon an existing one.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?

I’d try to find a pen and paper to re-write the end so I make it out alive.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?

This is a tricky one: Annie Wilkes, Daniel Robitaille, Hannibal Lecter and Jack Torrance.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?

Freddy Stephen King A mix of both practical and CGI Post Apocalypse

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling