Corey Norman Director, Writer, Producer, Editor
Corey Norman is the chair of the Communications and New Media department at SMCC, and a professional filmmaker. He has worked for clients such as: History Channel, Nova, National Geographic and Discovery. He was an assistant editor on Nova’s Bioterror, done in conjunction with the New York Times, which won a Best News and Documentary Emmy Award. In 2011, he was honored as one of Maine Today Media’s “Forty Under 40” for his work on Film Chowdah: The Maine College Film Festival (a festival he founded three years ago). He sits on the board of directors for the Maine Film and Video Association, is the executive producer of the Maine Mayhem Film Festival and is the festival director for the Maine Student Film and Video Festival. His last film, The Barn has been accepted into 8 film festivals across the US. Last year Corey directed and edited Last Chance to Reason’s “Upload Complete” music video for Prosthetic Records, which is currently at 71,000 plays. This summer, Corey worked as a production coordinator for a Zyrtec commercial commissioned by the USA network.
Haley Norman Writer, Producer, Makeup Artist
Haley Norman is a Maine based makeup and special effects artist with over 7 years of experience. Haley is still passionately moving forward looking to learn all she can about the ever evolving industry and techniques. With film, she got her foot in the door when husband, Corey Norman brought her on her first real video shoot in 2008. Since then, she has been actively participating in film competitions and anything that comes her way. In 2010 she won Best Special Effects for a 48 Hour Film Project entry entitled, Inn Season. “It’s amazing what you can do with makeup. The ideas, possibilities, and all of the people you meet are endless. I’m having a blast doing what I love!”
Sasha Brouillard Assistant Director
Sasha Brouillard is a current student at University of Southern Maine studying Business Marketing. Sasha is a graduate of the Communications and New Media Department of Southern Maine Community College where she realized that film was the perfect medium to blend her two passions for creative expression and business. Sasha began her film career working on the Bonfire Films feature The Hanover House and has since been eager to work hard and learn from the talented people she is fortunate enough to be surrounded with in the Maine film community.
Heeth Grantham Producer
Heeth Grantham is a producer of adventure documentaries, reality programming and re-enactment dramas. A resident of Portland, Maine, Heeth’s work has aired on networks including PBS and Smithsonian Network. The past 2 years Heeth has been producing the hit North Woods Law for Animal Planet, and has relished the opportunity to work in – and learn about – his home state. Prior work includes the marquee limited series Alien Deep with Bob Ballard for National Geographic, and the docu-drama series Dates from Hell for Investigation Discovery. He also worked on Bonfire Films’ Tickle… the first time he’d seen his contributions appear on the big screen. Following this Heeth, Heeth returned to Bonfire Films where we served as a producer on the Stephen King adaptation, Suffer the Little Children. An avid SCUBA diver with more than 20 years experience, Heeth especially enjoys projects that take him on – or in – the water. B
Kenn Gonneville Director of Photography
Kenn is a graduate of the Communications and New Media department at Southern Maine Community College. He has been working with Bonfire Films since the winter of 2011, working on such films as: Affliction, which was selected as one of the Best of the Guerrilla 48 Hour Film Festival in 2011, Special Delivery, which was selected as one of the Best of the Guerrilla 48 Hour Film Festival in 2012, and The Barn, which was the official selection in nine different national horror film festivals. He has shot various commercial projects, including The Hood New England Dairy Cook Off, featuring Tom Pizzica of Food Netwrok fame. His previous works include Opiate Dreams, which was featured at the Film Chowdah: the Maine College Film Festival, and at The Augusta savage Gallery at UMASS Amherst.
Ben Heald Director of Photography
Ben Heald has been working professionally in the New England film industry for more than five years. He has worked on feature films such as: Ghostbusters 3, TED 2, Shutter Island, The Surrogates, Siren, You Can’t Kill Stephen King, and recently Last Hours In Suburbia, which premiered on the lifetime network. Ben is a Director, DP, and Gaffer. Recently, his entry into the New Hampshire 48 hour film project (Director, shot on the RED camera) was selected to screen in the “Best Of NH” screening and won the Best Cinematography award.
Anthony Wheeler 1st AC
Born and raised in Portland, Maine, Anthony says that he found filmmaking ‘just in the nick of time!’ First invited to be a production assistant on Bonfire’s first feature film, The Hanover House, he has since been working hard to improve his skills and knowledge of the industry, and isn’t looking back. “I’ve been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity here, and I’m so grateful for that! I can’t even imagine my life without filmmaking anymore.”
Making the transition from student to independent filmmaker has been the most rewarding and fun time Anthony says he has ever had. His real passion lies in the world of screenwriting, and is current working on his first feature-length project.
Joey Morrissette Gaffer
Joey is currently an Entertainment Production student at New England School of Communications. He decided to further his studies after graduating from Southern Maine Community College where he was given an opportunity to be part of a film crew for the short, The Barn. He has since been key grip for Bonfire Films productions of The Hanover House and NATAL. Joey also feels at home as a light designer for concerts and live events. He finds that the goals of the grip and electric department of film are quite similar to the intentions of the lighting design team for live events. Joey claims that, “success is when all the elements work together to achieve a central goal – artistic unity.”.
Jack Rohner Best Boy
Jack is currently a student at Southern Maine Community College. Jack has worked with Bonfire Films on multiple music videos for bands like Bulleteater and The Restless Atlantic. Recently, he worked on the short film Suffer The Little Children. Jack is planning to continue working in the professional film industry after finishing school, and has been working on projects around New England from feature length documentaries and narrative films to commercial video shoots for clients like.
Kyle Gravel Key Grip
Currently attending SMCC in pursuit of a Communications & New Media degree, Kyle has worked on a number of sets over the past year ranging from music video shoots with Bonfire to their Steven King adaptation Suffer The Little Children. He has also worked doing freelance work on a few commercial shoots, as well as some TV work with networks such as HGTV. Kyle hopes to make filmmaking his life and carry on to continually expand his knowledge of filmmaking and how the industry works.
Anthony Lusk-Simone Composer
Anthony Lusk-Simone is a versatile Massachusetts based composer, audio engineer and producer. As an accomplished percussionist, guitar, and piano player, Anthony rarely hits the dreaded wall of writers block. He studied music and production at New England Institute of Art and the UMASS lowell. Priding himself on being extremely down to earth and easy to work with with fast turnaround time, he has yet to have an unsatisfied client. Anthony has produced over 30 records to date, written hundreds of hours of music, and there is much more to come!
Daniel Noel Art Department Supervisor
Daniel did Art Direction for The Hanover House and act for many of Bonfire’s earlier film shorts and videos. A former director of Maine’s Mountain Arts, he is on Portland Stage’s Artistic Advisory Committee and a working Affiliate Artist with that theater. He has designed, directed, executed, styled for and/or assisted in the creation of events, installations, trunk fashion shows, sets, catalogues, concerts, video, major art galleries, museum galas, fundraisers and performance art events. Clients and venues include the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Rainbow Room @ Rockefeller Ctr., A & S, Macys, Metropolitan Club, Lincoln Ctr. Institute, Thomas Moser Furniture, Robert Molnar , Kristi Kamps /Surroundings- NYC and Barbara Striesand. He has been a stage/film actor for 40 years.
Jessica Bedell Art Director
Jessica is a 2015 graduate of the Communications and New Media Department at Southern Maine Community College. After struggling to find her true calling during her college career, she found herself immersed in the Maine film scene and fell in love. Jessica was fortunate to be asked to be a PA for Bonfire’s 2014 Halloween short, Bloody Mary. Since then she has been the Art Director for both the BulletEater and Restless Atlantic music video shoots, as well as Bonfire’s latest short, Suffer The Little Children. “ The Art Department combines my love of design, esthetics, and fashion; it feeds my creative spirit! I am so thankful for every opportunity to work with this amazing group of people!” Jessica is thrilled to be working with the talented Bonfire team and looks forward to their future endeavors together!
Lindsay Taylor Hall Hair Stylist
Lindsay is a graduate of Maine College of Arts and Spa Tech Institute in Portland, Maine. While working in the jewelry industry, she became interested hair design and makeup. Lindsay is both creative and talented. She currently works at Illusions Salon, having previously worked at an Aveda Salon. Lindsay has also provided her hairstyling expertise for film and fashion shows. She enjoys up do’s and creative wedding styles. Lindsay is also a certified Nova Lash expert, adding the much sought after lash extension services to Illusions menu. Lindsay is married and lives in Waterboro with her husband and four children.
Mackenzie Bartlett Makeup Artist
Mackenzie Bartlett is a self taught makeup artist with a passion for what she does. After falling in love with makeup over five years ago, she has been dedicated and self motivated to grow in her craft. Mackenzie is a current student of the Communications and New Media department at Southern Maine Community College, and has a passion for the silver screen. She first joined Bonfire Films on the set of Suffer The Little Children, and continued to work with the amazing crew on Don’t Go In The Lake. Working behind the scenes as a makeup artist has been an opportunity to blend her two loves in life. Mackenzie believes in the transformative power of makeup, both casual and SFX, and is so excited to have the opportunity to bring her enthusiasm on set.