Vivien Villani

Review: "The Smiling Man is a Piece of Amazing Horror Art"

Big thanks to the folks at We Are Indie Horror for a fantastically favorable review of The Smiling Man. We are humbled by their response to our film, it's all one could ask for as a filmmaker. I mean, damn, check out these quotes

"...some of the scariest and most intense moments in a short film."

"...each and every shot can be made a painting"

"The Smiling Man is a piece of amazing horror art that will end as a timeless classic and will outshine any modern horror feature length film. "

Check out their full review here:

Huge thanks to the entire crew who brought their A games to make this film possible, from Abbi and Strange Dave in front of the camera, David Holechek and his team behind the lens and Melanie Leandro and her team behind the makeup to Vivien Villani for his haunting score and Jamey Scott for his fantastic mix and sound design. Of course, we're nothing without the rest of the Defiant Images guys and gals.

Super stoked for SXSW coming in a couple of weeks' time!

Composer Vivien Villani wins Best Original Score

The results are in for the Asians on Film Festival's Spring Quarter 2015 submissions and we are proud to announce that our very own Composer Vivien Villani wins Best Original Score for his work  on The Smiling Man.

We also received a Best Horror/Thriller Film honourable mention.

Of course, this also means that we will be screening The Smiling Man at the annual 2016 Asians on Film Festival.

Congratulations to all of the winners! You can take a look at the entire list on the Asians on Film website here:

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