- May 20, 2022
- Posted by: Bastion team
- Category: World News
Director John Jencks and producer Jay Taylor’s UK production and financing outfit Electric Shadow Company boasts an ambitious slate. Titles include producing Rupert Sanders’ reimagining of James O’Barr’s comic book The Crow, starring Bill Skarsgard and FKA Twigs — which FilmNation Entertainment is introducing to buyers at Cannes — in addition to a slew of projects in development, including Zoo director Colin McIvor’s Beeswing.
Jencks (chair) and Taylor (CEO)have been building up Electric Shadow Company for 17 years. They met as teenagers, moving in the same west London social circles. Jencks headed off to study film at New York Film Academy, while Taylor produced the zeitgeisty Channel 4 music show Popworld, before transitioning into features, working for The Weinstein Company and Working Title. Jencks returned from the US and the pair reconnected and made short film The Vicious Circle Of Success. In 2005 they formed their own outfit, Sane and Diddly, alongside producer Alexa Seligman (who later left the company in 2017), rebranding to Electric Shadow Company in 2008.
“We were pretty good at production, we had that experience. But the other side of the business, the marketing side, we weren’t particularly clued up on,” says Taylor. They cut their teeth on self-funded feature The Fold, which Jencks directed, before using gap funding to make Amy Heckerling’s 2012 comedy horror Vamps. Features including The Hallow, Love Me Like You Do and Swallows…