Lynne Hansen is a storyteller who, after directing her first short film Chomp, discovered that she had been studying her entire life to become a filmmaker. She developed a love of all things creepy huddling beneath the covers watching Acri Creature Feature with her dad and big brother. She honed her knowledge of story during her six-year tenure as senior editor for a small press publishing company and as an award-winning author. She developed her eye for visual storytelling designing book covers that required condensing an entire story into a single image. She shepherded her own creative endeavors into the world, and those of others, as a marketing professional, including working with a historic non-profit art-house theater. Having struggled to find her own voice as an artist, Lynne has spoken to students at over 200 schools about how to nurture their own creative spark. She was awarded the 2014 Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival Filmmaker to Watch “Dreamer” award.
He’s Not Looking So Great
Lynne’s introduction to filmmaking came when she wrote the script for He’s Not Looking So Great, a short film about a guy who dumps his girlfriend in the middle of the zombie apocalypse because she’s put on a couple of extra pounds and has had a bit too much trouble escaping from the zombies. (Hint: It doesn’t end well for him.) The script was optioned by New Orleans filmmaker Gregory G. Kurczynski in early 2013 and Lynne served as an associate producer on the project. He’s Not Looking So Great made its film festival debut in November of 2013 at the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival where it was nominated for Best Comedy Short. It has since been selected to appear in the anthology film Vault of Terror 2, due out on DVD in early 2015.
Inspired by her experience with He’s Not Looking So Great, Lynne decided to try her own hand at the helm–and loved it. She wrote, produced, and directed the short film Chomp, about a little old lady who is determined to prove to the world that she’s captured a zombie–even if he isn’t one! It premiered October 19th, 2014 at at the Halloween Horror Picture Show in Tampa, Florida, and was nominated for Best Comedy Short at the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival.
Winner – Filmmaker to Watch Dreamer Award – 2014 Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival
Nominee – Best Comedy Short – Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival 2013 (He’s Not Looking So Great)
Nominee – Best Supporting Actress – 30 Day Zombie Film Challenge 2013 (as an actress, for her role in Soulless)
Nominee – Best Young Adult Novel – 2003 EPPIE Award – Best Young Adult Novel (for Heritage of Horror: The Return)
Winner – 2005 EPPIE Award – Best Young Adult Novel (for Heritage of Horror: The Change)
Nominee – 2005 EPPIE Award – Best Young Adult Novel (for AltDeath.com)
Winner – 2003 Dreamrealm Award – Best Action Adventure Novel (for Logout)
PRESS AND PRAISE
“CHOMP is one of the most highly anticipated short films in recent memory.”–Rick Danford, Halloween Horror Picture Show founder and programming coordinator.
“Yes, it’s a zombie comedy, but there’s almost like a Jack Ketchum sort of vibe in it as well…It’s a very dark look at humanity.”–Desmond Reddick, Dread Media
All About Film
Lynne is interviewed about her role as screenwriter for HE’S NOT LOOKING SO GREAT, CHOMP, and her upcoming projects.
Dread Media Podcast #374
Gregory Lamberson, founder and programmer for the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival has some very nice things to say about Lynne during his Dread Media interview at about 1:01:32.
Dread Media Podcast #373
Lynne Hansen stops by to talk about her recent career-turn as a filmmaker. From her screenplay for the zombie comedy short film HE’S NOT LOOKING SO GREAT to the trials and tribulations of directing her first short, the very atypical zombie film CHOMP.
Armcast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast
Lynne chats with Armand Rosamilia about being a first-time director and about being married to a fellow creative.
Shock Totem Magazine
“Resurrecting the Backlist: The Dead Book LIVES!”
Lynne talks about book cover design and marketing.
Surreal Magazine Vol 1. Issue 3
“Horror for the Younger Set: The Boom of Young-Adult Aimed Horror Fiction”
Lynne talks about writing horror for teens.