Level 17 - Actor Profiles
ETHAN - Hjálmar Svenna
Hjálmar Svenna studied and graduated from The Adelaide College of the Arts in 2010. Since graduating, Hjálmar has been in a number of theatrical productions including ‘Miller and Moore Presents…’ (2011 Adelaide Fringe Festival); ‘And Their Ghosts May Be Heard’ (Splash theatre company); ‘Innocence’ by Dea Loher and ‘Sexual Perversity in Chicago’ by David Mamet. In the 2012 Adelaide Fringe Festival Hjálmar performed in ‘His Ghostly Heart’ written by Ben Schiffer (UK writer on the TV show ‘Skins’). Also in 2012 Hjálmar made the transition from theatre to screen in a series of short films including ‘The Colour of Kerosene’ (Nominated for 7 South Australian Screen Awards) and ‘Elegy’. In 2013 Hjálmar plays Ethan, the male lead in John deCaux’s web series ‘Level 17’.
DANIELLE – Melissa Martins
Melissa Martins passion is acting since she was young and has endeavored to pursue that career ever since. Obtaining a Diploma in Theatre Performance and completing all acting courses through
Actors Ink are testimonies of her drive and passion. Melissa continues to study and fine tune her skills in theatre productions and has made her way in appearing on film such as the feature film ‘Bianca’ (2014). Melissa stars as Danielle, the lead female protagonist in the web series ‘Level 17’, playing with differing emotions and welcome challenges the role has.
PROFESSOR ANDERSON - Ben Todd
Ben Todd has been performing since 2011, having been involved in a number of theatre productions in Adelaide. Most notable of his theatrical roles has been playing Thomas Putnam in ‘The Crucible’ (2011). Level 17 is Ben’s first acting role on screen and hopes it will open up further opportunities in the future.
JULIE - Pamela Perre
Pamela Perre has a strong passion for movies and television shows. At the age of 17 she starred in her first feature-length film, ‘Almost There’, nominated as best feature film in both 2011 and 2013 at the SASA Awards. Pamela has acted in several theatrical plays based in the Riverland and hopes to become a well established actress. Level 17 is her first web series and she hopes to become more involved in more of John deCaux's movie projects in the future.
Level 17 - Crew Profile
WRITER/DIRECTOR – John deCaux
From a young age John deCaux showed a passion and interest in film and television, holding home-made ‘movie premiers’ with family and friends while growing up in a North Eastern country region of the Riverland in South Australia. John became actively involved in both technical and acting sides of High School drama productions. Following these productions, John began creating a range of short films, documentaries and making his first feature length film, ‘Almost There’ which received a best feature film nomination at the South Australian Screen Awards in 2010 and 2013. This developed the creation of John’s own company, Six Foot Four Productions. In 2010 John moved to Adelaide to further his film passion and is currently working at Channel 10, providing a great opportunity for the development of his editing and filming abilities and an excellent source for future jobs in the film industry. John is the writer and director of the web series ‘Level 17.’
PRODUCER – Adam M. Carter
Adam M. Carter graduated from The Adelaide Centre of the Arts with exemplary grades in Screen Production earning him the “Outstanding Academic Achievement in Screen Production” Award that led to teaching jobs in Universities and Schools. He developed successful training programs and equipment management facilities that are implemented in schools in South Australia. His first short film ‘Narcissus’ won “Best Short Film Narrative” at the South Australian Screen Awards and he worked on other shorts that were nominated or part of initiatives through the Media Resource Centre such as ‘Drip’, ‘Procreation for A Better Australia’ and ‘Portmanteau’. Adam produced the best feature nominated film ‘Heroes Crossing’ (2011) and won the “Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival People’s Choice Award” for ‘I Am Orpheus’(2012). Having worked with John deCaux before on ‘Almost There’, Adam produces the web series “Level 17” which is his first internet project.
COSTUME DESIGNER - Gigi D'Angelo
Gigi D’Angelo started her career in theatre, with companies such as Independent Theatre: Chinchilla, Pygmalion, Daniel Deronda, Co-opera: Die Flaudermaus (2004) and the State Operas young artists program, and "Sunday In The Park With George". Gigi also worked on many other smaller theatre companies. She branched off into films in 2005 and worked on many music videos and commercials. Gigi was costume assistant to feature films such as ‘December Boys’ with Daniel Radcliffe and Jack Thompson and ‘Hey, Hey It's Esther Blueburger’ starring Toni Colette and Krishna Castle Hughes. The film won best costume design in a feature film at the AFI Awards. Gigi has worked extensively over the last few years in film as costume designer. Including both AFI nominated and award winning short films that include "Swing" and "The kiss" as well as two feature films ‘A Second Chance’ and ‘The Turning’. ‘Level 17’ is Gigi’s first effort in a web series.
PRODUCTION DESIGNER – Pia D. West
Pia D. West first entered the film industry from making a badge that was used as a prop in a music video. Her artistic work was highly praised that she was offered a position as stand by Art Department on ‘Anothers’ (2011). Pia quickly advanced to the role of Production Designer in short films, working on recognised projects that have received awards or nominations through the South Australian Screen Awards such as ‘The Colour Of Kerosene’ and ‘Agora’. On ‘Level 17’ Pia continues to pursue the career as Production Designer for the web series developing her craft further to a professional level.
VFX SUPERVISOR - JACK FRENCH
Jack William French met John deCaux in the CGI & VFX course at TAFE SA. Jack has a natural passion for film and cinema and specialises in 3D modelling, Texturing, Rendering, lighting, Tracking, Roto scoping and Compositing. As a result Jack is the on-set VFX supervisor and worked on ‘Level 17’ in post production. Along with John DeCaux, Jack was responsible for the CGI effects team and delivery of the effects for the web series.