The Mad Hatter Collective was formed in late 2009 with the launch of the Canon 7D DSLR. We are a group of filmmakers who wear many hats — writer, director, cinematographer, editor, etc. — who have bonded together to pool resources, time, equipment, and enthusiasm for the latest wave in indie filmmaking.
Along with a collection of like-minded actors and other talented cast and crew, we are undertaking a number of projects (shorts, series, and feature films) using the latest digital tools and indie guerilla tactics and techniques.
The Founding Four members of the Collective are:
Zane (R. Zane Rutledge) — Zane has worn dozens of hats in commercials, games, and films, both in and out of Hollywood, with his bread-and-butter in post-production. He worked at pioneering animation studios like (Colossal) Pictures, and has produced work for EA, Sony, LucasArts, and too many ad agencies and clients to care to list or remember. He wrote/shot/directed/edited a micro-budget feature film, Hell is Texas, just at the dawn of the digital age; that proved to be “film school” and opened his eyes to a new revolution in indie filmmaking. In recent years, he has championed the notion of visual effects for low-budget films, and has provided both obvious and invisible effects to several notable local indies, including the Duplass Brothers’ Baghead and John Bryant’s The Overbrook Brothers — all in the service of storytelling. His latest feature script, Static, was a semi-finalist at the 2008 Austin Film Festival. As a recent SXSW panelist, Zane offered the notion that digital effects work isn’t just for post anymore, but far more appropriate at the early development stage, and offered as proof his latest short film Wake Up.
Jeff (Jeff Stolhand) — Jeff shot his first film, The Case of the Missing Jewels, at age 9. Since then he has directed countless short films, directed three features and won numerous film festival awards. His films have been screened at Slamdance, SXSW, The Austin Film Festival, Film Fest New Haven, Sonoma Valley Film Festival, Worldfest, Marco Island Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, Waterfront Film Festival, Methodfest and many others. Stolhand is a three time quarter-finalist in the esteemed Nicholl screenplay competition, a third round finalist in the Scr(i)pt Magazine screenplay contest and winner of the Texas Screenplay competition. He has been featured in American Cinematographer, Film Threat, Indie Slate and Alternative Cinema.
Gray (Gray G. Haddock) — Still not having fully grasped the notion there are only 24 hours in a day, Gray continues his quest to work in as many different parts of the production pipeline as possible. Having obtained degrees in the obvious juxtaposition of Theater and Computer Science [hold for laugh], he’s spent the last few years splicing the two into a new mutant career strain loosely classified as being a Digital Video Specialist. They called him mad at the Academy. He runs the company Writing & Shooting, providing high definition video production and post services. His acting career spans a couple decades. His writing has made him a top 40 semi-finalist in Creative Screenwriting Magazine’s AAA competition. He finds writing in the third person a hilarious exercise, but apparently fails to keep himself from making clichéd meta-observations about it.
Paul (Paul Gandersman) — insert bio here.