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SAM DOWNIE

As a storyteller, Sam Downie tells bold stories that inspire conversations. He aims to ignite, entertain, transform and change the world.

CONTENT CREATOR | PODCASTS & DIGITAL FIRST EVENTS | PRESENTER & VOICE OVER / ACTOR | AUTHOR | AWARD WINNING AUTISTIC FILMMAKER & PRODUCER / CINEMATOGRAPHER | COMPOSER & DOLBY ATMOS SOUND DESIGNER

Sam Downie is one of entertainment’s most sought-after talents and is known for his cinematic, authentic, and narrative-focused directorial style.

Meet The Metahumans

Meet The Metahumans – is a live action, sci-fi, fantasy, dark comedy set in a late 1980’s Cyberworld. The Metahumans are gaming Influencers who love playing retrogames, and they’ve just got their hands on a game called ‘Game Over’. A new game that’s just been exclusively released, a console game that features.. Humans as the game characters, roaming around game levels, set in real places.

What could possibly go wrong? Will this be really Game Over for humanity?

This short film is about Metahumans, Humanity and Grief.

Our film has many twists and turns, it’s co-produced/directed by two critically acclaimed Autistic disabled Filmmakers from Bristol, England – Michael Smith and Sam Downie.

The original music soundtrack style is late 80’s – early 90’s Synthwave, console games music, all within an immersive cinematic Dolby Atmos mix.

The film is a mix of live action shot in HDR on Sony Cameras, on location in Bristol and London, along with innovative creative CGI & VFX created in Unreal Engine 4.

The original music score and soundtrack is fully immersive, exclusively mixed in Dolby Atmos ( Binaural & 7.1.2 ) using Logic Pro, and the Dolby Atmos Renderer.

Both Sam Downie and Michael Smith, via our short film – Meet The Metahumans – are disabled filmmakers supported by the Dolby Institute Fellowship.

The Dolby Institute Fellowship helps independent filmmakers realize their creative potential with access to Dolby’s innovative tools and technologies.

Watch Sam Downie and Michael Smith discuss.. “the story, so far..” of Meet The Metahumans. This interview was released on April 2nd 2022 for World Autism Awareness Day, a official United Nations observation day promoting human rights and the rights of disabled people.

United Nations & Sustainable Development Goals
https://www.un.org/en/observances/autism-day/background

Author & Books

Sam is featured in two amazing books.

“After That Day: Stories of Epilepsy” – a book full of personal health story’s including Sam’s own, that he wrote for the book, talking about how he lives with seizures, a brain tumour and autism, as well as about his many stays in hospital. The book is a delight, and is full of amazing photos.

See below for further details on how to buy the book.

The second book is “Labyrinth – the book of the Jim Henson, David Bowie & George Lucas cult 1980’s movie.. Labyrinth.

Sam is mentioned in this new edition of the graphic novel, as he helped to inspire republishing it by offering an interview / documentary with the author ACH Smith.

Listen to the exclusive original Podcast that Sam recorded & produced for The Henson Company celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the film.

Actor

Actor on stage and screen with over 20+ years of experience. I’m listed on Spotlight Casting here https://www.spotlight.com/2850-8949-2771

Critically Acclaimed Filmmaker

Critically acclaimed Autistic disabled Filmmaker. BAFTA longlist nominated. Films screened at: Sheffield Doc/Fest, Encounters, The ICA.. and many others.

Presenter, Voice Over and Host

Talented and experienced Presenter / Voice Over and Host on Radio, Television, Podcasts, Films and Documentary’s, Events and Webinars. Clients include : BBC, ITV Studios, Channel 4, Channel 5, TWiT TV, BBC Radio, Discovery Channel and many other networks.

Content Creator and Dolby Atmos Sound Designer

Since early 2000, Sam has been a handful of pioneer Content Creators making Vlogs, live Webcasts, beta testing Twitter and Justin TV (which became Twitch TV). More recently, Sam has turned his attention to Dolby Atmos becoming a sound designer creating atmos and soundtracks for Film and Music, working alongside many clients.

Ambassador for Non-Profits and Charities

I am a Ambassador for a number of disability/human rights led non-profits and charities, including Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland, Talk About It and others.

Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland

Watch this short film, about Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland, an event that Sam has been an Ambassador for since it’s beginnings in 2012. You will find out why it’s important to talk about Epilepsy, and why Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland is an important yearly event to attend.

Since 2012, Sam Downie has been an Ambassador and Filmmaker for this amazing magical event at Disneyland Resort. Volunteering his time as an Adult with a Brain Tumour that causes Seizures (Epilepsy), supporting others, supporting families to “Talk About It”. His important awareness has made him a filmmaker too, giving back to the epilepsy community by capturing the event since the early days, and sharing it with the world – which he continues to this day.

The massive 10th anniversary of the Annual Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland “ #EADDL ”, is scheduled to take place in person – October 31st to November 3rd 2022. Do join us there, for a magical event.

BUY THE BOOK

AFTER THAT DAY : STORIES OF EPILEPSY

Sam’s own personal story about living with Brain Injury ( Brain Tumour ) which causes Seizures ( Epilepsy ) and Autism – is told in a new book titled “After That Day – Stories of Epilepsy” published by Sofie’s Journey and launched in November 2019, at the 2019 Epilepsy Awareness & Education Expo, a free 3-day event during the Epilepsy Awareness Expo & Day at Disneyland® Resort (EADDL).

This beautiful, rich colour, hardback book contains forty- five personal accounts of people who have been forever changed, by seizures. These stories offer a challenging look at survival, and in many cases, a cure. Each story features amazing, introspective photos which compliment and tell the story as well as the written words.

Buy the book “After That Day : Stories of Epilepsy” at the website here : https://epilepsyawarenessday.org/product/afterthatdaysingle/