Neil Gabriel De Sousa is a writer & independent filmmaker, and the proprietor of Neil G. De Sousa Productions based in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Neil's interest in the visual arts began with the commencement of an O-Level 35mm stills photography course whilst studying at the former Douai School which was a traditional British boarding school he attended in Berkshire, England.
Neil majored in English Literature and minored in History at the University of Toronto, and successfully completed the four-year Bachelor of Arts degree program within three years, and a few weeks after his graduation from the University of Toronto, he flew out to Los Angeles, California to commence his film school adventures at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles).
It was at UCLA where Neil embarked on a three year intensive film & television studies program comprising a wide range of specialized courses in screenwriting, story analysis, cinematography, PANAVISION camera assistant training, directing, acting for directors/scene-study, motion picture film editing, non-linear editing with the LIGHTWORKS NLE system, and motion picture marketing & distribution. At UCLA, Neil was taught by a range of legendary Hollywood film industry veterans who included for example Ronald “Ronnie” Neame, CBE, a master British film director, producer and cinematographer (The Horse’s Mouth, Tunes of Glory, The Poseidon Adventure, Hopscotch, The Odessa File, Scrooge, The Chalk Garden, Gambit, and many other titles), as well as master cinematographer Lazlo Kovacs, ASC (Easy Rider, Paper Moon, Ghost Busters, Frances, The Toy, Paradise Alley, New York, New York, and many other titles) and David Worth, a resourcefully efficient and effective film director and cinematographer (Any Which Way You Can, Bronco Billy, Bloodsport, Kickboxer, Warrior of the Lost World and many other titles)
Whilst at UCLA, Neil made his own short films, worked on the short films of his fellow students in the role of cinematographer & editor, as well as worked and trained concurrently in the Hollywood film and television industry, and within a variety of roles.
Neil's intensive practical training experience at established film companies included the story/script development department at Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Inc., the film production company of notable Hollywood box-office blockbuster producer Andrew G. Vajna (First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III, Total Recall, Air America, Deepstar Six, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Nixon, Judge Dredd, Die Hard III, The Scarlet Letter, and many other titles), as well as at Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment Studio, Kingworld, Roger Corman's Concorde New Horizons film studio, and eventually at the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Network Television in Century City, where he trained extensively in the strategic media relations and broadcast publicity division helping the broadcast management team and the show publicists with the production and co-ordination of EPKs (Electronic Press Kits). This EPK production work was on location, on set, at studio (Warner Brothers, Universal Studios - Amblin Entertainment/Dreamworks, and 20th Century Fox) and also in-studio live broadcast satellite interviews, all of which provided him with a reasonably diverse glimpse of the planning, development, mechanics, politics and structure of the film and television business. His experiences included working on ABC network production of EPK’s for Steven Bochco’s NYPD Blue television series show and Steven Spielberg’s High Incident and Champs television series shows produced by the then newly formed Dreamworks company. It was at this time when Neil got a chance to meet director Steven Spielberg on set/on location and to observe him supervising a car action scene inclusive of an underwater sequence from an episode (Coroner's Day Off) of the Dreamworks High Incident television series. In addition, Neil also worked on EPKs and ABC satellite interviews for Stephen J. Cannell’s Wiseguy TV movie and several other ABC network projects, including EPKs for the 68th Academy Awards OSCAR show in 1996 where he worked with Oscar presenters Robert Zemeckis, Whoopi Goldberg, and Quincy Jones.
Neil has also worked on corporate videos and television commercials.
Neil has continued to learn and develop his filmmaker's craft further by writing, producing, photographing, directing and editing his own independent short films, including A Father’s Duty, which saw its debut on May 17, 2006 at the 59th Festival de Cannes, Short Film Corner, Cannes, France, Superconscious, an 11 minute short film which saw its debut on May 17th, 2007 at the 60th Festival de Cannes, Short Film Corner, Cannes, France, as well as The Angel of Eternal Light, which saw its debut on May 17, 2008 at the 61st Festival de Cannes, Short Film Corner, Cannes, France.
Goldbug, Cosmic Skywolf, and The Goldenlight Gang were additional short-films which were screened respectively in the 62nd, 63rd, and 64th editions of the Festival de Cannes, Short Film Corner, in Cannes, France.
Neil completed co-writing the following feature-length screenplays with the late Anthony Biancucci - collaborative screenwriting partner and dear friend:
Operation Tangerine Thunderbolt
A Return Journey to Rome (Il Viaggio di Ritorno a Roma)
Cosmic Sugar Beach Paradise
All screenplays are based on Neil's original stories and characters. Neil is now focused on writing his first novel. He recently finished production on his independent feature-length film entitled Cosmic Saturnia which was shot entirely on location in Italy (Rome and also Saturnia/Grosseto, Tuscany region), and is currently in post-production. He is also developing his next project entitled The Stargazer
Neil has travelled all over the world. He has lived and was schooled in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. He is a citizen of the United Kingdom/European Union, and is also a citizen of Canada.
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