Dean and Andrew Einspruch
Principals, Laughing Owl
Billie (executive producer,
writer, director ) and Andrew (producer) are a husband and
wife team who have produced theatre, music videos, docu dramas,
documentaries, and programming for cable and experimental television.
Finding Joy is their first feature production.
Billies background was
as an actress and stand-up comic during the 1980s, performing both
in Australia and overseas. As the comedy duo Einspruch and
Dean, Billie and Andrew performed their successful show Random
Thoughts in Australia and the USA. Billie has directed theatre,
corporate videos, docu-drama and documentaries, including Mamay
Ourmore Shushima, (All Life is Precious) (1993). Billie is
often in front of the camera as well as behind it.
Billie is also a professional
writer, beginning her working life as a journalist, writing about
everything from movie and music reviews to natural therapies and
personality profiles. Billie has written for theatre, including
revues, her play The Reluctant Soul, and stand up and sketch
The Einspruch and Dean team
has also written extensively for television and the print media.
They have published 25 childrens books and more recently wrote
for the Aria and Logie Award winning childrens show Hi-5
and another childrens show, Cushion Kids for Australia's
Directory of Photography
Tony studied Cinematography
at the AFTRS in 1993, winning the Fuji Film award for the short
film Falling. On graduating he stayed in Sydney working
on a variety of productions. In 1995 he was accepted as one of three
Cinematographers in the Camera Operators Encouragement Awards run
by Panavision and Kodak. Since then, he has shot many productions
including music clips, documentaries and television commercials.
Tony has lost count of the
number of short films he has shot and worked on, but in the last
decade he has won seven awards for his work, including three Australian
Cinematographers Society Gold awards. He was a finalist in
the PanaVISIONS awards and won first prize in The Competition,
a Kodak run National competition. Finding Joy was his second
low budget feature.
Martin has worked in the film
and television industry for many years, starting as a camera assistant
on news and late night tape operation. He is also an active filmmaker,
involved in many independent productions local to Sydney. From 1996-99
he helped run an association of filmmakers, IndyFilms, that educated
and encouraged community film productions. In 2000, Martins
short film Habirth was a finalist in the national film
competition Nescafe Film Awards.
As well as writing and directing,
Martin edits and in 2001, he completed post production on two television
pilots. Finding Joy is his first feature film.