Darren Maxwell - Producer/Writer/Director

Although Darren was interested in making films from as far back as the 1980s, it wasn't until 2000 when he finally had the opportunity to realise his passion.

Starting with a simple $50 short film shot in one night using a borrowed camera, Darren was eventually able to direct large scale short film productions with higher budgets, professional actors, advanced equipment and bigger crews. Finally in 2012 he completed his last short film before officially ending his short film making career.

"No where is the the joy of film making more evident than when everyone is gathered together on a shoot. This is because people love being part of the creative process of a production, the fact that you end up with a great film at the end is a bonus." Darren Maxwell - 2005



The Psychology of Killing

Even as far back as 2009 Darren knew his ultimate goal was to one day make a feature film, however, he simply didn't know where to start.

Darren soon realised the most logical course of action was to combine two of his short films into a single, full length movie. The result was The Psychology of Killing, a feature film which would use the two antagonists from: The Psychology of Killing and Flair: The Psychology of Killing Revisited.

After nutting out a basic synopsis with then co writer Scott Middlebrook in 2009, the next task was to actually write the screenplay. Now up until this point Darren had only written scripts around 15-20 pages in length, but this had to be at least 100 pages plus! So it was a whole new challenge indeed.

With his final short film, Red, completed in 2012, Darren was now able to write the screenplay ... but the words simply wouldn't come out - and what he had written was terrible.

After looking at a blank computer screen for two years, a frustrated Darren realised the best way to make any progress was to write the story as if the scenes were a number of short films, with the aim of piecing them together to make a single, cohesive script. Considering this was to be Darren's one and only feature film, he had high expectations of making the screenplay the best it could possibly be.

Finally in the latter half of 2015, the 105 page screenplay of the feature film The Psychology of Killing was finished.

Despite having the screenplay written and completed, Darren realised and accepted that getting this film made would be next to impossible. Having not worked in the film industry and thus having no film making credentials - along with an absence of financial backing - he was under no illusion the film would never be made. As a result Darren was proud enough to consider the completed screenplay a personal achievement in itself.

For more information, refer to the Psychology of Killing website.



SHORT FILMS (from most recent)


Darren always knew he wouldn't be making short films forever, so as part of his long term strategy he wanted to finish this portion of his career by creating something truly special. The result was Red, a film that was originally conceived by Darren's good friend Rob Hamilton back in 2005 which Darren adapted into a short film screenplay in 2006.

Red was based on the classic Little Red Riding Hood fairytale, but took the concept into into a totally new direction which Darren hoped would provide a new perspective to the original story.

Being Darren's last short film, his intention was to make Red the best film he possibly could. As a result the production was far more complex, expensive and larger than previously experienced, but it was well received by Darren's peers which made it his perfect swan song.

Red was completed in February 2012

For more information, refer to the Red website


*** Special Featurettes ***

When in Roam - This behind the scenes video showcases the great crafting skills of Dave Hankin. Dave discusses in detail how he designed, sculptured and built the Big Bad Wolf for RED. This video is a must for film FX technicians and anyone who loves hands-on craft work. There's no CGI here!


Dressed to Impress - This behind the scenes video showcases the great costume work of Debbie Michelsen. Debbie discusses in detail how she designed and made the numerous costumes for RED.


Oneself Three

Despite the success of the first two films, there was never a plan to make Oneself Three. However, as soon as the second film was released Darren realised it was impossible not to write a third and final instalment of the story - one which was designed to bring the newly announced 'Oneself Trilogy' to a more satisfactory conclusion.

Oneself Three returned to a more comedic tone as per the first film, but still wasn't without its own challenges as it featured more main characters interacting with each other and their environment.

Oneself Three was completed in March 2010.

For more information, refer to the Oneself Trilogy website.



Oneself Two

Because Flair was completed months ahead of schedule, Darren was keen to make a second 'Oneself' where once again all the tasks of the production were performed by himself with no outside assistance. Of particular significance was the creation of a complete musical soundtrack by Darren which was quite an achievement considering he couldn't play any instruments and had no musical ability.

Unlike the first film, Oneself Two was more of a dramatic piece designed to see if the unique 'one person' production style could be applied to an area beyond the comedy of the original.

Oneself Two was completed in December 2009.

For more information, refer to the Oneself Trilogy website.



*** Special Featurette ***

Oneself Two: Creating the Film's Music - This behind the scenes video is a lighthearted look at how Darren was able to create the soundtrack for the film, despite having no musical ability whatsoever.



Exactly one week after filming Flair, Darren needed a project that was a bit of lighthearted fun. The result was Oneself, a short, self indulgent film which allowed him to try some basic editing and split screen tricks to make the story work.

Oneself was filmed in one night and was edited within a week and thus holds the record for Darren's fastest film.

[Side note: In May 2020 Darren was able to shoot , edit and finish a 'Oneself' inspired episode of Sci-Fi Zone (S2:E1) in 24 hours, however, it wasn't a film]

Oneself mainly addressed the question of whether it was possible for a film to be made solely by one person - including writing, acting, lighting, filming, editing, sound, makeup and even music - whilst retaining a decent level of quality.

Oneself was completed in July 2009.

For more information, refer to the Oneself Trilogy website.



Flair - The Psychology of Killing Revisited

With the completion of The Psychology of Killing, Darren was keen to explore a story where the genders of the antagonist and victim were reversed. The result was Flair which became a sequel to the original film.

Flair was Darren's most challenging project as it was very intense and very dark which in turn pushed his abilities into a totally new area. Once again Darren utilised his "dynamic long shot" concept to shoot the required sequences, the result of which was a film some people found quite confronting.

Flair was completed in November 2009, of all of Darren's films this is his personal favourite.

For more information, refer to the Flair web site.


*** Special Featurette ***

Flair: On the Set- This behind the scenes video was made when the film was in production. Also included are interviews with the main cast who explain how they tackled the subject matter.


Reality Check

As The Psychology of Killing was nearing completion, Darren took the opportunity to create a new film based on an idea from a work colleague, in particular the frustration of dealing with IT Help Desks.

Reality Check was a simple comedy revolving around the problems we all experience when using technology, however, unlike in most movies where technology is fast and reliable, this film was aimed at showing a more realistic side to it.

Reality Check was completed in May 2008.




With a couple of completed productions under his belt. Darren felt it was time to create something for Tropfest 2007.

Continuity was intended to be a change of pace from the dark stories of ALONE and PsyofK. As a comedy, something which Darren hadn't attempted before, his hope was that the film would to be a worthy entrant in the competition based solely on its orginality.

If anything the film demonstrated in great detail Darren's intricate planning and timing skills as 31 differents shots were filmed in one day where each shot required a non-repeating continuity change..

Continuity was completed in January 2007.



*** Special Featurette ***

Continuity: The Errors - This version of the film highlights all of the deliberate continuity gaffs which were intentionally added to each shot.


The Psychology of Killing

After gaining some valuable experience directing dramatic sequences in Jedi Heritage and ALONE, Darren opted to push his directorial skills one step further by writing the intense thriller The Psychology of Killing (also known as PsyofK).

This film was intentionally designed to feature only two characters of whom only one had any dialogue. PsyofK also saw the introduction of Darren's unique style of shooting really long dialogue scenes in one take where all the camera moves were performed dynamically (ie on the fly) with no prior planning.

PsyofK was completed in August 2007.

For more information, refer to the PsyofK web site.


*** Special Featurettes ***

The Psychology of Killing Revisited - This behind the scenes video was made when the film was in production. Also included are interviews with the main cast who explain how they tackled the subject matter.


The Psychology of Killing Head Shooting Effect - This behind the scenes video provides an amusing insight at just how devoted the production team were in achieving a practical visual effect which on screen would only last one quarter of a second (6 frames).


Jedi Heritage

With a passionate interest in Science Fiction films, Darren was given the great opportunity to direct the large scale $8,000 production Jedi Heritage. Unlike other independent films based in the Star Wars genre, Jedi Heritage was a dramatic piece which presented a number of challenges in that it contained no action sequences nor did it have a reliance on special effects.

Jedi Heritage was Darren's longest short film production requiring 14 days of shooting, this in turn tested his abilities to create schedules and detailed plans to ensure the production ran as smoothly as possible.

Jedi Heritage was completed in December 2005.



In late 2004, Darren teamed up with his regular Director of Photography along with the Jedi Heritage Production Designer to create his first fully original short film production (ie using original soundtrack music) ALONE.

The film was intended to be used as a showcase for Darren's skills and abilities as both a Writer and a Director and was widely regarded as a film that "you can't help but talk about" due to the story's unique concept and ideas.

ALONE was completed in October 2005.

For more information, refer to the ALONE web site.


*** Special Featurette ***

ALONE Revealed - This behind the scenes video showcases how the film was made by discussing the effort required to make it. It also includes an attempt by the production crew to explain the complex and unusual story.


The Dead of Night

The Dead of Night was a simple $50 production which was mostly filmed in one day and one night in 2000 using a basic analogue camera and first time actors. Yet of particular significance was the fact it was the first time Darren had ever Produced, Directed AND Photographed a film.

Unfortunately Darren didn't have access to an editing system so the footage remained on camera tape until 2004 when it was finally cut together. Although Darren was involved in other productions by the time the film was finished, The Dead of Night still holds the distinction of being the first production to come under the DMFilms banner.

Fortunately the film was well received by Darren's peers, which in itself was quite an achievement considering it was a first time effort by someone who had no skills nor training in film making.

The Dead of Night was completed in September 2004.



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