Fresh out of film school Simone Stock found her first job on a movie set. She worked her way up from catering to assisting Hollywood pros on features shot in her hometown of Toronto.
Mentors like Reginald Hudlin (Django Unchained), Ann Bancroft (The Graduate), Liam Neeson (Taken), and Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies) showed Simone the ropes. But it was director Claudia Weill (Girlfriends) who urged Simone to write.
TIFF nominated Simone for comedy short Motown Morning (made at AFI) for Best Short. Sci-fi short Iris screened Cannes and won awards around the world. Screenplays Little Big Fish and Rae of Light won WFF’s China-Canada Screenplay Competition two years in a row.
Roger Spottiswoode upgraded Simone from assistant to 2nd Unit director on features The Journey Home, Shake Hands With the Devil, The Children of Huang Shi and A Streetcat Named Bob.
Simone directed digital comedies Earthling House Huntress (CBC), ClaireVoyant (Shaftsbury) and most recently viral spot Stop the Spread! in response to the World Health Organization’s global call to creatives to help fight COVID19.
Producers Don Carmody & Spottiswoode came on board Simone’s Sci-fi feature Starlight with partner Misha Skoric to bring the passion project to screen. Starlight (mentored by the Praxis Screenwriting Lab, WIDC & WIFT) is the story of a mother facing an impossible choice – letting her non-verbal son leave Earth with the aliens he can effortlessly talk to, or stay home safe, but silent.