GRAYDON SHEPPARD WRITER/DIRECTOR

NEWS: My feature film MUYA is now in development with Ceroma Films, Reign Films, and has received development funding from Telefilm.
NEWS: I've added a section of short writings called LARGE PRINT below.



SELECTED PROJECTS



LARGE PRINT

MOVIES FOREVER WITH A BOY 430 WORDS
LADY 1697 WORDS
SELF-EXPLANATORY BOOK TITLES 582 WORDS
GROCERIES 348 WORDS



UNPRODUCED

MUYA
LOGLINE: A lonely gay teenager in rural Ontario dates a foreign exchange student in order to cover up his homosexuality.
FORMAT: Feature
STATUS: In development with Ceroma Films, Reign Films, and with funding from Telefilm

LOSE WEIGHT WHILE YOU SLEEP!
LOGLINE: Lose Weight While You Sleep is a horror comedy about two best friends and a weight-loss facility with results that are to die for.
FORMAT: Feature
STATUS: Optioned

XP
LOGLINE: XP is a fantasy adventure comedy about Torque, a man who wakes up in a faraway land after taking his own life.
FORMAT: Feature
STATUS: First Draft

BUFFALO MODEL MANAGEMENT
LOGLINE: An aged out super model opens a talent agency in Buffalo, NY with her reluctant daughter and an agent with a checkered past.
FORMAT: Half Hour
STATUS: Spec Script/Sample






BIO/CONTACT

After earning his BFA in Photography, Graydon pivoted to directing, quickly becoming a sought-after music video and commercial director in Canada and abroad. Graydon won a Cannes Lion for his advertising work, was nominated for a MuchMusic Video Award, and travelled the world to work with agencies, record labels, and recording artists to showcase his unique vision for their projects.

A desire to create personal work brought Graydon to Columbia University’s MFA Film Program in New York. Shortly after leaving the program, Graydon co-wrote, directed, and starred in the viral phenomenon “Shit Girls Say,” which inspired thousands of spin-offs and created a discourse about the representation and stereotyping of gender, sexuality, race, and culture around the world.

The success of these videos took Graydon to Los Angeles, where he continued to direct commercials and short films while writing for studios and producers such as 20th Century Fox, Ryan Murphy, and Sofia Vergara. Graydon’s work has been exhibited and screened in festivals, galleries, and museums including the Toronto International Film Festival, The Museum of the Moving Image in New York, and The Victoria & Albert Museum in London. He also co-created, co-wrote, and directed “Coming In” a 10-episode web series for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Since returning to Canada, Graydon has been focusing on his ultimate goal of writing and directing his first feature film, Muya, which is a culmination of his particular blend of comedy, drama, storytelling, and visual style.

Email: graydon@graydonsheppard.com
Representation: bianca@vanguardeartists.com




PRESS & AWARDS

MUYA
SILVER CLIO // SHORTY AWARDS GOLD // AD AGE CREATIVITY AWARDS FINALIST // ANDY AWARDS SHORTLIST // YOUTUBE WORKS AWARDS WINNER // THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER // ADWEEK // WEPRESENT // MUSE // PLAYSTOCK REVIEW

THE CRITERINOT PODCAST
APPLE PODCAST REVIEWS

MENTOS
CANNES LIONS SHORTLIST IN FILM

COMING IN
OUT MAGAZINE // VICE // NOW MAGAZINE // Q WITH TOM POWER // CBC // JAM OR NOT A JAM

ROMAN & JASON
REFINERY29 // VIMEO // VOGUE ITALIA // IT'S NICE THAT // USA TODAY // KONBINI // VICE

PURE BREEDS
VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM SCREENING // FAST COMPANY // IT'S NICE THAT // DESIGN MILK // MRS. SIZZLE

CHLOË SEVIGNY
GOTHAMIST // PAPER // DORÉ // CBS

ABBEY & RILEY
JUST JARED // THE FASHION SPOT

SHIT GIRLS SAY
WEBBY AWARD // SAATCHI NEW DIRECTORS' SHOWCASE // CANADIAN SCREEN AWARD // GOLD BESSIE // YOUTUBE SILVER CREATOR AWARD // TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SCREENING // COMEDY CENTRAL AWARD NOMINEE // THE TODAY SHOW // ROCK CENTER // ABC NEWS // WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE // AD AGE CREATIVITY 50 // TIME 100 // W MAGAZINE // REFINERY29 // THE ATLANTIC // NEW YORK MAGAZINE // THE NEW YORK TIMES // WIRED // THE INDEPENDENT // THE GLOBE & MAIL // FAST COMPANY // COSMO // PEREZ HILTON // KNOW YOUR MEME // MACLEAN'S // MASHABLE // ADWEEK // IT'S NICE THAT // MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE // NOTABLE SPINOFFS: 30 ROCK // LENA WAITHE & BILLY SORRELLS // LILLY SINGH // ELIOT & ILANA GLAZER // DAVID SPADE+ALISON BRIE+TOMMY LEE // FRANCHESCA RAMSEY // TRISHA PAYTAS // NICOLE BYER+ELAINE CARROLL+DAWN LUEBBE // DANIEL FRANZESE // ALASKA THUNDERFUCK // RICH JUZWIAK // GAY GUYS // SRI LANKAN MOTHERS // NOBODY // & LITERALLY THOUSANDS MORE...

OTHER
CANNES GOLD MEDIA LION // JUNO NOMINEE FOR ALBUM DESIGN: FEIST - METALS // MMVA MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR NOMINEE // YOUTUBE'S 10 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE // GWYNETH PALTROW THINKS I'M FUNNY // BABE? PODCAST APPEARANCES: 14: IN THE SHALLOWS // 18: 1-800-ACCOUNTANT CAN SUCK A DICK // 22: TO THE PLEIADES AND BEYOND! // 24: BING IT ON! // 26: THE KIM K. PACKAGE // 29: VANNERS AND PEGGERS // 33: HAPPY ANALVERSARY // 35: CANCER FAKERS // 36: HOT KOHL'S // 40: BARFCYCLE // 41: RABBIT PEOPLE // 46: CASH PIGGED // 47: POOSH YOURSELF // 48: QUAKIN' // 49: I LOVE YOU NOW BYEEE // 51: RANDOM MEANINGLESSNESS // 52: CLEO & EMMA // 60: DEPRESSIVE DIVAS