ABOUT US

Mad Dan Productions works out of FNQ and Melbourne. Currently Mad Dan Productions is committed to making socially transgressive content, with a pledge to represent and showcase diverse characters and stories from regional areas of Australia. Mad Dan Productions is committed to being an inclusive employer, with a strong focus on developing skill sets of their personnel and empowering the sharing and telling of their own stories.

The company is passionate about giving back to communities through workshops and intensives in creative expression, filmmaking and storytelling. With many years of experience in successful small scale media projects, the company now specialises in short and long form narrative content for tv and film. To see their current projects, click on the Projects tab and for past work, visit the Mad Dan Youtube Channel

ABOUT MAD

Mads has been writing, directing and producing film, TV and web content for the last decade. Prior to this, Mads attained her ‘Associate Diploma in Speech and Drama teaching’ with Trinity College, London. She then graduated from her ‘Theatre and Film Arts Degree’ from University Of South Queensland in 2008. Mads has appeared in many theatre shows, commercials, TV shows and films over the years, including recent guest spots in ‘Offspring’, ‘It’s a Date’ and ‘Romper Stomper’. In 2010, Mads attended the ‘International Film School Sydney’ and then AFTRS in 2011, working under Peter Herbert in story and screenwriting. In 2014, Mads attained her ‘Cert 4 in Small Business Management’ and started production company, Mad Dan Productions, with Dan Mulvihill. She has made many social media videos for companies like ‘Quality Lifestyle Support’, ‘NEAMI – Mental Health’, ‘headspace’, ‘Pink Ribbon High Tea’ and her ad for wine giant, Vinomofo, went viral online. Madeleine has lectured at JMC film school Melbourne for many years, teaching directing subjects. Mads has directed many short films, with her first being ‘Cabbie Confessions’ in 2011, with comedian Matt Okine. In 2015, ‘Casa Del Crip,’ a short film in collaboration with the late comedian and disability activist, Stella Young, was a finalist in the AACTA Social Shorts competition. Her short film, ‘Love Sick’ was also a finalist in the Tropfest/NPS competition that year. In 2016, her short film, ‘Neighbourhood Wars’, shot in FNQ, took out best film at Capricorn Film Festival.

In 2017, Mads completed writing and directing the 6x10min online series ‘Sexy Herpes’, funded with the assistance of Screen Australia. ‘Sexy Herpes’ has been acquired by Channel 9, Virgin inflight, Revry Tv and SeekaTV. The rights for a 30min TV series have been sold to Aetios Productions in Canada. This is currently being developed. Sexy Herpes finished very high up on the Web Series World Circuit, having an incredibly successful run, winning many awards. In 2018, Mads successfully completed a 5 month director’s attachment for Rachel Griffiths for her debut feature film, ‘Ride Like A Girl’. In 2019, Mads has finalised development of a female-driven and culturally diverse TV series set in FNQ, called ‘Blood Sisters’, that she is co-writing and directing. Stephen Corvini and Enzo Tedeschi are Executive Producers, Sue Carroll is script producer and Kodie Bedford & Dan Mulvihill are co-writers. The series has recently been granted its third round of development funding from Screen Aus and Screen QLD, where a proof of concept short film will be shot by the end of 2019. it is currently being pitched as long-form TV to various networks in Aus and abroad. Mads and her partner Dan have currently raised $150K in private investment for the project. In 2019, Monsters of Many Worlds, was released on SBS via an initiative in collab with Screen Queensland. In 2019. Mads also worked with Kriv Stenders as director attachment on his feature film documentary, Slim and I. In late 2019, Mads wrote, produced and directed the ‘Proof Of Concept’ short film for ‘Blood Sisters’. The series is currently being pitch in the market and looking to go into production in late 2020.

ABOUT DAN

Dan has been writing and producing film, TV and web content for the last ten years. Prior to this, he graduated from his ‘Theatre and Film Arts Degree’ at the University Of South Queensland in 2008. Dan has appeared in many theatre shows, commercials, TV shows and films over the years, including recent guest spots in ‘Devil’s Dust’, ‘Betterman’, ‘Offspring’ and ‘Romper Stomper’. In 2011, Dan was mentored in course by Peter Herbert @ AFTRS, which focused on screenwriting and producing for Film & TV. In 2014, Dan attained his ‘Cert 4 in Small Business Management’ from RMIT in Melbourne. He then started a production company, ‘Mad Dan Productions’, with his partner, Madeleine Dyer. Dan has produced many social media videos for companies like ‘Quality Lifestyle Support’, ‘NEAMI – Mental Health’, ‘headspace’, ‘Living Silk – Pink Ribbon High Tea’ and an AD campaign for wine giant, Vinomofo, which hit 500K+ views online. Over the last few years, Dan has lectured at ‘JMC Film School Melbourne’ on the subject of short-form production 2.0. Dan has also been a sessional lecturer in screenwriting, producing and directing @ JMC Academy in Melbourne from 2013 – 2018. Dan has produced many short films, with his first being ‘Cabbie Confessions’ in 2011, with comedian Matt Okine. In 2015, ‘Casa Del Crip,’ a short film in collaboration with the late comedian and disability activist, Stella Young, was a finalist in the AACTA Social Shorts competition.

That same year, his short film, ‘Love Sick’ was also a finalist in the Tropfest/NPS competition. In 2016, ‘Neighbourhood Wars’, shot in FNQ, was a finalist in the Peninsula Short Film Fest. The film also screened at the ‘Short Film Corner’ in Cannes and took out ‘Best Film’ in the Capricorn Film Festival. By the end of 2017, Dan completed co-writing and producing the 6x10min online series ‘Sexy Herpes’, funded with the assistance of Screen Australia. ‘Sexy Herpes’ has been acquired by Channel 9 and Virgin In-flight entertainment. It recently won ‘Best Ensemble’ at Dublin Web Fest, and continues to be an official selection on web series world cup festival circuit. In 2018, In 2019, Monsters of Many Worlds, was released on SBS via an initiative in collab with Screen Queensland. Dan is developing a new female-driven and culturally diverse online series set in FNQ, called ‘Blood Sisters’. The ‘Proof Of Concept’ for Blood Sisters was shot in late 2019 and backed by Screen Aus and Screen QLD. The series is currently being pitched to market and looking to be in production in late 2020. Dan is co-writing and producing the feature film, ‘Trouble Karma Christmas’, which is in development and scheduled to be shot in 2020/21. The film has currently raised $100K in private investment.