Death Calm Studios

Brandon Cole is a freelance writer/director currently based in Duluth Minnesota. He also works as a versatile crew hand specializing in Assistant Director, Production Coordinator & Special Effects. He is considered by many colleagues a staple of Northern Minnesota film-making.

Though he began his creative process at a young age, Cole began his official journey into the Entertainment industry at the age of 16 as a radio host for WTIP Community Radio in Grand Marais Minnesota. Where he produced & hosted the shows "Metal Maniacs" & "Rock Revived" from 2004-2012. Winning "Producer Of The Year" in 2006. He also worked tech at at The Grand Marais Playhouse from 2005-2007. From 2005-2010 he also sang and collaborated with many local bands & music acts.

In 2010 Cole moved to Duluth Minnesota to focus on a career in film. While attending Lake Superior in 2011 Cole began laying the foundation for a studio. After minimal success the studio underwent an identity change & image make over. Death Calm Studios was born & their first short "The Dark Room" caught the attention of the local industry. After ups/downs and management changes Cole eventually handed ownership of Death Calm to his business partners Heather Olson & Scott Hensley so he could focus more on the creative process. Though he no longer owns the studio he is still involved in all of the creative and executive decisions. To date Death Calm Studios has produced more than 20 short films. Many of which Cole has directed & written. Several have also been written or co written by studio owner and Director Of Photography Scott Hensley. Including the 2017 short film "The Doll" (made for the Halloween fifty/50 Reel Challenge) for which Cole was nominated for Best Director. Hensley was also nominated for Best Script & Best Cinematographer. In total the cast and crew received 13 nominations though they did not take any awards home. In 2019 Death Calm scored it's first award with the film "Vote Murder" (Made for the Duluth 48 hour film festival) won best editing (edited by Victoria Tanley.) The film was quickly followed with "Blood Harvest" (made for the Halloween fifty/50 Reel Challenge) which won best trailer (edited by Victoria Tanley) and was nominated for best practical effects. (Alita Cottrell, Kirk Eckstine & Doug Engie.) Colle & Death Calm are currently working towards their first narrative feature along side several more shorts and a possible feature length documentary partnership with another studio local to Duluth.

Contact Info

Phones: (218) 206-4599 (Cell)

Email Address: brandoncole.deathcalmstudios@gmail.com

Websites:
Death Calm Studios
Death Calm Studios

Contact(s):
Victoria Tanley, (507) 720-5491, vikitanley@gmail.com
Heather Olson, heatherolson.deathcalmstudios@gmail.com
Scott Hensley, scotthensley.deathcalmstudios@gmail.com

Credits

Title/Name: The House
Client/Production Company: Death Calm Studios
Year: 2012

Title/Name: Of Monster and Man
Client/Production Company: Tyler Coven Productions
Year: 2013

Title/Name: What Do You Wanna Do?
Client/Production Company: Death Calm Studios
Year: 2014

Title/Name: The Dark Room
Client/Production Company: Death Calm Studios
Year: 2014

Title/Name: Trail Of Terror
Client/Production Company: Tyler Coven Productions
Year: 2014

Title/Name: Bump In The Night: A Horror Hiaku
Client/Production Company: Death Calm Studios
Year: 2014

Title/Name: The Great Christmas Light Fight 3
Client/Production Company: Tripple Threat Productions
Year: 2015

Title/Name: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Wander
Client/Production Company: Death Calm Studios
Year: 2016

Title/Name: No Blood Of Mine
Client/Production Company: No Blood Of Mine LLC
Year: 2016

Title/Name: Harvest Lake
Client/Production Company: Bandit Motion Pictures
Year: 2016

Title/Name: Plank Face
Client/Production Company: Bandit Motion Pictures
Year: 2016

Title/Name: Lurking In The Dark
Client/Production Company: Mutiny Productions
Year: 2017

Title/Name: Another Side
Client/Production Company: Mutiny Productions
Year: 2017

Title/Name: Cold November
Client/Production Company: Cold November LLC
Year: 2017

Title/Name: Space Babes From Outer Space
Client/Production Company: Bandit Motion Pictures
Year: 2017

Title/Name: Nobody's Son
Client/Production Company: Noboy's Son LLC
Year: 2017

Title/Name: The Doll
Client/Production Company: Death Calm Studios
Year: 2017

Title/Name: House Warning
Client/Production Company: Death Calm Studios
Year: 2017

Title/Name: Before I Wake
Client/Production Company: Death Calm Studios
Year: 2017

Title/Name: Jill
Client/Production Company: Death Calm Studios
Year: 2017

Title/Name: Gleahan and the Knaves of Industry
Client/Production Company: Battlemage Films
Year: 2018

Title/Name: Hate Storm
Client/Production Company: Curly Vic Productions
Year: 2018

Title/Name: Bring Them To Me
Client/Production Company: Death Calm Studios
Year: 2018

Title/Name: Strange Nature
Client/Production Company: Ojala Productions
Year: 2018

Title/Name: Virginia Minnesota
Client/Production Company: Rushaway Picturea
Year: 2018

Title/Name: Christmas Break-In
Client/Production Company: G It's Entertainment
Year: 2018

Title/Name: Highway Of Hope South Minneapolis
Client/Production Company: Story Front
Year: 2018

Title/Name: Midlife Crisis
Client/Production Company: Murder Pretty
Year: 2018

Title/Name: Unfollowed
Client/Production Company: Haunted Web Productions
Year: 2018

Title/Name: 100 Most Terrifying Places
Client/Production Company: Sharp Entertainment
Year: 2019

Title/Name: Votte Murder
Client/Production Company: Death Calm Studios
Year: 2019

Title/Name: Blood Harvest
Client/Production Company: Death Calm Studios
Year: 2019

Title/Name: Great Christmas Light Fight 7
Client/Production Company: ABC
Year: 2019

Title/Name: Sloth
Client/Production Company: Death Calm Studios
Year: 2020

Title/Name: A Troubled Mind
Client/Production Company: Yates Ave Productions
Year: 2020

Title/Name: The Washing Machine
Client/Production Company: Naomi Bray
Year: 2020

Title/Name: A.D.D.
Client/Production Company: Death Calm Studios
Year: 2020

Title/Name: Some Cheesy 90's Horror Flick
Client/Production Company: Death Calm Studios
Year: 2021

Title/Name: Ouroboros
Client/Production Company: Madeline Fleming
Year: 2021

Title/Name: Hamlet 2020 The Movie
Client/Production Company: Nick Hansen
Year: 2021

Title/Name: Christmas Slasher
Client/Production Company: Destiny Soria
Year: 2021

Title/Name: The Modern Witches
Client/Production Company: Battlemage Films
Year: 2021

Title/Name: The Hand That Feeds
Client/Production Company: LZ Productions
Year: 2021

Title/Name: Soul Comrade
Client/Production Company: M.A. Doffer
Year: 2021

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Features and Shorts