Lauren Simpson

Iris Arc Pictures

As an internationally recognized, award winning producer, I have spent the last ten years producing a diverse slate of content across a variety of mediums and distribution platforms, for both personal, contracted and corporate projects. I thrive in high-pressure environments and love to work with large teams of passionate collaborators from all walks of life and with varying levels of experience. In order for me to directly pursue my producorial ambitions in acting as an international production liaison for clients and companies globally I founded the company, Iris Arc Pictures. The company was successfully debuted at the 2018 American Film Market and saw me build a strong and diverse network in the global filmmaking community. But what drives me most is what drives most people in our industry - pure love of stories and storytelling. A drive I discovered when I was young and developed and honed with every project I have worked on or collaborated on since. I have learned, assimilated and applied something from every collaboration, client and opportunity. 2019 commenced with a highly successful production run with clients such as Rooster Teeth Productions and Fade In Creative, both of whom required me to put my verifiable track record to the test. My background in high stakes workplaces has given me the ability to quickly, succinctly, efficiently and – as is often the case – simultaneously manage each project from the inside out, collaborating with all the stakeholders to bring the content to life. Furthermore, as a passionate filmmaker I co-founded a production company that facilitated a wide range of production services, inclusive of, but not limited to: short films, documentaries, corporate videos, commercials and events. During my tenure as CEO of Lunacraft Productions I am proud to have produced many exciting projects including the award winning Lost & Found, Top 15 finalist Flytrap and Tropfest finalist Lenny. We also collaborated with the incredible team from Rogue Ventures on their horror anthology web-series The Witness Articles, which saw me produce their largest episode – set in 1920’s Egypt - for under $2000AUD. Lunacraft Productions served as a career initiation platform that led me to producing international content for some of the world’s largest pop culture companies such as Rooster Teeth and Blizzard Entertainment. Rooster Teeth in particular are a key long-term client where I now act as their international liaison for productions they wish to pursue in Australia.

my core skills

Scheduling

Budgeting

Field Producing

Production Management

High Energy!

Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

Attending a red carpet at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood for a short that I produced in only 48 hours (as per the terms of the competition) selected as a Top 15 finalist, out of 130 countries worth of submissions and have that be the ONLY Australian film in the mix.

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

There's definitely a lot of coffee involved! I'm up at strange hours fielding calls from clients in the USA and Australia. I work hard and I work a lot and I take great pride in that.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

Animals! I love to work surrounded by my furry friends - they keep me entertained and focused all at the same time.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

I am lucky to have extensive knowledge in film, events, marketing, sales and exhibition - I have operated in so many different industries, wearing so many different hats, that I am able to apply all of my experience to ensure that every project I manage runs seamlessly.

What are the tools of your trade?

A serious amount of logic and colour coding. My laptop and filing system are my best friend. I also am proficient in Premiere Pro, Photoshop and InDesign.

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?

Absolutely! I love working with large teams of people, as a producer my job is to delegate and manage end-to-end projects - plus collaborating with others allows me to do my best work as I am constantly learning and evolving my style.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

BE FLEXIBLE! Every client, project and budget is completely different. I think it's really important to be as flexible as possible and work with every vendor and client to ensure everyone is happy with the end results.

examples of my work

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