Keri Collins Talks About His Bite Size Holiday Short, Swapsies

MUSE TV recently talked with the director of the Bite Size Holiday short, Swapsies Keri Collins. While waiting in the department store return line, two strangers strike up a conversation about their families’ pointed gift-giving.

BAFTA winning writer/director Keri Collins was raised in a working class (blue collar) family in a tiny village in South Wales, and movies were his big escape as a kid. Fortunately he was a kid in the 80s and so became hugely influenced by American cinema of that era, from John Hughes to Chris Columbus, Shane Black to Ridley Scott. Now, Keri fuses hopeful working class/blue collar stories into action, comedy, adventure, drama, and thriller. His debut feature comedy thriller as director, the micro budget, BAFTA Cymru Breakthrough Award winning CONVENIENCE, starred Adeel Akhtar (The Big Sick) and Ray Panthaki (Away). The film was theatrically released in the UK and acquired by NETFLIX in 2016. More recently he has created and written a number of original TV dramas that have been optioned to various production companies, and is writing an adaptation of the iconic, million copy selling British children’s book, SUPERGRAN, as a family action adventure movie. SWAPSIES is his second holiday short film, and he is currently developing a feature length holiday movie all about Santa not being who we thought he was.

Keri is a Welsh minority language speaker. You can see more of the Bite Size Holiday shorts and interviews with the directors by clicking here.

Michael Sandoval

Michael Sandoval is the Founder and Executive Producer of MUSE TV, as well as the Producer of NEWS x MUSE, Destination: The Theme Park Travel Show, and he is the Co-Executive Producer of "Hey Han" with Executive Producer and host, Hannah Fletcher. MUSE TV originated as a website covering music and entertainment news in 2012. The company has expanded to YouTube, as well as having its own podcast. One decade later, the MUSE TV Network now exists on Roku and Amazon Fire TV. Sandoval grew up in East Los Angeles, having graduated from Don Bosco Technical Institute. He began his journalism career in junior college where he wrote for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Whittier Star News, covering high school sports. Michael then continued his education at Cal State University, Fullerton in which he worked at KTLA as a production assistant for Kurt the Cyberguy. His journalism career eventually led to the transition into the realm of professional sports- specializing in marketing, sales, event planning and public relations with the National Hockey League, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Galaxy and Los Angeles Dodgers. Michael later crafted a hybrid of his journalism career, combined with his newfound marketing skills to create not only the MUSE TV as a news outlet, but also the MUSE TV Internship Program. This program exists with the mission to help develop the next generation of journalists.

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