More than your average fan-film...

Mischief Managed is a student-made short film, shot on location at Oxford University. With the opportunity to use many of the same locations as the original films, our crew sought to recreate the beloved world of Hogwarts that generations of fans have come to know and love. With a crew of 24 and a main cast of 7, plus 25 extras, this 30-minute film was among the largest student productions in Oxford in recent years. Shot across 6 days but planned for 6 months, the film benefits from the knowledge, experience and high-standards of the Oxford film scene.

Marlene McKinnon

Based on the best

Mischief Managed's script is based (loosely) on the wildly successful fan fiction "The Shoebox Project", with permission from the authors Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett. The multimedia fanfiction follows the Marauders during their Hogwarts years and beyond, and met with riotous success during its episodic publication online from 2004-8. You can read it here: http://shoebox.lomara.org/

Meet The Crew

Suzy Shepherd | Director

Before graduating from Balliol College, Oxford, in 2016 with a degree in Classics, Suzy conceived, directed and co-wrote the short film Mischief Managed. This was her first foray into the world of directing, after being heavily involved in the Oxford student film scene for several years in various capacities, but particularly in the camera department.

Though her roots are in editing, she was 1st Assistant Camera on many student projects and then Director of Photography on several well-received shorts, including Martin Friar's First Kiss (2016) and Storgé (2016), which will be showing at the upcoming Miami Independent Film Festival and the Move Me Productions Film Festival. She is thrilled to have finally been able to bring one of her own creative projects to life, and is currently editing the film.

Jake Hatt | Director of Photography

Jake is studying English Literature at Jesus College, Oxford, and is part of young student film company Requiem Pictures. An experienced director of photography and editor, his credits include Fish Bowl (pre-production), City Blues (post-production), The Arbor (for which he was also Editor and Co-Producer, May 2016), III (February 2016), and The Sex Lives of Eels (December 2015), as well as Mischief Managed.

Jake has directed and edited numerous trailers for student plays, such as A Streetcar Named Desire (May 2016), Mercury Fur (February 2016), Twelfth Night (June 2015) and Turl Street Arts Festival (February 2016). He also works for the production company Crossform Media, who are employed by various contractors around the world to make corporate and commercial short films and promotional videos using a RED Epic Dragon. Recent projects include a promo for Microsoft (April 2016), an online advertisement for Birgkarhaus Hotel in Austria (February 2016) and a short video for Hooper Corporation, Wisconsin (September 2015).

Emily Everdee | Executive Producer

Emily Everdee graduated in 2015 with a BA in French from the University of Oxford, where she accidentally stumbled into producing and began her journey as a filmmaker. With experience as Producer, Production Manager and 1st AD, she has worked on an array of short-form projects, from narrative drama to aburdist film and factual video.

Currently, Emily is producing ‘Visitors‘ (October 2016) and ‘Surfing’ (October 2016), part of the Channel 4 Random Acts scheme. She is the Marketing & Distribution Manager for Heaven Knows, coordinating its submission to over 60 festivals worldwide. See emilyeverdee.com/projects for a complete list of work.

Aimeé Kwan | Producer

Aimeé is an Ancient & Modern History student at Magdalen College, Oxford University, and is an independent producer, writer and actress across visual and theatrical media. Aimeé is the founder of the Kotei Group, that works to bring various projects across the creative world to fruition.

Her other work during university time includes production for short films around Oxford, most recently Rhapsody (2016), written and directed by Dan Grimwood, and The Arbor (2016), directed by Shannon Britton. In the fall she will also be releasing her first novel, Of Foxes & Red Horizons, and will be releasing her first feature film, Saving Turtles, internationally. She will also be bringing Tenessee Williams’ Summer & Smoke to UK theatre for the first time in a decade in November, and will launch her first joint fashion venture, Generation K for A/W 2016. Over 2016 - 17 she has other projects lined up for film, theatre and radio as a producer, writer and/or actress.

Shannon Britton | Assistant Producer

Shannon is an English Literature and Language student at Exeter College, Oxford University. Mischief Managed was the first short film project she got involved with, after being keen to get involved in the making of a Harry Potter film. Since her involvement in the project, she has gained lots of experience in Oxford film scene; she is part of production company Requiem Pictures, and is treasurer of Oxford’s only filmmaking society, the Oxford University Film Foundation.

Shannon now enjoys directing as well as working in production; she is currently directing and co-producing Fish Bowl (pre-production), a short film set in the Welsh valleys, has directed and co-produced dystopian short film The Arbor (May 2016), and co-directed music video City Blues (post-production). She is also co-producing a summer national tour for the Oxford sell-out play Pussyfooting.

Becka Oxland-Isles | Art Director

During her time studying French at Oxford, Becka has gained a variety of experience on short film projects. Since starting out as a Production Assistant on big-budget short Heaven Knows in 2015, she has accrued a range of credits, including Assistant Director on The Sex Lives of Eels (December 2015) and III (February 2016). Mischief Managed was Becka’s first film as Art Director, and she was spellbound by her first taste of the magic of production design.

She has since delved further into the more creative side of film, having gone on to work as Standby Art Director on Emanuel Pictures’ The Storyteller (November 2015), Props Master on the one-shot style Visitors (June 2016), and Art Assistant on short film Kiss Kiss (July 2016). Her credits as Art Director include the short film Surfing (June 2016) for Channel 4’s Random Acts scheme and music video City Blues (June 2016) for Zander Sharp Music. As a co-founder of young film production company Requiem Pictures, she was Production Designer and Co-Producer on its debut short, The Arbor (May 2016), and is currently working on the company’s next project, the quirky dark comedy Fish Bowl (pre-production).

Cecil Wright | Screenwriter

Cecil Wright graduated from Oxford University in 2016 with a degree in Psychology and Philosophy. Having discovered a love of screenwriting while at university, Mischief Managed is their second screenwriting credit to date.

Previous work includes the short film Storgé, which will be showing at the upcoming Miami Independent Film Festival and the Move Me Productions Film Festival, and an advert for the app Candle Path, which was awarded funding through the City of London in 2015 as part of a startup competition. Cecil is still patiently waiting for their invitation to Hogwarts to arrive, and can only assume that the owl has simply gotten lost on its way to Canada.

Full Crew

  • Director / Editor-Suzy Shepherd
  • Screenplay-Cecil Wright
  • Producer-Aimee Kwan
  • Executive Producer-Emily Everdee
  • Assistant Producer-Shannon Britton
  • Director of Photography / Tech Producer-Jake Hatt
  • 1st Assistant Camera-Robert Stanton
  • 2nd Assistant Camera / Slater-Phoebe Mousley Jones
  • Gaffer-Dan Grimwood
  • Art Director-Becka Oxland-Isles
  • Assistant Art Director-Izzy Galwey
  • Costume Designer-Rachel Ince Kitson
  • Make-up Artist-Becky Lenihan
  • Make-up Artist-Anya Boulton
  • Free Elf-Madeleine Perham
  • 1st Assistant Director-Samuel Joyce
  • 2nd Assistant Director-Annayah Prosser
  • 2nd Assistant Director-George Bustin
  • 3rd Assistant Director-Ellie Siora
  • Script Supervisor-Jaycie Carter
  • Production Assistant-Arya Rallan
  • Location Sound-Zander Sharp
  • Runner-Ruby Breward
  • Sound Designer-Tom McKenzie
  • Colourist-Rob Stanton
  • Composer-Harry Brokensha
  • Website Designer-Mathew Shepherd