After a deadly virus wipes out most of humanity, the survivors are forced to wait alone in self-sustaining bunkers while the viral threat runs its course. Able to communicate through a networked video interface, the survivors wait for years and slowly become a motley family of sorts. But their fragile social ecosystem is shattered when, one by one, they start mysteriously disappearing from their bunkers.
NATHANIEL ATCHESON (director, writer, editor)
Nathaniel Atcheson graduated from Chapman University with a focus in directing in 2008. Since then, he has directed three feature films, including HERPES BOY, starring Beth Grant and Octavia Spencer, which premiered at the Austin Film Festival and won the audience award in comedy.
Nathaniel has always loved science fiction and wanted to re-direct his career into making genre films. He wrote the original draft for DOMAIN in 2010 and spent the next several years refining the script and pulling together financing with his longtime friend and producer, M. Elizabeth Hughes.
Nathaniel also works as an editor on various TV shows, including FX’s “Atlanta” and Comedy Central’s “Drunk History." He lives with his husband Darren in Los Angeles.
M. ELIZABETH HUGHES (producer)
M. Elizabeth Hughes grew up in south Georgia and attended Wesleyan College. A lifelong love of movies and organization led her to a career as a film producer, and she earned her M.F.A. in Film and Television Producing from Chapman University in 2008.
Since then, she has made her career producing a wide variety of films and series with a wide variety of filmmakers and financiers. She has produced everything from independent films (SHORT TERM 12) to docuseries (LORENA) to studio features (GIRLFRIEND’S DAY).
DOMAIN gave her the opportunity to collaborate with her longtime friends and partners, Nathaniel Atcheson and Benjamin Kantor.
BENJAMIN KANTOR (cinematographer)
Benjamin Kantor was born and raised in the Bay Area of California. While working on his B.S. in Graphic Communication, he began migrating from graphic design to motion pictures, finding the experience of creating images on set while collaborating with a team more challenging and rewarding than sitting behind a desk.
This led him to Chapman University, where he received his M.F.A. in Film Production with an emphasis in Cinematography. After Chapman, he continued to work with many of his former classmates on projects ranging from feature films to music videos to web series.
Benjamin works as a colorist in addition to cinematographer, and current projects include originals for Netflix, Amazon, HBO, and Comedy Central.
LAUREN FITZSIMMONS (Production Designer)
Lauren fell in love with environmental storytelling at an early age as a ballet dancer. She received a BFA in Scenic Design from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film at Purchase College, NY and then started working as a Designer, Art Director and Asst. Art Director for Film and TV.
Her most recent feature film credits include the dramatic thriller WILDLING (2017), directed by Fritz Böhm, produced by Maven Pictures, and starring Bel Powley and Liv Tyler. Comedy, PUBLIC DISTURBANCE (2017) directed by Danny Lee and produced by Lionsgate. DOMAIN won her best Production Design at Other Worlds Austin 2016. Sci-Fi, BEYOND SKYLINE (2017) LA Unit directed by Liam O’Donnell, produced by Collin and Greg Strause, and starring Frank Grillo. Lauren designed INVISIBLE, a Virtual Reality action series directed and produced by Doug Liman and 30 Ninjas.
Lauren has been based in Los Angeles for 6 years and works regularly as a local in New York. She is represented by the Gersh Agency and is a member of the Art Directors Guild 800 and USA 829.