Production Team

Meet our Director and our Writer

Gary O'Brien_Director Paul Laight_Writer

Gary O'Brien - Director

Gary fills many roles on Chance Encounter, but his primary job is

Director. Since his early teens he has been making movies and skits guerilla style, exploiting the time and good nature of his family and friends. During this same period he has worked on feature films and TV shows, as well as a milieu of corporate events.


His roles have ranged from VFX technician on the Bond film "Die Another Day” and Oliver Stones' “Alexander”, to vision mixing and directing live music concerts, conferences and shows for large corporate clients.


In the Star Trek world, Gary has also been awarded the honorary position of Vice Admiral of Yorktown by Empire magazine editor James Dyer and the title of "The Ultimate Trekker" having won a competition to promote the home release of Star Trek Beyond. His original artwork also featured on the cover of 2016's official Star Trek: Ships of the Line Calendar.


Now, two of his life long passions - film making and Star Trek are finally joining forces at Star Trek Short!


Paul Laight - Writer

Paul is a committed writer and filmmaker. In 2002, he gained an MA in Feature Film Screenwriting from Royal Holloway College of London and since graduation has written several feature and short film scripts. In 2005, he formed Fix Films with Gary and has written and produced many shorts and promos to date.


He is a versatile and prolific writer with a very strong feel for structure, characterisation and dialogue. He favours thought-provoking and entertaining genre narratives with memorable characters, images and scenes. He also writes film and TV reviews on his blog:


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