Will Bates is an award winning composer and founder of Fall On Your Sword. As a saxophonist, Bates has collaborated with a myriad of legendary artists ranging from 60's icon Lulu to techno legend Marshall Jefferson. A prolific producer and composer, Bates has collaborated with a similarly diverse bunch including Mike Rutherford, Roy Ayers and Morcheeba's Skye Edwards. As a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist, Bates has recorded and toured under the name of his own post-punk band The Rinse and collaborated with Electric Six front-man Dick Valentine as The Evil Cowards. Bates' first outing as a film composer bore fruit quickly as he scored Ry Russo-Young's 'You Won't Miss Me', which premiered at Sundance and won a Gotham Award. In 2007, Bates created the first of a series of videos under the name Fall On Your Sword. His videos quickly went viral on YouTube, racking up hits in the millions and an explosive FOYS live act soon followed. In 2009, Fall On Your Sword evolved into a music production company and audio post facility with purpose built studios in Brooklyn New York. Since then, FOYS has created music for award winning commercials and feature films such as the critically acclaimed scores to 'Another Earth' and 'We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks'. Bates' recent scores of 2014 include 'I, Origins' directed by Mike Cahill, 'The Notorious Mr. Bout' directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin and Tony Gerber, and 'X/Y' directed by Ryan Piers Williams.
Eric's a trained, experienced actor - excellent on camera and on stage. Noted for his compelling portrayal of J.P. Morgan in the Emmy winning, global phenomenon The Men Who Built America, Eric returned to Gilded Age America as Thomas Edison in National Geographic's American Genius: Edison vs Tesla.
In 2016, Eric will be seen as notorious Union Pacific boss Thomas 'Doc' Durant in Robert Redford's Untitled West Project for AMC and play a key role in revving up American Speed: The True Story of NASCAR for CMT.
On stage, Eric recently toured Europe for 11 months in a sensational sell-out staging of the Broadway classic West Side Story. A veteran of leading roles and supporting characters in contemporary comedies and classic dramas, he's done Shakespeare, Mamet, Marber, and McPherson, musicals and Ayckbourn and played parts as varied as Sherlock Holmes, Felix Ungar and the Duke of Venice.
He's worked with likes of Danny Woodburn, Robert Cuccioli, Davis McCallum and Mike Cahill and trained with noted coaches Bob Krakower, Michael Cumpsty, Sean Durkin and Katie Bull.
Eric's training includes On Camera technique, Shakespeare, Meisner, improv, Practical Aesthetics, and vocal production from institutions including Temple University, the Atlantic Acting School, and One On One NYC.
Originally from London, Phil Mossman's music career began as a member of Andrew Weatherall's electronic visionaries The Sabres of Paradise. Phil was later recruited by Belfast's David Holmes, to collaborate on various remixes (U2, Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion). Holmes' cinematic influences soon caught the attention of Hollywood's heavy hitters, and the Holmes team was whisked off to LA to score Stephen Soderbergh's 1998 classic "Out Of Sight."
At the turn of the millennium, Phil found himself in New York working on two highly influential records, David Holmes', "Bow Down To The Exit Sign," and Primal Scream's, "XTRMNTR," at the brand new Plantain Studios which is now the legendary home to James Murphy's DFA. When Phil moved to NYC in 2001, Murphy invited him to join the newly minted outfit, LCD Soundsystem. After six years with LCD, Phil made the tough decision to quit touring save for the occasional cameo such as the "Shut Up and Play the Hits," documentary at Madison Square Garden.
A prolific film composer, Phil has scored thirteen full length features including a slew of Sundance hits such as Mike Cahill's "Another Earth," and "IOrigins," Jim Mickel's "We Are What We Are," Jon Watts' "Cop Car," staring Kevin Bacon, Michael Thelin's, "Emelie," and most recently the Netflix original, "Mercy."
Nicholas Shumaker works in New York for Paris-based Memento Films International and Paradise City. During his tenure with the companies, he has acquired for the company, produced, executive produced, and/or worked on the financing of films that have premiered and garnered awards in Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, Sundance, amongst others. Notable titles include Cold In July, Blue Ruin, We Are What We Are, Compliance, Short Term 12, V/H/S 2, Still Alice, amongst others.
Before his time with Memento he produced Another Earth, which won a number awards at Sundance and picked up two Independent Spirit Award nominations. He has also produced a number of documentaries, including HBO's Me@ the Zoo; Alex Mar's American Mystic; and Mike Cahill and Brit Marling's Havana set Boxers and Ballerinas.
He is a graduate of Georgetown University without any notable distinction, and began his career as a journalist, living in Cuba for just over three years.
He lives in NYC with his fiancée and his step-daughter.
Mike Plante is still his best friend.
In cinema, Dilip is known for introducing new exceptional talent as a Casting Director. He has worked with some of the world's most talented directors. His casting credits include Ang Lee's Life of Pi, Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited, Florian Gallenberger's Shadows of Time, Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra's Delhi 6 and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Ashvin Kumar's The Little Terrorist, Pan Nalin's Valley of Flowers, Mike Cahill's I Origins.
He was Associate Director with Pan Nalin on Faith Connections, a docu-feature on the Kumbh Mela. The film opened to rave reviews at the Toronto International Festival 2013. He has been Line Producer on three feature films -Ayurveda - Art of Being, Samsara and Valley of Flowers, all by Pan Nalin.
Dilip Shankar is an actor and director in the Delhi theatre scene.
As an actor, he is known for essaying a variety of roles - Cassio in Roysten Abel's award winning William Shakespeare's Othello-a play in black & white, Raju Guide in Sanjoy Roy's adaptation of R. K. Narayan's Guide, Jawaharlal Nehru in Pramila Le Hunte's Nehru-His Inner Story. He has worked with directors B. V. Karanth, Anamika Haksar, Abhilash Pillai, Bertina Johnson.
A theatre director of note on the Delhi theatre scene, he has directed a number of plays, and has written 36 plays so far. He was also Show Running Director for Zangoora - the Gypsy Prince at the Kingdom of Dreams from 2010 till 2012.
He is a photographer by profession. Today as an independent photographer he is working for several fashion brands, designers,corporate & websites.
He has practiced his abilities on different platforms. Seven years have happily passed by since he hitched with his camera. After completion of his P.G Diploma in Camera he started working on several assignments that includes of motion and still imaging.
He has worked for Habib Faisal's "Do Dooni Chaar" (Bollywood feature film) and Mike Cahill's "I ORIGINS" (Hollywood feature film) as still photographer.
He has had exposure of assisting India's well known fashion and advertising photographer Mr. Tarun Khiwal for two years. He further honed his learning by assisting French photographer Ms.Marie Langlest ,Canadian photographer Mr. Martin Prihoda and American photographer Joao Canziani for their several assignments in India.