While exploring the idea that a camera is a device that ‘taps moments in time’ (‘The Moment Trap’), Steven began exploring moments in recent history that were never captured on video.
One of these moments was the shooting of John Lennon. If this happened today, there would be at least one mobile phone recording of the event and the aftermath, but in 1980, there was none. This moment will only be trapped in the minds of those who were there and, even then, only the moment as they remember it exists.
Millions of people all around the world were devastated by the news of John Lennon’s death. The most frequent question being: “why?”. This is the same feeling we get at the end of The Moment Trap – The Lennon Dream, we are caught out and left with these questions and emotion.
There are parallels between John Lennon and Mickey Sharpe, the protagonist in The Moment Trap - The Lennon Dream, with the end scene being a final nod to Mickey’s hero in the modern tale of a moment lost in time. Silence fills the auditorium as the emotional rollercoaster suddenly jolts to a stop and audiences prepare to leave, with the memory of that moment trapped in their mind.
It’s 40 years since the murder of John Lennon, a moment trapped in Mickey Sharpe’s mind as he imagines that fateful night. After struggling to live on minimum wage, Mickey decides, "you’re better off being a gangster because you’ve got more of a chance."
John Lennon has now been dead as long as he lived.
Today, we have the ability to trap any moment in time using the technology we hold in our pockets, however, we can only imagine the night of the 8th of December 1980 outside the Dakota Apartments in New York, when John Lennon was shot four times in the back.
ACTOR, MICKEY SHARPE
Carmelo studied acting at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.
He is a fresh young face with raw natural talent that Director, Steven A. Johnson, was excited to be able to work with - to sculpt and capture the very essence of each and every aspect of Mickey's complex character and his life's misfortunes.
Carmelo has performed extensively on stage and recently worked on projects overseas.
Steven A. Johnson
Producer / Director
Concept & character creator, scriptwriter, professional lyricist, composer, and author: Steven's natural ability to imagine and execute each idea has led the process of the production of The Moment Trap - The Lennon Dream.
His keen eye and an acute understanding of behaviour and mannerisms enable him to portray the specific detail in each and every scene.
Steven has over 20 years’ experience of writing, producing and directing and has produced many commercial and dramatised promotional films. Throughout the making of The Moment Trap - The Lennon Dream, he has valued his discussions with his friend Berny Stringle.
Greg graduated from Falmouth School of Art and has 30 years of experience working in and around the creative industry. His broad skill sets are invaluable in a business where so many wide-ranging disciplines are employed.
Friend and Consultant
Friend and consultant of Steven A. Johnson, Berny has provided a wealth of knowledge and experience, spanning over 40 years in the industry. He has written, directed and produced award-winning radio, TV and cinema commercials including Brook Bond, Birds Eye, Schweppes, Duracell, Guinness and many more.
- Grand Prix in Cannes
- Coup de Venezia in Italy
- Numerous Clios in New York
- 'Best Director' at The Hollywood Festival
- The Paris Art Director's Club Award
He then turned his attention to writing children's books, documentaries, TV Comedy/Drama and even a stage musical.
We are proud and honoured to have Berny on board and relish his stories of great names from TV and Film.
Actor / Crew
Paul McKay, an actor known for his role in BBC’s NCS Manhunt, was heavily involved in pre-production, including location scouting and test scene-shooting. With his many years of industry experience, Paul has been and continues to be a hugely resourceful member of the whole production process.
From his personal website: "The next thing we knew Bowie was listening to us jamming upstairs in the live room and asked if we wanted to work on some of the soundtrack with him. I learnt a hell of a lot in a short space of time working with him. The pieces of music then became the album of the same name and our little band started to get noticed by influential people in the industry."
Rob's natural talent and skill in music composition shines throughout the film, carrying the audience as they embark on an emotional journey allowing them to get lost in the story. The indisputable precision of each and every beat, complements the imagery on screen.
Recently Rob has worked on Sky One's 'Intelligence'.
Cedar Rose Johnson
MUSIC / Crew
Cedar Rose has been involved since the very beginning, bringing her natural creativity and dedication to the pre-production, shooting and post-production of The Moment Trap - The Lennon Dream. She wrote 4 songs for the original soundtrack: 'Minimum Wage', 'Happy As A Happy Thing', 'Run Away And Hide' and 'Can't Fucking Handle It'.
Reed Price Johnson
Reed has been part of the team since the beginning of pre-production, helping with shooting the storyboard. During the shooting, Reed was a valuable member of the crew, ensuring everything was running along smoothly, a right-hand man to Steven.
STEVEN A. JOHNSON
STEVEN A. JOHNSON
ORIGINAL SCORE BY
CEDAR ROSE JOHNSON
STEVEN A. JOHNSON
JAMES ‘SHERBERT’ SHERBORDE
SIDNEY VEX’S GRANDSON
MONTAGE ANNOYED DRIVER
BACK UP GANG