Ben Rock Bio
While still in college, Ben began working as a special effects makeup artist and in the art department on independent and commercial productions in Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Alabama while simultaneously working on a lot of small, fun local theater projects for free. After college, he made the move into directing, mostly microbudget commercial projects on 16mm and Super-8 film.
in 1996 and 1997, his regional work won him two Addy’s, awards for excellence in advertising. More regional advertising and PSA work followed. And then...
In 1997, Ben was asked to join the five-man production team that would make The Blair Witch Project. Taking the title of Production Designer, he worked collaboratively to help create an improvisational atmosphere for the landmark film. In addition to creating much of the backstory of the Blair Witch (which became the content of the website), he created the iconic “stickman” symbol that was used to market the film. Shortly before the film was released, the creative team brought him back to write Curse of the Blair Witch, an hour-long SyFy special presented as a television documentary about the "real" story.
After the release of Blair Witch, Artisan Entertainment tapped Ben to write, produce, and direct The Burkittsville 7 for Showtime and Shadow of the Blair Witch for SyFy, television specials to complement the original movie.
In 2004, Ben and his producing Partner Matt Compton formed Visible Man Productions, LLC to focus on special projects which tend to walk the line between content and advertising. In 2004 he wrote and directed the mock-documentary The BPRD Declassified for Sony and Revolution Studios to market the release of Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy. It aired in prime time on FX, and in 2005 he directed a series of award-winning webisodes produced for Audi’s The Art of the Heist campaign promoting the release of the Audi A3.
For 9 years, Ben and Visible Man created branded content, found footage, fake commercials, subversive advertising, and webisodes - often for visionary agency Campfire - for a variety of transmedia projects including The 4400 (USA Networks), True Blood (HBO), The Colony (Discovery), Homefront (THQ), The Ruins (Paramount Pictures), and John Lithgow: Stories By Heart .
And in 2009, he directed the critically-acclaimed sci-fi/horror film Alien Raiders for Warner Brothers and indie genre label Raw Feed.
Somewhere in there, he began writing freelance articles for Backstage Magazine (beginning with an interview with Errol Morris), which led to writing for Creative Screenwriting and associate-editing the quarterly indie-film journal Action... All of which ultimately drove him to start a blog, which he continues to this day.
Today he continues his theater passion, producing and directing plays including Baal by Bertoldt Brecht, Richard III by William Shakespeare, and Occupation by Ken Ferrigni as well as serving for two seasons as co-artistic director for the Sacred Fools Theater Company in Hollywood. He's currently working with writer Bob DeRosa and producer Cat Pasciak on a horror/comedy web series called 20 Seconds to Live. Check it out!