Sydney Clara Brafman is an award winning writer and filmmaker living in Brooklyn, NY. Her focus drives her to study the human condition, the irony of circumstance, the tragedy of humor and the environments they inhabit with a wicked sense of humor and style. When she's not making movies, she's passionately hating cocoa, removing stage blood stains from her clothing, and enjoying cats on the street.
In short, humor and tragedy are two sides of the same coin to me, so I’d never consider one without the other. That’s what’s most frightening, how things so terrifying can also be full of humor. Often, you don’t see how difficult it can actually be to kill someone. It can take up to 4 minutes to fully strangle someone, and that’s IF it’s done correctly. Don’t tell me that’s not in the slight bit humorous. That’s an ordeal. What’s going through someones head in that amount of time? Well, the victim is probably terrified and begging for their life. But the killer? They could be wondering if they left the oven on. Which not only means they were using the oven to cook something, but that something potentially distracted them from turning it off. There’s a whole plot right there.
An antagonist has their own story, far more interesting than they’re given credit for. Everyone can be a psychopath, it just takes the right situation. Squib Films is a moment of impact that blurs reality and fiction. This stylistic attitude can only be visualized with an equally bold atmosphere; strong bright colors, stylistic set design. But with more blood, of course. At least, that’s how I see horror.
"She just oozes that kind of horrific charm that guarantees a chilling slice of the macabre [and] the makings of the next big name in horror" (Ramblings Magazine)
Pratt Institute; Film Production & Cinema Studies Minor 2015
International Baccalaureate 2011
NOCTI Culinary Certification 2010
Native Society "An interview with Sydney Clara Brafman: Award winning Writer and Filmmaker"
PerNYC "Tiny Terrors as per Sydney Clara Brafman on this perNYC episode! Sydney is the creator of Tiny Terrors, an anthology of creepy teeny films. In other words, "Tiny Terrors is a horror anthology series determined to explore the nexus of fear, comedy, and filmmaking".
Variety Magazine "In honor of its 110th anniversary, Variety selects 110 students who represent the future of film, media and entertainment." Online and in print April 28th 2015
Ramblings Magazine "Sydney Clara Brafman just oozes that kind of horrific charm that guarantees a chilling slice of the macabre...[she] not only promises to be full of disturbing imagery but also promises the psychological pangs of truly great horror... Squib has all the making of being a truly great horror film and Brafman the makings of the next big name in horror."