John Soares

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John Soares
Born John Allen Soares
(1981-06-22) June 22, 1981 (age 36)
Turlock, California,
United States
Occupation Film Director, Actor, Editor, Fight Choreographer
Years active 2001 - Present
Notable work Sockbaby, Go Sukashi!, The Danger Element

John Soares (born June 22, 1981) is an American film director, actor, editor, and fight choreographer. He is best known for his martial arts fight choreography in Sockbaby, Go Sukashi!, and The Danger Element.

Early life[edit]

Soares was born in Turlock, California and grew up in the Central Valley working on his family's almond farm in the agricultural community of Hughson, California.

In 1999, Soares enrolled in film classes at Modesto Junior College where he met his future filmmaking partners Ben Beames and Justin Spurlock.


In 2001, Soares founded Westhavenbrook Productions with partners Ben Beames and Justin Spurlock.

Soares co-directed Sockbaby (2004) with Doug TenNapel starring Soares, Cody Spurlock, Uriel Padilla, Justin Spurlock, Jon Heder, Doug Jones, Rob Schrab, Kate Freund, and Isaac C. Singleton Jr. [1]

Soares was featured in the Movie Kung Fu episode of Indy Mogul’s Backyard FX hosted by Erik Beck.[2]

Soares and TenNapel, in association with Watanabe Entertainment and Dentsu Inc., started production on Go Sukashi! (2009-2011) a digital series that parodies the 1970’s Super Sentai Japanese television series based on a character created by Shoko Nakagawa (who introduces each episode) starring Soares, Justin Spurlock, and Brooke Brodack.[3]

Soares worked as an editor for Dreamworks Animation from 2014 to 2017.

In 2017, Soares worked as an editor on the animated series Little Big Awesome at Titmouse, Inc.

Soares directed The Danger Element (2017) starring Soares, Doug Jones, Cassie Meder, Kevan Hewett, Joshua Krebs, Justin Spurlock, and Ben Page.

Personal life[edit]

Soares is Roman Catholic. Soares is of Portuguese descent.


Year Title Credited as
Director Writer Actor
2017 The Danger Element Yes Yes Yes
2004 Sockbaby Yes Yes Yes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2002 Shocker Award Best Fantasy Short Film Tao of the Meteor Serpent Won
2004 Channy Award Best Fight Choreography Sockbaby Won
2007 ShockerFest Award [4] Guerrilla Software Gauntlet of Sorrow Won
2007 ShockerFest Award Best Actor (Science Fiction/Fantasy) Gauntlet of Sorrow Won


  1. ^ Wesley Scoggins (June 15, 2008). "John Soares Interview & Sockbaby 4!". IndyMogul. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 
  2. ^ IndyMogul (September 4, 2007). "Stunt Kung Fu Fight How-To : BFX". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 
  3. ^ Wesley Scoggins (December 8, 2009). "Interview with John Soares - On the Danger Element and Go Sukashi!". IndyMogul. Archived from the original on December 14, 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 
  4. ^ "ShockerFest International Film Festival". Oct 26, 2007. Archived from the original on 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 

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