April 27, 1961|
Fairmont, West Virginia
|Area(s)||Director, producer, writer|
Fantasporto Film Festival Best Director Award|
The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award, 2004, 2005
Robert Tinnell (born April 27, 1961  in Fairmont, West Virginia) is a film screenwriter, director, and producer. He is also the author of several comic books and graphic novels, notably with a horror slant.
Tinnell's work as a director includes the films Kids of the Round Table (1995), Believe (2000), and Frankenstein and Me (1996), the latter of which was very popular with fans of classic horror. Tinnell has frequently acknowledged his passion for horror, particularly classic horror films. Hammer Film Productions aficionados seek out Frankenstein and Me because of a sequence inspired by the 1960 Terence Fisher film Brides of Dracula, which starred Peter Cushing. Tinnell's film actually recreates a windmill set that is used in the Hammer film. In the same film, Tinnell meticulously recreated a scene reminiscent of Night of the Living Dead as well as other horror classics. All of the sequences featured children in the adult roles. Burt Reynolds and Louise Fletcher starred in Frankenstein and Me, alongside a young Ryan Gosling. (Stars Elisha Cuthbert and Gosling both had early film roles for Tinnell.)
As a producer, Tinnell worked in both the music video world as well as feature films. Among his credits as producer are the MTV Award-winning Paula Abdul music video "Straight Up," directed by David Fincher, and the notorious cult film Surf Nazis Must Die (released through Troma).
Tinnell is best known in comics for a series of horror graphic novels, including The Black Forest, The Wicked West, The Living and The Dead, and Sight Unseen. His book Feast of the Seven Fishes was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album – Reprint. While promoting Feast of the Seven Fishes, Tinnell was a guest on several popular radio cooking shows, including The Splendid Table with Lynne Rossetto Kasper, the Rocco Dispirito Show, and KCRW's Good Food.
Currently, Tinnell is writing The Chelation Kid, a webcomic dealing with his son's autism, and EZ Streets, in collaboration with Mark Wheatley, as well as various screenwriting and directing projects. He is the director of the web series Here There Be Monsters, filmed by students of The Factory Digital Filmmaking Program at Douglas and with make-up effects created by the students of Tom Savini's Special Makeup Effects Program at Douglas Education Center.
Tinnell is the brother of film producer and graphic novel publisher Jeffrey Tinnell. Robert lives in West Virginia with his wife, Shannon, and two children, Isabella and Jack. Isabella is an aspiring actress.
- Tinnell received the Best Director Award from Europe's prestigious Fantasporto Film Festival for Frankenstein and Me.
- Tinnell's directorial debut, Kids of the Round Table, was nominated for a Cable ACE Award. The film, which starred Malcolm McDowell, dealt with a young boy who discovers Excalibur, the legendary sword of King Arthur.
- The Black Forest won the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards for Best Horror Comic of 2004, and in 2005 The Black Forest 2 won the award again.
- Rue Morgue Magazine selected Sight Unseen as best horror comic of 2006.
- The Black Forest (co-scripted with Todd Livingston, with art by Neil Vokes, Image Comics, 2004)
- The Wicked West (co-scripted with Todd Livingston, with art Neil Vokes, Image Comics, 2004)
- The Faceless: A Terry Sharp Story (with art by Adrian Salmon, Image Comics, 2005)
- The Living and the Dead (co-scripted with Todd Livingston, with art by Micah Farritor, Speakeasy Comics, 2005)
- Feast of the Seven Fishes (writer/art by Ed Piskor and Alex Saviuk, Allegheny Image Factory, 2005)
- Sight Unseen (co-created with artist Bo Hampton, Image Comics, 2006)
- The Wicked West 2: Abomination and other tales (numerous contributors, Image Comics, 2006)
- The Chelation Kid (webcomic, with art by Craig Taillefer, 2006–present)
- Tinnell bio at the Internet Movie Database. Accessed March 26, 2009.
- Kronenberg, M., Comic Book Market Place, vol. 3, No. 114 (Aug 2004), pp. 40–43.
- McTigue & Keller, Vampirella magazine No. 4, page 40.
- Ong Pang Kean, Benjamin. "SDCC '07: Robert Tinnell's Feast of the Seven Fishes to Become Film," Newsarama (July 26, 2007). Accessed March 26, 2009.
- "History of Fantas through Prizes," Fantasporto website. Accessed March 25, 2009.
- "Legends, Newcomers win 3rd Annual Rondo Awards: Harryhausen and Dunagan, Creature and Hyde named best of 2004 in record horror fan vote," Rondo Awards press release (February 19, 2005).
- "Kong Stomps Competition in 4th Rondo Awards: Great ape takes 7 awards; Lorre bio is best book; Busam is Monster Kid of Year," Rondo Awards press release (February 19, 2006).
- Black Forest: Behind the Scenes