TIM SCANLON BIOGRAPHY
Tim Scanlon, a Syracuse, NY, native, graduated with a B. A. in English/Communications from Niagara University. Immediately after graduation, he traveled to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams of screenwriting and quickly learned he was so much more. Within a few years, he secured a production assistant job at Multi Entertainment Holdings, where he worked with stage and screen legend, Donald O'Connor. He began landing small parts as a stuntman on HBO and TNT productions such as Don "The Dragon" Wilson action movies, plus gained behind-the-scenes experience as a set dresser and art director.
In 1997, he returned to the east coast and launched the aptly named, Scanman Productions, a production company specifically geared toward optimizing local talent and providing springboard opportunities for the acting community.
At this time, Tim created Billy Mahoney, a public-television comedy series he produced, wrote, directed, edited and also starred. The series follows the escapades of a socially inept salesman attempting to secure work and the emotional and physical abuse he experiences at the hands of his colleagues. Heavy on slapstick, Billy Mahoney adopted a loyal Central New York following, and this inspired Tim to explore the serious side of his title character in a heroic action series, Mahoney's Adventure and Concrete Skies. Both were presented at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in Manhattan (April and November 2003, respectively).
Tim’s next project, Reynolds City, is an action film that Tim also produced, wrote, directed, edited and starred along side local celebrities from TK99 classic rock radio station (an extremely popular channel in Central New York). The film follows a TV newswoman’s race against time and a hit man hired to kill her before she airs her story on the city’s rape of a Mayor’s female staffer. The film premiered at The Palace Theater in Syracuse, NY, on October 13, 2005, to a packed house.
The Challenge was the next action drama film, Tim’s Scanman Productions produced, wrote, directed and edit and in which Tim also starred. It premiered to nearly 400 people on March 30, 2007, at a fundraiser event to benefit Ray Rinaldi’s West & North Area Athletic and Education Centers, raising more than $2,000 for the organization.
Scanman also produced a documentary, Why I Left The Democratic Party, which explored the mass increased use of SUV’s, outsourcing of oil drilling and gas consumption in 2008 and directed the short, black comedy, The Surprise, written by Richard Schimmelpfenneg in the Fall 2009.
Big City Knights, an action film Scanman Productions premiered in Syracuse at The Palace Theater April 12, 2012, was labor of love. Originally shot in 1996, it sat on the shelf for over 11 years. Tim recouped the tapes and edited the film, in which he also wrote and starred, over a three-year period. He allowed the film to be used as part of a fundraising event for Ray Rinaldi’s West & North Area Athletic & Education Centers, Inc.
The latest short action film from Scanman Productions is Hollywood TV Cops - Home Invaders (2014). It took only two days to shoot and Tim had the film “in the can” a week later. It's posted on a link below.... check it out!