Shrieking Tree

Hello, I'm Justin Norman.

I work under the name Shrieking Tree, directing, writing, shooting, and editing videos and short films for companies, bands, and comedy troupes. I do it both to make a living and because I love the art of filmmaking and storytelling.
Evil Grin Gift Box is my ongoing web series of short films. This site is primarily intended to spotlight my filmmaking work, but I do a lot of other things, too, which you can take a look at on this site.

Web

I've been designing and coding web sites for over fifteen years. I've done this for a pretty wide variety of clients, ranging from Stanford University, to beloved indie band, the Books. I taught myself how to write code when I was thirteen, as a way of building a site to publish the short stories I was writing.

It's since grown into what has been, at times, my full-time job. If you want to see get more info on that, check out the Shrieking Tree site, or check out BetterThread — a site some friends and I built to help people find ethically made clothing.

Music

In my spare time, I write and play music. I do this for short films and ads, and I've played in some bands called Make-Believe Machines (neoclassical), The Twelve Canons (horror folk), Longbottom Leaf (prog-grunge),
Grimfeather (prog-acoustic), Elmo (prog-pop), and Cardboard Canary (pop-rock), as well as a few one-off side projects like Pretend, Pretend and Cavingsy H. Cavingsby.

Activism

Since 2009, I have worked with a group called Witness Against Torture, which has sought an end to the Guantánamo Bay detention center, as well as an end to torture worldwide.
My primary job is snapping photos and creating videos to help amplify their on-the-ground efforts on the web.

Stage

Since 2013, I've been fortunate to work with some really talented people in a sketch comedy troupe called Dog & Pony Show. We put on hour-long shows of all new material every few months, often moving from stage segments to video segments within the same sketch.
I have also taken part in projects like Living with HIV: Their Stories, in which I interviewed HIV patients, wrote a monologue based on their experience, and then performed it for an audience of medical professionals and the general public, in an effort to educate people about the patients' experiences.

Writing

I write intermittently amusing nonsense on my blog and Twitter, and have occasionally written some serious things for Truthout, Common Dreams, BetterThread, and Hi-Fructose.
I also regularly write scripts for short films, stage sketches, and have a bunch of bizarre short stories tucked away in dark corners of the Internet. Perhaps someday they'll see the light of day in book form.