13 Corin Hardy Body1Corin is a multi award winning filmmaker and director, with an unmistakably unique, dark, eccentric, and magical cinematic visual style.

He has created music videos for global mainstream artists such as Biffy Clyro, The Prodigy, Keane, Paolo Nutni, Ed Sheeran; as well as underground independent acts such as The Horrors, Dry The River and Martin Grech. His music videos have accrued well in excess of 200 million views.

Corins first feature film ‘The Hallow’ premiered at The Sundance festival in 2015, and recently won an Empire Film Award for ‘Best Horror’, beating numerous US heavyweights such as Insidious 3.   

Corin is currently directing the remake of cult classic The Crow,  and was in a recent Empire podcast with Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller described as being the next big thing on the hollywood scene, being labelled as the next Stephen King meets Tim Burton.

This episode is pivotal for me, because it really does starts to demonstrate what Rebelhead Entrepreneurs is all about. We are redefining entrepreneurship. Being an entrepreneur can manifest in so many different ways; from hustling startup founders, to successful global CEOs and from cutting edge musicians to highly acclaimed movie directors – just like Corin.   

When you hear Corin’s story; and you learn about the relentless grit, determination and drive the has adopted over his career, the sacrifices he’s had to make, the grand creative visions he has turned into commercial reality, and the unwavering desire to follow his passion and make his dreams come true – it’s apparent that this inspirational man is without doubt a Rebelhead Entrepreneur.

We cover Corins story in detail, and talk about:

  • Early days getting into film, carrying around sketch books and showing off crazy homemade creators and animatronics to his idols
  • The way Corin totally bootstrapped the funding and creation of his first animated movie
  • Importance of having a niche, and an individual vision
  • We talk about how important it is to find the right people to help turn your vision into reality
  • The importance of gut instinct, the importance of attitude
  • Creating worlds
  • The way Corin has fused earning money and doing what he loves
  • Challenges of balancing creative vision with realistic budgets; and how that forces you to make better decisions, and the importance of considered ruthlessness


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  • I’m just enjoying trying to make my own dent in movies and storytelling along the way
  • Generally there was a definite support for being creative and experimenting  
  • I’m much more of a hands on person, a homemade person, I’m comfortable sculpting or drawing. I’m not a technical person.
  • You realise your strengths along the way
  • I really wanted to be a monster maker and do special effects
  • I remember seeing Alien for the first time, and having to take myself to bed to pretend to be sick because I was so scared of it   
  • I’m now a firm believer in limitations and restrictions, and working within them
  • World creation, creating something new. The music, the artwork, the look. It’s something that you can get sucked into and be part of and people can dress like it.
  • Trying to get to do what you want to do, and earn money has always been a mission
  • I’m not a mathematician type of character, or a technical person so I need other people to do that
  • Don’t go and work for someone else, do your own film
  • I spent 5 years making a film, with the desire to create something that would be an extension of my portfolio
  • Self motivation and desire to create something that I could then use to get me to make something of myself
  • There were lots and lots of times where I thought to myself ‘what am I doing’ – but I was never going to stop
  • How can I do justice to this song, this band, and to myself. I never wanted to repeat myself
  • I wanted to always tell stories and take risks
  • I hate the word networking, I see it more as spider webbing
  • Everything you do and the decisions you make spread out like a spider web… You just never know who you’re going to meet and who will help you out
  • It’s so important to be open, and determined and communicate what you want
  • I’ve only ever really gone off of gut instinct. You have to find the belief in yourself and connect with other people to make it happen
  • Ultimately, everything is self driven. You’ve got to love what you do enough to just be doing it with noone asking you too.
  • There’s a fear that drives you, and it keeps you on edge
  • You go into a zone, you’re massively focused because you’re just trying to get your vision down
  • Step outside yourself and realise how lucky you are to be doing the dream that you set out to do
  • Trust in what you’re doing and the people you’re working with and just do it
  • Ultimately, I’ve got this much money, I’ve got this much time, I’ve got these people, I’ve got some fucking great rubber monsters… so let’s do it. Let’s make a film.  
  • You’re constantly questioning yourself, and you’re constantly worried things aren’t going right  but you have to trust.
  • There are constant mistakes. I actually love mistakes because, they make you feel like you’re alive and you have to adjust. Out of the mistake you make something better than what you intended.  
  • You have to try stuff and take risks, without being too fearful.
  • I’m a big believer in your gut, trust in your gut, go with it and try to keep in tune with it – whether it’s a creative idea or in life.
  • You evolve based on the experience you get
  • YOu’ve got to be be resilient  
  • To me it’s very satisfying to feel alive and creating
  • As a young boy I wanted to make monsters for a living. To get their,  there are probably a zillion routes you could take – but it’s all been driven by desire, ambition, resilience, determination, and focus and work, and spider webbing, and clawing tooth and nail to get to do that.  
  • Follow your heart in what you believe in, and do it unconventionally and against the grain
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Time Stamped Notes

00:04:39 – Corin’s Cabin
00:06:10 – On growing up and values instilled
00:10:15 – On the power of selling a vision using imagery, and why Corin used to carry round a portfolio of work wherever he went
00:19:48 – On the first ever home made films Corin started to make
00:22:26 – The allure of horror
00:24:22 – World creation
00:25:01 – On Corin’s perception of money growing up
00:28:50 – The making of The Butterfly
00:34:55 – On working with a tiny budget, doing deals and haggling to make it a reality with limited money
00:49:20 – on the importance of networking
00:54:56 – Corin’s first mentor
00:58:08 – On raising investment for a feature film
01:03:33 – On ‘good’ fear and ‘bad’ fear. Talking about the extreme pressure on a film set
01:05:05 – Corin’s leadership style on set
01:05:21 – On the challenges of ‘The Hallow’
01:08:28 – Tips on dealing with uncertainty
01:09:29 – On biggest mistakes, and the benefit of mistakes
01:12:27 – On biggest flaw, and trusting people
01:13:39 – On how Corin got involved with The Crow
01:17:48 – Habits and mindsets adopted to be able to make quick decisions on set, and being resilient
01:23:12 – How Poker can influence decision making
01:25:05 – On the single most important decision Corin has made

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The Rebel Wrap Up Round

If you could go back to any point in your life, and have 1 hour with your past self; what moment would it be and what would you tell yourself?

01:31:08:02 When I was young; we were shooting a film called Pentagram, sitting round a fire, half way through a three day horror movie shoot – and I would have a beer with myself and say, it’s going to be alright, and show myself a photo of me and Slash and Download Festival in Donington.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received, who gave it to you and how has it positively affected your career?

01:32:17:18 Ray Harryhausen told me “you’ve got to be resilient”

What is the one generally agreed upon rule or conventional piece of wisdom, that you disagree with?

01:32:32:12 Preparing for interviews.

If you could change one law what would it be?

01:33:12:14 The law of physics; so we can time travel. So you could achieve more in your day.

Who is the most disruptive, rebellious or revolutionary entrepreneur of the last 2 years?


  1. Banksy. He’s created an entire career out of being disruptive but creating amazing art.
  2. Sean Baker. A guy who made a film called Tangerine on his iPhone 5.

What’s your definition of entrepreneurship?

01:35:00:10 Anyone who is thinking outside the box, or just striving to put their stamp down. Anyone who is a great inventor. Someone going out on a limb to create something that’s preferably financially beneficial – or – just a great decision that they’ve made that helps people. Someone striving to create their own destiny.

What advice would you give to anyone listening to this who wants to become a creator entrepreneur?

01:36:57:21 What do you want to do? What do you love doing? Work fucking hard. Communicate with people about what you love doing. Find other people who want to do it. Find good people. Cling with them. Don’t work with bad people. Be resilient.

Who do you nominate to be a guest on the RebelHead Entrepreneurs podcast and can you sum them up in one word?

01:37:37:17 Robin Guy. Perseverance.

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About The Author

Max Pepe

Max spent the first 8 years of his career in music, touring and recording with two UK / US rock bands. With a passion for marketing, Max launched a digital marketing agency in 2012. In three years grew a team from 2 people to 30, driving 800% growth year on year. Max now believes there is a massive disconnect between the world of business and the world of creativity. To address this problem, REBELHEAD was born. Max speaks regularly around the world about marketing and entrepreneurship. In 2016 gave a TEDxTalk titled 'Challenge the Concept That You're Either an Artist or a Business Person'. Aside from Rebelhead, Max is VP Marketing for award winning mobile tech company, Mozoo - and consults on marketing and growth for scale ups.

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