“Kings” is a short film directed by former Brooks student Tyler Michael James, and written by UCLA student Hunter Milano. The story explores youth finding happiness and self-fulfillment and is told backwards and forwards in a non-linear timeline. The film features Hunter Milano and Anthony Sorrells, both actors attending UCLA’s school of Theatre, Film & Television. The film is currently in production.

This past weekend Prishtina Gjonaj and I both had the opportunity to shoot promotional photos for the project at El Matador Beach in Malibu. The photos are inspired by a scene in the film in which the main characters, James and Monty, are fighting on a beach. We also wanted to capture the essence of each character’s personality, which is why we shot conceptual character portraits of them both.

To learn more about the film and cast/crew, go to