Box Step Productions was formed by identical twins Michael and Paul Clarkson and the genetically unrelated Gemma Hurley.

Their critically acclaimed theatrical debut Death Ship 666! attracted sell-out audiences at Edinburgh Festival 2013 in London, before transferring to the West End, Germany and the U.S. It was developed into a podcast series in 2015.

Their comedy films have gained a following of more than five million hits on YouTube. their latest adventure show Once Upon a Nightmare premiered in London at the Edinburgh Festival 2014.


Michael Patrick Clarkson - Director, Producer & Writer

Michael’s solo-screenwriting saw him longlisted for the Nicholl Fellowship with his original screenplay, Curiosity Shop 2014. He also co-wrote I’m a Londoner for Palladini Productions in 2011, which played at the Scoop Theatre Festival. Michael was a finalist for the international film competition Enter the Pitch in 2012 and 2013. Michael was also a finalist for Film 4 Scene Stealers with his short First Day . Michael directed, produced and co-wrote Fellowship of the Ringwraiths, Death Ship 666! and Once Upon A Nightmare with Box Step Productions. He is currently studying his masters in Screenwriting at USC.


Gemma Hurley - Writer & Producer

Gemma’s comedy writing with Shut Up Infinity gained her the 2012 Ockham Award for her comedy short Skepticism - the New Miracle Life Cure. Her latest film Shoot for the Moon  screened at the Science Show Off 2014, and she gained a finalist award with Pepsi-Max Shorts for her comedy film Live Death to the Max! in 2011. Her stage play Counting Stars was performed at The Roundhouse 2010. Gemma co-wrote and produced Fellowship of the Ringwraiths, Death Ship 666! and Once Upon A Nightmare with Box Step Productions. Gemma is currently an in-house commercials producer at ShootMedia in London.


Paul Clarkson - Writer & Nuclear Physicist 

Paul and his twin Michael were short listed by BAFTA Rocliffe 2013 for their comedy script Overdue. They have also worked with Young Vic New Voices to produce their short comedy plays Embittered 2009, and Memoirs of a Bouncer 2010, performed by Disclosure Arts Theatre. After completing a masters in nuclear physics, Paul won the Royal Academy of Engineering UK Film Competition at the Global Grand Challenges Summit. The twins have appeared together on Goggle Box and John Bishop's Briton. Paul is currently studying for a PHD in Nano Science at Cambridge University.