Great Stories Keep Us Up At Night 


Sleep Deprivation Lab is Christian Cantamessa’s creative home, complemented by a roster of experienced creators. The company provides writing, directing, and producing services for films, comic books, virtual reality and video games. 

Cantamessa is an award-winning filmmaker and video game creator. He is widely known as the lead designer and writer on Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar Games), an international blockbuster that has reached worldwide critical acclaim and shipped over 14 million copies to date. For his work on R.D.R., the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences honored Christian with an award for Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction.

Christian’s directorial feature film debut AIR, a sci-fi thriller starring Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou, was produced by Robert Kirkman - creator of The Walking Dead - and distributed by Sony Pictures worldwide.

Christian co-wrote and directed all of the cinematic sequences for Shadow Of Mordor, Warner Brothers’ bestseller in the Lord Of The Rings franchise. Other select game design and writing credits include Lara Croft’s reboot Rise of the Tomb Raider, the cult horror Manhunt franchise and the pop culture phenomenon Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

In comic books, Christian created Kill The Minotaur, the successful mini- series from Image and Skybound. Universal Pictures is currently developing the comic as a feature film with Christian co-writing the screenplay.