I’ve been freelance since 1999 and have worked on a wide range of productions. In addition to directing (see the about page for more info) I specialise in cinematography. I am also available to give lectures and for complete production of corporate/promotional videos. For a full CV and a corporate showreel link, please contact me.
Director of Photography
As DoP I have seven feature films to my name, including See Saw – shot in Manhattan at various landmarks including Liberty Island, Tavern on the Green and the Supreme Court, and featuring an underwater night sequence – and Beyond Recognition – filmed in upstate New York and the Italian Dolomites. I have shot many, many short films including The Cleaner, written by David Schneider (I’m Alan Partridge), several dramas for Light Films in Derby and numerous participatory shorts for Catcher Media in Hereford.
My speciality is moody, cinematic lighting with lots of backlight, deep shadows and plenty of atmosphere. I own and operate a Canon 600D full HD SLR with a range of lenses, shoulder rig, matte box and follow focus, plus tripod, tracking dolly, car mount, smoke machine and basic lighting kit. Directors frequently tell me I light quickly, always a bonus on time-pressured shoots, and I often work with gaffer and camera assistant Colin Smith, who I assure you is the most useful person you will ever have on your film set.
Lecturer / Workshop Leader
I have given filmmaking lectures and workshops to a wide range of audiences. In 2005 I ran two advanced modules in Visual FX Applications for graduates at the SAE Institute in North London. At the Borderlines Film Festival the same year I gave a talk to a theatre full of 14-year-olds about how to get into the industry. In 2007 I ran a low budget lighting and FX workshop at Sci-Fi London, as well as a weekend course for a group of 17-year-olds embarking on a film project. In 2012 I gave two guest lectures at Hereford College of Art.
I have presented seminars on the financing, production and distribution of my feature film Soul Searcher at the SAE Institute in 2005 and at The Quad (Derby), Ort Cafe (Birmingham) and The Rob Knox Film Festival (Bexleyheath) in 2012. These have frequently been described as “inspirational” by members of the audiences.
Also in 2012 I gave a talk on crowd-funding my short film Stop/Eject at the inaugural Worcestershire Film Festival. I have been invited to give an expanded version of this lecture at the Central & East Midlands Region of the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers’ March 2013 seminar.