A resourceful storyteller...
When I was a kid, I used to present 'films' in my Mum's front room by using toys as props (mainly my brother's Millennium Falcon) and writing the credits on pieces of paper. Storytelling has always been what I love, and I'm just as resourceful now as I used to be. I've recently functioned as a one-man film studio - scripting, storyboarding, filming, sound recording, editing and colour grading projects that wouldn't look out of place on a cinema screen. I've filmed for the BBC, Royal Academy of Music, World Monuments Fund, International Olympic Committee and lots of individual artists, in pursuit of cutting my teeth so that I can call myself a filmmaker.
After moving to London at 18 and training as an actor, I lived and worked there for 18 years before branching into directing, shooting anything to hone the craft and bringing a storyteller's eye. I've always been quite handy with technology, so picking up a camera and learning how to cut footage was relatively straightforward - the hard part is knowing how to tell a story, which thankfully I'm well versed in. With any project, the aim is always the same - to gain the viewer's empathy and leave an impression on them. If it doesn't grab me in some way, I doubt it'll grab them either.
I will literally jump in my car, bring my kit, and travel the breadth of the UK (and beyond) for the right project. I pride myself on the variety of potential stories out there and find there's something to be learnt from all walks of life. I very much go with my instincts, following whatever curiosity and excitement there is, hopefully ensuring that whatever I end up presenting to be watched cuts deep.