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. If I messed up, she had to sit through the credits again while I got it right. 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.