Director of Photography - RAAM Documentary, California - 2018

Director of Photography - RAAM Documentary, California - 2018

 

DirectoR.
CAMERA.
LIGHTING.

2008 - PRESENT
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FREELANCE &
WE ARE RONIN

Manchester, UK

Highly creative, with a can-do attitude who can work to tight deadlines. I collaborate with freelancers, brands and agencies at higher end production levels; delivering content for social media, broadcast and theatrical channels. I have gained extensive production experience in studios and on location, incorporating a range of equipment including multi-camera/lighting setups.

I specialise in location and studio based factual content for entertainment and commercial audiences. Just because it's authentic, doesn't mean it shouldn't look awesome; my work blurs the line between observation and directed styles of filmmaking, meaning organic performances, high-end production values which enhance the story.

  • An excellent working knowledge of Davinci Resolve, Adobe CC, Apple Motion and Final Cut Pro (Apple Certified) software.

  • Strong knowledge of audio editing, gain staging, mixing and sound recording including wireless microphones, foley, V/O recording, room acoustics and audio fixing.

The ability to follow and work to defined brand guidelines, with a keen eye for detail and a critical mind.

  • Problem solver who can exhibit long periods of focus, concentration and patience.

  • Solid communication skills; a listener than a talker, but never afraid to step up, voice a point of view or own a situation. Can work alone or as part of a team.

  • A high level of self-motivation, commitment and dedication to my craft. Prerequisite organisational and time management skills - I pride myself in always being early (and caffeinated).

Misc.

  • Experience filming from helicopters, planes, boats and cars.

  • Analogue stills photographer and darkroom developer.

  • Martial artist, squash player and climber.

  • First aid qualified.

  • Advanced driver with clean UK driving license.

  • Fujinon Cabrio 20-120mm T3.5 zoom lens owner.

 
 
Producer, Director & Camera Operator / The Anholt Project Doc, 2014

Producer, Director & Camera Operator / The Anholt Project Doc, 2014

ANGRY WHITE PYJAMAS (Working Title)
Tokyo, Japan 2020 - Pre Production
PRODUCER, DIRECTOR & DOP
A group of misfits, lost in Tokyo decide to fight the Tokyo Riot Police on the world most difficult martial arts course.

RAAM (Working Title)
UK & USA 2019 - Fall Release
ANATTIC & CFC / PRODUCER & DOP
4 British cancer survivors take on the worlds most challenging ultra-marathon cycling race.

Flooglebinder
UK & Greece 2018
SHORT FORM BRAND DOC SERIES / PRODUCER & CAMERA
Short form brand documentaries, shot on location in Greece.

Last Fisherman 
Cornwall, UK 2016/17
PRODUCER, DIRECTOR & CAMERA / 73 MINS
Theatrical release, multiple award winner & BBC featured.

The Anholt Project
Denmark, Mallorca, Austria 2014
TV 2 / PRODUCER, DIRECTOR & CAMERA / 73 MINS
Produced for TV 2, Denmark. Limited theatrical release. Informed educational policy across Europe with Aarhus University & Carinthia University of Applied Sciences.

 
 

 
 

RAF

2007-11
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combat & HELICOPTER PHOTOGRAPHER
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ENG VIDEOGRAPHER /
Camera operator

Oxford, RAF Benson
 

I was trained as a photographer, videographer and Airmen at RAF Halton, RAF Benson and the Defence School of Photography, RAF Cosford.

The training gave me a foundation in helicopter and battlefield operations. Specific training included trauma first aid, NBC attack, leadership, weapons handling, off-road driving, helicopters and bushcraft.

I was honoured to win the JHC award for best photograph in 2010 for a series of images produced with 606 Sqn. RAF Benson.

I deployed to N.A.F El Centro USA with a helicopter squadron in 2009, operating in 50-degree heat in the Californian desert. With the support of my CO, I won three awards in 2011, including Photograph and Video Package of the Year in the annual RAF competition.

I was required to work with all forces and considered leaving my civilian occupation to join the service full-time. However, after missing out on an assignment I had been working towards I sacrificed a military career to concentrate on documentary production and freelance work.

 
 

 
 

WWT / Himalayas

2007
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CAMERA OPERATOR
Assistant director

Nepal & India

While working at Apple, I was offered the opportunity to join a small, low budget documentary pilot for a series of trekking films and potentially a 60-minute special for the BBC.

Leaving Apple was a difficult decision, but the first time I saw the sun rising over the Himalayas, I knew it was the right one. I was attached to the project for just under 6 months, and covered 4000km on foot, working at altitudes of up to 18,500ft.

 
 
Phalut, India, 2007

Phalut, India, 2007

 
 

 

apple inc.

2005-07
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CONSULTANT

UK & Europe

Fresh out of university it was a dream job. One of the reasons I studied computer science was to learn more about the future of filmmaking. The cutting of film with a razor blade was on the way out, and Final Cut Pro was in.

Apple and its software was at the forefront of editing, motion graphics, DVD authoring and visual effects compositing. They taught me about software and hardware. But more importantly, how to communicate that information effectively.

I witnessed how big, successful companies operate; how they lead staff, develop ideas, create workflows, manage projects and drive innovation.

My role was to support a professional user-base, working alongside top professionals in photography and video industries. I worked in the UK - London, Sheffield, Birmingham and Manchester, but also Germany and Canada.

 
 

 
 

AVCE, HND & BSc

art / Computer science applied multimedia tech.

2000-05
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Leeds Met & Barnsley College

I had led a 'misspent' youth taking pictures and making films when I probably should have been revising for exams. Through trial and error, collaborations with friends, finding mentors, reading books, I began developing a basic understanding of visual communication language and technology.

I wanted to study how computers intersect with film production, art, design and the web. Education gave me time to do that. I used my time to develop a showreel and gets hands-on with much high-end equipment as possible.

I managed the college radio station and moonlighted on a local radio station. 

I didn't study for the qualifications, it bought me time to assist on shoots, create my own projects, record live events and produce videos for local organisations such as the South Yorkshire Police and Fire Departments.

Thank you to Gary Taylor, Sam Wilson, Steve Turnbull, John Richardson, Kris Sagar, Dave Richardson, Steve Dee, Stan Lipscombe and especially Darrell Ford for supporting, inspiring and challenging me throughout my education.