DIRECTOR, CAMERA & LIGHTING. MANCHESTER.
I'm fortunate to work on a wide range of projects, usually split between independent documentaries and long/short form commercial productions - which usually take the form of cinematic brand-docs.
As an independent filmmaker, I have won a few awards for my recent feature documentary work. My goal is to create authentic, beautiful, artistic imagery that compliments the narrative.
I have strong technical skills, hopefully, balanced by artistic sensibilities, and have experience in multiple disciplines which allow me to deliver high-quality work in various roles but also communicate on the same level as specialist colleagues.
With a focus on character-driven stories I instinctually build scenes that explore and develop subtle characteristics, quirks and abilities. I have experience dealing with a wide range of people; from grumpy old fisherman to high-level military officials and have worked extensively with challenging young people from all over the EU.
Serving in the RAF exposed me to emotionally and physically stressful environments and situations, giving me the skills to operate in some of the most hostile environments in the world.
- Direction and photography.
- Rapport building.
- Logistical planning and problem solving.
OS X / Final Cut Pro X / Avid / DaVinci Resolve
Camera / Light:
Arri / Red / Sony / Canon cameras.
Cooke / Fuji /Zeiss / Leica / Canon lenses.
Wireless video & follow focus.
Movi Pro / Ronin / Car mounts.
Tungsten, LED, Fluorescent, 4k HMIs fixtures.
Shooting from helicopters, planes, boats & cars.
First aid qualified.
Experienced driver, on / off-road - clean UK driving license.
Carrier of heavy boxes.
Ronin is a small documentary production company I started in 2013. We create docs because they are a genuine, powerful and effective medium of expression; bridging the gap between ideas, people and cultures.
We began producing them for ourselves, for entertainment purposes, and have gradually started creating them for brands.
The Anholt Project - 2014 - Producer / Director
Last Fisherman - 2017 - Producer / Director
RAAM - 2018 - Producer / Camera & Lighting
After returning to the UK from the Himalayas, I became self-employed and grew a small production company in Sheffield.
I produced long-form content and social videos, seeing the company grow to work with clients such as The British Council, E.ON, The Workshop, Learn Direct, Seat and Mercedes Benz. I left the business to pursue two long-term documentary projects which then inspired Ronin.
combat & HELICOPTER PHOTOGRAPHER
ENG VIDEOGRAPHER /
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
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.
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.
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.