Ocean Studios - Plymouth, 2017 - Photo by Seb Franceschi /  @__sebffran

Ocean Studios - Plymouth, 2017
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Photo by Seb Franceschi / @__sebffran

Lighting Cameraman & Creative Director | Manchester

I am a freelance creative director, camera operator and lighting technician who is slowly earning his stripes directing photography with larger crews, budgets and clients.

I assist my peers / seniors on larger scale projects; it's a chance to level up and learn from people doing great work. Outside my freelance work produce and direct documentaries at Ronin.

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Personal Story

I'm fortunate my work allows me to travel. I might be a dromomaniac - someone with an uncontrollable urge to wander and keep busy. Friends used to call me a gypsie, perhaps nomad is a good compromise.

I'm new to Manchester having moved up from the South West, staying for a girl and some great professional collaborations.

Work takes me to Cornwall, London, Bristol and Austria on a regular basis. Family takes me to Sheffield. I lived in Devon / Cornwall for many years after completing the feature doc - Last Fisherman. I was lucky that it won some awards and taught me a lot. I'm still deeply connected to the Cornwall's Rame Peninsula and it’s last fisherman.

Some personal highlights include my time as a local radio presenter, working for Apple, training as an RAF combat photographer, moonlighting as a sushi chef and being attacked by a Dalek (honest).

My passions include analogue photography, Japanese culture, especially Aikido. I am still a member of the Shingitai Plymouth School of Aikido where I first began to learn the art form. The training helps me to get in touch with the way my body moves - usually different from what my mind expects! It is the most challenging art form I have ever practised and at the same time the most addictive.

I enjoy art, films, reading – non-fiction mainly apart from the odd Lee Child thriller or random graphic novel. Of course docs, podcasts, live music, climbing, cycling, coffee and cooking.

Some of my influences include Sophia Coppola, Michael Palin, Roger Deakins, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Douglas Adams, Robert Frank, Bill Murray, Ken Robinson, Louis Theroux, Seth Godin, Ed Templeton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andy Kaufman and my father.