By Day freelance P/D, LIGHTING & Camera op. By night, feature & short form documentary filmmaker
Producer / Director, CAMERA & LIGHTING
Manchester, Sheffield & Bristol
I work in different roles at varying levels of production. Small to mid-size shoots I have the opportunity to produce, direct story and photography. In large productions, I am gaining experience in assisting directors, camera operators and DoPs.
I currently shoot with a Red Scarlet-W and have operated/assisted on Arri, Sony, Canon and Blackmagic cameras. With Cooke, Zeiss, Arri, Canon, Leica and Fuji cinema lenses.
I have deployed up to 4K HMI lights, down to the smallest tungsten fixtures such a Dedos. I regularly use fluorescent and LED technology. I use flags, nets, scrims, ultra bounces, wind up stands and trace frames with various levels of diffusion to modify the light.
I occasionally need to record sound on some projects; because of this, I have built up an audio bag that includes radio mics, time code, Sennheiser and Schoeps mics with a Sound Devices recorder.
In post-production I edit predominantly with FCP X, grading through Resolve Studio. Apple's Motion for animation. Logic Pro for mixing and sound design through Genelec monitors.
Ronin is a small documentary production company with large ambitions to produce high end, non-fiction programming for video on demand, television and theatrical release. It's a chance for me to grow as a self-shooting PD while working with larger crews on big stories that resonate with me.
Ronin also produces brand documentaries for organisations wishing to tell their story in an authentic, engaging and artistic cine-doc format.
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.
I was trained as a photographer 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 photographer in 2010-11 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 four awards in 2011, including Photograph and Video Package of the Year in the annual RAF competition. I was asked to work with all forces and considered leaving my civilian occupation to join the service fulltime. However, after loosing-out on a combat camera deployment, I sacrificed a military career to concentrate on documentary production.
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 four awards in 2011, including Photograph and Video Package of the Year in the annual RAF competition. I was asked to work with all forces and considered leaving my civilian occupation to join the service fulltime. However, after loosing-out on a combat camera deployment, I sacrificed a military career to concentrate on documentary production.
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.
CREATIVE APPLICATION CONSULTANT
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
media, art, Computer science & applied multimedia tech.
LEEDS METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
& 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.