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about me

I am a UK based director, cameraman and editor.

I began my film career working as a freelancer in various disciplines including focus puller, gaffer and camera operator. In 1994 I gained a place at the NORTHERN SCHOOL OF FILM AND TELEVISION where I trained as a cinematographer and earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Film Production. Immediately after graduation I attended the third EUROPEAN MASTERCLASS FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY STUDENTS held in Budapest, where I studied under Billy Williams BSC and Vilmos Zsigmond ASC.

Focus pulling pick-ups for RENEGADE FILMS'
 DIANA AND ME



Shooting 2nd Unit 60fps with Fries 8/70mm camera
for WESTMORLAND FILMS' LOST KINGDOM

On my return to the UK I landed my first job as a focus puller on a 35mm feature. I then began a long association with London based MUSO PRODUCTIONS, focus pulling and camera operating on 16mm and 35mm commercials, tour films and pop promos for bands including THE PRODIGY and ORBITAL. In 1998 I commenced work on my own broadcast DV documentary project CROPPIES, as well as helming 2nd Unit Cinematography for the UK’s first ever 8 perf. 70mm production LOST KINGDOM.

Shooting 2nd Unit and...



...timelapse with 8/70mm cameras, LOST KINGDOM

In April of 1999 I travelled to Baghdad to shoot a news piece for SANDMAN PRODUCTIONS about the impact of sanctions, and later created THE FIRE THIS TIME with writer / documentary maker Miriam Ryle. A 78 minute audio CD that chronicled the fate of Iraq, it was released in 2002 to critical acclaim.

Since the album’s completion I have continued to work as a cinematographer, Glidecam + Steadicam operator, editor and gaffer on features, corporates, shorts, music videos, commercials, documentaries and educational films. My enduring fascination with large format has seen me attend eight IMAX film conferences worldwide, and screen works at five WIDESCREEN WEEKEND events at the Bradford International Film Festival since 2009.

Since 2007 I have since developed a specialisation in digital motion controlled timelapse cinematography, including 4k compatibility with the new planetarium FullDome format. I have collaborated several times with Danish director Lasse Hoile on promos and tour films for DREAM THEATRE, OPETH and PORCUPINE TREE, directed promos for NO-MAN and MEMORIES OF MACHINES and supplied visuals for BANCO DE GAIA.

Most recently I made my directorial debut in large format, writing, producing, directing, photographing and editing two films for Munich based SKY-SKAN Europe GmbH: ANCIENT SKIES, a 4k FullDome documentary exploring the new science of Archaeo-Astronomy, and REMNANTS, a 2k widescreen digital timelapse film charting the rise and fall of the Megalithic civilisation of Britain.

I have experience in all disciplines of the camera department, in all formats from 8mm to 70mm, from DV to HD. I have shot in France, Spain, Russia, Germany, the US, Ireland, Iraq, Egypt and all around the UK, and am a Glidecam Pro and Canon 5D Mk2 + Zacuto system owner / operator.





During the production of the feature length HD documentary MIRAGEMEN - timelapse outside of Alamogordo, New Mexico

Download a Word doc director / camera / editor CV here

Download a camera kit listing here

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Among my credits are:

BARAKA
(5 perf. 70mm, 96 mins. 1993)
RON FRICKE / MAGIDSON FILMS
Music Researcher

BOB'S WEEKEND
(35mm, 90 mins. 1995)
ERINFILM PRODUCTIONS
Focus Puller

CROPPIES
(DV Pro, 53 mins. 1998)
UNLIKELY PRODUCTIONS / CHANNEL 4 / WGBH
Writer / Director / Producer / Camera

LOST KINGDOM
(8 Perf. 70mm, 40 mins. 1998)
WESTMORLAND FILMS
2nd Unit Director of Photography

STYLE
(35mm, 4 mins. 1999)
Promo for ORBITAL / MUSO PRODUCTIONS
Camera Operator

SHADOW LOVES
(Super 16mm, 85 mins. 2001)
FESTIVAL FILMS
Supervising Cinematographer

THE ANGELUS
(DV to 35mm, 1 min. 2002)
JANEY PICTURES / IRISH FILM BOARD
Director of Photography

THE FIRE THIS TIME
(Audio CD, 78 mins. 2002)
Released by HIDDEN ART RECORDS
Co-writer / Director / Producer / Mixer

PAST, PRESENT FUTURE IMPERFECT
(HD, 90 mins. 2004)
PPFI PRODUCTIONS
Gaffer

TWO THOUSAND AND 4
(DVD, 62 mins. 2005)
BANCO DE GAIA / DISCO GECKO
Editor / Additional Cinematography

FEAR OF A BLANK PLANET
(Digital Time-Lapse, 40 mins. of material, 2007)
Tour Films for PORCUPINE TREE / LASSE HOILE
Camera

MIRAGEMEN
(HD + Digital Timelapse, 90 mins, 2007)
EBEN FILMS
Director of Photography (Co-Credit)


SACRED SPACES
(HD, 45 mins. 2007)
OPEN UNIVERSITY / PIER PRODUCTIONS
Co-Director / Camera / Editor / Digital Timelapse

WHEREVER THERE IS LIGHT
(Digital Timelapse, 5 mins. 2008)
Promo for NO-MAN
Director / Editor / Camera

AN ORGANISATION OF DREAMS
(HD, 90 mins. 2008)
KEN McMULLEN / MARK WESTAWAY PRODUCTIONS
2nd Unit Director of Photography

SKY SPORTS PROMOS
(Digital Timelapse,  36 x 7 secs., 2008/9)
LOBSTER PICTURES / SKY SPORTS
Camera / Motion Control

TIME FLIES
(Digital Timelapse, 5 + 12 mins. 2009)
Promos for PORCUPINE TREE / LASSE HOILE
Director of Photography (Timelapse)

THE INBETWEENERS MOVIE
(Digital Timelapse, 2010)
YOUNG FILMS / BWARK PRODUCTIONS
2nd Unit Camera

ARMADA PROJECT
(HD + Digital Timelapse, 2010)
MIKE GREENWOOD / HOUSE OF LORDS CURATOR'S OFFICE
Director of Photography

EGYPT PIONEERS
(FullDome Digital Timelapse, 2010)
YOHO MEDIA / NATIONAL SPACE CENTRE
Director of Photography

ANCIENT SKIES + REMNANTS
(4k FullDome + 2k DCP, 2012/13)
SKY-SKAN Europe GmbH
Writer / Director / Producer / Cinematographer / Editor

Shooting motion controlled timelapse for MIRAGEMEN at Trona Pinnacles, Mojave desert, USA, 2007

 


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