Harry Potter, Judge Dredd and the Muppets taught me how to make movies. I spent 15 years in the camera department on 200 TV shows and 13 feature films (more than 1000 days on set) including a year in Australia and two feature films in Tunisia, as a training ground to become a director.
I learnt on set from the best people in the business. I wrote/produced and directed more than 20 short films, two of which were winners with BBC Best New Director (2001/2002). I directed Doctors (BBC), Hollyoaks (C4) and Spooks Interactive, which won a BAFTA and was nominated for an EMMY.
I wrote/produced/directed and raised the finance for my first feature film DEATH (2012) and immediately followed it up with The Search for Simon, (2013) between them they have won or been nominated for 27 awards including 4 x Best Director and 6 x Best Movie and even 1 x best screenplay. In the last year I have written and directed my third feature film The Gatehouse, a gothic horror, which is currently in post production.
I wanted to be a director who a) knew his camerawork, b) wrote and understood scripts and c) could get the absolute best out of his actors, and had travelled and seen the world: as a result of this desire at the age of 19 I went to work for the US Forest Service Archeological Department, in Modoc County, California, on Native American remains to see the world, then I returned to England, to study Film and Fine Art in Canterbury, and spent five years (part time) working with actors at East 15 Drama School as a on camera director, and finally I have a Masters Degree in Screenwriting from The University of the Arts, London, which I believe gave me the complete set of tools to be a director who truly understands all aspects of the film making process.
I also spent a year as an Eagle above Mount Shasta, north california, but no one believes me about that.
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