As a freelance filmmaker based in London, I now successfully produce, direct, film and edit short films across many genres that engage, promote, educate and entertain. I specialise in capturing live performances; producing short documentaries; creating marketing films; developing online commercials and delivering promotional films. My professional media training with the BBC began in the 1990s and progressed throughout a period of significant technological change. Since 2009, I have followed my passion for the art and craft of filmmaking and started my own independent freelance career.
With my professional training that started in BBC post-production, I possess a very strong technical background and the relevant qualifications together with a natural talent and flair for editing together pictures, sound, and music to form a strong narrative. When necessary, I can turn around a project very quickly.
My clients range from artists, agencies, businesses, corporate clients, charities, network television channels and production companies with many returning clients. I also enjoy many creative working relationships with a team of highly talented and imaginative freelancers. My highly professional creative network is a potential resource for all my clients.
During my career, I have always enjoyed working with a wide variety of people often from very diverse backgrounds. As a professional filmmaker, I maintain a positive and diplomatic attitude. I am a considerate, empathetic person and a good communicator and enjoy working in friendly and supportive environments.
Being highly motivated and responsible, I always endeavour to deliver the very best results for all of my clients whether small-scale or bigger productions. With many years of professional experience, I have a solid foundation of technical skills and abilities together with an aptitude for creative design and artistic direction. I very much enjoy working through projects from their initial concept to producing a quality finished product. In advance of any commission, I am always keen to offer the best advice to any client and always strive to deliver the highest quality content any situation and budget will allow. I really value being involved in discussions at the pre-production stage of any project as many decisions made at that stage can make a considerable difference to the outcome and quality of the final delivery.
Filming and editing with multiple cameras
Working with my own wide range of specialist equipment, I am able to film with multiple cameras if required. As the owner of four UHD cameras, I can capture a range of different locked-off camera angles simultaneously for live music and arts-based performances and one-off events. I then edit together the multiple angles from each camera to deliver multi-camera performance films of high quality at affordable prices.
Recent film projects include:
Award winner: Deeds not words: The Suffragette Surgeons of WWI
I filmed the contributor interviews and was the short film editor for multimedia production company Digital Drama. This 14-minute film tells the story of a British Army hospital run by women, which was the first of it’s kind. This film, which was produced by Alison Ramsey, won an award for the best use of archive at the IWM short film awards 2017.
Koestler Trust charity documentary
Working as a documentary filmmaker I created this film for the Koestler Trust which was funded by The Cabinet Office. The full-length 20-minute version explores how their arts-based mentors help ex-offenders by encouraging and developing their creative skills. It illustrates the journey of a mentee just starting their programme through to a successful mentee who had attained a high level of skill with the guidance of a Koestler mentor. From the 20-minute film I then also edited a three-minute version for the Koestler Trust's website.
Securing funding for The Reader Organisation
The Reader Organisation works with literature festivals across the country with their RISE (Reading in Secure Environments) programme. They commissioned me as a filmmaker to work with their team to produce an 8-minute film that was funded by Arts Council England. I filmed and sound recorded a series of interviews and actuality captured at various locations across the UK and then edited the film together at my base in London.
Carnival Arts Advocacy
I was commissioned as a filmmaker to produce a film about the Carnival Arts Advocacy project. The aim of this fundraising video production was to help four cultural leaders across the UK to further promote and develop the UK wide Carnival Arts sector and therefore gain more financial security.
Watermans Arts Centre
A 13-minute film about their Short Breaks programme was funded by Watermans Arts Centre. Short Breaks helps provide support and learning for young people with learning difficulties and for their Carers. Watermans Arts Centre was looking to promote their good work and to secure further funding from Hounslow Council. I was commissioned by Digital Drama to film, sound record and edit the film for them.
My wide range of filmmaking equipment is constantly being updated as the latest improvements in new technology are released. My equipment includes four ultra-high definition (UHD) cameras with a range of zoom and prime lenses.
Lighting kit I own includes cool running LED panels and Dedo spotlights (with a high Colour Rendering Index - CRI) for filming natural skin tones.
My audio equipment includes a range of Sennheiser and Tram microphones along with a Tascam 24-bit mobile audio recorder.
With my own edit suite at my Vauxhall base, I can provide a small studio area with suitable lighting which is available to hire for small filming projects. This space is suitable for green-screen filming and one person interviews.
My edit suite comprises the most recent version of Avid Media Composer running on the latest highest specification MAC. All my media is stored locally on highly secure Promise Pegasus RAID 5 hard drives. For extra security, these are mirrored on separate RAID 5 drives. My entire post-production workflow system is further protected by an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). This protects any projects in the event of a total power failure. I’m now connected to a full fibre broadband with an upload and download speed of 1Gb/s. This allows me to download and send digital files worldwide at the fastest speed possible.
Help with your next film project
My wide range of film and video production services are available from my Central London base in Vauxhall, Lambeth, SE11. Just 5 minutes walk from Vauxhall tube station. I am always happy to work remotely and deliver for clients worldwide. Please get in touch if you have any questions or if you would like any advice or help from me as a filmmaker in London. To view more examples of my visit my website portfolio.