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Chessboxing at London’s York Hall

hessboxing is perhaps the only sport on Earth to which the sight of someone being punched square in the face will prompt cheers of “CHECKMATE!” It’s also the subject of this editorial video that I produced for Culture Trip, in collaboration with the site’s Sport Editor. The large contrast between Chess and Boxing proved a compelling challenge, both in terms of technical and stylistic considerations, throughout the project and required a fair bit of hustle during the shoot to ensure we got the coverage we needed. ROLE Producer, Director, A Cam, Editor, GFX, Grade, Sound COMPANY Culture Trip
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Experience:LDN – Shh! Maman Le Mot

his film is the first episode in a series of my own creation for Culture Trip, based around unique, interesting or downright unusual activities in London (but easily expanded to new geographic locations). This first episode covers Shh! Maman Le Mot, an immersive night of entertainment set in a secret London location – or Paris in 1943, depending on how engaged you are. This project was particularly challenging to pull together logistically, and in the end involved taking advantage of a staff-training night that was closed to the public and populating the venue with some of Culture Trip’s staff in order to film in a somewhat-controlled environment. ROLE Producer, Director, A Cam, Editor, GFX, Grade, Sound COMPANY Culture Trip
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The Voyages of Christina Franco

ith this project, I finally found a valid excuse to wear my love of Wes Anderson’s films on my sleeve. A film about a polar explorer, based at an exclusive private members club for explorers, wouldn’t be out of place in Wes’ catalogue, so I decided to dress up this simple interview film with a bit of extra creative polish. Much attention was paid to the cinematography of Wes’ films, right down to the anamorphic distortion of the lenses he commonly uses – that was recreated here in post. ROLE Producer, Director, A Cam, Editor, GFX, Grade, Sound COMPANY Culture Trip
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Laredo: The Western Town

o celebrate the launch of The Magnificent 7 remake on DVD, the distributor’s press team held an afternoon of cowboy training at Laredo, the living western town in deepest, darkest Kent. This was a very short notice project, and a skeleton crew – a crew of just one, in fact. Armed with only a Sony A7S II, a monopod and a single lav mic, I did my best to follow the action and shoot around the other press teams that were present. As very few details about the event were shared with us in advance of filming, I was able to fall back on my experience and structure the film in my head whilst filming to ensure I got the coverage and narrative elements needed to complete the film. ROLE Producer, Director, Camera, Editor, GFX, Grade, Sound COMPANY Culture Trip
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Behind Closed Drawers: Machine Gun Kelly

y first project for Culture Trip had me developing the first episode of their fashion series, Behind Closed Drawers, in which Culture Trip’s fashion editor meets notable cultural figures to discuss their wardrobe and what fashion means to them. We met with MGK at his London hotel and worked within his tight schedule to not only produce this episode, but also an additional piece of content based around MGK’s favourite travel destinations. At the time of writing (April 2017), this is Culture Trip’s most successful editorial video. ROLE Producer, Director, A Cam, Editor, GFX, Grade, Sound COMPANY Culture Trip
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Horrender!

orrender! is a short film that was produced for an internal competition of sorts at TellyJuice, to create a striking and creative Christmas message to clients. And what better way to celebrate Christmas (or indeed, anything), than with a black and white horror short? ROLE Writer, Director, Camera, Graphics, Sound Design AGENCY TellyJuice CLIENT TellyJuice
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Fjord Equinox

jord Equinox is an annual event thrown by the international service design consultancy Fjord for its staff. Each year, the staff at each Fjord office come together at a different location to relax, get to know each other better, and discuss the world of design. Working in a two-person crew, we flew to [very] sunny Marrakesh to film the 2013 event in what was a very intense two days of filming. In addition to producing a short online video about the event, Fjord also wanted us to produce a series of interviews with the staff members who were conducting sessions at the event and, perhaps most challengingly, a second short video about a particular session… to be screened at the end of the first night. That’s a turnaround time of about three hours. Crumbs! The key to tackling all aspects of this project was logistics and planning. While I’m well versed in filming interviews and documentary footage, I’d never done so abroad, and in such a quite time frame, so this job came with quite a steep learning curve. What kit to take, how and where to pack it, when to use it, what’s the most efficient backup and delivery […]
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Promax UK Interviews

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uring Promax UK 2013, I filmed interviews with two of the event’s keynote speakers, Sir John Hegarty and Tony Kaye, for So You Wanna Be In TV? ROLE Camera AGENCY TellyJuice CLIENT So You Wanna Be In TV?
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This Morning: Behind the Scenes

his Morning is one of British TV’s longest running daytime programmes, and in the run up to its 25th anniversary, ITV commissioned a short behind the scenes film to attract new advertisers by celebrating the programme’s success. So, spending the morning at This Morning’s studio on London’s Southbank, I filmed interviews with the programme’s cast and crew, as well as covering them in action as they broadcast to the nation. With that in the bag, I then edited a 3 minute film, intercutting that footage with highlights from the programme. ROLE Camera, Editor, Grade AGENCY TellyJuice CLIENT ITV
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Marshal’s Law: Titles

arshal’s Law, part sitcom, part reality show, was produced for Loaded TV in 2012/13 by Golden Tortoise. Its intriguing mix of formats (not to mention tight time and budgetary constraints) provided an interesting challenge for the design of this sequence. Parks and Recreation and How to Make It in America proved to be very useful references in establishing a style reference to aim for, which combined Parks’ character vignettes and HTMIIA’s photographic montages to create a very ramshackle tone – which fit the life of Lesland Marshal to a tee. Similarly, the music does a great job of establishing Lesland’s aspirations. The whimsical harpsichord helps to evoke the BBC’s Sherlock, who is at the opposite end of the crime-fighting scale to Lesland, a PCSO who dreams of one day being ‘proper’ police, while also embodying Lesland’s slightly clumsy nature. Despite the concept being established relatively quickly, the sequence was actually deceptively complicated. About half of the sequence was composed with pre-existing footage of Lesland from earlier projects which, while useful for time considering the series had only just gone into production, also introduced a slight continuity problem as there were noticeable differences in the Lesland’s PSCO costume. Some tracking, masking […]
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