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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, 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, 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, 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, Sound COMPANY Culture Trip
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Coca-Cola: Women and Water

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This film was created to support Coca-Cola’s global 5by20 sustainability initiative. ROLE Editor AGENCY Marmalade Film & Media CLIENT The Coca-Cola Company
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Plan UK: Cambodia

This film was created in support of Plan UK’s #LearnWithoutFear campaign. It tells the story of Sophin, an 18 year-old girl who lives in Siem Reap in Cambodia, that was attacked by a fellow school pupil. In contrast to the Kenya film in this series, this film was a completely different kind of challenge. The footage I received from Cambodia was gorgeous, and while Sophin’s story was a traumatic one, she’d also managed to grow stronger as a result. The difficulty then was in balancing the tone throughout the film, and our composer Nash Sibanda was a great help in this. This film is part of a series of two films which, although very different in visual aesthetic and story, required me to craft a visual and narrative style that would compliment both films. ROLE Editor, Graphics, Grade AGENCY Marmalade Film & Media CLIENT Plan UK
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Plan UK: Kenya

This film was created in support of Plan UK’s #LearnWithoutFear campaign. It tells the story of Sadiki (an assumed name), a 20 year-old girl who lives in Kisumu, Kenya. She is just one of millions of girls who have experienced sexual violence at school. Due to the subject matter, this was a particularly challenging, but very gratifying, story to tell. It was also part of a series of two films which, although very different in visual aesthetic and story, required me to craft a visual and narrative style that would compliment both films. In addition to being released online, this film was also screened alongside India’s Daughter at an event marking the UN’s International Day of the Girl at the Regent Street cinema in London. ROLE Editor, Graphics, Grade AGENCY Marmalade Film & Media CLIENT Plan UK
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ITV Mystery Drama

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This sales reel was created for ITV to attract advertisers to its mystery drama content. Instead of a standard sizzle reel of shows, ITV were keen to feature 'extended' scenes that would give the viewer a better feel for the kinds of stories featured in the programmes, and most importantly, leave them wanting more. ROLE Editor AGENCY TellyJuice CLIENT ITV
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Horrender!

Horrender! 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

Fjord 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 workflow, and contingencies for foreseeable stumbling blocks... all of these and more were at the forefront of my mind in the lead up to the shoot. The preparation paid off though, and not only was the shoot was a great success, I learnt an awful lot and met some lovely people too. I might also have eaten a goat, I'm not entirely sure. The videos produced for this project were shot with a Canon C300, with supplementary footage shot on a Canon 5D Mark II. They were edited in Final Cut Pro.
ROLE Director, Camera, Editor AGENCY TellyJuice CLIENT Fjord

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