I have been passionate about film for many years. At uni I helped to run Unifilms, Nottingham university's film society, programming the films in the second year, and showing them on a 16mm projector which was a lot of fun. I also regularly wrote film reviews for the student newspaper.
Some time later I did an evening class where we wrote and produced a short film. My script was chosen as the one we filmed. I wanted to study film in more depth so took a one year film and television production course at City of Westminster College where we made many short films, both factual and fictional, mostly filmed on VHS camcorders. From there I went to evening classes at Birkbeck to learn the craft of screenwriting.
The trouble was I didn't know anyone I could make a film with. I decided I needed to learn a production skill and at that time in 2015 the cinematographer Gareth Rich Lopez started his own weekly film school through meetup.com. We met every Wednesday evening and were soon making improvised short films in Holland Park.
At this point I took an interest in the sound department and practised with the equipment Gareth was kind enough to lend me. Not sure why I chose sound, but I'm very glad I did. From there I invested in my own equipment and started to look for work experience as a sound recordist.
Four years later I have worked on many short films and seven independent feature films. I love the work and am even able to get up for ridiculously early starts which would be absolutely impossible if I didn't enjoy it!
I still have a strong interest in writing and have started on the path of making my own films. My first as director, Waterloo Sunset, was filmed in July 2017 over one evening on the South Bank and can be watched on the portfolio page. My second, Time's Up, was shot in April this year and is currently being sent to festivals.
My third film, The Bathroom, a short horror was filmed in November 2018 and is currently in post-production.
My fourth film as director, Robin of Oakwood was shot in May and June 2019. It was my first film with co-producer Andrew Polyviou and I think we have formed a great team. It is currently in post-production, see the blog.
My aim going forward is to make several short films a year while working professionally as a production sound recordist, my income enabling me to make more ambitious films.