I’ve been making short films ever since I was 12 years old, when I first got a webcam and started making stop-frame animation with plasticine.
Filmmaking has taught me a huge amount about storytelling, business and leadership, including:
- How to construct stories and tell them effectively.
- How to lead a large team of people.
- How to communicate complex artistic instructions to others.
- How to get the most from video and media
- How to work effectively within a very strict deadline (most my films are made in 1 or 2 days).
More than anything else, making films is a hobby for me – a fun way to spend a weekend with some friends.
Here’s a selection of a few of the short films I’ve made. You can find more on my Youtube channel. Most are made as part of the 48 Hour Film Project, where we write, shoot and edit the film in only two days.
This film was made for the 48 Hour Film Project in Madrid. It was written by three other writers from the Madrid Writers Club. I directed it, with a team I had never worked with before. The technical team were all professionals and were amazing to work with. It’s in both Spanish and English, with alternating subtitles.
This 48 Hour Film was made in 2015 and features the highly talented James Rottger, who not only shined through a 12 hour shoot as the only actor but also got down and rewired the electrics when the lights didn’t work. Now how many actors do you think can do that?
I wrote and directed this for the 48 Hour Film Project in 2016. Well, I say “wrote”…. It’s a mockumentary, and I got the actors to improvise together. I had constructed the skeleton of the story and directed them in such a way as to ensure they hit all of the necessary plot points.
This was made for the 48 Hour Film Project over weekend in 2014. It was directed by Gabriel Neil. I wrote it while I was staying in CERN (the particle physics lab in Switzerland famous for the Large Hadron Collider) – I drank many cups of coffee and wrote it between 11pm and 7am on Friday night so I could send it to the team in Scotland to shoot and edit on Saturday.
The story is based on the case notes of a real psychotherapist, who had some pretty controversial practices which challenged the strictly defined patient-psychologist boundaries.
This was another 48 Hour Film, which I wrote around a poem of mine. The poem, also called the Apple, is about beauty. This was directed by Hesther Owenhill and the poem is a little rushed at the end due to time constraints. However, it tells the story well and strict time constraints are the nature of making films in only two days!
The Bicycle Man
This wasn’t a 48 Hour Film, and was instead made as an entry into the Virgin Media Shorts Competition. However, even though I wrote it over a few days, it was still shot and edited within 24 hours.