I am an aspiring wildlife and natural history filmmaker.
My original dream was to be the next David Attenborough. Who wouldn’t? I love how he uses his absolute passion about all things natural to create magic on screen, but as my experience in the industry grew, more people became figures to emulate.
By creating moments of true TV gold, Charlie Hamilton James, Gordon Buchanan, Justine Evans, Brian Leith, Stephen Dunleavy and Hilary Jeffkins, to name a few, all became models for me and helped me figure out who I wanted to be in this industry.
My long term ambition is to be a producer and cameraman of wildlife films that are both educational and entertaining. I have particular experience in producing short films with either a natural history or conservation element. I write and produce my own ideas for wildlife documentaries and am developing several treatments.
The natural world is a fascinating place. There is every genre in a wildlife documentary: drama, comedy, thriller, horror and romance. I want to be part of bringing real world stories to the screen.
I have dabbled in all sorts of areas of the media industry. I currently work at Films @ 59 as a Runner, but I have been a Researcher for HumbleBeeFilms and Indus Films, a location Runner for Brian Leith Productions, a transcriber and a logger as well as doing my own stuff on my own time. This includes filming, natural history wildlife courses run by Wildeye and Bristol Wildlife Filmmakers, networking, researching, developing ideas and stills photography.
In 2009 I graduated in Animal Behaviour & Welfare from the University of Bristol. My specialist subjects include animal welfare and animal behaviours on a broad scale, encompassing domestic, companion and wild species.
Humblebee Films requested that I join them for a short research contract in April 2013. Films At 59 kindly allowed me to take a short break to fulfil this request. Prior to this I had done some unpaid work for Indus Films to gain transcribing and research experience.
I have several ideas ready to be talked through and am always developing them ideas for further research. My grasp of story is always improving, and I took part in story-telling and script-writing workshops at “WildScreen 2012″ to better understand the ideas of story within the Natural History genre.
I use a Canon 7D to film as much wildlife as I can. I love sitting in my hide for hours on end waiting for the magical moment to occur. Capturing behaviour on film is a huge thrill for me and you can see some of the results on my films page.
In December 2012, I took on his first official Producer role on a 48 Hour Film for “48GoGreen”. The target was to create a film with an ‘Eco’ theme in 48 hours. I succeeded with a team collectively known as Brunel Films. The film, “The Teacher”, was nominated for the People’s Choice Award.