Occupation: Freelance director/camera operator/motion
The most exciting job of the year
for me was working as a camera
operator at the Leeds Festival on
the Radio 1 Stage filming bands
such as Pendulum and Mumford
& Sons. I’ve worked there
previously, so I felt very much at
home this year.
The highlight was directing We
Are Scientists as the headline
act of the night. Working
backstage in a live environment
is a real pleasure and I hope I can
continue it in the future.
Have you been busy?
The last few months have been
busy. Since I launched my
website, I’ve been having more
calls. It’s hard to get your website
out there and takes a while to
build an online presence.
I’ve been working in London
recently – always a pleasure.
I always enjoy traveling away
from home to shoot.
Last summer I traveled around
SE Asia. I made a feature length
documentary/ video diary about
my experiences whilst traveling.
It was refreshing to get out there
and film in such different and
I made the film for my friends
and family, rather than for any
commercial reason. I find making
films like this very rewarding
and I still learn so much about
filmmaking from the process.
What types of productions
have you mostly shot?
Mostly promotional videos for
companies and club nights.
Since working at Leeds I’ve
been getting into live work
more. I recently directed three
camera operators and vision
mixed for screens at a corporate
party-themed on Strictly Come
What’s your idea of a luxury
It’s always important to work
with professional equipment
you can rely on, then you can
focus your mind to the creative
aspects. A luxury shoot for me
would involve working with
talented, friendly people, and
of course good catering always
puts everybody in a good mood!
I’d love to work on movie
or documentary shoots in
foreign environments, as
this is something I am yet to
experience. Anything out of the
ordinary and creatively driven is
a luxury shoot for me.
A hardship shoot?
Working outdoors in
temperamental weather always
poses many challenges, mainly
frantically trying to avoid mixing expensive equipment
and water, but it’s also not much
fun standing outside all day in
the cold. Whilst shooting away
from home is fun, it can also
be challenging spending time
traveling and being in a foreign
environment, where it can be a
bigger issue if something goes
What was your first shooting
Shooting a promotional video
for my friend’s club night Bass
Kitchen: Beats on Toast when
I was 17. I agreed to do it for
free and I had a fantastic time
producing it. The response was
very motivating and spurred me
on to continue film-making.
Do you live and breathe music
Music videos are always a
special job as they allow for a
rare creative freedom. There
are far fewer conventions in
music videos than anything else,
and as a result you can be very
experimental. A music video can
really be about anything your
imagination stretches to and
it’s always a great experience
working alongside a talented and
Do you find your young age a
deterrent to some clients?
Any client I work for has an idea
of my experience, and therefore
remains professional and treats
me according to my job role; not
However, my age can sometimes
pose a problem. At Leeds
Festival I was constantly violently
dragged off stage by security
who thought I was a punter
trying to get backstage!
Nowadays video production
equipment is so easy to get hold
of that anyone, no matter how
young, can prove themselves
just by making
films. I think this
means there is
they are usually
there for a good
reason -- not
they know somebody!
Most recent, interesting
A promotional video for the nightclub
promoters Bedlam at the
Bournemouth O2 Academy. I was
camera operator and interviewed
drunken punters until 5am, trying
to coax funny one-liners out of
them. Despite having to stay
up until the early hours of the
morning, this was a great shoot.
Current equipment you use?
For a basic promotional video I would use my Sony PD-170 with
a shotgun microphone. I enjoy
working with mini DV, just to
know you have the security of
the backup tape in a physical
form. This is a camera well suited
to improvised interviewing and
rough conditions such as filming
My next purchase will be a
Rotolight ring light to fix on top
of my camera as I feel it will really
benefit my club night work.
Other gear you have access to?
For a large job I would prefer to
hire in equipment. Technology
so fast that any kit you buy will
be outdated very quickly. Last
summer I borrowed a track and
dolly from a friend, which added
a real depth to the project I was
working on. I am planning on
building my own makeshift one
Equipment “wish list”?
I would love a video recording
DSLR to play with. It
me a lot
and film and
how you can
from one to the
other. Whilst my
MacBook Pro has
served as a faithful editing suite
for many years. I think top of my
wish list would be a new Mac setup
for all things video.
Best thing about your job?
Traveling around, meeting
different people, and shooting
in different environments always
keeps my work interesting. You
never quite know what to expect
until you get there and this keeps
everything fresh and exciting.
Worst thing about your job?
When everything runs smoothly
on the shoot I can’t wait to get
back and edit the footage. Then
I run into countless technical
problems and end up tearing
my hair out over it. Still, every
problem has a solution and once
you’ve worked it out you gain
confidence for next time.
When filming Bullet for My
Valentine at the Leeds festival, we
were informed an hour prior to
the gig that they would be using
pyrotechnics. When it came to
filming, the jets of flame were
less than a meter away and gave
off an incredible heat. There was
nothing we could do so we stuck
with it. It left us pretty shaken up.
How much 16:9 do you shoot?
I try to shoot all my productions
in 16:9, or if I have to use 4:3, then
I would convert it to 16:9 in post
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