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  SCREENWRITER        PRODUCER       DIRECTOR        CINEMATOGRAPHER        VIDEO EDITOR        ACTOR    

Background & Education

Born in the East Midlands, raised through London, Hong Kong and an international boarding school in Surrey. I am very proud of my muiltcultured childhood and it has given me a great edge in communication and my work. I graduated from Ealing Studios Met Film School & Bournemouth University, where I received a leadership commendation. I freelance, mentor and volunteer across many projects in various capacities, from my most passionate craft in scriptwriting to producing, directing, cinematography and editing.

 

Focus & Relationships

Communication and preparation are the key to a great production. I regularly lead teams of various sizes, build budgets from scratch, work with high-level talent from actors to composers and regularly teach younger filmmakers, including Silver Arts award students at the BFI Film Academy in camera and editing. I have always aimed high and encouraged others to do the same, resulting in a number of recognitions and awards with some great contacts and long-term relationships that have served me well. In essence, this is where ‘DanFam’ derives its name. A lot fo the time a creative project can seem like working with an extended family I guess. A film is nothing without the team and only as good as the filmmaking family that it takes to create them.

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Philippa Goslett (screenwriter) - my best teacher whom I was taught under during my time at Ealing Studios.

Features: Little Ashes, How To Talk To Girls At Parties

Shorts: Jerusalem, Candy

 

Darren Paul Fisher (screenwriter, director & producer) - my very first teacher who taught me the mechanics of film-making.

Features: Inbetweeners, Popcorn, Frequencies

 

Josh Appignanesi (screenwriter & director) - my best related teacher to when I started taking my films to the next level with every word spoken, every shot that was listed.

Features: Song Of Songs, The Infidel

Shorts: Nine & a Half Minutes, Little Man

 

Philippe Longchamp (script editor) - a strong credit to any rookie like me back then, if there was a person immune to 'Writers Block' it was this guy.

Features: Thelma & Louise, Pulp Fiction, Blue Velvet

Shorts: Ein Tiel von Mir

 

Paul Wheeler, Faye (yep, no surname, just her first... & she's awesome!) & Mark Bond -

Paul came first; a director of photography guru, from my first class with him, I understood why he got paid so much & was author of so many camera textbooks. Faye was my best camera mentor & finally Mark was the last when the world moved into digital, empowering me with a richer understanding of camera theory and practical applications.

Features: King Lear, The Optician, Pride & Prejudice, Sunshine, Love's Kitchen

TV: Inspector Morse, Bergerac, Closer To Truth, Brian Sewell's Grand Tour

 

Karoline Moser & Christian Bauer - taught me how to edit films professionally during my time at Ealing Studios, I hated computers but these two can teach anyone.

Features: Tara Road, The Count Of Monte Cristo

TV: Dirty Tricks, Touching Evil, Extraordinary People Shorts: Life On Road, The Flirting Club

 

The Ultimate Screenplay Format Reference - One I recommend for your scriptwriting techincalities, such as how to write montages,  music transitions, slow motion etc.

 

The Hollywood Standard by Christopher Vogler - Up there with Robert McKee and Linda Seger, here is an easy checklist on your script format needs... Very handy!

 

Script Format Guide - If you're worried your question(s) regarding format maybe silly or you're simply not sure then make sure you take a look at this.

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*taken on graduation night 2008

WHO TAUGHT ME?

MY ICONS - FICTIONAL AND NON-FICTIONAL

MENTORS & INSPIRATIONS

Throughout my nomadic life, moving around there were few people that I got to stick with in life and role models were nowhere to be seen or bother giving their time of day -

Most of my icons of strength and encouragement were fictional, I owe much more to the film and gaming industry world than most would admit and I'll never for get them:

SOLID SNAKE

 

My childhood hero from the 'Metal Gear' gaming franchise (ironically which began on the same year as my birthday). Somewhat like myself from being raised in many places, Snake has battled with some nasty betrayals and fierce opponents and yet he keeps going. Trapped and yet set free by the only thing he knows he's good at, what he was created for 'fighting.' Wisdom and determination and focussed on the mission no matter the complications. Remembered by others by helping them find their own reasons to keep fighting.

THE HURRICANE

 

Based on a true story, from my favourite film and favourite actor, Denzel Washington plays Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, racially discriminated, shamed and imprisoned falsely for 17 years. A boxer, selling his story to the outside, inspires a benevolent family to take the investigation into their own hands embracing the power of writing to embrace the value of life. I hope the stories I write in my life, will help do the same for others.

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ROCKY

 

Yes, another boxer but this time created from the writings of Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa. For me, he is the definition of willpower, his sluggish battle through life, working in similar jobs I did, tolerance for others really helped me get on board with the character, every time you watch these films its like you take the punches with him. I am of course a proud Rocky DVD boxset owner, which will never be misplaced nor forgotten.

RIDLEY SCOTT

 

One of the best directors and a benchmark for British film-makers (although doesn't seem to smile a great deal). Always seems to have such great visual control over the films he is given. Alike myself having been brought up by a tough mother, pioneered his monumental success with 'Alien' since 1979 empowered women in film (Thelma & Louise, G.I Jane) as well as allowing us to explore some historic times (Gladiator, American Gangster)

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MARTIN SCORSESE

 

Not only the writer & director of two brilliant films, 'Casino' & 'Goodfellas' but still going strong as a producer and director of some brilliant films that have that unexpected 'slap around the face' towards the end that send the story in a completely different direction. Something I try to make sure there's something original about every story I do, I remember his book 'On Film-Making' and always force myself to think "is this the best I can make it?" and therein starts the rewrite (annoying but it needs to happen) A brilliant man!

JAMES CAMERON

 

The only one who made sequels a good idea with 'Aliens' & 'Terminator 2.' A writer and director, one who also knows where the moneys at. They all laughed when he went in with the idea of 'The Terminator' ... well guess who's laughing now (until of course other people came in and totally made a pigs ear of it after 'Terminator 2!'). Also having landed some of the biggest money-making films in history with 'Titanic' and 'Avatar.'

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INDEPENDENT & FAN MADE INSPIRED FILMS & VIRALS

Star Wars Lightsaber Fights - They're Just Awesome!

 

Ferocity & Rivals - by Blind Wave Productions

Concrete Hustle - by Infectious Design

Jedi Ninjas - by Team 2X & GakAttack

Muwgli VS Beowulf - by Jean-Jacques Ernest

The Angry Joe Show - Honest gaming & film reviews delivered by someone who is not only fun but with the balls to say it out loud

The Philip DeFranco Show - Short, sweet and 'honest' news from around the world with a great personality with some fun thrown in

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Youtubers Of Interest

Film, Gaming Fans & Fun Corner

Something Blue, 1 Hazel, 1 Shelbourne, 2 Whatever It Takes, 2 Echo Screen, 1 Solid Snake

Nostalgia Critic - Analytic fun reviews of films from days of old delivered in a variety of entertaining ways. His catchprase 'I'm The Nostalgia Critic - I remember it so you don't have to' is definitely one of the best I've ever heard. A very funny but clever guy!

Watch Girls Play - A funny team of girl gamers and internet meddlers with a great sense of humour that play / watch the most shocking stuff and toy at your inner nerd - Great fun!

Latest Success Mentions

 

Screencraft Semi-Finalist (2017)

 

Royal Television Society Awards Nominee (2017)

 

Shorts Off (Cymru Bafta) Film Festival Finalist (2017)

 

Film Expo South - Three Counties Script Competition Finalist (2017)

 

Creation Film Festival Winner (2016)

 

Cambridge TV, Virgin Media Broadcast (2016)

 

Film London - Films In The City screening and Q&A (2016)

 

Red Ditch Halloween Film Festival Semi-Finalist (2016)

 

The Latest, Brighton & Hove Freeview Broadcast

'Best Of Season 3' (2016)

 

Accolade Global Film Competition Winner (2016)

 

London Screenwriters Festival Finalist (2016)

 

Nashville Film Festival Semi-Finalist (2016)

 

Digital Filmmaker Magazine Interview - 6 Page Feature

'Altered Images' (2016)

 

Script Reporter to Shore Scripts winner Louis Ackerman's 'Life Expectancy' script (2016)

 

Screencraft Residency Writer Programme Quarter-Finalist (2015)

React Channel - Watch the reactions of teens to elders vieweing / playing the same content as you. Its always interesting and entertaining to see how the reactions between generations change.

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INSPIRING ADVERTISEMENTS

Allegro - English For Beginners 

An advert about immigration and the undying spirit of learning. A terrific narrative with an incredibly touching ending that lends itself to the magic of language. If you don't don't feel the impact at the end, there's something wrong with you.

Royal Television Society Awards