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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 essential for 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 new 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 of 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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)
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!
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.'
Star Wars Lightsaber Fights - They're Just Awesome!
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
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
Bucharest ShortCut CineFest Finalist (2018)
Los Angeles Film Awards Winner (2017)
Screencraft Semi-Finalist (2017)
Royal Television Society Awards Nominee (2017)
Feature Film Festival For Drama Screenplay Shortlist (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)
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.
Whether we're leftists, rightists, feminists, transgender... Treat yourself to a beer and lets... Just talk each others opinions and succeed where our politicians usually fail. A great advert about a product we ALL love!
A media group that brings together the bureaucrats, healthcare workers, working class and middle class, the young, the old, gay, straight altogether. I don't know what the hell they're selling but I buy it anyway.
A clever advert that shows a double life of the same person that flips to the tandem narrative of what happens on 'the other side' every time the viewer would press 'R' (on your keyboard) when watching it online. Interactive media to sell a decent product. Very cool! The function 'itself' isn't hosted anymore but still... You'll get the idea.
Phwooaarrr - What an incredible way to reach out to a gamer! Give them something interactive - a short interactive film that mimics the way the game works... Then set and shoot it with all the other options in real life. The function itself doesn't exist anymore but wathcing this you'll get a gist of how excited gamers got - Fantastically put together!
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.
One of the best adverts I've ever seen and unifies Christians & Muslims as mates in an incredible narrative that only begs the question (again...) Why the hell are these differences in the world so hated as opposed to celebrated? Incredibly crafted! Enjoy!
The worlds gone a bit too PC for me in some areas but the world will come around soon enough. Although its adult humour, its absolutely hilarious. A girl forgets something when walking out of a guy's apartment but can't get back in. Just watch - It'll bring you a great joke for future conversations.
If anyone remembers these adverts then you'll remember how much they came up in conversation. Brilliantly funny! Everyone enjoys a great joke. Not the rubbish on TV now. The filmmakers on this could still knock out these unimaginative PPI, Bingo or car insurance adverts of today... and with good reason - Watch!
Possibly but he makes me laugh & I find him quite knowledgable and funny. What do I think of politicians? Mostly a bunch of out-of-touch overpaid, greedy bureaucrats who made my job and my way of life hell. Russell voices a lot of the creatives I find on a lot of topics. Comedians using satire as a means to talk about the news is as informative as it is hilarious at times.
Ozzy Man Reviews - Simple mindless fun! One random weird video on the internet becomes exciteably commentated by an incredibly gifted bloke from Australia! Say no more... I find this guy absolutely hilarious!
Usually telecommunications adverts are something to be laughed at or are so technology driven / an orgy of motion graphics but this one shows how the efforts of a wonderfully artful approach can deliver and really make a splendid effort to reach consumers. Excellent work!