A Discovery of Witches - out now on Sky 1

Last year I operated the A camera and steadicam on Bad Wolf’s first season of Deborah Harkness’ trilogy, “A Discovery of Witches”. This meant hanging out with a Theresa Palmer and Matthew Goode for six months - poor me.  Either way, it seems to be a big hit with the fans. Great news.

Working with J.C. Medina nd the lovely Suzie Lavelle was wonderful. I’ve been back with Suzie, since, on His Dark materials; another great story - in fact, some of my favourite books ever, so I am so excited to be bringing it to life.

To date, the first two episodes of Witches have aired and it’s great to see it cut together. Fingers crossed for the rest of the season. 

New, long overdue showreel...

I've finally got around to cutting a newer showreel. I've gone for longer clips and scenes from selected pieces instead of shorter shots as I feel it's a better representation of my work. You can see it on the CV and Showreel page of this site by clicking 'here'.

Website update

I've added some new clips to the site after being quite inactive on it!

You can see them by clicking "here".

There are some clips from the following:

Avon - Luck: with Maria Sharapova, directed by Pamela Hanson and shot by Benoît Delhomme (Theory of Everything, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas).

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Ballad of the Mighty 1: shot by Sam Care.

General clips and film trailers are on there, too.

I'll try to be more regular with the updates in future!

Leave 2 Remain - coming soon...

I'm very much looking forward to a film I did the steadicam on called Leave To Remain.

It stars Toby Jones and tells the story of an Afghan teenager awaiting the decision on his refugee status in the UK when a boy from back home arrives and threatens to change everything.

The film was written and directed by Bruce Goodison and lit by Felix Wiedemann.

You can see more here: http://leave2remainthefilm.com/

Good People - first trailer out!

I shot Good People last year (2013) with the legendary Danish Director / DoP team Henrik Ruben Genz and Jørgen Johansson, who between them shot Borgen, The Killing, Prague, Terribly Happy and others. The film stars James Franco, Kate Hudson, Omar Sy, Tom Wilkinson and Anna Friel. It will be released later in 2014 by Eagle Films.

The first trailer has just been released and it's looking good. You can check it out on my Recent Work page - just click the poster to get it to play.

The Quiet Ones - Releasing April 25th...

The Quiet Ones - a film I shot with Hammer Films - is being released in April. A new featurette and series of trailers has been released at www.thequietonesmovie.com. It's looking good! Can't wait to see it myself!

The film stars Jared Harris (Lincoln, Mad Men, Natural Born Killers), Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hunger Games) and Olivia Cooke.

8 hour days on set...?

This is very interesting. To those who have seen Haskell Wexler's doco "Who Needs Sleep?" the film has finally become the catalyst that pushed IATSE Local 600 to bring in long hour legislation in the US as a union rule. We need this same legislation to be brought in in the UK and Europe. This article should help producers realise the benefits of an 8 HOUR DAY! Just how it once was!


Back to Ukraine for The Devil's Harvest pickups

I've just been back to Kiev, Ukraine for the last pickups on Devil's Harvest. After an accident last year where one of the horses threw Terence Stamp and then fell on top of him injuring him very badly, he very bravely managed to get himself back for the last few essentials at the end of January.  Given the difficulty of working out there in temperatures as low as -23℃ with wind chill taking it down to -32℃, he did really well.

Fingers crossed for all the crew putting themselves on the front line of the protest, too...

I've bought an MK-V Omega Revolution

The top of the range system is the Omega Revolution. This gives operators the ability to shoot from ground level to 8 feet, and automatically change modes in less than a second. The camera and monitor are stabilized, no matter the angle of the sled. The Omega Revolution is leading the way in which body mounted camera stabilization is defined – operators are finding new and unique ways of creating shots that were once impossible, and allowing a whole new way of moving the camera and telling the story.
The MK-V Omega Revolution system is being used to shoot whole films and commercials, with added production value and savings for production.

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London Fields wrapped; Doug Milsome ASC / BSC in Ukraine follows...

After an eventful couple of months on London Fields it finally came to a close on 27th October. We've shot some very funny stuff with some lovely performances from the lovely Amber Heard, the charming Jim Sturgess, the ever hysterical Billy Bob Thornton, Theo James and of course the legendary Johnny Depp. I have my fingers secretly crossed for this one... I enjoyed making it tremendously.

Still, after a 10 pm wrap I had six hours to get home, check my kit, pack a bag for a month+ for Ukrainian weather (who knows?) and get a 4.30 am car to Heathrow. I went out meet Doug Milsome ASC, BSC, the legend behind Full Metal Jacket, The Shining, The Last of the Mohicans (of which he shot a large amount but after a fall out with the director was only given an Additional Photography credit after being the main DP on the job. Politics, eh?).

I operated A camera and Steadicam for Doug and had a great time being privy to his classic old school film industry sense of humour which feels very natural to me as I hear it from my dad and always did. There's something that tells you you're working with one of the greats when you get this feeling. Someone who answers the pressures of production by saying, "Oh, we're falling behind, are we? Well, why don't you just get the actors to act a bit quicker and I'll just pan faster. That should have us back on track by lunch!", will always be held in high esteem by me!

That was Doug. He's a legend and a lovely guy and now that we're back here i'm starting to miss him already! 

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London Fields in Brixton

This article just appeared in The Daily Mail. They got snaps of us shooting in Brixton. Just caught my camera in there!


London Fields

I've just started on London Fields as "A" camera operator and Steadicam operator. The film is adapted from the bestselling novel by Martin Amis, who is also the screenwriter.

The leads are Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton and Jim Sturgess - a great cast. The Director of Photography is the legendary Guillermo Navarro (From Dusk Till Dawn, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Jackie Brown, Hellboy 1 & 2, Twilight: Breaking Dawn 1 & 2, Pacific Rim), so being chosen by him for "A" camera is a massive honour.

Week one is good. Manic, but good - and very, very funny!!!

Diana trailer launched

The first trailer for Diana has been launched. It can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oPRXf9LxRU.

The current release date is September 20th in the UK. Looking forward to it.