Belle Amie – Girls Up (music video)

In one of the odder turns in my life, I landed a directing gig for X-Factor’s Belle Amie and their first single. I was approached by producer Mouktar Mohammed who asked me to come up with a concept and aid in the post-production.

I came up with a pop-centric idea that centred around a positive self-image message (and some pretty visuals).

Had lots of fun overall, and the cast and crew were lovely to work with.

Lyndsey Ollard – Liar (music video)

As a student, I was approached by the head of the film-making course to have a go at directing Lyndsey Ollard, whose album (‘One Night Stand’) was produced by Tom Misner. We were short on time and resources (and being students did not help), but I think we did a decent job and learnt a lot in the process. One of the biggest lessons was – always ask the client to give you a realistic deadline.

I was still getting used to compositing and colouring, so it was like learning how to swim in the deep end.

Denizen Reserves (student assignment)

I wrote and directed my final student film project ‘Denizen Reserves’ in 2010 (SAE Institute London). The short sci-fi follows the final days of a teenage vigilante group set in the near future.

The following concept image was used to generate interest during pre-production:


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The final product is less than perfect, but was a great learning experience in proper pre-production, equipment rental and lighting techniques:


Here are some of the before/after comparison shots (more in-depth breakdown may be found on the 2012 VFX showreel at 00:25):

Screen Replacement

DR2

Animated billboards

DR6

Fake graffiti

DR1

SAE Advert (student assignment)

Submission for third semester at SAE Institute London. We were given a limited number of products/services to choose from, and I decided to go for what I considered to be the most challenging one in an effort to stimulate my creativity and selling ability.


It was during this project that I fell in love with After Effects and realised I wanted to devote my professional career to post production and VFX.

Jack Green and the Band of Thieves – Montreal (music video)

This was my submission for the third module (music videos) at SAE Institute London.

Jack Green and the Band of Thieves approached SAE and I volunteered to take their single ‘Montreal’ on as my project. My involvement was…complete (video concept, storyboarding, directing, editing, chroma, composition, etc)…ly exhausting.

A compilation of some of the chroma and compositing shots in the video starts at 01:49 on this 2012 VFX showreel.