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

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.

1994 – student project

The first project I worked on at SAE Institute London as a student. This was long before my interest in VFX and post production came about, so I was still exploring the art of writing and directing.

The 3-min narrative (no dialogue was permitted) shows two characters fully integrated into their different worlds and yet still sharing a strong bond:

I even held on to the storyboard I made and created a comparison list to show friends:

1994 Storyboard