Dave Shakespeare pilot (directed by Graeme Mackenzie and Frank Tamburin)

One of the first VFX jobs I did outside of film school. I worked as the VFX compositor, painter and rotoscoper on the Dave Shakespeare pilot (directed by Graeme Mackenzie and Frank Tamburin; produced by Mouktar Mohammed).

The half-hour comedy episode (based on William Shakespeare’s unwitting, time-travelling brother) is not available online, but I also did the worked on the following promo clip (motion graphics and titles):

As of July 2013, the show is slated for an animated series release.

A partial break-down of the graphics I worked on can by seen at 01:24 on the 2012 Title and Motion Graphics showreel. The images below show the before/afters of some corrections and screen replacements:

Removing reflection from glass



CCTV imitation screen replacement


TV screen replacement and compositing #1


TV screen replacement and compositing #2


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.

Shoreditch Festival 2011 promo

I had the opportunity to work on the 2011 Shoreditch Fesival as a camera operator. The event was organised by the Shoreditch Trust, with collaboration from SAE Institute.

Luckily, I also got to be involved in the promotional stage, which allowed me and several colleagues/students to come up with a graphics-driven video for the event. I was responsible for the end title sequence, which had to be based on the poster from that year:


Breaking down the elements:


Final Result:


The final video is available here:

An animated break-down of my work can also be seen on the 2012 Title and Motion graphics showreel at 00:06 (first break-down).

‘The Host’ (directed by Maximilian von Vier)

‘The Host’ is a psychological thriller about an unusual asylum patient written and directed by Maximilian Von Vier.

I was involved with the project as a visual effects artist and was given an interesting challenge: to remove an entire country from a tracking shot of a globe. I used Photoshop to paint over a still from the film and then tracked the mask to the footage itself.


You may check out the final result in my 2012 showreel (00:04-00:11).

SAE Institute London supervisor and lecturer

Immediately upon graduating SAE Institute London’s film department I was asked to join the supervisor team where I became responsible for equipment maintenance and bookings.

sae_instituteI have since been promoted to lecturer and am currently one of the senior supervisors. I specialise in post production: editing, colour-grading, VFX (After Effects) and motion graphics. It’s brilliant being able to do something you love for a living!

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:

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


Animated billboards


Fake graffiti


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.