Resume

 

  • Director, lighting cameraman and editor with over 19 years experience documenting campaigns globally
  • Short and longer form films regularly directed, filmed and edited for a diverse range of clients.
  • Extensive Hostile environment experience.
  • Founding director of If Not Us Then Who a US based charity supporting indigenous peoples through developing strategic communication and participatory filmmaking.

Equipment:

Edit suite, HD Camera kits (Canon C300), Drone, numerous lighting and sound equipment.

Highlights:

  • Founder and Executive Director ‘If Not Us Then Who?’ including directing over 25 short participatory films across the tropical forest region
  • Organised major ‘Our Village’ event spaces with diverse range of partners from Indigenous communities, the development sector and NGO partners.
  • Developed outdoor video projections and innovative protests in major cities during climate conferences.
  • Directed a 52 minute film broadcast in France during the Paris Climate Change conference – produced in partnership with Shine TV, LCP AN and Ushuaia TV
  • Empowered local filmmakers globally and supported demonstrable social and environmental change.

Various freelance filming and editing for corporate and broadcast clients

Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) investigation highlights:

From 2001 to 2013 I travelled extensively on investigative trips in small 2 or 3 person crews using covert and open filming techniques on broadcast quality equipment in hazardous environments. I was also responsible for editing the material for news and for advocacy.

Some specific examples:

  • Up for Grabs’, filming in Papua, Indonesia, in an area where journalists are banned, to produce testimonies and evidence from communities exploited by oil palm companies.
  •  ‘Borderlines’, an investigation in Laos to film timber crossing into Vietnam and local communities affected by the timber trade.  The report was shown on BBC news and a number of other major news outlets.
  • ‘Tibetan Tiger Skin Trade’ in Tibet, China, in an area where access is incredibly difficult, we documented the trade in Tiger skins that eventually lead to Tibetans refusing to wear skins. The footage was featured on most major news channels and I was interviewed live on BBC World news. ‘Saving the Big Cats: Stopping the Trade’ was nominated in the Wildscreen 2006 campaign award.

 

Activist Training

‘Media-based Campaign training’ – developed training materials on GPS, photography, filming, editing and advocacy techniques. Over 10 years spent routinely travelling to Indonesia, Papua, India and Tanzania for extensive training programs. This has included:

  • 3 years training activists in Tanzania with 2-3 visits to Tanzania a year – resulting in a number of significant achievements
  • 3 years training activists in Indonesia’s, Papua Province resulting in the completion of a number of locally made campaign films
  • 3 years training activists across Indonesia resulting in the formation of 3 local TV stations and the development of an award winning media organization

Awards:

  • Nominated for the 2006, 2008 and 2010 Filmmakers for Conservation (FFC), ‘Filmmaker of the Year Award’ at the Wildscreen Festival
  • Winner at Montana International Wildlife Film Festival for: Best Cultural Message and Best Film for a Government Agency
  • Nominated in the Wildscreen 2006 campaign award
  • Vimeo 2010 official selection.
  • Focus Forward Film competition semi finalist 2012
  • Finalist at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2015
  • Winner ‘Films for the Forest Festival’ 2016
  • Winner ‘Los Angeles Film Review’ 2015
  • Official Selection at the ‘Socially Relevant Film Festival’ 2015 & 2016

Relevant Skills and additional information

Ba Honours in Film & Video at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design – 2:1

Technical Manager at the Tacchi Morris Theatre and over 6 years as a lighting technician at Stage Electrics.

Various experimental video and lighting pieces with theatre practitioners Guy Dartnell and Niki McCretton

President of the documentary jury at the Amazonas International Film Festival, 2006

Co-presenter in the 2011 National Geographic Series on EIA, ‘Crimes against Nature’

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