Welcome

I’m a freelance director and lighting cameraman with more than 20 years experience in factual and corporate production, based in Cambridge UK. I own a Canon C300 kit, as well as other cameras, with extensive lighting, grip and sound equipment.

I’m just as happy directing a film from concept through to delivery as I am shooting and being directed. I particularly enjoy  working collaboratively with other production professionals and keeping up to date with new techniques, technology and best practice.

On the site you’ll find examples of my work and links to industry resources that I find useful. And, through regular blogs, I’ll write about some of the tips, techniques and views I’ve gained working in the photographic, TV and video production industries.

You can also see examples of my work on Vimeo by clicking on the link below:

The Genius of Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick is one of those ‘marmite’ directors – people seem to either love or hate his films. Some people will grudgingly acknowledge that Kubrick was an auteur who commanded respect but they just can’t love his movies. I however, admire his work more than that of any other mainstream English-speaking director before or since …

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Large sensor cameras: depth of field, field of view and bokeh – it’s a circle of confusion!

Even though you (or your DoP/lighting cameraman) might know how to get the look you want in terms of selecting a format, lens, aperture and camera position you might be hazy on the details of their relationship to each other. So here’s my take on the technical and aesthetic aspects of how large sensor cameras …

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Don’t forget the importance of audio

Audio is often seen as a poor relation compared to the images during the production of everything from big budget feature films to the humblest corporate video. This is a mistake. Imagine you are about to embark on a long-haul flight and you have the option of two seats: one has a TV with poor …

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Eye-tracking study reveals where we look when watching a film

Where do our eyes look when we view a film? You might assume that the main focus of interest is say the face of the actor who is talking, or the person walking across the frame. Mostly you’d be right, but as some recent fascinating research shows our eyes dart about the screen the whole …

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