The short films on this page are all promotional projects I have been commissioned to direct and make for clients. If you might need a film or commercial for TV or the web, and wish to discuss your requirements, please do send me an email.
MAKING GREY AREA #1: FIRST SKETCHES 2012 web series of 4 x 1:20 episodes
Oscar-winning animation director Daniel Greaves is making a new short film at TANDEM films and I have been asked to shoot and edit a series of short webisodes to help document and publicise the project.This is the first episode showing Dan sketching some initial character designs for the film.
MAKING GREY AREA #2: MODEL MAKING 2012 web series of 4 x 1:20 episodes
This is the second episode showing animator Steve Edge sculpting an animation model.
MAKING GREY AREA #3: MIME ARTIST SHOOT 2012 web series of 4 x 1:20 episodes
This is the third episode showing mime-artist Stuart Luis at Tandem's studio. Stuart's performance was recorded to provide invaluable reference for the animators.
MAKING GREY AREA #4: ANIMATION TESTS 2012 web series of 4 x 1:20 episodes
Animator Steve Edge uses Dragon animation software and a plasticine puppet to shoot some initial animation tests.
SIMON DRAWS #1: SIMON'S CAT 2011 web series of 7 x 03:00 epsisodes
Recently I have been working for Simon's Cat Ltd. developing new video content for the Simon's Cat Extra channel. I produce a webisodic series to showcase Simon Tofield's drawing talents. 'Simon Draws' is a series of pleasing tutorials encouraging fans of Simon's Cat to learn how to draw some of their favourite cartoon characters. I devised this series and help with the audio/video recording of these films and edit them into fun and informative three minute episodes.
NEWS+++ Seven of these Simon Draws films have been released so far, more are to follow. This first episode Simon Draws : Simon's Cat has now been watched over 1 million times on YouTube. Another Five of these films (plus more special content) have been made exclusively for the Simon's Cat DVD release, so aren't available on the web.
SIMON'S CAT : KITTEN CHAOS PREMIERE EVENT FILM 2011 duration 01:35
I shot and directed this short promotional film for Canongate Books and Simon's Cat Ltd. The film promotes Simon Tofield's third Simon's Cat book 'Kitten Chaos' and showcases the exciting launch night event held in a West end cinema venue. This movie is embedded here from the Canongate YouTube channel.
POLICE 101 2011 duration 00:50
I directed, photographed and composited this short public information film whilst at TANDEM films for agency M&C Saatchi. The UK police force required an on-line film to promote 101, the new phone number to be used by the public in non-emergency situations. The spot is entirely composed of still photographs animated and composited in Adobe After Effects. This movie is embedded here from the Devon & Cornwall Police YouTube channel.
OUR TRAGIC UNIVERSE 2011 duration 01:10
This short animation film was commissioned by publishing firm Canongate Books to help promote the paperback release of 'Our Tragic Universe' the latest novel from author Scarlett Thomas. I directed and animated this film, some of the footage (the waves and seagull) is recycled from my older Super8 home movies. Other elements are HD and stop motion content shot with my new Canon DSLR camera; compositing in After Effects.
LITTLE HANDS CLAPPING 2011 duration 01:10
This short animation film was commissioned by publishing firm Canongate Books to help promote the paperback release of 'Little Hands Clapping' the latest novel from author Dan Rhodes. I made this film in my home studio as stop motion animation using a Canon DSLR camera and StopMotionPro software; compositing in After Effects.
A SHORT FILM ABOUT SIMON TOFIELD 2010 duration 03:30
This is a short documentary/promotional video I directed and edited whilst at TANDEM for Simon's Cat Ltd. Simon Tofield is the creator of the hugely popular Simon's Cat films and books. This film was used on the release of Simon Tofield's first book by the publishers to publicize the release. Combining the stats at both the Hachette(US) & Canongate(UK) YouTube channels this has been watched over a million times so far! D.O.P. for this film was the legendary Simon Paul using a rented Sony EX3 camera. This movie is embedded here from the Canongate YouTube channel.
GUIDE TO GUARDIAN LIVING 2010 duration 13:00
This is a one minute extract from a thirteen minute corporate film I recently made for Camelot Property Management. The film is an animated instructional guide to prospective live-in 'Guardians' designed to outline the regulations and contractual details of their licence agreement. The visual treatment is clean and graphical; an instructional style devised for maximum clarity of the message. I produced,directed and edited this film, but had some great help from my animation friends Jeroen and Mike B. for the 2D(rotoscoping) and 3D(Maya) elements. I composited in After Effects and edited in Premiere. The entire film can be seen over on the Camelot Europe YouTube channel here
AQUARIUM ARCHITECTURE 2010 duration 00:38
This demonstration film was commissioned to appear on the Aquarium Architecture website. The sequence illustrates the planning and installation of a feature aquarium. The final live-action footage was provided by Beeston Media. (There is no audio on this film.) I directed and animated this using Flash and Maya; compositing in After Effects.