How would you describe what you do?
I am a film director and photographer. My work lands somewhere between documentary, fashion, music and art.
What does a typical working day look like and where does it happen?
Theres no such thing as a typical day for me; the only thing I do the same everyday is drink a coffee in the morning. I also travel around a fair bit for my job, and my work load is split between shooting, writing treatments, editing photos or going to meetings.
How collaborative is your role?
Incredibly so – especially in film, as I have to work with big crews. This can be from pre-production with producers, brands, creatives, art directors and set designers. On shoot days, my film crew would typically be made up of an AD, DOP, assistants, gaffers, set, stylists, HMU, talent and then post-production; I work with editors, retouchers, grade houses, music composers and so on. When thinking about it, making a good film is like a well-oiled machine and I’m the one holding the tin can.
What are the most and least enjoyable aspects of your job?
The most enjoyable aspect has to be the travelling – not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d be able to go to some of the places I’ve been to. Another aspect is bringing my ideas to life. The least enjoyable is probably the massive lack of sleep and stress when you’re on a long and busy job. But looking back, when you’re watching something you’re super proud of, it’s always totally worth it.