As a director I have worked tirelessly over the past 12 years to define and refine my style. I often heard this referred to as a voice but what did I have to say? Well that's what I endeavoured to find out. Inspired by cinema legends in Martin Scorsese, my attention was naturally drawn towards movies by Quentin Tarrantino, Guy Ritchie, David Fincher and Martin McDonagh. What ever these guys were doing I just wanted a piece of it.
I'm definitely still figuring out what it is they do so well.
To date i've always had my hands on at least one personal project, more often than not more than one. I've produced a handful of short films, mini documentaries, music videos. All on the journey to define my own style and learn the craft.
In that time i've also been incredibly grateful that countless clients and colleagues have trusted me to direct on everything from expeditions into the Sahara Desert to local bands trying to make it in the music industry.
For me, there really is nothing quite like the experience of developing a character, even just focusing on the directing department, regardless of my interest in writing and creating.
When the pieces of the puzzle begin to click into place and you know you are on to something, well, nothing can stop that force. It's been anything but an easy journey. Having the confidence to impart your stylistic choices on what for me has mostly been commercial and advertising work doesn't always go down well. I've had to reign it in sometimes but that's where i've been most fortunate. My clients and producers have always had faith in me to find the special ingredient that makes a film. More often than not i'm allowed to run with my ideas even if we're figuring it out together. I'll forever be indebted to them for that, they've allowed me to fail but we've also experienced a great deal of success. Most of all in my confidence to trust myself and my instincts. There's nothing more prevalent than knowing when to hold em' and when to fold em'.
My directing journey is ongoing and i've really just scratched the surface despite my years of experience. I'm never phased by challenges either in development or on set. I keep a calm head in all situations, like a drone going down at sunset in the Sahara desert on the last day of filming.
I've been lucky enough to work with esteemed champions in all walks of life and I treat them as I would any member of my crew. With grace, dignity and respect. Regardless of the situation.