What training have you received?
I trained as an architect and engineer for around seven years, and during that time I started teaching myself a variety of animated techniques which resulted in my first short film Robots of Brixton. That led to Jonah being commissioned, and a slightly unorthodox but effective way of training as a film maker, by being literally thrown in at the deep end, never really knowing what was happening and having to learn through fear of failing.
What kind of projects attract you?
I like a whole bunch of projects; mainly I like ambitious visual projects, that at their core are about something real and have a lot of heart. I’m attracted to projects that somehow heighten the world around us but still remain grounded and human.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given as a short filmmaker?
Directing can be a bit overwhelming sometimes; at times there are huge external pressures for you to say yes to something that isn’t ready to say yes to. I guess the best advice I had was from someone who recognised I was under this pressure, and advised me to stick to my guns and don’t rush things through that aren’t ready as, fundamentally, the success or failure of the films rests on your head. This gave me more confidence as a film maker and helped me trust my instincts much more.
Tell us the most significant moment in your career so far
I think launching Robots of Brixton online, and getting an amazing response.
You’ll die happy when…
I’d probably die happy tomorrow because I’m pretty happy now. I think life is too short to worry about what you have to achieve by when…