When I was 7 years old I went to a Halloween party dressed as a camera. I have been looking through a lens ever since. Throughout more than a decade of working within the industry I have worked on a variety of projects including features, animation, drama, documentaries and promos. I have a long established career in stop-motion animation and have worked on many of the biggest stop-motion features that have been made in this country.
After studying Photography Film and Television at University I got my first big break working as a trainee then junior camera assistant on the Oscar winning ‘Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit’. I worked for several years on BAFTA award winning children’s animation series before moving to London to work as camera assistant on Wes Anderson’s ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’. During the production of this film I was able to test my lighting skills by lighting test units as well as green screen elements. I lit a lot of dust plates.
I continued to progress through the camera department and got my first official lighting credit as a lighting camerawoman on the Oscar nominated stereoscopic feature film ‘The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists’ (released in the USA as ‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits’).
During 2013 I participated in the ‘Stepping Up’ training scheme. A partnership of BBC Scotland, BECTU, Creative Scotland, Creative Skillset, Scottish Union Learning & Skills Development Scotland aimed at ‘ambitious, self-motivated individuals with a proven track record in their chosen field and a proactive approach to advancing their career’. Through this programme I was able to shadow the DOP’s working on mainstream drama productions.
I have worked on several independent drama productions as Director of Photography including the short films ‘Space Boy’ and ‘The Gift’, the documentary ‘Who Do You Love? The King Adora Story’. And the micro budget feature ‘Own Worst Enemy’.
In 2014 I returned to Aardman to work as lighting camera on ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’.