My career as a sound recordist began during the filming of BBC Storyville’s “Simon Mann’s African Coup”, a documentary I was camera assisting on in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa. Prior to then, sound recording, editing and design had been a past time that led to my art school specialism. Thereafter, I recorded sound in addition to lensing films myself - this mixed skillset is now a real advantage when I team up with self-shooting directors on observational documentaries. As a sound recordist, I work with crews both big and small on influential international broadcast and feature documentaries (particularly Arts & Music, Science, History, Specialist Factual, and Natural History), corporates, commercials, and feature films.
• Human Planet II/Rituals (BBC) • '89 (Feature Doc) • The Visitor (BFI Feature Film) • Marc Quinn: Odyssey (BBC/HBO Feature Doc)• The Late, Late Show with James (CBS) • Queen of the World (ITV/HBO) • SmartWater: “Clear Goals” (TVC) • [Storyville] The Love of Books: A Sarajevo Story (BBC) • [Storyville] Simon Mann’s Africa: Black Beach (BBC) • Captive (Netflix 3x episodes) • Ten Billion (Sky Feature Doc) • Wonders of the Moon (BBC) • Jamie Johnson (CBBC) • Fitzdares “Few Have it” (TVC) • Diana’s Death: Seven Days That Changed The Nation (BBC) • [Imagine] Cameron Mackintosh (BBC) • Queen of the World (ITV) • Mark Austin Investigates Anorexia (ITV) • [Exposure] The Hunt For Bin Laden (ITV) • Diana, Our Mother: Her Legacy (ITV/HBO) • Sainsbury’s “Roar Together” ft. Ellie Simmonds (TVC) • The Last Days of Anne Boleyn (BBC) • Sainsbury’s “Living Well: Mucky Hands” (TVC) • Who Do You Think You Are: Emma Willis (BBC) • Sainsbury’s “Roar Together” ft. Jonnie Peacock (TVC) • Genius by Stephen Hawking (PBS) • Queen & Countryside (C4) • Debenhams “Mother’s Day” (TVC) • Restoring Britain’s Landmarks (C4) • KFC “Around The World In 99 Gigs” (11x Online) • Our Queen at Ninety (ITV) • AstraZeneca (7x Online) • Damien Hirst: Relics (Qatar Museum Authority) • Bepanthen “10 Months” (TVC) • Richard Serra: Seven (Al Doha) • The Genius of British Art (C4) • Damien Hirst: The Miraculous Journey (Qatar Museum Authority) • Tales from the Museum of Islamic Art (Qatar Museum Authority) • Jean Nouvel: Qatar National Museum (Al Doha) • Damien Hirst: The Installation of ‘Verity’ (Damien Hirst: Science) • [Dispatches] The Truth About Your Food (C4) • Radio 5 Live “Election 2015” (TVC) • Charles Hazelwood: My Own Beatles Black Album (Sky Atlantic) • Lego “In the Future…” (Online)• The Apu Trilogy (Criterion Collection) • Zara Home “Simon Costin” (Online )• [Dispatches] A Widow’s War On Yobs (C4) • Sean Connery: In His Own Words (BBC) • A Dark and Stormy Night: Frankenstein and the Vampyre (BBC) • [Dispatches] The Children Left Behind (C4) • Psychopath Night (C4) • The World’s Greatest Spy Movies (C4) • End of The World Night (C4) • War On Knives (Sky One) • Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) • Qatar: An Oral History (Qatar Museum Authority) • Seven Ages of Qatar (Qatar Museum Authority) • MacMillan Cancer (Online ) • Guide Dogs (Online) • Nylon Magazine (Print) • [Dispatches] Tricks of the Dole Cheats (C4)
Extraordinary Rituals: Changing Worlds (BBC/Dir: Simon Bell)
One of the most intense and amazing series of shoots I've worked on, in the depths of Senegal and India, in the production of two sequences in episode Three: Changing Worlds. We followed the story of a wrestler fighting his way from obscurity in his remote village to glory in Dakah, and the story of a young Jain Hindu devotee as she rids her life of all worldly belongings (including plucking out all her hair) and says goodbye to her family forever, as she gives her life to god!
Queen Of The World (HBO/ITV Dir: Matt Hill)
An Obs Doc we made over the course of 2 years, following various members of the royal family. Queen of the World offers insights into The Queen’s role and the baton she is passing to the younger members of the Royal Family as they continue to build upon the Commonwealth. Features The Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Princess Anne; Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; and the Countess of Wessex.
SmartWater (TVC/Dir: Tubby Brother)
Part of the Clear Thinking campaign for the Discovery network; a collection of 4 films (6 in total) that document authentic and inspirational first-hand stories from people who have developed a unique take on healthy living. I was the location Sound Recordist, capturing the FX as well as the voiceover (recorded in improvised sound booths in cupboards under the stairs, and in the back of cars!).
BAA: Long Live the Local (TVC/Dir: Tom Green)
Wonders of the Moon (BBC/Dir: James Van Der Pool)
BBC One documentary by James Van Der Pool (Wonders of the Universe, Horizon) and shot by DP Jon Sayers. I recorded additional sound - main recordist was Ian Maclagen. In 2017 the moon produced a series of extraordinary spectacles - from blood moons to eclipses, blue moons to super moons. Wonders of the Moon captures this spell of extraordinary lunar wonders, bringing you the magic of the moon as you've never seen it before.
Jamie Johnson with Luis Suarez (BBC)
A short shoot I did in Barcelona with Louis Suarez, for CBBC's Jamie Johnson show.
'89 - How Arsenal Did The Impossible
Feature documentary, '89, tells the story of Arsenal's dramatic win in the last minute of the last game of the season, played at Anfield in May 1989. Interviewees I recorded include Michael Thomas, Lee Dixon, Tony Adams, Steven Bould, Ian Wright, and Nigel Winterburn.
Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy
A landmark ITV/HBO documentary for which I was one of the sound recordists will air in July, 2017. Opening Tx territories include UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Germany.
The documentary celebrates the life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales, in the 20th year since her tragic death. The film is built around contributions from HRH The Duke of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry, both of whom talk openly about their mother and pay tribute to the many ways her influence has shaped their lives.
Fitzdares: Few Have It
Commercial by Tubby Brother, for bookmakers, Fitzdares. I was the sound recordist.
The Late Late Show with James Corden: “The Next James Bond - David Beckham v James Corden”
When David Beckham and James Corden find each other at the same audition for James Bond, their unique approaches to the role create tension that threatens a friendship.
Made in 4hrs, and released 2 days later! I was production mixer.
Sainsbury’s “living Well: Messy Hands”
A TV commercial by Tubby Brother, for which I was sound recordist.
“In Spring, there are few things more satisfying than tucking in your delicious food unafraid of getting your hands messy. That moment when it’s just you and your food. That's Living Well.”
Who Do You Think You Are? Emma Willis
The BAFTA award-winning genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? returns to BBC1 this summer, with an episode I recorded some sound on, delving into the past of presenter, Emma Willis.
Zara Home: Simon Costin
A short video for Zara that I was sound recordist for...
The Briton Simon Costin is known for the incredible artistic stage design in his work, where the creativity of the art world is transposed dramatically to editorial content and fashion.
His work attests to extensive experience, some of which can be found in collective exhibitions in international museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the ICA in London or the Galerie Patricia Dorfmann in Paris.
Costin has recently been named an honorary member of the Arts by the University of the Arts in London.
Charles Hazelwood: My Own Beatles Black Album
I only did a few days on this film examining the break-up of the worlds greatest pop group, and the 'fab fours' subsequent solo work, that culminates in Charles Hazelwood curating his own, Black Album.
BBC NHU Project (title pending)
I have been recording sound for the BBC Natural History Unit's a forthcoming, as yet untitled series.
Watch this space for more...
I was sound recordist on three episodes: Lucasville Prison Riot, Peacemakers, Al Qaeda Kidnappers. A fascinating experience and tremendous series of films.
Netflix eight-part series “Captive” looks at high-profile hostage crises and was conceived and produced by Simon Chinn’s Lightbox Entertainment in tandem with The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman, and producer Dave Bartis’ Hypnotic
Reviews for Captive episode 1.1 “Lucasville Prison Riot”…
“Meticulously researched and stuffed with absolutely hair-raising interviews from every side of the conflict”
“It is cinematic and slickly produced, with production value visible in nearly every frame. The show is equally impressive from a journalistic standpoint. The producers have clearly put in a tremendous amount of legwork into tracking down perpetrators, victims, eyewitnesses, family members and law enforcement officials, and getting them to open up about their traumatic experiences. “Lucasville” is especially noteworthy in this regard, featuring interviews with surprisingly forthcoming former inmates and several ringleaders now on death row.”
“True-crime aficionados will find much to enjoy about Captive, and many will be completely taken in by the perpetually pulse-pounding, nail-biting style.”
“The on-camera interviews are utterly compelling: guards describing the terror of the experience and the hostage-takers explaining the unexpected intricacy of theirs, particularly the grim, haunted look on one guard’s face as he recalls the early hours of the uprising, saying, “We lost that fight pretty quick.” The episode runs an hour and a half, but with the wealth of footage at the filmmakers’ disposal, one almost wonders why it wasn’t longer – or what footage those behind Captive left out.”
“Former convicts and prison officers talk us through events with frequent cuts away from original news footage to high-spec dramatic reconstructions. They’re so well done, you sometimes forget which is which as the camera pans over the bloodied, face-down corpse of a murderer prisoner. Could be real, could be an actor. And it’s all underscored with the kind of “feel this now” compositions you’d more usually find in a quality drama.”
Our Queen at Ninety
Told in the words of those closest to her, 'Our Queen at Ninety' features interviews with family members about what the 89-year-old is really like, as well as showing behind the scenes footage of her life while homage is paid to her many years at the helm of the Royal family.
As well as recording Kate Middleton’s first solo broadcast interview, I also recorded William, Duke of Cambridge; Charles, Prince of Wales; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; Sophie, Countess of Wessex and numerous other characters throughout the film.
Viewing figures on Tx were 7 million.
Bepanthan: "10 Months - How Are You?"
KFC “Around the World in 99 Gigs”
The series of branded commercial shorts for KFC by BBH/Black Sheep Studios, shot over 21 days across Europe and North Africa. Directed by Tom Green, and lensed by Christopher Ross BSC
"Kill 'Em All" RadioLab, WNYC (UK Sound Recordist)
The World's Greatest Spy Movies
Restoring Britain's Landmarks
Damien Hirst: Relics
Qatar National Museum (inc. additional camera)