From a young age I wanted to be in the film industry. I used to pester my parents, asking about the adverts on TV and how they were made. In Year 9 I decided this is where I wanted to go in life. After my GCSEs I was presented with the options of either a Media Studies A-Level, among others, at school or a Film and Television BTEC at college. I chose the latter as it offered more hands-on and focused experience of Film and TV as opposed to several subjects simultaneously.
College was a turning point for me. I was given the chance to get behind some more professional equipment and software. I learned how to manage my time in a production environment, how to edit to much higher standards (something that I had previous taught myself) and the inner-workings of film creation and the film industry as a whole. The decision to further my knowledge at university was an obvious one.
I studied Film at Southampton Solent University. I produced many short films and other videos which improved my knowledge of filmmaking further. Not only did I study the practical side of filmmaking but also more of the theory behind it than ever before, deep-diving into the more advanced concepts, which came to fruition when creating films of my own.
After graduating from Southampton Solent University with a 2:1, I was given the opportunity to work as an intern at VCCP Kin for two weeks. Not long after a one-week stint in the postproduction department I was taken on as an Edit Assist full-time. A year and a half down the line I was promoted to MCR Supervisor. Five years later I am now the Technical Manager for Girl&Bear where I maintain and develop the production technology and systems.
In my time not working, I spent hours recreating something I first made back in my college days - a kinetic typogrpahy music video for a song I adore.
This was part of my own creative development, forcing me to work smarter and efficiently, whilst also honing my skills in After Effects and other applications from the Adobe Creative Suite.
For more than a decade I've been playing around with samples in various applications to create what I call music. It has always been just another creative outlet for me and was never meant to be anything more.
One day, I decided I was going to stop creating music. To sign off, I grabbed a load of my own personal favourites and spent hours and hours remastering them to create Closing Statement.
Currently, my main hobby and focus outside of work is on Steptax. This started as a home-built, home-run server built to host TeamSpeak for me and my friends while we played games together online.
While the physical server has since been taken out of service, its spirit lives on in a small home lab run from my home. I now develop and run services like Discord bots, applications and websites, including this one, for fun.
We chew through a lot of media at Girl&Bear. Storing it all along with all of the associated project files can turn into a nightmare if not properly managed, and doing this within budget is a challenge in and of itself!
I was a key part of a small team that came up with Girl&Bear's new cloud-first archiving solution which we managed to do on the fraction of the budget initially forecasted.