I got commissioned by Nature to direct and edit a film about epigenomics. The idea was that the human genome could be thought of like a music score. It isn't just changing the notes that change how the music gets expressed. We managed to bring a talented group of musicians together and make the piece come alive. CP Snow tried to claim science and art were two separate cultures, well roll over Beethoven... we spliced together a mash up to challenge that idea.
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I got commissioned by the Royal Institution to make a film detailing the origins of Xray Crystallography.
It was a real pleasure and privilege to learn about the fascinating work of the father and son team who invented it, a technique that has contributed to 29 Nobel Prizes so far.
Interviewing Lawrence Bragg's youngest Daughter Patience was particularly cool, she was really inspiring, interesting, lovely, and baked me a pie, that's a powerful combination that doesn't happen too often.
It was great to take a somewhat hard to penetrate subject and break it down into its parts; telling the narrative whilst intertwining it with the science.
Hopefully I succeeded. It's my longest short film to date at just under 9minutes, 1/10th feature length, so who knows by this time next year...
Our trip to Everest Base Camp coincided with the 60th anniversary of Hillary and Tenzing making the first summit of Mt Everest. The Guardian and the Ri Channel commissioned me to edit a film from our footage detailing the extreme environment that the scientists are operating in, and the fascinating work they are taking on.
If anyone else wants to send me up a mountain to make a film I am open to offers.
I recently got to go to the Himalayas for a month to document Extreme everest 2: a research project looking at the effects of low oxygen levels. We started off with a group of awesome kids, and this is a feature we shot for Newsround. I was Director of Photography Greg Foot was the presenter and Editor and the multi-skilled mountain goat Nick Insley was on sound.
One of the last things we filmed in Nepal was this fun episode of HeadSqueeze looking at: whether humans could ever fly, does stress make our hair go grey, and what Pins and Needles actually are...
We made 12 of these in two days so it was pretty intense. LEARN TO FIRE A BRUSSELS SPROUT OUT OF A BAZOOKA and do HOMEMADE CANDY CANES These are all short films for kids, showing them how to make fun science experiments and games for Christmas. I did the filming, the editing was by Dermot at Big Bang Fair
I first heard about this condition during my psychology degree, many moons ago. When I heard about some new research happening at Imperial, I thought it would be a good thing to make a film about. Somehow this ended up with me meeting some lovely couples, a cool neuroscientist, getting a self portrait done and having an arm wrestle.
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It can be hard to get your head around particle physics, and the Higgs boson so we went to a festival, added spandex jumpsuits, audience participation and dubstep and I think it all makes sense now...