Nature: The symphony in your cells

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Nature: The symphony in your cells

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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Available for freelance

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Available for freelance

I'm a freelance filmmaker, writer, podcaster and some time photographer I’m looking for commissions, collaborations, grants and cool opportunities to make things. My typical beat is art, science, and music; via documentary, comedy, journalism, and education.  My strength is in digging for the great stuff that hides in the spaces in between. 

I have produced work for the Guardian, BBCBMJNatureThe Southbank Centre, London Live, The Royal Institution, Universal and many others. I've worked in the Pacific Ocean, Mount Everest, in hospitals, theatres and mostly in my attic You can see a recent showreel here:


I also do multimedia consultancy, so if you want someone to come into your organisation to work on your digital strategy, help you tell better stories, or start you off in making multimedia of your own get in contact.

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Dunwich Dynamo

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Dunwich Dynamo

This was my 3rd year doing the wonderful 120 mile overnight bike ride. Such a fun bunch of people, doing a weird cool thing. I decided to make this little film about the event. See you there next year....

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Mars Diffracts! Space Exploration

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Mars Diffracts! Space Exploration

I got commissioned to make a piece for the Royal Institution about the search for life on Mars, I tried to mix it up a bit. One of the big discoveries is that of clay on Mars. This led me on to claymation, stop motion animation and lego Mars Rovers, as well as existential philosophy. I'm happy with how it turned out.

The Full Film

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The Humble Braggs: short documentary on Xray Crystallography

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The Humble Braggs: short documentary on Xray Crystallography

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...

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The Highest Lab in the World

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The Highest Lab in the World

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.

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Extreme Everest 2: Newsround

Newsround
Newsround

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.

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Head Squeeze: Kathmandu style

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Head Squeeze: Kathmandu style

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...

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The Guardian - Hemispatial Neglect

VISUAL NEGLECT FRONT PAGE
VISUAL NEGLECT FRONT PAGE

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.

theaccompanying article is here

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Darren Hayman - Stonehaven

This is a slightly unhinged music video I made for Darren Hayman's new album Lido; all about outdoor swimming pools. This film is a bit different from my usual stuff, and it was almost all filmed on a GoPro which was a good experiment. Anyway it's a cool song, and a great album, and I would recommend checking out the Blog http://lidomusic.blogspot.com

  [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmezvXCKo7Q&w=640&h=360]

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The Midnight Run

I was really excited to be commissioned to make this film. The artists and participants involved were ace, and I'm really happy with how it turned out. The Midnight Run //

The idea behind the Midnight Run is simple, to negate the frenzy and hysteria of mass media and reality t.v. for actual reality; for the simplicity of walking and talking. To reclaim the streets and rediscover a city after dark, to inhabit its confines of glass, concrete, steel and structure, as a child does a maze; with as much innocence and wonder as is natural. 

The Africa Utopia Midnight Run from Inua Ellams on Vimeo.

In the Midnight Run's motto, ‘star’ can be taken literally, or as a metaphor for the city, dwellers, in which case it takes on a beauty and importance:

The Midnight Run // Cause we can't see stars for fumes we turn to smashed glass, believing shards shine like constellations do.

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Point Break - Done in 60 Seconds

The challenge was to remake a movie in 60 seconds, and we made the shortlist! Please take a look and vote for Number 10. http://www.empireonline.com/awards2012/diss/

It's a 'revisioning' of classic early 90's cinematic masterpiece Point Break.

We have been shortlisted for the Best UK entries.

Please take a look at the film, it is 60 seconds long, so no excuses! Afterwards please take an extra two seconds to click vote underneath, we are listed as

'10. Point Break Thom Hoffman'

Click here to watch the video

Directed by Thom Hoffman

Written by cast

Starring [in order of appearance] Ben Harp - Charlie Hall Johnny Utah - Sam Wong Pappas - Thom Hoffman Tyler - Sam Woolf Bodhi - Geoff Marsh

Music

I Will Not Fall - Wire Train Time of your life - performed by Sam Wong

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Guardian Science Weekly Live

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Guardian Science Weekly Live

I love science, podcasts, and making films, so was great to be commissioned to make a fun film advertising the Guardian Science Weekly Live show. It's a live podcast being recorded at the Royal Institution on Wednesday 28 March. You can get free tickets, from here...

Guardian pic
Guardian pic

It was ridiculously fun to film and edit, and I hope people like it. Take a look and let me know what you think.

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Point Break

Point Break Done in 60 seconds The challenge was to remake a movie in 60 seconds, and we made the shortlist!

 

http://www.empireonline.com/awards2012/diss/

It's a 'revisioning' of classic early 90's cinematic masterpiece Point Break.

We were shortlisted for the Best UK entries, but didn't win

I wrote a post about making short short films, and you can check out my Culture Badger blog if you'd like to read it.

Directed by Thom Hoffman

Written by cast

Starring [in order of appearance] Ben Harp - Charlie Hall Johnny Utah - Sam Wong Pappas - Thom Hoffman Tyler - Sam Woolf Bodhi - Geoff Marsh

Music

I Will Not Fall - Wire Train Time of your life - performed by Sam Wong

 

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