- Mixed Media
- Visual Arts
Phil here, I have been working in the film industry for over 10 years now. Born in Tauranga, with my younger years being spent in Omokora. I then spent most of my years in the UK; studying, growing up, and exploring neighbouring countries.
I studied fine art where I used mixed media such as photography and video to create video installations and time-lapses of large canvas graphite drawings being made. The video side of art really struck a chord with me, I continued down this path into film studies and video production at University. It was there I realised where my passion really lied, which was Cinematography. I spent a couple of years around London experiencing the film and TV industry whilst collaborating on short films to build up my own experience as a cinematographer.
When I felt I had enough experience and understanding of light I then got into the National Film and Television School (NFTS). A 2 year MA course specifying in Cinematography. Since then I have filmed many commercials and short films, a TV show and four feature films which have had an international release in cinemas.
I pride myself on being self-taught and then later enhancing my own knowledge at the NFTS. There is nothing better than building a connection with a good script/idea and working with other passionate individuals.
After one of my feature films ‘Finding Fatimah’ was released in cinemas in the UK, I was invited back to the NFTS as a visiting tutor to teach the 1st year students (ranging from 22 to 38 years old). Being invited back to teach certain modules was certainly a daunting honour. I have now done this over the last 4 years.
Over the last 8 years, I have been hopping back and forth to NZ, visiting family. Every time I set foot back in NZ I feel a calling to come back and stay….and so I have.
I’m now back and ready to collaborate and work, but more importantly have fun doing what we do best, making films.
I’m happy to film high-budget commercials just as much as promos for local businesses, short films to long form features and even live events.
I own a lot of my own equipment from Cinema cameras to a range of lenses and all sorts of lighting equipment.