Independent Short Films
The Romanian Nightmare
After arriving at a hut in the backwoods, a lone wonderer is transported away into a dark and nightmarish land...
Shot in both Romania and near a house I was living at with my mates, TRN is a film binded together with jagged rather than fine wire. It is highly experimental and doesn't contain an awful lot of exposition.
Following the warning signs left by an old railway line, a young man ventures into the dark reaches of a narrow passageway. There, he finds exactly what he's looking for!!
This film serves as the third in my three part anthology, following on from The Grove and Hallow Hill. It was filmed with a Sony DSLR and tailored to suit my aesthetic of unforgiving horror...
Actor Darryl Bradford has featured in such shows as 'Midsomer Murders' and 'Silent Witness' and films by the name of Netflix's '1921' and 'Kaappann'. Now he stars in my horror short by the name of 'Hallow Hill!'
It tells the tale of a young man who's being pursued by a deranged stalker. Hallow Hill is the second part of my anthology series and continues on from the themes explored in 'The Grove'.
The film is experimental and tries to capture the same level of chaos that my script of the same name - which tells a different story - had in abundance!
Inspired by a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche, The Grove centers on a young man who ignores his friend's advice to avoid seeking out a terror that's been stalking him. The friend finds out the dangers concerning who and what the stalker is and pleas for his safe return...
The film is best enjoyed with headphones as it offers the best audio clarity. As before, I can't afford the latest film technology but, nevertheless, the story should stand by itself and entertain you all the same... Fingers crossed!
Empire - Unofficial music video
An imagining of one of my favourite songs, 'Empire' by 'Of Monsters and Men.'
I thought I'd pay homage to the song rather than try and surpass the original video, which still reigns superior.
Without a narrative to work with, putting this together involved taking appropriate footage that still captured the same feeling that I got from listening to the original/official version.
Creative Differences is a short drama film about a couple who've decided to arrange a romantic evening out. It soon turns out, however, that the motives behind such an occasion reveal a discord between the two of them.
This film came third in a Warner Bros. short film competition.
I myself acted as assistant director while,
my good friend, Marcus Mills wrote and directed the film.
Ghosts around a Martian Campfire
A roaring fire in the Martian desert is being overlooked by some ghostly overseers...
This is my attempt to create atmosphere through image and sound, without my own material. After all, I can't draw or paint very well so I thought I'd at least have a go at creating something for social media that wouldn't go unnoticed by people who obviously don't have time to read a hundred, fifty or even twenty page scripts.
Interloper - Full Short Film
This film is dedicated to all those who've suffered with mental illness over the past year and a half.
The news always likes to address Covid related deaths but never the number of people who've actually committed suicide... Which makes sense in retrospect as the former swings in favour of lockdown whereas the latter swings against it.
The news has always been a bit biased to some degree - no surprises there!
Anyway, films have been a significant mental aid for myself and for many other people.
I'd now like to present the finished version of Interloper!... A film so shocking you'll wonder if you made the right decision!
Interloper - Preview
Interloper is a short sci-fi/dark comedy drama film about two men who happen to share the same wife.
Does it sound like an affair? It isn't, and this is where the sci-fi element comes in.
The 'Interloper' is the villain in this film and he has the ability to hop between parallel worlds and influence peoples choices therein. In one world, the wife spouses one of the men. In the other, she spouses the other man. This video is a preview and aims to give you a taste of the Interloper's grand plan...
Craft tells the story of two sisters who seek the counsel of a priest after the death of their sibling. The film is a fantasy that makes good use of rural settings and vintage clothing. I particularly enjoyed directing this one - the inclusion of witches, old churches and insane priests provided this traditionally-shot film with a much needed departure from the overcrowded found footage genre.
"It's One Of Them Ones..."
A beautiful expression of lyric poetry, "It's One Of Them Ones..." is a profound and deeply resonant piece of music, infused with touching lyrics.
I grappled with how to approach this piece of work, debating whether to create a lyric video or whether to just let the lyrics speak for themselves.
In the end, that's exactly what I did...
Into the Spotlight
Into the Spotlight is a sci-fi art film that is, and can be, about anything you like. As writer/director, I see it simply as an examination of the afterlife.
But don't just take my word for it.
After all, I think it's great that an artist has the freedom of self-expression, but it's equally as valid that a consumer has the power to validate their own opinions.
Unofficial 'Dagny-Backbeat' music video
A music video about a loving couple reunited. We chose the song 'Backbeat' by Dagny as a tonal piece intended to evoke feelings of nostalgia.
Those feeling are mutual between both the characters in the story and myself, reminding me of all the great memories I have from my time at university.
A Head of Static
A psychological horror film about a man struggling to face his own demons. The film is intended to be uncanny and blur the line between supernatural threat and real life mental illness.
The Room With A View
A Short documentary about the infamous cult classic known as 'The Room'. Unintentionally hilarious throughout, The Room is held up as the shining example of 'how not to make a movie'!
I can't complain though. The theatrical experience is unparalleled and honestly the best interactive movie experience you will ever have!
Anxiety creates barriers between people, we all know that.
But worst of all, anxiety puts up a wall
between the person we are right now and the person we want to be.
When that happens, self-hatred creeps its way into our minds.
The barriers that would usually only exist in our minds become externalised.
Suddenly, walking over to a table full of strangers can feel like walking over shattered glass!
Back in 2012, I made my first ever film
AND IT WAS SUBPAR! - As first films often are...
Ripping off the soundtracks from such titles as 'Mass Effect 3', 'Inception' and 'Doctor Who', this film managed to earn a spot on the big screen at my college's graduation event.
Now, at the time, my tutors praised the editing. They claimed it was phenomenal! The rest of it... well, they refused to comment.
Why not watch it for yourselves now and find out exactly what they appreciated and what they probably didn't quite so much...
If you like my films, please do pay a visit to my Vimeo page down below to see some of my other work. I tried to make each film unique here on my website, showcasing only one film from each genre.