I’m a Scottish born director, screenwriter, editor and producer holding dual American and British citizenship.
I started my film industry career on the set of “Superman” (1978) and by the early 1980’s I was partnered in a successful production design business in London.
My work as Art Director and Production Designer on award-winning British commercials and iconic music videos such as Wham’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” led to offers to direct.
My debut short-feature (as both writer and director) was “Willie and the Poor Boys” (1985). It premiered on MTV and featured members of The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin. That film made me credible to the likes of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics. Working with Annie and Dave cemented a growing reputation as a music video director. The first time I came to the United States (in 1985) was to direct two videos for Bob Dylan. The second time was to direct Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox in “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves”.
Filmmaking is a tough and unpredictable business. I settled in Los Angeles in 1992, repped by Morgan Mason at WMA, Beverly Hills. In my first couple of years in the US I had five screenplays optioned. None were produced. I was short-listed to direct a film starring Martin Sheen but lost out to a veteran director. My first experience of a film grinding to a halt due to funding issues happened in Miami on “Underground Nation” in 1994. The following year, it happened again in Phoenix for “Slaughter’s Gold”. Money is a fickle thing. As my grandfather used to say; “Money has wings”. These disappointments taught me valuable lessons about Hollywood.
I was active early on in non-linear and digital post-production both as an editor and supervisor, co-founding The Mission – a boutique sound company in 2001. If you look at the IMDB you’ll see I have over 100 post production credits, mostly indie features, but some in network TV.
I’ve lost count of the number of screenplays I’ve written. “Alex In The Afternoons” was optioned last year for European co-production and John Rhys-Davies is attached. My British company, Park Circle Limited, has optioned “A Girl Like You” by Glaswegian screenwriter John Rooney and we’re partnered with London-based Transparent One.
Lately, I shot a documentary, “One Fifty at Fifteen”, the story of America’s youngest pro race-car driver, and there’s two music videos I shot in wintry Connecticut being finished through my production and post company; Red Dog Logic.
I love this business, and I’m grateful for all the opportunities and experiences I have had, and continue to have. I meet incredible and fascinating people, and I’m lucky enough to know that I’ll never stop learning and more deeply understanding my craft.
That summer’s day back in the late 70′s, when I stepped onto the set of “Superman” and stood outside the ‘Daily Planet’ building, changed me. Not everyone gets the chance to understand in a single moment what it is they feel impelled to do in their life, and I’m still amazed at where it’s taking me.
Thank you for visiting this site, and for your interest.