London Based Videographer

Short Web Films

Based in North London, originally from Salisbury, and happy to travel.

 

 

About me (Ian)

I trained at RADA, gained my Equity Card from the Royal Shakespeare Company and worked in theatre, film, TV and radio.

In 1990, I met a couple of New Yorkers setting up improvised Murder Mystery shows close to St. Paul’s Cathedral. It didn’t work out.

But it gave me the idea to create my own company. Accidental Productions was born and for two decades, we travelled the UK, and often abroad, with actors, PA, guns and costumes. It took over my life, though it virtually paid for my house.

We were one of the first corporate entertainment companies to offer film days; shooting, editing and screening films in the course of one day.

Then a friend asked me to do a corporate film for real! For KPMG.

I said yes, moved to the other side of the camera and, for the last 15 years, I’ve developed the skills of a lone videographer. Both my sons went to film school and sometimes help me on a shoot.

William Shakespeare

The videography years

So now I light, shoot, record audio, animate and edit. 

I continue to work with Andrew Callaway, the friend who started it all, and we’re still making films for KPMG. My preference is drama, working with actors, but I’ve shot many interviews with various executives and employees.

We were lucky enough, in the middle of 2020, to shoot two major dramas for The Mediator Academy (both sons were involved along with ten, socially distanced actors in a large, almost empty, office building). It kept us busy in that difficult year.

I’ve also worked with the military, via Crown Media, since 2015, conducting simulated media engagement. Working with journalists was a new experience. Working with soldiers, even more so; from chasing Gurkhas in a scorching hot Kenya to protecting my camera from the freezing rain in a Salisbury Plain battle.

I still act, though I now prefer a few days TV or Netflix rather than lengthy theatre commitments.

Most of my recent acting has been for American TV or the streaming channels (one never really knows where it ends up). But here are a few things that are accessible.

Having worked as an actor means I can empathise with those in front of my camera.

I didn't film this (wish I had)
...but I am in it

Nobody Speak

If they’d offered 0.1p per view (it has almost 60 million), would I have taken it?

Summer 2016; I auditioned on a Wednesday afternoon and noticed the flight to Kiev was on Saturday. They offered me the job on Friday. I spent a week in Kiev, learning the lines to the song.

A one day shoot. I was called at 7.00am and did my last shot (standing on the table) at 2.00am the following morning.

It’s hard for me to watch now. The cast were all from Kiev. Most, probably, became soldiers.

I did film this...and I'm in it

The Lockdown

When the country went into lockdown in 2020, people did strange things.

Me especially. I thought it a good idea to combine my murder mystery and filmmaking. What else could I do.

So I spent five weeks in my studio, dressing up, shooting myself against a green screen and editing what I called The Lockdown Murder Mystery. Then I built a website where people could download the clues and play the game.

It was barking mad but it was actually quite good fun. I think it sold to about 80 people around the world.

It’s still available to play. But would I do it again…?

The Christmas Murder

Yes, I would.

In time for Christmas 2021, I found a couple of young actors and shot…The Christmas Murder Mystery.

I put the price up this time and almost got half of my money back.

So was it worth it? Well, I’ve got a fair few ideas for more. But will I ever find the time, money or inclination?

Probably. The retirement project.