This has been a passion project from the beginning. When I first picked up a camcorder, I was hooked. My workplace at the time had a need to tell the story of a program we were running; it was truly spontaneous. I never thought at the time, I would end up running my own film production business. It has simply grown so organically.
I’ve been infatuated with the creative arts from a young age, explored lots of creative mediums like story-writing, acting, music, singing and making up stories on the spot was one of my favourites! I would soak my imagination in fiction books and write dramas and film scripts, you name it. I was captivated by self-concocted characters and victims and their heroes; conflicts and their resolutions. Since I was teenager, I’ve also been a singer-songwriter and have had some good success with music too. Have a listen at my music website if you’re interested.
My curiosity in people and the stories that make them who they are was expanded in University – I studied Psychology. I love people and getting to know what makes them tick and exploring the inner workings and complexities of the human mind and the beauty and depth behind each of us. I also spent many years of my early 20s travelling the world and taking in the breadth of the unique and fascinating cultures around the world. I volunteered in the developing world, exploring the art of giving and servitude. I climbed volcanoes, swam in a glacial lake, floated on The Dead Sea, studied in Mexico, escaped a gun-wielding mobster in Panama, goat-herded in Portugal, toured as a singer-songwriter in the UK, crossed illegally into Burma to teach at a school, slept on a floating island in the highest navigable lake in the world, explored the underground catacombs in Paris, slept in a cave in Turkey, got lost in the ice and snow of the UKs highest mountain, backpacked through the Middle East, climbed Machu Picchu, slept in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border, got smuggled across a border in South America, and above all else, visited some of the most heavenly, breathtaking places you could ever imagine…
So, back to my first film… ever. My boss at the time was so impressed by what I thought was a shabby attempt of a film, she asked me to make a film for each of our programs, and the passion grew from there. Ah sure, ok… I’d done quite a bit of photography beforehand (you’d be crazy not to bring a camera to some of the places I’d travelled to), so there is a bit of crossover with this, but film was a new tool I was exploring. I took myself to a bunch of film courses, learnt off the net, exercised my skills, talked with friends in the industry, bought my own professional grade camera and began the long journey of finessing my film skills to a professional grade.
I began by offering freebies to friends, asking if they wanted a film for their wedding or business or charity organisation and later progressed to taking on my first paid projects through friends of friends. From there it’s been an incredible journey and a journey I feel so blessed to be able to have been on. Telling stories through film is such a powerful and important way we communicate these days and one that I truly love being a part of. I’ve been so passionate about the story behind every project I’ve had the privilege of working on, that it just doesn’t feel like work at all. It feels like a hobby that I get paid to do! And it’s just brought so much happiness to me.
I hope you enjoy this latest project of mine, the brand new Bright Day Films website. What do you think?
I hope you’re having an incredibly Bright Day and enjoy browsing my brand new website!