Director of Twilight and the upcoming Miss You Already
Catherine Harwicke’s first film as a director was the critically acclaimed Thirteen, which won the Director’s Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, two Golden Globe nominations, an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, an Independent Spirit Award, and awards at numerous international film festivals including Deauville and Locarno. She has since become best known as the director of Twilight, which launched the worldwide blockbuster franchise, The Twilight Saga. She landed in the Guiness Book of World Records for the female director with the biggest box office opening weekend. Her book, The Twilight Director’s Notebook, was an international best seller, translated into 20 languages. Other credits include Red Riding Hood and Lords of Dogtown. Hardwicke previously worked as a Production Designer for Richard Linklater, David O Russell, Cameron Crowe, Lisa Cholodenko, and Costa Gavras. Recently, Hardwicke has dived into the world of television, directing for AMC and pilots for CBS and MTV, both of which have gone to series. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from UT Austin, and did graduate work at UCLA Film School. Her most recent film, Miss You Already, starring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette, was shot in London and will be released later this year.
After graduating from the Utrecht Art Academy, Netherlands, in 1996, Patrick has spent almost twenty years working in the production industry in Holland. His use of Steadicam and the size of the Dutch media industry has meant that Patrick has been able to work in all areas of the business, from commercials and corporate to drama, film and documentary, filming all over the world. Among his many achievements, Patrick was DoP on Emmy award winning series “The Phone”, numerous productions for the Discovery Channel, TLC, National Geographic Channel, as well as productions for Dutch Broadcasters including AVRO, NPR, RTL and VARA. He’s done a great deal of work in high-profile motorsports and has just finished his 10th year on the French organised ‘Dakar rally’ in South America, journeying from Argentina through the Andes, to Bolivia and Chile. He says that being able to deliver under the pressure that comes with a constantly moving subject is a great adventure. One of the most memorable times of his career was the first time he used a Segway in combination with a Steadicam on a live production. “The Steadicam community is so close, friendly and co-operative that I had two highly acclaimed colleagues on-set to cover my back. We’d never done it before and didn’t want to risk the live production in case anything went wrong. The Steadicam and Segway turned out to be a great combination and still attracts attention on-set even after 10 years of doing it”. Patrick finds filming and travelling incredibly rewarding. “The help we got from a local farmer in Burkina Faso while stranded, the Scottish miner in the Australian outback who shared his life story with us; the glance that an orang-a-tang gave me on our first encounter in Malaysian Borneo; the fight of a journalist for the truth and their anger at injustice; the energy of a big city; the tranquility of a small village; it’s all beautiful to encounter. All of these experiences make you really appreciate the awkward life we live". Patrick has lectured at the Utrecht School of Arts in the Netherlands, and has published a book about bridging the gap between photography and film. Patrick still works as a freelance cameraman and as Camera consultant for WTS Broadcast.
Philip Bloom left Sky News after 17 years working as a news cameraman, 9 years later he has built a up a globally respected reputation within the industry. From filming with Canon DSLRs on Lucasfilm’s “Red Tails” to shooting the BAFTA / Raindance winning documentary “How To Start A Revolution” through to his latest project “The Wonder List” for CNN, Bloom is known for bringing high quality imagery to every project he works on. Besides his on location dedication to his craft, his huge passion is well known and shared through numerous social media platforms. His very popular website www.philipbloom.net has become one of the main educational resources for filmmakers across the globe.
Writer, Director and Actor
Richard Ayoade went to St. Catharine's College, Cambridge where he was president of the prestigious Footlights. In 2000, he appeared in Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight, a show he co-wrote with Matthew Holness. A year later its sequel won the Perrier Comedy Award. He and Holness took the Marenghi character to Channel 4, and this spawned the cult horror comedy series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace which Richard directed, co-wrote and starred in. Richard also appeared in the cult series The Mighty Boosh (2003-2007) alongside Noel Fielding, and won a BAFTA for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for his work as Moss in The IT Crowd (2006-2013). As a feature film writer/director, Richard's directorial debut Submarine premiered at Toronto Film Festval in 2010, and won Best Screenplay at the British Independent Film Awards. His second film The Double also played at Toronto and was nominated Best British Film at the BIFAs, and Best Film at the London Film Festival. He has also directed music videos for bands Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Kasabian.
VP Digital Media, UK, Australia and CEE, Viacom International Media Networks
Since joining VIMN UK in 2007 Dan has been a key player in the company’s digital and social transformation. He established a social presence for the MTV UK brand, its programming and its talent, and brought social interactivity to the broadcast channels and websites. Through Dan’s leadership and insight MTV UK is now a ‘top social brand’ according to Starcount and social media is powerfully integrated into all aspects of VIMN’s music and entertainment programming. Geordie Shore is one of the most social shows in the UK, regularly topping social TV charts. Meanwhile socially-enabled music programming such as MTV’s Hottest Summer Superstar delivers TV ratings uplift and massive levels of interaction on Twitter running into the 100s of millions. In 2014 mtvhottest was mentioned 333m times during the six-week artist countdown and the dynamic leaderboard on mtv.co.uk was visited 10m times. Previous to his role at VIMN, Dan spent 16 years working in digital entertainment including four years as MTV UK’s digital director and four years at AOL first as Head of Music then Head of Entertainment & Kids. Dan has held senior digital positions at two start-ups; handbag.com and worldpop.com While Dan has a focus on MTV, he also advises on digital strategy across all VIMN brands including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and BET.
Director of Photography
DOP Franklin Dow began his career at the age of 18, working as a camera trainee for his father. Alongside studying Cinematography at the Art Institute at Bournemouth he continued to help out at the family business in London, as well as assisting and camera operating for a series of small channels. In 2005 he graduated with a first class honours in Cinematography, also winning two Kodak Student Commercial Awards. He has since built up a uniquely broad portfolio of work from Drama and Verite Documentary to Commercials and Fashion. Franklin's work has screened at numerous festivals, including TriBeCa, Sundance, LFF, SXSW and Camerimage, collecting various awards along the way including Best Cinematography.
Managing Director, BlueBolt
Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor began her career in film production and worked her way up the production chain. She was headhunted by The Moving Picture Company in 2001 to help develop the film side of their business. Over a seven-year period she became instrumental in their growth, turning it into one of the most successful VFX facilities in the world. In 2009 Lucy formed BlueBolt with two former MPC colleagues. BlueBolt always aimed to work on both high-end television and feature films. In the last five years the company has grown into one of London’s most respected boutique VFX facilities. Some of BlueBolt’s current 2015 slate includes; Tolstoy’s ‘War & Peace’ for the BBC, ‘The Last Kingdom’ for Carnival films, ‘Now You See Me Two’ for Lionsgate, ‘Ali & Nino’ for Archery Pictures and ‘The Ninth Life of Louis Drax’ for Miramax.
File Delivery Guru, BBC Academy
Post-production consultant and file delivery guru. Neil Hatton has worked in television since 1979, starting at the BBC and progressing to be an offline/online editor as well as owning Soho based post-house Frontier Post for 15 years. In 1992, he cut the first ever programme on an NLE that was broadcast by the BBC. He is now a freelance post-production consultant providing advice and training services to facilities, production companies and broadcasters. During the last year he has been working with the BBC Academy, producing “File Delivery Made Real”, a series of training events around the country about AS-11 DPP File Delivery. Prior to that he also produced “Sound Matters” for the BBC Academy about audibility and loudness. Neil is a director of facilities trade body, UK Screen Association and chairs its Technology Working Group. He represents UK Screen on the DPP Technical Standards Committee and has been at the forefront of liaison between post-facilities and the broadcasters on loudness, file delivery and the QC of broadcast programmes.
Social Media Expert and Director, Penguin in the Room
Samantha Baines is our founder and all round arts marketing and social media guru! An award winning actress and comedian Samantha knows exactly how it feels to be a freelancer in the arts and how important it is to market yourself effectively. Samantha leads marketing and social media workshops for BECTU, Equity, Ideastap, Ravensbourne College, University of West London, The Actors Centre and The Actors Guild. In addition, Samantha oversees management of a portfolio of clients and social media accounts. Samantha began her marketing career in retail and went on to manage marketing campaigns for Samsung and KPMG, before moving to the T5 Art Gallery in Heathrow Airport as its Marketing Manager. During her four years in this role she instigated press features in The Evening Standard, BBC News, CNN, Horse and Hound, international magazines as well as designing and building a new website and creating a social media presence for the gallery. Working closely with Heathrow's marketing team and under mentor Ann Aldridge, Samantha learnt about large scale, corporate marketing and social media. @prartsmarketing -