Hi, I’m Sam and I’m a filmmaker from Reading, UK.
I started a carpentry apprenticeship as soon as I left school.
I’d already pretty much built a skatepark in the garden, much to my dad’s delight… so I figured I’d become a carpenter. Within the first year, I knew it wasn’t the right environment for me. I battled my way to the end of my time as an apprentice through sheer determination. Shortly after gaining my qualifications, I had a near fatal accident with a handsaw!
Five months later I decided to hit reset and escaped to the mountains for my first winter season.
I spent the next couple of years doing odd jobs here and there.
In my spare time, I enjoyed shooting and editing my own BMX and mountain bike films for my website at the time, but I’d lost all sense of direction and felt like I needed to try a different path. I decided to pursue my passion for filmmaking and was offered a place at Southampton Solent University in 2010.
In 2013, I graduated with a 1st class honours degree in T.V and Video Production. My final year project ‘Birdman’, won Southern and National ‘Royal Television Society Student Awards’, as well as the ‘UK Film Festival’ award for best short documentary. I then worked as a freelance cameraman for a couple of years, before starting a full-time job with ‘the creative’ based in Henley-on-Thames, in 2015.
I’ve worked in some incredible locations all over the world…
Producing content for big brands such as Estée Lauder and FitBit, corporate video projects, short documentary and charity fundraising challenges. The first overseas challenge I filmed was a bike ride from Saigon to Angkor Wat in November 2015. The nature of the route, through narrow paths that weave along the Mekong Delta River, meant that I had to ride a bike while filming the entire challenge. I absolutely loved it. Since then I’ve produced short films, corporate video and social media content in Uganda, India, Iceland, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, America, Italy, Greece, Scotland and Wales.
In 2019, I decided it was time to work for myself.
I planned a 6000 mile cycling challenge of my own and committed to creating a feature length documentary called ‘My Only Antidote’. It’s a very personal story about embracing fear and accepting vulnerability as I discovered a new perspective and gratitude, while coming to terms with a health condition I was diagnosed with at an early age. I’m currently working on the fine cut, in-between freelance camera and editing work, and I’m aiming to host another ‘feedback screening’ soon.
In 2021 I was the ‘Tour Manager’ for George Ezra’s documentary ‘End to End’. My experience and understanding of the logistics required during his adventure helped everything run smoothly… including research, location scouting and transporting equipment.