A FEW OF THE CREW

John Turner • Director • Writer www.jt-13.com  -  www.acne.se John’s career in the creative field started upon his graduation in photography from the University of Westminster. His passion for filmmaking shines through in his recent documentary for Red Bull ‘The Search for Blue Gold’, which portrays his love for beautiful cinematic filmmaking, storytelling and his obsession with vintage denim! His interest in narrative and performance led him to direct commercials and television promos alongside shooting still life photography campaigns. In turn, his commercial work led him to work as a Creative Director for Virgin Media where he worked on various award-winning campaigns and won Gold for Best Newcomer, Silver in World and Gold in Europe in the Best Director Categories.  John’s latest branded films include him working with CHI to create a heartfelt Christmas film for Hive and British Gas.  ‘The Search for Blue Gold’ for Red Bull, a documentary-style film for iconic fashion brand, Baracuta and a beautiful charity film ‘Live Life Then Give Life’ which he made with JWT London. HIs high profile branded documentary for Mercedes with AMV BBDO #stylepitstop in conjunction with London Fashion Week and featuring Daisy Lowe, Tinie Tempa, Reggie Yates and Dermot O’Leary was another huge success.  John has a multi-disciplinary skill set adaptable to any project, he feels at home with documentary and narrative work and also loves to embrace new technology, which is reflected in his recent groundbreaking spot for O2 and the England rugby team, an interactive campaign combining the world of Virtual Reality, gaming and a 360 filming technique. 'Be As You Wish To Seem' is John's first foray into the world of short film. 

John Turner • Director • Writer

www.jt-13.com  -  www.acne.se

John’s career in the creative field started upon his graduation in photography from the University of Westminster. His passion for filmmaking shines through in his recent documentary for Red Bull ‘The Search for Blue Gold’, which portrays his love for beautiful cinematic filmmaking, storytelling and his obsession with vintage denim!

His interest in narrative and performance led him to direct commercials and television promos alongside shooting still life photography campaigns. In turn, his commercial work led him to work as a Creative Director for Virgin Media where he worked on various award-winning campaigns and won Gold for Best Newcomer, Silver in World and Gold in Europe in the Best Director Categories. 

John’s latest branded films include him working with CHI to create a heartfelt Christmas film for Hive and British Gas.  ‘The Search for Blue Gold’ for Red Bull, a documentary-style film for iconic fashion brand, Baracuta and a beautiful charity film ‘Live Life Then Give Life’ which he made with JWT London. HIs high profile branded documentary for Mercedes with AMV BBDO #stylepitstop in conjunction with London Fashion Week and featuring Daisy Lowe, Tinie Tempa, Reggie Yates and Dermot O’Leary was another huge success. 

John has a multi-disciplinary skill set adaptable to any project, he feels at home with documentary and narrative work and also loves to embrace new technology, which is reflected in his recent groundbreaking spot for O2 and the England rugby team, an interactive campaign combining the world of Virtual Reality, gaming and a 360 filming technique.

'Be As You Wish To Seem' is John's first foray into the world of short film. 

Alex Preston - Producer Alexander Preston is best known for his music video and commercial production work. He has in recent years expanded his area of focus to include the narrative, feature and short film worlds. As lead producer on 'Be As You Wish To Seem', Alexander enjoyed shepherding a complex project from inception to conclusion, and the particular richness of collaboration that comes from working in tandem with a close group of inspired artists. 

Alex Preston - Producer

Alexander Preston is best known for his music video and commercial production work. He has in recent years expanded his area of focus to include the narrative, feature and short film worlds. As lead producer on 'Be As You Wish To Seem', Alexander enjoyed shepherding a complex project from inception to conclusion, and the particular richness of collaboration that comes from working in tandem with a close group of inspired artists. 

Ollie Watts - Co Producer www.twicecutfilms.com Story is at the heart of all Ollie’s projects. He works closely with writers to help develop ideas into fully formed scripts. Every film must have a clear message and intended market. Ollie produced Symptoms, directed by Marianna Dean, which premiered at Leeds International Film Festival. Ferried, the first project under the Twice Cut Films banner, has been screened in London, Rome and Ireland.  Ollie came to filmmaking after four years in finance, having studied physics at Oxford University. This professional experience has given Ollie a keen eye for detail and budgeting, and an analytical, problem solving mentality that ensures projects run smoothly.

Ollie Watts - Co Producer

www.twicecutfilms.com

Story is at the heart of all Ollie’s projects. He works closely with writers to help develop ideas into fully formed scripts. Every film must have a clear message and intended market. Ollie produced Symptoms, directed by Marianna Dean, which premiered at Leeds International Film Festival. Ferried, the first project under the Twice Cut Films banner, has been screened in London, Rome and Ireland. 

Ollie came to filmmaking after four years in finance, having studied physics at Oxford University. This professional experience has given Ollie a keen eye for detail and budgeting, and an analytical, problem solving mentality that ensures projects run smoothly.

Robyn Barresi - 1st Assistant Director. Peak District For the past 11 years Robyn has worked on a wide variety of award winning productions as an assistant director including This Is England 86, The Crimson Peter, The White, Black Mirror, Hank Zipzer and The Kings Speech. Whilst working on the larger productions Robyn is always looking for unique short films to be a part of and enjoys working with people who have passion to make the stories that come from their hearts. 

Robyn Barresi - 1st Assistant Director. Peak District

For the past 11 years Robyn has worked on a wide variety of award winning productions as an assistant director including This Is England 86, The Crimson Peter, The White, Black Mirror, Hank Zipzer and The Kings Speech. Whilst working on the larger productions Robyn is always looking for unique short films to be a part of and enjoys working with people who have passion to make the stories that come from their hearts. 

Ben Burton - 1st Assistant Director. London Ben has been working in the Film Industry for over a decade. Having cut with teeth on TV Drama's such as Poirot, he's gone on to work on hundreds of TV Commercials, as well as pop promos, Feature Films, Short Films & Documentaries.

Ben Burton - 1st Assistant Director. London

Ben has been working in the Film Industry for over a decade. Having cut with teeth on TV Drama's such as Poirot, he's gone on to work on hundreds of TV Commercials, as well as pop promos, Feature Films, Short Films & Documentaries.

Zuzanna Skurtys - Production Designer  www.z-e-e.co.uk Zee, our production designer for 'Be As You Wish To Seem' comes from a background in film with both a Masters and BA in the field, however it has taken a few steps to finally make it into the world of production design. Experienced in creating the worlds for short films and features she choses a vivid and bold aesthetic- one which, lifts and balances the directors vision, the DOP’s frame, and leaves the audience with a full atmosphere of the story. She has previously designed shorts and features which have been nominated for awards in US festivals, including The International Music and Independent Film Festival, The Winter Film Awards 2017 Indie Film Awards both in New York, for the feature “To Dream” and the Pasadena International Film Festival in California for “Kingsland”. Her work for film design has also been entered into IndieWire, with big hopes for more success and more work to follow.

Zuzanna Skurtys - Production Designer

 www.z-e-e.co.uk

Zee, our production designer for 'Be As You Wish To Seem' comes from a background in film with both a Masters and BA in the field, however it has taken a few steps to finally make it into the world of production design. Experienced in creating the worlds for short films and features she choses a vivid and bold aesthetic- one which, lifts and balances the directors vision, the DOP’s frame, and leaves the audience with a full atmosphere of the story. She has previously designed shorts and features which have been nominated for awards in US festivals, including The International Music and Independent Film Festival, The Winter Film Awards 2017 Indie Film Awards both in New York, for the feature “To Dream” and the Pasadena International Film Festival in California for “Kingsland”. Her work for film design has also been entered into IndieWire, with big hopes for more success and more work to follow.

Ryan Hadfield - VFX Supervisor www.nineteen-twenty.com Ryan graduated from Portsmouth University in 2003 with a degree in Communication Design. He began his career in Visual Effects at MPC London in 2007 as a compositor. After a short stint in Film, he moved into their commercials department and went on to work on numerous award winning projects such as Assassins Creed 'Black Flag', John Lewis '150 year Anniversary' and Cravendale 'Cats with Thumbs'. Ryan now works at Nineteentwenty as VFX Supervisor, an exciting new company providing cutting edge Visual Effects with some of the best talent in the industry.

Ryan Hadfield - VFX Supervisor

www.nineteen-twenty.com

Ryan graduated from Portsmouth University in 2003 with a degree in Communication Design. He began his career in Visual Effects at MPC London in 2007 as a compositor. After a short stint in Film, he moved into their commercials department and went on to work on numerous award winning projects such as Assassins Creed 'Black Flag', John Lewis '150 year Anniversary' and Cravendale 'Cats with Thumbs'. Ryan now works at Nineteentwenty as VFX Supervisor, an exciting new company providing cutting edge Visual Effects with some of the best talent in the industry.

Gary Forrester • Editor www.mse.tv Gary is a dynamic and diverse editor moving seamlessly between Commercials, Feature Doc's, and Feature Films. He has crossed genres from thriller to comedy, Horror to drama. His varied style has seen him cut award winning commercials for the likes of Audi, Mercedes, Fifa, Nike and Samsung to name a few. His film credits include the Award Winning Feature Documentary Radioman, directed by Mary Kerr about a former homeless man who turned to the movies to escape poverty starring in over 100 films and befriending the likes of George Clooney, Johnny Deep, Meryl Streep, Whoopi Goldberg and Matt Damon to name a few. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at Doc NYC and played at numerous festivals worldwide. He has since cut Tiger House, a home invasion thriller for Glassman Films and Altitude entertainment, directed by Thomas Daley starring Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner), Ed Skrien (The Transporter) and Dougray Scot (Mission Impossible 2). 2016 saw Gary cut Access All Areas, an indie drama directed by Bryn Higgins (Black Mirror) about an unlikely gang of teens that runaway to experience their first ever festival where the rules of the real world don't apply. The soundtrack features music from The Who, Underworld, Future Islands, Tame Impala and Faithless to name a few. 2016 also saw Gary cut Slumber a supernatural horror starring Maggie Q and directed by Jonathan Hopkins through Goldcrest Films. Both are due for a 2017 release.

Gary Forrester • Editor

www.mse.tv

Gary is a dynamic and diverse editor moving seamlessly between Commercials, Feature Doc's, and Feature Films. He has crossed genres from thriller to comedy, Horror to drama.
His varied style has seen him cut award winning commercials for the likes of Audi, Mercedes, Fifa, Nike and Samsung to name a few. His film credits include the Award Winning Feature Documentary Radioman, directed by Mary Kerr about a former homeless man who turned to the movies to escape poverty starring in over 100 films and befriending the likes of George Clooney, Johnny Deep, Meryl Streep, Whoopi Goldberg and Matt Damon to name a few. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at Doc NYC and played at numerous festivals worldwide. He has since cut Tiger House, a home invasion thriller for Glassman Films and Altitude entertainment, directed by Thomas Daley starring Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner), Ed Skrien (The Transporter) and Dougray Scot (Mission Impossible 2). 2016 saw Gary cut Access All Areas, an indie drama directed by Bryn Higgins (Black Mirror) about an unlikely gang of teens that runaway to experience their first ever festival where the rules of the real world don't apply. The soundtrack features music from The Who, Underworld, Future Islands, Tame Impala and Faithless to name a few. 2016 also saw Gary cut Slumber a supernatural horror starring Maggie Q and directed by Jonathan Hopkins through Goldcrest Films. Both are due for a 2017 release.

Scott Little - Head of Audio - Sound Designer/Mixer - Smoke & Mirrors https://vimeo.com/user15453651 I was born and raised in Canada where I started my music and audio career. During this time, I performed and composed on numerous albums for both indie and major labels. On top of releasing albums, I also toured extensively and worked as a drum instructor. After spending 10 years in the music business I relocated to the UK in 2002. During this time, I studied at SAE (School of Audio Engineering) London and graduated with a Recording Arts Degree. I then entered the audio post-production industry as a sound designer and composer at Jungle Studios in London. It was at Jungle where I cut my teeth working on mainly short-form broadcast TV and radio advertising campaigns, as both a sound designer and music composer. After 6 years at Jungle Studios I moved to London’s Smoke & Mirrors facility where I over- looked the design, installation, and setup of 3 brand new state of the art sound studios. As well as heading the department I continue to compose, sound design, and mix for the advertising and music industry. On top of mixing TV and cinema for advertising and broadcast, I also work on short films, music videos and have just finished mixing my first feature length, cinematic film.

Scott Little - Head of Audio - Sound Designer/Mixer - Smoke & Mirrors

https://vimeo.com/user15453651

I was born and raised in Canada where I started my music and audio career. During this time, I performed and composed on numerous albums for both indie and major labels. On top of releasing albums, I also toured extensively and worked as a drum instructor. After spending 10 years in the music business I relocated to the UK in 2002.

During this time, I studied at SAE (School of Audio Engineering) London and graduated with a Recording Arts Degree. I then entered the audio post-production industry as a sound designer and composer at Jungle Studios in London. It was at Jungle where I cut my teeth working on mainly short-form broadcast TV and radio advertising campaigns, as both a sound designer and music composer.

After 6 years at Jungle Studios I moved to London’s Smoke & Mirrors facility where I over- looked the design, installation, and setup of 3 brand new state of the art sound studios. As well as heading the department I continue to compose, sound design, and mix for the advertising and music industry. On top of mixing TV and cinema for advertising and broadcast, I also work on short films, music videos and have just finished mixing my first feature length, cinematic film.

KT Tunstall - Composer KT Tunstall's career in music speaks for itself. Brit Award winner, Ivor Novello winner, Grammy Award nominee, Mercury Award nominee - with record sales in excess of 7 million, and a prolific global touring career.  Whilst songs from her five studio albums have been widely used in film and television for over a decade, she has recently made strides into the world of dedicated film music. After studying in California as one of six fellows chosen annually for the Sundance Film Instutite's Feature Film Composers Lab, she has gone on to collaborate with critically acclaimed composers such as AR Rahman on 'Million Dollar Arm', Chris Lennertz on the movies 'Bad Moms' and 'Smurfs: The Lost Village', Ilan Eshkeri on Jim Loach's 'Chasing Satellites', as well as providing original songs for major releases through Warner Brothers, Disney, and most recently, '3 Generations' for the Harvey Weinstein Company.  'Be As You Wish To Seem' is her first film score as a stand-alone composer.

KT Tunstall - Composer

KT Tunstall's career in music speaks for itself. Brit Award winner, Ivor Novello winner, Grammy Award nominee, Mercury Award nominee - with record sales in excess of 7 million, and a prolific global touring career. 

Whilst songs from her five studio albums have been widely used in film and television for over a decade, she has recently made strides into the world of dedicated film music. After studying in California as one of six fellows chosen annually for the Sundance Film Instutite's Feature Film Composers Lab, she has gone on to collaborate with critically acclaimed composers such as AR Rahman on 'Million Dollar Arm', Chris Lennertz on the movies 'Bad Moms' and 'Smurfs: The Lost Village', Ilan Eshkeri on Jim Loach's 'Chasing Satellites', as well as providing original songs for major releases through Warner Brothers, Disney, and most recently, '3 Generations' for the Harvey Weinstein Company. 

'Be As You Wish To Seem' is her first film score as a stand-alone composer.

 
 

THE CAST

Sophie Kennedy Clark - Her Her first big break came when she starred as David Tennant's eldest daughter in the television series Single Father. She next went on to do theatre in London's Southwark Playhouse in Eight Women and had appeared in a handful of projects including Lauren in the episode of Black Mirror entitled "The National Anthem". In 2012, she made a short appearance in Dark Shadows, with Johnny Depp. She also appeared in Stephen Frears' film Philomena (2013) and in Lars von Trier's film Nymphomaniac (2014).  

Sophie Kennedy Clark - Her

Her first big break came when she starred as David Tennant's eldest daughter in the television series Single Father. She next went on to do theatre in London's Southwark Playhouse in Eight Women and had appeared in a handful of projects including Lauren in the episode of Black Mirror entitled "The National Anthem". In 2012, she made a short appearance in Dark Shadows, with Johnny Depp. She also appeared in Stephen Frears' film Philomena (2013) and in Lars von Trier's film Nymphomaniac (2014).

 

Skye Hallam - Friend Skye Hallam is an actress from London. She graduated from RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) in the summer of 2016 and since then has been working on both the stage and screen. She left drama school to play the lead in Paradise of the Assassins, which opened the new TARA Arts Theatre in London. She then went on to work with director John Turner on 'Be As You Wish To Seem’ which was her professional screen debut. Skye has just wrapped on her television debut, which must remain under wraps until its worldwide release later this year. Skye is just about to make her feature film debut, working with director Daniel Alfredson on Swedish trilogy ‘INTRIGO', starring Ben Kingsley. 

Skye Hallam - Friend

Skye Hallam is an actress from London. She graduated from RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) in the summer of 2016 and since then has been working on both the stage and screen. She left drama school to play the lead in Paradise of the Assassins, which opened the new TARA Arts Theatre in London. She then went on to work with director John Turner on 'Be As You Wish To Seem’ which was her professional screen debut. Skye has just wrapped on her television debut, which must remain under wraps until its worldwide release later this year. Skye is just about to make her feature film debut, working with director Daniel Alfredson on Swedish trilogy ‘INTRIGO', starring Ben Kingsley. 

Julian Anderson - Him Not an actor by trade... yet! I'm Head of Interactive Production at Happy Finish, delivering a wide range of digital products and experiences for brands. I first met John when he directed a 360 VR experience we produced for O2 and the England Rugby team. After hearing about the film I was well up for getting involved and luckily John was willing to take a punt, despite my total lack of acting experience. I'm a signed model on the side and so that probably helped with being in front of the camera, that and the fact that my scene was in a club so I felt right at home ;).

Julian Anderson - Him

Not an actor by trade... yet! I'm Head of Interactive Production at Happy Finish, delivering a wide range of digital products and experiences for brands. I first met John when he directed a 360 VR experience we produced for O2 and the England Rugby team. After hearing about the film I was well up for getting involved and luckily John was willing to take a punt, despite my total lack of acting experience. I'm a signed model on the side and so that probably helped with being in front of the camera, that and the fact that my scene was in a club so I felt right at home ;).

Leda Hodgson - Crone Leda’s other recent film is also a short ‘This Bloody Line’ directed and written by Ram Madhvani. Other work is almost all theatre, most recently ‘Ivy’ for Spid Theatre and Southwark Playhouse, ‘Grimm Tales’ at The Bargehouse, Southbank, and ‘A Doll’s House’ at the Young Vic, Duke of Yorks, and Brooklyn Academy of Music NY.

Leda Hodgson - Crone

Leda’s other recent film is also a short ‘This Bloody Line’ directed and written by Ram Madhvani. Other work is almost all theatre, most recently ‘Ivy’ for Spid Theatre and Southwark Playhouse, ‘Grimm Tales’ at The Bargehouse, Southbank, and ‘A Doll’s House’ at the Young Vic, Duke of Yorks, and Brooklyn Academy of Music NY.