Continuing in his niche of dramatic and violent training films, Jonathan has directed 16 films for the Ladbrokes Coral group. Once again the films were produced by Summer Rain Films for Kallidus. Shot in March in central London Coral and Ladbrokes stores, the films illustrate good and bad practise in extreme situations for staff such as robbery, theft and assault.
On Friday October 6th 2017 I was very excited to talk to the students of the Bournemouth University MA film course. It was a very special occasion for me as I was a graduate of the Audio Visual Production course at the old Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design 87-89. Bar one reunion party, it was my first visit back. The place is now a technological metropolis, the lecture hall was a sea of laptop covers and illuminated faces. Mark Bond interviewed me and we rollercoasted through my career of short films and features. Ultimately the moral was "make tea for everyone!" I even showed clips from the two half hour films that I made whilst a student at BPCAD, Lean on me, which I produced for Adam Phillips to direct, and my own naval gazing Empty Space which I also wrote and directed. Here they are for your amusement:-
A selection of recent work to showcase Jonathan's recent work on corporate and branded content. The reel shows a variety of styles for major clents including studio shoots, stylish verite' , intense drama and upbeat information films. However, it is possibly the most sweary and violent corporate showreel ever!
Have you ever wondered how gory stabbing is done in the movies? In this new behind the scenes featurette we see how many takes are needed to stab a chicken fillet through a boiler suit.
I'm delighted to announce that from Friday March 17th 2017, I'll be guest lecturing at Brighton Film School. I'll be there each Friday until June to oversee the adult diploma course productions. My first talk will be on the importance of the producer!
Jonathan directed 50 minutes of drama for B.P's Continuous Improvement e-learning programme produced by Nice Media. Coaching In Action was shot at B.P's UK headquarters by Ben Lidell and featured actors Alec Parkinson, Andrew Coppin, Al Gregg, Georgia Goodman, Oliver Gatz and Thomas Kadman.
This B-movie homage was Jonathan's second feature film and stars British luminaries such as Gary Mavers, Jonathan Moore and Harriet Thorpe and exciting talent such as Alice Henley and Claire Spence. The film was the first European feature film to be shot on the Sony EX1. It was filmed in eleven days at a genuine deactivated Secret Nuclear Underground Bunker in Essex.Read More
Jonathan helmed eight films to illustrate 'Aggression in the Workplace' for Kallidus and Transport For London. The films were shot over three days at Mansion House and Canon Street Tube stations. The issues addressed were alcohol, violence and verbal abuse. The dramas were workshopped by TFL staff who had experienced the real workplace scenarios and Jonathan was charged with bringing them cinematically to life. Jonathan used three cameras with his A camera being operated on a Ronin rig by regular collaborator Tom J.Kelly. Post Production services were provided by Summer Rain Films and the grade done on DaVinci Resolve.
Jonathan directed over 100 timelines for a corporate for Barclays Bank and e-learning company Kallidus. The films were produced by Summer Rain Films and shot at Tower Bridge Studios London in their white infinity cove. Shot in H.D by DP Tom Kelly. Post Production was by Summer Rain Films in Brighton.
2016 starts with a new and exciting feature film commission for Big Man Films producer David Braithwaite and Adam Rolston of Shooting Script Films. At the moment the subject of the film is secret but Jonathan is over-joyed to be writing a film about one of his favourite subjects. More details will follow when they are announced.
2016 is starting off on an exciting new journey with a new website that includes details of all of Jonathan's films and his branded content work.