At 20, at the peak of the dotcom bubble, inspired by famous entreprenerd dropouts and promises from VCs, Tom Fogg and I quit university to run Netribution.co.uk full time.
We thought watching film on the web was going to be big, although everyone had 28kbps modems and two weeks after we quit, the dotcom crash happened.
Over the noughties I wrote a book on Digital Asset Management and made documentaries on Fish and UK Hip Hop with Tom Fogg. I wrote and directed a short film, Creation and co-wrote three books on Film Finance, self-publishing the second two and selling 11,000 copies between them. I interviewed Ewan MacGregor for a documentary about theatre in education. I co-produced Government-funded community 'living cinema' events with music, films, food and live visuals – and developed the Big Open Playlister to help venues manage video playlists across multiple screens. This led into the Virtuous Circle with the Scottish Documentary Institute to produce an open toolset for indie film producers.
Co-author of 492-page book on film finance, with dozens of case studies, and details of over 1,000 funds in 40 countries.
Author of early book on creative strategies to digital opportunities and challenges, in music, film, publishing & video games.
Netribution, left in 2001, was praised for it's design ("admirably spare and fresh" – The Guardian), so since it first closed I've made websites for charities and people I know, using Drupal, Joomla and Wordpress – including:
Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation – Codes of Conduct; via Northbridge, design, concept & Drupal build; Transition Lab Earth, branding, web design & Wordpress build; AWAZ: Equality Cumbria, design & Drupal build; Diabetes Care Trust, via Red Hot Irons, design & Drupal build; Lung Cancer Nursing UK (formerly National Lung Cancer Forum For Nurses), via Red Hot Irons, web design, theme building and implementation, Drupal 7, UIKit; Jonathan J Halperin & The Marcus Foundation, Drupal support; MJW Consulting, design, build & implementation, Wordpress, UIKit; Ruza Solutions, design, build & implementation, Wordpress; CiviCRM LLC, web design, strategy & community/event engagement; Second Chance Humane Society, via Peakmedia, Joomla, UIKit, build & design; Rob Manning Composer: Wordpress custom design and build; Drupal theme implementer in a large distributed team on major charity website relaunches for the American Immune Deficiency Foundation: for Back Office Thinking, Drupal co-build; Hillwood House and Gardens: for Back Office Thinking, Drupal co-build; CiviCon London: Drupal design & build; Shishukunj: Drupal implementation & build; Dead Donkeys: Wordpress theme build & Nation Builder integration; Maja Borg: Wordpress build; Tigers Milk Records: Wordpress desgin & build; Aug 2013; Scottish Documentary Institute: Future My Love: Joomla design, build & Nation Builder integration; Person-Centred Therapy Scotland, Joomla design, builid, CiviCRM & migration; Eelyn Lee Productions, Joomla design & build; British Association for the Person Centred Approach: Joomla design, build & CiviCRM integration; Arts Beyond the Classroom: Joomla design & build; World Association for Person Centred Psychotherapy: Joomla design, build & CiviCRM integration; Re-Production: Wordpress logo, design & build; Teaching Citizenship: for Circle Interactive, Drupal; Ability Net: for Circle Interactive, Drupal, accessibility; Othona: for Circle, Drupal design & build; Praxis Unico: for Circle, Drupal design & build; Green Party Members site: for Circle, Drupal design & build; BT Accessibility site: for Circle, WordPress design & build; International Agency for Prevention of Blindness: for Circle, Drupal design & dev; Racial Equality Foundation: for Circle, Drupal design & build, The Technology Trust: for Circle, Drupal design & build; Circle Interactive: Design, Drupal theme; Clifton Suspension Bridge: design: for Circle, Drupal design & build; Freshfields Accessibility site: for Circle, Wordpress design & build; NHS Healthwatch: for Circle, WordPress theme & CiviCRM dev; Green Register: for Circle, Drupal build.