I’ve loved film since I can remember and first picked up a video camera when I was about 12 years old. The fascination with storytelling began, and I’d create stop-motion animations on VHS tape and crazy videos with my brothers which often included fire and chainsaws, and a bizarre sketch show called Neighbourhood Chat. The four of us often came together to make something fun and ridiculous, whether it was aliens, zombies, or comedy or dark humour, there was always something to be created.
My professional journey began in 2008 while studying media at college. Teaming up with my older brother we shot an official music video for American punk-rock band Zebrahead, and produced DVD highlight shows for wrestling events, working alongside WWE superstars from the US such as Billy Gunn and Hardcore Holly.
Left to right: Slating a scene for our 2006 horror ‘Three Kings’. Slating a 2021 TV Ad for Ion8.
During this time I helped out on the set of a music video for Joss Stone and gained additional work experience at Working Title in London. Here, I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Rowan Atkinson, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Being a fan of Spaced, this only lured me further into the magic of film.
During 2009 I started a freelance position with De Facto Films. Since then, I’ve worked with them on numerous projects for the likes of Cornish Pirates Rugby Club, Ministry of Defence, BBC’s Tomorrow’s World, BBC’s Inside Out, Gilpin Demolition and the NHS. Here, De Facto offered me my first role for a TV programme as an offline editor for an 11 episode medical series for ITV. I’d navigate through 130 hours of interviews and surgeries while I ate ham sandwiches.
On stage in 2012 shooting American punk-rock band Zebrahead.
De Facto was working with a local music venue to produce promotional material, so a couple of times I went to shoot and edit gig nights featuring the likes of Cosmo Jarvis and American ‘King of Hip-Hop’ Grandmaster Flash.
Between 2010 and 2014 I joined RHTV as an editor, eventually working up to Chief Editor which meant overseeing and consulting as well as the usual production tasks. Projects here included corporate, online and campaign films for Burberry, Ubisoft, McDonalds, and others, with some of the biggest media agencies in the world such as Dentsu Inc and WPP.
RHTV soon caught sight of my passion for film and eagerness to direct. A new project came in; a film for West Ham UTD FC. The goal; to illustrate their move to the olympic stadium, and I was given the reins to direct. Sitting at a desk one day, then the next; walking into a historical stadium alongside Mark Noble.
Part of the TV crew in Malaysia on the World Match Racing Tour, 2013.
The rest of my time was spent travelling to Korea, Germany, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Denmark and Bermuda, cutting VT’s and highlight shows for a broadcast sailing series. This meant delivering edits and news reels at specific times throughout each day for broadcast, while creating a 47-minute and 27-minute programme of each event to be delivered within a week of the prize-giving ceremony.
Production pressures and jet lag aside, I was experiencing different cultures and working with world champion athletes from around the world. The event finale was always in Malaysia with a team of about 120 as you can see above. These events were invaluable for honing skills, especially with delivering polished edits quickly and efficiently. Definitely an unforgettable experience.
Part of the TV crew in Chicago on the World Match Racing Tour, 2013.
Averaging 30k miles a year, after many airports, hotels and throwing out hundreds of edits each year, in 2014 I decided to go freelance. I continued to work alongside the contacts I’d built up over the years, delivering content for the likes of Mercedes Benz, Shell Oil, Nottingham Panthers, Pokemon, Walkers, Sony and Disney, among many others. Going freelance also gave me the time to work on my own projects and develop a stock footage library of which I have supplied clips to Universal, NBC, Adult Swim and Viacom.
During my time as a freelancer I would often team up with my older brother, naming ourselves DC7 Films. Together we worked with a number of clients including Battersea Dogs Home where we would produce promotional films and highlight coverage of fundraisers, often interviewing celebrities such as Amanda Holden, Craig Revel Horwood and Dame Judi Dench.
On the red carpet with brother Arthur and Amanda Holden at Battersea Evolution.
In 2017 I went on to produce my debut documentary Panthers; a cinematic short that delivers a powerful insight into ice hockey. Narrated by 20-year pro David Clarke of the Nottingham Panthers (EIHL), Panthers captured the brutality and beauty of the sport. Featuring music by Moby, Chromatics and Audiomachine, Panthers received many finalist and semi-finalist positions at film festivals in the UK and the US.
Before long, 2018 was in full swing and I made contact with LA based filmmaker, influencer and spoken word artist Prince Ea. Together we came up with the idea that we would ‘change the world one film at a time’, and between 2018 and 2021 we produced approximately 30 short films based on this idea. Released on social media these powerful shorts generated views in the billions which was surreal to say the least. Producing these films remotely meant script writing, scouting talent and locations, shooting, editing and delivering to a tight schedule to keep up with the ever-changing demands and trends of social media.
On location, shooting a short film for Prince Ea.
These films were often turned around within a week from concept, through writing, casting and delivery, and over a span of 2 years it meant working with over 100 different actors on locations varying from manor houses to gyms and ambulances. With a small team by my side we shot on Blackmagic, RED and Arri Alexa, all in southwest England.
Being a freelancer with an interesting surname it seemed that I needed to come up with a production tag. From my easily pronounceable initials JPC Film was born. I used this as a stamp for my portfolio and any time I was a showrunner for my clients. The journey up until this point proved to be something special and Corporate Livewire awarded JPC Film with Most Innovative Production Company in 2021, and again in 2022, whilst, picking up media attention from Devon & Cornwall Film and Mid-Devon Advertiser.
On location, shooting on RED for debut short film Bad Beat in late 2021.
With huge brands and famous faces such as Gordon Ramsay and Dwayne Johnson landing on my screen, by 2022 I had racked up projects in the thousands. Although I continued to work hard taking on most things that came my way, I saw the importance of doing my own thing as often as I could. So, Bad Beat was born.
A project that started as a funny idea back in 2018 and since went through 14 drafts of changing pretty much everything, Bad Beat focuses on two friends who end up in a spiral of mayhem while dreaming of a simple life. Having submitted to film festivals in the UK and US, Bad Beat has currently been nominated for Best Actor, Best Film, Best Editor and Best Screenwriter.
A still from Bad Beat.
The journey continues and I’ve since written 3 more films that I’m hoping to shoot this year. And, on we go.