Having worked with Tom on 3 films for RS Cashmere , (the 3rd will be released later on this year) ,we’ve witnessed how talented this guy is! We managed to grab a few minutes with the Tom for a little interview:
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m Tom, 32, I live and work in Elgin, Moray but spend about half my time on the road or in Glasgow. I’m a filmmaker by trade but also run a co-working space
(see image below) in Elgin and will shortly be launching a creative production company to venture beyond film out into design, online and events.
How did you discover filmography (film)?
I’ve always been a big fan of film and TV, but it was only after I left university that I realised there might be some sort of career available in that field. I did a Masters at Screen Academy Scotland which really set me up as a multi-platform producer and I taught myself how to shoot and cut. It’s been six years now and I’m busier than ever.
What inspires you and your work?
I’m inspired by passionate people who just get on and do things. I’m also a glutton for new music, cinema and design – I recently saw ‘It Follows’ and was blown away, I’m listening to a lot of bands who showcased at XpoNorth
so Kathryn Joseph, Finn LeMarinel and Bear Arms.
Describe a typical work week?
I work a silly amount of hours at the moment. I’m usually in by 8am and leave around 10pm. I do admin in the morning, squeeze meetings and calls in before lunch then edit until late. That rhythm is only disrupted by shoots which are usually 1-2 days each and I average about 3-4 of those a month.
Below: Tom shooting our AW15 Film.
What type of cameras do you shoot with?
I recently upgraded my camera to handle 4K and slow motion but the key thing is the lens. I’ve got an ebay-sourced set of vintage Nikon primes which have yet to let me down. Everyone seems to shoot on Canon so it gives my stuff a slightly different look, maybe a bit cooler, very rich on grey Scottish days, which I like.
Can you tell us what you are working on at the moment?
Best piece of advice you can give aspiring filmographers?
Learn from other people’s work but don’t let it intimidate you. On a practical kick; back everything up and duplicate a new timeline for each round of client edits.
Below: Stills from our AW13 film shot by Tom.
Favourite place in Scotland?
The jetty at Urquhart Castle with the rain pounding on Loch Ness. I’m also partial to bed.
Favourite hour of the day?
I’m a morning person, I love the light and quiet and tension of everything that happens before 7am.
Tom with Rosie on set of our AW15 shoot