what is your name?
how would you describe what you do?
what are you currently working on?
what has had the greatest influence on your work?
what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
Film is like a one-night stand, but TV drama is a relationship – much harder to develop and sustain, but far more rewarding over time. It can tell truths about our lives and the world around us. TV drama can dig far deeper into characters and their stories than any film. But it can also be lazy, slipshod and – worst of all – boring. TV drama with nothing to say is like eating Ryvita for every meal of the day – filling, but flavourless.
how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
New technology is revolutionising the means of production and distribution. Low cost HD cameras and editing software mean anyone can make a movie or a web drama, but that’s no guarantee of quality. Email and the web make research much easier, but also encourage laziness. If you want to build real relationships or discover truths, you’ll find them out in the world – not on your computer screen. The ability to tell a good story well always triumphs in the long run, no matter how technology affects a medium. It’s execution that counts, not the method by which a story reaches you.
what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
where can we find you online?
Visit my blog at http://viciousimagery.blogspot.com
what are you reading at the moment?
Just finished “Hello,” Lied The Agent by Ian Gurvitz, a scathingly honest memoir by a Hollywood TV writer. Halfway through The City & The City by China Mieville, a genre-bending SF crime thriller novel. And I’ve been staring at a photographic novel called Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals by Christopher Payne – gorgeous yet haunting.
what are you listening to at the moment?
New Zealand funk noir outfit Dimmer [particularly their first album, I Believe You Are a Star]; the austere yet heart-breaking collaboration The Glare by David McAlmont and Michael Nyman; and some trippy lovers’ dubrock on Me’Shell Ndegeocello’s glorious Comfort Woman.
anything else we should know?
Professionalism trumps gifted amateurs. Don’t burn bridges with the napalm of your own insecurities. And never, ever eat anything bigger than your head.