Mark is now one of London’s familiar and established Food, Liquid and Tabletop Director/DOP’s and is also well versed in the ‘dark arts’ of high speed, motion control and VFX, with over 25 years of experience in the industry. Always client friendly and able to deliver stunning visual imagery with style and a smile, have made Mark the go to when creative briefs are becoming ever more changing and fluid. Mark loves the challenge of innovation and being able to think on his feet, but also his ability to create those happy accidents that occasionally appear down a lens which clients love. In an ever evolving and sometimes chaotic content driven world Mark is established as an easy going, charming and most importantly, a safe pair of hands.
For over 10 years Mark ran one of London’s busiest and most successful motion control studios at SVC and began to excel in one of the industries ‘black arts’. This allowed him to develop his lighting skills & techniques – specifically with regards to shooting for a creative post-production solution.
He soon ended up with an extensive & loyal client base in both the advertising & television industries. This time spent in a post-production led environment gave him an invaluable knowledge of shooting with compositing in mind!
In 2007 Mark started to work as a Director/DOP with leading production companies such as Park Village and then Steam Media. This has given him an extensive grounding in directing commercials in the UK and he has now directed spots for most of the UK leading advertising agencies from Saatchi’s, DDB, BBH, AMV, Grey, Publicis, Leo Burnetts, Mother, Havas etc… having shot for Coca Cola, Ford, Kelloggs, L’Oreal, Carling, Heineken, Apple, Adidas, Nike, Birdseye, Lurpak & Nespresso (to name a very few).
Whilst shooting mainly food, liquid and live action and product driven commercials at the moment, Mark still maintains close ties with some of London’s leading facilities houses & continues to shoot a considerable amount of their & effects sequences … His ability to create a warm client friendly atmosphere on a shoot are legendary and his undeniable talent and visuals speak for themselves
Lurpak / Christmas
Food & Liquid Montage 2017
Koko / Dairy Free
Lipton / Krups
M&S / Desserts
Bombay Sapphire / Ultimate Strawberry
Lurpak / Easter
Carling / Aluminium
Nespresso / Hands
At the age of 19 Katie became a camera trainee and subsequently 1st AC at Ealing Film studios traveling extensively all over the world with her work. A few years after leaving the BBC to pursue a successful freelance career as a 1st AC she quickly began shooting short films and music videos and subsequently commercials and dramas. Her work on Help contributed to the show winning a Bafta for the best comedy series for the BBC along with awards for various commercials. Katie is a commercial diver, snowboarder, speaks 3 languages, rides a motorbike and is passionate about cinematography and life. She has recently directed spots for the likes of John Lewis, Knorr and Colgate.
Debby has worked in the world of advertising since she graduated in 2001. Formerly a stylist, Debby moved into stills which led her into directing. Her clients include Costa, Tesco, Philadelphia, Lurpak, Sainsburys, The Sunday Times Magazine, Hodder & Stoughton, Nature Valley, Waitrose, Bubbleology, Haywards, Singha Beer, Knorr and Bacardi.
“The most satisfying part of my job is creating something from nothing. I love starting with an empty table top and finishing with a beautiful story. I’m fairly obsessed with colour and although the frou-frou of beautiful things greatly appeals I’m also a big fan of a simple and graphic style.”
John Lewis / Ice Coolers
The Most Important Meal Of The Day
The Sunday Roast
The Blueberry Martini
John Lewis / Casual Dining
The Birthday Cake
Let's Make: Party Rings
Let's Make: Bread & Butter Pudding
Nick Sawyer started his directing career in the 90’s in music videos whilst living in the United States; he worked with the likes of Cypress Hill, Gwen McCrea, Alice in Chains, building up a sizable music video catalogue as a director. During this period Nick paralleled his career as a director with of a director of photography, shooting projects for REM , Diana Ross, Anastasia, Simply Red, Radio Head to name but very few.
On returning to the UK in the mid 90’s Nick prioritized the development his commercials career and become synonymous with many of the big directing names at that time: Nick Jones, Mike Lipscombe, Roger Lunn, Patricia Murphy, Chris Hartwill and of late has been one of the new wave of 3D (stereoscopic) cinematographers working with Gerald Mc Morrow.
In 1994 Nick won the Ernst and Young Cinematographer of the year award for the Lynx commercial ‘Caravan’ and has since been nominated for several CAD and D&AD awards. In 1996 Nick shot his first feature film ‘Hard Men’ with JK Amalou directing and then went on to shoot JK’s next feature ‘ Man Who Would Be Queen’ on which he was also and executive producer. He followed this with ‘Spirit Trap’in 2005 before deciding to look once to Directing. Over the past years Nick has gained a reputation as one of the front-runners in the new wave of life style, food, liquids and special effects directors incorporating many of the techniques learnt from his music video days, refined with the quality demanded by the commercials world. His current clients include McDonalds, O2, Philips, KFC…
Boots / Little Boosts
Häagen-Dazs / Cups (Food Only)
TGI Friday / Hickory Burger
Lion Crisps / Lemon & Pepper
Pizza Hut / CheesyTwist
Amor Ben Amor (Combined)
McDonald's / Signature Collection - Buns
KFC / Panna Cotta
Häagen-Dazs / Simple Sounds
Ideal / Olives
McDonald's / Big Mac
McDonald's / Spice Fest - Mexican
Häagen-Dazs / Sticks (Food Only)
Benedict was born and brought up in Mumbai, India. His first introduction to the world of cinema was on Bollywood film sets. His mother was a costume designer working with the likes of Shashi Kapoor and Sham Benegal.
After leaving university, Benedict worked with acclaimed commercial film director Roger Woodburn. After several years assisting Roger, Benedict began lighting and directing himself, across all platforms; show films, documentaries, commercials, short films and music videos.
Benedict continues to work with Roger, in their company Jackson Woodburn Controls. Along with partner, Geoff Jackson, they design and manufacture control systems for the film industry. In 2002 Jackson Woodburn were awarded an AMPAS award for technical merit. Their revolutionary RevolveR System is widely used across Europe and beyond.
Benedict operates and consults on in-camera VFX. Alongside his directing projects, Benedict shoots in-camera photographic FX and 2nd Unit on long format and feature films.