Steve Rogers – Director
Steve’s theatrical career has been unconventional from the start. Preferring ‘method’ to the more traditional teachings offered by most British drama schools, Steve trained under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, West and with Don Eitner/Bette Ferber at American Theatre Arts [ATA] in Hollywood.
Some years later, returning to his native London, Steve found himself at odds with his agent who, at the time, disapproved of actors working on the financially worthwhile Television Commercials. Signing with Sheridan International, a division of one of London’s top modelling agencies, Steve used this financial cushion to pursue greater artistic creativity. Following a spate of industry showcases, in 1987 Steve established Theatre East, a company producing original plays of historical interest. During his time at Theatre East, Steve produced and directed numerous plays, including the critically acclaimed ‘The Strike of 1889’ which later became a best-selling novel ‘The Price of a Cigar’ which Steve co-wrote.
Naively believing the only difference between theatre and film production was its budget, Steve’s entry into independent filmmaking was a low-budget, self-financed action feature ‘Red Mercury’ enlisting Hollywood DP Gene Talvin and UK based Gordon Hickie. Photographed in Paris, with a lone sun-gun and almost entirely from s16mm ends, this film from conception to public screening took just 6 weeks – ‘and it showed’ says Steve! Despite Steve’s opinion, ‘Red Mercury’ was an official selection for the Raindance Film Festival and screened in a central London cinema to an enthusiastic capacity audience.
Mark Camwell – Director of Photography
Steve claims he knew Mark was right for this production within 5 minutes of meeting him. “Sometimes these things just click.” Marks relaxed, easygoing professional style suited this production. Not to mention Mark’s 22+ years of broadcast experience, which began at Channel Nine in Sydney, working on such shows as: Nine News, Nightlife, Today Show, Hey Hey, Business Sunday. Shot list achieved, Mark’s greatest asset used throughout this production, was his creative flair in providing visually stunning options and cutaways.
In 1997 Mark left for London where he worked extensively for several years as a freelance cameraman, most notably for Chrysalis TV, Sky One, Sky Sports. Mark now heads up iCam Pictures specialising in Documentaries, Television series, Television Commercials, Corporate and Sport productions.
Simon Adams – Offline Editor
Simon’s creative approach to problem solving proved invaluable and comes from 15 years of solid industry experience, writing, producing and directing. Simon has worked for some of the biggest advertising agencies in Sydney and Tokyo, and has created original video content for notable corporations such as: Foxtel, Nickelodeon, Adidas, Sony, Playstation, Coca-cola and Heineken.
What we liked about Simon was his calm methodical approach, over coming any situation we threw at him. Our brief was for an editor who had experience in fast paced edgy music/advertising productions teemed with the ability to thread a sensitive documentary storyline; Simon fitted the brief.
Nic Alexander – Audio editor
Being a musically driven doco we needed more than a competent Logic Pro editor, we wanted someone experienced in sound design who could produce provocative soundscapes to capture the essence of Witness My Journey. Nic, a Sydney-based film and TV sound editor and screen composer, was right for this assignment being passionate about storytelling. Being a talented musician himself and currently working on his 2nd album, he would often pick up an instrument in his suite to provide inventive suggestions throughout the sound track. Just listening to the audio is a journey in itself.
Nic obtained his Bachelor of Media, Music and Sound at MacQuarie University, and gained invaluable experience working for major post-production facilities such as: Frame Set and Match, Jaybees Entertainment, Acoustic Caravan, Nylon Studios and Cutting Edge. In 2008, Nic joined the talented team of composers and sound editors at Cutaway Studios, having developed a strong client list producing music and sound design for scores of television commercials, short films, documentaries and feature films.
Faye Bamford – Voice Over Artist
We were fortunate to hire Faye, a professional and experienced UK-based Presenter and Voice-over artist during her time spent in Australia, for she brings to the table 10 years of television and radio experience, five of which were spent at Sky One.
Faye’s vibrant and energetic Northern and Lancashire accent is easily recognised on commercials, doco’s, audiobooks, radio & TV. It was for this reason we chose Faye, for we wanted the audience to feel the presenter had an engaging approach consistent with the production’s style.