Inspiration comes in many forms, from those we watch from afar and from those we are fortunate to meet. I am very grateful to the following great teachers who inspired me and have helped me grow as a director and storyteller.
Simon Bowen, Jack Cardiff, Noski DeVille, Keith Johnstone, Keith Reynolds, Mark Travis and Jane Walters.
I have found that instead of trying to focus on film history, as it is so vast, I have focused my attention on filmmakers I admire and I investigate who and what inspired them. It's an on-going and wonderful journey of discovery and I will list who have caught my eye and what I have learned from them.
Reading about the creative and safe environments they create on set the directors John Cassavetes, Sidney Lumet, Clint Eastwood, Elia Kazan, Danny Boyle and Jonathan Demme have been an influence on the way I like to work with actors and crew.
In terms of visual aesthetic I have found the works of David Fincher, Michael Mann, Tony Scott, Ridley Scott and recently David Slade to be a great source of inspiration to me. Another thing I appreciate about Michael Mann is his dedication to research of subject matter and his commitment to authenticity within the worlds he creates, the same is also true of Stanley Kubrick and David Fincher.
I have always been fascinated by memory and the subconscious and as a result I have been drawn to the films of Jan Nemic, Chris Marker, Christopher Nolan, Alain Resnais, Nicolas Roeg, and Alfred Hitchcock. I am fascinated by crime and our fears of crime so for me Hitchcock holds a special place in my appreciation of film. I also have a love of the films by John Frankenheimer, he always dealt with issues such as crime, terrorism and paranoia in innovative and exciting ways.
I am also a huge fan and admirer of the works of Robert Redford and George Clooney. Though they are mainly known as actors their works as director and producer of films with political themes and questions are very much the kind of work I would like to engage in. Both of them away from the film set are political activists and champion very important causes. If I could have a career as distinguished and varied as theirs I would be a very happy man.
I must also mention Ron Fricke, Werner Herzog, Terrence Malick, Wong Kar-Wai and Wim Wenders as directors who have made beautiful films that have touched me deeply.
I am sure this section will grow.