Commercials Producer turned feature film Director is an unusual route to film directing, but Toby’s career has encompassed almost every aspect of production from acting on the west end stage in Alan Bennet’s “40 years on” to being the video coordinator for Madonna’s “Truth or Dare”, Peter Gabriel’s “Secret World”, and the Spice Girls’ “Spice World”. He worked as 1st AD on feature films and commercials, and Directed of a number of highly successful music videos including the Divine Comedy’s “Pop Singer’s Fear of the Pollen Count” and “Gin Soaked Boy”. His eclectic career also includes screenwriting on Miramax’s “Modesty Blaise” and “Hell Hath Enlarged Herself” for the UK Film Council & Capitol Films. Currently, Toby is the Executive Producer for DLKWLowe across the Unilever Brands including Domestos, Cif, Sure and Signal. Toby is currently developing several projects including “Man without a Shadow”, an adaptation of Colin Wilson’s 1957 bestseller and “Hell Hath Enlarged Herself” adapted from the short story by Michael Marshall Smith.
Chris has a solid grounding in film production having worked as a Producer, Line Producer, Production Manager, as well as a Location Manager working on International Features, such as the Bollywood sensation, “Total Chaos” as well as critically acclaimed British Indie “The Falling”. Chris graduated in Business and has previously been an executive at the Financial Times, being named as one of the top FT Executives worldwide in 2001.
Gary has worked in a number of areas, most notably IT and Property development, having run companies in both. However his first love has always been film and so established Lightworks Film to develop a number of projects, Blood Orange is the first feature project completed.
Ben’s first day at work involved meeting Tom Cruise, on his second he was directed in a landspeeder by George Lucas. On the third day Stanley Kubrick told him to, “Take a step to the left, please Ben”. Since the heady days of extra work in the late 90s, Ben has stepped behind the camera, initially working as an Assistant Cameraman before plunging headlong into the exciting world of Digital Visual Effects. Over the last 15 years, working predominantly at Absolute Post, Ben Robards has supervised the VFX on award-winning adverts for clients including Carlsberg, Kenco, Samsung and Lux as well as music videos for Madonna, Beyoncé, Robbie Williams, Kylie, Goldfrapp, Sigur Rós and many more. A career highlight was supervising the team that built a huge CG stadium around Guy Pearce for a film supporting the Ridley Scott feature ‘Prometheus’.Most recently he built a CG fairground for EasyJet’s 20th anniversary and transformed a herd of wild horses into unicorns for First Utility. Blood Orange is his first feature as Executive Producer.
Mark has always had a deep interest in photography, this led to a career path in the Film & Advertising industry. He was lucky enough to secure a positive start working for a commercials production company where he was introduced to the Camera Department.
Working as a Camera Assistant on commercials and features, led to heading up projects as a DP. Shooting commercials provided a solid background to test various looks and styles, which become the signature of any working cameraman.
Having been trained in both the analogue and digital platforms, Mark has embraced all media, and now works across the whole content spectrum.
He has recently completed shooting 2nd unit on Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” and Luke Scott’s thriller “Morgan”.
Billy has been working as an Assistant Director for over 25 years, starting on music videos, then commercials for the most part of his career. Billy has been assistant director on several independent feature films and always enjoys the challenge of making them happen. Billy and Toby first worked together on a series of TV Commercials but quickly shared their passion for making full length features. They began discussing movie projects and the eventual result was working together on “Blood Orange”.
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Alex graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2005. His extensive theatre design work lead to a successful crossover into television production, with shows like ‘Dr Who’ and ‘Gavin and Stacey’.
Over the last 10 years, Alex has worked extensively across multiple genres and award winning shows across throughout the UK and Europe, Art Directing and Designing for companies such as the ‘BBC’, ‘Baby Cow Productions’, ‘Tiger Aspect’ and ‘Sky’. Blood Orange represents one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of his career so far.
Having been editing for over 15 years, Alex brings a vast array of experience to his first full drama feature. His career began editing commercials and corporate films. This led to cutting independent short films and primetime broadcast shows for ITV and Channel 5. Alex has recently edited the documentary drama ‘Witness: Confessions of a Hitman’ telling the story of John Childs, Britain’s most prolific hitman.