I’ve been directing movement for as long as I’ve been performing. It can be about defining an overall theatrical style with movement in scenes and transitions, working on a specific role with an actor, or finessing a single scene that needs attention. It might extend to creature and animal movement. It has included working with both humans and puppet performers (and the puppeteers, of course!), developing movement based choreography, but most importantly is always about serving the story and the theme of each specific project. I pride myself on being able to work fast, and to collaborate with the performers enabling them to do their very best work.
There’s no spotlight for movement direction, but you can see some of my other credits below:
Selected Movement Direction and Tuition:
Tom & Jerry – Lead Puppeteer
Leading a team of puppeteers, bringing to life Tom, Jerry and other iconic characters in the movie, allowing the director and actors to really interact with a performance on set, based on the work of the animation team. Performing physically and with puppets, throughout the entire shoot of the movie.
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them – Supervising Creature Puppeteer
Bringing puppets to set, based on the creatures developed by the fantastic animators, to rehearse, interact and perform with the actors, giving real eyelines, responses and physical contact with creatures large and small.
Gravity – Movement Artist and Motion Control
Working with the stunts and SFX teams to create a believable (and shootable) sense of zero gravity, that exists for the majority of the film. Working on both R and D and shooting 1st and 2nd unit using a variety of hands on and remote control techniques, responding to personal input from the director and performers.
KFC Double Zinger Stacker campaign – Movement Coach (Dir. Samuel Abrahams, Producer: Caviar).
Supporting the director and creative team from casting to rehearsals to shoot. Working with the cast on set to create the seamless integration of physical mimicry between two actors playing the same character.
London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony – Movement Assistant to Toby Sedgwick
Currently part of a team of Movement Assistants working on massive scale choreography for sections of the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, Directed by Danny Boyle.
Warhorse – Performer and Puppeteer, Movement and Horse Choreography Assistant
By Nick Stafford, at the New London Theatre, Directed by Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris
And Handspring Puppet Company, 2009 – 2011 (original West End cast member)
Movement and Horse Choreography Assistant to Toby Sedgwick for February and March recast 2011.
Animal Farm – Movement and Choreography
By George Orwell, at Theatr Clwyd Cymru, Directed by Tim Baker in 2011. Position shared with Mikey Brett, a fellow War Horse veteran – Animal movement work with the cast, and movement direction
Raven Boy – Movement Director
By Darren Clarke and devised by Infectious Theatre for Jacksons Lane, Directed by Jennifer Pearcy-Edwards in 2011 – Movement Direction and animal work
Feathers In the Snow – Movement Director
By Philip Ridley at the National Theatre Studio, Directed by Corinne Micallef in 2008 – Movement direction, physical vocabulary with the company.