Oscar Forshaw Swift

Video Producer and Film Director

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  • LocationCambridge, United Kingdom

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About me

 

After graduating with a BA Hons in Film Studies from Queen Mary, University of London (2008-11), I began writing and directing my first feature film, the science fiction thriller, Through The Lens. This was made for £20,000, securing financial backing from O2, Reflexblue and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. The film took three years to produce and was completed in early 2014; it secured distribution and was released through Entertainment One (EOne) on major platforms including Amazon Prime, GooglePlay, iTunes, Sony Playstation Network, Xbox Video, Hudu and DVD. I have directed films that have won awards at UNICEF, miShorts and local festivals. A film I directed was nominated for the First Light And BBC Blast awards, broadcast on BBC2. Films I have written and directed have also been used in nationwide campaigns for charities such as OCD Action and most recently Goal, a charity promoting football for children in South Africa. I recently directed, produced and co-wrote the feature film pilot Hills, completed with funding from the Gain Trust which was finished in September 2014. Hills was released on Amazon Prime in 2015, and secured a pre-signed distribution deal for the feature film currently in development, When The Rain Falls. Alongside drama work, I have spent a large amount of time shooting, directing and editing a range of promotional, corporate, music and event videos, through the company I set up in 2009, Spark In The Dark Productions. I have taught and run a number of community projects involving local charities and organisations including Centre 33, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the YMCA. These projects have all centered around the practical film making process, taking those involved through the processes of film production – from script to screen.

Skills

 

  • Video Editor
  • Self Shooting Director

Work history

Currently

Video Producer

Spark In The Dark Productions

Jan 2009
  • Scriptwriting, drawing up proposals, budgets, schedules, storyboards, sourcing cast and crew. Pitching to investors, putting together successful funding bids and talent castings. On set organisation, working with actors, blocking action. Camera operating (5D 7D XF305, Pan 101), editing to brief (FCP, Premiere Pro) colour grading (Davinci Resolve, Color). Final delivery to clients and investors and securing distribution deals. Teaching and putting together film courses for students.

2016

Video Producer

Spark In The Dark Productions

Feb 2009 - Feb 2016
  • Scriptwriting, drawing up proposals, budgets, schedules, storyboards, sourcing cast and crew. Pitching to investors, putting together successful funding bids and talent castings. On set organisation, working with actors, blocking action. Camera operating (5D 7D XF305, Pan 101), editing to brief (FCP, Premiere Pro) colour grading (Davinci Resolve, Color). Final delivery to clients and investors and securing distribution deals. Teaching and putting together film courses for students.

Education

2011

Film

Queen Mary, University of London

Aug 2008 - May 2011
  • Film

Awards

2009

MiShorts Film Of The Month

  • Shortlisted for film of the month

2009

UNICEF Film Fesitval

  • Winner

2006

BBC Blast Awards

BBC

2006

First Light Awards

  • Nominated for best Screenplay