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  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationBrighton, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsCreative Producer - Producer - Film

About me

Sian is currently Development Producer for Brighton based digital culture agency Lighthouse. Most recently, Sian produced The Sprawl, a feature-length film, multi-channel video installation, and episodic online documentary which has been described as a ‘joyride through the internet’. The film, directed by Dutch artists Metahaven, premiered at Rotterdam's IFFR and Berlin Transmediale, The installation exhibited at San Francisco’s YBCA, Brighton Festival and Warsaw’s MoMA, and the online version was released in segments on YouTube, previewing in The Fader in 2016. Sian is also a freelance script reader and assessor for iFeatures, The BFI, and Poisson Rouge Pictures among others. She produced her first short film, The Holiday in 2010, part funded by Film London, and part crowd-funded. It was officially selected for LSFF, Branchage, Leeds, Underwire, and Aesthetica among others, and broadcast on the Community Channel. Until 2012, Sian was Development Co-ordinator for the BFI Film Fund, responsible for handling new and emerging talent. Previously, Sian was Creative Executive and Production Manager for Poisson Rouge Pictures, working under Christopher Granier-Deferre on international productions including Francois Ozon’s Angel, Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love, Jaco Van Dormael’s Mr Nobody, Marek Losey’s The Hide, and in development on Destiny Ekaragha’s Gone Too Far.

Skills

  • Script Development
  • Production
  • Film Producing
  • 3 Languages
  • Production/project Management
  • Creative Arts

Work history

Currently

Producer

Lighthouse

Jul 2012
  • Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Lighthouse is a digital culture agency responsible for developing, commissioning and producing work by filmmakers and artists. Among other large-scale projects, we recently exec’d BFI Shorts 2012, producing 17 films with budgets of up to £50,000 each, three of them BAFTA nominated. In 2015, I produced The Sprawl, a feature-length film, multi-channel video installation, and episodic online documentary which draws from pop culture, geopolitics and design and has been described as a ‘joyride through the internet’. The film, directed by Dutch artist and design duo Metahaven, premiered at Rotterdam's IFFR, and the installation exhibited at San Francisco’s YBCA, Brighton Festival and Warsaw’s MoMA. The online version was released in segments on YouTube, and received wide critical success, previewing in The Fader in Spring 2016. I was responsible for raising finance for the film, developing the script, putting together the crew and production, and devising and implementing the project’s distribution strategy. I also manage a number of Lighthouse’s ongoing film projects including Guiding Lights, the UK's most prestigious film mentoring programme for writers, directors and producers. Mentors have included Danny Boyle, Sam Mendes, Ben Wheatley, Clio Barnard, Abi Morgan, Andrew Haigh, Tessa Ross, Walter Murch and many more. I have also curated and produced projects for Brighton Festival and Brighton Digital Festival, including programmed screenings, transmedia workshops, reFramed conference, and James Bridle's Under The Shadow of the Drone.

2012

Production Co-ordinator

BFI

May 2009 - Jun 2012
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • - Manage Development Slate, overseeing and communicating drafts and project progress. - Provide creative notes, coverage and feedback to the Senior Executives and Story Editors on draft deliveries and new application scripts & packages. - Developed and introduced new online submission system for applicants. - Developed and presented ideas for a new Online Talent Discovery Pool, to bring new talent and industry professionals together in a usable and productive space. Currently awaiting launch. - Managed First Feature Events, including seminars, lunches and screenings. - Manage application process, overseeing new applications, preparing awards and budgets with the producers and creative team.