TOM BRASS CURRICULUM VITAE -
I’m a director who has written, directed, produced and designed world-class CGI sequences for a major international science documentary. Strong ob-doc background: I have directed and self-shot on hundreds of shoots all over Europe, Scandinavia and the USA. Experienced crew director and edit producer. A highly proficient HD cameraman. I have shot and lit HD drama reconstructions. Versatile and skilled illustrator/digital artist with experience of producing story boards, concept art and animatics.
NAME: TOM BRASS DOB: 01/09/80 ADDRESS: 131 Hassett Road, London. E9 5SL. MOBILE: 07795 257919 E - MAIL: [email protected]
DRIVING: Full, clean licence. LANGUAGES: English, conversational Swedish.
EMPLOYMENT Sep / Oct 2009 – CGI DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER
(Jellyfish Pictures) UNTITLED BBC 1 PROJECT I worked on the development of CGI sequences for a new, landmark BBC1 series. I previsualised animation sequences, produced concept art and storyboards. July 2009 – DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER
A short contract developing pitches and visual treatments for Science and factual shows. May / June 2009 – DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER / DIRECTOR
I developed, shot and cut a pilot for a high profile Swedish documentary about an English charity. September ’08 / May ‘09 - CGI PRODUCER / DIRECTOR, EDIT PRODUCER,
HD LIGHTING CAMERAMAN A JOURNEY UNDER YOUR SKIN (Working title) (2 x 1hr. UR/EBU/SWR. Agaton Films, Sweden. Full HD) An international science documentary in which the world famous photographer, Lennart Nilsson investigates the extraordinary internal world of our cells. - I researched, wrote and directed 16 mins of full CGI - sequences, that take the viewer inside the micro-universe of the cell. I oversaw every stage of production of the CGI by Jellyfish pictures, London. - Drew all concept art and story-boards. - Art directed and coloured Lennart Nilsson’s photographs. - Edit-produced the first six weeks of the edit. - One of the main lighting cameramen, shooting on the Panasonic P2 HD camera.
September/December 2008 – HD LIGHTING CAMERAMAN
TIME CAPSULE (Swedish title: Tidskapseln) (1 x 1hr. SVT. Agaton Films, Sweden. Full HD) An archaeological documentary about a 17th century shipwreck in the Swedish archipelago. I worked as an HD cameraman, shooting with the Panasonic P2 HD camera. It was a combination of ob-doc shooting and period drama reconstructions showing life on-board a 17th century boat. I shot and lit these in full HD. March/September 2008 - LOCATION DIRECTOR
BEST HOUSE ON THE STREET (6 x 1hr. Channel Five. Red house) A new kind of property show for Five, featuring ob-doc and studio sequences, allowing people to recreate their homes, life size in the studio. I location directed and self-shot three shows for the series and floor-managed the complex studio shoots. February 2008 – PRODUCER / DIRECTOR
BUILD A NEW LIFE IN THE COUNTRY: WAS IT WORTH IT? (1 x 1 hr. Five. Shine Television) Five’s flagship property show. I produced and directed a revisit to a story from a previous show. August/December 2007 - DV DIRECTOR
COLEEN’S REAL WOMEN (8 x 1hr. ITV. Endemol UK) An exciting lifestyle show, following Coleen Mcloughlin’s mission to get normal British women into advertising campaigns. I took care of contributor back-stories and large, logistically demanding castings with Coleen, around the UK, Europe and America - I either self shot or directed a Digi crew. May/June 2007 - DV DIRECTOR
FEATURES DEPARTMENT – SHINE TELEVISION Floating DV director on various productions for Shine’s Features department:
CLASSICAL STAR (BBC 1) PARADISE OR BUST (BBC 2).
April/May 2007 - PRODUCER / DIRECTOR
BUILD A NEW LIFE IN THE COUNTRY: WAS IT WORTH IT? (1 x 1hr. Channel Five. Shine Television) Five’s flagship property show. I produced and directed a revisit to a story from a previous show. I directed shoots with the presenter and Digi crew, scripted PTCs and voice over, directed DV sequences, re-cut the original show and my newly shot footage. June ‘06/June ‘07 - LOCATION DIRECTOR
BUILD A NEW LIFE IN THE COUNTRY (Series Three. 1 x 1hr. Channel Five. Shine Television) Five’s flagship, ob-doc property show. For a year I produced the show, shot and directed location DV shoots. For the final ‘reveal’ shoots, I produced and directed the presenter, wrote PTCs, directed the Digi and Jib crews.
June ’06 / June ‘07 - SHOOTING ASSISTANT PRODUCER
BUILD A NEW LIFE IN THE COUNTRY (Series Three. 4 x 1hr. Channel Five. Shine Television) As well as location directing one show (see above) for a year, I also assistant produced four, one-hour shows, for which I managed the contributors, produced all shoots, shot and directed location DV shoots. May 2006 - CAMERA OP
SHINE FEATURES DEPARTMENT I shot on various productions for Shine’s features department, including PAY OFF YOUR MORTGAGE, a daytime property show for Five and SO YOU THINK YOU’RE ROYAL, a show about genealogy for Sky. Sep ’05 / March ‘06 - DV DIRECTOR
BUILD A NEW LIFE IN THE COUNTRY (Series Two. 8 x 1hr. Channel Five. Shine television) For seven months, I shot and directed DV shoots in the UK, Ireland, Croatia, France and Spain on Five’s ob-doc property show. July ’04 / July ‘05 - SHOOTING RESEARCHER
BUILD A NEW LIFE IN THE COUNTRY (Series one. 12 x 1hr. Channel Five. Shine television)
Highly experienced and proficient self shooter in either standard or HD. Can use: Sony DSR 500, Sony Z1, Panasonic PR2 HD, Cannon EOS HD. Lighting: Trained and experienced in lighting for Standard def or HD shooting. Edit: Experienced Final Cut Pro editor. Illustration: Versatile and skilled illustrator, with experience of creating story boards, concept art, animatics and sequential art. Digital image: In addition to traditional illustration skills, I am highly proficient at using Photoshop and working with a WACOM tablet.
EDUCATION 1999 – 2002:
LONDON COLLEGE OF PRINTING BA FILM AND VIDEO (Major in cinematography. 2:1)
1991 – 1998:
PRIOR PARK COLLEGE, BATH. A – Levels, etc.
Between TV jobs I work as an illustrator, producing work for print and broadcast. I have a passionate personal interest in science, art and music.
References and rushes available on request