Flame Artist / Director
After studying as a musician, Jon began his career as a tape op at London post facility SVC. His creative & technical talents were spotted early, and his rise though the ranks of the emerging digital editing and post-production scene was meteoric.
Jon was poached to be head of online editing at The Mill, quickly joining the board as a director. His pioneering work with digital editing earned him a host of Best Editor awards for work such as Nike Jordan and Nike Berkley. Memorable campaigns for Levis Swimmer, Volvo Twister, Orange and Dunlop The Unexpected, kept the level at ground breaking and award winning.
In 1995 Jon started experimenting with one of the first Avid systems in Europe and saw the potential of the software clip based solution. When first seeing the emergent Flame system in a back room in Soho he quickly spotted the potential of the new system, realizing it would require a new kind of set-up to capitalise on an exciting new way of working. He left The Mill, putting his faith in this new system, to co-found the hugely successful Smoke and Mirrors - the worlds first Flame only facility. "The Intention was to concentrate on the quality of the image and to be fully immersed in the world of non-linear creative workflows. I met with some like minded people and we went for it."
In the first 12 months of Smoke and Mirrors, Jon won Flame Artist Of The Year and the industry peer-poll award. Cutting-edge work on projects such as Orange Bar Chase, Capital FM Static and PPP X-Ray continued to earn him numerous awards as a visual effects artist. He has also won awards for animated typography, working extensively with design collective Tomato, including ground breaking ads for The Guardian & Radio Scotland and music videos for Underworld.
Jon's feature film credits include the title sequences for the The Jackal, The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, Intermission and Closed Circuit. He was also Visual Effects Supervisor on Hammer & Tongs latest film, Son Of Rambow, taking on all 200 VFX shots himself.
Jon began directing in 1999, after an invitation from Stuart Douglas to direct at production company D-Films, and has directed award winning commercials for Schweppes, Sony Playstation, Magic FM & more. At the same time Smoke and Mirrors continued to grow and Jon decided the lure of the smaller facility was again more appealing. So with fellow Flame artist Tom Sparks they left to set up post boutique Play.
Jons directing career progressed and in 2004 Jon founded Nice Shirt Films,with Stuart Douglas and Richard Martin. Recent directing and Flame visual effects work credits include Nike, ITV Sport, Philips, Carlsberg and the COI.
In early 2013 and Jon decided to expand the post production offering. Joining forces with legendary colourist Tareq Kubaisi, they set up Raised by Wolves.
Based around Jon's Flame, Flare and Smoke suites and Tareq's Baselight grading suite, this is the first step to a new style of boutique facility. Seeing the need to keep small and work efficiently with ever shrinking budgets, this is one of the first freelance repped style of post houses in London. "We work this very much like a production company - expanding and shrinking on a job by job basis. I'm very excited to see how this pans out. We rep talent like a production company reps directors. I could see there were more and more good freelance colourists and Flame artists out there, so cherry picking the best and selling their talent is a good for us and has real benefits for our clients"
Already they are very busy taking on post-production work for Pepe, Zara, De Beers, Budweiser & Debenhams. With a feature film from Kristian Levring called The Salvation commencing in September things are hotting up...