Rom Boys is a feature length documentary I spent four years producing about the worlds only heritage listed skatepark - Rom in Essex.
Working for clients for years on commercial shoots where you're a hired gun is great but I wanted to take on a real challenge by producing, directing and shooting a proper feature length documentary. I wanted COMPLETE creative control from the poster design, logo, marketing, merchandise and social media surrounding the film.
I just wanted to see how far I could take it creatively.
I had no intention of it taking four years but the story just evolved and there was no way it could be told in a shorter time (when you watch it you'll see).
Being a control freak when shooting had wrapped I couldn't see how anyone else could edit the huge amount of footage that I'd gathered together - it just seemed impossible that anyone would be able to get a handle on the interview subjects the same way I would (Also I had run out of budget). So I then took on the editing, color grading and VFX work which was an epic 8 month challenge.
Of course as the film came together I could see it was turning into something really great and one area I accepted my limitations on was sound and music. Fortunately I'd been approached by a great US film composer - Fernando Martinez who worked with me for FOUR years on the music composition - he produced around 30 tracks of original music. The end result I think really transformed the final production.
For sound design and the final cherry on the cake i worked with Will Berridge and Carlos Hernandez, two sound designers who had produced a lot of work for Red Bull - they absolutely got what was needed and just nailed the final output, like when you wash and wax a car, these guys put a ceramic coating on top of everything.
"Beautifully shot and brimming with substance", "Top notch editing", "wonderfully shot and produced", "Brilliantly edited", "Absolutely awesome documentary".
Production Company: Pixelwork
Role: Producer / Director / Editor / DOP / VFX / Writer / Colour Grading / Sound Recordist /Aerial Camera