Edward’s love of film goes all the way back to his childhood and the pivotal moment on holiday in the 70s in Monte Carlo where he walked onto the set of Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo. He was mesmerised by all the crew, the actors and the sheer industry of the on-location set.
Although he didn’t translate this into film studies, he spent more time with the arts and social sciences students than his fellow physicists at university and did supporting artist work on the 1986 French film Désordre.
Although he applied to many production companies after university, he found himself in a “regular” job writing software and worked on projects such as the Boeing 777 and the precursor to contactless payments. His work led him to be listed in the International Who’s Who of Professionals in 2001.
Alongside this, his love of storytelling led him to set up an immersive theatre troupe and he was artistic director for English Heritage for 2 years on their Halloween Horrors productions in the late 1990s, and wrote and produced numerous murder-mystery style immersive events over a 15-year period.
He planned to take the troupe professional but that meant working overseas in Japan and the USA. The team didn’t want to take the chance and leave the UK, so he went back into “regular” employment and learned project management on multi-million-pound projects, and management consulting. From the early 2000s, he built and ran a web design company and a group of restaurants including two investment rounds, but something was missing … storytelling.
In 2020 he decided to use all of the experience he had learned and begin his journey to becoming a filmmaker and actor. He has studied with the Actors Pulse in Australia, the British Action Academy, the London Actors Workshop, Lift Off, Raindance and RAIS. And he hasn’t been happier.
And this, my friends, is how Black Squid Films was born.
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