I began my career as a graphic designer before training as a filmmaker, specialising in editing, visual effects and compositing. From 2004, I worked as an editor on a variety of scientific programmes, particularly medical documentaries. In 2006, whilst completing a MA in Film Studies at Newcastle University (on influences and authorship in the context of documentary filmmaking), I joined Newcastle University's Open Lab (then, Culture Lab) as a research technician. In this role, I was able to expand my skills to incorporate expertise in motion-capture, biomechanics, programming, digital fabrication and lo/no-budget filmmaking. Since joining Open Lab, I have published, exhibited and spoken at conferences and public workshops and worked with creative industries, academics and public arts organisations on numerous funded (and unfunded) projects. As a Creative Exchange PhD student, I am interested in exploring how technology can be used to empower citizens and communities (particularly those with non-technical backgrounds) to participate in documentary film production processes. I have a particular interest in wildlife photography, conservation and the environment; I also keep bees and have developed a digital monitoring and alert system which can predict swarming.