Philip specialises in films about bizarre events and obsessive people. His documentary On the Edge was an affectionate portrait of the people behind Britain’s most ridiculed hobby, trainspotting. It starred people’s poet John Hegley and won the Georges Ragot prize at the 2007 Cinerail film festival in Paris. In 2002 Philip won a Toura D’Or in Berlin for his film Your Place or Mine, a documentary about global tourism shot in Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Cuba and Brazil. Philip’s first short was Russian Beer, a unique film about a kitchen scrubber who wins a part in a beer commercial. More recently he directed a sinister and stylish music promo for Own Little World. Click here to see clips from some of his films.
After over ten years of experience working with MTV London, Carlton Select, APTN and Orbit in Rome, Mark set up a production company specialising in music videos and short films. He is dedicated to nurturing exciting new talent and developing fresh, original and groundbreaking films. In 2003 Ralphs Ltd was a finalist in the Orange Small Business Awards, nominated for the Best Team category. Mark has worked with Philip Barnard on several films and developed a relaxed and successful creative partnership. After completing Gone to the Dogs they plan to collaborate on a feature film production.
Bennett's first broadcast production was Lungs of London, a documentary directed by Joel Austin shown on BBC2. Since then he has collaborated with a number of independent companies, working on script and project development with Brick and Pin Films, POLAR Tele-Film and Firelight Films UK. In June 2004 Bennett joined Working Title Films, the UK's most successful production company.
Nick has applied his skills and imagination to music promos, commercials, documentaries, experimental films and full-length features for the cinema. Some of Nick’s best-known cinematography has been with the award-winning writer-director Andrew Kötting with whom he created some of the most original and unexpected British films of recent years. Their shorts Smart Alek and Là-Bas are striking examples of darkly comic tales told through an arresting and innovative visual style. Nick also collaborated with Andrew on his acclaimed documentary feature Gallivant and his drama feature This Filthy Earth, a unique retelling of Emile Zola’s novel La Terre. Recently Nick worked as director of photography on the feature film One for the Road.
Gerry Cott, Managing Director of A-Z Dogs is known throughout Europe as a highly skilled and experienced animal-action supervisor and co-ordinator. Having trained the pigs for A Private Function, Gerry Cott was hired by Kennedy Miller Productions as special advisor in the technical planning and budget stages of the international blockbuster Babe. His company has contributed to numerous feature films, dramas and commercials throughout the world.
Alec is a classically trained musician with a huge range of technical skills and an imagination to match. He is also the bombastic and creative impetus behind Own Little World, an eclectic fusion of rock, alternative and indie music. He worked with Philip Barnard on a music video for his single I’m Disappearing, a dark and disturbing track about loneliness and loss. He has already written demo tracks for Gone to the Dogs, tantalising tasters of the acrobatic and inventive score that will accompany the film.
After twenty years in the legal profession, Ian set up the independent production company Reckless Edge with the aim of bringing original and vibrant ideas to the small and large screen. Ian is currently working on a new feature length adaptation of Shakespeare and co-producing a live format music programme for terrestrial broadcast with Ralphs Productions.
Simone has kept busy in the fields of graphic and product design, switching effortlessly between 2d and 3d. After winning numerous awards for both, Simone brought her skills to Gone to the Dogs as a front-end designer and developer. As her dedication and imagination continues to enhance her reputation for design, she is expanding her business with www.pixdofly.com.
Alexander is a freelance New Media developer with ten years of experience working with multimedia studios in and around Birmingham. His impressive range of Multimedia skills and keen eye for detail put him at the centre of many cutting edge website projects. He has been a significant force behind the creation of the online viral campaign What Dog Are You?