SOPHIE KING - Director
Sophie is a Directors’ Guild (DGGB) accredited filmmaker, based in London. She is a graduate of the National Film and Television School (NFTS) BFI talent campus and works across film, TV and commercial projects.
She has collaborated with a variety of major organisations such as Channel 4, BAFTA and the BFI. She studied BA (Hons) Film Studies at Kings College London and has premiered four of her films at the BFI (British Film Institute) as well as at the Pinewood Studios cinema.
In 2012 she was one of the first directors to be accepted onto the BFI Film Academy program for the nation’s most promising young filmmakers. Her short film SWOON was selected to premier at the BFI Future Film Festival, and earned her a nomination as Best Director at Underwire Film Festival. Pretzel Films nominated her as Junior Director of the Year for 2015, and in 2016 she was chosen by BAFTA as a Guru Pro for her film directing work.
In 2014 she formed production company Radix Films with then Channel 4 executive Timothy Root to create THE TRIP which has since been screened across the world, including at BAFTA and OSCAR qualifying festivals, and is now available on Amazon Instant Video.
TIMOTHY ROOT - Writer/Producer
Timothy is a television executive, having worked at Channel 4 and now for Avalon Entertainment. He also acts independently as a screenwriter and producer.
With both parents from production backgrounds and having spent his teenage years in LA, filmmaking has long been a fixture in his life.
Whilst living in LA he wrote, directed and produced several short films and music videos that were screened at US festivals, and last year Timothy founded Radix Films as a vehicle to produce high quality dramatic content.
CHRISTOPHER SHARMAN - Director of Photography
A former ITV trainee, Chris joined the BBC in 2002 and shot countless hours of news and short-form current affairs, eventually progressing onto network feature documentaries.
Since leaving to become freelance in 2007, Christopher has continued his documentary work for the BBC and many other national and international broadcasters. He has also transitioned into narrative work, commercials and music promos and has filmed throughout the UK and Europe, as well as further afield in the USA, Canada, Africa and Asia in recent years.
Christopher's experience allows him to light and shoot for a wide range of styles. Camera operating is second-nature, and he combines his technical skills with an artistic eye, unwavering enthusiasm and commitment to deliver for the story and the director. He takes seriously his responsibilities of managing crew members and prepares diligently, whatever the scale of the job.
Chris is familiar with digital cinema cameras from RED, Arri, Canon and Blackmagic, as well as broadcast HD formats. He shot THE TRIP on his Red Epic Dragon. In 2016 he was named a member of BAFTA Crew for his DOP work.
SEGUN AKINOLA - Composer
Our original score was composed by Segun Akinola. After initially learning the piano and drums at a young age, he later turned his attention to composition, graduating from the Birmingham Conservatoire with first-class honours.
Segun has written music for the documentary 1 Way Up, produced by Academy Award-winning American producers Shine Global which aired on MTV One in 2014, along with scoring Taraís Ticket To: The French Riviera for Australian production company Embassy Pictures. His credits also include scoring the promotional video for Stewart Rossí book The Soterion Mission for HMT Productions based in London.
He has also worked on a number of short films, as well as many iPhone, iPad and online games. His experience prior to this includes working as an assistant to award-winning, composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Michael J McEvoy. Segun has recently finished writing music for film education charity Into Film for their project with Aardman Animations in conjunction with the release of Shaun the Sheep Movie. In addition to this work, Segun has also written for the concert hall. His wind and brass chamber piece Solstice received its premiere in 2014 along with Aurora which is written for large orchestra and three drummers.