This director never stops experimenting and learning.
Tobias Ross-Southall was always messing around with a mini DV camera in school. He enjoyed experimenting with recording techniques. One day while cycling down a busy street at night, one handed whilst filming, he had the epiphany that this was what he wanted to do with his life.
A lot of his mates were in bands and he had access to a camera, so began shooting stuff for their music videos. His first music video was shot and edited in one night in order to get it live for the next day as the band at the time were due to go on a BBC show. It got over a million views on YouTube – not a bad start.
Since then he’s kept shooting, experimenting and learning. He’s created films for Coca-Cola, New Balance, Nike, Universal, Paddy Power, Vivienne Westwood and The Orient-Express, among others. He was nominated in the Best New Director category at the UK Music Video Awards and in 2010 co-directed Perfecting Fee, which won the Smoke & Mirrors 48 Hour Film Competition.
One particularly ambitious project was Eleanor, starring Ruth Wilson – a three-screen immersive installation, which exists both as an exhibition piece and a conventional short film.
He’s interested in pursuing more art installation-style work in the future and is also in the process of developing a live-action / animation feature film.
Watch some of his work here: