RICHARD Davis is in no hurry to swap Stratford for Hollywood – despite a raft of film-making awards.
Directing films is just a hobby for Richard but with 25 award nominations this year for his post-apocalyptic survivor story ‘Genesis’ many may wonder why he is not thinking of challenging the Spielbergs and Scorseses at the box office.
But the 38 year-old is quite happy working in the RSC’s special effects department, where he is currently running the motion capture technology being used to bring Ariel to the stage in The Tempest.
After working in the film industry for a few years on a number of small independent projects and making promotional films – something which started when a friend asked him to step in front of the camera in a low budget horror film – Richard enrolled at Warwickshire College on a film and video course.
His final project for the course ‘Aeternum Vale’ – a romance set in a dystopian future -was nominated for a Royal Television Society (RTS) Midlands Award.
He then completed a media production degree at Coventry University.
It was here he wrote and filmed Genesis – the story of a soldier who wakes up to find earth has been invaded by aliens -as his final project in 2014.
When asked why he does not take up making films full time, he said: “I want to keep film making as my hobby, that way I can make the films I want not what other people want.
“I’ve always had a passion for films and as a kid I have a big collection. I like seeing the influence they have on people and what they mean to people.
“I’m a creative person, I like technology and story telling – I like using the images to tell a different story to the words the actors are saying too.
“Working in theatre also gives me access to some amazing actors. You become friendly and I do ask them if they want to be on board for a project.”
Genesis has already won ‘Best Special Effects’ at the 2016 Birmingham Film Awards and ‘Best International Sci-Fi Short’ at the online Wendy Shorts Awards.
Richard added: “I submitted the film to various festivals last year, ready for the 2016 intake and now they are starting to come back to me.
“I think film is about showing and not telling so there isn’t much dialogue in Genesis – I want people to be gripped by trying to figure out what is going on for themselves.”
The film will be available to watch on Amazon Video Direct – the Amazon Prime platform for filmmakers to upload their work on to – in the new year.
Visit www.dickdavisfilm.co.uk to see more of Richard’s work.