Neil’s live-action and VFX direction is known for blending the elegant and meticulous with the fierce and dark. These qualities can be traced to growing up in South London, a place full of light and shadow, not least illustrated by his father who excelled as a frame conservator at the Tate Gallery by day, and worked the door as a nightclub bouncer by night.
With a background in VFX design and art direction, most notably on James Cameron’s Avatar and Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, Neil loves the technical and dramatic challenges of crafting virtual worlds and characters that feel natural and emotional, and making the real world appear cinematic and enchanted.
As a director Neil has applied his sensibilities to some of the most celebrated video game trailers and commercials. His trailer for Activision’s Transformers: The fall of Cyberton immediately went viral and was recognized at the VGA Awards by the AICP. Neil went on to direct the announcement trailers for Mad Max, Dead Space 3, Shadow of Mordor and the Make History trailer for the acclaimed series Assassin’s Creed, together with the ‘Build Together’ campaign for Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker.
Neil’s video game work also includes directing performance capture for Rise of the Tomb Raider for which he used the latest virtual production techniques and digital human technology. Through this, Neil has become adept at leading actors into imaginary worlds, an ability he extends into to his live action campaigns as seen in trailers for the Emmy nominated promo for UFC193 Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm.
Neil’s personal projects include directing an independent feature documentary, Portrait of an Assassin, about retired East London boxer Jimmy Flint, as well as developing film projects with his brother and writer Philip Huxley.