The ‘Energy Within’ films I directed for BP with Psona Films for the Paralympics and Olympics have won 11 international awards including two Gold and three Silver Dolphins at Cannes. Having hit No.1 on The Drum and being featured in Campaign, this hugely popular series of shorts gained over 20 million hits online and were made into commercials for two international regions.
What Stewart delivered totally blew me away. He created a set of films that brought to life the Energy Within in the most powerful and emotive way. The results have been phenomenal. Over 20 million online views… seeing the impact the films have on people who see them and how they inspire, made the project very special.
Stewart’s direction infused the
pieces with such passion and emotion. The Energy Within films are some
of the best I have produced in over 30 year of my long
career – and Stewart is one of the best Directors I have worked with.
He is organised, focussed, truly creative and visionary, whilst being
calm and pleasant – a real joy to work with.
It’s always a pleasure working with Stewart. Having worked with him on five different projects, Stewart consistently achieves a well crafted film, with a particular focus on achieving beautiful visuals to accompany great storytelling.
Stew is not only an exceptional visual director and storyteller brimming with original ideas, but he is also a problem solver that pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved to create something really special each time. Stew also has the experience and presence to direct ambitious productions with large crews and A-list talent. He is great with our clients, and his blend of confidence and friendliness on set creates a productive calm atmosphere, which is particularly valued in challenging situations. Stew will pour his passion for film-making into every job, from small scale to major productions and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him over the last 10 years.
Stewart directed Channel 4’s ‘Dare to Believe’ Paralympic shorts, sponsored by Allianz. His creativity, skill and passion for Paralympic sport were evident from the very first pitch meeting. The final films were all beautiful and gave a brilliant insight into the personality of each of the 7 athletes featured.
I have worked with Stewart on three major campaigns. Stewart has the incredible skill of quickly obtaining the trust of the films subjects, creating a relaxed and informal tone. He creates real emotion, warmth and subtle humour. Stewart always delivers, an incredible storyteller and an absolute joy to work with.
Stewart was commissioned by Channel 4’s London 2012 Paralympics team… Stewart took this concept and with his extraordinary visual awareness and artistic flair created something simply stunning that we are incredibly proud of.