Tom Spark – Director & Cinematographer

“Although a sometimes cruel mistress, I love making films because she is the culmination of so many disciplines; requiring co-operation, collaboration, balance and interaction, always requiring that the whole package take precedence over the sum of her parts, whilst still understanding she needs great parts!” – Tom Spark

BIO:

Tom Spark is a multi talented, award winning film-maker who directs, shoots, writes and sometimes edits. A gifted painter from a young age, it was Tom’s love of cameras that brought together his technical, physical and creative sensibilities. Tom’s approach to direction, be it comic or dramatic, is characterised by naturalistic performance, emotive perspectives, and a slightly darker cinematic sensiblity.

Films are a version of life. We dress them up, strip them down, present them raw, or let them stew, tuning them as they evolve; and with a touch or more of inspiration, maybe transform them, or sometimes by simply knowing when to leave them alone, into some kind of art.

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Although a sometimes cruel mistress, I love making films because she is the culmination of so many disciplines; requiring co-operation, collaboration, balance and interaction, always requiring that the whole package take precedence over the sum of her parts, whilst still understanding she needs great parts! Making an engaging film is like magic; preparation is mandatory, the process personal, the strings well hidden, understanding not required, and the result must always remain elusive until you arrive at the climax; allowing space for improvisation, room for the unexpected, whilst commanding enough control over her wicked ways to ensure the audience feels something.

Born, raised and currently based in Sydney, Australia, my strengths lie in being a hands on film-maker, with a solid understanding of the technical, as well as a genuine appreciation and feel for the creative. I call myself a film-maker because I enjoy putting on different hats and discovering what makes something tick.

I love to read novels and graphic novels. My classic sensibilities are balanced by my desire to keep it fresh, embrace technology and see things from inspired perspectives. Inspiration drives my quest for great moving pictures, compelling stories and the right execution of ideas; memorable experiences distilled in time; life captured on a screen, that’s bursting to come out or threatening to suck you in. I am lover of cinema.

TOM’S FEATURED WORKS

WHAT CLIENTS SAID ABOUT TOM

  • We worked very closely with Mr & Mrs Grundy and John O'Grady 
(RG's biographer, scriptwriter nd lifelong friend) in developing thistribute show celebrating RG's extraordinary achievements. To achieve this perfect delivery is testament to the highly talented and committed team on this event..... Annie Kinnane for her focus and drive in the getting the (four) videos done.

    Chris MacDonald Event Producer, “Reg Grundy - celebration of an extraordinary man”
  • Annie's organisational skills, attention to detail and especially her resourcefulness – as in shutting down Brisbane’s main city street for an entire day – are impressive. She’s a professional, but her warmth and caring about the job shone through, in her dealings with me, my manager and the whole crew.

    Matt McGowen Singer and Songwriter
  • Matt and I were only saying yesterday how serendipitous it is
that you ended up producing (Ipso Facto), we couldn’t imagine a more pleasant, enthusiastic and talented producer - and we’ve worked with a fair few on paid jobs!

    Damian Fitzgerald Writer, Three Drunk Monkeys (now at Goodby Silverstein)

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