Joe Aldous Film and Photography
I share stories through film and photography.
My guiding ethos: If you have an idea, why not tell everyone you know about it?
Visual platforms like film and photography provide us with the perfect medium to bring a story to life. It’s something that I’ve always been passionate about, and I’ve been fortunate enough to help a lot of people share theirs.
Although directing narrative is where I’m most at home, I am a full-time freelance filmmaker and photographer.
As a result, I’ve been commissioned for various projects as a self-shooting director and cameraman.
However, I love working directly with clients to capture what they value. I have experience working with social enterprises and independent creators. My work has given me the opportunity to shoot in studio and on location.
Right now, I’m working on a short film called Among Us. But you might also find me in the studio at Clifton Photographic Company.
I provide a personable and attentive service and I am dedicated to helping share your story.
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Joe Aldous Film and Photography
What’s the secret to taking a great photograph?
The secret to taking a great photography is capturing the “moment”. This moment may be an experience or a feeling. So what interests me the most is exploring the importance behind that moment.
When working with clients in the studio, I have found that it is the moment that they value most. As such, I believe it imperative to provide a memorable and enjoyable experience.
What questions might you ask a client when starting a new project?
My first question is always: what do you want to say with your project? Whether it’s product photography, filming an event or creating an advert, you have a message to share.
Within this, we’ll talk about tone, style and what sort of qualities you are looking for.
Additionally, knowing how you want to present your story afterwards is just as important. I may ask you about the format or platform you’d wish to present on, so that it’s perfect for your needs.
Of course, I’ll also need to know when you’ll need the project completed by! After all, timing is everything.
Ultimately though, I’m here to help you. So, if you have any questions, I’d love to hear them.
What do you love most about your job?
I am a storyteller at heart so there is nothing more I love than sharing and hearing new ones! After all, who doesn’t love a good story?
As a result, this never-ending pursuit has provided me with the opportunity to meet new people and to share in their experiences.
Since then, my greatest joys in the field have come from the experiences that they have provided. I love to develop my skillset through experimentation and by collaborating with people.
It doesn’t matter what the project is, there’s a story there worth telling!
What inspired you to start your own business?
My passion for film was first ignited at the age of 12, following the conclusion of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I was inspired by the epic scope of its story, but the technical process behind how they made the series is what sealed it for me.
Finding my interests aligned with a group of cohorts, I soon started to make short films and animations through my teenage years. I took this passion to Falmouth University thereafter, where I acquired a BA in Film.
A city boy at heart, I moved back to Bath after graduating. It was during this period that I started work for a social enterprise in Bristol. Here, I collaborated with local creatives to produce short films, as well as photographing events and artwork.
Inspired by meeting these like-minded people, I became a full-time, freelance filmmaker and photographer in the city. Now, I balance my time between commissioned work and my own creative projects.
Why should our clients choose you?
The thing that I value the most is a good story. How someone chooses to tell it is important, which is why I’m strongly committed to telling it right. I’m all about taking the appropriate amount of time to considerately craft it, because otherwise, what’s the point?
With me, you’ll find a practical, thoughtful and resourceful collaborator. Backed by over 6 years of experience in the industry, I have developed a versatile skillset and genuine drive.
Self-shooting Director and Editor
A storyteller at heart, directing narrative is where I’m most at home. My love for the craft begun when I was 12, where I started out as an attic-animator. Since then, I have directed a number of films, which you can conveniently view on my Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/joealdous I am available to work on commissions as a director, camera operator or video editor.
Photography is all about capturing a moment. So what interests me the most is exploring the story behind that moment. My background was in event and product photography, but I have extensive experience in studio. In fact, you'll most likely find me working in the studio when I'm not making films. I love working directly with clients to capture what they value. But of course, sometimes it’s nice to just do things for fun. I am available to photograph events and workshops; portraits and products; and more!
Media & Communications Officer
From May 2014 to August 2016.
My core responsibility at PAPER Arts was to manage all promotional and digital assets for the company. This included photographing or filming events; writing and publishing blogs, newsletters and press releases, as well as running PAPER’s social media and web platforms. I worked closely with staff and clients to produce effective and personalised promotional strategies. The content I curated was extremely varied, leading me to develop a diverse set of skills over the two years. In addition, I facilitated PAPER’s work experience programme. This involved enrolling participants, running the placements and monitoring the outcomes. The programme was in collaboration with Business West (November 2014 - March 2016). I also built the company website from the ground up, a task I hadn’t any experience in, teaching myself Wordpress in the process.
Joint Effort Studios
From January 2012 to October 2012.
As a company director, I was responsible for negotiating package plans with clients. This process involved determining what the client required of us, scheduling and timetabling dates for projects to be completed, and being flexible enough to adapt to changes in circumstance. Alongside project management, I was also tasked with fulfilling a range of duties. From camera operator, to video editor, and as an assistant to other members of the team; flexibility and adaptability were paramount in meeting our clients’ needs.
Bristol: Set in Print - Premiere Event & Bristol Film Festival (2017)
I co-directed, shot and edited a feature length film that was premiered in the Bristol Central Library during a month-long event. The film was then featured at the Bristol Film Festival 2017. Bristol: Set in Print is a documentary about the city’s letterpress printing heritage, which features interviews with former and current professionals within the industry.
Engaging in Societal Change: A Filmmaker's Responsibility (2014)
A published essay that I submitted as part of Avanca | International Cinema Conference in 2014. The essay discussed ways in which film has and still can encourage positive change in our attitudes towards the economy, cultural awareness and social issues. This was achieved as part of the Avanca: International Cinema Conference Publication.
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