Ellie is a freelance, award-winning director; who has made a vast array of promos, commercials and idents across the globe. Her sharp eye for style and aesthetics, rhythm and movement, with subtle wit and sometimes dark humour; has made her short-form work unique.
Ellie always loved comedy and literature, and aspired to be a Director of Costume Drama from as young as 8. But it wasn’t til she was 16 that she made her first film – for the National Back Pain Associaton. She was then formally trained as a Director by the BBC on their professional Bachelor of Broadcasting degree with English from Leeds University, for which she achieved a First. From there, she went on to write and direct spots for Discovery Channel, where she immediately started winning Promax awards, before spreading her wings to freelance. Since then her main clients have been 4Creative, ITV, the BBC and Universal, along with other small production companies for viral and content work for clients such as Nintendo and Triumph. This background in promos and commercials has made the fast turn around of creative work second nature, and nurtured her constant drive for new and striking ideas.
Two stints of backpacking round the world, and several more awards later, she decided to turn her attention to making longer, narrative drama. Her first non-commissioned short, a dark comedy called “Legalise It”, was shortlisted for Robbie Williams's Rudebox Shorts by Lord Puttnam and Jonathan Ross. Her next – A Weekend in Venice – has recently been doing the festival circuit to critical acclaim and was screened at Cinecity last year. Together with her film Producer, they now have a selection of feature projects they have developed and are looking to finance.
When Ellie is not dreaming up ideas or watching drama series, she will either be singing 40s swing in her 3 part harmony in Brighton, enjoying the outdoor life, or planning her next overseas adventure.