Autistic Content Creator | BAFTA, The Academy & British Council supported Filmmaker
Sam is an award-winning Autistic filmmaker/actor/director and content creator. A proud Bristolian, born in Exeter – South West of England, with a 25+ year work/experience history in Theatre, Film, Radio, Podcasting, Vlogging and Television.
I love making short films, interviews & documentaries. I love being a creative, passionate, experimental storyteller bringing interesting insightful thought-provoking stories, to the screen (of all sizes).
Sam started out as an actor, with training at the world-famous Bristol Old Vic youth theatre followed up by training on a 2 year performing arts course, and then returned to the stage at the Bristol Old Vic.
He then moved on to voice over work, voice acting and acting on TV. From playing ‘bit parts’ on various dramas such as East Enders, Dangerfield, Doctor Who and Tourchwood, to well established British costume dramas.
A list of credits can be found on Sam’s SPOTLIGHT CASTING Profile HERE .
After years of honing his acting and voiceover/voice acting craft on stage, television and radio, he eventually moved into film-making.
Sam is driven by a creative passion to develop and direct his own work – filming, sound design for cinema, editing and directing a mix of successful short films across varying genres including documentary, comedy drama and sci-fi. He’s had training from the likes of the Bolex Brothers, Forkbeard Fantasy, Biggerhouse Film, 104 Films and Aardman Animation.
Sam’s film Uniquely Human is also included in the British Council’s UK Film Directory, where it can be selected for festivals, as a short made by an established Disabled filmmaker.
Sam’s work fuses real-world authenticity, social realism and genre flair – his films have screened at numerous BAFTA and Oscar qualifying film festivals around the world including BFI London (London Film Festival), Encounters, Sheffield Doc/Fest, SF FIlm (San Francisco Film Festival) and The ICA London, amongst others. He is available for shoots, with experience across multiple genres from documentaries and entertainment, fantasy to science fiction – for broadcast, cinema, theatrical, or for the web.
Sam is supported as a Disabled filmmaker/actor/creative by BFI Network and the British Council. He is currently in pre-development on a plethora of “film projects” aiming to shoot through 2021/2022, with the likes of PIXAR, Industrial Light and Magic, and Disney Animation.
Sam brings with him not just enormous experience but a passion, a heart and dedication that just gets stronger with time.
Watch a selection of my BAFTA, BFI Network & British Council supported Short Films.
*hover over the video, press play and then go full screen to watch the film!
Sam has a small but practical amount of gear available for shoots. With cameras for every budget including the Sony A7C and Sony ZV-1. Whether you want to shoot in HD or 4K, Sam has the tools you need. All audio is recorded via a Zoom H6 field recorder with a range of microphones. 360 filming is also available using the Insta360 Pro 2.
I pride myself on always delivering cinematic images and storytelling no matter what the project is.
You can also hire Sam for filmmaking workshops, seminars, talks and private tuition. And.. In addition he is also available for on camera presenting work, check out his Showreels HERE .
I can make the whole project for you. No project is too big or too small, depending on Budget. Simply get in touch to discuss your project.
Selected Filming & Audio Equipment
Sam Downie is a member of SONY Alpha Universe – as a Content Creator, Videographer, Documentary Filmmaker & Photographer.
Visit Sam’s profile at SONY Alpha Universe : https://alphauniverse.com/member/#/samdownie/