It was while studying for my BA in Film and Television Production I realised that it was documentary film and photography that excited me. When I finished my BA, achieving a 1st, I continued my studies, taking a Masters Degree in Documentary Production. I passed my MA with Distinction in the autumn of 2011.
Alongside my studies I have worked with a number of production companies on a wide range of projects: from working in the camera department on the feature film Amber with MilesTone films to working as a cameraman for Triple Echo Productions on a number of BBC documentaries. I get a real buzz making documentary films, from not only meeting people and exploring their stories, but also having the privilege of telling their story in my own way. I find this process really enjoyable, if at times challenging. There is also something distinctly satisfying about thepost-production, piecing it all together in the edit suite, slowly seeing the film and the final cut emerge from all the rushes.
In my photography I enjoy working in both film and digital formats. I have had work published in national publications and used in other commercial settings. I really enjoy photography in a more documentary reportage approach, capturing images to tell the stories of events and people. However I am always exploring and developing new ideas and techniques.
Drawing on this wide base of experience both academic and professional I see my work as a filmmaker and photographer as a blend of creativity and reportage.
Tom Kirby 2011
“He has proven himself to be an invaluable collaborator. Tom is professional and methodical in his work, a great ally on set and always reliable and dedicated. I would not hesitate to hire him on any future project”.
Miles Watts: MilesTone Films