In-House Director: Paul Russell

 


Paul Russell, Award Winning DOP/Director


Paul is an award winning British DOP/Director who made South East Asia his home in 1995. He picked up his first camera in the late 1970’s and has been shooting ever since. He is a well-travelled, pragmatic perfectionist.

“I apply a very musical approach to the storytelling of my films,” he says, “I like to find the rhythms, the solid chord structure and the soaring melodies in every story.”

Paul first started telling those stories in 1995 as a copywriter in Singapore after 12 years in corporate IT sales in the UK. By 2000 he was freelancing at the major MNC agencies, where he conceived press, TV and radio campaigns for a wide variety of multi-national brands.

While at McCann Erickson in 2001 he wrote the Web Without Wires Commercial for Motorola that was shot by Hollywood director Oliver Stone. By 2002 his work also included his one-time hobby, photography, and in 2007 he moved into video.

In 2006 he wrote the executive summary that sold Genting into the Integrated Resort on Sentosa. And in 2007 he wrote the executive summary, designed the book and led the winning sales strategy for the tender to build and operate the Singapore Sports Hub.

Currently, Paul is working on the development of a new feature film based on the short stories of best-selling Malaysian author Tunku Halim. 

As a musician and composer, Paul has released or co-released several CDs (including as part of the duo Anawaty/Russell) and is a member of the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore.

 

Paul’s Awards

Cats!

Best Comedy Short Film, South Cinematography and Arts Film Festival #13, 2018

The Returning

Best Director of the Month, AAB International Film Festival, May 2018
Best Director of the Month: Direct Short Online Film Festival Dec 2017
Best Indie Short Film: Five Continents International Film Festival #13 2018
Best Romance (Short Film): South Cinematographic Academy Film and Arts 2018
Best Sound Design (Short Film): South Cinematographic Academy Film and Arts 2018
Third Audience Award: South Cinematographic Academy Film and Arts 2018
Award of Excellence, Direction: Depth of Field International Film Festival Spring 2018
Award of Excellence, Editing : Depth of Field International Film Festival Spring 2018
Award of Merit: Accolade Global Film Competition
Award of Merit: Canada Shorts Film Festival 2017
Award of Merit, Producer: Southern Shorts Awards, Drama 2017
Award of Merit, Director: Southern Shorts Awards, Drama 2017
Award of Merit, Cinematography: Southern Shorts Awards, Drama 2017
Award of Merit, Music: Southern Shorts Awards, Drama 2017
Award of Merit, Editing: Southern Shorts Awards, Drama 2017