Hi! My name is Tom and I am the Director of Photography for the HERoic web series. It’s basically a fancy name for a key creative role in production where I work with our director, Nicole Murphy on all the artistic and technical aspects to create a certain ‘look’ for the project. Then I shoot it. Overall, I’m really excited that I was asked to come onboard to work on HERoic as there are so many parts of this series that really speak to my experiences as a former competitive athlete, a professional DOP, and a proud father to an active little girl.
As a former competitive short track speed skater, I vividly remember Catriona Le May Doan winning the gold medal in her 500m race at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. I thought it was so cool that she was Canadian, from a small town, and competing at the highest level of this really badass sport I knew nothing about. I was a pretty impressionable 12 year old at the time and it was definitely the moment I was inspired to take up the sport. In the end, my speed skating journey took me to compete in the Ontario Provincials at 17 and after high school, training at the Olympic Oval in Calgary before my other passion took over and I left the sport to study Film and TV at SAIT.
As a DOP, I have always applied many of the same principles to camera work that I used while I was an athlete, such as practice, practice, practice your skills and never get complacent. With that in mind for this project, I’m most excited to work outside my comfort zone in terms of locations, particularly for the rock climbing shoots. It’s definitely a world I’ve always been interested in and I’m excited to explore the possibilities for capturing the small details and intricacies that go into training for not only climbing, but our other featured athlete’s sports as well.
Lastly, as a father, I think this is an incredibly important series that needs to be made. Having just witnessed my wife deliver our second baby at home at the beginning of November, I can honestly say that women’s bodies are way more amazing than society gives them credit for. Aside from growing, birthing, and sustaining human life, the fact that the female body is also versatile and completely capable of being badass at sports is what I would love for people to take away from this series. Even though my daughter only just turned 2, I want her to grow up knowing that it’s not what your body looks like, it’s what your body is capable of doing that’s important.