Paul Bryan has recently graduated from Loughborough University gaining a degree in Graphic Communication. His portfolio reflects a strong interest in digital media and in particular a passion for photography and film. Having recently directed the impressive music video for Knuckles, ‘What I like’ we wouldn’t be surprised to see his name appear again here soon.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I considered being an architect or a car designer, but I knew that would mean staying in an office, so I thought the best job in the world would be a location researcher for a big budget movie. To be flown everywhere looking for stunning shooting locations would be amazing.
In reflection, how bad was your work in the first year?
I found first year was about experimentation and we were driven to develop interesting concepts which I admired. The shorts I made in my first year emphasised perspective and viewpoints, but in comparison to my work now I feel they are pretty mundane.
If you could show a piece of your folio to one person, what piece would you choose, and who would you show it to?
I’d have to choose my Knuckles music video, as I was given complete creative freedom and I feel it speaks most about my ambitions and what I want to achieve. If I were to show it to any one person though, I’d choose Robert Rodriguez as I gained most of my inspiration from his book ‘Rebel without a crew.’ One day, when I pluck up the courage, I’d like to go down to Guy Ritchie’s pub in Mayfair, get my laptop out and show him my work over a beer … you never know.
If you had your own studio, who would you share it with and why?
If I had my own production company I would try to promote new young musicians/directors through creating music videos, shorts and commercials. Starting in London, I’d love to set up a range of studios all around the world where I could employ creatives/graduates that I meet in different cities. To have a studio in Sao Paulo would be incredible.
If you’ve got any left, what will you spend the last of your student loan on?
I’d get a ship and sail it around the Caribbean. Either that or get a flight to the Salvador Carnival, both would go down a treat.
Where will we find you in 12 months?
I’ve always wanted to write a script, so hopefully in 12 months I’ll have a short that I can submit to Cannes or Sundance. At the moment though, I just want to continue working alongside other directors and build up a range of films.