In cinema the telling of a story visually is as important as the story itself. Whether it be a dramatic story of introspection, hardship, revelation or celebration, Ben Caird invites the audience to experience this through his striking imagery, wherever possible in place of narration.
Born and raised in London, Ben’s parents encouraged involvement in the arts at a young age. This exposure to theater, film and music later influenced his decision to attempt his own story telling.
After graduating high school, Ben completed the Diploma in Digital Film Making from London’s SAE Institute and founded Kino Persona, a company that produced viral media and promotional content for the music industry. He then went on to attend one of the world’s leading post-graduate film schools.
Ben was enrolled in the London Film School in 2008 where he was immersed in the world of cinema study and met lifetime friends and future colleagues. In 2011, Ben completed his Master of Arts in Filmmaking, graduating as a director with his short film, Drift. Drift premiered at the 34th Rencontres Henri Langlois Student Film Festival and, along with other official selections and accolades, won ‘Best Student Short’ at the inaugural London Lift-Off Festival.
Ben’s next short, Farmhand, is a film depicting an idiosyncratic break in the monotonous life of a young farmer. It was officially selected in the London Short Film Festival, 2013, and is currently being toured by the LSFF in it’s ‘Best of British’ presentation, garnering premiers in other respected film festivals across Europe. Farmhand was awarded ‘Short Film – Best Cinematography’ at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles, 2013.
In 2012, Ben moved to Los Angeles, CA, working professionally as a director on commercial work as well as assistant directing low-budget feature films and other commercial and short narrative productions. In 2013 Ben was awarded a place in the prestigious and coveted BAFTA Los Angeles Newcomers Program.
In the summer of 2013, Ben produced his first feature film Long Forgotten Fields, supported by Creative England and due for release in 2014. As well as Halfway, Ben and his producer Jonny Paterson are developing a British crime drama entitled Bullring, which they aim to bring into production in 2014.
As evidenced by his recent induction in to the prestigious BAFTA Los Angeles Newcomer program, Jonny has enjoyed considerable success in the entertainment business from a young age.
He has held positions at ICM, where he reported to talent agent Carol Bodie, and at Lionsgate Entertainment, where he worked alongside Helen Lee-Kim in the international division.
After 10 months in the office of Paula Wagner, former CEO and co-owner of United Artists and Cruise/Wagner Productions (Mission: Impossible franchise, The Last Samurai, War of the Worlds, etc.) he set out to produce on his own in the autumn of 2012 under his UK based JP International Productions banner.
He currently has a full slate of projects at various stages of development and pre-production, including Sci-fi The Leap, based on the award winning short film of the same name, which he is producing with LBI, and the Hollywood blacklist screenplay The Scavengers that is set to shoot in Ireland in 2016. The Scavengers will star Colm Meaney (Star Trek, Con Air, Get Him To The Greek), Colin Morgan (Merlin, The Fall, Parked) and Sarah Bolger (In America, Spiderwick Chronicles, Once Upon a Time).
In the Fall of 2014 Jonny produced Halfway, written and to be directed by Ben Caird, which stars Quinton Aaron (The Blindside).
A native of Scotland, Jonny received his bachelor’s degree in English literature and history from the University of Leeds and his master’s in entertainment industry management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Since 2010, Mr. Paterson has served as a non-Executive director on the board of UK based charity Football Aid.
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