About

"Whenever I feel like complaining, I ask myself, 'Is there anything I'd rather be doing?' The honest answer is, 'No.' - It would just be nice if it happened a little faster, sometimes..."

It comes as no surprise to those who know Sam that he should have ended up doing what he is. From the age of nine he was making movies with the family video camera, transforming his back garden into an epic landscape of fancy.

Samuel Marlow

Sam at the Lantern Festival 2009. Photo © Peter Marlow, 2009

Initially training as a production designer, Sam moved to writing and directing at college when he realised the sort of productions he fantasised about getting to design come around very rarely and go to more talented people.

Sam took a job at Redbox Cameras, called Adams Photographic at the time, where he worked as a sales assistant, photographic printer and imaging specialist.

While studying Video Production at West Kent College (now called K College), Sam demonstrated a knack for writing, directing and producing, graduating with the highest grade the course had ever had. Within a couple of months, at the age of 21, Sam was invited back to teach Video Production at National Diploma level.

Feeling that university would not help him in the path he wanted to pursue, Sam elected to continue his education more informally, attending a number of courses at Raindance in London. While there, Sam learned from such industry names as Elliot Grove and John Truby.

Lantern Festival Poster

Shortly thereafter, Sam founded the Lantern Media Festival with his friend and colleague Anthony Jarman to bring a film-focused festival to their home town. The Festival ran for three years before Anthony left at the start of 2010 to further his career with a local production company, which involved a lot of overseas travel at the time.

As the Festival's demands on his time had grown, Sam found less time for his own projects, taking work as a media odd-job man to supplement his income. He did, however, take the time to develop his writing skills, writing whenever he had the time.

Sam finally returned to the director's chair in 2009 with a six-part comedy sketch web series, The Kingsnorth Lobotomy, written by Scott Kingsnorth. The following year, he was regularly directing the Kingsnorth Lobotomy Podcast and appearing in the odd episode.

In 2011, Sam commissioned and produced A Kind of Town, a community film-making project that paired scripts with directors, to launch the newly regenerated Electric Lantern Festival, now being run with help from Torpedo Juice. It wasn't until 2011 that Sam directed his first personal project since leaving college with Life Is A Stage under the newly formed Ephemeral Short Film Company, which also produced Kite the following year.

All About Town

In the spring of 2013 Sam finished writing All About Town, an anthology feature film currently in pre-production as well as a slate of shorts. The autumn saw the most ambitious Electric Lantern Fesitval to date, screeing more than 60 films over a week. In the winter of 2013, he created the critically acclaimed animated additions to Trinity Theatre's highly popular Christmas show The BFG.

Midnight Blue Poster

2014 has proven to be his most prolific year yet, completing short feature Transmission Interrupted in the summer, and following it up with short film Midnight Mass, and a Christmas Special for suburban superhero web series Midnight Blue. In December he returned to Trinity Theatre to help with their Christmas production A Christmas Carol, for which he provided more animations, several trailers and ran the chaperoning of the show's young cast.

If you would like to get an idea of what goes on in Sam's day, he took part in Kate Sims' Tuesday With Vous project, chronicling his day one photo at a time.

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