Ian is the Creative Director and Cinematographer for of Gatecrasher Media having achieved much success in filming multi camera live-streams, documentary production and dramatic films. He is a highly experienced TV commercial and Corporate Documentary Director, and is a member of the Screen Producers Association and the Australian Cinematographers Society. Ian has produced and directed many high-end TV commercials in the USA, UK, Indonesia and Australia including TV Commercials for MacDonalds, the University of Canberra, the Western Australian Police Force and Defence Force Recruiting. Some of his other key achievements were that he directed The Real Sea Patrol, an internet reality lifestyle experience commissioned by the Royal Australian Navy that leverages the Channel Nine television series ‘Sea Patrol’. He has been twice nominated for a Webby Award and received an International Award for “Best Use of Video or Moving Image” in the 12 Annual Webby Awards in New York for the Real Sea Patrol. Next year he will be directing a feature length dramatic film that he wrote called ‘The Room’ that will gain theatrical release. An accomplished photographer, journalist and Cameraman in his own right, Ian brings an incomparable set of creative and technical skills to Gatecrasher Media.
His media career began when he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Murdoch University in 1992. Early success in the Western Australian media industry ensued as he managed his own production company National Films, producing and directing TV commercials. Clients included De Biers Diamonds, Lippo Bank, Bank West, PERTAMINA Oil, Yellow Pages (Singapore), Whitfords City, Chadstone Shopping Centre, and the Western Australian Police Force. Building on the success of National Films, Ian moved to Boston in 1998, and negotiated mid-scale film projects (US$4 – $8 million). Ian produced Dear Blue (a Japanese IMAX feature film), and wrote scripts including Australia, the Land Down Under; Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in 3D and Wild Baby Animals. He has secured distribution guarantees and investment interest from Sony Pictures, National Geographic, Nova/WGBH Boston and Discovery Pictures.
Returning to Australia in 2000, Ian joined the Navy Reserve to pursue a lifelong interest in military service. He is currently an officer in the Navy Reserve and holds a Secret Security Clearance. In 2004 as an active duty reservist he deployed to Baghdad to provide media coverage and public affairs support on Australian military activity throughout Iraq, including the then Prime Minister John Howard’s visits in 2004 and 2005. Ian was awarded the Australian Active Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal and a Chief of Defence Force Commendation.
On his return from Iraq Ian was appointed Brand Manager (Navy) at Headquarters Defence Force Recruiting (Canberra) between October 2005 until he commenced Gatecrasher Media in April 2008. At DFR he managed the marketing campaigns for Navy and Technical Trades recruitment, and drove the strategic planning and creative media development. He also pioneered the use of online games as a recruiting device and conceived and produced the highly innovative and acclaimed Instant Messaging internet game for MSN messenger – Battleships Extreme. A world-first for combining internet gaming and advertising, it is the subject of a Microsoft case study and numerous newspaper and magazine articles. Ian also conceived and produced the Launch of the Navy Lifestyle Website, itself one of the most successful PR and marketing campaigns for Navy in decades, which involved the Today Show live broadcast from HMAS STUART in the middle of Sydney Harbour.