At our cosy studio in the heart of Farringdon, you’ll find a relaxed, friendly team. A supportive environment for every kind of filmmaker and all types of projects. We want your project to be the best it can be, and we go all out to make that happen.
We’re a boutique, full-service film production company created in 2002 by producer and director Nick Franco. People say we’re a bit rock-n-roll, which we like to think means we break down barriers and take creative risks without fear – but we always deliver and we’re always on time.
With in-house post-production and VFX, we offer a complete creative package from initial concept to production, delivery and measurement, which we track closely every time so you get a true understanding of ROI.
1185 Films is named after the 1.85:1 widescreen cinema aspect ratio, and our love of the cinematic runs through everything we do, from short-form commercials to feature-length epics.
At our cosy studio in the heart of Farringdon, you’ll find a relaxed, friendly team and a supportive environment for every kind of filmmaker and all types of projects. We want your project to be the best it can be, and we go all out to make that happen.
Founder & CEO
Nick is an award-winning executive producer, director and colourist with a successful 20-year track record of creating, directing, editing and producing for film, TV and advertising. He’s worked with the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, directors like Joanna Hogg and Paul Duane, global brands including Gucci, Nestle and Facebook, as well as iconoclastic talents like Bob Geldof, Zak Starkey, Stephen Hawking and the artists formerly known as the KLF. His deep understanding of post-production allows him to create smart, economic workflows from the shoot to the finished DCP, with a laser focus on detail from initial concept through to production, delivery and ROI.
Head of Comedy
Eugene is an internationally acclaimed cinematographer, director, lighting designer and writer best-known for shooting music videos and documentaries for the world’s biggest artists, as well as being director of photography for Channel 4’s Father Ted and directing four seasons of Irish comedy drama Killinascully. He has worked with talent including Coldplay, Sting, Mumford & Sons, Ellie Goulding, Metallica, Andre Bocelli, Madonna and Lady Gaga. His short film SatNav has been selected by a number of film festivals and we hope his latest comedy series, Harry O Challenges The World, will go into production this year once we have secured funding.
Head of TV Entertainment
Over the past 25 years Chris Cowey has built a world-class reputation in the TV industry, producing and directing some of the most ground-breaking and successful music shows in the world. Chris has worked closely with many huge musical acts and a diverse array of talented people globally, and is widely acclaimed for his passion in capturing live music performances, ensuring artists are directed and reproduced faithfully with state of the art audio, lighting and pictures. Equally at home with Ultra HD, 3-D and 360 he has recently directed and produced groundbreaking video games, shooting 4K TV programmes and has filmed ‘Haçienda Classics’ for Channel 4 TV and Sony Films.
Executive Producer (Commercial)
David is a commercially-driven executive producer with over twenty-years’ end-to-end production experience across strategy, development, production, distribution and analytics. He is dedicated to helping brands make stronger connections with their audiences in the digital age, by investing in culture so they can become the story, not just the storyteller. Working with agency networks such as Omnicom, WPP, Havas, Dentsu and Publicis Groupe, he’s produced integrated content for brands including Adidas, Nike, PepsiCo and UEFA and built brand relationships for DHL, Diageo, Nissan, FIFA, Stanley Black & Decker and Visa.
Ionut is a multi-talented animator who joined 1185 Films as an intern in 2020 and now takes charge of our social media, content, and digital marketing as well as animation projects and publicity. A graduate at the University of East London, he worked alongside Stephan Roux and Konstantinos Pap to design the new 1185 website and logo. He has worked as an assistant animator on the music videos for Toots and the Maytals and U-Roy. He has also provided film/photography/sound support for several 1185 Films projects including Annette Holzwarth’s artist short film and Kalliopi Lemos’ “Something Brewing in the Pond”. He has edited and supervised the editing of two Bumblebee 1000 advertising videos while also giving overall support in the 1185 Post studios.
Producer / Line producer
Frankie is an award-winning producer and line producer with over 20 years’ experience in feature films, commercials and online content in the UK and Europe. Trilingual in English, French and Spanish, Frankie is an experienced and reliable team leader who is endlessly versatile while always keeping an eagle eye on detail. She has worked for a host of UK creative agencies and production companies, as well as productions from all over the world who wish to film in the UK and Europe. Frankie is also a Senior Lecturer at the London College of Communication (UAL) and is currently developing a TV series called Extraordinary Women with 1185 Films.
Audio Mixing Sound design and composer
With over 14 years’ experience working on TV commercials, corporate, documentaries, short and feature films, Mark is a highly regarded sound post-production professional and composer whose skills include sound edit, design, foley and dub mixing. He has worked with brands including Coca-Cola, Nissan, Nike and Chelsea FC, a host of TV and film production companies and broadcasters like the BBC, Viacom and Amazon Prime. His work includes feature-length documentaries Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones and Best Before Death, feature films How You Look at Me and Get Gone, BBC projects including The One Show and My Life, plus short stories for Channel 4 News.
With a rich background in advertising and filmmaking, David develops original content to fuel brand relationships with consumers and creates media strategies to reach them across online, mobile and broadcast. He spent 14 years as an art director for top creative advertising agencies including CDP, Y&R and DMB&B, where he made commercials for the world’s biggest brands. He has produced content for the UK’s leading photographers and co-founded Kalectiv, a creative agency and collective of filmmakers, artists and photographers producing branded content. For 1185 Films, he has recently produced a short film for artist Annette Holzwarth, a social media campaign with M&C Saatchi for NHS 111 and is developing TV series Extraordinary Women.
Writer / Producer / Director
Gavin is an award-winning writer and director who has made films worldwide for global brands such as Microsoft and the FT. His work has won over 30 international awards including seven Gold EVCOM awards and three Best of Festivals. Gavin cut his teeth making Equinox science films for Channel 4 and Arena documentaries for the BBC. With a rich track record that includes directing for a commercials production company for ten years, Gavin tells compelling short stories for well-known brands using documentary, drama and humour (sometimes all three!). Thriving on variety, Gavin is equally inspired directing big studio projects as shooting small documentaries in remote locations with his own kit and local crews.
Head of VFX
Simon is a highly accomplished VFX and CGI artist with over 25 years of experience, renowned for his skills in compositing, match-moving, rotoscoping, as well as 2D and £D animation, 3D modelling, lighting and texturing. His portfolio includes an extensive range of projects, spanning Children’s TV, TV Drama, Commercials, Feature Films and Corporate Films. He has collaborated with brands such as Coca-Cola, the MOD, BAE Systems, Gucci and Hugo Boss, as well as broadcasters including BBC, Channel4, ITV, Sky, Netflix and Amazon Prime. He has contributed his expertise to Hollywood feature films and notable BBC productions such as The British Isles and Match of the Day.
Pete has been internationally celebrated as a leading composer in film, television and TV commercials for the past 17 years. His eclectic approach and musical versatility makes him a favourite across many different genres. After cutting his teeth as a music supervisor for Sky and MTV, Pete began composing in 2005 and has since worked continuously with the world’s biggest brands and agencies. A few highlights of his work include Meerkats Compare The Market Agent Maiya (VCCP), TV Licensing (BBC), Sky Sports Long Live Goals (Brothers & Sisters), O2 Preloved (VCCP), Nike Kevin Durant Investigates (W&K), Google Meteor (72andsunny), Philips Parallel Lines (adam&eveDDB) and Hugo Boss Summer Of Ease (Surefire).
Camera and Editor
Ernie is a highly experienced online/offline editor and DoP who has worked in broadcast TV, commercials, film, documentaries, music and sport. As an editor for West End post-production houses, he has cut films for Eurotunnel, ICI, British Airways, Unipart, Ladbrokes, Saatchi and more. He’s been online editor for documentaries by Discovery, Dispatches for C4, Castle Rock/ITN productions and dozens of TV commercials. He was an editor for 30 years in broadcast news for networks including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and CNN. He compiled Disney Saturday morning children’s programmes and did quality control for GMTV. As a DoP, he was technical producer for Nelson Mandela’s 65th birthday concert and a host of other live music shows, as well as several films for 1185.
Alex Webster has been making television documentaries for various platforms, including Channel 4 and the BBC. Prior to directing he worked for various high-profile talents, such as Louis Theroux and Leo Maguire. Aside from television, he has also made corporate and political content and worked on developing social media video channels. Before filmmaking, he worked as a ghostwriter and analyst in Middle Eastern international affairs.
Sound Mixing – Intern
Ionut is a multi-talented animator who joined 1185 Films as an intern in 2020 and now takes charge of our social media, content and digital marketing as well as animation projects and publicity. A final year student at the University of East London, he designed the new 1185 website and logo and worked on our animated music videos for Toots and the Maytals and U-Roy. He has also provided film/photography/sound support for several 1185 FIlms projects including Annette Holzwarth artist short film, NHS 111 social media campaign and Pornstar Martini advertising.
Ernie is a highly experienced online/offline editor and DoP who has worked extensively in broadcast TV, film, music, sport, documentary, corporate and commercials. As a freelance editor for West End post-production houses, he has cut films for Eurotunnel, ICI, British Airways, Unipart, Ladbrokes, Saatchi and many more. He’s been online editor for documentary series by Discovery, Dispatches for C4, Castle Rock/ITN productions and dozens of TV commercials. He worked as an editor for 30 years in broadcast news and current affairs for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, CBS, NBC, CNN, WTN and Sky. As DOP, he was technical producer for Nelson Mandela’s 70th Birthday Tribute and a host of other live music shows, as well as several films for 1185.
With over 14 years’ experience working on TV commercials, corporate, documentaries, short and feature films, Mark is a highly regarded sound post-production professional and composer whose skills include sound edit, design, foley and dub mixing. He has worked with brands including Coca-Cola, Nissan, Nike and Chelsea FC, a host of TV and film production companies and broadcasters like the BBC, Channel 4 and Amazon Prime. His work includes feature-length documentaries Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones, Best Before Death and Cowboy & Preacher, feature films How You Look at Me and Get Gone, BBC projects including The One Show, Oi, Pussy! and My Life – The Greatest Circus in Palestine, plus short stories for Channel 4 News.
CEO, Founder & Exec Producer
You’ll meet committed, creative collaborators who will make sure you get over the line. Working with us isn’t like staying in an anonymous hotel chain, it’s more like a family-run guesthouse where you’re welcomed as an old friend.
Using our experience in film and TV. We can deliver the highest possible production values within your budget. With our streamlined, focused approach, you’ll find us more economical than a big post-production house. So you get a lot more bang for your buck.
You’ll meet committed, creative collaborators who will make sure you get over the line. Working with us isn’t like staying in an anonymous hotel chain. It’s more like a family-run guesthouse where you’re welcomed as an old friend.
Supportive – our number one mission is to use our experience and knowhow to help you achieve your vision. We believe in filmmakers, and we want to help you every step of the way.
Passionate – when we like a project, we go all out to make it happen within your budget and to the highest standard of excellence. Work with us and we’ll commit right to the end.
Honest – we give honest opinions that are straightforward but always constructive. We look for practical solutions to help get you where you want to be.
Our mission and obsession is to create beautiful content that people want to watch. Filmmaking is our infatuation and we do what we do because we love it. We’re passionate about uncovering great stories and making everything we do engaging. As restless creators, our team is always looking for the next fascinating problem to solve and the best way to capture and engage your audience.
Everything interests us and we’re hungry for fascinating, challenging projects that get us excited. Our scope is unlimited, and we’ve created work encompassing film, music, art, science, fashion, corporate, advertising and much more. Our team has worked closely on campaigns with Bob Geldof, music videos with The Who drummer Zak Starkey and documentaries with theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and the artists formerly known as the KLF.
It makes us proud that acclaimed British director Joanna Hogg chose 1185 as the go-to place to edit her award-winning feature film The Souvenir, which included Martin Scorsese as executive producer.
With a network of talented directors and producers we can call on to create content for brands and agencies, we give every client and collaborator the same warm welcome and committed support.