Welcome to Snapper. We are a small, ambitious production company with an instinct for fearless filmmaking and a careless disregard for boundaries.
Comedy is a serious business and great comedy directors are as rare as hen’s teeth so we’re super, super excited to let the world know we’re adding one of the very best to our roster. Multi award-winning comedy writer and director Graham Lineham, along with his lovely producer Brock Van den Bogaerde have joined us. … more
Say hello to Stephano & Alejandra
Stephano says that ‘If he’s drumming his fingers he’s probably thinking of a new idea’. Stephano drums his finger a lot. Which is great because, lucky for us, Stephano and his directing partner Alejandra have joined us at Snapper …more
James Lawes, Whitehouse Post, Wave, The Mill and JWT really enjoyed the challenge of making a film to make people think about the Ivory trade. We all care about elephants, but purchasing Ivory in any form is supporting a trade that kills them. We don’t think about it enough. James and JWT however, were determined that we do from now on. It’s a surprising … more
We are hugely excited to announce that Debbie Turner is coming on board as the Snapper Consultant. Debbie is a brilliant human being, admired and respected throughout the industry who’s had an incredible career. She’s been Head of TV at BBH, MD at the Artistes Company, MD at MJZ and most recently a partner at Novo. … more
This is a story about a fish out of water. Now, we don’t need to tell you, out of water is historically not a fish-friendly environment. Quite the opposite in fact. If you’re a fish and you’ve got a keen interest in your continued existence, then water is roundly considered to be the safest bet. Which is why most fish tend to stay there. And similarly, why most humans tend to stay in their own carefully constructed comfort zones, whichever form they may take.
But the thing is, none of us would be here, if a couple of billion years ago, one fish hadn’t thought ‘fuck that’.
At Snapper, we believe progress only happens when people (and fish) poke their head above water, and do things they’re not supposed to do. We are a small, ambitious production company with an instinct for fearless filmmaking and a careless disregard for boundaries. We passionately believe in taking risks, helping fresh talent evolve and being bloody nice to each other along the way. If that makes us a fish out of water, then so be it.
About Helen Hadfield
Helen Hel Hadfield. After 30 years in the creative industries working with some of the most talented people around you’d think she’d have a better nickname, but no. Hel is a producer with a formidable track record, creating magic from budgets both big and small. Her passion is developing the careers of filmmakers and chatting, sometimes about film, sometimes about life, and sometimes over a cup of tea. Talk to Hel about any upcoming projects you might have, but make sure you book out your diary for the afternoon first.
Weakness: Pronouncing any Irish names
Karaoke style: Unfortunate
Joanna started her career making documentaries at the Beeb (they won awards, but she doesn’t like to talk about it), before gaining notoriety with a music video for George Michael set in the red light district of Amsterdam. It turns out the capital of legalised prostitution was the perfect preparation for her next move into advertising. Joanna is a wildly talented director with a reel that brims with beautifully-observed humanity, wry humour and great performances. Her obsessive approach to film craft is matched only by her commitment to making the perfect piece of toast – always brown, always hot, never burned, the slightest hint of butter and a mere suggestion of peanut butter (Crunchy, obvs).
Mastermind subject: Kenny Rogers B-sides 1967-1979
Personal kryptonite: Cardamom
From music promos to TV shows to documentaries to commercials, James is a genre-spanning, award-hoarding, non-sleeping director. No matter what the format, budget, time length, or deadline, everything James turns his hand to, is injected with emotion and cinematic realism. Somehow he’s also found the time to go bunjee jumping 14 times and occasionally performs magic shows for OAPs. No one likes a show off, James.
Trampoline skill: Moderate
BAFTA and Emmy award-winning writer, director, raconteur, actor, organiser of elaborate twitter ruses and purveyor of marvellous one-liners, Graham is responsible for some of the most successful sitcoms of recent times.
He first started writing comedy in the 1980s while working as a critic on the Dublin rock magazine Hot Press. A move to London soon followed where, along with Arthur Mathews, he wrote sketches for Alas Smith & Jones, Harry Enfield and Alexei Sayle, as well as creating the inimitable Ted and Ralph for The Fast Show.
Then followed the hugely popular Father Ted, Big Train, Black Books, The IT Crowd (filmed in front of a live studio audience, which at the time was considered by some as risky), The Walshes, Count Arthur Strong and most recently, Motherland.
He’s a true multi-tasker. His producer, Brock, remembers a time with Graham simultaneously giving direction to Chris Addison and Alexander Armstrong while having a conversation via twitter with astronauts on the International Space Station. Honestly. The window of opportunity must be seized when it comes to being in orbit.
Mariachi singing style: Exuberant
Least likely to appear on: The Today Programme
Luke grew up in the Lincolnshire countryside making DIY horror films together with his brother, a camcorder and a LOT of ketchup. Those seminal works were largely ignored by the international film community, however his more recent efforts for clients such as McDonalds, Red Bull and Lenovo have begun to correct that historic injustice. Luke’s style is nostalgic, dreamy, funny and romantic. And yes, occasionally a little scary too.
Enjoys: Treasure hunts
Beard game: Strong
Stefano & Alejandra
Ever since an artistic outburst at 8 years old involving a can of spraypaint and his father’s Mercedes, Stefano always knew he was destined for a creative career. It was meeting Alajandra in 2009 that really cemented it though. Having both left their homes in Madrid, they were soon heading to the bright lights of Hamburg where Stefano worked as an art director and Alejandra was a set designer. It wasn’t long before the even brighter lights of San Fransisco beckoned. In 2014 they started shooting videos ‘as a hobby’. Things blew up and they soon realised they could make a living doing what they loved. Now this multi-talented, multi-award winning directing duo have an amazing reel of incredible stop frame animation, beautifully kooky music videos, offbeat commercials and absolutely gorgeous stills for the likes of Vodafone, Lidl, Sony Music and Beefeater Gin to name a few.
What they love: Cows (Alejandra), Real Madrid (Stephano)
What they really, really, really love: Their sausage dog, Frida
Need beautiful stills? We have that covered too.
Jeremy was born in New Zealand and got his first break as a trainee cameraman on the national TV station. Since then, he’s come a long way (like, literally), travelling the world and making his name as an insanely talented cinematographer and stills photographer. From India to Japan to Lithuania, to a 20 year stop off in New York City, Jeremy has been there, shot that. Armed with nothing but a camera and an ability to chat about anything to anyone, Jeremy’s portraits are imbued with humanity, sensitivity and a rich, cinematic quality. He also once accidentally blew up a petrol station, so maybe don’t let him borrow your car.
Addicted to: Caffeine
Weakness: Keeping quiet
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The sea is too small, let’s take a walk.
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