Short Films & Videos

This page is like an online cinema showing various films I’ve helped to make – in most of these cases I did the bulk of the writing, sometimes the editing, and very occasionally a bit of “acting”. Most if not all of these have been made with Beyond Studios, a loose group of hobbyist filmmakers started by my friend Gavin many years ago. If you want to find more of our stuff (including the complete 2012 Advent Calendar, which clocks in at over an hour of silliness), you can go digging on our YouTube channel, but this page has enough stuff to give you a taste and to distract you from our grim reality for a decent chunk of time.

So settle back with some popcorn and – if at all possible – enjoy!


The Big Pop

Made for the Edinburgh 48 Hour Film Project 2018. Had to be written, filmed and edited within the space of 48 hours and incorporate the following elements. Genre: film noir. Character: Mackenzie Menendez, doctor. Prop: popcorn. Line of dialogue: “I love you.”

Won BEST FILM, along with the Audience Award, Best Cinematography and Best Sound Design.


Rock’n’Roll: The Leith Abernathy Story

Made for the Glasgow 48 Hour Film Project 2017. Had to be written, filmed and edited within the space of 48 hours and incorporate the following elements. Genre: music film. Character: Leith Abernathy, tailor. Prop: photo album. Line of dialogue: “It’s good for you.”

Won the Audience Award and Best Music.


The Ripe Stuff

Made for the Glasgow 48 Hour Film Project 2016. Had to be written, filmed and edited within the space of 48 hours and incorporate the following elements. Genre: sports film. Character: Domino McGonigall, leader. Prop: tomato. Line of dialogue: “Think big.”

Won Best Use of Character and Best Use of Prop.


His Last Words

Made for the Edinburgh 48 Hour Film Project 2016. Had to be written, filmed and edited within the space of 48 hours and incorporate the following elements. Genre: war or anti-war film. Character: Bernie Hart, toymaker. Prop: a red thread. Line of dialogue: “Wiggle it.”

Won BEST FILM, along with the Audience Award, Best Editing and Best Use of Line. Also won overall Best Use of Line at Filmapalooza 2017.

On a personal note, this is probably my favourite of the shorts we’ve made. Which is weird, because the night I wrote the script I was so unsure about whether it was any good that I threw together a second script with a completely different storyline, in case the morning crew wanted to go with that instead. They ended up going with the first script I wrote, and I’m very glad they did, because they did an amazing job transforming it into something that feels special and funny and even a tiny bit meaningful – at least to me. And it led to our team receiving the worldwide award for Best Use of Line at Filmapalooza in Seattle, at which point the audience started yelling “wiggle it”. I wasn’t there, but just hearing the story is surreal enough for me.


The Great Piggy Bank Heist

Made for the Glasgow 48 Hour Film Project 2015. Had to be written, filmed and edited within the space of 48 hours and incorporate the following elements. Genre: comedy. Character: Tammy Ness, chip shop worker. Prop: piggy bank. Line of dialogue: “On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate this experience?”

Won BEST FILM, along with the Audience Award, Best Actor (Charles Donnelly) and Best Use of Character.


Bert’s Christmas Surprise

Made for the Edinburgh 48 Hour Film Project 2015. Had to be written, filmed and edited within the space of 48 hours and incorporate the following elements. Genre: holiday film. Character: Pip or Pippa Lemon, tester. Prop: elastic band. Line of dialogue: “There’s no way I’m getting in there.”

Won BEST FILM, along with the Audience Award, Best Writing, Best Actor (Charles Donnelly), Best Art Direction and Best Use of Line of Dialogue.


Musical Inner Monologues of Socially Awkward People

Made for the Beyond Studios Advent Calendar 2012.


The Dream Cloud

Made for the Beyond Studios Advent Calendar 2012.


Best Customer Service Ever!

Made for no particular reason in early 2015.


And now, a few bonus things which were not written by me, but which I was somehow involved in and am happy to take much more credit for than I deserve!


The Wizard of Oz – A Finger Puppet Panto

Made for Christmas 2014.

Was written by my friend Gavin, but I had to include it because it’s great, and features my face, two things that very rarely go together.

Content warning: this film contains darker and more adult humour than most of our other stuff, so maybe don’t put it on in front of the kids and then wander off.


Breaking News: Royal Pregnancy

Made for the Beyond Studios Advent Calendar 2012.

Written, filmed and edited entirely over the course of one night by Gavin, Euan and me. It was only day 3 of the Advent Calendar and already we didn’t know what the next day’s sketch was going to be. But then William and Kate announced they were having a baby, and we suddenly remembered we’d said we would do some topical sketches. So this happened. It’s a bit tasteless, but I like to think that’s sort of the point we’re making. I’m still proud of us for throwing this thing together so fast.


Jesus: The Teenage Years

Made for the Beyond Studios Advent Calendar 2012.

Another wonderful Gavin creation. But look out for me in my career-defining role as Judas. (It defines me in that I’m not important enough to have my name in the opening credits and I don’t actually do much of anything except glower at people.)