Directors Magazine Misha Manson-Smith

Misha Manson-Smith: Cutting to the funny bone

Editor-turned-director, Misha Manson-Smith’s CV includes hard-hitting documentaries, acclaimed TV series and high profile ad campaigns. Tim Cumming talks to the industrious filmmaker about improvised Google spots, massive real-world hoaxes and why comedy is a high-wire act. Defining what makes something funny is no joke, because the secrets of comedy – and their effects – tend to evaporate the closer you […]

Directors Directors Writing Magazine

Jason Smith on a David Lynch conference call

Jason Smith explains why the “dark psychosis” of his directing hero’s films continues to influence the way he creates Who would you say is your creative hero?  David Lynch How long has he been important to you and what are your first memories of coming across his work? I first saw ‘Eraserhead’ in 1985 when […]

Directors Directors Writing Magazine


Leading director of televised long form documentaries at Presence, Tanya Stephan, discusses her favourite and most hated creative productions, and the work that has inspired her through her career Tanya Stephan is a leading director of long form documentaries for TV. She’s directed high profile singles and series for Channel Four, BBC One, BBC Two and […]

Avril Furness Directors Directors Writing Immersive Magazine

From Advertising Creative to Immersive / 360 and Virtual to Mixed Reality filmmaking.

By Avril Furness. I have been fortunate to have worked with some of the most talented creative folk in the industry starting out as a Junior Creative with my Copywriter partner Miles at London Agency Fallon in 2010. Hiking up a Chilean mountain with an 8 foot inflatable character we called Walter, shooting an ad […]

Directors Directors Writing Kieron Hawkes Magazine

The Trans Siberian Railway

A Photo Journal by Presence Director Kieron Hawkes. For as long as I can remember I wanted to do the Trans Siberian Railway. This obsession followed me into adulthood. In 2018, after finishing directing Fortitude 3, I finally decided to do it. The route I decided to take was the Trans Siberian to Lake Baikal […]

Directors Latest Work Magazine Richard Swarbrick

Médecins Sans Frontières: Depicting the Rohingya crisis.

Richard Swarbrick and Presence have completed a huge animation project about the Rohingya for MSF. Update: This film has recently won 2 gold awards at Cresta and Kinsale 2020. In less than 24 hours the film had over 4 million views, 1,700 comments, 13,100 shares and 47,000 likes on facebook alone, bringing in much needed […]

Community Magazine

Brands on a Mission

Danny Fleet writes…I listened to an interesting HBR podcast over the weekend. Dr Myriam Sidebe is a public health expert who has been promoting handwashing with soap for several years. Myriam partners with governments, brands, NGO’s and communities. She currently lectures at Harvard Kennedy School. Myriam has some interesting things to say about brands that […]


Producer Survey

During lockdown we have been running a Producer survey to gauge the current state of the industry and Producers attitude towards it. We’ve had some really enlightening and interesting results about job satisfaction, support, pay, and what makes for a great Production Company or department. If you are a Producer, or PM who works full […]


Covid-19 and Production

Presence is now PCR testing all heads of department 2-4 days ahead of any scheduled shoot to minimise risk of production shutdown. We will be using government approved PCR tests only. Read our detailed and continually updated Covid policy here. Presence is shooting and creating animation throughout Covid-19. We are constantly in touch with the […]



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