John Dower Director in Film, Television & Interactivity - Telling the Stories That Need to Be Told Now


John is an impassioned, energetic and collaborative film maker working across digital and traditional media.

His films have been shown at over 70 Film Festivals Worldwide and have won numerous awards including Best Film at Cannes Short Film festival for "The Day After Stonewall Died", Best Short Film at St Albans Film festival for "Kayla", Young Leopard of Tomorrow Award at Locarno Film Festival for "Electric Frank" and Gold Plaques at Chicago Film festival for both "The Secret Songs of Butterfish" and "Broken Arrow".

He has directed over 80 episodes of Television drama including "Silent Witness" for BBC1, "Wolfblood" for CBBC/ZDF, "Casualty" & "EastEnders" for BBC1, "Jinx" for Nickelodeon, "Make My day" for Channel 4, "The Bill" for Thames/ITV and "Grange Hill" & "Home Farm Twins" for CBBC.

Since 2007, John has also been working in interactivity.  He is currently working as a Director on a NDA project with Rockstar Games and as Cinematics Director on "Space Marine 2" (Saber/Games Workshop/Focus Entertainment). His past Game credits include working as UK Studio Director on "GTA V" Online (Rockstar), as Cinematics Performance Director on "F1 23" for Codemasters/EA, as Cinematics Director on a NDA Game project for Supermassive Games, as Performance Capture Director on "Milo & Kate" (Lionhead/Microsoft), as Cinematics Director on "007 Legends" (EON/Activision/Eurocom) and numerous other projects as Voice Director. He was drama Director for the experimental on-line interactive video for BBC Switch astrological thriller "Signs of Life" . He is co-founder of the training and consultancy company which aims to improve performance quality in Motion Captured animation and works all over the world.

John has recently co-written his first book. "Performing for Motion Capture - a Guide for Practitioners" written with Pascal Langdale published in 2022 by Methuen Drama.

His latest Film & TV projects include - 
Television series "Girl Missing" in development with Producer Diane Whitley. 
Digitally Produced animation film "Blowaways" in pre-production, written by Lin Coghlan. 
Feature adaptation of his short "Kayla" co-written with Leigh-Anne Gilbert & to be produced by Myf Hopkins, now in development with the BFI.

After his under graduate studies at Goldsmith's College, his post-graduate studies took him to film school at the Northern Film School, Leeds and the Polish National Film School, Lodz, completing a M.A. in Fiction Film Direction.

    John is a full member of Directors UK, is a Trustee of the Directors Charitable Foundation (DCF) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He is represented by Samantha Dodd at Carey Dodd Associates.

    Photo by Amit Lennon.