Paul began his career as a freelance illustrator working in the advertising and publishing industry in the UK, creating artwork for novels by best selling authors such as Ben Elton, Wilbur Smith and Tim Powers.
In 2000 he completed a Masters Degree in Computer Animation at Bournemouth University and landed his first job in the film industry at Weta Digital on the visual effects for Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He then worked in San Francisco, London and New Zealand on films such as Constantine, Sin City, 30 Days of Night and The Chronicles of Narnia.
As a filmmaker Paul’s multi-award winning short films have screened at almost every major genre film festival worldwide. His first short film, Night of the Hell Hamsters, a cautionary and bloody black comedy about the dangers of mixing the occult with small furry family pets opened on the festival circuit in 2006 to rave reviews. The film has played at over 50 film festivals around the world, is now listed on several cult film databases and is still requested by festival programmers 6 years on.
His second film, Eel Girl, is provocative science-fiction/horror short, featuring special makeup effects by Weta Workshop. Eel Girl won 17 awards and 7 nominations, including the Grand Prix at the Court Metrange Film Festival, France, 2nd place in the Best Short Film Award at the 2008 Rushes Soho Shorts, London.
In 2011 Paul’s directed his first feature film The Devil’s Rock. Shot in only 15 days, the film was co-funded by the New Zealand Film Commission and by Paul re-mortgaging his house. The film again features special makeup effects by Oscar winning Weta Workshop. The Devil’s Rock pre-sold to UK distributor Metrodome , sold the North American rights to eOne at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for a US$ six figure sum, received a theatrical release in both the UK and New Zealand and has since sold to over 30 territories including Germany, Switzerland, Japan, the Middle East, Australia and South America.