Neil’s live-action and VFX direction is known for blending the elegant and meticulous with the fierce and dark.
A South London native with a background in VFX design and art direction, most notably on James Cameron’s Avatar and Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, Neil loves the technical and dramatic challenges of crafting virtual worlds and characters that feel natural and emotional, and making the real world appear cinematic and enchanted.
As a director Neil has applied his sensibilities to some of the most celebrated video game trailers and commercials. His trailer for Activision’s Transformers: The fall of Cyberton immediately went viral and was recognised at the VGA Awards by the AICP. Neil went on to direct the announcement trailers for Mad Max, Dead Space 3, Shadow of Mordor and the Make History trailer for the acclaimed series Assassin’s Creed.
Neil’s video game work also includes directing over 90 minutes of performance capture for the Rise of the Tomb Raider in game cinematics, for which he used the latest virtual production techniques and digital human technology. Through this, Neil has become adept at leading actors into imaginary worlds, an ability he extends into to his live action campaigns as seen in trailers for the Emmy nominated promo for UFC193 Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm.
More recently Neil directed the epic, live action interactive film for Middle Earth: Shadow of War, the latest video game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Studios which saw him combine his technical and storytelling expertise to create a film which has been compared to the Lord of the Rings feature films.
Currently, Neil is developing short and feature film projects with his brother, artist and writer, Philip Huxley.