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In 2018 he edited and photographed the making of renowned choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s first television dance film ‘Clowns’ for BBC. More recently he has collaborated with the Jersey Style Awards’ 2018 ‘Tastemaker of the Year’ Jason Butler and composer Jack Chown to investigate how the creative process across different disciplines can influence one another in a film called ‘Sound of Colour’ produced by ArtHouse Jersey. This year, Todd has been nominated for the same award.
Todd’s own artistic process takes inspiration from these encounters and the endeavour to communicate the nuances in the artists’ creative language through film and photography. As a musician performing under the moniker Alex Alex, he investigates how to translate his own creative dialog by soundtracking material he has filmed or photographed himself or using it as a means of inspiring his own songwriting.
Todd MacDonald’s work as a Film Director and Photographer encompasses broadcast arts documentaries, theatre performance films, music promos and gallery exhibition media. As an in-house creative at London based production company Illuminations he has made films for Sky Arts, BBC, Almeida Theatre and the Science Museum. To date, his work has been recognised by Aesthetica, Branchage and London Short Film Festival.
Todd’s background as a painter and musician has driven his intrigue for the artistic process and how it is represented on screen. So far, his work as an image maker has examined this in a multitude of ways. His television directorial debut was made alongside BAFTA nominated director Aneil Karia about Ai Weiwei’s retrospective exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Working alongside the Almeida Theatre on their project ‘Figures of Speech’, Todd helped conceive and produce almost fifty short films that explore the power of words through new recordings of famous historical speeches by acclaimed actors.