Film Maker, TedX Speaker, Humanitarian
Will Watson is an International award-winning filmmaker, TEDx Speaker and Humanitarian. His last film called, “Haka and Guitars” screened at 31 festivals around the world and won 6 best international documentary awards. In 2017 Haka and Guitars played at the Palais in Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival having won the best World Peace documentary.
Will started out his careers in journalism and publishing in the 1990’s and then moved into filmmaking in 2002. His first jobs were as a cameraman for the BBC, ITV, Al Jazeera and then moving up to be a Director of Photographer for larger international films such as “Dream Catchers” for the Mike Hancock Film Company.
Will is currently the owner of TMI Pictures and is working as an Executive Producer with two high profile production companies in New Zealand. The first being Murray Francis of Propaganda Films to create a slate of 3 international drama films and Vicky Pope of POP films to create, “Savage” an NZ Feature Film due to start in July 2018. He is also co-producing a documentary called, “Alpha Rules” in London with Two Man Crew.
Will is currently directing a feature-length documentary called, “Soldiers Without Guns” which tells the story of the New Zealand and Australian Defence Force ending the Papua New Guinea civil war using guitars instead of guns. His work on “Soldiers Without Guns” led to him doing a TED talk and winning an international humanitarian award with the World Peace Initiative.
2016- Director - Feature TV Documentary completed
Haka and GuitarsDocumentary about the world’s most successful peacekeeping mission, where peacekeepers used guitars instead of guns to bring lasting peace.
2010 Camera Man -International Feature Documentary
DreamcatchersA film following 9 inspiring peoples' lives through Mexico studying the ancient Mayan culture.
2010 Camera Man- 50 Minute Documentary
People in PowerWe followed the New President of Bougainville James Tanis as he discussed the future of mining in Papua New Guinea.
2009 Director- 15 minute short film
First Night in NerjaA short film about two women traveling to the South of Spain.
2008 Camera -ITV UK
No Place Like HomeA weekly UK show highlighting English people returning to the UK.
2008 Camera Man- BBC UK Production. Spain
Place in the SunWeekly TV show for BBC that follows Brits moving to Southern Spain
2008 Camera Man
SKY TV SportInternational Football Spain.
2006 Director - Documentary
Arts Out WestThis art show focused on the strong creative talent that West Auckland is known for, and the personalities behind the artwork.
2005 Short Film, 48 Hour Film Competition
On The FenceThis short film was shot, posted and delivered within 48 hours of receiving the subject, genre and brief.
2005- Short Film
The Dingo HunterTo enhance his directorial talent and skills William created a short film for children called “The Dingo Hunter”. This film follows the lives of two boys as they hunt down a deadly child-eating dingo.