Present Films is a privately held London-based film production studio offering companies, organisations and individuals the expertise to tell their unique stories through film. Founded in 2014, Present Films is on a mission to connect people, create memories, celebrate moments through visual storytelling.
Everything we do and stand for revolves around people and our natural inclination, and need, to tell stories. We believe that every person is a wellspring of stories, and that every story has an audience.
Stories communicate and demonstrate character and personality. They help shape memories and make them accessible for generations. Stories are the threads that weave together our culture, or any culture.
Imaginations are ignited by stories. Our capacity to empathise and trust is increased through stories. They boost confidence, self-esteem and purpose, by giving a voice and creating a community around it. By honouring the ageless craft of storytelling, we connect with each other, and increase our experience of compassion and belonging.
Stories are why we get up in the morning.
Ruth Schocken Katz, Director
When asked as a child what she wanted to be when she grew up, Ruth would reply, “A red firework. Or a film.” Since she’s not a firework, she has to make films, because it’s the closest thing to being one.
Ruth holds an MA in Filmmaking from the London Film School. While specialising in directing, she loves every aspect of filmmaking. Since 2004 she has conceived, produced, directed, filmed and edited for various clients, including the Royal Academy, Engine, The Design Council, Pilates on Demand, as well as for many individuals.
Through the years Ruth’s work with private clients has given her the opportunity to master the techniques that enable the stories people want to tell to come to life, while respecting their vision and staying true to their character.
Martin McEwan, Editor
With a background working in feature films, short films, documentaries and television, Martin excels in finding the through-line within the footage. The everyday stories of (extra)ordinary people is something that he gets particularly excited about. He is passionate about collaborating with creative and interesting people to realise the true potential of the material.
With an MA in International Cinema, and a lifetime as a viewer, Martin enjoys a broad range of film and television and often gets annoyed with himself for becoming so engrossed in what he is experiencing that he forgets to take note of the craft that has gone into it.
Yosi Romano, Cameraman
Yosi is an international lighting cameraman and Camera Operator. Currently working freelance across the fields of News, Documentaries and Drama.
Co – Founder at beamups – an online marketplace meant to meet the distribution and marketing needs of Freelancers, VJs, CJs and independent documentary film makers everywhere.
Clients include: BBC, Fox, APTN, Aljazeera English,Discovery Channel, Channel Four.
Highlights include: A BBC film about Madonna and the Kaballah centre, Channel Four film about the Asian Tsunami, and recently operating on Hollywood movie shot in London.
Patricia Radoi, Filmmaker
Patricia has written and directed several short films that have been shown in prestigious festivals around the world. She has a deep interest in people’s individual stories, believing everyone’s life is a story worth listening to. Her studies in teaching and psychoanalysis make her an attentive and sensitive filmmaker who works in synchronisation with her collaborators.
Patricia also has a background in English literature, French language, and film theory. She has also been teaching Film Studies for nine years, and is fluent in English, French and Romanian.