WILL SIMPSON


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Will Simpson is UK based filmmaker, editor and video designer.

Often working as a shooting director editor, Will’s work includes the award winning film Soldiering On (Xenoki / Channel 4); Jump the Fire - Melt Yourself Down (Leaf Records), Anish Kapoor Flashback (Arts Council Collection); Born Survivor (BBC3); Its Not Over Yet – Middleman (Universal Records); Talking Transformations (World Wildlife Foundation); Instructions for Films (Zoo Art Fair) and Lear Settings, an animated film adaptation by Hull Sinfonietta’s Lee Tsang.

His video projection design work featured in the European stage premiere of the critically acclaimed West End production of The Kite Runner. The show has seen two successful West End runs and three national tours of the UK, alongside a staging at Dubai Opera House.

''The best page-to-stage show since War Horse…. a spellbinding production''

''A stage that is atmospherically dominated by a fan-shaped kite complete with rear screen for William Simpson’s evocative projections.''

★★★★★ — Mark Shenton, The Stage





Other video design and projection work has appeared in shows such as; Living Lakes in NYC and Michigan; Rocky Das Musical (Stuttgart, Stage Entertainment); Derren Brown - Miracle (National tour); Theatre of Illumination (Light Night Leeds), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Richard III and Charlie Peace (Nottingham Playhouse); the award winning adaptation of Of Mice and Men by Mike Kenny (Mind the Gap); Clockwork (National Theatre); Mapping the City (Slunglow); The Mamba (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Piano Circus – Trilogies (Kings Place).

His projected artwork Theatre of Illumination, was commissioned as the centre-piece for Light Night Leeds and seen by an audience of over 30,000 people during the course of it’s one night performance.

Theatre of Illumination appeared in a 12 page feature for Bright 2, a globally distributed publication about architectural illumination and light installations published by Frame Publishing. His studio and this project were the only featured UK based works and organisations amongst 40 globally.



Projection Design Bio [ Download ]
Projection Design Lookbook 2018 [ Download ]
Offline Editor Bio [ Download ]

studio@willsimpson.co



Selected Press


“Show Stopping”

– British Art Show 8
Theatre of Illumination



“A stage that is atmospherically dominated by a fan-shaped kite complete with a rear screen for William Simpson's evocative projections.” ★★★★★

www.thestage.co.uk
The Kite Runner



“Moods and vistas are enhanced by William Simpson’s evocative video projections”

- Alfred Hickling, Guardian
Of Mice and Men, Mind the Gap, National tour




“One of my favourite things of the performance is the fantastic projections William Simpson used throughout, which really helped set the scene and had some fabulous art work involved.” ★★★★★

www.northwestend.co.uk
The Kite Runner



“More central are William Simpson’s stunning back-projection effects; none more so than a pair of kite-like drawn curtains that changed kaleidoscopically with each unveiling. A palisade metamorphoses into Golden Gates and skyscrapers; such beautiful lepidopteran economy saying more than a hundred set changes.”

www.exeuntmagazine.com ︎
The Kite Runner



“Moods and vistas are enhanced by William Simpson’s evocative video projections”

Alfred Hickling, Guardian
Of Mice and Men, Mind the Gap, National tour



“Amazing”

- Utah Saints
Theatre of Illumination



“Stunning back-projection effects”

Exeunt Magazine
The Kite Runner



“Beautiful projection designs”

The Public Reviews
The Kite Runner



“Mind blowing display”

OR8 Design
Theatre of Illumination
“Impressive use is made of top down projection. Watch and marvel”

Kevin Berry, The Stage
Of Mice and Men, Mind the Gap, National tour



“..coupled integrally with William Simpson’s special and unique projections, wrought wonders.”

Audience member
The Kite Runner



“Exemplary projection work by William Simpson.” ★★★★

www.eastmidlandstheatre.com
The Kite Runner



“Beautiful visuals and great storytelling”

Andrew Loretto, Audience member
The Kite Runner, Nottingham Playhouse



“Elegant, minimalist design of carpets, giant kite wings and a San Francisco skyline – always looks good”

Lyn Gardner, Guardian
The Kite Runner, Nottingham Playhouse



“Stunning”

Pam McIlroy, Audience member
The Kite Runner, Nottingham Playhouse



“The visuals complemented and even enhanced the music. I never imagined it would be so effective. Thank you!”

Audience member
Piano Circus performance, Kings Place



“The whole performance proved challenging, interactive and just plain fun. An epic cross-arts performance”

Kay Kempin, Bach Track
Piano Circus performance, Kings Place



“A unique experience”

morethanmusic.co.uk
Piano Circus performance, Kings Place



“..combined with William Simpson’s back projections, work to create a seamless transition of sense of place which I’ve experienced only very rarely and succeeded on the Playhouse’s large stage. Cue the silent swish of virtual Arabesque curtains followed by a Frisco skyline at night, it was all quite magical.”

Liverpool Confidential
The Kite Runner