Paul studied Technical Illustration at the former Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design in 1990 before becoming a freelance illustrator painting book covers for best-selling authors such Ben Elton and Wilbur Smith.
In 2000 he completed a Masters Degree in Computer Animation at Bournemouth University, landing his first job in the film industry at Weta Digital in New Zealand, working on the visual effects for Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Paul is the author of two Gnomon Workshop DVD lectures on texture painting, and has worked in San Francisco and London as a matte painter, texture painter and concept artist on films such as Constantine, Sin City and recently Pride, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Legend.
As a director, Paul’s multi-award winning short films Eel Girl and Night of the Hell Hamsters have screened at almost every major genre film festival worldwide. In 2010 Paul directed his debut feature film The Devil’s Rock, which was co-funded by the New Zealand Film Commission and Paul re-mortgaging his house. Shot in only 15 day and featuring special makeup effects by 5 times Oscar winning Weta Workshop. The Devil’s Rock was released theatrically in New Zealand and the UK, and sold to over 30 territories including North America, Germany, Japan and the Middle East, Australia and South America.