John Tomkins

John Tomkins

Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor and Film Festival Director

Paignton, United Kingdom

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March 2014
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About John

Hi there and thank you for visiting my Profile . I turned my life long passion for Film Production in 2015 into a Business called ' Emberlense Productions" and in the same year instigated the English Riviera Film Festival, that has grown into a two week event with an International Film Awards.

The story and audience has always been key to me . I have supported Businesses across many industries,Education , Festivals , Events and even the odd 80's Pop Star bringing their message to screen.

Films I have produced have garnered thousands of plays on social media , had sold out Cinema Screenings, featured on US T.V and Amazon Prime. I have written Film Courses for film makers of the future. Given talks, lectures to the Colleges, Organisations and businesses about the film industry and the power of video / film .


Audience and Stories ( message) have always been key to Emberlense's Success . We have worked with clients from across businesses dealing in hospitality , accounting, technology, food and more many industries bringing their stories- message to screen. We can produce promotional videos for websites , social media , events and Screen content for Digital Signage .

We have produced Documentaries for many organisations and events . Supporting the 2019 Bikers make a Difference Festival with a Backstage Video show and editing- collaborating on a promotional film for the 2019 Brixfest Festival.

Emberlense's Collaborative Creative short Films have been recognised by Film Festivals across the world and have had sold out Cinema screenings .


The 2019 English Riviera Film Festival main day was one of most Successful Film Festival events in Torbay in years, with sold out screenings and film producers attending from across the UK and Europe for the 3rd ERFF Film Awards. The Awards are hand crafted by Our Glass in Cockington Torquay. Awards have been given to Film Makers in Devon , UK , Japan, Canada, USA, France and the Netherlands .

I am really proud of how the Festival has evolved from the first one day Festival I Instigated in 2015 to a two week festival with International Film Awards in 2019 ( Eleven Awards Given out this year ) . With great local community support , business and International Film Producers has been key to that Success.

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Here is a selection of ways I supported the local Film Industry from 2009 to now .


* UK Marketing Manager for the Feature Film " Scarey Crows" now on Amazon Prime
* Writer and Interviewer of Film Producers for Devon and Cornwall Film & Torbay Times
* Presenter & Producer of a Film Making Radio Show 2009 - 2013 for Riviera FM
* Marketing for Film Networking events

I have written Film Workshops for young people , collaborating with National and Local Organisations.
* 2017 Brixham Heritage Trail Film with South Devon College.
* 2018 Spanish Flu Doc with Squircle Arts , Torquay Museum & the Heritage Lottery Fund.
* 2019 The Romans at Ipplepen with Torquay Museum Young Archaeology Club.

* Given Masterclasses and spoken to South Devon College, Exeter College, St Austell College and Paignton Academy.
* Given talks to Torquay Museum , Brixham Museum and Oct 2019 Torquay Museum Society.
* Given Presentations and talks to Torbay Business Forum, Preston Rotary Club, Paignton Chamber of Commerce , the Mayors Forum and many more

Devon and Cornwall Film Website


  • Beard Envy

    Beard Envy (2018)
    Film (Comedy and Short) Director Producer Beard Envy is a short film based on the Poem by Award Winning Spoken Word Artist Robert Garnham . The film is about Dan A Beard on his very surreal journey in the search to find the perfect beard .

  • Scareycrows

    Scareycrows (2017)
    Film (Comedy and Horror) UK Marketing Manager Scareycrows is a comedy horror about a trainee hairdresser who discovers that her boyfriend is keeping a dark secret. Soon her world crashes around her as the quiet seaside town where she was born is overrun by homicidal scareycrows.

  • Professor in the Bathroom

    Professor in the Bathroom (2016)
    Film (Short) Producer , Director and Director of Photography Oh no! A professor of literature has got himself stuck in a bathroom. Well then, he might as well analyse its contents and fittings from an academic perspective. Based on a poem by spoken word artist Robert Garnham, Directed by John Tomkins and starring Lee Rawlings, will the professor be freed from his suburban purgatory?

  • The Ladder

    The Ladder (2016)
    Film (Short) Director Producer Marcus Mayland ( Tom Menary ) has taken over a new company and in the process has made the current boss Tanya Kirbek ( Sarah Maccourt ) redundant . But he stills needs some one to run the day to day operations a choice between four candidates . With a rather unique way of deciding the winner , let the games begin ...

  • Jam Session

    Jam Session (2016)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Producer Four rocker friends meet up for their regular jam night.

  • The Runner

    The Runner (2015)
    Film (short) Director , Producer , Editor and co writer The Runner is set in mad world of movies where a talented actor Ryan Jones (Ben Gilbert ) is struggling to break into films , finding that his scenes just get left on the cutting room floor . Meanwhile on the set of the latest Steven Elliot (Tom Menary) 'The Importance of Everything' the production is chaos over a disagreement over coffee and a new Runner must be found which there is only one man for this job Runner trainer Harry Wilkins ( Jimmy The Bee Bennett ) ...

  • Meet Again

    Meet Again (2015)
    Film (Short and Romance) Sound department A romantic drama set in the 1940's/World War II.

  • You Get What You Ask for Son

    You Get What You Ask for Son (2014)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Producer A television presenter with recent allegations made against his name gets stuck in lift with a security guard who has just been fired at the office party.

  • Seeing Red

    Seeing Red (2014)
    Film (Comedy, Fantasy, History and Short) Production Assistant A straight-laced wedding photographer is prescribed LSD in a misguided attempt to cure his colour blindness.

  • Indietro

    Indietro (2013)
    Film (short) by Emberlense Director Producer Editor Here is the music narrative film ‘Indietro’. It tells the story of Robert Chancer (Rhys Denton) and Charlotte Worth (Katie Crawford), who split up because an argument over Charlotte’s life changing job offer. Later that night, they regret their decision and wish to go back to that moment…and so their reflective journey back begins... Directed and written by John Tomkins, with a supporting cast and crew which came together from across South West Devon to make the film. Including a film-making team of Alex White , Tom Hutchings, Dom Lee, Luke Jeffery, and Julian Kemp, to name but a few. The make-up team were Hannah Marshall, Charlotte Millem, Sally Morley and Elouise Abbott, and Sylvia King made the mime artist's costume in the film. The supporting cast includes Jimmy B Bennett, James Cotter and Molly Casey, to name but a few . The film also has an impressive soundtrack score composed by Lee Fletcher (credits below ). Find out more about the film at : Full cast and crew list on the internet movie database Music Film music composed by Lee Fletcher Intro music composed by Markus Reuter All music produced, mixed & mastered by Lee Fletcher (Unsung Productions) ©℗ 2014 Lee Fletcher Special thanks Diddy Films, Wingless Films , Aesthetic Clarity , the cast an crew of the film , Unsung Productions


    A DARK TALE (2013)
    Film (short) by Emberlense (Fantasy) Director Producer Editor A day in the life of Bob and his rather strange family. After a family argument, Bob makes his way to his 200th job interview that has a rather unfortunate deadly twist.

  • Bliss

    Bliss (2013)
    Film (short) co Producer Bliss is a short film which was shot on the south Devon Coast in early 2013. It follows the story of Bliss (Alice Maguire) who meets Ben (James Darby), a man who has recently had his (now ex) girlfriend reject his marriage proposal. As the story progresses it is clear that Bliss is hiding a secret and that Ben still has feelings for his ex.

  • They're Coming

    They're Coming (2012)
    Film by Emberlense (Thriller) Director Producer At 10:03am on March 20, 2012 Amanda York is reported missing. Her husband receives a mysterious note from an old friend that says "They're Coming".

  • The Comic Strip Presents...

    The Comic Strip Presents... (2011 - 2012)
    Television (Comedy) Actor A series of self contained TV films starring performers from London's "Comic Strip" comedy club and their friends. Noted for a high sense of parody of previous films, literature, and generally everyone in sight.

  • Rowena Ghoul

    Rowena Ghoul
    Film (Adventure and Fantasy) Producer ( in Development ) Fantasy horror adventure about Rowena who has an extraordinary gift to reunite living relative with lost ghost souls , so they are lost no more . Which puts her on a collision course with two Soul Eaters from the other place ..

  • Final Fantasy: Seek Revenge

    Final Fantasy: Seek Revenge
    Film (Short and Fantasy) Cinematographer Amaya the daughter of a great warrior who has power over land, soon falls under destruction. Everything is lost and Amaya seeks revenge.


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