John Booth trained in Animated Film
at West Surrey College of Art and Design for his BA before
completing his MA in Film at the Royal College of Art.
While at college, in 1984, he was commissioned
by Sir Richard Eyre to make an animated introduction to
Gogol's "The Government Inspector" starring Rick
Mayall at the National Theatre. One of his animated films
was screened at the Tate Gallery as part of an exhibition
of new animators in 1985 and he won the BBC Old Grey Whistle
Test Award for Best Independent Music Video in 1986. His
graduation film "Sunk" was selected for screening
in the London Film Festival in 1987.
From the late eighties John has directed
over a hundred music videos and commercials, in Europe,
America, Africa and the Middle East working with a wide
range of artists and advertising agencies. His music videos
include work with Adeva, Lulu, Johnny Clegg, A Tribe Called
Quest, De la Soul and Redhead Kingpin. Advertising agencies
that have commissioned work include M&C Saatchi, Publicis
Focus, Ogilvy Mather and BMP DDB Needham.
In 1994 John combined a Photosonics
camera with Flame technology to invent high frame rate 'speed
ramping', winning the London International Advertising Awards
in 1995 for "Precision Movements" for Raymond
As well as commercials and music videos
John has directed several documentaries, shooting and editing
much of his work himself. His documentaries include a four
part series for HTV, "The Berkeley Estate", and
a coral reef conservation film in association with the Marine
Conservation Society, "Leave Only Ripples".
In parallel with his film career, John
is a painter, printmaker and photographer. His etchings
have been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show in
2005, he has had two solo shows in the Brighton Arts Festival
and joint shows in BAF and the Affordable Arts Fair. His
artwork has been represented by Britart and Eyestorm and
he has received several commissions for book covers.