Harvey, at university, quite reasonably felt that the critical appreciation of 17th century French poetry about werewolves was no way to make a living and that the skateboard and lip-sync videos he made in his teenage years seemed like a more fruitful route to a fulfilling career. His mind made up, he left uni and started making films.
With the then seemingly massive budget of £250 he made a music video for Matt Lacey’s “Gap Yah” – “I’m literally in Burma” – a viral sensation that achieved over one billion YouTube views . Yah s’true*…
Whilst building a directorial reel, Harvey embarked on a career as an editor which has informed his directing skills: honing his ability to tell stories, sifting through chaff to find true gems that really engage the viewer.
As Harvey began concentrating on his main passion, he started crafting witty and authentic documentary pieces about interesting people. His latest, about uncompromising adventurer and bon-vivant John Reeve, demonstrates Harvey’s directorial and editing skills, weaving together an engaging story from both archive and filmed footage.
Harvey’s work is varied but is all characterised by a quest for meaning, and threaded with understated, tongue-in-cheek British humour.
Harvey has made commercial films for Carrefour, Icelandair, Sky Bet and Powerade to name but a few.
He aspires to make a parody of a 70s Martini advert. Dream big Harvey, reach for the stars.
*This is in fact untrue. But well over 600,000. Which make about 26.4 views per penny – probably a good ROI, if that’s the way you chose to view the world.