About Sam Downie
Storytelling, Creativity & Always “Thinking Different”
CONTENT CREATOR | PODCASTS & DIGITAL FIRST EVENTS | PRESENTER & VOICE OVER / ACTOR | AUTHOR | AWARD WINNING AUTISTIC FILMMAKER & PRODUCER / CINEMATOGRAPHER | COMPOSER & DOLBY ATMOS SOUND DESIGNER
Years Of Creative Experience
BAFTA Nominated Short Films
Tweets since 2007
As a child growing up in Bristol, England, Sam Downie possessed a love for Warner Bros cartoons especially Daffy Duck and the creations by animator Chuck Jones (who Sam met in Bristol, at the Animation Festival in the late 90’s). Sam also loves animated Disney films, and as fate would have it, Pixar short & feature films such as UP, WALL•E and many others. He also loves the storytelling by Jim Henson (The Muppets, Labyrinth, The Storyteller, and Henson Alternative), and inspired by the likes of George Lucas (Star Wars of course), and by Steven Speilberg.
Sam’s passion inspired him to study art in school, and then film and television in college, where he focused on the art of time-based storytelling at the University of the West Of England (UWE).
Upon graduating from UWE, Sam began working in radio, then television working his way up from tea maker to 2nd unit director and floor manager, working for the likes of BBC, ITV and Channel 4 Television in the UK.
Live On-Air as a Radio Presenter
Sam gained popularity in the late 90’s working as a Radio Presenter, learning his on-air chops for National Public Radio stations in New Zealand (Radio Active 89fm) and the USA (NPR).
Upon returning back to the UK, he went on to volunteer his time and experience on several Community Radio stations – BCFM and Ujima Radio 98fm in Bristol, helping to launch them, train other presenters in how to “drive the desk” as well as introduce podcasting to them.
Since then, Sam has “stepped up” – working with BBC Radio on multiple stations and shows presenting on music, technology, entertainment, film and current affairs – for the likes of BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, 6 Music, Radio 4 and BBC World Service.
Podcasts, Documentary and Live Webcasts
Sam Downie is known for his insightful skill as an interviewer, and his ability to make conversations around subjects and digital culture accessible and engaging to a wider audience.
His Podcasts Bristol Sounds and Tech:Casts have become popular, he’s presented and produced podcasts for The Jim Henson Company to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the cult hit film Labyrinth.
Sam has also guested on a number of internationally broadcast weekly podcasts MacBreak Weekly, The New Screensavers, Daily Tech Talk and This Week In Tech on the TWiT TV network.
Sam Downie is one of entertainment’s most sought-after talents and is known for his cinematic, authentic, and narrative-focused directorial style.
Filmmaker, Director, Self-Shooter and Cinema Sound Designer
As a criticality acclaimed Filmmaker with disabilities, Sam Downie has worked on various short films. His own short “Uniquely Human – A Different Way of Seeing Autism“ explores what it’s like to be an Autistic Adult, this film has been screened at International Film Festival’s such as Sheffield Documentary Film Festival 2019, Encounters Short Film Festival 2019, screened in cinemas, it’s been long-listed for a BAFTA Short Film, and is now included in the British Council FILM directory.
Sam is supported by SONY he shoot’s using Alpha cameras, he can be found in the Alpha Universe (listed here). He is also supported by DOLBY Labs, as a Dolby Atmos sound designer/producer and disabled Content Creator.
In Los Angeles (USA), Sam has performed on stage at The Groundlings, where he’s received training in improvisation, which he returns to many times to take classes, to learn and develop more as an Actor/Voice Actor/Voice Over.
He has also performed on stage at the world-famous Bristol Old Vic Theatre (Bristol, UK) as well as The Liverpool Playhouse and The Unity Theatre in Liverpool, as well as on stages in London.
On Television and Film…
Sam is a BFI (Film Forever), BAFTA, British Council (Film) and DOLBY Labs supported Autistic Filmmaker for his expert storytelling.
Sam has acted on screen and film, on Doctor Who (BBC), Torchwood (BBC), The Hawk (BBC Films), Teachers (Channel 4), Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker (LucasFilm), The Truth About Love (Piccadilly Pictures/Lex Filmed Entertainment), Coronation Street (ITV Studios) and others.
Sam Downie has been an expert on The Gadget Show (Channel 5), and a gadgets and tech reporter on Click (BBC News).
Sam’s own short film “Uniquely Human” has been nominated for a BAFTA in 2019, and his current short film “Meet The Metahumans” is supported by DOLBY Labs and will make its screen debut from 3rd December 2021.
A proud Ambassador for Charities
Outside of work, Sam is a proud Ambassador and Volunteer Filmmaker for the following non-profits / charity’s :
Epilepsy Awareness Day and Expo (held at Disneyland Resort, California), a yearly event that takes over Disneyland Hotel Conference Centre and Disneyland Park for a 3-day event, that brings together adults and children affected by Epilepsy, Seizures, Autism and Brain Injuries – over 5 thousand people attend this amazing event.
As you can see, Sam Downie wears many hats, he’s a – “critically acclaimed Polymath” !
Sam currently resides in Bristol, England.