Peter Stanley-Ward

Following higher education, Peter began experimenting with digital cameras, editing and VFX software and techniques as a means to engage audiences with his own stories. He started to make developmental shorts and entered the Guerilla 48 Hour Film Challenge where 'Tavern' was selected for 'Top 10 Best of the Bunch'. His following short, 'Rat A Tat Tat', was well received by festivals at home and internationally (including BBC Talent Short Film Competition and Wellington Fringe Festival, New Zealand).

Following 'Rat A Tat Tat' Peter made his first feature-length picture 'Small Town Folk'; a zero budget film made entirely by Peter with the help of his closest friends as cast and crew. In 2007 'Small Town Folk' was screened at Cannes by an LA sales agent and distributed in the home entertainment market in over 30 territories worldwide, including North America through Lionsgate. It was also selected for genre film festivals around the world (London UK Film Focus - LUFF, San Francisco -- Another Hole in the Head, Hungary Budapest -- Titanic Film Festival) and screened on The Horror Channel (UK cable television). 

In 2010 Peter co-founded Treehouse Digital; a boutique production company specialising in high concept family entertainment. It is a 'Story Laboratory' that nurtures original ideas through each stage of production via their writer's room, VFX studio, editorial and sound facilities. The company covers the motion picture, music video and commercial sectors with a growing client base that includes Dare 2b Festival (Tour de France promotion), LV Insurance, Renault and Sebago. In 2013 they led and created an EPK and 'Making Of' for 'Another Me' (20th Century Fox), and most recently Treehouse have been responsible for all of the VFX and SFX in the short film 'Litterbugs', directed and co-written by Peter. 

In early 2015 'Litterbugs' was awarded full production funding under Creative England's Emerging Talent Fund, and in 2016 Treehouse is recognised in Creative England's 'CE50' report. The report comprises Creative England's pick of the "companies leading the charge for the creative industries, showcasing the best of what England's regions have to offer and transforming the country's economic future". Further accolade has been awarded by a panel of judges (including representatives from MediaCom, Channel 4 and Facebook) who have chosen Treehouse Digital as one of the CE50's 10 Future Leaders.

Peter and Treehouse Digital are passionate about the international, multi-platform potential of story-telling and currently have several family feature films and television shows in development with Mighty Atom Entertainment, Ingenious Media, and Executive Producer Tim Patterson (former Nickelodeon VP, Director of Programming).

For the past two years Peter has been teaching 7-16 year olds at a local filmmaking school. The kids experience all the "tricks of the trade", and periodically throughout the year Peter also teaches specialised workshops. These include the 'Wizardry Workshop' where Peter demonstrates amongst other things, how to fly and cast spells using VFX. This experience and interaction is invaluable for Peter as it provides him with an understanding of today's younger generation, which he utilises in all of his work. 

"I grew up in a golden era of family entertainment. This is a genre that is close to my heart and makes up much of who I am as a filmmaker. My goal is to create content for the new generation of families, that delivers big spectacle and has an even bigger heart." 

Peter is represented by Jane Villiers at Sayle Screen.

Paul Hamblin