The Highwayman (2016)

Sound Design, Sound Recording

Production Credit: Sound Recording, Sound Design

A Period Drama based on Alfred Noyes’ poem ‘The Highwayman’ (1906).

The Highwayman

Set in 18th Century England, The Highwayman tells the tale of a fatal love triangle between Bess, the landlord’s daughter, Tim, the stable boy and The Highwayman.

As Sound Recordist and Designer, I was presented with many challenges, such as recording on open, windy moors, capturing horse SFX within a tight shooting schedule, editing SFX to match slow motion or working to VFX that I could not see at the time of editing. I worked with James Chatwin to record a variety of SFX and foley tracks, including the vocal lines of the horse and the ambient effects of the Inn interior and moorland exteriors.

The Highwayman was a highly enjoyable project to work on, it was half of my 1st Class Graduate Sound Portfolio at Falmouth University and was an engaging, poetic project to approach creatively with sound.

Written and directed by Ollie Chater, this ten minute short brings a dramatic poem to life on the screen. A selection of Ollie’s previous work and work in progress can be seen via this link: Oliver Chater


The first day of production took place at National Trust property Cotehile Mill. The bulk of production took place at The Old Post Office, Tintagel (National Trust), with the final shots obtained on Bodmin Moor.

Here are a few Behind the Scenes Stills (photography by Zack Langsdon and Jonathan Wilson):

The Highwayman BTS 02

The Highwayman BTS 01


Our Kickstarter Campaign was fully backed, view via the links below:


Composer and Musician Ben Sutcliffe from the People’s String Foundation appears in the short as a musician in the Inn, performing the authentic folksong ‘Death and the Lady’.  He also scored the film throughout the editing stages.

The Highwayman Composer The people's string foundation

Below is Ben’s early demo of ‘Death and the Lady’.

The Highwayman_02

Director: Oliver Chater | Producer: Henry Isaksen | 1st AD: Ella Turner | Director of Photography: Zack Langsdon | 1st Assistant Camera: Alessi Heitman-Rice | 2nd Assistant Camera: Celine Brekne | Stills Photography: Jonathon Wilson | Sound Recordist: Claire Stevens | Editor: James Lee-Warner | VFX Supervisor: Elliott Birch-Mackay | Sound Design: Claire Stevens | Foley Artist: James Chatwin | Hair and Make Up Artist: Becky Quinn | Graphic Designer: Ruby Livesey

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