PRODUCTION DESIGNER
COSTUME DESIGNER
FILMMAKER

FINIAN JAMES TEMPEST

BORN IN 1998, LONDON
BASED BETWEEN CORNWALL / LONDON

Finian James Tempest is a London / Cornwall based Filmmaker, Costume and Production Designer who currently works within the Art Department on Film, Television, Fashion, Music Videos and Commercials as an Art Director, Draughtsperson, 3D Visualisation Artist and Graphic Designer. He has worked for clients such as Amazon Prime, BBC, Vogue and Samsung, working alongside directors including Derek Cianfrance and Tarsem Singh.

As a Filmmaker, Costume and Production Designer, Finian’s distinctive aesthetic world is a cocoon of nostalgia and fantasy, inspired by his childhood fascination with all things uncanny and macabre. Born in London and raised in Reading - an offbeat town known for the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde for sodomy, Finian had a unique upbringing, surrounded by crooks, villains and his catholic grandmother. Defying his grandmother’s ambitions for him to become a priest, whilst soaking up stories of the characters around him, Finian became a collector - notepad in hand, gathering anecdotes, images, characters and peculiar objects. His developing imagination, nurtured by such experiences and the films of Roland Topor, Jan Svankmajer and Peter Greenaway, drew him to the visual arts - a place where he could animate his collections of sight, sound and story.

Finian studied Film for a year at the University of Westminster, but transferred onto Set Design specialism courses at University of the Arts London: Wimbledon College of Arts, and Central Saint Martins, where he developed skills in Draughting and SketchUp, working as a Production Designer and in wardrobe on several short films and commercials. Finian graduated with a 1st Class BA Honours degree from UAL: Central Saint Martins in 2021.

EDUCATION:

2023-24 - Currently Studying
Prosthetic Effects MA
Falmouth University

2019-21 - 1st Class Honours
BA (Hons) Performance: Design and Practice,
University of the Arts London: Central Saint Martins

2018-19 - 1 year at BA (Hons) PAFS: Set Design,
University of the Arts London: Wimbledon College of Arts

2017-18 - 1 year at BA (Hons) Film,
University of Westminster