The goal of Butterfly Effect Films is to create films which will make a difference. Powerful documentaries which tell an engaging story and will travel far and wide. Short films that will be watched and shared – leaving an imprint far greater than their size. The team combines the award-winning storytelling skills and broadcast production experience of writer and producer Jo Stewart-Smith with the talented, creative eye of director of photography and editor Simon Vacher.

Latest Project

We are currently working on a series of four films for Dorset Coast Forum, see below for our first film Young and Fishing with Sam Shuker

Young and Fishing with Sam Shuker

Sam Shuker, a 17 year old trainee commercial fisherman takes us out on a scallop boat from Lyme Regis and tells it like it is. He works long hours, determined to get as much experience as he can ready for the day when he is old enough to skipper a boat himself. Despite having all his fisherman tickets, Sam is also going to train to be a commercial diver, so that he can hand dive for scallops. He talks about the importance of the marine reserve for his fishery. He’s seen first-hand the ups and downs his fisherman father has gone through so he knows he’s chosen one of the toughest careers out there. But he loves the sense of freedom fishing brings. He says ‘the opportunities I have – it’s so much more than a job, it’s something I live for. I am determined to fight for it and if I have to rebuild it.’

Jo Stewart-Smith, Butterfly Effects Films – Director & Producer
Simon Vacher – Director of Photography

Thanks to:
The Shuker Family
George Bruford & Paul Mass
The WEt Fish Shop
The Fisherman’s Wife
Lyme Regis Harbour
Dorset AONB
Dorset & East Devon Fisheries Local Action Group

Funded by:
European Maritime & Fisheries Fund
Dorset Food & Drink
The Fine Family Foundation