After finding that life in the IT world around London, wasn’t for Gawain, he took a couple of years out and travelled extensively around Asia, residing in Hong Kong for a year. Whilst away he developed a hunger for experience, and an open-minded view to possibilities.
When he returned to Belfast, he became a self employed events promoter & co-ordinator, running many successful nights, one regularly, called Evolution, which was nominated for several awards, and won OhYeah.net ‘Best Small Club of The Year’. During five years of club nights he co-owned a couple of record labels and a DJ agency for local artists, organising European tours.
After this he became a director in local t-shirt company ‘Tart’, handling PR/Marketing & Sales, organising & co-ordinating European & International trade shows & exhibitions.
In university he had became involved with electronic music production, which continues to today, and in all of his roles he has worked closely with visual artists, in interior club décor & visuals, using anything from projectors slide projectors to LCD screens, through to artists who came from media backgrounds, and designed for print, on clothing or magazines.
Over the last 7 years, he has attended many courses to learn various aspects of the film industry, from scriptwriting to production, from local NVTV through to the Media-funded Script Factory & Discovery Campus.
He had always had an interest in film & music, beginning his own film night, to screen local short films. And after having worked with audio production on several projects, and then making a couple of music videos, felt it was the right time to submit some scripts to the NIFTC’s ‘Deviate’ scheme.
He produced 2 short films, one called ‘The Cat’ directed by Fran Apprich, which won Best Cinematography, for a short film, at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival in 2005, as well as winning a Gold Remi Award at Worldfest, Houston, 2006; the other short he produced with Anna McCaughtry, is called ‘3 Seconds My Arse’, which was selected to compete at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, the Irish Film Festival, in Chicago, and won ‘Best Original Comedy’ at Worldfest, in Houston, after winning Best Dark Comedy at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival in Los Angeles, in Mar 2006.
2006 saw Gawain as production supervisor for Series 3 of the N.Ireland Film & TV Commission’s Short Steps & Deviate Schemes, resulting in 8 HD digital films premiering at Belfast Film Festival. He is now looking after their marketing to festivals worldwide. He was also associate producer on an experimental film shot by Irish director Hugh McGrory, using Arri Media’s new digital slow motion cameras, and in which Adobe Digital Systems were heavily involved in the post-production.
Gawain came up with an idea to produce 4 music videos as part of a collaborative project between record label Red Label Records & production company Seamless Productions, called Jukeboxes & Triggers. 3 of them are animations of varying styles, including stop frame & puppetry, 2D graphics, and hand drawn flash animation, with the other one being a complicated studio shoot at Belfast's Panavision studio. During the productions 2 of the films became stand alone short films above and beyond the music videos.
In 2007 Seamless Productions also saw the director & producer team of Fran Apprich & Gawain Morrison coming together to make the UKFC Digital Shorts funded film ‘Out Of Tune’, completed and screened as part of the Seamless Productions 07 evening at Belfast's Queens Film Theatre.
2008 has seen Gawain taking part in this year's Deviate scheme, both as production manager & 1st AD for each of the 4 films selected, alongside his 3rd year submitting to the Straight 8 competition, which has been selected for screening at this year's Straight 8 Art, in Brick lane, London.
Currently Gawain is working on launching the documentary strand of Seamless Productions with a feature-doc on ‘We Want Light’ a documentary about the emerging country of Albania, is focusing some of his attention on the new media concepts of his new company Filmtrip, and is putting together an Irish Language concept in conjunction with production company Red Ray Films.