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Ru and Kate launched after many years of waiting for somebody else to do it first!

Our vision for is to make it super easy for filmmakers to dream up and deliver fun, complex, multilayered non-linear stories. Without coding, without complexity… with a song in your heart!

We realised that now was the right time for us to build the tools we wanted to use ourselves: when audiences, streaming technology and demand have reached a new tipping point for interactive stories.

The world is ready for new kinds of stories for the 2020s – and is here to unlock their creation!

Interactive film

Ru Howe

Ru has been playing with film and code all his life - from mapping out Forest of Doom and coding it as an adventure game aged nine, to creating the first interactive story on YouTube in 2008.

Ru’s film work as director and editor has taken him from shooting and cutting on 16mm to being the first mobile videoblogger in the mid 2000s, long before iPhones and apps. He has spent the last ten years in large media companies translating between top producers and technologists, who rarely speak the same language. He directed interactive short Life Moves Pretty Fast ( which was recently released at Immersive Encounters 2020.

Alongside his day job working for broadcasters, Howe was one of the world’s first vloggers, whose online persona ‘Wolfie’ made Tik-Tok type videos (as far back 2003, even before YouTube) lip-synching to songs and movie scenes from his desk. His 2005-10 projects Fatgirlinohio and Twittervlog pioneered what we now recognise as the classic YouTube daily family vlog, playing with increasingly lo-fi mobile and pocket devices and the intimate connection with his audience - becoming the world’s first mobile vlogger to Twitter in 2007, and always working to enable other film and video makers to embrace affordable technology and workflows. Along the way, he created the first ever interactive film on YouTube (Indecision, 2008).

Since his involvement with the influential videoblogging collective (2004-) he has always been driven to innovate with lo-fi digital tools and explore narrative possibilities in intimate and experimental projects. He has also been a champion of enabling other producers and artists to develop their digital skills and workflows.

He has a vision of the internet as a sustainable powerful web of connected hypervideo rather than separate chunks separated by walled garden platforms and content owners. To this end, he has also developed an open standard for hyper-linking and machine-learning called Space Time Code. is the first phase of a larger vision to enable creatives to unlock the linear content for the 2020’s.

Interactive film

Kate Dimbleby

Kate is a producer, writer and performer whose 25 years’ experience of live interactivity is at the heart of our creative writing tools, particularly our Story Map and Story Islands™.

Kate has worked for over 25 years as a producer, writer and performer. She has recorded 6 albums, and has toured the world with theatrical music shows, working with world-class musicians, writers and other artists to tell stories about women's voices. Her work has increasingly focused on interactivity and improvisation, which led her to founding Her 2017 album and show Songbirds (2017) was made using acapella voice loops and described by Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6) as 'an artist absolutely at the top of her game'.

Kate has also developed a structure for writing and developing her ideas to allow for maximum creative freedom and flexibility particularly live on stage. This is at the heart of our creative writing tools, particularly how we’ve developed our Story Map and Story Islands™️.

In a nutshell: With 20 years of solid marketing expertise under her belt, Natasha has a keen understanding of how to build brands and articulate them. 

Pre-Stornaway highlights: She spent the first decade of her career working for leading multinational agencies McCann Erickson Worldgroup and M&C Saatchi.

Part of the crew: Natasha was in the room when we came up with the name She has been on this journey with us from the start. Always helping to steer us in the right direction!

Gemma Twomey - Head of Product at A woman wearing a pink floaty dress and a black leather jacket holds her arm out. She is smiling and look at the camera.

Gemma Twomey

Head of Product

In a Nutshell: Gemma has an ongoing habit of delivering hugely successful projects! With over 9 years of working within the digital world, ensuring requirements are clear and the results are exceptional.

Pre-Stornaway highlights: She’s spent years managing multiple client portfolios within digital and creative agencies. Bridging the gap between project teams (front & back-end developers, designers & QA) and company directors and clients. 

Part of the crew: Gemma’s been with us since the very first Stornaway workshop, where we sketched out our plans for Stornaway. She got our vision immediately and was full of ideas, thoughts and suggestions about the user experience. She’s been brilliantly coordinating the team, unlocking our intuitive UX and features with a light touch ever since.

Abbie Horning - Communications Manager at A headshot of a women looking towards the camera. She had dark hair and wears glasses. The background is a turquoise coloured wall.

Abbie Horning

Head of Communications

In a nutshell: With eight years in communications, both internal and external, across a range of sectors, Abbie has already successfully helped to grow the brand from safe waters into uncharted territory.

Pre-Stornaway highlights: Following a degree in film production, Abbie spent a number of years working within the film and TV industry. Experience that gives her a strong understanding and keen insight into the needs and requirements of our creators.

Part of the crew: Having previously worked with Ru, Abbie joined us early in the Stornaway journey. Wearing many hats and becoming the voice (and creator) of our video tutorials, she’s always there to support and inspire our creators.

Charlotte Panchaud

Head of Partnerships and New Business

In a nutshell: Charlotte is a super organised individual who thrives off being around people and loves a challenge! Her career journey so far has predominantly been focussed around stakeholder and account management and she’s excited to bring this experience to the Stornaway team. In her free time, the challenges don’t stop as she loves powerlifting, fundraising and anything that involves a bit of adrenaline!

Pre-Stornaway Highlights:  Charlotte is a business graduate with experience in stakeholder and change management within both higher education and the third sector. Building on this experience, she continued working with a number of charities supporting them with their sales and marketing needs. Most recently, Charlotte has spent a number of years working within a financial services firm with a focus on client relationship and account management. Within this role she was also responsible for the UAT and training for system changes across the department.

Part of the Crew: Charlotte also lives in Bristol where Stornaway Headquarters is based. Having followed Stornaway’s journey from the start, she was very excited to have the opportunity to join the team at this pivotal point. Her previous experience and passion for people will help grow the business and build meaningful relationships with our users.

Fran Solo

Fran Solo

Senior Front End Developer

In a Nutshell :
Whilst Fran started her career as a UI designer, she soon realised that solving problems through code was what she was truly passionate about. She has since worked with a number of languages, frameworks and within a range of sectors. In nearly a decade she has worked with eCommerce giants such as Electrolux to enhance their digital solutions, Genomics England to build the world’s first online genetic testing service as well as consulting public sector clients to help improve their services.

Pre-Stornaway Highlights :
Fran is an award-winning developer, having been named a TechWomen100 winner for her dedication to diversifying the technology industry. She has successfully solidified herself within the Bristol tech community by helping run codebar Bristol as well as mentoring on a number of remote initiatives such as Durham University’s TechUP bootcamp. More recently, she has become an official UN Delegate for the Commission on the Status of Women 67.

Part of the Crew :
Fran is brand new to Stornaway but well known in the tech community of Bristol where Stornaway was born!  She joins us to help shape this exciting next phase of our no-code interactive immersive editor. Her experience and passion for accessibility and inclusivity make her a key part of our future. She brings her development expertise, passion, creativity and empathy to the team.

Kate Moody

Video Producer and Customer Workflow Support

In a nutshell: Kate has just graduated from her filmmaking course at UWE Bristol. During her time at university, she worked as a director, producer and director of photography across countless projects. She has also been featured in multiple film festivals, including Encounters, Lift Off Global Network, RS Film Fest and The Paus Premieres Festival.

Pre-Stornaway highlights: Kate’s spent her recent years working on bettering female representation in the film and tv industries. Notably, she is an associate of ReFramed, an organisation looking to break sexist barriers for women working in the entertainment industries. She also runs a blog about dealing with neurodiversity, called Directing Dyspraxia.

Part of the crew: Kate first used in her first year of university, creating her interactive film ‘Lost and Found’ alongside her fellow filmmakers Felix Hodgson and Louis Barron-Forde. She helped to beta-test Stornaway’s first release, joining the team in February 2023 as a part-time communications assistant.

Skaidra Bakė

Back End Ruby Developer

In a Nutshell:
Sky has a degree in Psychology and a love of dance, cycling, and photography. After the degree, she decided that a science field as subjective and interpretative was not truly right for her. Hence she later found something just as solution-focused but less abstract!

Pre-Stornaway Highlights include:
Sky has experience working on large education, SaaS, and e-commerce platforms in an agile team. In her free time, she is playing around with a personal project – a social video platform for dancers.

Part of the Stornaway Crew:
Sky lives in Bristol where Stornaway Headquarters are based but loves to travel – and has already brought us gifts from her hometown in Lithuania.  She has a passion for discovering and learning new things (ranging from technologies, recipes, music genres to dance styles!) that makes her a fierce and brilliant addition to the team. She is excited about the interactivity element in video-play and the endless creative decisions and impact Stornaway users can have to the user experience because of it!

Brock Horning

Senior Copywriter

In a nutshell: After a decade in digital marketing, Brock has a strong history of creating and communicating compelling brand stories. Learning his craft in social media management (back when organic reach on Facebook was still a thing!), he’s honed the ability to turn complex topics into clear and concise copy.

Pre-Stornaway highlights: Brock enjoyed working on major film title releases early in his career for the likes of 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, eOne and IMAX. There’s nothing like working simultaneously on horror title Insidious 3 and kids’ flick Kung Fu Panda 2 to teach you the importance of tone of voice.

Part of the crew: Jumping in to support and steer content marketing efforts, Brock becomes more excited by Stornaway’s storytelling potential every day.

Please get in touch

Non-linear filmmakers are still a small pioneering group and we’ve designed to make interactive filmmaking much easier for all of us. We’d love to hear from you. Please contact us with any questions, or for a personal demo.

We’ve come back into the office buzzing, so now everyone here is really excited. We’ve been worrying about how we’d actually pull these shows off – just developing them has been a headache – so this couldn’t have been better timed.

Head of DevelopmentFactual Production Company

You have a seriously impressive piece of software that will clearly save many hours of headaches!

Writer/DirectorDrama Series

Amazing, that put a big smile on my face. Congratulations, A beautifully executed solution.

Technical ManagerChildren’s animation company

Every indie production company should have a Stornaway licence – and commissioners should demand that it be used as a standard.

Senior ExecutiveUS Broadcaster