Neil McGregor graduated from Australian Film, Television & Radio School and Griffith University. Starting as a Casting Director, running his own studio he cast thousands of Television Commercials before turning his efforts to directing and producing films and TV commercials. His award winning films have been highly successful, including his directorial debut feature film which lead him to become one of the youngest people to be inducted into the prestigious Australian Directors Guild.
On the back of this success, he relocated to Vancouver, Canada where he was added to the directing and producing roster for Television Commercials across North America creating content for high-end clients for clients including Tesla and Lululemon. Neil informally shadowed directors on film & television shows including Deadpool, Godzilla, Fifty Shades of Grey, and secured a literary agent. While working as a crew member on the Seth Rogan/James Franco comedy The Interview his personal information was stolen and ended up on Wikileaks during the Sony-North Korea hack.
In 2015, Neil was headhunted by the Queensland Government film commission to relocate back to Australia, taking up position as Vice President, Locations & Production Attraction at Screen Queensland. Neil played an integral role in helping attract over $335 million in production investment into Queensland and provided locations & tax incentives advice to Hollywood studios on numerous productions including Aquaman, Thor Ragnarok, Pacific Rim: Uprising and Godzilla Vs Kong. His responsibilities also included complex stakeholder consultation between Hollywood Studios and all three levels of government for using specific locations for filming purposes. Due to the increased amount of filming activity and loosing many projects to other states and counties, Neil pitched an idea to the Queensland Government for a new studio to be built in Brisbane. He found a location, conceptualised a design and with a team, secured funds and oversaw the build process of what would become Australia’s third largest studio complex, Screen Queensland Studios which opened in 2019 with Paramount Pictures the first to use the studio. His foresight has significantly strengthened Queensland’s film industry and integral to the states Covid-19 recovery of which he still actively is involved in.
Upon departing Screen Queensland, Neil founded Glass Engine in mid 2019. Neil’s skills of traditional cinematic storytelling paired with digital technology in the creative and advertising space has created strong interest in the company including from the former Queensland Chief Entrepreneur Officer. Glass Engine had only been in operation for a little over six months before the impacts of the global pandemic began to impact operations. As a new business Glass Engine was ineligible for most government assistance, Neil bootstrapped the company to kept it agile and was able to operate and grow the business during this period which has now tripled it’s operating capacity, turnover and has generated over a hundred freelancer jobs in film, animation, digital and post-production.
He is an active member of the Oxford Street Business Association and board member for the Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival and a recipient of the Business Mentor Program with Advanced Queensland.
We started telling stories through photos + videos.
That took us to the thought of how you’d tell the story of a story,
so we created Documentaries. Then, we’d always loved Movies.
Soon, we started thinking, why don’t we just make the whole story?
Because good cinema can change your life.
So now we are.