Sandie’s background is in ecology and outdoor education. She has a PGCE in Outdoor Education and Science (Secondary) and completed her probation in 1994. However, following a climbing accident, Sandie was unable to work and so she took the opportunity to learn new skills. She attended CSV Dundee Media Action to learn desktop publishing skills and was given the opportunity to develop video production skills as well. A life long fan of films, she instantly hooked. On completion of her training, and fully recovered from her injuries, Sandie then was employed by CSV in video production and training. Clients included Barnardos, NHS Tayside, Breast Cancer Care, Dundee City Council and the Scottish Executive. She taught Video Production skills up to HN level.
In 2006 Sandie left CSV to complete her studies towards an MA in Screenwriting at Screen Academy Scotland. She graduated later that year with a Distinction and became self-employed as a freelance filmmaker. She worked part-time as a Producer and trainer for the Edinburgh based charity Scottish Kids Are Making Movies. Together with young filmmakers aged 12 – 18, Sandie produced a number of short films, both documentary and fiction based, that were subsequently screened at film festivals and nominated for national awards. Sandie left SKAMM in 2011 but has continued to work with young people at Dundee Rep Theatre, Edinburgh International Film Festival and Dundee Contemporary Arts.
Her other freelance work has mainly been focussed on the arts, with clients including Scottish Dance Theatre, Professor Bill Scott and the John Byrne Award. She continues to write fiction based scripts and to develop her understanding of films and the production process.