BROADCAST PROJECTS AND CREDITS
Camera trainer – Canon 5D Mark IV - BBC Docs – Earth’s Sacred Wonders (2018) - Trained self shooters to make behind the scenes films on this landmark series using the brand new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. The camera is so new and relatively complicated I was required to research and write a quick start guide.
Self Shooting Director - BBC Science - The story of Cremant de Loire for Supermarket Secrets (2018) - one week shoot in France with thorough scripting and prep, to show the science behind the production of this wine similar to prosecco.
Producer/Director - BBC Science - The One Show (2018) - scripted and directed story about a brainteaser that went viral - scale model built and presented by Marty Jopson
Self Shooting Director - Tern Television Docs - The Unteachables (2018) - spent one week a special school for the disadvantaged in Glasgow, gaining trust from students aged 14 and up who have fallen through the school system, with little positive education.
Self Shooting Director - Firecracker Films & BBC Docs (2018) - Bump Birth Baby - shot various days with new Mums for this character-led documentary series
Producer/Director with some self shooting - Firecrest Films & Channel 4 Current Affairs – Super Shoppers (2018) - Wrote, directed and produced 2 x episodes of this consumer affairs show, exposing big brands for their bad practices. . This was a very creative role, with a great deal of effort put into coming up with creative treatments and stunts.
Shooting Producer/Director (2016/2017) - BBC Scotland Docs BBC2 – MND and 22 Year Old Me Sole shooter and director on 1 x 1hr doc about Scotland’s youngest sufferer of Motor Neurone Disease. A mix of constructed reality, and pure obs-doc the story follows Lucy’s huge character as she meets people who can teach her something about terminal illness - as she tries to live the normal life of a 22 year old, by looking for love, going out, and meeting her favourite country music star! Careful consideration of the health andwell being of Lucy was paramount in terms of the schedule. An emotional documentary with a good dose of humour too. Spent 6 months filming, identifying and shaping story lines before going into edit for 8 weeks. The final doc was delivered in first person narration, with graphics in the style of personal blogs. Transmitted on the 1st of August 2017 and has received great feedback. Exec: Jo Roe. ***Nominated for a Celtic Media Award in Single Documentary. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0904xtm
Producer/Director (2017) - BBC Science / BBC 2 – Trust Me I’m A Doctor – Mental Health Special - Undertook direction of various scientific studies / films looking at stress – including how to improve our cortisol response to waking using mindfulness and nature interventions; how stress causes our blood sugar to rise; and a story on whether or not we should be taking anti-depressants. Through prep and script writing, and direction of the edit. Shooting with crews, as well as self shooting obs doc. Exec: Jacqueline Smith. ***Winner: Scotland RTS Award for Science and Natural History Documentary
Edit Producer (2016) - BBC Science and Docs – Britain’s Ancient Capital, Secrets of Orkney - Edit Produced the third episode of three, of this eclectic series – a mix of obs doc and constructed stories on the Isle of Orkney where a huge archaeological dig takes place every summer – four presenters – including Neil Oliver and Chris Packaham - uncover how this was such a thriving civilisation and why it came to a spectacular end – using science experiments, looking at the endemic wildlife and biological history, and exploring the geology which lent itself to building on such a monumental scale. Roughly assembled all three episodes, and roughly shaped EP3. SP: Jamie Simpson. Exec: Rachel Bell
Edit Producer (2016) - BBC Science Specialist Factual – City in the Sky - Edit Producer for final episode 3 of this landmark prime time series about the science of the aviation industry. Worked on hours of material in a methodical way, logging everything, and pulling together the material (ptcs, actuality) with carefully written commentary that hit the note of ‘landing’ at the same time as telling the story of the future, a sense of scale, and superlatives - together with interesting human stories and moments that lightened up the technical material and made the series accessible to all. SP: Jobim Sampson Exec: Jane Aldous
Producer/Director (2015) - BBC Science – Food Detectives - Directed 1 x 30mins giving the public the information they need to know on the consumer and scientific issues related to food. eg. Nutrition Labelling Laws, Campylobacter on our supermarket chickens. Found stories, wrote scripts and developed demonstrations and stunts that would serve the material, ran tests and experiments, and saw some of the films through to the edit. SP: Graeme Thompson Exec: Paul Overton
Producer/Director (2015) - BBC Science – Trust Me I’m a Doctor - Directed 5 x stories/experiments revealing brand new science– including: cutting chocolate cravings by imagining eating (a large scale experiment with over 200 people in York), wiping addiction memories in relation to alcohol with UCL and reducing cancer causing compounds in BBQ meat with beer complete with bangers and Beer at the Ludlow Beer Festival). Self shot some elements of the programme on C300 and came up with stylistic ways of injecting creativity into all items. Offline edited some of the films, or at least got them to sync pull stage, with refined commentary.
Producer/Director (2014) - BBC Science – What’s the Right Diet for You? - Directed and wrote Episode 3 of a three-part formatted series on the science of obesity in collaboration with Oxford and Cambridge Unis – putting 75 people through a range of experiments related to brand new science on genetics, gut hormones and psychology. Involved large scale multi camera location shooting with big audience with jib. Wrote and directed 5 stories / experiments within the one hour (including how speed of eating affects the hormones related to fullness using a burger van stunt; measuring metabolic rate under space-like hoods after weight loss; looking at how hormones like leptin which regulate fat change with weightloss, demonstrated at an abbatoir and through an experiment on eating breakfast). Rough cut items on avid newscutter before going in to edit, self shot some elements of the programme. A mixture of constructed reality / obs doc / and constructed experiments and demos. I loved the challenge of crafting the programme into a 1 hour arc, that resolved all of the contributors journeys, crafted content and storylines and experiments that dealt with the final stages of weightloss, and summed up the series. SP: Paul Overton Exec: Mark Hedgecoe
Edit Producer (2014) - Channel4 and Raise the Roof Productions – Secret Agent - Fast turnaround series on which I edit produced a 1 hour formatted programme for primetime in 10 days, and then a 1 hour for daytime SPs and Execs: Ben Ridgley and Jo Scott and Julie Grant
Self Shooting PD (2014) - BBC and Raise the Roof Productions – Architects - 1 day shooting on location at building site, with sensitive story and contributor. Series Producer: Andrew Walmsley
Edit Producer (2013) - Channel4 and Raise the Roof Productions – Best of Both Worlds - EP-ed programme 5 of this new series for primetime – enjoyed the challenge of finding the right ‘tone’ in the commentary and really honing in on narratives that would drive the 1 hour SP: Dani Carlaw
Producer / Director (and self shooting) (2013) - BBC1 Science – The Great Big Energy Saving Challenge - Directed 1 x 1 hour for BBC1 Scotland, following 6 families on one street as they try to reduce their energy consumption by 30% over a three week period, presented by Kate Humble. As lead director on the programme, I was tasked with story sourcing, designing made for tele experiments, writing the script, directing multi camera PSC crews and jib on the presenter days, directing talent, (including Kate Humble, Marty Jopson and some less experienced presenters), directing a street of contributors, self-shooting a number of the VT inserts (on C300) as well as general obs doc material (on Canon XF305) and stings (on Canon 5D). Also rough cut VTs on newscutter. VT inserts included a ladies lightbulb party, constructing a solar air heater out of old aluminium cans, powering a kettle using a bank of bicycles, experimenting with a heat recovery system. A varied and hugely enjoyable project, which involved some creative planning in terms of keeping to budget and lots of planning in the edit to carefully build story arcs and build tension between neighbourly residents of a street that were competing with each other. Exec: Craig Hunter / Debbie Christie . Series Producer: Graeme Thompson
Self Shooting Producer / Director (2013) - BBC2 Docs – More Creatures Great and Small - Self shooter for this obs doc series of 12 x 30mins for BBC2 at 1830, following stories at two vet practices. Stories included everything from a dog being hit by a train to a grumpy male pony that needed a certain op fast! Careful negotiation with the vets and nurses and contributors onsite – in what is sometimes a very sensitive environment. Exec: Jo Roe Series Producer: Julie Grant
Self Shooting Producer / Director (2012) - BBC Science – Keeping Britain Safe - Self shooting project over the New Year Period to capture the challenging work that the Edinburgh Ambulance Service undertakes at their busiest time of year – filmed using Canon C300. Involved filming in very sensitive situations with challenging consents (eg. people unable to breathe), and building up a relationship with Ambulance crew member. Most significant story was filming of a man who had been hit by a bus on Princes Street on New Year’s Eve. Series Producer: Iain Scholay
Edit Producer (2012) - Channel4, Raise the Roof Productions – Kirstie’s Vintage Xmas - Helped edit produce this 1 hour episode. Involved lots of jazzing up in terms of the writing, working to a very specific format, but being flexible enough to change it up where required. Series Producer: Dani Carlaw
Edit Producer (2012) - Channel4, Raise the Roof Productions – Kirstie’s Handmade Britain Fillers / Kirstie’s Vintage Home Fillers - Edit Producing of 44 fillers for Channel 4 -. Series Producer: Dani Carlaw
Producer / Director (2012) - Channel4, Raise the Roof Productions – Kirstie’s Vintage Home - Wrote and directed 2 x 1 hour episodes of Kirstie Allsopp’s craft programme – with strong narratives about people who want to learn more about upcycling, recycling and crafting bespoke pieces – from making cool concrete orb lights to reviving a glass deco lamp shade and recycling vintage fabrics. Directed two-camera shoot in a custom studio or cafe / self shot catch up material / and edit produced one of the programmes. Series Producer: Dani Carlaw
Scriptwriter (2012) - Twig Science Films, Glasgow – Changing Materials - Writing two science film scripts a week about scientific concepts for 10 year olds. Such as: filtration of urine and sweat on the International Space Station; how plants reproduce. Series Producer: Natasha Stillwell
Director (2011) - BBC Learning Scotland – Little Stargazing - 1 x 30 minute educational kids programme to support the Brian Cox series ‘Stargazing’ on which I directed stories about stars and constellations at the Dark Skies Park in Galloway Forest / and the Northern Lights in Lapland Finland. Learned a number specialist filming techniques in order to capture the night sky. The programme was nominated for a Children’s Bafta Award. Series Producer: Gerald Strother. ***Runner Up Children's Bafta Awards
Producer / Director – Self Shooting (2011) - BBC Crimewatch Roadshow Wales – Facial Anthropology - 1 x 8 minute film about the forensic science of facial anthropology and the computer rebuilding of people’s faces who have been found murdered or dead.
Assistant Producer – Self Shooting (2011) - BBC Science Scotland – Britain’s Favourite Foods - 1 x 60 minute show about the startling scientific facts behind our staple foodstuffs, like eggs and milk!
Producer – Self Shooting (2011) - BBC Scotland Investigates/Frontline – Sectarianism - 1 x 30 minute presenter led broadcast doc about sectarianism in football. A highly sensitive subject, with difficult access to contributors and an incredibly quick turnaround. Exec: Marcus Ryder
Producer / Director – Self Shooting (2010 / 2011) - That Crazy French Woman in Georgia Former Soviet Union, Sky Travel Channel International - 1 x 50 minute presenter led broadcast travel programme about one woman’s quest to get the people of Georgia to return to traditional 1000 year old wine making techniques in clay pots buried in the ground. Very colourful character led stories in stunning settings, with a strong narrative quest and arc. Wrote, directed, filmed and offline edited.
Development Producer / Director (2010) - Climate Psychology for Dummies - Discovery C. Europe & Fin Films - A 1hour creative pop science documentary about the human disconnection with nature, and the ultimate consequences such as climate change . Selected for the prestigious European Discovery Scheme, for experienced filmmakers to develop their films alongside worldwide broadcast commissioners, storyliners, and narrative experts – from BBC Storyville; Arte; France5; NatGeo; ZDF; Sundance; CBC; Ch4TrueStories;
(Head of Film Unit - World Wildlife Fund): Producer / Director (2009) - Net Gains for Fisheries, World Wildlife Fund-International
A 30 minute film about the scientific, social and ecological complexities of our overfished oceans, with contributor led stories from fishermen across the EU. Gruelling shoot conditions on fishing boats. Whilst in this full time role I produced over twenty films for different audiences, including general public, politicians, schools
Self Shooting Producer / Director (2009) - India Sustainable Cotton Project, World Wildlife Fund-UK, Fin Films - A series of mini documentaries profiling the lives of village farmers who have been adversely affected by pesticides and fertilisers during cotton production and who have taken on new sustainable farming methods to increase incomes, health and livelihoods.
Self Shooting Producer / Director (2007) - How to Holiday Greener – Norfolk – Sky Travel Channel International - Wrote, directed, self-shot and offline edited 23'30" programme about sustainable tourism in Norfolk. Stories: stone curlew conservation and Norfolk Broads ecology. Presented by Miranda Krestovnikoff from Coast
Self Shooting Producer / Director (2007) - How to Holiday Greener – Wales - Sky Travel Channel International - Wrote, directed, self-shot and offline edited 23'30" programme about sustainable tourism in Wales. Stories: veg oil vehicles, methane energy methods, dolphin monitoring, Presented by Miranda Krestovnikoff, Coast
Self Shooting Producer / Director (2007) - How to Holiday Greener – Scotland – Sky Travel Channel International - Wrote, directed, self-shot and offline edited 23'30 programme about sustainable tourism in The Scottish Highlands. Storie, sea kayaking, Ben Nevis with a zero footprint. Presented by Miranda Krestovnikoff from Coast
Self Shooting Producer / Director (2007/2006) - The Scavengers - Fin Films Ltd & BBC World - A documentary profiling the lives the los pepenadores - Mexicans living and working on garbage dumps. Difficult access in a hostile environment, I self shot, set up fixers, guides, carnet, permits and narrative.
Directing AP - (2007) Crufts - BBC Events - Wrote and directed a short film about the Discover Dogs exhibition, presented by Matt Baker. Script writing, thorough logging and paper edit.
Directing AP - (2006) - No Home - BBC Factual - Directed long contributor led films (3 x 15 minutes) about homelessness for the BBC No Home season. Dealing with difficult consents and sensitive subject matters and characters.
Directing AP (2006) - Temper Your Temper - BBC Factual - Wrote and directed long films (3 x 15 mins) about the physiological effects of anger on the body. Produced a brand new presenter/doctor and made science accessible to a daytime audience.
Directing AP (2006) - Something for the Weekend - BBi Factual - Directed material about superjuices, with a nutritionist/new presenter in a studio set up.
Director AP (2006) - A Child Against All Odds - BBCi Factual - A series about infertility, presented by Robert Winston, on which I trained a new director.
DV Director (2006) - Child of Our Time - BBC Specialist Factual - 1 day filming (Z1, radio mics, wireless boom) two families on outings at the Natural History Museum and Tate Modern.
Director (2006) - Xmas Music Vid – BBC Chidren’s / CBeebies - Directed a music video in a green screen studio using PSC crew. Storyboarding, shotlisting, directed presenters and crew.
Director (2006) - Summer Sing Along - BBC Childrens / CBeebies - Directed 2 large scale music videos including very young children. Directed performances, creatively storyboarded the songs, using tracks, jibs and dollies.
Director (2005) - Film Team - BBC Childrens - A creative and autonomous role, which involved scripting and directing films ranging from dinosaur fossil hunting and birdwatching, to comedy scriptwriting for Basil Brush
Studio Director and Writer (2005-2007 – freelance on and off) - CBeebies Presentation - BBC Childrens - Created visually exciting educational items. Scripted content, directed 2 studio cameras, vision mixed & post produced.
Producer (2005) - ITN London Tonight News On Demand Service - Homechoice - Produced/launched ITV's first on-demand news channel. Creative development of the channel and lots of writing.
Director / Associate Producer (2004) - Fat Nation - BBC Factual - Directed 5 creatively thought out films (eg. stylistically shooting through the back of a fridge). Subjects: science and social history of the buttocks, healthy eating, walking and dancing with the Cheeky Girls. DV filming.
Director / Associate Producer (2004) - Chelsea Flower Show - BBC Factual - I was required to direct 10 short films, as well as plan schedules. Wrote scripts and voiceover, directed interviews and edits, (both offline and online).
Studio Director and Writer (2003) - CBeebies Presentation - BBC Childrens - A job requiring a high level of creativity and planning of fun education items.
Director (2003) - Lifeline - BBC Factual - A five minute film giving the charity Remap the opportunity to appeal for funds. Stories: a thalidimide victim, a 12 year old boy with a prosthesis and a lady with motor neuron disease)
News Producer (2000) - News Input - GMTV - Daily popular news, for which I sourced newsworthy stories, set up interviews and wrote material. Stories included Mozambique Disaster, Smoking, Bullied Child Takes School to Court.
Copywriter (1998) - More FM & C93 - New Zealand - Wrote and devised concepts for a variety of high profile commercials.
Segment Producer (1997) - Good Morning - Television New Zealand - A live daily magazine show, on which I produced and researched newsworthy stories and set up live to air talkback.
Trainee Director (1996) - Corporate films - 20:20 Vision - A directing training role within a high profile corporate production company