Over the last year I have worked as a part of a small production team with an ex BBC executive producer Alastair Simmons on a series of short science communication films for a couple of high profile clients. The Bill Gates foundation’s N2 Africa Project, western scientists working with African scientists, extension workers and smallholder subsistence farmers in Central Africa. To create programming in multiple languages for different audiences, from PHD students worldwide, to creating information films to help the farmers understand the new technologies and agricultural inputs in DR Congo, Rwanda and Kenya.

In November we were commissioned to make a short film on the problems of food security for the University of Lancaster and the Royal Society, visiting scientists, businesses and farmers in Kenya, Malaysia and Sri Lanka to look into the different problems facing third world countries and how this will eventually affect us. The short film was made to address the complexity of the problem, how different regions and climates are effected, and that research does not have the backing it needs to produce solutions.

I was the Sound Recordist on location, but undertook different roles as the situation required, from directing sequences, working with the contributors to get the best result for the film and directing the cameraman for shots I would need in the edit.

I am comfortable and enjoy working closely with high profile Professors scientists from universities and organisations around the world. Although we had a science editor to sign off on the content, as Editor I was the first line of science understanding and worked closely with my producer to make sure the scientific content was correct and accessible.

I love working overseas, travel well in rough environments and enjoy the challenge of recording sound in harsh sonic environments with one ear and keeping a track on the content with the other.

In my previous roles in production companies I have covered most aspects of production, starting out as a technical assistant on a South West Screen/Skillset new entrants scheme with Halo Films LTD, producing 38 hours of low budget lifestyle television for a start up sky channel, corporate films, documentaries and promos. I have researched, co-ordinated and advised on kit for overseas shoots, logged hundreds of hours of footage for editors and edited programs from start to finish on Final Cut Pro. I have a great all round understanding of the whole filmmaking process, from technical to soft skills.

Key skills –

Technical -ENG Sound Recording in harsh environments, data wrangling and workflow design, photography and shooting wildlife video and stills, logging and creative editing in Final Cut Pro.

Production – Researching and planning science communication, developing stories, directing sequences, interviewing contributors and working with fixers/translators. Good science content knowledge of wildlife, ecology, environment and conservation issues.

Location – Organising equipment, carnets, insurance, researching flights and permits, organising accommodation and supplies. Recorded in Malaysia Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Kenya, DR Congo, Rwanda and Europe.

Other skills – Padi Divemaster with dive industry experience, 4×4 driving, powerboats and firearms practice.  Survival courses – coastal and winter in the UK. I have worked in the security industry and have been responsible for safety of kit and rushes on location and travel.

Please see my CV for more information.

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