Ruth Horner – Editor

Who is Ruth Horner?

I’m a creative person, a storyteller who gives emotional depth to a film. I’ve worked for many platforms including BBC, ITV and Channel 4. I’m extremely passionate about my work and always produce a polished and entertaining film. My creativity continues outside my television work with writing, I’m working on my first novel.

How did your career path develop?

I started in News. It was exciting to work on the big stories of the day as they unfolded. From this I’ve learnt how to make fast decisions and have the courage of my convictions. I moved to Panorama and Current Affairs where I learnt to tell stories and bring emotion to the screen. I now work on factual entertainment, travelogues, presenter-led shows, history as well as drama-docs. For me it’s about the audience, bringing them something that makes them laugh or cry and more importantly touches their heart.

What do you consider your greatest achievements so far?

I’ve worked my way through Goldsmiths Art College (without a grant) and I even had a piece of work shown in the Midlands Art Centre. I count my films as some of my biggest achievements. I’m still a bit stunned by what I have reached. I come from a working class background and as a child I could have never imagined achieving all this.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

“Inside The Factory” – I’ve worked on two series now, including the Christmas specials. This a fun-packed factual entertainment series which grows from strength to strength. Following iconic products such as crisps and pasta, Gregg Wallace and Cherry Healey find out how they are made and the history behind them. Who thought a factory could be so much fun?

“When Ant and Dec Meet The Prince: 40 years of The Prince’s Trust” – This film was a new and exciting type of royal film. Ant and Dec are irreverent and charming, allowing us to get closer to the man underneath the title, Prince Charles. The film had differing elements that needed to be woven together, royal interviews, the charity and comedy with Ant and Dec. The challenge was to make it a unified and enjoyable watch. It had 14 million viewers.

“Battle of Britain: The Day The War Was Won” – The amazing thing about this film was working with possibly the last interviews from the heroes of The Battle of Britain. We were humbled by them and their experiences. We decided to do something very different, to turn the interviews and archive into a dramatic telling of the worst day, 15th September 1940, from the morning they woke up until the realisation of victory. It is a bittersweet tale of survival against the odds and the loss of dear friends. We kept the facts to a minimum. This was a story of the emotional impact of facing the enemy at the tender age of 19.

“Italy Unpacked: A Home Away From Rome”  – I had a great three summers making this delightful series. It was designed to turn the art and cooking film on its head. We created a travelogue of two close friends who turn out to be a renowned art historian and a chef. Many films since have been made in the same vein but this was the definitive article.

“What Do Artists Do All Day – Polly Morgan” – This film takes us into her strange and wonderful world of Polly Morgan and her take on taxidermy, in her own words. I made the film gentle, quirky and at times dark, reflecting the artist and her work.

“Snow Patrol at Ward Park” – It was great to go to the show and then recreate it in the edit. The film was an ‘as live’ show. It had all the excitement and energy of being there in front of the band playing for an audience that couldn’t make it. Their sofas were the front row and the film was the stage.

Biggest lessons in life and work

I’m very lucky to have a creative job that I love. Life is short and I make the best of it.

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IWD 2016 – Amy Engles – motion graphic designer / director

Amy taught herself animation while living in Tokyo and has been working as a motion designer since 2004. Amy is inspired by a desire to communicate ideas visually and a technical curiosity.

Amy’s road to success – ups and downs

Starting out and learning AfterEffects from books was probably the biggest hurdle. Although it was incredible first discovering how to make things move on screen, there were also times when it could be frustrating. Something unexpected would happen and I wouldn’t know how to fix it. It was a really good process to go down though as aside from learning After Effects it was a good lesson in perseverance.  When it came to learning other software like Cinema, Premiere, FinalCut, it was much smoother because I already spoke the language.

Projects you are most proud of 

I really enjoyed this one for Boomerang. The idea was to show the evolution of classic children’s cartoons through the decades. It involved researching each eras interior styles, putting together mood boards for each decade then building each room in cinema and comping in aftereffects. It was a really nice diversity of skills and also a lot of creative freedom.

Also the video I made for Erland and the Carnival.  It involved a lot of late nights working on my own but the band really liked it and it felt like quite an achievement.

Achievements you are most proud of

Having my short film Nora shown at the BFI as part of the London Film festival was a very proud moment. Any time a short I had made was in a festival was exciting, and also quite nerve wracking seeing it outside of my monitor.

Biggest lessons in life and work

That’s quite a profound question that could have me waffling on for ages. Understanding and playing to my strengths and accepting my weaknesses probably.

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Celebration of Voices on International Women’s Day

A Celebration of Global Voices  |  Tuesday 8th March 18:00 – 22:30 at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill

Join us for an evening of inspiring films, projects and conversations.

Attendance to our event is FREE!  You will need to reserve seats for yourself and friends. Book here!

Blueberry are also raising funds for the Grierson Trust DocLab, which is dedicated to encouraging new voices to documentary filmmaking. You can make a donation when you book, or on the evening!

Scattered Windows, Connected Doors
Eight women.  Eight Stories.  An inspiring documentary capturing the thoughts and choices of these women living in urban India.  A series of conversations on love, loss, fear, loneliness, marriage, freedom and what it means to be a woman.

Debuting in London, Scattered Windows, Connected Doors has screened in India and North America, winning the AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD at the Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival and the BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD at the Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival, in 2013.

Global People Project
Helen and Hugh are directors of the non-profit, Global People Project, set up to advance our understanding of one another in a global context and to engage, empower and connect people in today’s globalised world. Together they have travelled the world, asking people across 6 continents a series of questions…

“We were interested to find out how different people respond to the same questions. Do the same things make people scared in London as in New York or Shanghai? What do different people all over the world hop for the future? We wanted to discover what separates us and what unites us. These questions are relevant to everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from.”

Global People Project will be screening some of their interviews and sharing their experiences in a Q&A.

Team BB x

International Women’s Day 2016  | Tuesday 8th March 18:00 – 22:30
The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, Notting Hill, London W11 2AY

IWD 2016 – Liron Kroll – motion graphic designer / director / editor

Liron is a London based motion designer and visual artist. She studied Visual Communications at H.I.T, Israel and Communication Art and Design at the Royal College of Art. On graduating from the RCA Liron was awarded a residency as a digital artist at EPFL+ECAL Lab in Switzerland. She has worked on diverse projects that include motion graphics, animation as well as network branding and fashion photography productions. Liron is intelligent, articulate, calm and extremely passionate about her craft.

Lirons road to success – ups and downs

With every change in life you need to grow and adapt your career. Moving to England 7 years ago to study for my MA in the Royal College of Art, starting over in a new country presented a challenge. There were many difficulties and bridges to cross. Change is interesting and contributes to you development, I feel lucky to be working and creating in London.

Achievements you’re most proud of

I was invited to speak and show my work in a PechaKucha event in Tel-Aviv, in front of an audience of 4000 people (Watch)Last month I spoke in Nicer Tuesdays organized by It’s NiceThat (Watch)I had a Solo Exhibition of my Photography work in the summer of 2014 at Zemack Contemporary Art Gallery. I was very proud to show my work Last Year, an interactive installation as part of Gimmee More group show in Eyebeam Gallery, New York. Video from the show

Projects you’re most proud of and why

One of the projects I’m most proud of is a short animation film, which I created as an MA student at the Royal College of Art. The film is called High Expectations is aspires to highlight the gap between the idealized family photograph and the reality it represents. The film questions the role of family photography as the key way to form memories and examines the effect it can have on one’s perception of the future. ‘High Expectations’ was shown in festivals and exhibitions around the world and was shortlisted for the 2014 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and sold to a number of art collectors.

‘Last Year’ is an interactive augmented reality installation done as part of an artist residency at the EPFL+ECAL lab in Switzerland. Combining photography and animation with augmented reality technologies. The installation showcases a fabricated archive of objects, photographs, postcards letters and more, all kept as objects of memory. The viewer is invited to look at these objects through the medium of augmented reality and see how, they come to life and tell a story.

Biggest lessons in life and work

I find that every time I receive a new project that challenges me it could be stressful at first until I reach the design solution. Through out my career I’ve learned to enjoy the process by believing in myself and my capabilities and trust that I will manage to reach the goal of the project successfully.

Also it is always important to keep an open mind and listen to advice and ideas of your colleagues, you never know what you can learn and from whom.

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‘Dogs Might Fly’ (Sky 1) – Oxford Scientific Films

Tim Coster, Jonathan Kelly, Steve Gilbert and Graham Hodson, have all been busy working on this new and exclusive series.

Sky 1 explores the extraordinary ability of dogs, in this series presented by Jamie Theakston in which 12 rescue dogs attempt to become the first pooch to pilot a plane. Proving dogs have distinct personalities and incredible levels of intelligence, a team of experts explore communication, empathy, memory and reasoning with the animals, asking the ultimate question: could a dog fly a plane? Ultimately each dog is found a loving new home.

Editors: Tim Coster, Jonathan Kelly, Steve Gilbert and Graham Hodson

Production Company: Oxford Scientific Films

Broadcaster: Sky 1

Why We Love To Blame Our Partners. The School of Life.

This is a beautifully truthful look at the way relationships work and how we behave towards those we love the most.

Hayley Akins created this animated film for The School of Life about how we sometimes blame our partners when things go wrong in our lives.

The School of Life create films in collaboration with animators and directors with the aim of developing emotional intelligence among their many other ventures. Working from a script written and narrated by Philosopher Alain de Botton, Hayley designed the characters and created visual imagery to suit the script. Some additional illustrations were done by her sister Laura Akins.

‘Webcam Boys’ (BBC3), Gabriel Edvy, BBC

Gabriel Edvy has been busy working on a controversial new documentary about the male sex industry, ‘Webcam Boys’ will air on BBC3.

Over the last five years more than 100,000 British men have done webcam shows for money. Following the lives of four men, this one off documentary goes inside this multi-billon-pound global industry. Exploring this little-understood part of the sex industry, what drives these men to go online and the impact of what they do.

Editor: Gabriel Edvy

Production Company: BBC

Broadcaster: BBC3