Kevin Smith – editor

In the Blueberry Spotlight this week is editor, Kevin Smith.

With over 12 years professional experience, Kevin is a keen and enthusiastic editor who enjoys the creative challenge of shaping a project. Formerly an actor Kevin has an excellent eye and ear for getting the best out of interview and presenter footage, focussing on what is most important to drive a clients story or message forward for maximum impact.

Kevin’s career highlights include using After Effects to create a dark vision of the world’s possible future for The Who together with twice daily online news packages from an event in South Africa. Kevin has also Edited various B-Rolls and cut packages for Nissan at the Geneva, Frankfurt, Paris and Moscow Motor shows as well as created high impact event videos highlighting results for year end performance using kinetic text to motivate and inspire Nissan’s sales teams. Kevin has crafted interesting and motivational stories for the RAF and Royal Navy for their recent recruitment short form documentaries.

He has worked on a variety of long form projects for broadcast including for Discovery, re-versioning American programmes to meet OfCom regulations and British broadcasting standards. Kevin has also worked as an online editor for Community Channel, audio mixing and colour grading various programmes including London 360 and Do Something Special to meet broadcast requirements.

Kevin works with various NLE’s and Motion Graphics packages, he is quick to offer solutions when it comes to problem solving and works well with clients and colleagues alike.

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Our Queen at 90 (ITV3) – Oxford Film and Television

Oxford Film and Television have created this two-hour landmark documentary celebrating The Queen’s 90th birthday. Cameras were granted close access to the work of Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family across the UK and overseas during the last year.

Including individual contributions from many key figures in her life, including Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and other Royals. As well as, leading national and international figures and famous faces from the world of sport and entertainment.

 

Editors: Steve Teers and Hardeep Takhar

Production Company: Oxford Film and Television

Broadcast: ITV

Jody McAlavey – editor

Jody is a London-based video editor and post producer, with over 10 years experience in TV and video production. Having worked on documentaries, commercials, music videos and branded content Jody has had experience working alongside creative directors, advertising agencies and broadcast executives across the industry. This gives Jody’s editing style a versatility, with him being just as comfortable editing a fast paced TV commercial as crafting a complex and emotional documentary narrative.

Jody started off his editing career assisting on Television documentaries for the Ten Alps group, such as the multi award winning BBC series Iran and the West. Jody then moved on to edit programmes for Ten Alps’s Teachers’ TV channel and Newton, an online science platform. Over the last few years Jody has focussed on a variety of short form content, including music videos for artists such as Gabrielle Aplin, branded content for major brands such as Strongbow, John Lewis, Procter and Gamble and Unilever, as well as internal comms content for companies such as Pfizer and Dixons.

Jody has a versatile skillset, using Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer and FCP 7 and also have a good working knowledge of After Effects and Photoshop. Having sound designed, sound mixed and colour corrected many online videos he can also bring those skills to projects where needed.

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International Women’s Day 2016

On 8th March Blueberry hosted a special evening to mark International Women’s Day.  Helen Wright and Hugh Lewis presented GlobalPeopleProject and we screened the documentary Scattered Windows, Connected Doors. The evening unfolded into some wonderful conversations and suggestions of pop up documentary screenings in the future. Thanks to our contributors and audience, it was a wonderful evening.  Watch this space for future events!

Take a look at some pictures from the evening. 

Matt Falck – editor

This week in the Blueberry Spotlight is a brand new sign up, editor, Matt Falck.

Matt has been a freelance offline editor for nine years. Excelling in trailers, sizzle reels (including ‘Kidulthood’ producer George Issac’s ‘All Things To All Men’) and mood films, Matt is equally at home with documentary and behind the scenes stories. Working in high pressure environments, meeting tight deadlines he has learnt to edit uncompromisingly at a rapid pace.

Matt is an accomplished editor who works on FCP 7, Premiere and FCP X, he also has basic AFX skills. He has a natural wit and flair which can be seen in his work, Matt is a delightful person, enthusiastic and funny, but with a sense of commitment that shines through.

Matt believes editing is an intimate process and so personality is vital to keeping open communications and a creative atmosphere.

IWD 2016 – Merethe Rosvold – Producer, Editor, Motion Graphic Designer

Merethe is a Promo Producer, Editor and Motion Graphics Designer of over 10 years professional experience.  Her original ideas and compelling skill package keep her in demand with clients such as Merchant Cantos, Rocket Science Group, Hogarth, Mighty Fine, Stonedog Productions and CNN.  Credits include Burberry in-store graphics and promos, Olympic Team GB and Children’s BAFTA’s promos, EA Games commercials, Criss Angel “Mind Freak” and doc “Yoshida Kenji: Artist of the Soul”.

 

What Does Success Mean to Me?

I guess success for me is a really simple premise. It’s making a living doing what I love, without having to struggle financially too much. Also maintaining a hunger to learn and almost a childish curiosity. What do I want to learn? What can I achieve?

My dream was never to be a millionaire, it was always to find a way to stay creative on a professional level. The amount of time a person spends working, in order to make a living, is crazy – so having the opportunity to actually “play” at work is wonderful.

The Ups and Downs of Freelancing

Well freelance life can certainly be tough. It really takes time to get to a point where you have the right combination of clients who keep you busy. I’m sure we’ve all experienced those days where we have 4-5 pencils and the week after, absolutely nothing. And the downs are always those times when your main incentive is paying your bills and maybe having to say no to great opportunities because quite frankly, you need that roof over your head.

But I love the freedom and variation that comes with freelancing. Those weeks when you’re at three different companies doing three completely different types of jobs. Getting thrown in the deep end, doing something that you haven’t done before, but taking that opportunity to learn. Having the opportunity to travel and experience all types of cultures and people… it just doesn’t get boring.

What Lessons Have I Learnt On The Way?

A career is a collection of incidents and random chances. The more open minded that you can be whilst on that journey, the more fun your career can become. Being surprised at where it can take you is the best reward. I want to be working within post production until my last days!

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IWD 2016 – Cristina Patino Sheen – Director / Editor / Self-Shooter

Originally from Peru, Cristina is a bilingual Director, Camera Op and Editor, now residing in London. Creative and with an incredible eye, Cristina captures magical moments and constructs compelling narrative.

My Road to Success

Moving to the UK from Lima, Perú in 2010 was probably the biggest decision I’ve ever made. I left family, friends and a great steady job as a Commercial Editor, to pursue my ambition of becoming a Film Director.   There was no relying on anybody but myself – this not only made me more independent but I found in myself the urge to excel and making the films that I wanted to make.   I am so grateful for the amazing opportunities my new adventure has given me.

After graduating with Merit from my Directing Digital Film Masters course at Bournemouth University, I went into an intense training and selection process to finally be hired by the Olympics Broadcasting Services as Camera Assistant at the London 2012 Olympic Games. I assisted the renowned ESPN Cameraman Reid Nelson covering the sailing races at the Osprey Sailing Academy in Weymouth.  Team work was key during my time covering the Olympics and it was a real pleasure to get to work alongside the BBC team at such a worldwide event. I even got the opportunity to cheer on the Peruvian team at the Laser Radial race on our speedboat, which became our shooting base during my Olympic time. It was definitely the experience of a lifetime!

My Greatest Achievement So Far

Amantani UK is an Oxford based charity that works to bridge the gap between home and school for children living in a remote district in Cusco, Peru. They provide 60 disadvantaged children with accommodation near school and support their education and self-esteem.  When Amantani asked me in 2013 to direct their project ‘Meet My World’, I fell in love with it instantly.  Twelve children each wrote a script each about a traditional skill from their culture that they wanted to share with the world.  The scripts were sent to me and over 3 months created 12 visual treatments. It was a real challenge, because even though I had been to Cusco before, I never had that face to face in-depth experience with people from those communities. I had never been to the places that they described, so coming up with visuals was a bit tricky.  It felt like I was working blindfolded at times.  I needed to decide what equipment to bring and to figure out the setup at a bunch of locations that I’ve never seen before.  So it was really exciting, but also nerve-racking, especially as I like being in control of everything (go figure!).  So I had to let go, have plan A, B and C, and enjoy it. Welcome to the documentary world!

After 3 long weeks in Corca, and realising for the first time the real struggles, but the immense generosity and resilience of the amazing children and their families, I went back to London for the post-production part of my journey.  After a long editing process, the films were finally finished. They were premiered at the Millbank Media Centre at a really cool cinema theatre. The screenings sold out, the Amantani team and I had an awesome time sharing our journey with everyone, and it had the support of a bunch of well known people, such as Stephen Fry. Meet My World was also part of the Latin American Film Festival and since then have been touring in New York, Amsterdam, Morocco etc.

In 2015 we went back to film Meet My World Season 2. Oh man, haven’t we raised the bar this time. The theme this time was ‘how to have fun in the Andes’. There is so much more storytelling, some old faces are back, and there are a few new ones. Their stories are fantastic and I can’t wait to finally release them. I am in the middle of post-production, and we’re hoping to premiere them in September.

The series has awoken a social responsibility in my work. I’m never quite satisfied, I am always looking for ways to challenge myself and take my work to the next level. So, stay tuned, because there is a lot more to come.

My Biggest lessons in Life and Work

Everything will be ok. Even if you mess up, you always learn. And you’ll never make the same mistake twice. Starting as a freelancer and now becoming the Director of my company Criskcracker Films, hasn’t been easy. Before moving from Peru, I used to have what I would call a “plan of life”. Yes, that’s how I literally called it. I knew exactly where I wanted to go, how to get there, how long it would take me… It was like my life was already written and I was just following the instructions leaflet. Since coming here, I live by the day. It is kind of scary and very challenging, but so much more refreshing.

Being a Woman in This Industry

Sometimes I think that being a woman in this industry is a real challenge. There is a lot to prove. A lot to reassure to a lot of people. But I love challenges. I’m running this marathon and I won’t stop running it. I have confidence in myself and most importantly, I love what I do. I can’t see myself doing anything else. I love telling stories that change hearts. I love making people feel. I want my films to always become vehicles that can take you to different worlds. I want them to create goosebumps on your skin. I feel it is my duty to give voice to the people who should be heard. To make a difference in the world. That’s all.

Chris Purcell – director / editor / self-shooter

In the Blueberry spotlight this week is Chris Purcell, Editor / Director / Self-Shooter.

Chris has a strong track record of more than 25 years in directing broadcast documentaries, commercials, promos, channel branding spots and short films. His clients have included BBC, Channel 4, Sky, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, as well as blue chip corporate & government organisations like: Star Alliance, TFL, Omega, Rolex, WWF, UNESCO, Airbus and Alstom.

With the ability to achieve the very highest production values from limited budgets. Chris directed his first award-winning documentary aged 27 and excels at making films that educate, entertain and inspire. Since then his directing career has had repeated professional recognition for his work with both industry awards and film festival honours.

In 2012 ‘Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?’ a short about the legendary crossing at Abbey Road Studios, made famous on The Beatles album cover, won Best Documentary at UK Film Festival and Best Super Short at NYC Independent Film Festival.

In the last few years Chris has been combining directing with shooting and more recently, working with other directors as a DP.

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‘Trauma Doctors: Every Second Count’s’ (Channel 5) – Billy Rich – Curve Media

Curve Media have produced another excellent series of ‘Trauma Doctors’, shadowing London’s Air Ambulance and the UK’s leading trauma centre, The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. ‘Trauma Doctors’ offers viewers a rare insight into trauma doctors’ thoughts and decision making processes, through on the scene interviews and reflective interviews afterwards. Billy Rich was thrilled to be on board.

Editor: Billy Rich

Production Company: Curve Media

Broadcaster: Channel 5