Chabris Napier-Lawrence

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

About me

 

I have spent the last three years working in TV production and have been fortunate enough to spend an equal share of that time working in both development and production. In this time I have built up a broad set of skills including idea generation, writing treatments, compiling pitches, shooting, editing, scheduling, budgeting, casting, location sourcing and much more. Whilst I am enjoying my time in television production, I am keen to expand my experience into other forms of content, media and all round creativity!

Skills

 

  • TV
  • TV Film Commercial
  • Editing
  • Video
  • Creative
  • Pre Production
  • Producing
  • Production Assistant
  • Excel
  • Office
  • Powerpoint
  • Word
  • Shooting
  • Presenters

Work history

Currently

Assistant Producer

Megalomedia

Aug 2015
  • • General idea generation and development with a factual and factual-entertainment focus • Securing access to stories, organisations and maintaining relationships with contributors • Writing treatments and pulling together additional research for pitch documents • Pitching to commissioners and attending broadcaster meetings

2015

Assistant Producer

Transparent Television

Aug 2014 - Sep 2015
  • DEVELOPMENT MOBO: PAVING THE WAY (documentary looking back at the history of the MOBOs) – ITV2 • General idea generation and development with a factual and factual-entertainment focus • Delivering paid development for broadcasters such as BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 • Self-shooting and editing footage such as documentary tasters, casting tapes and promos • Securing access to stories, organisations and maintaining relationships with contributors • Writing treatments and pulling together additional research for pitch documents • Pitching to commissioners and attending broadcaster meetings • Mentoring two Creative Access interns over their yearlong internship • Example subjects covered: asylum, social services, diets, indigenous communities and sex PRODUCTION A VERY BRITISH BROTHEL (observational documentary) – CHANNEL 4 • Casting prostitutes and working girls willing to feature in the documentary uncensored • Engaging in sensitive conversations about confidentiality and the legalities of the industry

2014

Researcher

Knickerbockerglory

Jan 2014 - Aug 2014
  • SOUTH SIDE STORY (structured musical reality show) – BBC3 • Securing locations, access and maintaining location relationships throughout production • Compiling shooting schedules and organising shooting day logistics • Managing location and casting budgets throughout production • Casting new talent and liaising with talent and talent management throughout production • Casting and managing extras and supporting cast • Contributing towards cast storylines and music for musical element of show • General assistance on both reality and music video shoots through managing locations, looking after cast and taking on a 2nd AD role on larger shoots

2013

Development & Production

BBC

May 2013 - Dec 2013
  • DEVELOPMENT • General format and entertainment idea generation both independently and as in a team • Writing up, shooting and pulling together pitch documents and materials • Games and idea generation for ALL ABOUT TWO, BBC2’s 50th entertainment/quiz show • Led and delivered a project with a focus to find new diverse on-screen talent • Cast contributors and worked on a Tumble feasibility project PRODUCTION THE LORD MAYOR’S SHOW (live event) – BBC1 • Assisted presenter Chris Hollins throughout the live coverage of the event • Ensured Chris Hollins had the correct information for who he was interviewing • Ensured interviewees were in the correct location and readily briefed for the interview • Supported the floor manager’s general needs throughout the live production DON’T DROP THE BABY (fact-ent) – BBC3 • Responsible for casting couples who are set to be first time parents • Visited potential contributors across the country and shot recce tapes LET THE MUSIC PLAY (studio game show) – BBC PILOT • Casting a family for the pilot, shot recce tapes and managing contributor relationships • Gathered and generated studio materials including questions, music and images

2013

Writing Development

Brown Eyed BOY

Apr 2013 - Sep 2013
  • • Worked in a writing team to develop a new sitcom targeted at 18-34 year olds audience • Developed the idea further by writing character breakdowns and development scripts • Production coordinated for the production days

2013

Prodcution

Dragonfly TV

Jan 2013 - Apr 2013
  • Incredibly Small World (Docu-Series) – National Geographic • Cast contributors with dwarfism around the world who have extraordinary stories • Liaised with fixers and other organisations in the dwarfism community to find stories globally • Contacted contributors assessing their suitability for the show and potential editorial thread • Worked alongside the Producer-Director to finalise the contributor stories and look into the logistics of filming e.g. gaining access and key date scheduling • Researched statistics, suitable topics and areas of interest in the world of dwarfism Winning With The Enemy (Fact-Ent) – Channel 4 funded pilot • Cast families with strong cultural heritage • Researched and called organisations/community groups to arrange visits • Visited potential families to consider for the series

2013

Software Development

THE Hatch

Mar 2012 - Mar 2013
  • DEVELOPMENT The Hatch was a unique Shine Group company started with young creatives from diverse backgrounds at the heart of it. Here I developed skills in idea generation, shooting and editing and even personally pitched to commissioners. The more successful projects and my roles on them are outlined below: Token – A comedy clip show looking at funny ‘token’ characters in TV and film history • Created an idea taking a humorous look at how race and stereotypes are portrayed in film • Produced and edited a promo for pitches using archive footage • Pitched to the Head of Entertainment at Channel 4 and secured development funding The Mr. Darcy Sketch Show - A comedy sketch show pilot • Produced and production managed the pilot including casting • Worked on script development • The final product was used to launch a new online comedy channel Sundance Film Festival London - Providing daily packages for Sony TV to release online • Researched and interviewed directors, producers and actors attending the event • Assisted on set during filming with thing such as shooting and lighting

2010

Project Coordinator

Snow-camp

Aug 2009 - Sep 2010
  • The Peak-Potential project seeks to engage 20 hard to reach young people and equip them with the skills to deliver programmes in their own communities around their passion. • Fundraised £90,000 to secure three years delivery of this new project • Organised and delivered all activities related to the programme including interviews, training and placements • Recruited, managed and delivered training to the 20 volunteers • Managed the programme budget in accordance with funding applications

Education

2009

A-levels

Dunraven Sixth Form

Aug 2007 - Jun 2009
  • • A-LEVEL: Government & Politics (B), Sports Science (C), Drama & Theatre Studies (C)