Craig Blyth

Commercials Director, Studio Coordinator, Client Services, Film Production

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About me

 

Dynamic solutions-orientated professional with considerable experience in administration, film production and coordination, two examples would be a Researcher/Commercials Director for Fresheye Film Productions, and an event manager. Well versed in film techniques and photography requirements such as lighting, camera equipment, lenses and post production tools. Experience with Photoshop, Microsoft Office, iWork, InDesign, 3ds MAX, Final Cut Pro. Through my extensive experience as a picture researcher and commercials director I have acquired an astute understanding of the requirements needed to create and coordinate engaging productions. These roles have developed presentation and creative abilities as demonstrated when assisting senior directors with large campaigns for agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather, amongst others. The role as an event manager required negotiating with suppliers and vendors e.g. gaining permissions to host private events in a 5 Star Luxury Hotel, Privé Lounges and historical sites. The role required strong organisation and time management skills such as coordinating events that required clients to explore a diversity of locations, retail outlets and entertainment venues. I have collaborated with post-production teams, internal departments, Marketing Directors and Agency teams. I am highly attuned to stakeholder needs, making every effort to ensure that projects achieve expectations and standards of excellence. Key Skills/Attributes • Media/Picture research, archival, tagging • Negotiating with suppliers and vendors • Production management – Pre, Shoot, Post o Photographers, equipment, locations, crew, models o Scheduling, budget reconciliation o Diary management • Administration – Correspondence, filing, reports • IT Skills – Photoshop, Microsoft Office, iWork • Taking briefs from clients and directors • Creating presentations • Creative Team Management • Client Services – Marketing Executives, Agency Creative Departments • Maintaining technical equipment e.g. battery packs, storage, stock checks

Skills

 

  • Advertising
  • Film
  • Picture Editing
  • TV Film Commercial
  • Commercials
  • Directing
  • Film Production
  • Production Assistant
  • Excel
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Indesign
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Powerpoint
  • Word

Work history

2014

Researcher, Administrator and Coordinator

Cruzada Estates

Jan 2010 - Aug 2014
  • Cruzada Estates manages an exclusive property portfolio with interests in Spain and South Africa. This position required managing photoshoots, refurbishments, contractors, suppliers, exhibitions and landscape design. This role required creating and researching an extensive repository of digital assets in our CMS. This library consisted of stock footage, reference material and content related to our art collection and properties. These images were used for marketing purposes when needed. Photoshoots required equipment hire, art direction, photo retouching and stock management. Administrative and staff management duties included managing files, invoicing, correspondence and salary payments.

2014

Event Manager

BLI

Jan 2013 - Aug 2014
  • Producing team building and urban race events catering to both the corporate sector and private individuals. The role required negotiating with suppliers and vendors e.g. gaining permissions to host private events in a 5 Star Luxury Hotel, Privé Lounges and historical sites. Each event required staff recruitment, administrative, budgeting and client facing duties. In addition to these commitments I acquired new business via existing client networks and telephonic sales. The role required strong organisation and time management skills as demonstrated when I coordinated events that required clients to explore a diversity of historical sites, retail outlets and entertainment venues.

2009

Commercials Director & Researcher

Fresheye Film Production

Mar 2015 - Mar 2009
  • Fresheye Film Productions is an award winning commercials Production Company. I was initially employed in a junior researcher capacity and progressed over the years to more senior roles. Sourcing premium research material, contributing storytelling ideas and designing agency/client presentations. Mentoring and working closely with a research team, paving the way to successful outcomes of director pitches. The job entailed managing the department diary, ensuring that all client presentations remained on schedule. This environment frequently required last minute changes, often under pressurised time deadlines. Additional duties required maintenance of camera equipment, upkeep of stock, software/hardware upgrades and reference material archival. All presentations required experience of Photoshop, Adobe Encore, Final Cut Pro, Codecs and file formats. Achievements Upgraded research department, this included implementing editing systems, CMS, upgrading hardware and streamlining workflow. This resulted in cost reduction and greater efficiency within the department. The role as commercials director entailed ensuring that client briefs were correctly interpreted and professionally translated into film and video. The role entailed conveying vision and inspiring creative teams, large and small. Responsible for developing lighting references, storyboards, location photography, sound design, special effects, performance direction and script rewrites in conjunction with agency teams. Achievements Won several industry awards for Public Service Announcements Created numerous client presentations achieving several campaign wins with blue chip organisations Some of the agencies I have worked with are: Saatchi and Saatchi, McCann Erickson, Publicis, TBWA Hunt Lascaris, Grey Worldwide & JWT

Education

2002

Directing, Screenwritting

AFDA The School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance

Jan 1999 - Dec 2002