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Having grown up with a passion for film and television, I've been lucky enough to work in video and audio production as a career. I have spent the last four years working at Penguin Random House where I have overseen the development and management of the in-house Media Suite facilities, working alongside all of the marketing divisions to produce video and audio content to be used on our social media channels, by booksellers and by our international partners (two of the Podcasts I was involved in were nominated for Webby Awards). Over the year, my projects have included a documentary for the making of a new series of Roald Dahl audiobooks, many interviews with authors in studios and on location, filming of book signing and author Q&A events, recipe videos, behind the scenes promotional videos for live The Snowman events, as well as content for Puffin Virtually Live shows that have been seen by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. I have been privileged to work with some of the biggest authors including John Cleese, Stephen Fry, Al Murray, Marian Keyes, Mary Berry and Rachel Khoo. I have also overseen and directed live webinars for clients such as IBM and Intel, as well as producing the on demand content for after the event as well as overseeing hundreds of magazine shows, round table discussions and on location filming at offices, expos and conferences. I have gained extensive technical skills and knowledge in working with cameras of all ranges and professional editing software, from the Sony FS7 and PDW700 to the Z1 and NX5 as well as DSLRs including the Canon 5D Marks II and II, 70D and 600D. I have also spent years using the Adobe Creative Suite, including Premier Pro, After Effects, Speedgrade and Photoshop as well as Adobe Audition and Avid Pro Tools 12 for audio production and editing.
I offer video and audio production services, from developing ideas both creatively and logistically procurement through to the production and post-production. My skillset includes scripting, sourcing equipment and facilities camera operations, lighting, audio recording and editing. I also work on live video and audio web seminars, with responsibilities including camera operations, vision mixing and directing. My clients include Penguin Random House, Incisive Media, Pearson Education and Heartfelt Productions
I was responsible for the production of video and audio content within Penguin Random House as well as the running of the facilities within the Media Suite. I worked alongside marketing divisions to develop ideas and then produce this content across different social media channels, retailers and booksellers both in the UK and internationally. I managed and operated the facilities within the Media Suite as well as train staff members to operate the equipment. I also managed the budgets for the Media Suite and invest in new equipment to meet business needs. I liaised with creative agencies and freelancers to produce a roster for all divisions with the necessary resources, services and skills for their marketing campaigns. I also worked with these agencies and freelancers to help produce content for Penguin Random House.
I was responsible for operating the television studio independently and as part of a team for both live and pre-recorded production., which included down-the-line reports, interviews, round table discussions and media training. I liaised with national and international clients including; FOX Network, NBC, France 24, Russia Today, Al Jazeera and Ernst & Young. I also produced video content both in the studio and on location interviews for a showbiz YouTube channel. Editing on Final Cut Pro for a variety of projects, including news packages for European news channels. Organising and managing the content for the FTP servers. I handled client and customer enquiries, dealing with them as appropriate, including taking studio bookings, booking freelance staff, equipment and managing the diary.
I managed studio projects for both live and pre-recorded production, overseeing all technical aspects as well as set design, post production and managing the CMS for several channels. I also produced live webcasts, developing and delivering the content with bespoke interactive services tailored to each client. Furthermore, I covered many roles during the live events, including directing, camera and lighting work and audio mixing. I developed my skills in managing several projects simultaneously, whilst working under pressure to deliver on time and meeting the clients’ expectations. I also designed, planned and implementing training workshops for staff in operating filming equipment, enabling them to producer their own content for their channels.
Working in a high pressured, live television environment, I supported the directors, vision mixers and graphic designers in providing and animating graphics for live programmes. I also organised and updated the graphics systems to keep up with the constantly changing news schedule and to ensure they were all accurate and ready to go live.
I achieved a 2:1, covering video production for drama and documentary as well as the theory of film making, marketing and script writing.