Video Training & Consultancy
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I consult to Film & Video Production Companies, Ad Agencies, and organisations in the public and private sector, advising on a range of film and video related subjects.
These include presentation and behind-the-scenes training, production direction and writing services, production planning and logistics as well as video asset management and leverage.
Individuals or Teams
Bespoke courses and training programmes are available for any video/film-related subject and I currently train people in many different locations.
If you can’t make it in person to one of my workshops – or have a geographically diverse team – consider one-to-one training by Skype (or one-to-group with Zoom) which can be very cost-effective. I’ll be happy to work in your time zone too.
Or you can pop over the the SSR website and check out details of my on-line course all about making videos with smartphones and compact cameras. No matter where you are in the world, this new on-line course offers a totally interactive learning experience with SSR’s advanced Learning Platform.
Smartphones and Stuff
Having spent years directing, producing and writing film and video, I now spend much of my time teaching it – to groups and individuals – through public and private courses and at educational establishments.
Many people attend one of my regular public courses to get a feel for what I do and then book me to train people in their organization. Courses range from iPhone workshops for beginners to advanced instruction for stereoscopic 3D and VR filming.
For the last twenty five years I’ve been producing, directing and writing video. Although based in Cheshire I have worked all over the world. Now I spend quite a lot of my time teaching and lecturing on film and TV too.
I’ve worked on everything from network TV to music videos, drama to comedy… from multi-camera productions with massive crews to shooting stuff myself in a tropical jungle! I’ve worked with big stars and ordinary members of the public… CEOs of blue chips, to workers on the factory floor – and over the years I’ve gathered a few scary tales and more than a few insights into what makes good video.
As well as consulting to major clients on all matters TV and video production to production companies, TV advertisers and Ad Agencies, I continue to produce and direct my own video productions. Recent clients have included PZ Cussons, B&Q, Barclays Bank, Amec Foster Wheeler, Bay TV Liverpool, ACCTV and many others. I also teach video techniques and theory to degree-course students and run workshops on filming, directing, producing, writing and editing techniques.
Connect with me on Twitter or LinkedIn, or click here for my media production company SPL Communications.
From the blog
A couple of months ago I wrote an article for the good people at NuBlue. It's here if you're interested. The thrust of the article was that when you're making videos that sell (or have any impact really) you've got 8 seconds to get your viewer 'hooked' - otherwise...read more
As part of all my gear, I have a matte box and lots of filters. Sometimes I even get to use them. But more often than not it’s a run’n’gun or such a tight schedule that niceties like that are ignored with the caveat ‘we’ll sort it in post’. Of course there are certain...read more
What’s in a name? A lot or a little ... but when it comes to roses, as Shakespeare said, ‘By any other name would smell as sweet.’ Coincidentally (but slightly tenuously) the headquarters of Red Giant, publishers of the Magic Bullet Suite reviewed here are a few miles...read more
Review: Shooter Suite Publisher: Red Giant (www.redgiant.com) Price: See text Reviewer: Ian Sandall F Inst V Written: 11 Sept 14 I still have a camera that takes videotapes. I know I should’ve sold it years ago when I could still get a decent price for it but...read more
Over two years ago I reviewed Magic Bullet Looks II for the IoV's Focus magazine. I’d been a Magic Bullet convert well before that - almost at the same time as Philip Bloom picked up a DSLR! So that’s been a lot of water under the bridge and quite probably millions of...read more
Twice this year we've had the great pleasure of staying at The Crieff Hydro in Perthshire, Scotland. First we were there in May for the AH2013 event - with almost 250 Austin Healeys from all over the world in attendance - and then we returned in September to shoot...read more
We've just finished editing a two hour presentation of highlights of the Austin Healey European event held at the wonderful Crieff Hydro hotel in Perthshire. With almost 250 Healeys in one place, it was a sight to see for those (like me) who love classic cars. The...read more
Last weekend I decided I'd try some shooting with my iPhone - seeing as this is something we're going to be training people on soon - and I made this little film. Just a quick edit and grade with Creative Commons music from the vast resource at Vimeo. If your company...read more