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Adam Young

Writer, Producer, Editor, Cinematographer, Director


Life-long filmmaker and story-teller. Versatile. Creative. Passionate. Efficient. 

Work experience

November 2018January 2018

Associate Producer (Freelance)

Archer's Mark/Home Office

A month's contract with Archer's Mark who were commissioned by the Home Office, following a successful London campaign to help reduce knife crime by training individuals from local communities, such as: boxing trainers, youth workers, football coaches, MMA instructors, music producers etc. to be equipped with the skills, knowledge and tools on how to handle situations where a young person may reveal that they are 'carrying' or directly affected by knife crime in their area. 

My role was to search through specifically assigned postcodes to find case stories - young people who have 'put the knife down' and turned their back on a life of crime - as well as to find advocates who would benefit from the training. Once the training is underway (set for January 2018) a pilot documentary will commence following the progress of the advocates as they go. As well as using the case stories as a basis for series of short films and adverts that seek to encourage and inspire other young people who be vulnerable to such a life, to choose a better path. 

May 2018Present

Freelance Director

Paper Sky Productions

Specialising primarily in commercials, music videos, film and digital content - Paper Sky's motto is: 'Passionate About Possibility.' Utilising the power of story-telling through beautiful visuals, innovative ideas and cinematic aesthetics. 

Being a full-service production company, Paper Sky covers all bases: conceptualising, screenwriting, producing, directing, editing and so on. Bringing on board talented and passionate individuals to take great ideas and turn them into reality. 

Jobs so far have included: 

  • Friends of the Earth:
    • Producer, Director: Short documentary about Manchester taking great strides to become a greener city - within two days, I arranged a series of interviews and booked in shooting locations for a shoot on the third day, directing my colleague cameraman at Paper Sky Productions. (Cameras: Sony FS7.)
    • Liverpool FC TV: 
      • Camera-operator and DOP: Live camera broadcast piece for Liverpool FC TV, capturing vox pops and a live audience during the final UEFA match between Real Madrid and Liverpool.  (Cameras: Sony PMW 400 and Sony FS7.)
      • Camera-Operator: Live studio shoot with Liverpool FC TV - camera-operator filming presenters as they discuss events before, between and after football matches. (Camera: Sony PMW 500.) 
      • Camera-operator and DOP: Ladies football match, Liverpool vs Everton. (Camera: Sony PMW 400.) 
      • Camera and Jib-Operator - Studio DOP: Relighting an entire studio set for a live presenter and guest set-up with Liverpool FC, as well as directing more inexperienced crew members whilst handling the camera jib. (Camera: PMW 500.) 
    • Knight Frank: 
      • Director, Producer, Editor, Camera-Operator & DOP: Multi-camera documentary for Knight Frank - discussing how technology and worldwide real-estate can come together. (Cameras: Sony FS7 & FS5.) 
    • International Rescue Committee - UK:
      • Director, Script-Writer, DOP: Planned out and filmed a family's early Christmas as part of IRC's story-telling campaign about volunteers who are spending their festive period abroad in third world countries, which will be told as a short documentary on IRC's social media pages. (Camera: FS7.)  
    • Swannect:
      • Director, Writer, Producer, Editor, Camera-Operator & DOP: Creating a commercial for a start-up business - the call to action is to rally multiple ethnicities to one online community where different cultures can come together. (Camera: ARRI Alexa Plus.) 
    • People Plus: 
      • Director, Producer, Editor, Camera-Operator & DOP: Working with People Plus to create a short documentary to promote a successful year and to encourage more funding and shareholders' investment. (Camera: Sony FS7.) 
    • Everyone Can:
      • Director, Producer, Editor, Camera-Operator & DOP: Short promotional documentary to showcase the launch of a 24 hour video gaming marathon for disabled children and young adults to engage with computer consoles that would otherwise be inaccessible due to their conditions.  (Camera: Camera C300.)
      • Director, Producer, Editor, Camera-Operator & DOP: Another short promotional piece about Everyone Can's participation at a Birmingham Event, where enterprises, charities and companies come together to showcase new technologies and ideas to help those with disabilities.  (Camera: Camera C300.) 
    • Sales Velocity: 
      • Director, Producer, Editor, Camera-Operator & DOP: Working with Sales Velocity to create two short videos that showcase what the business can do for its clients - shot against a green screen with animated text in the edit. (Camera: Sony FS7.) 
    • JLA Talent/CentrePoint UK:
      • Director, Producer, Editor, Camera-Operator & DOP: A multi-camera documentary, which set out to capture an actors' workshop with actors Jamie Lomas, Jacob Roberts, Anthony Quinlan. The event and documentary sought to raise awareness for and funds for CentrePoint UK. (Camera: Canon C300.) 
    • Entertainment Today: 
      • Director, Producer, Editor, Camera-Operator & DOP: A promotional video that features highlights, interviews and product advertising of a new designer wristwatch. Interviews included musicians and talent from Justin Timberlake's band and tour team. (Camera: Sony PMW 300.) 
    • Gold-Mining Coaching: 
      • Photographer: Handling a studio photography shoot with live coach for website, printing and promotional materials. (Canon 7D) 
    Sep 2012May 2018

    Creative Producer

    ITV Fixers - (Public Service Broadcasting Trust)

    The role was based in a media production company that creates and develops media-based campaigns, which raises awareness for a social issue of the clients’ choosing - for example: bullying, homelessness, crime, equality, mental health or social activities, to name a few - by creating short films and advertising, documentaries and broadcast, photography and print-based advertising, such as creating posters, leaflets, as well as organising and filming events and live performances.

    The job was a 'jack-of-all-trades' position where, as the producer, I was solely expected to be proficient, skilled and competent throughout every stage of pre-production, the production itself and post production throughout each and every project that was assigned to me:

    • Meeting with clients to discuss their target audience, message and create a concept surrounding those points.
    • Draft out treatments and budgets (which, must be below £250).
    • Write scripts for my own projects as well as scripts based on outlines created by others.
    • Handle all producer responsibilities, such as hiring actors, locations, necessary equipment, freelance crew, props, materials.
    • Write risk assessments and call sheets.
    • Direct the shoot (video or photo) – including handling the cinematography, supervise sound-recording etc. guide the cast and crew, whose experience and skills may vary.
    • Fulfil two productions a month and submit a project every fortnight consistently.

    Each project had to be completed within the tight constraints of a small budget, follow company guidelines and criteria, whilst working inside a short time-scale. Every film and product had to be short and concise, yet must fulfil its purpose by informing and enlightening/inspiring its target audience, and encouraging pro-activity and action for its campaign.

    I have made over 250 short films, along with a handful of short documentaries and broadcast pieces - many of which, have been on featured on ITV and screened at the BFI cinema in London (7 films at once during a Mental Health film festival), plus other specific festivals and events - , plus a good number of posters, leaflets and booklets, which can be presented on request.

    The role also entailed assisting other producers on their own projects through offering help and advice in pre-production, working behind the scenes to help their project come to fruition during production, and providing second opinions and suggestions in post-production. As well as giving feedback to completed projects on how to improve the existing material before going through final approval stages and the online launch. 

    A huge part of the job was knowing how to communicate with a large variety of people and personalities - including those with mental health issues, learning disabilities and difficulties, and shy and/or anxious characters, difficult and/or impatient individuals - I pride myself on knowing how to pitch an idea to anyone based on their disposition and preferences, and taking a client's idea (which might not be a very good one) and applying it to the final product in a way that allows them to feel valued in the creative process.

    Sep 20082016

    Freelance Creative

    South of Sideways Productions

    Through my own small independent production company, which kept me going through and after my university days , I have written, produced, directed, and edited a number of personal short films,  as well as hiring out my services in capturing and editing advertisements, corporate videos, live shows, theatre performances, and interviews. 

    At least once a year, I do what I can to create my own personal 'no-budget' short film to satiate my own creative desires, my most recent ones being 'Evenfall' and 'Moving Atlas', both of which can be presented on request. 

    I also write and direct my own stage-plays; in 2013, my play 'Crosstown Hotel' sold out all of its performances, and now I am currently in the process of rehearsals for my latest play 'Evergreen,' which I aim to have on the stage by mid-2018.


    Sep 2007Jul 2010

    BA Hons - Media, Writing and Production

    Bolton University

    1st Year Units
    Photography and Video; Screenwriting in Context; Media Production; Introduction to Screenwriting. Theoretical modules: Reading the Screen; Introduction to Media and Cultural Theory.

    2nd Year Units
    Digital Cinematography and Digital Sound; Screenwriting; Directing Actors for Digital Film; Creative Producing; Writing Short Films; Narratives and Audiences.

    3rd Year Units
    Screenwriting: One Hour Screenplays; Critical Theory into Practise; Work Placement; Major Personal Project; Screenwriters at Work.


    Cameras - Strong skills and experience with: Canon EOS C300 & C100; Sony PMW 400 & PMW 500; Sony Fs7 & Fs5; Canon DSLR 7D & 5D; Black Magic URSA Mini & Broadcast; ARRI Alexas. Can also install film reels into magazines for 16mm and 35mm cameras.  

    Writing - Lifelong writer. Can quickly write strong scripts, teleplays, features, shorts, stage plays, radio plays, novellas. 

    Directing - Experience with both professional and amateur actors. As well as directing a film crew.

    Producing - Hiring and securing locations, casting, equipment hire, finding efficient solutions to complex problems.  

    Cinematography - Skilled with lighting, framing, extensive knowledge of wide variety of lenses.

    Editing - Strong skills with Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere. 

    Photography and Graphic Design - Strongs skills and knowledgeable with cameras, both digital and film, lighting, lenses, composition and editing. Strong skills with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. 

    Touch typing ability.

    Fluent proficiency in Italian.

    Fluent proficiency in Spanish. 

    Limited working proficiency in French.

    Skilled artist and graphic designer.

    Skilled guitarist and novice pianist with strong understanding of music.


    DBS Checked (2018)

    Full Clean Driving Licence. 


    2019 Showreel

    Paper Sky Productions: 

    One Woman At a Time - Khatra's Story (FGM)

    Knight Frank - Capturing the New Wave

    International Rescue UK - Christmas Comes Early 

    Everyone Can - Who We Are!

    Everyone Can at the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Conference 

    Fixers Films (writer, producer, director, editor, cinematographer) - a handful of projects that I've made over the years, each made under the budget of £150, shot in one day and edited the day after (click the title to be re-directed to film): 

    'Just Dance' - Dance choreography that encourages dancers to have healthy eating habits

    'Women in Construction' - Campaign film to encourage potential female workers 

    'The Consumed' - Anorexia Awareness

    'Save Our Oceans' - Short documentary about plastic pollution in our oceans. 

    'Alone With My Demons' - Short film about dealing with sexual abuse

    'See the Signs - Save a Life' - Male Suicide

    (Featured on BBC 5 Live: Male suicide: The sisters fighting for their dad )

    'Wake Up' - Anti-Bullying

    'Move Forward' - Mental Health Awareness

    'Final Cry' - Mental Health Awareness

    'You Have Rights' - Comedy short film that explains healthcare rights to children

    'Be A Man' - Male Suicide

    'Razor's Kiss' - Self-Harm Awareness.

    Men Hurt Too - Video about men coping with the loss of a child.

    'Inner Voice' - Short film about autism in classrooms.

    'Seven Stages' - Short film about coping with the loss of a loved one.

    'Forced Marriage' - Short film about Honour-Based Marriage and Abuse.

    'Doctors, Talk to Me' - Awareness for treating patients with learning disabilities

    'Importance of Youth Work' - (Documentary) Awareness for Youth Cuts 

    'Be-You-Tiful' - Short film about accepting others despite appearances.

    'Islamophobia' - Short film featuring young members of the Muslim community challenging racism.

    'Life Diary' - Music Video About Life of Crime. (Camera work only.)

    'The Dark Trip' - Film about club drug addiction (shot entirely on green screen).

    'Dyspraxia Awareness' - Campaign Video for the Disability

    'Food Poverty' - Awareness for the many relying on food banks.

    'To Whom It May Concern,' - Short Film About Mental Health in Hull

    'Cluster Headaches' - Awareness for the condition 

    'Spot the Signs' - Mental Health Awareness

    'Young Carers in Sheffield' - Awareness for Young Carers

    'Whisper in the Ear' - Mental Health Awareness

    'Stimming - A Social Guidance Video' - Awareness for Autism 

    ('Stimming' has also been featured on BBC's: Richard and Jaco: Life with Autism)

    'Twelve Steps' - Dangers of Psychoactive Substances

    'Skin Deep' - Eating Disorders Awareness

    'We Want Change' - Disability Stigma

    More available upon request.


    Izzy Hammett (Former Manager)
    10 Avenue Rd,
    SO14 6TS
    [email protected]


    Tim Austin (Former Manager)

    Public Service Broadcast Trust

    [email protected]