Work History

Work History
Nov 2009 - Jul 2010

Producer

BDP Media Group

Running simultaneous projects through client and developer liaison; implementing effective PM strategies and managing the video components of each project; using CMS, RACI methodology, Microsoft Office applications and Project.

May 2008 - Sep 2009

Account Manager

EdComs
  • Simultaneously Account Managing various high-profile accounts, from conception towards realisation. Managing a series of online and integrated marketing campaigns
  • Copy-editing the work of authors, adapting content for client requirements and objectives. (writing creative copy wherever necessary).
  • Creating synopses, typescripts and briefs for direct marketing and commissioned work
  • Implementing budgets, schedules and organising contracts (administering related invoices, purchase orders and licences).
  • Undertaking research to fulfil set client criteria and targets; looking closely at competitor work and analysing web-stats, qualitative and quantitative feedback.
  • Monitoring the ongoing functionality of projects, websites and campaigns. Commissioning and monitoring the graphic design and production elements of print material.
  • Liaising with a series of third party suppliers – building a relationship to ensure competitive quotes.
  • Managing the distribution of promotion material on each account, looking carefully at target audiences and the language that applies to them.

Clients have included Cadbury, E.ON, NSPCC and The Department for Transport.

Mar 2006 - May 2008

Production Assistant

BDP Media Group

Spending over two years at BDP provided me with a solid production background.  Here, I acted as intermediary between clients, suppliers and crew. Working under tight schedules, I helped to asset manage key components of several multimedia resources. This often meant combining the production and management of book-copy, interactives and video resources. Key clients have included the DCSF, QIA, HBOS, Cisco, MOD, and CarphoneWarehouse.

Video production responsibilities

  • Conducting recce visits, risk assessments, searches for equality and diversity amongst video subjects.
  • Drafting call sheets, liaison with other production houses, duplication houses, free-lancers and arrangement of transport.
  • Drafting story boards, interview questions and participant briefs.
  • Co-directing, producing and editing.
  • Managing location, licence and participant photo and video agreements.
  • Organising personnel for transcripts, voice-overs, digitising and logging.
  • Working adjacent to editors to produce rough and fine edits for client approval.
  • Negotiating rates, amends and deadlines with duplication, authoring and delivery houses.

Having exercised the above duties over several projects, I was able to develop a systematic approach to new video projects. The biggest of which was a series of videos for the QIA's Teaching Resources. Examples of these videos (including two interviews) can be seen to the right of the page. 

Dec 2005 - Mar 2006

Cash Office Assistant

http://www.virginmedia.com/

Between University and BDP Media, I worked as Cash Office Assistant for Virgin Megastores Kensington. Responsibilities included:

  • Checking weekly profits against generated reports,
  • Banking takings
  • Investigated discrepencies.
  • Liaising with managment and head office on issues and concerns 
Jul 2005 - Dec 2005

Various

Editorial and Production Projects

Between graduation and employment, I was engaged with the following projects:

Root Magazine

Sub Editor and Contributor

  • Assisting my Editor friend compose and edit his submission for his Fashion and Communication degree at Central St Martins. I assisted by proofing copy, contributing ideas, organising research and photo shoots.

BBC Asian Network

Soundtrack and Film Reviewer

  • Supporting a freelance researcher by becoming a regular reviewer for contemporary soundtracks and films. This involved engaging in topical cultural debate and arguing my point in a clear, concise and broadcast quality way. 

The Best Days Short Film entered for Co-Operative's Young Filmmaker's Awards at the National Museum of Film and Photography

Co-writer, Producer and Director

  • In an effort to stay engaged with film projects and between formal employment, short amateur film projects like The Best Days have kept me engaged with a process that is both a hobby and a key means of developing experience.

Portfolio

Education

Education
Oct 2002 - Jul 2005

BA Hon English (Literature, Language and Drama)

http://www.bham.ac.uk/

A sample of some of the modules included:

  • Textual Analysis and semiotics of stage
  • Grammar,
  • Shakespeare and tragedy
  • Language, Sex and Gender,
  • Greek, Irish and American Drama
  • Close Textual Film Analysis

Dissertation: Haunted Texts, Haunted Lives, a study on the notion of ghosts through time manipulation in Stephen Daldry's The Hours.

Awards

Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award

The Duke of Edinburghs Award is an internationally recognised award set up to recognise and celebrate the achievements of young individuals who have demonstrate ability during five key stages. I completed my award during University and my progress has been mapped below.

  1. Skill: The development and execution of video and film work at BDP Media. Learning the process from start to finish and understanding how best to represent and pedagogy through a visual medium. 
  2. Expedition: An 80km trek over the space of a week with a small team through the Peak District, demonstrating team-work, respect for the environment, navigation skills, stamina and the ability to set up home in a tent at a different station every night with carefully selected rations.
  3. Residential: A week spent on Kawau Island, a small Island near the coast of Aukland, New Zealand. Here I worked for the New Zealand Department of Conservation [D.O.C] to preserve Mansion House and its surroundings to help support the local environment.
  4. Physical Recreation: The practise and development of Hatha yoga which I have continued practise on a weekly basis.
  5. Service: Position as secretary held with LINKS [See below]

LINKS, St John Ambulance [Secretary]

  • LINKS is the student branch of St John Ambulance. At university, I became a member of their society and a member of St John Ambulance. From learning about First Aid through to assisting at events, I was also elected as the Society's secretary. Responsibilities included following the progress of everyone's achievements, making sure all members were CRB checked and liaising with other universities and St John Headquarters to put together reports.

Objective

Producer and Project Manager with several year’s multidisciplinary agency experience, a flair for tackling complex briefs and providing innovative and creative treatments. I have an excellent track record of management, but excel when it comes to thinking about aesthetic campaigns for a range of client campaigns. With a background in arts, video and literature, I am keen to apply my current experience within a visual, web or integrated environment. 

Interest

I enjoy creative writing and relish the opportunity to share creative written work with friends and colleagues. I'm also an avid painter and regularly enter the BP Portrait Award as well as painting for pleasure. Previously I have exhibited twice at the Pitshanger Gallery in Ealing, London.

Skills

Skills

Copy Editing Skills

The Publishing Training Centre The Centre for Excellence for the Publishing Industry   Here I learnt about the fundamental skills of copy editing according to the British Standards Institution. The newfound skills meant I was able to mark-up and proof copy for typesetters, editors and authors. The course also provided an insight into the publication system and described methods copy-editors could use to tackle typical problems in the industry.