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My Skills, Qualifications and Background

About me

Documentary Director/Producer and Lighting Cameraman

Trained at the National Film and Television School, I have been working freelance for the last 12 years for UK and international broadcasters.

I specialise in strong characters, the drama of real-life stories and emotional impact.

In the last few years, I have worked on adventure programmes in the Amazon and Himalayas - environmental issues and human rights in Indonesia, Iraq & South America – and current affairs in Africa.
Simon Nepal
Nepal Himalayas
     
Motivation and Approach

Reality can be so much more fascinating and surprising than fiction. I am passionate about people and the experiences and issues that shape their lives.

I am particularly interested in finding new ways to bring together the appeal of a good character story with the substance of more issues-led programmes.

Style

As a director/producer my style is characterised by intimacy and warmth - getting at the real story behind the characters and action. It is contemporary and engaging. I usually shoot camera myself, bringing a strong visual sense to my work, and am experienced in a wide range of formats from High Definition to DV.
Filming Indian dance
Huaorani Indians, Amazon, Ecuador

Industry Qualifications

Hostile Regions & First Aid Training Courses - CH4/AKE (2 courses)

NATIONAL FILM AND TELEVISION SCHOOL (1994)

NFTS Associate & Diploma - postgraduate professional training over four years — Documentary Director/Producer — Camera & Lighting training

MEMBERSHIPS

GTC - BECTU
Filming on Cliffs
Filming hyacinth macaw chick
poachers in Brazil
Simon with Camera
In the upper Amazon, Peru
 
 

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Filming on Yacht
Filming in the mid Atlantic
Education

SELWYN COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY

MA degree - Natural Sciences
Class 2:1 Hons.

4 x A-Levels at "A" Grade
   
 


 
Personal details

Fit and immunised for world travel - UK & Australian passports
(Work Permits in UK, EU, Australia, New Zealand)
UK Driving Licence (4WD experience)

REFERENCES - Please ask me for contact details
High Altitude Mountain
Climbing Chimborazo, Ecuador, 6,300m
LINKS

National Film and Television School
AKE Surviving Hostile Regions Training
BECTU
GTC
               
   


Other professional experience & skills  

COMPUTER & IT SKILLS

Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Power point, Explorer etc.
Website Design (Dreamweaver)
Image & Photo manipulation (Photoshop)
Video Editing systems & software - Avid Xpress, FCP

Simon Climbing in Cairngorms
Climbing in the Scottish Highlands

 
Cordillera Blanca, Peru
 
 
DEVELOPMENT & NGO LINKS

At the start of my career in I worked with the VSO aid programme, teaching science and maths in a rural Zimbabwean school. Since then as a programme-maker, I have always followed international affairs, environment and development issues closely, and sought to establish strong relationships with the NGO community.

For my film 'Parks or People', I received an award and fellowship in Rural Communications from the Arkleton Trust - and for my film 'Simukai' I was awarded a major grant from the European Union to communicate third world development issues to us in the North.

Co-author, Guide to Namibia & Botswana, (Bradt Publications, 1994)
 
MOUNTAINEERING: Rock and Ice Climber and Alpine Mountaineer - 20 years experience over six continents Ice Climbing
Waterfall Ice, USA
Abseiling Pembroke
South Wales, UK
Alps
French Alps

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