Category Archives: Productions

Improve Your Presenting Voice

We don’t often put a lot of thought into speaking, but the growth of audio content has made us more aware of our voices.  A poor presenting voice can be distracting, whilst a good presenter brings content to life and lifts it off … Continue reading

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What I Learned From Interviewing James Hilton of AKQA

Back when I attended every networking event I could find, I saw a talk by Ajaz Ahmed, one of the founders of media agency AKQA.  AKQA is one of the most respected and successful agencies of the last decade, producing work … Continue reading

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Doing Digital Properly: Top Tips From BBC Worldwide’s Alex Ayling

Today, anyone can broadcast through platforms like YouTube. With amateurs producing incredible content, and organisations like Vice creating films specifically for online broadcast, where do traditional broadcasters like the BBC fit in? Continue reading

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How To Ace Twitter

As a producer, I like to use Twitter to share my work.  But I’ve always felt that I could be doing it better.  Last November, Dr Rhiannon MacDonnell (Marketing Professor at Cass Business School), Barney Worfolk-Smith (Director at creative social agency … Continue reading

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Sparking Your Fire: Ian Wharton on Creativity

I’ve wanted to write an article about creativity for a while: how does one nurture it; what working environments help; what blocks it?  But until a chance encounter one winter’s eve, I was at a loss about how to approach such … Continue reading

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The Area Boys Of Lagos

We cross the Third Mainland Bridge at dusk and ask Okey, our driver, to stop so we can film the sunset. “You got two minutes, make da shot snappy,” he says in Lagosian Patois. Slightly bemused, we jump out and … Continue reading

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Walking The Nile with Levison Wood – Uganda

Back in February and March of 2013, I joined Levison Wood for three weeks of his Walking The Nile expedition, just before Matt Power tragically lost his life.  I wrote up an article about the experience for BA Highlife, which … Continue reading

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How To Film An Expedition

But how does one film one’s adventures in the first place? Camera work is a huge field, with masses of terminology and kit to get your head around, let alone thinking about filming a story, constructing a sequence or planning shots. Most adventurers can barely afford their own expeditions, so paying for a camera-man is out of the question. How, then, does a budding explorer-presenter take his first step into the world of media? Continue reading

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Shooting For The Edit

It’s all to easy, to get caught up in beautiful cinematography, and forget to capture the transitions, establishing shots and other essential bits that make up the grammar of film. Continue reading

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How To Make A Travel Film: Road Trip To Courmayeur

I learned to defer to experience and ask for the input from people your team – Jack has more experience as a cameraman and editor than me, so I would ask him for his opinion on narrative flow and sequencing Continue reading

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