Troubadour Sean Taylor on Path Into Blue

It is always a privilege to be able to speak one-to-one with an established artist and discuss workflow and inspiration. When prolific singer-songwriter and contemporary troubadour, Sean Taylor visited my office at Damyns Hall Aerodrome recently, we took a rare opportunity to sit quietly and extraordinarily coldly, in a disused hangar. In the insightful interview

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Oath Upfronts at the Roundhouse

I was recently very pleased to be commissioned to film on behalf of Oath, parent company of AOL, Yahoo!, Microsoft and Millennial Media, at the Roundhouse in Camden. Part of the high profile Upfronts industry event, the Oath conference featured cutting-edge moving theatre and multi-screen AV delivery facilitated by creative event production agency, DesignScene. The conference, attended

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BackBeat Collaboration for PilotWingsTV Exclusive

I am delighted to be collaborating with the internationally renowned BackBeat percussion quartet and Aerobatic Tactics, to produce a short film about the vintage Tiger Moth aeroplane. “Plane Tales” will be a new series of artistic short films produced for PilotWingsTV – a specialist web and Youtube channel being developed over the coming months. In the first

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London Palladium Multi-Camera Shoot Challenge

On June 21st 2015, the Music Man Project hired the famous London Palladium and took to the stage to perform a very special concert.  “Music is Magic” featured hundreds of students with learning disabilities performing alongside professional stars of stage and screen. I was lucky enough to be given the task of filming the live show and also producing the theatrical

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TLS Film Release Celebrates Progress for Thurrock Disabled

October marks the official release of my new community film “Driven by Difference”, a 22-minute promotional documentary drawing attention to the impressive achievements of a group of disabled people in Thurrock, Essex. Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions is a highly successful community interest company run by and for disabled people.  It’s board of directors are an assembly

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Self-Producing: How Highly Do You Value Your Corporate Persona?

In a media-savvy world in which image is everything, it seems counter-productive companies to delegate sensitive filmmaking tasks to non-specialist internal employees, students and friends.  Firms are looking to save money in an area critical to their corporate persona.  Web videos officially increase site visitors’ understanding of a product or service, by 74%.  In addition,

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SEN and Specialist Filming Projects

Over the past few years I have been working extensively within social care and special educational needs environments. I have been lucky enough to build a reputation in this fascinating and rewarding field of work, following completion of previous long-form projects for Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships, Thurrock Council and Mencap. Working primarily as a documentary-maker but also occasionally as an educational practitioner, I

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Christmas Day Broadcast for “The Music Man” Documentary

I am delighted to announce that my 60-minute documentary, “The Music Man” will broadcast to a national TV audience on Freeview and all major satellite and cable networks throughout December, including Christmas day. As a highly accomplished musician, exuberant teacher and composer, David Stanley believes that all of us carry a musical instinct, which can unlock tremendous potential.

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National Broadcast for ‘Yardarm Folk’ Doc

Yardarm Folk is a new documentary by Paul Carpenter Films, centred around one of Southend-on-Sea’s most unique community groups, the Yardarm Folk Orchestra.  It is scheduled for its first national TV broadcast during October as part of the Community Channel’s “Brilliant Britain” season. The 30-minute film provides an overview of the orchestra’s aims and achievements so far, including

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Upgrades Bring Broadcast Production Values

With major production work currently underway for Sunbeam Productions, Yardarm Folk Orchestra and Southend Vox among others, this year seemed like a natural time for my next wave of upgrades. Paul Carpenter Films can now bring full BBC-level broadcast facilities to your place of work.  Crucially though, it’s still a production service provided to my

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Lowest Budget Music Promos Ideal for Indie Producers

The explosion of social networking has placed a number of very powerful marketing tools at our disposal, yet few artists or businesses manage to harness their full potential. While many dabble in the possibilities of sharing videos to promote a service or event, so many campaigns fall short of the mark with amateur footage.  A

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VIPs Endorse “The Music Man” Documentary Launch for Mencap

Working with Mencap Music School over the last year has been an enlightening experience. I recently had the privilege of showcasing my work during a very special event for around 200 guests and VIPs, at the former Plaza cinema in Southend-on-Sea. It was a truly memorable occasion, marking the end of a very significant piece

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Acclaimed Roots Artist Sean Taylor Performs Live

Nothing delights me more than being given the chance to work with artists I respect.  A few weeks ago, I was delighted to be asked to film two new live performance videos for critically acclaimed Blues and Folk artist, Sean Taylor.  In these films, Sean teams up with percussionist James Taylor, to perform two brand

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Mencap Documentary Available for Pre-Order

 “The Music Man” is my new full-length documentary following the remarkable achievements of Mencap Music School, a provision for individuals with a learning disability. Mencap Music School was set up between 2000-2001 by Cllr. David Stanley, a musician, teacher, author, fundraiser and composer.  Over the past decade, the school has developed a large following and has influenced

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Offshore Film Making on Southend Pier

The final days of summer may have rolled around all-too quickly, but there’s still time for one last weekend of family fun in the sun.   This coming weekend I will be offering free film making workshops on the end of Southend Pier.  The ‘Offshore’ event will provide a host of interactive arts activities for families

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Mencap Music School Documentary Nears Completion

With the new school term just underway, I am pleased to announce I am nearing completion of the much-anticipated documentary for Southend Mencap Music School. The film runs for a full hour and provides a fascinating insight into the wonderful work of David Stanley and his music school.  The school enables individuals with a learning disability to socialise, learn

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Bespoke VFX Sequence Features at London 2012 Olympic Celebrations

  On Friday 6th July 2012, Hylands Park in Chelmsford hosted the grand finale to Sparks Will Fly; the Essex leg of the Olympic Torch Relay. Weather remained relatively kind by current British standards and the event was a complete sell-out with a crowd in excess of 15,000 people gathered at the main stage in

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Pro Effects Support Our Olympic Torch Relay Shoot

I am pleased to say I’m now making good progress with the Olympic Torch Relay project, thanks in no small part to supporters of the endeavour. High-profile, challenging projects like this one require a good deal of collaboration. Earlier this week I was given the opportunity to run some vital chroma key tests at the premises of

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France En Confiance!

Sample the delights of French cuisine and culture with France en Confiance, an organised travel adventure firm based near Colchester, Essex. In this short promotional film made for the company’s website, founder Helene Musso tempts us with the delights of touring one of Europe’s prettiest locations: the South of France. This was a basic production

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New Documentary in Production

Last week I began filming for my latest documentary; a film following students of Southend Mencap music school as they prepare for their popular annual Christmas concerts and a forthcoming world-record attempt. The school was founded by Cllr. David Stanley, a charismatic, energetic and hugely talented composer and musician.  His vision was to set up regular music

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Southend Mencap Music School

I’m delighted to have now secured my next major project which is a documentary for Southend Mencap Music school. This is set to be an exciting piece of work, charting the progress of a group of music students with special educational needs as they rehearse for their annual Christmas concerts followed by a world record attempt set to

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Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships Projects Nears Completion

October has been a busy month so far.  Following the official premiere of the Beowulf documentary, which was attended by a host of VIP guests, I am now entering the final stages of the Pioneer school project. ‘Our life at Pioneer’ is a 30-minute documentary giving a fascinating and moving insight into everyday life at this

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