Music Composition for New Wing Walk Promo

Producing this simple, short promo for The Wing Walk Company included a few unique challenges including composing a unique soundtrack to accompany some onboard footage.  The promo was produced to play at the Wing Walk Company’s new offices at Headcorn Aerodrome.  Its soundtrack features authentic Boeing Stearman engine sounds and soaring electronic sounds. Having already

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Interview for BBC Essex

It was a great pleasure to be invited onto the Helen Scott BBC Essex radio show recently, to speak about my role as a documentary maker. Following Sky TV’s recent launch of the Sky Documentaries channel and a growing selection of documentary programmes available on Netflix, Prime and other streaming platforms, it is becoming clear

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Multimedia Marks Search for Thurrock’s Next Top Boss

It has been a great pleasure to be involved in Thurrock’s Next Top Boss again for the fifth consecutive year. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the council-led competition which continues to evolve in line with developments in technology, enabling students to submit their entries as digital media. Schools and colleges taking part in

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Design Projects Up, Up and Away!

A fun design commission for The Wing Walk Company in Kent, this project included concept design, copy writing, aviation photography and custom design work from scratch. As a part-time member of the Wing Walk Company crew, I sometimes work as Pilot’s Assistant during summer seasons. It’s an amazing privilege to be a part of such

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Artwork Designs For Broadway Tour

Digital artwork design has become one of my most popular services offered in addition to film and video. This latest commission involved producing a show poster and web promos for an upcoming show on Broadway. This unique project included both the studio photography elements as well as the design itself. The finished work was printed

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Online Learning Portal National Lottery Project

The People’s Postcode Lottery and National Lottery have supported a number of developments from the Music Man Project UK, including this commission I received to produce a unique interactive online resources portal for teachers and students with learning disabilities. Based on responsive web design integrated within the client’s website (also developed and managed by myself),

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BTS NatGeo Shoot With Astronaut, Chris Hadfield

Working in production certainly has its privileges. Meeting astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield, was surely the biggest privilege of my career so far. On a recent shoot for National Geographic, Chris visited a small airfield to shoot a sequence featuring him flying in a vintage Tiger Moth biplane. My

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Vintage Aviation Photo Merch with @aviationphotos_london

Quite a lot of my work has revolved around aviation over the last few years. A student pilot and wing walk ground crew member, I like to take whatever opportunity I can to combine business with pleasure. I began producing a series of one-off photo prints and merchandise featuring rare vintage aircraft, originally previewed on

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Responsive Web and Media Design for Charity Orchestra

The Yardarm Folk Orchestra has been a valued and long-standing client of mine ever since I produced their first TV documentary which aired for one month on The Community Channel. Eight years on, we have since produced a series of live performance videos, a full length promotional video, graphic designs for banners and flyers, and

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DVD, VFX and Design Work for Royal Albert Hall Premiere

The Music Man Project UK is a fast-growing nationally recognised organisation dedicated to providing music education and performance opportunities for people with learning difficulties and additional needs. As their official media producer of ten years now, I was delighted to be invited to produce some media elements to feature in their Royal Albert Hall debut

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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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Community Interest at Heart

Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions is a unique Community Interest Company at the heart of the Thurrock community, providing inclusive opportunity to all people with a disability or learning disability. Its board of Directors are themselves customers of the highly acclaimed service, and are responsible for all elements of its day-to-day running and future developments. This montage

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STEM Educational Video for Schools

One of my latest videos, commissioned by Thurrock Council for use in local schools, aims to demonstrate the practical value of learning core STEM subjects; science, technology, engineering and maths. GCSE and A-level students have become increasingly disengaged with STEM subjects, apparently feeling they lack relevance in everyday life. Featuring interviews with a range of successful professionals

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The Flying Adventurer

Adrenaline junkies and global adventuring often go hand-in-hand. When Dubai-based fighter pilot, skydiver and social media influencer, Fareed Lafta visited a England to discover wing-walking, it was an obvious unmissable opportunity to break-out the camera equipment. In my occasional role as Pilot’s Assistant at The Wing Walk Company at Headcorn aerodrome in Kent, I get

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An Interview About Autism

In this fascinating filmed conversation with Autistic student, Archie we gain insight into the positivity, drive ambition and fascinatingly focused mindset that is often characteristic of the condition. This piece was commissioned for exhibition by pioneering Community Interest Company, Thurrock Lifestyle Communications.

Multi-Camera Production at the London Palladium

Filming at major venues never fails to excite and amaze me, and our recent trip to the London Palladium was no exception. When the Music Man Project announced its 2017 performance of Music is Magic at the famous West End venue, it was clear that coverage of the event would be a challenge.  Run by

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Airfield Production Office Open for Visits

I am delighted to have now re-located my production facilities at Damyns Hall Aerodrome in Upminster, Essex.  Clients can now arrange visits by appointment in order to discuss projects, view rushes and finished work and even to shoot on location. This exciting development marks key changes to the structure of the business, including an extended range of production services

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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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A Flight with The Turbs

The Turbulent Team are one of the most fondly regarded and longest established flying teams in the world.  Part of the famous Tiger Club, The Turbs have recently relocated at Damyns Hall Aerodrome in Essex.  I couldn’t resist an unmissable opportunity to film with the team as they began preparations for the new display season..

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Coca-Cola Flying Fun for Endemol and Stars of YouTube

Endemol Shine, producers of Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, One Born Every Minute, MasterChef and many other top shows, were recently commissioned to film flying adventures for Coca-Cola’s CokeTV.  I was lucky enough to be involved in the shoot as part of the film crew, working with Aerobatic Tactics who were providing the flights. Featuring YouTube stars,

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Behind-the-scenes at The Railway Ball

It was a pleasure to again be invited by top London event producers DesignScene Ltd, to film one of their high profile shows. Last week several thousand guests gathered in London Docklands to raise funds in support of homeless children living on the streets.  The Railway Ball is organised on behalf of top executives and staff within

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New YFO Promo Celebrates Music and Community

Back in 2013 I produced my original TV-broadcast documentary on behalf of the Yardarm Folk Orchestra in Southend-on-Sea.  This successful and popular community organisation attracts members from all walks of life and all musical abilities, performing its unique blend of folk music at local and charity events. Following their subsequent successes, the YFO recently commissioned me to produce

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Plane Tales showcases Vintage Tiger Moth for new PilotWingsTV

In the first of several new online series aimed at aviation enthusiasts, flight fanatics and pilots alike, Plane Tales features rare and interesting aircraft brought to life in unique musical films. Episode 1 has just been released on the PilotWingsTV YouTube and Vimeo channels, and features the iconic Tiger Moth.  G-OOSY, affectionately referred to as “GOOSY”,

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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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Thurrock’s Next Top Boss Virtual Studio Explainer Series

Thurrock’s Next Top Boss (TNTB) invites schools and colleges to collaborate with key local businesses to develop responses to ‘real world’ business challenges. The incentive is unique in providing young people with genuine opportunities to make a valuable contribution to the local economy and with it, the chance to build connections with potential employers.  Students face a series

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ITV Celebrates Success in DesignScene Spectacle

ITV’s The Big Roadshows have been touring the UK showcasing the network’s biggest successes in drama and entertainment and advertising. The annual DesignScene event sees hundreds of staff, talent and TV executives come together in lavishly built studio surroundings. Celebrities host a live show in which they interview senior executives about leading ITV programmes, features

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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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Hip Hop Doc Drops for It’s Our Theatre!

This full length 2009-2010 documentary was produced by Paul Carpenter Films in collaboration with Arts Council England, Royal Opera House and Thurrock Council, on behalf of It’s Our Theatre. The Thurrock project spanned almost a year and engaged hundreds of students from schools across the borough. Focusing primarily on hip hop culture and street dance,

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Revisiting the Noughties: Birth of the Budget Music Video

Not long ago, production technology was different. Very, very different indeed. As everything progressively became smaller and more powerful throughtout the 00’s – my early years of working as a producer – there was a wave of upcoming music talent looking to capitalise on that progress. I produced a number of successful ultra-low budget music

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Low Cost TV-Style Product Videos Boost Sales for Large Online Retailer

ChannelPlan is a unique service introduced by Paul Carpenter Films earlier this year. It aims to bridge the gap between the customer-building potential of web video delivery platforms such as YouTube, and the limitations of shrinking advertising and marketing budgets. The latest client to benefit from a ChannelPlan production service is major online DJ equipment retailer, ElectroMarket.co.uk.

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A Brisk and Biting Biplane Encounter

As part of my development of PilotWingsTV on YouTube, this short featured a few unique perspectives captured during a recent flight in a 1940s vintage Boeing Stearman biplane. In almost sub-zero temperatures taking off from a field in Essex enroute Old Buckenham near Norwich, this routine maintenance ferry flight introduced me to the kind of

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Professional Flight School for YouTube

Youtube is changing the way we consume media. Vast audiences are now more often than not, choosing to access short, specific video content through free on-demand services like YouTube, rather than sitting in front of their TVs. ChannelPlan is the name given to a new service designed to provide everything you need to produce a low

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Web Channels Simplifying Targeted Media

MMP-TV and other website-based TV channels have recently been created as part of my new ChannelPlan range of services.  ChannelPlan is an affordable YouTube video and Web TV production service for companies and individuals looking to produce regular broadcast-quality media. The service is available in two forms: ChannelPlan TV and ChannelPlan Basic. The no-obligation ‘basic’

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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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Advice on Presenting Your Own Corporate Videos

I receive many requests from companies, individuals and public sector organisations, to produce self-presented training and demonstration videos. Combining the latest mobile production studio technology with unique techniques and workflow can yield fantastic, budget-defying results to take your media presence to the next level. When it comes to corporate video, keeping things ‘in-house’ can also boost staff experience and confidence, add relevance and context and

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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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Tower Hamlets Commission High Tech Explainers

London Borough of Tower Hamlets commissioned a series of videos aimed at disseminating user information to a bank of staff within the organisation. The gradual implementation of new Assistive Technology presented a number of challenges including how to provide staff with easy-to-access training material. In a series of three short videos produced, staff present their

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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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TV Fame for Southend Folk Orchestra

My 30-minute programme based on one of the most unique community groups in Southend, the Yardarm Folk Orchestra, is scheduled for its final broadcast tonight. It will feature on Sky 539 and Virgin 233 at 9.30pm. “Yardarm Folk” was selected by national broadcaster, The Community Channel to feature in their ‘Brilliant Britain’ season during October.

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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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Transition from Education to Employment

I am currently making an interesting new educational film offering key advice to school, college and university leavers facing the challenging and competitive transition into employment. The film features a number of knowledgeable and sought-after guest speakers, all of whom are experts in their respective field. Production work includes extensive visual effects including green screen

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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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Fighting for our Veterans of War

Veterans of War is a local charity supporting disabled veterans of all ages. One of the organisation’s most popular fundraising events is this amateur boxing and MMA event held at various venues in the South East.

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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Web Videos: Tips for Presenting

Earlier this week, I had the privilage of being asked to the House of Colour annual conference as guest speaker. My brief for the day was to speak for 90-minutes about the value of website videos and more specifically, how to improve your on-camera performance techniques. Initially, this seemed daunting to me:  Ninety whole minutes

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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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Chelmsford Calling for Olympic Torch Finale

Over the last two months, Paul Carpenter Films has been working on a special visual effects sequence to be shown during the Essex finale to the Olympic torch relay as part of Sparks Will Fly.  The thirty-second video sequence has a graphic theme based around Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of radio, and features a number of sports performers.

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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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ROH and ACE Premiere Special Needs Collaborative Production

Arts Council England and Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships enabled commission of a unique 9-month project involving Pioneer School in Basildon. Students with learning difficulties and Profound and Multiple Learning Disorders (PMLD) were engaged on a weekly learning programme aimed at teaching them the fundamental skills of film-making. With sole responsibility for this project, I

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Fashion Advice Film With House of Colour

One of my recent business promo films can now be seen on the home page of the international website for House of Colour. Personal stylist and professional actress/presenter Alex Turchyn demonstrates how to pack over a month’s worth of perfect clothing combinations into only one small suitcase, leaving you more time to enjoy your well-earned

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London Olympics; Chelmsford Calling!

Work is now well-underway for my latest and most exciting project to date; a video sequence to be shown during the Olympic Torch Relay. The piece will form part of “Chelmsford Calling”, a spectacular original performance devised by theatre company Pinpoint Create.  It will be scheduled alongside the finale to “Sparks Will Fly” by Walk the

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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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Southend Celebrates Lottery Funded Beowulf Project

The Anglo Saxon World of Beowulf is a local arts, history and heritage project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Over the last year the project has involved students from six schools and has delivered a series of Beowulf-inspired history, art, creative writing and music workshops.  In addition, community groups worked with a professional cast

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Beowulf: Grendella’s Lament

The Anglo Saxon World of Beowulf is a funded arts, culture and heritage project developed by Pinpoint Create.  It has been running in Southend-on-Sea over several months, involving schools, community groups and a host of top-level creatives coming together to produce a memorable theatrical collaborative performance. I have been making a documentary following the project

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Special Needs School Film Group Collab

“Our Life at Pioneer” is a fantastic collaboration now in its seventh month.  I have been working with Pioneer school, on behalf of the Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships, to form a student-led filmmaking group actively contributing to their own documentary. Pioneer is a special needs school and a wonderful place.  During my time there,

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Experience EPIPHANY

A theatrical trailer for the stage show Epiphany, produced by lottery-funded arts organisation, Theatre Is. Epiphany is a uniquely atmospheric and emotive production exploring the critical moments bridging life and death, and featuring some of the UK’s leading hip hop performers. The critically acclaimed show is currently touring theatres and schools across Essex and London.

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