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An enthusiastic and versatile media professional, with 11 years’ experience in all aspects of media production, including television and corporate video direction, editing, web design/coding and project management. Exceptional technical knowledge and problem solving abilities and quick to understand new ideas. Highly motivated and able to work individually or as part of, as well as leading a creative team. An ability to work under pressure and within tight budgets and deadlines, whilst still retaining high production quality at all times.

Extensive experience of dealing with clients and maintaining good client relationships. Able to plan and execute a project from initial client brief, through to concept and final production with imagination and creativity. A keen eye for detail and an insistence on high production values at all times. An extensive understanding of all technical aspects of video and web production and therefore able to be ‘hands on’ at all stages of the production process.

Winner of the Royal Television Society Award Newcomer of the Year 2000 for offline editing of ‘School’, a six part series for Carlton TV.

Key Software Skills

  • Avid Xpress/Pro/Media Composer
  • Adobe PhotoShop
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe Encore
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver
  • Macromedia Director
  • Squeeze
  • Cool Edit
  • OpenOffice
  • Microsoft Office
  • Web Server Software
  • Email Server Software
  • Mac OSX
  • Linux
  • Windows

Key Technical Skills – Video

I am a highly creative person, able to plan, direct and edit a video production with flair and originality. I have a keen understanding of the technical aspects of video production, including differing standards and formats, encoding, broadcast specifications, DVD authoring and video streaming for the web.

Upon leaving university I was employed as a video editor, producing both TV and corporate material. I am highly experienced in the use of Avid editing systems as well as the Adobe suite of video software. I also have some light experience of Final Cut Pro.

Over the past 10 years my experience has extended beyond the edit suite and I have directed countless corporate video productions as well as a TV series for Carlton. I have also gained extensive experience in the operation of on-location sound and camera equipment.

Key Technical Skills – Web

Key web skills include a keen understanding of web and accessibility standards as well as extensive, hands on experience coding XHTML, CSS, ASP, PHP, SQL and XML. I have developed bespoke websites with integrated content systems in both ASP and PHP, as well as using established content management systems such as WordPress, CMSMS and Drupal (among others).

I have a firm belief that the web should be enjoyed by all and take great pride in developing accessible websites that are both attractive and easy to use for all users, including those using assistive technologies (e.g. screen readers).

Career Summary

1998-2008

Coleridge Productions Ltd, Plymouth, Devon (www.coleridgeproductions.com)
Company Director, Systems Manager, Project Manager

  • As Company Director my responsibilities included scheduling of all production work carried out within the company, client liaison, ensuring projects were on target and within budget, and managing a team of staff and freelance workers. All projects undertaken by the company would pass through me for final checking and quality control. During this period I still kept a ‘hands on’ attitude and have always taken an active role in all projects
  • My technical knowledge helped expand the company from a video production company to a multimedia design studio, working in video, web and interactive media
  • Taking projects from first client contact, to planning, design and production whilst maintaining client relations and involvement during this process
  • Writing tender reply and project specification documents. This includes calculating costings, time-scales and project scope
  • Nurturing client accounts and ensuring their needs and requirements were met
  • Assessing hardware and software for use within the company
  • Set-up and day to day running of the company email, web and network systems
  • Set-up and maintenance of Avid edit suites
  • Maintenance of all office computers
  • Implementing many company systems to aid communication and project management
  • Working closely with clients to train them in the use of website systems

1997-2000

Marjon Student Union, Plymouth, Devon
Bar Manager

  • Part-time position held during my last year of University and my first 2 years working at Coleridge
  • Responsible for staff schedules and managing a team of between 20 to 30 staff
  • Dealing with cash and accounts
  • Stock control and ordering
  • Maintaining three bars

1990-1995

Dixons Stores Group
Sales Assistant

  • Working in three separate Dixons stores
  • Dealing with the general public
  • Handling money as well as calculating finance agreements
  • Learning about electrical products and technology

Selected Portfolio

Little Chefs
Director, Offline Editor
6 Part TV Series – Carlton TV

School
Offline Editor
6 Part TV Series – Carlton TV

Marjon Graduation 2000-2006
Director
Graduation DVD – College of St. Mark and St. John

Wrigley Visitor Information
Director, DVD Authoring
Safety Information Film – The Wrigley Company

Who Are You Looking At?
Editor, Dubbing, DVD Authoring
CCTV Information Film – Devon and Cornwall Police

Way To Go
Offline Editor
35 minute drama – Government Office of The South West

Cornwall College
Editor, Dubbing, DVD Authoring
Prospectus DVD – Cornwall College

Connexions Website
Coding, Project Management
Youth Information Website – Connexions Cornwall and Devon

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Extended Portfolio Available on Request

Formal Qualifications

BA (Hons) Media Studies with Information Technology
Grade: 2:1
College of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth, Devon (1995-1998)

A Level Film Studies
Grade: A
Trowbridge College, Trowbridge, Wiltshire (1992-1994)

A Level Physics
Grade: C
A Level Business Studies
Grade: B
Sheldon School, Chippenham, Wiltshire (1988-1990)

9 GCSEs
Grades: A-C
Sheldon School, Chippenham, Wiltshire (1983-1988)

Personal Details

Languages: English
Nationality: British
Health: Excellent; non-smoker
Driving Licence: Full; clean

Interests & Activities

Currently include: Guitar Playing, Music, Computer Programming, Web Design, Photography

References are Available on Request

    About

    I am a freelance media professional working in the South West of England. Experienced in television and corporate video direction and editing as well as web development and programming. I have over 11 years experience in the media industry.

    Availability

    I am available for freelance and contract web or video projects. I am based in Plymouth and in easy reach of any of the south west of England, including Bristol, Bath and Swindon as well as locations in Devon and Cornwall.
    Contact
    Email: mail@vivash.net

    Phone: 01752 688836

    Skype: My status

    Personal Projects

    As well as working as a freelancer, I like to keep myself busy with small personal projects. Recently I have set-up a website to list my projects on. Check out RJV Media.
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