7 Lansdowne Road
2.1 Ba(Hons) Television Production
from Bournemouth University
A – English Literature, Media Studies
B – French, Music Technology
10 GCSEs grade A*-B
I’m Joe, a creative guy from Kent, currently based in Bournemouth.
I enjoy making videos, designing for print and screen, working with web developers and using social media to communicate on behalf of charities, churches and other organisations.
I have a passion for photography and I’m a keen musician. I play sax and guitar amongst other things.
I also enjoy football – I’m a Millwall fan, but don’t hold it against me. I enjoy watching Basketball too.
Have a look through this page to get to know me a bit better, and see what kind of things I’ve been getting up to.
Ministry Apprentice – 2012-2014
Working at Lansdowne has not always been easy, but it has been a real joy. My main areas of responsibility are the Twenties and Students Ministry, Video/Design/Communications output, Social Media/Website moderation and being part of the music team. I regularly lead sung worship in Sunday services, and I lead a small group.
This role has really enabled me to grow in my faith, as well as in my professional skills.
Video Design Ministry
This video was produced as part of a wider campaign to promote Lansdowne among the new students arriving in Bournemouth – see the design section for more on this.
The video was shot as a series of three interviews, with a voice-over. The shoot took forward planning to start filming b-roll early enough that there would be enough for the edit.
Last summer I had the privilege of being part of the team that took our church youth group to the Soul Survivor festival. Whilst I was there I documented the week on video.
This project taught me how to shoot efficiently – being able to shoot less due to having planned what I wanted. This was important to me because I wanted to be able to spend the week helping to disciple the young people, rather than behind a lens. This project was also a useful tool to help me explore new editing software in the form of Final Cut Pro X.
One of 2013’s sermon series at Lansdowne was Wholehearted, teaching through the Bible book of James. As part of the campaign to promote this series, I produced a video in the style of the Gospel Coalition’s discussions.
Above anything, this project taught me the importance of good kit. My personal video equipment had all been stolen, so was not available to me at the time (duh). To this day I’m pleased with how this project came out, considering it was shot on a single DSLR and the audio recorded on an iPhone – so if nothing else it helped me to think creatively in a tight spot!
As part of my role at Lansdowne I helped to lead Hi5, a youth group for children aged 7-11.
This is a video I produced to show parents how much fun their children had on a visit to a local fire station. As with other videos that I have made at Lansdowne, an awareness of child protection and parental permissions was necessary. The video was displayed in church as well as on the Lansdowne website and social media platforms.
Try not to get the song stuck in your head.
During my time at Lansdowne I have taken part in four holiday Bible clubs in varying capacities. Since working full time at the church I have been more significantly involved, being on the planning team, writing drama scripts for the team to perform and, of course, being on hand to take photos and video!
Having another photographer on hand enabled me to spend more time shooting moving image, which as you might imagine meant quite a lot of footage by the end of the week! I then edited this down to a short(ish) video to be shown to parents and children in the Sunday morning service that rounded up the week’s activities.
Regeneration is the name given to Lansdowne’s rebuilding project. I played a big part in the publicity for this campaign, including the videos below (one teaser video for the project and another to be played on the gift and pledge day, highlighting that the gifts that we bring are not solely financial).
Last year we made a conscious effort to heavily publicise around the time that Freshers would be arriving in Bournemouth. This involved elements as simple as posters outside the church, and pages on the church website. It also included more creative elements such as leaving a bag of doughnuts in every room at a nearby halls of residence, each delivered with a smile and a welcome note containing a QR code that linked to our Student Welcome video (see video section).
Important factors to consider included a need for a clean, modern design that fitted the target age rang well, and brand consistency across different mediums where possible. Here are a few samples from what I produced.
Below are a few examples of the types of image I have used for social media sharing, and to promote church events. Keeping a discussion going with regular content has visibly yielded results in terms of numbers attending the events, as well as positive interaction within the Twenties group.
I headed up a small team that designed and built a new website for Lansdowne Baptist Church, which launched in January 2014.
The aim of the redesign was to simplify the look of the site, and to ensure that the site was accessible to the different types of user that the site attracts.
I worked alongside a web-developer friend, another Lansdowne member, designing the site as he coded the wordpress theme from scratch, and working over a number of months to ensure the look and functionality of the site was as desired – the timescale of this project certainly helped my to improve my patience, and I feel that the redevelopment process as a whole furthered my project management skills.
I have been greatly encouraged by the positive feedback we have received since launch. Click the screenshot below to visit the site.
For 2013’s Christmas publicity I was asked to create a design that would work across multiple platforms. These included a feature on the landing page of the church website, social media sharing images, an A0 poster outside the church and several variations of A6-size flyers.
The design I eventually came up with seemed to fulfil the criteria of being current yet traditional (I can’t stand the word vintage). It also had the advantage of being flexible, with visual elements that could be rearranged or completely removed based on the medium.
Last year I was asked to design a new welcome pack for the church. The aim was to have a consistent design across the pack, with information on each ministry. Whilst the main intention was for the pack to be given as a complete package, there would be benefits in the cards being able to work as standalone flyers.
This project in particular helped me to develop the way I managed content, in terms of file/folder structure. It also taught me a lot about relating to others in a client/designer relationship, as the brief continued to develop throughout the process.
If you’ve looked at the video or design sections on this page you will already know a little about the Twenties and Students ministry at Lansdowne. The publicity for this ministry has been integral to it’s smooth running, but it’s clear that the publicity alone would not entice students to join Lansdowne as a church, even if it did successfully get them through the doors.
A large part of my apprenticeship at Lansdowne has been to develop this ministry, and it has been such an encouragement to see God bless it. It has become evident that one of the most important things in choosing a church, for students and twenties alike, is a sense of belonging and fellowship. Something as simple as people remembering your name makes a huge difference to feeling that you are cared for.
One thing I have learned through this process is that if you’re going to make promises about what your church can offer – whether verbal, in publicity or in your actions during the first few weeks of term – it is absolutely essential to deliver on these. This is a conviction that has developed throughout my time at Lansdowne, and one that I endeavour to carry over to all areas of my life.
Prepared for Service (PfS) is a training course run by the FIEC. Although the venue is soon to change, it has been taking place in Reading at Carey Baptist Church.
I attend PfS for three days a month as part of my apprenticeship at Lansdowne. Each module has around 16 hours of lectures, with an assignment set for the following month.
Studying at PfS has enabled me to deepen my theological understanding, and the practical elements of the course have been immensely useful in helping this head knowledge have a bearing on my working practice and my everyday life.
The last three years have brought about many opportunities to work in a freelance capacity. Much of this work has been undertaken for Fonix LED. My areas of oversight have varied as required from job to job, and the different disciplines have often crossed paths, however the main tasks for which I have employed can be broken down in to Directing/Mixing, Camera operating and fulfilling the role of a Video Technician, both generally across a whole event and specific to working with large LED screens.
Directing Camera Technician
I recently worked on a cookery demo, hosted by ‘tv-chef’ Tom Kerridge. The demo took place at the stunning Chewton Glen hotel, and was a very prestigious event.
My role was to operate two remote ‘hot-head’ cameras, and to mix between these and a locked-off wide shot, providing coverage on two large plasma screens so that the audience could see more clearly.
I also got to sample a bit of Tom’s cooking – a perk of the job, I suppose! For a slightly fuller write up (with pictures) head to this blog post.
I have worked on ‘Air Festival TV’ for the past two summers at the Bournemouth Air Festival. Aside from helping to rig equipment and some social media moderation (i.e. twitterfalls etc.) my main responsibility has been to manage the video production for concerts that are held on Boscombe beach.
These concerts have been invaluable to me as they forced me to work under great pressure, being solely responsible for the video output in trying circumstances. The skills I learned in such a tense environment have helped me to be more efficient when the situations have been slightly less strained!
Back in the summer of 2011 I directed and vision-mixed for the three day Mouth of the Tyne festival in the beautiful surroundings of Tynemouth Priory and Castle. The highlight of this was meeting the fantastically talented Beverley Knight, but I also directed the filming of Alexandra Burke, Neville Staple of The Specials and Scouting for Girls.
Possibly the most dangerous gig I have ever worked on, or at least it felt like it with fmx motorbikes riding past, just beyond the camera’s lens.
I have worked on the Monster Mayhem show at the Isle of Man TT festival for the last two years. The show is all about bike (and car) stunts, both on the ground and in the air, over ramps. There is a real energy to the show, with enthusiastic crowds and pumping music accompanying the action.
The shoots at the TT have been both the most challenging and the most rewarding of my camerawork jobs. The shows are long and staying tense, holding a camera to your shoulder is draining, muscle straining work. But at the same time you are capturing incredible shots of bikes and riders flipping in the air, or cars pulling doughnuts around you whilst the driver (Terry Grant – ex ‘Stig’) climbs out of the moving car, only to start driving another one.
Aside from helping me to take huge strides in the quality of my camera work, the Mayhem shows have taught me to focus amid chaos, albeit organised. Working alongside cars and bikes requires carefully following instructions, and being completely aware of your surroundings, whilst still staying focused on following direction and pointing the camera. These skills are, of course, transferrable, and have benefitted me hugely whilst working in the very different environment of a church.
Baptism of fire, in at the deep-end… call it what you want, but I was not expecting to be vision mixing a feed that was being watched live by upwards of fifteen thousand people on my first day of freelance work.
What can I say about working on five consecutive dates of a JLS tour? It was great fun, and a good way to start off my professional career. It was also one (read five) of the most challenging jobs I have ever been part of. The team was working with kit that was either old or faulty (or both) and often trying to fix kit at the last minute before the show started.
I was keen to make a good impression in my first few jobs and learned very quickly that it often take a great deal of wisdom to see the difference between a situation where you should be assertive and offer help and a situation where the best thing to do is to stay quiet.
These concerts also taught me a lot about camerawork, as I was operating handheld for long periods for the first time.
Sad as it may be, having famous faces interacting with your camera, right in front of your lens gives a great sense of adrenaline!
I can’t say I miss the insane noise levels from screaming teenage girls though…
These concerts, not too far from the area I grew up in Kent, were enjoyable days in the sun that enabled me to develop my camera-work hugely.
As the picture below shows, my camera position was a long way from the stage. This makes it very hard both to frame and to focus tight shots of the performing artists. This is made more difficult by the added camera shake from shooting so zoomed in, not to mention that the front-of-house structures are rarely ranked among the most sturdy of platforms. Add to this a lack of a follow focus handle and you’ve got a really challenging shoot!
These circumstances forced me to stay alert and focused throughout the entire shoots, as well as giving me an opportunity to adapt my technique in order to counter the undesirable effects that come with these conditions. It also gave me an opportunity to practice patience and humility as wide shots are often used less when there are two camera ops on the stage itself!
I have worked on a few Battle Proms – orchestral concerts accompanied by cavalry displays, the occasional Spitfire flyover and, of course, a cannon display perfectly timed to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
Due to the varied nature of these concerts, the camera operator’s job is not an easy one! It requires trying to capture as much of the action as possible from an awkward position just in front of the stage, before having to rush to the other side of the arena to film horses, cannons, planes and fireworks.
These difficulties have enabled me to become quicker and more efficient in my camerawork and shot composition, and the payoff has been great – it has certainly proved useful in fast-paced shoots such as the TT stunts where repositioning to another shot is so time-critical.
Working opposite St. James Park may have been a nice environment, but this job really helped me better my camera skills. I operated the camera onstage at this Sports Relief event – a small stage that had to accomodate a lot of performers. This meant trying to be as creative as possible whilst keeping movement to a minimum.
At one point I was filming the dance/music group ‘Stomp’ (another career highlight. Everything on here seems to be a highlight), and let’s just say Stomp aren’t the least energetic group. There were dustbin lids and broom handles flying everywhere – it was a job to avoid being hit! Nevertheless I managed to capture some fantastic shots that were relayed across three LED screens to the onlooking crowds.
Again, this wasn’t the hardest job of my videography career. Ships don’t move that fast so as long as you have a tripod with smooth enough travel… it’s not going to be a problem.
Still, this was a nice experience, so I thought I’d include it.
Filming the HMS Daring’s return to port for her retirement was an opportunity for me to think on my feet under pressure. I have found that I am very intuitive with technology, so when the satellite link failed – and there was no way to send the video I was filming to the other team situated with a huge LED screen in Portsmouth’s naval base – I put my troubleshooting skills in to action. Long story short we ended up sharing my phone’s internet connection with a laptop that could stream the feed to an online server. Not the most complicated solution in the world, but it worked, and it felt like quite an achievement after only having five minutes to put it in to place.
Can’t say my camera position was the safest I’ve ever felt though…
Lushfest is a combination of a business conference and… Glastonbury.
I have worked on the last two of these events, hosted by Lush (of smelly soap fame) for their managers and some of their retail staff. Tuesday through Thursday consists of lectures, seminars and workshops, but when Friday night rolls around it’s party time until Sunday, with live bands and lots of Lush products.
My role during Lushfest included a lot of different elements. The first year I spent most of the time relating to the conference speakers, ensuring their presentations worked (tweaking them where necessary!). I feel that one of my strengths is the ability to calm people down when they are under pressure, and reassure them that they are going to do a great job!
During my second Lushfest I was essentially a guarantee engineer, ensuring everything was working as it was supposed to. I aim to do this with people as well as equipment!
Ok, if I’m honest, this wasn’t the hardest job in the world. So why am I including it in my CV? Because it was super cool.
Working on the premiere for the third film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is a highlight of my career so far. The job itself entailed assisting in setting up and operating two mobile LED screens, something that I have become quite familiar with over the last three years.
Having the opportunity to take part in the premiere of a film I was very excited about, working in such a buzzing atmosphere and getting paid to be there was a real thrill. In a way I can relate this to my time at Lansdowne – it is a privilege to be able to do God’s work full-time in a loving environment and getting paid to do so.
For some more pictures head to this post on my photo blog.
The Gadget Show Live (GSL) has proved to be one of my favourite jobs in the last couple of years. Held at the NEC in Birmingham, GSL is a huge conference bringing together technology in games, music, cars and the home.
I have been employed for GSL for a few years running, working closely with the event organisers to ensure the smooth-running of various elements throughout the show. My technicians job during the conferences ranged from wirelessly relaying a photographer’s images to the big screens, to providing a birds-eye view of laser quest mazes or ‘robot wars’ arenas with a Go-Pro.
I also operated a remote ‘hot-head’ camera for the main showcase theatre at 2012’s Christmas Gadget Show Live at the Excel Centre, London.
I endeavour to fill a good amount of my leisure time with project work, both paid, unpaid/charitable and for personal enjoyment. In the drop-down below you will find a selection of video work covering all of these types of work.
This one takes a little bit of explaining. A ‘geddan’ is a meme that arose a few years ago with people imitating the jumping around/skipping effect that was common when old N64 games would freeze. When Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ (‘Gotta get down on Friday’) went viral, I couldn’t resist making a ‘Gotta geddan’ edit.
This shows just how time-critical virality really is – I got 8,000 views in two days, which then slowly climbed to 10,000. Not a lot in internet terms, but let’s face it – it’s a pretty niche interest…
Movem<nt was a series of events held in the middle of Bournemouth with the purpose of celebrating and worshipping God through dance.
I was involved in the organisation of Movem<nt, and made this video as a promo, a few events in. I also made a few videos to explain the purpose of and inspiration behind the vision.
Music 4 Meningitis (previously Music 4 Life) is an annual concert, hosted by Adam Tuffrey. Adam survived meningitis when he was very young, and now uses his musical talents to raise money for the Meningitis Trust.
I have been involved in several M4M concerts during my time in Bournemouth, both playing in them and filming the show. The 2011 event in particular was a great opportunity to put many of the skills I had learned from my freelance work in to practice.
I oversaw the video production for the whole event, hiring equipment, directing three cameras that I mixed for a projected live-feed, and then producing a DVD following the event. This forced me to work under the pressure of having sole responsibility – pressure indeed when investing a charity’s hard-raised money!
Last year I shot a video for Commission, formerly New Frontiers. The aim of the video was to communicate an encouraging message in a clear way. I worked with a close friend to decide the style and tone of the video, and then shot it in a couple of hours, editing to a tight deadline so that the video was ready for the next day, to be played in churches throughout the area and shared across their Social Media outlets.
What is this place? This is the question that adorned Citygate Church’s new building before it had opened, with no clues as to the building’s purpose other than a url for a Facebook page, The Secret Building.
Working with a close friend, we planned a campaign of photos and videos to spark curiosity in what the building would be once it opened. These two films provided a nice way of generating interest in a new church, in a viral-style campaign.
The Michael Ots Evangelism Trust (MOET) decided it would be useful to have a series of three videos to train and prepare the Christian Unions they will be visiting to assist with ‘events weeks’. We shot these videos in just one morning in less-than-ideal conditions, nevertheless I am happy with the finished result, and thrilled that the videos are able to help so many people!
Studying Television Production at Bournemouth University was a genuinely positive experience. As with many areas of my life, it was a real blessing to be able to devote myself to doing something that I really enjoy.
During my studies I have produced many videos. The films below are a selection of these that I feel demonstrate a range of skills and lessons that I have learned along the way.
Redemption is a video I made during my third year, as my minor project. The idea was based around a poem, and a girl searching to find her place in the chaos of the world. It also gave me a nice excuse to shoot car headlights with some nice pull focus.
My major project was Awesome (ha). Awesome is a kids tv show, shot in the studio as-live. It uses silly songs, sketches and more, and features the fantastic Making Faces comedy trio.
As part of the second year of my degree I had the opportunity to work on an open brief – either on my own project or assisting on someone else’s. I used this chance to make a pilot episode for a sitcom – something I have always had a passion for.
I developed the story and the characters, before handing off to a scriptwriter. We shot ‘This is a blank page’ with a small team, a tiny budget and in a very short amount of time. It was an incredibly busy few days, and yet some of the most rewarding time I spent whilst at uni. It taught me so much about managing a team, and making the most of limited resources.
The Listeners is a video based on the well-known poem. It explores themes of home and belonging. I edited this video as part of a coursemate’s project.
This film was produced as one of three webisodes, as part of a collaborative multimedia project. It was a lot of fun to direct and shoot something so moody, with a really interesting script, and was a great chance to improve my teamwork skills, working with people I’d only met a few days before.
I’m still weirdly proud of this A-level Media Studies project.
Hey, if you’ve got this far you might as well watch it…