|Ruaridh Arrow, Director/Producer.
Ruaridh trained as a newspaper journalist before moving to Sky News as a producer and then to Channel 4’s Dispatches programme. He has also produced programmes for BBC News, More4 News and The Financial Times. While filming in Cairo he reported for the BBC from Tahrir Square during the Egyptian revolution.
|Philip Bloom, Director of Photography.
Phil has filmed, directed and edited short films, documentaries and much more from Clapham to Cambodia and in 2005 he was short listed for a BAFTA craft award for his series of short films for Sky News “If I were Prime Minister”. He is one of the new breed of cinematographers embracing the 35mm film adaptor market, shooting on HD video but making it look close to 35mm film. He also works with DSLR cameras, in particular the Canon 5d Mk2 and the Canon 7d. His recent work includes films for Discovery HD, Five, Living, Sky One and many more. In 2009 he was called up to work on the new George Lucas war movie “Red Tails”. http://philipbloom.net
|Richard Shaw, Producer.
Richard is Head of Development at Lion Television, one of the UK’s largest and most respected factual independent production companies. He worked in the performing arts for 15 years before joining Lion Television. He was Co-Producer on Tanaz Eshaghian’s highly-charged film Be Like Others, a portrait of a generation of young Iranians undergoing gender reassignment surgery in Iran (nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Berlin International Film Festival where it won three Teddy Awards). He devised and developed Britain From Above with Andrew Marr, created the travel series Rough Guide for C5, the cooking series Chinese Food Made Easy with Ching-He Huang, Britain By Bike, Victorian Pharmacy and The Spice Trail for the BBC.
|Mike Crozier, Editor.
Mike was born in Malawi and trained as an editor at the BBC, and has worked extensively in natural history, arts, current affairs and documentaries. Some of his programmes include Everest; Beyond the Limit (Discovery/C4), Daniel Libeskind, The Making of an Architect (BBC), Daniel & Our Cats (Animal Planet) winner of a Cine Eagle and NY Broadcasting Award, Dickens in America with Miriam Margolyes (BBC), Sleepwalker, winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, Ginevra’s Story, winner of a Golden Camera, Chicago Film Festival, and the Emmy-Award winning The Lake That Made A Dent (WGBH Boston).
|Lorrin Barddick, Editor.
Lorrin studied architecture at Cambridge before jacking it in for the glamorous job of a runner at Rushes Post Production in 2000. From there he moved to Final Cut, working in editting commercials & music videos, cutting & assisting in London, New York, Chile, Amsterdam and Los Angeles, and eventually moved to freelance editing and directing in 2006. Freelance since then, he now specialises in arts & science documentary, commercials, music videos and all manner of web content. He’s currently wishing he was on holiday.
|Cailean Watt – Assistant Producer
Cailean studied Film and Television and Politics studies at the University of Glasgow and a masters in International Politics at the School of Oriental and African studies in London. After graduating he worked for a year in South West China before beginning working for the BBC’s Wonderland programme, Radio 4 and Minnow Films.
|Ke Cai – Social Media Producer
Ke studied photography at Glasgow School of Art before working as a reporter for The New China Daily and a producer at BBC Chinese News. During the Orange Revolution in Ukraine he was embedded as a photographer with the democracy group PORA.
|James Otis – Executive Producer
James Otis worked as a staff journalist for Vietnam Veterans for America in DC (1986) UNESCO in Paris (1992) Amnesty Intl. (1994) He wrote and directed Secrets of the CIA (1998) for Turner Broadcasting shown in 60 countries. He directed/produced three one hour documentaries entitled “The Power of Peace” for Wisdom Channel hosted by Uma Thurman/Harry Belafonte. (1999)
From 1990 till now he has distributed the work of Gene Sharp throughout the world and trained NV activists/teachers in Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.