Hello, I’m Tom and I make videos!
What sort of videos?
Long ones, short ones, TV ones, web ones, HD ones, mobile ones, funny ones, emotional ones, entertainment ones, corporate ones, loud ones, quiet ones - there’s quite a range!
How did that happen then?
From graduating Leeds University in 2003 with a BA in Broadcasting, I started my TV career at Blue Peter, then worked for BBC Switch, their (now defunct) teen content department for 3 years and contributed in one way or another to over 500 live editions of ‘The 5:19 Show’ as well as teen drama, news and factual programming.
I am now freelance and up for hire and have worked with a really interesting and diverse client base since leaving the BBC in March 2011 and hope it’ll continue that way.
What do you work on?
There’s broadcast TV things like 4Play for Channel 4 Music, and James May’s Toy Stories for BBC Two, but then there’s people like Bigballs Films who make awesome brand-led content, like Nokia Success TV and Burn Studios Hacienda, and many more.
Why do they choose you to make videos with?
I guess I am a ‘digital native’. It’s a silly term that probably doesn’t mean anything really, but people associate it with those who know what it takes to succeed on and off line, producing the best content they possibly can, for whatever audience they need to. I actively embrace technology to tell an amazing story.
I can both film something beautifully and edit it, plus once it’s done I know how to promote it online so it gets great hits and exposure. This joined up approach makes me reliable, and affordable for people to start creating the content they always wanted to make, but didn’t always have the chance to.