About Jack

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    Extremely visual director. Working across multiple genres including broadcast, drama, automotive, commercial and corporate.

    My experience and passion is primarily in automotive and I have directed across the last two series of 5th Gear and also a large percentage of The Classic Car Show on Channel 5. I've also directed content for many brands including Gumball 3000, Mercedes SMART, Silverstone, Addison Lee, The Jenson Button Trust, McLaren, The British Grand Prix and Moto GP, Porsche / Martini.

    I direct broadcast and corporate, short films, commercials, comedy, documentaries and everything in between including an entire nations HD B Roll and I'm as comfortable in a studio with a large crew as I am directing actors or self-shooting from a car travelling at 150 miles an hour.

    Please see examples of my work at www.jackburnford.com and contact me for further work examples.

    I'm a real people person and would make a great addition to your team - give me a call and let me explain in person what I can bring to your production.


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    Fifth Gear - North One Television , United Kingdom
    2015 - Director
    I directed the South Africa Special and several other VTs for series 26 and several VTs for series 25 for the revamped format now showing on The History Channel.

    Working with a small team we deliver consistently high production value on one televisions enduring automotive broadcasts.

    The Classic Car Show - Wise Old Fox , United Kingdom
    2014 - Producer/Director
    I Produced & Directed approximately 20 VTs for a forthcoming classic car show.

    From the Isle of Wight to LA I directed cinematic VTs featuring Quentin Willson, Jodie Kidd and Alex Riley in cars as cheap as a TR7 to the 10 million dollar Ferrari California.

    Please get in contact if you'd like to see examples from these VTs

    Plane Crash - Dragonfly Film & TV , Mexico
    2011 - Director/Cameraperson
    Self Shot & Directed segments of the lead up and preparation for a large televised event.

    Canter Banter - Tilling Productions , United Kingdom
    2010 - Director/Cameraperson
    Directed & Shot Second camera plus edit produced several 'At Home' features for Sky Sports Showjumping show.

    The Man Guide to..(Panasonic Viral) - Mark Three Media , United Kingdom
    2010 - Director
    Directed 4 virals for Panasonic presented by Tim Shaw.

    BP - Tilling Productions , United Kingdom
    2010 - Edit Producer
    Edit Produced several different films for BP across several different edit suites.

    Elizabeth Arden - Raid Inc Ltd , United Kingdom
    2010 - Producer/Director
    Produced & Directed a VT for Elizabeth Arden for London Fashion Weekend.

    Colgate Viral  - Mark Three Media , United Kingdom
    2010 - Director
    Directed a viral news style piece for Colgate to help advertise Oral Health Month

    Top Gear USA - BBC , United Kingdom
    2010 - Producer
    Produced 2 day road test shoot for Top Gear USA through the UK Top Gear Office.

    Radio 1 Big Weekend - Ocicat.TV , United Kingdom
    2010 - Producer/Director
    To produce and direct footage of the Radio 1 Big Weekend for Headline Sponsors - Visit Wales.

    Palmers Commercial - Mark Three Media , England
    2010 - Director
    ++30,000 + hits on YouTube
    ++ Top 70 most watched Comedy Films on YouTube
    Directed a 90s viral commercial for Palmers Body Butter.
    As well as writing the script and storyboarding I devised the style guide and feel for the film - a tongue in cheek sketch involving 5 actors.

    Get Well Soon - Brag Productions , England
    2010 - Director
    Co-Directed a 15 minute short film for the festival circuit. A drama set around a bathroom featuring two well known actors and shot on Canon 5D.

    Visit Wales - Ocicat.TV , Unspecified
    2010 - Producer/Director
    I Produced and Directed over 50 hours of nationwide library footage to update the Welsh Tourist Board's resource into High Definition.

    SMART - Top 10 Economical Driving Tips - DT Editing , Unspecified
    2009 - Director
    Directed a 3 minute film for SMART to demonstrate the top 10 Economic Driving tips. Filmed using Top Gear crew .

    The Carbon Trust - Ocicat.TV , Unspecified
    2009 - Producer/Director
    Produced & Directed three short communication films showcasing The Carbon Trusts most successful incubator programme companies.

    Wales & Europe - Ocicat.TV , United Kingdom
    2008 - Producer/Director
    Produced & Directed a high budget documentary style corporate film about EU Funding in Wales.
    This involved writing the script, directing a PSC crew on location and edit producing. Key to this role was building and maintaining a close working relationship with the head of PR at the Welsh European Funding Office.

    Gumball 3000 '08 - ICE Screen Development , United States of America
    2008 - Assistant Producer (Self-shooting)
    Self shot and edited daily packages for a nightly 'as-live' internet broadcast show.

    Traveling through the USA, to North Korea and into China I was shooting throughout the day and night, following stories and editing on the fly in challenging situations and under enormous time pressure.

    Think London - Bullseye TV , United Kingdom
    2008 - Producer
    Produced and edited 14 short corporate films in Chinese and English to use as testimonials for Think London.

    Footballers Classic Golf - Ice Screen Entertainment , Spain
    2008 - Camera Operator
    Shot GV's, all the presenter links and a lot of the actual play during a 4 day Pro/Am Golf Tournament in La Manga for Sky Sports

    Various - Bullseye TV , United Kingdom
    2008 - Development AP
    Compiling and editing archive footage on Final Cut Pro to be used as pitch videos for Bullseye's development unit.

    Top Dog - Ten Alps , United Kingdom
    2007 - Assistant Producer (Self-shooting)
    Directed and shot 42 short profile films over 10 weeks for one of Animal Planets most succesful prime time shows.

    British Calendar Cycling - Cycling.TV , United Kingdom
    2007 - Camera Operator
    Filming roadrace cycling from the back of a motorcycle for broadcast on Eurosport and online.

    Addison Lee Training Film - ICE Screen Development , United Kingdom
    2007 - Director
    Following on from the style guide of the Addison Lee EPK I scripted in close contact with the MD of Addison Lee and directed a 15 minute training film for new drivers.

    State of Play - ICE Screen Development , United States of America
    2006 - Assistant Producer (Self-shooting)
    Filmed and lit interviews and GV's across Europe and The US in HD for a documentary about internet gambling the the American market.
    I devised the shooting / lighting and style brief for the interviews.

    Addison Lee EPK - ICE Screen Development , United Kingdom
    2006 - Director
    Having devised a style guide for a test commercial for Addison Lee I subsequently directed a 3 minute EPK used for new business account pitches.

    Fuji F30 - ICE Screen Development , United Kingdom
    2006 - Director
    Directed a four minute corporate film for a new Fuji compact camera, liaising closely with the UK Marketing Manager of Fuji and the creative agency responsible for the treatment.

    Gumball 3000 - Ice Screen Entertainment , United Kingdom
    2006 - Assistant Producer
    Behind the scenes filming in the Gumball office, plus filming and editing short films about the pre-rally recces. On the rally I filmed & edited short films for live.gumball3000.com, which has been nominated for an Apple Award - I also shot stock and gyro-mounted aerial footage, took official still photos and drove the crew vehicle.

    Richard Hammond - So Television Ltd , United Kingdom
    2005 - Researcher
    VT Researcher - self shot most daily topical VT's on a Z1 and was the Researcher first asked to operate all cameras on self shot pieces. Also sourced, researched and set up VT pieces and studio items for a very busy live daily prime time show.

    Rogue Traders - BBC , United Kingdom
    2005 - Camera Operator
    Responsible for the maintenance of secret cameras and microphones rigged in houses and vehicles and covert filming.

    Holiday - BBC , United Kingdom
    2005 - Researcher
    Researcher on location in Mallorca, translator, location recce's in advance of Director arriving, looking after presenter.

    Departure Lounge - BBC , United Kingdom
    2005 - Researcher
    Coming up with and developing original ideas for 'The Top Gear of travel programmes' assisting in the preparation for and on shoots abroad.

    Top Gear - BBC , United Kingdom
    2004 - Runner
    Support for the whole team, assisting in research, coming up with and developing original ideas and buying and caring for old cars for films such as Historic People Carrier Racing.


    Employment History

    Starting out in broadcast I worked at the BBC for several years before switching to the independent and corporate sectors. I now work across Corporate, Commercial and Broadcast directing primarily automotive content.

    Most recently as director on Channel 5's hit The Classic Car Show which has approximately doubled viewing figures for its slot as well as directing the South Africa Special for 5th Gear.



    Cardiff University - Psychology BSc
    King Edwards School - Bath -A Levels
    Spanish - B / French - B / English - B

    9 GCSE's

    Technical Equipment

    I am very experienced with cameras including the Panasonic HVX 200, Canon 5D, 7D & 305, Sony EX3, Z1, Z5 & Z7 and V1 and I can operate most other small cameras.

    I am proficient with most lighting and sound set ups.

    I edit on Final Cut Pro.


    Will Clough
    Producer / Director

    Mark Allen
    Producer / Director

    (Please ask me for contact information)


    PADI Certified DIVEMASTER and Medic First Aid Diver.

    Completed a number of BBC Production Safety Courses and DV Manual Handling Courses

    Additional Information


    • Commercials, 
    • Corporate, 
    • Corporate / Drama, 
    • Film, 
    • Online, 
    • TV

    Programme Types

    • Commercial, 
    • Corporate, 
    • Current Affairs, 
    • Development, 
    • Documentary, 
    • Drama Reconstruction, 
    • Drama: Feature Film, 
    • Drama: Short Film, 
    • Drama: Television Serial, 
    • Dramatised Documentary, 
    • Entertainment, 
    • Historical Documentary, 
    • Investigative, 
    • Motoring, 
    • Music, 
    • Music Promo, 
    • New Media, 
    • Observational Documentary, 
    • Outside Broadcast, 
    • Science, 
    • Sport, 
    • Travel


    • Cars, 
    • Cookery, 
    • Corporate Films, 
    • Diving, 
    • Drama, 
    • Events, 
    • Fashion, 
    • Final Cut Pro, 
    • Gardening, 
    • High-Definition, 
    • Latin America, 
    • Location Filming, 
    • Mental Health, 
    • Motorbikes, 
    • Music, 
    • Natural History, 
    • New Media, 
    • News & Current Affairs, 
    • Photography, 
    • Psychology, 
    • Sport, 
    • Technology, 
    • Tourism, 
    • Travel, 
    • USA, 
    • Wildlife


    • French, 
    • Italian, 
    • Spanish


    • USA


    • Basic Driving (PLG), 
    • PADI Diving licence