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    http://www.matthiaslaeis.com

    • Director, Lighting Cameraman and Editor, specialising in marketing & PR, events, internal communication and education video content
    • background in television - factual entertainment and obs doc
    • 13 years experience
    • own car and kit: EX1, C100, 60D, lighting, sound, edit suite
    • fluent in English and German, basic Italian
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    Employment History

    Freelance Director/Lighting Cameraman/Editor (London, United Kingdom)
    May 2008 - present (6 years)

    I've worked with corporate production companies, marketing agencies or on my own shooting and/or editing marketing, PR and internal communication content for clients such as Havas Media, Hewlett Packard, Foster's, B&Q, Paramount, Pizza Express, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Royal Mail, Capgemini, Relic Games, Food Network UK, Ben & Jerry's, E! Entertainment, Nestle, The Prince's Rainforest Project, Strut Records, Freestyle Records, Tiger's Milk Records, Body 4 Life Healthcare, Boglewaltz and the Covent Garden Dental Spa.

    I've covered events such as the Skoll World Forum, the Sheila McKechnie Foundation's Campaigner Awards, the Sports Event Management Conference or internal events at HSBC and Simmons & Simmons, using single or multi-camera set-ups.

    In 2009 I shot and edited "What's So Funny About German?" for BBC Learning, featuring stand-up comedian Henning Wehn taking a humorous look at the German language. I've also created a series of Pilates teacher training videos for APPI Health Group.


    Producer/Lighting Cameraman/Editor - Royal Society of Arts (London, United Kingdom)
    July 2012 - May 2013 (1 year)

    For one year I took on the role of Video Producer at the RSA to produce, shoot and edit their ongoing lecture video series (similar to TED Talks) for the RSA's Youtube Channel, the No 1 non-profit Youtube channel worldwide, as well as for partner channels fora.tv, hulu.com and Australia's ABC. Videos were 15-20 min. highlights of one hour talks and debates. (The opening titles are not my work.) They featured some of the world's leading thinkers, expert minds and inspirational practitioners. I was also responsible for the introduction of streaming lectures via Youtube Live Events.


    Freelance Director/Lighting Cameraman/Editor - BBC Languages (London, United Kingdom)
    September 2007 - August 2008 (1 year)

    BBC Languages gave me the opportunity to direct Mi Vida Loca, an interactive Spanish beginnners course in 22 episodes, available free on www.bbc.co.uk/mividaloca. Each episode takes about 10 minutes to complete. Shot from the user's point of view, you feel as if you're in Spain, meeting and talking to real Spaniards. Learning how to order a drink or getting a cab are mixed with a dramatic story as you make friends with Merche, who takes you on a journey from Madrid to Gran Canaria. With your interactive phrasebook constantly at your side, you can't help but learn Spanish.

    When I joined this project in July 2007, the BBC had already produced the first eight episodes. I re-edited and in parts re-shot these, then continued to write, direct, shoot and edit the remaining fourteen. For the interactivity I created over a thousand individual video and audio files. The project took a year to complete and launched at the end of 2008.

    Mi Vida Loca subsequently won a Bafta Craft award (Interactive Innovation) in 2009 and was nominated for an AOP award (Use of Video) and Webby award (Broadband).


    Freelance Lighting Cameraman/DV Director/Assistant Producer/Editor (London, United Kingdom)
    November 2004 - September 2007 (3 years)

    I worked as a DV Director and Lighting Cameraman, occasionally as a Shooting AP and Editor, on documentary features, obs doc series and factual entertainment for ITV Productions, Granada, Windfall Films, Flame TV, Juniper, Silver River and Endemol. Programmes included:

    Cops With Cameras (ITV1)
    Costa Del Street Crime (Bravo)
    Street Crime UK (Bravo)
    The Unexpected Roald Dahl (ITV3)
    Trinny & Susannah Undress the Nation (ITV1)
    Love Trap (Channel 4)
    Help! My Dog's As Fat As Me (BBC3)
    How London Was Built (ITV London)
    Say No To The Knife (BBC3)
    Come Dine With Me (Channel 4)
    Just Jade (Sky Living)
    The Great British Black Invasion (Channel 4)
    Extreme Ghost Stories (ITV1)
    London's Olympic Dream (Five)


    Assistant Producer/Director/Lighting Cameraman/Editor - The Lab, Granada (London, United Kingdom)
    September 2000 - October 2004 (4 years)

    The Lab was Granada's in-house indie for low-cost, high-volume and innovative programming. I was part of a multi-skilled production team using DSR570s and in-house edit suites to make obs docs, magazine and current affairs shows for ITV, Bravo and The Foreign Office, including Nightlife (LWT), Artworks (ITV London), The Real A&E (ITV London), UK Today (The British Foreign Office), The London Programme (ITV London), Crimefighters (ITV1) and Street Crime UK (Bravo).
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    Education

    HND in Professional Broadcasting
    Ravensbourne College, London

    International Baccalaureate
    United World College of Southern Africa, Swaziland

     
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    Technical Equipment

    My own kit includes:
    C100 and 60D, including a variety of Canon lenses.
    EX1R kit, including a Century wide angle adaptor.
    Sennheiser radios and Rode directional microphones, including a Rycote Full Windshield kit.
    Various lighting kits, including tungsteen, fluorescent and LED.
    Edelkrone slider, including Wizard and Target module.
    Steadycam for C100, EX1R or DSLR.
    Wally Dolly and a heavy Quadra jib arm.
    FCP 7.03, Premiere Pro CS6, After Effects CS6.
    MacBook Pro.
    I can hire in additional equipment, sound recordists, gaffer, assistant and runners upon request.
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    Referees

    references are available upon request
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    Industry Awards

    Mi Vida Loca (bbc.co.uk/mividaloca) won a Bafta Craft award (Interactive Innovation) in 2009, Best Site of the Year in the BBC 2008 Vision Learning Awards, and was nominated for a Webby award (Broadband) and an AOP award (Use of Video) in 2009.
    (Role: Director, Lighting Cameraman, Editor)

    The London Programme: The Kidney Lottery (ITV London) won an RTS award (Best Regional Current Affairs Programme) in 2003. 
    (Role: Lighting Cameraman)
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    Skills

    • creating high quality videos, optimised for online use
    • camera, sound, lighting, edit, graphics, compression
    • Final Cut Pro (advanced), Premiere Pro (advanced), After Effects (intermediate), Motion (intermediate), Photoshop (basic), Compressor (advanced), DVD Studio Pro (intermediate)
    • sourcing and licensing appropriate music
    • creating customised Youtube / Vimeo channels
    • video live streaming using Tricaster
    • training in the use of camera, lighting, sound and editing
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    Additional Information

    Industries

    • Charity, 
    • Corporate, 
    • Music Promos, 
    • Online, 
    • TV

    Programme Types

    • Arts, 
    • Biography, 
    • Business, 
    • charity, 
    • Comedy, 
    • Commercial, 
    • Corporate, 
    • DIY, 
    • Documentary, 
    • Drama Reconstruction, 
    • Drama: Short Film, 
    • Dramatised Documentary, 
    • Education, 
    • Entertainment, 
    • Environment, 
    • Events, 
    • Glamour (Adult), 
    • Health, 
    • Leisure, 
    • Magazine, 
    • Music, 
    • Music Promo, 
    • New Media, 
    • Observational Documentary, 
    • Reality TV, 
    • Studio Debate, 
    • Training, 
    • Youth

    Organizations

    • BECTU

    Specialisms

    • Art, 
    • Arts, 
    • Business, 
    • Cinema/Film, 
    • Comedy, 
    • Corporate Films, 
    • Design, 
    • Drama, 
    • Education, 
    • Environment, 
    • Events, 
    • Final Cut Pro, 
    • Food, 
    • Health, 
    • High-Definition, 
    • Interactive TV, 
    • Internet, 
    • Languages, 
    • Location Filming, 
    • Music, 
    • New Media

    Languages

    • English, 
    • German, 
    • Italian

    Permits

    • EU

    Licenses

    • Basic Driving (PLG)
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