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    http://www.matthiaslaeis.com

    Director, DP, Video Producer
    marketing & PR, interactive, events, learning, internal communication, events
    television background in factual entertainment
    15 years experience
    own kit includes C100, EX1R, 60D, lighting, sound, audio, edit suite
    fluent in English and German, basic Italian
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    Employment History

    Freelance Director/DP/Video Producer (London, United Kingdom)
    May 2008 - present (7 years)

    I've worked with corporate production companies, marketing agencies and directly for clients, such as Healthcare Learning, Havas Media, BBC Learning, APPI Health Group, Body4Life Healthcare, Boglewaltz, Covent Garden Dental Spa, Edelman, Freestyle Records, HSBC, Maz & Movie, Royal Society of Arts, SCB Partners, Simmons & Simmons, Strut Records, SMK Foundation, Skoll Foundation.


    Video Producer/DP/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, where I produced, shot and edited their ongoing lecture video series (similar to TED Talks), featuring some of the world's leading thinkers, expert minds and inspirational practitioners.


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

    I directed, shot and edited 'Mi Vida Loca', BBC Learning's interactive Spanish language eLearning course, available free at www.bbc.co.uk/mividaloca. 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.

    'Mi Vida Loca' 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 DP and DV Director, 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:
    Canon C100
    Canon 60D
    Sony EX1R
    Tokina 11-16 f2.8
    Canon 17-55 2.8 IS
    Canon 24-105 f4L IS
    Canon 70-200 f4L IS
    Canon 100-400 f4.5/5.6L IS
    Century wide angle adaptor
    Sennheiser radios
    Rode directional microphones
    Rycote Full Windshield kit
    Various lighting kits (tungsteen, fluorescent, daylight, LED, mains and battery)
    Edelkrone slider (Wizard and Target module)
    Glidecam for C100
    Wally Dolly
    Premiere Pro CS6
    After Effects CS6
    FCP
    MacBook Pro
    I can hire in equipment, sound recordist, make-up, gaffer, assistant, 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

    - producing high quality videos, optimised for web use
    - pre-production (planning, scripting, licensing)
    - production (camera, lighting, sound)
    - post (edit, graphics, compression)
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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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