My main passion is camera work. To capture a moment in time; the emotion and the atmosphere and share that with an audience is a great privilege. I enjoy looking towards the future of digital production: non-linear editing and object based media.
One of my favourite projects has been working on the United We Stream broadcasts during the tight lockdown restrictions during the Covid pandemic. Operating in tight controlled environments is something we thrive on at Badger & Combes. We won't let a pandemic stop us!
I love directing too. As a camera op its a huge help to understand what is needed as a director to convey the right message.
Since I moved to Salford in 2015, I knew I needed to stay. Salford and Greater Manchester have a unique take on the changing media landscape, rejecting the clean terrestrial broadcast material produced in the South and offering a gritty, Northern alternative full of emotion, passion and contemporary ideas.
MediaCityUK is a hub for growth not only for companies and ideas, but for individuals and communities. What sets Badger & Combes apart from other media producers is opportunity. The opportunity for young people and students to gain real world experiences with hands on learning and platforms for development. The opportunity for collaboration between its staff, northern students, companies and industries. The opportunity for experiments in research and development in a fluctuating media landscape. The opportunity to take passion and talent and create something amazing.
Digital media is important as it brings people together. As demonstrated on a recent project “United We Stream”, people need interaction and conversation now more than ever. Digital media allows people to come together regardless of who they are, where they are or how intro/extroverted they are. It is accessible and diverse which creates freedom to try new things and engage people in new and exciting ways. What makes me proud is to see the impact of our work. Whether this is the impact on an audience whose been in lockdown alone for weeks and has found an outlet for communication and shared experiences, or the impact on people whose ideas are expressed and realised on screen. It makes me proud to see the smiling faces of the crew at the end of a long and tiring days work, especially those of students who have found their passion.
I enjoy sharing the knowledge I have gained with people who are passionate and creative and giving them an outlet. I am passionate about offering opportunities to those who would not usually have access to the industry. As someone who came to Salford knowing no one in media and not having access to equipment or opportunities within larger organisations, I believe it is important for myself and Badger & Combes to close the digital skills gap and open the pathway to those who do not usually get access.