We are scientists and film-makers. We specialise in films about research. Our passion for learning helps us make incredible films about science, technology and health. We believe spreading knowledge can change lives and societies.
Collectively we have 60 years experience making science documentaries for TV, universities and the private sector.
SMALL AGENCY BIG BENEFIT
Unlike many agencies, we promise never to delegate the management of your project to junior staff. We work as a small team keeping costs low but on larger projects we use our connections to bring in top professionals in the documentary industry. We can pull together a crew of BAFTA and EMMY award winning animators, composers, cameramen and sound recordists to support us.
SCIENCE AND MEDIA EXPERTISE
By combining our creative and scientific strengths we can translate your work into something really engaging. We promise to only employ people with both a science and media background as we think this is crucial in producing quality films for your sector - and sets us apart from the rest. We have covered everything from statistical modelling and chemical engineering to chess and steam trains. No subject is beyond our ability to turn into film!
We ensure your interviewees are able to give their very best performance. Being in front of camera can be intimidating - but it shouldn't be. We are highly experienced interviewers who have worked with everyone from celebrities to scientists sitting in front of camera for the first time. We take pride in our ability to be acutely perceptive to people's characters and play to their strengths.
TECHNICAL KNOW HOW
We are BBC-trained professionals. We use High Definition (HD) cameras producing films at TV broadcast standard quality. Maintaining a presence in the TV industry means we keep up to date with changing technology, and techniques. We can provide animated films from award winning digital animators and data visualization experts.
DR GEORGE CHAN - DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
I’ve worked in TV and film for over twenty years after joining the BBC to work with Sir David Attenborough on the series State of the Planet. I’ve been fortunate to travel the world producing and directing on internationally renowned documentaries and I now bring a wealth of high quality broadcast experience to research and enterprise taking place in the UK.
My early career started with a PhD in Evolutionary Biology and I have continued to work alongside scientists and researchers on an almost daily basis – translating and bringing discoveries and ideas to life on screen. It’s been a real privilege to be able to film ground-breaking research and meet the people behind it.
JODIE HARRIS - PRODUCER
I’m a video producer and science writer with fourteen years experience working within government, research councils, large charities and academic institutions. I have a Masters in Entrepreneurship in Science and Technology and in a previous life, I was a researcher for the BBC and a Hollywood feature film!
I specialise in environmental and health sciences and am skilled at making sure your project can resonate with different audiences from schools to policymakers. Although my primary focus is video production, I’m also an experienced publications editor and can help with your supporting articles, web pages and reports. At Bluefire films, we like to think of the whole communications package.
JAMES HOBSON - EDITOR
My background is in video editing for broadcast television and have a track record of factual and science programming for UK and international broadcasters. I’ve illustrated passionate essays from Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking, delivered action-packed explosion fests for Discovery Channel, and even spent three months embedded in the gardens of Blenheim Palace.
I’ve worked in community video and installation films and relish helping people to tell their own stories and achieve their own ambitions.
I have a keen sense of editorial balance, visual creativity and a drive for perfection. I strive to learn new animation techniques with every project.
UNIVERSITIES: Oxford, Bristol, Bath, Cardiff, Exeter, University of the West of England, University of Evora in Portugal, U of Leiden
INDUSTRY: KLM, Ford, Jaguar-Landrover, NHS, Babcock, Unilever, Oxford University Press, National Lottery, M&S
HEALTH: Academic Health Science Network, Clinical Research Network, NIHR, CLARHC, University Hospitals Bristol, Southmead Hospital, TEDMED, The Health Foundation, Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, Bristol Health Partners. Oxford NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, The Children’s Burns Unit at Frenchay hospital, Bristol Dementia Health Integration Team, University of Bath’s Centre for Pain Research, University of Bath’s Centre for Death and Society, UWE Centre for Appearance Research
COMPLETE MEDIA EXPERTISE
In addition to delivering award-winning science films, we also deliver professional photography and even Virtual Reality tours.
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