2014 Graduate Chloe Ward is a Producer at Standby Productions. She has good news on the indie, set up by 2005 alumnus Simon Owen, and it needs your vote to clinch a business award: We’ve been nominated for a Talk of Manchester Award, under the category of ‘Best Video Production Co.’ The award is decided based upon public votes and voting closes THIS Friday. We’d really appreciate it if you could share our news and VOTE!
We’ve created a campaign film for our nomination in the TOM awards to spread the word and gain crucial votes – we jumped at the chance to do something different. We shot the cheesiest and most sarcastic film we could and it came out beautifully!
I left University with a 2:1 BA Hons in Media Production. During my degree I began doing freelance work for friends and friends of friends at the place where I worked. I did this under the production company banner name of Standby Productions, with the 1st project going out in 2003, I think. I also made a load of skateboard videos under that name too, before I even got to University.
When I left Uni I worked in bars etc to earn enough money to go travelling around the world, which I did with 3 friends from University for 14 months. It was an absolutely incredible experience and I would highly recommend it. On my return to the UK I began searching for jobs in the Media industry, something that I found extremely difficult, as there never really seemed to be any jobs available and everyone kept telling me it’s who you know and not necessarily what you know. I had my own camera gear and home edit suite, so began producing some more projects on a freelance basis, just by speaking to as many people and possible and then telling them that they should have a video made for their company, haha!
If I have one piece of advice it would be to talk to as many people as possible and keep everyone on your side as you never know when they might be able to help you – and tell people what your interests are and what you’d like to do, you never know who they might know! Continue reading →
Hello I’m Simon Owen. I studied Media Production back in 2002-2005. Well, I am now the proud owner of a successful (so far) film company called Standby Productions in Manchester and looking to recruit a creative & enthusiastic Producer.
It’s a very rare opportunity as we’re looking to expand our talented crew. I’d like to point both existing and past students towards the position as we make cracking HD Films, which are high quality bespoke films for television and online. We’re looking for someone with a background in media who will be responsible for production co-ordination, assisting on shoots, basic editing and managing our Social Media activity. You’ll receive training in all aspects of film production, from conception to completion. Please send your CV with a cover letter (and a showreel, if you have one) to: firstname.lastname@example.orgFind out more about the job at our website here. Many thanks! Continue reading →