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Victoria Masterson

Development AP

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About Me

Unscripted development AP, writer and producer. I have just completed my first Development AP contract with film and TV company Freak Productions, developing pitches in factual entertainment, documentary and formats for BBC channels, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky. I am also a filmmaker for BBC The Social, BBC Scotland’s digital new talent plat... Read More

Unscripted development AP, writer and producer. I have just completed my first Development AP contract with film and TV company Freak Productions, developing pitches in factual entertainment, documentary and formats for BBC channels, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky.
I am also a filmmaker for BBC The Social, BBC Scotland’s digital new talent platform.
Masters (with distinction) in Factual TV development from the University of Stirling, 2021.
10+ years’ experience in print and broadcast journalism, including staff roles with The Sunday Times, L!ve TV (cable TV news), The Daily Mail and The Scotsman.
Creative ideas person with a passion for factual TV. As a video producer, I have produced 100+ short films and animations, working with crews from 2 to 20.

SKILLS
• Development – generating ideas, proposal writing & design (PowerPoint, Keynote), sizzle filming & editing, pitching.
• Research – great eye for a story; forensic fact-checking; securing access; finding and casting contributors & talent; researching and clearing music and archive e.g. ITN, BFI, Pond5, Getty; preparing and conducting interviews; putting contributors at ease.
• Writing – skilled writer of titles, top lines, synopses, scripts (live action & animation), tenders.
• Production – budgets, scheduling, booking kit, crew, casting talent and contributors, call sheets, releases, RAs, Covid safety.
• Camera & Editing – I have filmed with the C300 & FS5. I edit with Premiere Pro & Final Cut. Basic Avid training.
• Directing – crews, actors, contributors; dramatised, presenter-led and actuality.

DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE
2022 - Development AP contract with Freak Productions; filmmaker for BBC The Social.
2021 - During my Masters in Factual TV development, three indies in Manchester and Scotland helped me develop my own ideas, proposals and sizzles for potential factual TV series for Channel 4, BBC Two and BBC Scotland. These included a celebrity travelogue, access doc, archive format, cookery format and property format. Working with development producers, I also created proposals and sizzles for a potential daytime format and, in specialist factual, two potential history and popular science series. Key achievements include:

• Pitching to BBC Scotland commissioners Steve Allen (popular factual & formats) & Jack Kibble-White (multiplatform).

• Securing access in principle from the MoD across all 3 armed forces for a potential documentary series.

• Being mentored by a BAFTA-winning development producer to develop a potential format for Channel 4.

• Researching archives including Post Office records and British Newspaper Archive.

• Sourcing almost 100 potential contributors on Facebook and filming some of them for a sizzle.

• Developing & directing a short film on an exiled Iranian musician. Filmed with crew of 3 over 7 shoot days. Pitched to a BBC documentary commissioner.

Own car. Available immediately. I am based in Scotland but work regularly in London and remotely. www.vickymasterson.com Mobile 07733 301715 Email Vicky@remadeTV.com. Read Less

Professional Training

Course / QualificationTraining Provider / InstitutionYear
Coronavirus Basic Awareness on Production Training / ScreenSkills / 2021
Coronavirus Basic Awareness on Production Training ScreenSkills 2021
Self-Shooting with the Canon C300 - An Introduction / National Film and Television School (NFTS) Scotland / 2021
Self-Shooting with the Canon C300 - An Introduction National Film and Television School (NFTS) Scotland 2021
MSc Factual Television (unscripted development) / University of Stirling / 2021
MSc Factual Television (unscripted development)University of Stirling2021
DSLR Video Level 1 and Level 2 / ExposureWorks / 2020
DSLR Video Level 1 and Level 2ExposureWorks2020
iPhone Filmmaking - Plan, Shoot & Edit an iPhone Documentary / Smart Film School / 2020
iPhone Filmmaking - Plan, Shoot & Edit an iPhone DocumentarySmart Film School2020
Factual Storytelling with Peter Dale / National Film and Television School (NFTS) Scotland / 2020
Factual Storytelling with Peter DaleNational Film and Television School (NFTS) Scotland2020
Top Tips for TV Researchers with Steve Evanson / National Film and Television School (NFTS) Scotland / 2020
Top Tips for TV Researchers with Steve EvansonNational Film and Television School (NFTS) Scotland2020
Masterclass: What You Need to Know to Join the Camera Department / Digital Orchard / NFTS/ Film City Futures / 2020
Masterclass: What You Need to Know to Join the Camera DepartmentDigital Orchard / NFTS/ Film City Futures2020
Video Editing with Premiere Pro CC / Stills Gallery / 2018
Video Editing with Premiere Pro CCStills Gallery2018
Video Editing with Adobe After Effects CC / Stills Gallery / 2018
Video Editing with Adobe After Effects CCStills Gallery2018
Digital Marketing, Social Media Strategy and Writing for Social Media / Google Digital Garage / 2018
Digital Marketing, Social Media Strategy and Writing for Social MediaGoogle Digital Garage2018
Introduction to Screenwriting / UK Film Council / 2016
Introduction to ScreenwritingUK Film Council 2016
Video Production 101 with Ryan James / Online Expert / 2015
Video Production 101 with Ryan JamesOnline Expert2015

Vicky has been freelancing for Speakeasy as a producer and writer since 2014. She has produced more than 100 live action films and animations, from initial pitch and script through to production, post and delivery. We (and our clients) value highly Vicky’s professionalism, ideas, attention to detail and understanding of commissioning briefs. Her writing skills are exceptional and, alongside video producing, Vicky has specialised in devising and writing competitive pitches and treatments. These have secured substantial new business for Speakeasy. I would heartily recommend Vicky to any hirer!

Jeremy Hewitt

Vicky is possessed of incredible drive and energy, approaching every task with vigour and tenacity. During her Masters (in Factual TV) she extracted every drop of learning and opportunity from everything we offered her; her successes both in and outside the course are testament to a fierce determination and enthusiasm for her work. Vicky brings great journalistic skills, is skilled in access and research and has the logistical and practical brain of the seasoned producer; she is a tiny dynamo.

Kate Smith

We worked with Vicky on a potential archive format. She has a fund of ideas and great writing, sizzle editing and deck design skills that will be an asset to TV development teams.

Lucy Bacon

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  • Media I Work In:

    Animation

    Broadcast Television

    Commercials

    Corporate Communications

    Online Content

    Web Creation

  • Locations I can work in:

    Work Anywhere

  • Language:

    English (Fluent)

  • Skills/Permits:

    Casting

    Content Management Systems

    Driving Licence

    Music Clearance

    Script Writing

    Storytelling

  • Technical Skills:

    4K

    Adobe Premiere

    Canon C300 Mark II

    DJI Osmo

    DSLR

    Final Cut Pro X

    GoPro

    HD

    Lighting

    Motion Graphics

    Multicamera Directing

    Multiplatform

    Self Shooting

    Single Camera Directing

    Sony PXW-FS7

    Sound Recording

    Studio Experience

    Vision Mixing

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