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Jyoti Mehta

Producer Director

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London

About Me

Specialist Factual Producer/Director working in arts, music, history, gardening, travelogue and religion seeking roles in factual television. Experienced in both development and production, with over 30 credits, and two original documentaries developed in my spare time commissioned by the BBC.• Key skills: Shaping narratives, designing s... Read More

Specialist Factual Producer/Director working in arts, music, history, gardening, travelogue and religion seeking roles in factual television. Experienced in both development and production, with over 30 credits, and two original documentaries developed in my spare time commissioned by the BBC.

• Key skills: Shaping narratives, designing sequences, scripting, writing beat sheets, conducting interviews, edit producing, casting, producing, rigorous and well-footnoted research, gaining trust of diverse communities, sustaining co-operation in access-based documentaries, working with fixers, scheduling, sourcing and clearing cost-effective archive, developing ideas and writing treatments.

• International Filming: Valid 5-year iVisa. Filmed in Ghana, South Africa, Botswana, India, Canada, USA, Uruguay. Have set up filming in Greece and Croatia.

• Development & Commissions: Two original documentaries that I developed in my spare time were commissioned by the BBC, which I went on to work on.

About Me:
- For the six years it took me to break into the TV industry, I worked in television subtitling - I essentially watched television for a living. The first person that hired me in television said I seemed to have a natural televisual and storytelling instinct, and speculated I had acquired it from my subtitling career and learnt narrative by osmosis. The legacy of my former career in data-heavy subtitling means that I combine the efficient sensibility of spreadsheets with creativity. There’s no better example of the tenacity required in this industry than the 6 years I fought to get in. And once I was finally in, my career has flourished beyond my greatest aspirations.
- My TV researcher break came finally in 2013 when I had the opportunity to apply my specialist knowledge of religion (gained through a 5 year post as a Trustee of the Interfaith Network) on a production for BBC Religion and Ethics. My subsequent projects in Arts, Music, Religion & Ethics and History have enabled me to channel my experiences playing in orchestras, promoting interfaith dialogue, drawing henna art and exploring how history has forged my own identity.
- I enjoy working across both development and production. My magpie-like curiosity ensures I quickly understand content and draw out interesting connections between thoughts and ideas. I have an instinct for finding good stories that come together to make a great narrative. 2017 saw two documentaries that I developed in my spare time come on air.
- The urgency of capturing testimony and telling stories before it’s too late is what drives me above all else. Giving dignity to the people whose stories we tell is a responsibility I take very seriously. At the same time, I relish any opportunity to celebrate the quirks that make each person unique. Read Less

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

    Corporate Communications

    Live Events

  • Locations I can work in:

    London

    South East

  • Language:

    German (Conversational)

    Gujarati (Fluent)

  • Skills/Permits:

    Archive Clearance

    Music Clearance

    Storytelling

    Casting

    Commentary Writing

    Edit Producing

    I Visa USA

    Script Writing

  • Technical Skills:

    Avid

    Canon XF305

    Data Wrangling

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