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Nick Blakemore

PD (Self-Shooting) & Journalist

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Filmmaker, journalist and self-shooter with over 20 years' experience in news and current affairs: Unreported World, Channel 4 News, Panorama, Newsnight.I am passionate about great stories & beautiful pictures - character driven films shot mostly on prime lenses. I’m currently using the Sony FX9.I have a wealth of experience in ... Read More

Filmmaker, journalist and self-shooter with over 20 years' experience in news and current affairs: Unreported World, Channel 4 News, Panorama, Newsnight.

I am passionate about great stories & beautiful pictures - character driven films shot mostly on prime lenses. I’m currently using the Sony FX9.

I have a wealth of experience in investigations, undercover filming, difficult access, interviews, reportage, observation, working with talent, covering sensitive subjects & building trust with contributors. Also, hostile environments including Isis territory in Iraq & Afghanistan, riots in Turkey, Greece and Brazil & gang territory in Honduras, Venezuela and Colombia.

I work well under pressure either as part of a team or on my own.

‘A distressing but equally bold and important documentary’, Hurricane Hell review, The Times, November 2019.

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Nick is a dream director/producer - he shoots beautifully and is a sensitive journalist who can easily manage a range of difficult situations whether a hostile environment or people in distress. He has all the right instincts when making programmes - he sees the big picture but also pays attention to all the detail & legals - and is very experienced and self sufficient. His films are always very moving. He is an all rounder in the sense that he can produce, shoot & direct a film alone or direct a programme with a reporter or presenter. They love working with him as do editors, commissioners and production staff. A great talent who I highly recommend.

Nevine Mabro, Channel 4

Nick is hugely talented and versatile film-maker as comfortable working on a gritty observational film about poverty in the north of England as chronicling the impact of IS in Iraq. He can bring the best out of a reporter, or work effectively alone. Nick has a real touch for getting subjects to talk naturally and writes economically and elegantly. He is a great all-round talent.

Ian Katz, Editor Newsnight

Nick combines very strong skills in a highly effective way: he's able to work under great pressure; to ascertain the essence of a complex problem; to find solutions very quickly. In the context of television journalism this has meant that on many filming trips together both at home and overseas I have seen Nick come up with creative solutions and imaginative story telling ideas very rapidly. He's a very impressive operator when it comes to overcoming the practical difficulties involved in such work - whether that's getting from A to B or feeding a finished story back to base. He has strong journalistic sensibilities too - a real nose for a story. In terms of his transferable qualities he's very easy to get on with, has very highly developed abilities of communication and manages teams well. It's always been a pleasure to work with him.

Mark Urban, Diplomatic Editor, BBC Newsnight

Nick was the ideal producer to work with - creative, constructive, energetic, utterly competent and completely unflappable in stressful circumstances. He combines broad horizons with focussed commitment. Working with him was a delight and the end product far better than it would have been with a lesser producer involved. I am a (considerable) fan.

Michael Buerk. Broadcaster

Nicholas Blakemore is one of the most talented filmmakers and current affairs producers I have worked with. He has a quick, creative intellect and a aflame for visual impact and telling, nuanced detail. He combines this with journalistic judgment that is rock solid. His films have a powerful immediate impact; but they also leave a lasting resonance, with different layers of meaning and content. He is thorough, thoughtful and energetic in pursuit of the content he needs to produce the film he wants. He also has a quiet, engaging, easy-going manner with contributors and colleagues alike that helps him get the best out of others.

Allan Little, Special Correspondent, BBC News

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

    Radio

    Online Content

  • Locations I can work in:

    Work Anywhere

  • Language:

    Russian (Conversational)

  • Skills/Permits:

    Driving Licence

    First Aid

    Heath And Safety Training

    Hostile Environment

    I Visa USA

    Safeguarding Trust

    Script Writing

    Storytelling

    CRB Check

  • Technical Skills:

    Final Cut Pro

    Canon XF305

    Canon XF105

    Canon EOS C300

    Sony PXW-FS5

    Sony PXW-FX9

  • Awards:

    RTS Shortlist 2016: Interview Of The Year: 'Kirsty Wark Interviews Women Kidnapped By Ariel Castro', BBC Newsnight. (Edit Producer)//<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> AIB Shortlist 2020: Domestic Affairs Documentary: Afghanistan’s Open Secret - Stigma & Shame of Child Sex Abuse. BBC Worldwide

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