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Rachael Smith

Series Producer/Director

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I am a BAFTA and RTS award winning Shooting Producer/Director and Series Producer/Director with an extensive range of critically acclaimed TV credits. I pride myself in being a visually creative and technically competent film maker , most recently using the Canon C300 , and I love to take my programmes through to the edit. In all my programmes I h... Read More

I am a BAFTA and RTS award winning Shooting Producer/Director and Series Producer/Director with an extensive range of critically acclaimed TV credits. I pride myself in being a visually creative and technically competent film maker , most recently using the Canon C300 , and I love to take my programmes through to the edit. In all my programmes I have overcome tricky access, and gained the trust of the most difficult contributors, in often v sensitive situations, to get to the heart of their stories and capture warm, powerful and memorable actuality.
As a Series Producer/Director, I thrive when leading and inspiring a creative team and it's my aim to get the very best out of talent both on and off screen.I am also highly organised with experience of managing multiple programmes and edits.
I am passionate about telling great stories, that push boundaries , inspire and entertain. This is always my goal when I take the helm of a new series or documentary, and I love it. Read Less

Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 4th Sep 2018

Credits

Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateNetwork Executive
Series Producer / Educating Greater Manchester (8 x 60') / Channel 4 / TwoFour / Apr 2018 to Aug 2018 / Nick Mirsky/Rita Daniels
Series ProducerEducating Greater Manchester (8 x 60')Channel 4TwoFour Apr 18 - Aug 18Nick Mirsky/Rita...
Series Producer/Director / £1 House: Britain's Cheapest Street / Channel 4 / topical television / Jan 2017 to Feb 2018 / Gill Wilson
Series Producer/Director£1 House: Britain's Cheapest StreetChannel 4topical television Jan 17 - Feb 18Gill Wilson
Series Producer / One Born Every Minute / Channel 4 / dragonfly / Oct 2016 to Dec 2016 / Rita Daniels
Series ProducerOne Born Every MinuteChannel 4dragonfly Oct 16 - Dec 16Rita Daniels
Series Director / Sister Rita to the Rescue / BBC 1 / bbc / Apr 2016 to Oct 2016 / Carla Maria Lawson
Series DirectorSister Rita to the RescueBBC 1bbc Apr 16 - Oct 16Carla Maria Laws...
Producer/Director / One Born Every Minute / Channel 4 / Dragonfly TV / Oct 2015 to Nov 2015 / RIta Daniels
Producer/DirectorOne Born Every MinuteChannel 4Dragonfly TV Oct 15 - Nov 15RIta Daniels
PD (Self Shooting) / Inside Manchester's Midland Hotel / Channel 5 / Chocolate Media / Sep 2014 to Apr 2015 / Emma Westcott
PD (Self Shooting)Inside Manchester's Midland HotelChannel 5Chocolate Media Sep 14 - Apr 15Emma Westcott
PD (Self Shooting) / My Life: My Voice / CBBC / Saffron Cherry TV / May 2015 to Nov 2015 / Kez Margrie
PD (Self Shooting)My Life: My VoiceCBBCSaffron Cherry TV May 15 - Nov 15Kez Margrie
PD (Self Shooting) / The Midwives Series Two / BBC 2 / The Garden Productions Ltd / Jan 2013 to Aug 2013 / Maxine Watson
PD (Self Shooting)The Midwives Series TwoBBC 2The Garden Productions Ltd Jan 13 - Aug 13Maxine Watson
Series Producer/Director / My Team: The Cheerleaders / CBBC / CBBC / Oct 2013 to Mar 2014 / Cheryl Taylor
Series Producer/DirectorMy Team: The CheerleadersCBBCCBBC Oct 13 - Mar 14Cheryl Taylor
PD (Self Shooting) / My Life, Me, My Dad And His Kidney: BAFTA / CBBC / Nine Lives Media / Sep 2012 to Jan 2013 / Kez Margrie
PD (Self Shooting)My Life, Me, My Dad And His Kidney: BAFTACBBCNine Lives Media Sep 12 - Jan 13Kez Margrie
PD (Self Shooting) / Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a day / BBC 2 / The Garden Productions Ltd / Mar 2012 to Mar 2012 / Charlotte Moore
PD (Self Shooting)Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a dayBBC 2The Garden Productions Ltd Mar 12 - Mar 12Charlotte Moore
PD (Self Shooting) / My Life: My Big Family Wedding / CBBC / Blakeway North / Apr 2012 to Oct 2012 / Kez Margrie
PD (Self Shooting)My Life: My Big Family WeddingCBBCBlakeway North Apr 12 - Oct 12Kez Margrie
PD (Self Shooting) / Operation Ouch! / CBBC / Maverick Television / Mar 2012 to Apr 2012 / Kez Margrie
PD (Self Shooting)Operation Ouch!CBBCMaverick Television Mar 12 - Apr 12Kez Margrie
PD (Self Shooting) / I Survived 9/11-RTS / Bio. / Nine Lives Media / Apr 2011 to Oct 2011 / Koulla Anastasi
PD (Self Shooting)I Survived 9/11-RTSBio.Nine Lives Media Apr 11 - Oct 11Koulla Anastasi
PD (Self Shooting) / Children's Hospital Series 1 and 2 / ITV1 / Maverick Television / Sep 2009 to Apr 2010 / Diane Howie
PD (Self Shooting)Children's Hospital Series 1 and 2ITV1Maverick Television Sep 09 - Apr 10Diane Howie
PD (Self Shooting) / 10 Years Younger / Channel 4 / Maverick Television / Oct 2008 to Jan 2009 / Andrew Jackson
PD (Self Shooting)10 Years YoungerChannel 4Maverick Television Oct 08 - Jan 09Andrew Jackson
PD (Self Shooting) / Nightmare in Suburbia / Crime and Investigation Network / Nine Lives Media / Apr 2009 to Aug 2009 / Koulla Anastasi
PD (Self Shooting)Nightmare in SuburbiaCrime and Investigation NetworkNine Lives Media Apr 09 - Aug 09Koulla Anastasi
Producer/Director / Street Doctor / BBC 1 / BBC Entertainment North / Apr 2008 to Jul 2008
Producer/DirectorStreet DoctorBBC 1BBC Entertainment North Apr 08 - Jul 08
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Rachael is an empathetic programme maker who is brilliant with contributors and therefore gets the best out of any story. Hard working and a very talented self shooter, she leads a team well. I was really happy with her work for me on My Life and very pleased with finished programme. She is very level headed and just who you want on your side In a tricky situation.

Saffron Cherry Tv managing director

Rachael worked for me on the recent series of One Born Every Minute as a producer in the gallery and a shooting PD on the floor. She was outstanding and became a valued member of the team despite joining us late. She has a great eye for a story and was very useful dealing with difficult personalities.

I'd hire again in a shot.

Simon Kerfoot Executive Producer.

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

  • Locations I can work in:

    London

    Midlands

    North East

    Scotland

    Wales

  • Language:

    English (Fluent)

  • Skills/Permits:

    Access Negotiation

    Driving Licence

    Commentary Writing

    CRB Check

    First Aid

    Heath And Safety Training

    Safeguarding Trust

    Storytelling

  • Technical Skills:

    Canon XF305

    EX3 Nanoflash

    Fixed Rig Experience

    FORscene

    GoPro

    Lighting Camera

    Multicamera Directing

    Self Shooting

    Single Camera Directing

    Sony PMW-200

    Sound Recording

    Studio Experience

    Canon EOS C300

  • Awards:

    BAFTA, RTS

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