FORMAT: Feature documentary, 1 x 52′, HD. Please have a look at the trailer and feel free to get in touch to request a copy of the full episode.
COMMISIONER: History Channel
PRODUCTION COMPANY: TVF International
SYNOPSIS: This groundbreaking historical documentary investigates, for the first time, the epic struggle between China and Japan during the second world war and its long-lasting effects in modern China and beyond. Based on the acclaimed book, Forgotten Ally, by renowned China expert Rana Mitter, the film combines eye witness testimony with rare archive footage and stunning animated reconstructions. An emotional, eye-opening journey that re-writes history as we know it.
HIGHLIGHTS: Creating breathing space in a sequence while at the same time summarising 8 years of human suffering in just 52 minutes.
SYNOPSIS: Fishponds of the Amazon is a short documentary about a sustainable development project in a remote village of the Peruvian rainforest.
We all read the headlines: the Amazon is burning, threatened by mass exploitation; public opinion is split between conservationists and liberalists. But what if it were possible to conciliate both? In 2018 filmmaker Cristina Balduin gained access to a remote village in the Peruvian rainforest, where the N.G.O. Tacif had started a sustainable entrepreneurship project: they promoted aquaculture as a way to support low-income families and protect river wildlife. Combining live-action footage and a colourful animation, this short documentary follows 24 fishermen while they learn to run a sustainable fish-farm. And listening to its frenzied Latin-American soundtrack, we get a glimpse into the local way of living. We discover the fishermen’ s positive approach to change and learn how gender equality and motivation are deeply connected. Narrated by renowned journalist Georgina Godwin, this documentary sheds a light on a proposal that aims at preserving the environment whilst fostering economic development, hoping for a new ‘butterfly effect’. Because a little community in the Amazon could perhaps make an impact on the future of the planet.
The film is in currently being presented at festivals around the world.
HIGHLIGHTS: Shooting in the jungle, under a 45 degrees sun, then come back home and find the real story in the editing room.
FORMAT: Broadcast documentary, Episode 03, 1 x 24′, HD
CHANNEL: London Live
SYNOPSIS: In this series, English television presenter Anthea Turner investigates current stories with big impact in the UK. She meets experts and common people and discusses the personal and wider implications of these issues. In this episode, Anthea talks about the diagnosis and treatment of bowel cancer, taking advice from doctors and cancer survivors including BBC journalist Jeremy Bowen.
HIGHLIGHTS: Treating a sensitive subject while balancing informative and entertaining sections.
SYNOPSIS: In 2010, U.S. Sergeant J.D. Williams was leading a small recon team in Afghanistan when an IED detonated directly underneath him. J.D. was badly injured but survived. And when back home, he found a way to challenge himself again.
RESULTS: The film was featured on Muse by Clio Magazine. Please read the full review here
HIGHLIGHTS: Being inspired by J.D. story of resilience and superation. And when a message is so meaningful, cutting it down to just 4 minutes proves quite challenging.
ROLE: Assistant Editor for Series 7, Ep. 05 and 06
FORMAT: Broadcast documentary, 2x 60′
Series 06 is currently available for streaming on Sky Uk or National Geographic USA.
COMMISSIONER: National Geographic
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Darlow Smithson London
SYNOPSIS: This history series examines the military mind-set, pioneering tactics and state-of-the-art technologies deployed by the Nazis and the Allies during World War II.
Episode 05, Hitler’s desert War, showcases how Rommel’s brutal campaign in North Africa pushed the British to their limits and dictated the course of the war. Episode 06, Hitler’s Mediterranean Fortress, talks about Operation Mincemeat and how allied spies planted false documents on a corpse to carry out of the most audacious deceptions of World War II.
HIGHLIGHTS: Juggling between hours of archive footage to find the right shot.
COMMISSIONER: Caledonia Investments, previously Union Castle
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Captive Minds
SYNOPSIS: The Union Castle Oral Histories is a series of five short documentaries about the British shipping line Union Castle, which operated between Europe and Africa from 1900 to 1977. Through interviews of former employees and archive footage, the series tells everyday life and anecdotes on board of the line ships, and constitutes an exceptional historical testimony of life at sea in the seventies. The series, produced by Captive Minds, is currently in development as a long-form documentary for a British broadcaster.
HIGHLIGHTS: Learning about the peculiar forms of entertainment people enjoyed on cruises in the past, so different from what we like today.
SYNOPSIS: The extraordinary story of General Tom Thumb – the world’s first global show business celebrity. Discovered at the age of four, and just 64cm tall, Stratton was a true child prodigy. His patron, P.T. Barnum, dressed the young Stratton in costume and trained him to sing and dance, transforming him from an unknown personality of the freak-show into an international superstar. His stardom truly reflected the age of his time, but was his career built on exploitation?
Originally produced for BBC as a one-off episode, the documentary has been turned into 2 episodes for sale purposes by TVF International.
HIGHLIGHTS: Tailoring the narrative to make a 90 minute documentary work as a 2 parts episodic film.
COMMISSIONER: Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Jungle Creations
The film was featured on The Drum Magazine. Please read the full article here.
SYNOPSIS: ‘What I love about my job is how every day is so new, and that’s what makes me happy. Sammie, just 18, supports Josie, a disabled woman with mobility impairment. And while she walks us through the challenges and satisfactions of her job, we learn how caring for others means not only responsibilities, but also, a learning experience and a friendship.
HIGHLIGHTS: Being moved by Josie’s and Sammie’s story of kindness and understanding.
FORMAT: Reversioning for the American market, 1 x 46′, HD
COMMISSIONER: CHANNEL 4
REVERSIONING PRODUCER: TVF International
SYNOPSIS: The flower industry is a $100 billion global business where the Dutch control the market. But there’s a chink in their armour! And the UK- the world’s fourth largest buyer of cut flowers- is fighting back. Meet the new generation of florists who are revolutionising the trade, from quirky home-grown buds to luscious displays at London’s National Gallery.
Originally produced for C4 as the ‘The Billion Pound Flower Market’, the documentary has been later on reversioned for the American Market by TVF International.
HIGHLIGHTS: Discovering that cultural differences apply to flowers as well for this adaptation for the American market.
SYNOPSIS: The Gamitana Dream is the first of two short documentaries I created for the N.G.O. Tacif in the Peruvian Amazon. In 5 chapters, it tells the inspiring success story of 17 low-income families that started their first small business and became entrepreneurs.
HIGHLIGHTS: Persuade the locals to be interviewed, then find a technique to facilitate openness in interviewees not used to speak in public.