Gary Blackman

for hire!

 Hi, I'm Gary. Thanks for taking the time to check out my site!


I am a hard working and enthusiastic member of a team with the ability to 'knuckle down' and work by myself. I enjoy creative pursuits but I am also very business minded, so you don't need to worry that if you give me a serious task to perform I'll just sit doodling!


I have a wide range of skills and feel that I can turn my hand to most things given a brief.


I have been working for the same company since July 2008 directing and producing live shopping telly, it's been good fun in the most part but now it's time for a change.

I took the job working away in London with the intention that I'd only do 6 - 8 weeks until another Bristol based job came up with the BBC or similar and I'm still here 7 years later.


I'm now a very different person to the young TV experience hungry guy I was in 2008. I'm now a married parent awaiting the arrival of my second child. This has made me take stock, look at my life and realise a fundamental truth about work... I'm away too much, and I'm not in love with it the way I was when I was single and carefree.


So, with my cards on the table I am looking for a career change. Something I never thought would happen, but far from a feeling of dread I instead find myself excited about the possibilities ahead. I have a lot of skills to offer other industries.


I am computer literate and fairly clever so quick to 'get it'. I  have filming/ photography/ editing kit which could save a marketing department a lot of hassle and expense.

I am also fairly well versed in advertising through social media, mainly Facebook but also Twitter and Instagram.


At this point in proceedings I'd invite you to take a look at the video below. This is my 'showreel', a moving CV if you like which shows some of my skills at play. Everything shown here was shot, edited or animated by me!

I love being a family man!

I think I'd make a great addition to your business because:


I'd do the work required to make a success of whatever you need, but in time I'd be able to offer creative options. Lots of small business think that marketing or creative work needs to cost a lot of money, but I can bring a lot of your needs in house saving you time and money and allowing you greater creative control over your business.


I'm not just a creative, I am PC literate, a good writer and good in a crisis (you have to be in live TV). I can get my head down and get work done or direct an event while smiling a greeting people. I am versatile, friendly and



 Capabilities, Notable Skills and Personal Attributes


 - Computer literate, Windows and Mac

 - Live Director/ Producer, varied experience in TV genres

 - Consistent, conscientious and reliable

 - Full, clean UK driving license

 - Good communication skills

 - Friendly persona

 - Team player

 - Knowledgeable in Photoshop

 - Member of Adobe Creative Cloud

 - Proficient in Adobe After Effects


 Key Experience

 TJC, The Jewellery Channel. Producer/ Technical Director/ Promo Producer.

 Currently work as a live Producer/ Director with the added responsibilities of producing item promo’s, special openers and plasma  loops for the channel. My main role for the last year has been Producer, which involves strategy and timing as well as communicating what I want to everyone else. The 4+ years before this I was a Technical Director responsible for vision mixing the channel and ensuring the quality of the look of the output. This experience is perfect for making demonstration content as this is exactly what shopping channels do 24/7- demonstrate items for sale focusing on key selling points.


Gala TV, Endemol West. Multi Skilled Operator.

My duties were to ensure smooth running of the studio and provide communication with the gallery. The position was multi skilled. This includes Vision Mixer/ Director, Producer, Assistant Producer and Graphics Operator. This meant being capable of filling in for any of the professional roles at any time.


Bargain Hunt, BBC Bristol for BBC 1. Runner/ Junior Researcher.

Duties include providing crews with detailed directions to shooting locations, helping select contestants, recce locations on DV, researching locations for inserts, preparing contestants for the shoot, keeping waiting contestants mentally alert and sourcing of props and costumes for themed sequences.


Employment History


TJC:                    Virgin 757, Sky 650, Freeview 49. Producer/ Director/ Promo Producer. July 2008- Present.


Endemol West     “Gala TV” Sky Channel 847: Multi Skilled Operator- March 2007- July 2008


Endemol West     “Quiz Night Live” FTN: Assistant Producer - March 2006 to November 2006


BBC Bristol         “Bargain Hunt” BBC1: Runner/ Junior Researcher - January 2006


BBC Bristol         “Timeshift” BBC 4 & 2: Edit Assistant - December 2005


BBC Bristol         “The Antiques Children’s Roadshow” BBC1: Steward - November 2005


RDF                    “Ladette to Lady” ITV1: Contestant finder- street auditions Bristol - November 2005


IPM Productions “The Best of British Mediumship Tour” Living TV: Reveal Runner - September 2005


BBC Bristol         “Timeshift” Logger BBC 4 & 2: - June 2005


BBC Bristol         “Stars in Fast Cars” BBC 1 and 3: Celebrity Runner - June 2005


BBC Bristol         “Bargain Hunt” BBC 1: Runner/ Junior Researcher - January 2005


BBC Bristol         “Geronimo!” BBC 2: Runner/ Camera assistant - October 2004


BBC Bristol         “Seaside Rescue” BBC 1: Runner/ Boom Op - September 2004


BBC Bristol         “Heatwave” BBC 1: Art Dept Runner - August 2004


BBC Bristol         “Flog It!” BBC 2: Steward - July 2004


BBC Bristol         “The Antiques Roadshow” BBC 1: Work Experience - June 2003




Other Experience

Ongoing    “Santa’s Little Helpers”. My own film shot on dv, as yet unfinished

April 2005         “Losing It” 35mm 90 sec short film, Assistant Producer

Nov 2003           Adshel Advert Freelance project, shown on Broadmead shopping centre screen

October 2002    “The Grid” Educational pitch, intended for schools. Nesta Future lab

Summer 2001   “Delilah” 35mm short, Runner

1999- 2002        HTV Production  Workshop A production training workshop run by what is now ITV West, an ongoing programme until it’s closure.


Education and Training

Researcher course: Endemol West

Intensive course that dealt with finding people, researching content, judging evidence quality and being objective. The course was also very useful for legal information and seeing content from an outsiders perspective.


Sound mixer course: BBC Bristol

A short course run by Chloe Rawlings an experienced director and sound recordist with the BBC. The course dealt with pro’s and con’s of different kit and the best way to use each piece.


Camera course: BBC Bristol

I attended 2 of the 2 day courses run by experienced members of production staff. The first one dealt with dv camera operation and safety, the second with self-shooting on full sized Digi-Beta cameras.


I have also completed the BBC Health and Safety modules as well as completing a Safety at Heights course while at Endemol.


City of Bristol College.

Completed BTEC National Diploma in Media. The complete details of my certificate are available on request. The general grade of it is that of Distinction. I gained skills in camera work, editing (in Final Cut Pro, After Effects and Photoshop) and directing.


King Edmund Community School, Yate.

10 GCSEs. 6 B’s, 3 C’s and 1 D.


Personal Statement

I am a committed and hard working person, quick to ‘get it’; I pick things up easily. I have a broad spectrum of interest and can find common ground with most people.


The reason I work unsociable hours and currently drive hundreds of miles at a time is the thrill of the challenge. The thrill of the challenge has also lead to me making demonstration videos for the Nike+ Sportwatch GPS and the Top Gear TomTom among others.


I own a significant amount of video/ camera equipment and am able to make a ‘complete package video’ from start to finish myself.

I am self motivated and can 'crack on' by myself as well as working with or part of a team.


I am very capable of researching a product video right up to creating the content by myself with little help. I am a very motivated person who loves a challenge and seeing the reaction to a great finished result!


Referees details are available upon request.

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8 Moordell Close



BS37 4BU


Tel: 07811165925


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I am available around my shifts to talk about or come to see you to discuss any opportunities, I sincerely look forward to hearing from you


Kindest regards