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The Production Support service for TV / Films made in Dorset.

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"Creating a Shop Window for all things FILM, to enable filmmakers, educational establishments, councils and business services to connect easily…locally and further afield."

 Whether you are seeking local crew, local actors, stunning locations or local business services to help your production, we are here to assist you.
 The Film offices can also help with obtaining filming consents / permissions.
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About Us
Gillian Tully

Gillian Tully

Director

Gillian Tully

Gillian was first hooked by the acting bug at the age of nine years’ old at Primary School where she was given the lead role of Scrooge in the Christmas play.
After going stir crazy working in various roles in the corporate world, Gillian realised where her true passion lay and threw caution to the wind and took up Performing Arts and Theatre Study courses.

Gillian joined the masses, working as a Supporting Artist on various productions including The Bill, EastEnders, Brittas Empire, Ruth Rendell Mysteries amongst others and was lucky enough to get the odd line now and then.

As well as acting, Gillian has worked on many roles within the film production cycle covering Location Management, Assistant Producer, Production Manager and Co-Producer, and yes, even makes a great cup of tea! While living out in Australia Gillian ran the lighting and sound department for various theatre productions in Sydney.

Her acting highlight so far has been working alongside Alison Steadman and Michael Attwell on the West End Stage. (Treading the boards as well as dodging the camera…..)

Over the years Gillian realised what was missing on the south Coast and set up FILM EXPO SOUTH in 2015. After successful exhibitions and many seminars, Gillian is focusing her time on the Dorset Film Office working closely with the local film community, Universities and Councils.

Alice D. Cooper

Alice D. Cooper

Communications & Content Creator

Alice D. Cooper

Alice is an award-winning advertising copywriter and screenwriter. She’s also published short stories and joke books, and been an associate lecturer on the MA Screenwriting at the London College of Communication.

She started directing in 2010, and has completed a slate of shorts from her own scripts for Hurcheon Films. Combining her advertising experience with film making, she wrote and directed two corporates for London production company Schmick.

In 2016, Alice wrote and presented a stage play in London, completed the award-winning short documentary Writing the Peace, a self-shot experimental piece called Spring on the Strand, and the multi-award winning supernatural short The Penny Dropped.

In 2017, she filmed Home to the Hangers about Hampshire poet Edward Thomas as one of the winners in the Directors UK Alexa Challenge. In 2018, this won a special category award from the Imperial War Museum, Best British Short and was honoured with a cinematography award created especially for the film by the Purbeck Film Festival. She made another poetry film in 2018 for the New York-based Visible Poetry Project.

Currently she's working on scripts with her agent Meg Davis at the Ki Agency, while also developing a string of comedy, dance and animation shorts.

Peter Barnes

Peter Barnes

Operations Director

Peter Barnes

After 10 years of travelling the world with Racal Electronics as a design engineer in military radio communications, Peter then joined IBM in the mid 80's as their Desktop Publishing Manager where he was at the fore front of the personal computer revolution.

He then went on to set up his own ITC company specialising in network planning, design, implementation and support for many companies covering the legal, film, pharmacy and aviation refueling industries. With offices based in Poland Street WC1, it is no surprise his clients included many well-known film and TV companies such as Comic Strip, Spitting Image, BFTPA, and the Media Show.

More recently, he helped set up the communications and cashless systems for the 2012 London Olympics, also many town centre BID Systems and membership platforms for numerous football and rugby clubs.

Being based in Wimborne, Dorset and with his vast knowledge of ITC and membership systems, we are very pleased to welcome Peter on to the team.

Paul Tyler

Paul Tyler

Caricature Artist

Paul Tyler

Born in Romford, Essex, Paul moved to Christchurch with his parents in 1976, where he still lives today with his wife, Tess, three children, two cats and the family dog.

Paul studied Graphic Design Bournemouth Arts University where he specialised in illustration and discovered a love of caricature art. Paul found his passion for cartoon work at an early age, as soon as he was old enough to hold a pencil!
After college, Paul found himself in the sign and display industry and later ran his own sign business, SignCity. During this time, he also continued to accept commissions for caricature portraits and small illustration jobs.

Paul soon realised his future lay in full time caricature/illustration work and closed SignCity in 2007 and has since performed caricatures 'live' at quite a range of events across Southern England.
A large percentage of Paul's work is for weddings, drawing 'quick fire' caricatures to entertain. Corporate functions and promotions also account for a lot of his work and the remainder would be private parties, shows and festivals.

Sometimes his work adventures takes him in new and interesting directions! In 2017 he worked with a Bournemouth-based agency to create white board animations for GSK. He has also appeared on Channel 4 television demonstrating caricatures and also enjoys illustrating children books and is busy writing and illustrating his first children's short story with his wife, Tess.

His work at shows and festivals is growing and he has also worked with the BBC.
In between Paul's appearances, he accepts commissions to paint full colour, themed caricature portraits from photographs.

Paul Sarony

Paul Sarony

Executive Producer / Producer

Paul Sarony

A very established Producer with credits including Mrs. Brown; Shine; Englishman Went Up A Hill; Hideous Kinky; Rather English Marriage etc. Paul has also Produced and Executive Produced in both films and Television all around the world including producing Royal Premiere film These Foolish Things.

Management experience includes General Manager of HTV International which included buying Film Distributor First Independent for the group and overseeing their International TV Sales Company and numerous International Productions both TV and Film.

Paul son of Variety Star Leslie Sarony entered the business at 16 and served his early years in Holiday Camps, Variety and Club Circuit before a 6 year career as an actor including long running TV series Z Cars, Dixon Of Dock Green and role in Dr. Who before turning to TV and then Film Production and working his way through the ranks.

Paul in his varied career has produced Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev around the world as well as presenting many International Ballet Companies in London's West End and Gala Classical music and Ballet concerts around Europe and the UK.

As a previous committee member of the Film Production Guild, he has designed and tutored several training courses for senior production personnel and new producers. Paul is particularly concerned to protect the interest of members working in the lower budget level of Film and TV Production.

Paul also guest tutors short courses and master classes at the National TV & Film School and is one of the Skillset 100 registered tutors. As well as acting as external assessor for several British Film funding bodies including Production Guild and Royal Holloway University, Paul has specifically designed courses for longer form television productions looking to promote from within their own ranks.

Currently Paul is advising a number of independent production companies in their financing and production as well as recently completing Co Producing major feature film Show Dogs released in May 2018 and Film Festival winner Juliet Bravo released in the summer of 2018.

Other business interests have included running three very successful restaurants, a boat business importing boats from America, Hong Kong and Taiwan. A sports boat business and for several years he also ran a water ski business on the South Coast. A qualified skipper and diver (lapsed !) he spends his leisure time hours cruising as much as he can!

Paul is married to ex London festival Ballet Ballerina, Annette May whom he met when General Manager of London Festival ballet and together they have a 35 year old daughter Danielle who is a very talented musician.

Luke English

Luke English

Media Solicitor

Luke English

Luke English is a Media Solicitor who has acted for some of the biggest companies in the entertainment industry including the BBC and Walt Disney.

Luke has worked with 'Indie' labels such as XL Recordings and Domino Records as Head of Legal for PIAS Distribution, as well as the privilege to spend time in the legal department for Sony Music working with artists such as One Direction, Rita Ora, Labrinth and Kasabian.

With amazing new talent emerging along the South Coast, Luke relocated to Bournemouth 4 years ago to set up the legal Media department at Laceys Solicitors to represent signed and unsigned artists across the UK. Luke gives regular talks and educates people in the music industry at the Great Escape, BPI, Bournemouth University, Southampton Solent, CMI Music Conference and the Academy of Music and Sound.

Colin Froud

Colin Froud

iRed Academy Drone Pilot Tutor

Colin Froud

Colin has over 20 years experience working as a TV camera operator. He mainly covered reality TV programmes such as Real Rescues, Inside Out and Monkey Life, but also filmed drama and produced many corporate films.

As a commercial diver, Colin has a great deal of experience in working on large sets where he has often been in charge of water safety for stunts.

Nowadays, Colin is a drone operator and teaches CAA approved specialist drone courses for the iRed Academy.

Peter Truckel

Peter Truckel

Director, The VFX Hub

Peter Truckel

Peter has been running the VFX Hub at Bournemouth University since January 2012, and is the co-creator of BFX, the internationally recognised festival and competition of animation, VFX and Games.

He started his career as a VFX cameraman, working on movies such as Blade Runner, Aliens and The Plague Dogs. After four years' supervising VFX at MPC in London, he became a commercials director, eventually opening his production company, Big Bang Productions. Over a 30-year period he directed hundreds of commercials and worked all over the world. His films have won many awards, notably Cannes Silver Lion, BTAA, Creative Circle, New York Festivals and Monitor.

Peter is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Directors Guild of America, he has moderated panels and been a spokesperson on VFX for UKTI, The British Council, Department for International Trade, Imagina, D&AD, Creative Skillset and the International Moving Image Society.?

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