Meet the VividEcho Team
Alison Wright has 10 years experience of arts based training and film-making. She is an expert in designing and delivering film based training programmes from ideas development to editing. Previous roles have included being team leader for nationwide education programmes including the BT education programme and the BAE Systems education programme. From 2004-2008 Alison was creative director at iotaMEDIA, a corporate video production company where she worked developing films and video content for corporate clients and designing a film-training education programme that was delivered to charities, schools and pupil referral units. In 2009 she joined CTVC as the senior trainer developing their youth film training programme. She has worked with over 2,000 young people of varying ages and abilities to produce films that have been screened at the British Film Institute, global festivals, BBC Big Screen, Current TV and UTV. In 2012 Alison completed a one year course in ‘Therapeutic Communications’ at Kids Company. More recently she has been teaching 3D film-making.
Rachael has 15 years experience in project management, brand development, fundraising, PR, events management and research. She began her career working for a think tank specialising in economic development where she managed a project working in partnership with HM Treasury, the London Business School, the Financial Times, RBS Group and small businesses across the UK. In 2003 she began a freelance career working for small businesses and not for profits delivering funding consultancy, events management and PR. In 2007 she co-founded and became the CEO of a small arts charity which was supported by the Arts Council. During this time she established partnerships with the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, the Mayor of London’s Office, ExCeL London and a number of local authorities. Later in 2009 she became the youth and community engagement manager at CTVC, managing a large scale film training project.
In 2013 Alison and Rachael launched VividEcho whilst retaining close ties to CTVC.
Chris is an award winning filmmaker and film tutor with over 15 years of experience working for clients including CTVC (award-wining TV and Radio Production company) and Vividecho. Over the course of his career Chris has produced videos for The British Heart Foundation, Adidas, The Prince’s Trust, Zoomin.TV, Liverpool F.C and has delivered more than 200 workshops for VividEcho. Chris is the current course leader for VividEcho’s BFI Film Academy.
Chris has specialist knowledge in online-video having worked as Channel Development Manager for Zoomin.tv’s multi-channel network of over 40,000 YouTube channels. His main responsibility was to help young YouTube talents not only produce outstanding work, but to teach them to understand how social media was vital in getting their work, and themselves, seen in the best way possible.
Chris later created online video for Classic Football Shirts and advised them on their social media strategy, quadrupling their social media following on Instagram and regularly pulling in thousands of views on their football shirt videos.
Chris wrote, directed and tutored for the British Heart Foundation’s award winning ‘My Story, Their Story’ for VividEcho (BMA award for Patient Involvement 2015) and previously won a Just a Minute digital short award for his tutoring.
Chris is Head of Training at VividEcho.
We also work with freelance film-makers and facilitators:
Shazia is currently working as a freelance filmmaker. Her practice primarily focuses on documentaries, promotional and educational films. She is also an experienced film workshop facilitator and has worked with a number of charities, schools and youth organisations, teaching filmmaking to people of all ages and abilities. This includes delivering filmmaking workshops at the Prince’s Trust, the Roundhouse and for the BFI Film Academy.
Nuru has been working in film and animation for 15 years, creating films that have been short-listed within the top ten of the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner, and won the Filmaka International Film Competition, as well as providing freelance services to organisations such as the British Film Institute, Roundhouse and most recently CTVC, as director of photography on the BAFTA Award winning short film ‘Refugee’.
Keira has over ten years of experience producing content, mainly for online platforms, corporate and major charitable organisations. I have worked with TrueTube, an award winning online education resource for teachers for nearly 10 years as a self-shooting director and editor. My most recent project for them was a raft of programmes for primary schools called ‘Charlie and Blue’. Each week Charlie and her best friend ‘Blue’, the puppet, learn about a new aspect of a different religion. These films were commissioned by R.E. Online. These are proving an incredibly popular resource for teachers to engage their students and facilitate discussions on an often-daunting subject to teach in a fun and informative way. Other recent work has included Directing and editing a successful Kickstarter campaign video for the Royal Voluntary Service with Patricia Routledge and editing a half hour documentary about Youth Work in Newham. Her personal work has also been shown at over six film festivals across the country including the London Short Film Festival.
Keira is also an experienced film workshop facilitator and has run courses at the Roundhouse, for the Prince’s Trust and mentored a group on the BFI Documentary course.