A celebrity television producer from London is seeking the skills of talented videographers in Beverley to work with him editing, filming and potentially even presenting videos for clients.
Originally from Bridlington, BBC trained producer & director Craig Duncan planned to move to Beverley temporarily, but loved the town so much he decided to make a base there.
Craig is no stranger to working with some of the biggest names in the celebrity world. He recently directed James Cordon and Dermot O’Leary for Sky and Channel 4. He has also worked with Craig David, Busted and Olly Murs putting together a programme for the BBC.
“The days of people in my line of work needing to be based in London are gone,” Craig says. “I can, and do, work just as effectively from my base in Beverley. I film all over the country – and beyond – so if anything, Yorkshire is more central and often more convenient for getting about. In fact, I am now better placed to take on TV projects based from Glasgow to Manchester than I ever was in London.
…And now he has an exciting new string to his bow. Craig has just set up a boutique wedding video service in Beverley called Hitched.tv, where he can be hired to film weddings at cinematic quality, and at affordable prices.
He said: “I love filming weddings. It’s everyone’s chance to dress up and look amazing. In Yorkshire we are blessed with so many spectacular locations…so many beautiful wedding venues. From a filming point of view, it’s a director’s dream to be invited to make a wedding look like a cinematic fantasy.”
A former pupil of Headlands School in Bridlington, Craig studied for a diploma in film & TV in Sheffield. In the early 90’s he secured a work placement at Air Recording Studios, run by The Beatles’ producer, the late George Martin, which led to him being offered a job as an assistant engineer at the studios.
Craig said: “This was an amazing period, and my first introduction to being around famous people. I worked on two Paul McCartney albums, I met Elton John, Whitney Houston, Dave Gilmour, and worked on two Beautiful South albums as an assistant engineer – which I especially loved doing because the band was from Hull.”
Following the completion of the post-graduate diploma in film and television in Sheffield, Craig was selected from 8000 applicants to do a two-year paid traineeship at BBC TV in London.
He said: “One thing led to another and before I knew it I was producing, directing and writing a tech series with ‘Black Mirror’ creator Charlie Brooker. Charlie and I worked together for nearly 2 years before he went off to become super famous.
Craig is well known in the business for his laid-back approach when meeting and working with celebrities. “I often don’t even know who they are,” he grins, admitting that ironically, he doesn’t watch that much television. But one well known actor who really did impress him was Robert Powell. (Best known for his iconic portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth, Richard Hannay in The Thirty Nine Steps, and the BBC’s medical soap Holby City) Craig said: “I once spent a week working with Robert. He was such a lovely, down-to-earth bloke, with no awareness of himself as being famous. He even put up with the rudeness of some people who would approach him at dinner and throw their arms around him, expecting him to pose for a photograph without even asking.”
Craig’s CV is extensive. It includes programs such as Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, Traffic Cops, Coast v Country, and Alan Davies: Dog Rescuers.
Much as he enjoys working for daytime television, that interest is rapidly being overtaken by his passion for travel and making documentaries. He explains: “Working with celebrities is a massive amount of fun, but I’ve been doing it for a long time and my interest is shifting to be more about meeting people and telling their stories.”
Craig was the series producer and director of six documentaries for Discovery US, which found him filming around the world. “To be able to travel and film the ganglands of Japan one month, and the next to be in the deep south of America. Infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan was a phenomenal experience. The people I’ve met, and the stories I’ve told through film, is something I never take for granted. I love my job.”
He is now reaching out to link up locally with other people interested in his line of work which can be anything from setting up a compelling well produced YouTube Channel to making documentaries in the USA.
He said: “I am very keen to hear from skilled people in the Beverley area who share a talent for video, presenting and/or writing. I’m writing a book about my life in the broadcasting industry and am fascinated by up and coming YouTubers and Twitch TV streamers taking the next step.
People can contact Craig via www.craigduncan.com
Wedding video information via www.hitched.tv