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Syd Heather

freelance filmmaker

Bio

I am a freelance writer, producer and director from Kent.

Entrepreneurial, friendly and resourceful, I am a versatile multi-award-winning filmmaker and content creator with ten years diverse production experience across multiple genres and formats including independent feature films, television,  documentary and branded content.


Proud member of Directors UK and Bafta Crew, I work with both emerging and established talent, and have regularly proven myself to be creatively adaptable in ever-changing environments to ensure production keeps moving on time, budget and schedule and an amazing product gets delivered in line with the overall vision of the project.

Background

BFI Network x Bafta Crew

Emerging Creative programme

2018 - 2022


Directors UK Member

2019 - present


Award Winning Filmmaker &

Freelance Content Creator

2012 - present


Canterbury Christ Church University

BA Film, Radio & Television

First Class with Honours

2009 - 2012

Key Skills

  • Delivering client briefs
  • Script breakdown
  • Directing and shot-listing
  • Creative producing
  • Budgeting & negotiating
  • Project management
  • Logistics & Paperwork
  • Editorial storytelling
  • Building relationships
  • Self-distribution strategies
  • Supporting new and emerging filmmakers

Short Form

My filmmaking portfolio includes 20 short films selected for over 35 BAFTA, OSCAR and BIFA qualifying film festivals and three shorts selected for distribution on ALTER, OMELETO and SHORTS TV.


Notable credits include TEXTUAL RELATIONSHIP, a satirical rom-com about online dating that debuted at BFI Future Film Festival, and won the prestigious Film of the Night awards at the Limelight Film Awards.


Additional producing credits include HAVE WE MET BEFORE? a hybrid LGBTQ+ docudrama commissioned by the BBC and BFI to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Internet, and co-producing the 2018 BAFTA LONG-LISTED short film GYPSY’S KISS starring Bafta Winner Gemma Jones, one of six winning scripts for CHALLENGE ALEXA 2017 by Directors UK and ARRI.

Notable projects

On Air

Supernatural thriller created by Bafta Crew members starring Mandip Gill (Doctor Who) and Marnie Baxter (Shetland). Winner of Best Actress at Tweetfest Film Festival.

Adventure-comedy shot in Thamesmead, supported by Peabody and distributed by Shorts International on Amazon Prime across Europe, Latin America and USA.

Comedy/horror creature-feature set on a night-bus that screened at notable genre festivals including FrightFest, Fantasia, Leeds, LSFF and Monsterfest

TV & Features

Moving into feature films, I recently co-wrote, produced and directed my debut feature, MICROPUBS - THE NEW LOCAL, an observational documentary that explores the craft ale revolution and rise of the micropub movement in the UK.


Combining a hybrid physical and digital distribution strategy, the film was nominated for Best Documentary at Wales International Film Festival, broadcast on London Live and distributed regionally with CINEMA FOR ALL.


The film is also available worldwide on AVOD, SVOD and TVOD streaming platforms including:

Additional credits

date

production / role

director / production company

2022

Murder in Provence (HETV)

2nd Assistant Director (dailies)

Various / Monumental Productions (for ITV & Britbox)

Producer: Grainne Marmoin

2019

The Rizen: Possession (Feature Film)

Assistant Producer & 2nd AD

Matt Mitchell / Lost Eye Films

Producer: Clare Pearce

2019

The Tool (C4 Comedy Blap)

Production Coordinator

Jon Drever / Fudge Park Productions (for Channel 4)

Producer: Simon Wilson

2017

The Rizen (Feature Film)

Assistant Producer

Matt Mitchell / Lost Eye Films

Producer: Clare Pearce

Branded Content

Outside of filmmaking, I work across the commercial and corporate sectors to develop, produce and supply a wide range of digital content and promotional videos for clients, organisations and brands.


Led by a client's brief and project aims, I can create and deliver projects on all kinds of budgets with recruitment, training purposes and/or educational requirements in mind for both internal and external use on official websites and social media platforms.

Recent work

Collaborating with THE KENT VIDEO COMPANY, I have recently produced and co-directed a selection of promotional videos for MAIDSTONE BOROUGH COUNCIL and VISIT MAIDSTONE as part of their ongoing WELCOME BACK FUND and strategy following the covid-19 pandemic.


Overseeing multiple briefs to promote what Maidstone has to offer for businesses and the public, we created eye-catching videos showcasing corporate networking opportunities outside of London, growing business opportunities in Maidstone, and how people can enjoy history, shopping, culture and entertainment in one place.

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