Sound recordist based in Bristol UK - working country and worldwide

Recent Work

BBC & independents in documentary and factual TV

Sony F55 V Lock problem solved

I have been using for some time a pair of Audio Ltd 2000’s as a camera hop, they make a great hop and I have a couple of different Hawkwoods bracket type arrangements that I use to attach them to a camera. My favourite puts the radio mic receivers...

He Named Me Malala

Davis Guggenheim has spent 18 months making a documentary about Malala Yousafzai. I was lucky enough to record several days of interviews for the project. It’s going to be an amazing film – out in October....

Why do you need a sound recordist

Later this week I have the pleasure of speaking at the Northcape film festival – in the most Northern most city in Europe. Martin Harries will also be attending to do two talks about Post Prodcution sound. On Friday I will be giving this talk: ”Why your sound recordist...

More About Me

I am a freelance sound recordist, based in Bristol. I’m one of a growing number of female sound recordists in the broadcasting industry. I trained at Bournemouth University and have been freelance for the last 22 years. I’ve recorded sound for both tape and film productions with my own kit which includes everything you’d expect a documentary sound recordist to carry.

I have experience of a wide variety of recording conditions and have worked in countries all over the world including Europe, Africa, The Middle East, Canada and Japan. I am used to working quickly and sensitively, often as a member of a very small team. I am often chosen for films where these qualities are important. I have sometimes stood in mud for a very long time and sometimes it’s raining too.

If I specialised in anything it would be observational documentaries as I really enjoying working with a variety of people, helping people tell their stories is an amazing privilege and I think I’m quite good at putting people at ease.  My credits span a variety of things, a healthy mixture of everything including documentaries, magazine programmes, wildlife, corporate, news and some drama.

Full member of the Institute of Professional Sound (MIPS)
Licensed by JFMG to use UHF Ch38 and VHF radio mics in the UK
BA(Hons) 2:1 from Bournemouth University in Communication and Media Production
BTEC Diploma Communications Design
Pro Tools trained up to 201
Musically literate and can read a score (player of around grade 6/7 standard)
Full / clean driving licence
Many immunisations for foreign travel
UK CRB checked – Enhanced Disclosure March 2011
Disclosure Scotland – Enhanced June 2008
I’ve also produced about 150 hours of radio programming for Bristol Community Radio (BCFM)
NCFE Level 2 – Equality and Diversity
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Recent Blog Posts

May 8, 2015 |

Sony F55 V Lock problem solved

I have been using for some time a pair of Audio Ltd 2000’s as a camera hop, they make a great hop and I have a couple of different Hawkwoods bracket type arrangements that I use to attach them to a camera. My favourite puts the radio mic receivers inside a box which attaches between the V-Lock and the battery on the back of the camera. It has integral leads for connecting the receivers and the camera. My other option also involves a V-lock plate but places the receivers at the side of the camera on a bracket. I’ve used both these set ups on a variety of different cameras but recently came up...

April 26, 2015 |

He Named Me Malala

Davis Guggenheim has spent 18 months making a documentary about Malala Yousafzai. I was lucky enough to record several days of interviews for the project. It’s going to be an amazing film – out in October....

October 28, 2014 |

Kashflow – time saving accounts feature

Kashflow has recently added a new feature to their online accounting software. You can now – if you are with certain uk banks  (listed below) import your statement data directly into the Kashflow programme. I’m looking forward to saving myself loads of time when they add the feature for my bank. What is so good about it? Well currently you have to download your statement from your bank, open it in a spreadsheet (and make some adjustments if you import more than one account into Kashflow) and the import it into the system. This new way will be a one click solution, it will make one of the most tedious procedures in Kashflow easy...

September 8, 2014 |

Why do you need a sound recordist

Later this week I have the pleasure of speaking at the Northcape film festival – in the most Northern most city in Europe. Martin Harries will also be attending to do two talks about Post Prodcution sound. On Friday I will be giving this talk: ”Why your sound recordist is important to your film” A film’s soundtrack starts with the recording on location. It’s often an area that is underated, particularly by novice film makers but it’s an area that can make or break your production. In this masterclass we will look at what can go wrong and how you can avoid mistakes. We´ll use examples from difficult locations and situations. We’ll also talk...

August 15, 2014 |

Sound Devices 633 – First look review

I’ve been using my 633 for just over a week and I have to say I am loving it! All the things I thought might be a problem seem not to be so far and I’m slowly sorting out the settings and work flow that suit me. I had wondered if using my Audio 2040 radio mics would be a pain with it as they are mic level rather than line (and 3 of the mixers inputs are line level only) it’s been fine so far. I’ve had leads made up that feed from the headphone out of the 204o’s rather than the mic level output and this works fine. I have heard some...

August 13, 2014 |

World’s Weirdest Weather – More 4 – tonight

Series 2 of World’s Weirdest Weather starts on More 4 tonight. I did a little work on this series – including a very early morning start to film the Severn Bore earlier in the year. Not only the famous wave which goes inland along the River Severn but a surfer – on the wave talking to camera. I was very pleased with the results at the time so I’m hoping there is a good slice of this used in the actual programme. Kit used was an Audio 2040 radio mic in an aquapac with a countryman B3 mic. The actual mic had a small furry windjammer on it and was wrapped as neatly as...

May 28, 2014 |

SOLD – Sound Devices 552

Sound Devices 552 audio mixer / recorder for sale. Great condition, with instructions in original box. £1300 + VAT  (New price over £2500 +VAT) This is a tidy, well looked after machine in full working order. Only selling because I can’t justify the amount of mixers I own! Full details of the machine can be found at http://www.sounddevices.com/products/552/ Contact me to make an offer. I am in Wimbledon on Sat 31st May should anyone London based want to inspect the mixer, otherwise Bristol...

May 3, 2014 |

Parabolic Reflector

Yesterday I had a lovely job in the Forest of Dean recording a piece about the Dawn Chorus. As well as having a trusty Sennheiser 816 on hand it also seemed like the perfect opportunity to test out the parabolic reflector I have been getting set up over the last couple of weeks. The reflector was rescued from a loft a fair while ago and I recently dusted it off to try out with a few of the mics I had around the place. Nothing I had was suitable for the original microphone bracket that was attached to the dish so the process included the slightly scary procedure of drilling a hole in the...

April 19, 2014 |

Wanted – A family of My Own

Wanted – A Family of My Own is a new ITV series, made by Wall to Wall that I have been working on over the last few months. It’s about the process of placing children for adoption. The team gained fantastic access via social services and it should be an excellent series. First part of four airs on ITV Thursday 24th April at 7pm. More information: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2602298/Adoption-making-Nicky-Campbell-adopted-baby-hopes-new-series-inspire-parents-children-home.html http://www.itv.com/wantedafamilyofmyown http://www.itv.com/presscentre/ep1week17/wanted-family-my-own#.U1LhBse7BDY Wanted: A Family of My Own – Episode one The profoundly life changing process of adoption is uncovered in this new four part series. Following the stories of parents desperate to adopt and children who need families, cameras have been granted access into many defining...

April 6, 2014 |

Countryfile – Princess Anne

BBC Countryfile recently got access to Princess Anne and spoke to her about various countryside topics – including the badger cull and TB. Read more about it and see a clip here:...

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