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DIRECTOR/ WRITER/ PRODUCER ‑ MICHAEL BARRY (Screen CV)

Has “several decades” of experience in theatre, broadcast television, and corporate sector production.

 

Producer, Director, Writer - also Editor, actor:

Non-corporate (mainly drama) film/ video work produced includes:

 

Image

Super 8

6 mins

Winner Adjudicator's Award, 17th SIAFF

P D W E

Vienna (Ultravox)

Betacam SP

4 mins

Karaoke video for 3rd party company

D W

The Coachman Rat

Digital video

4 mins

Animated storyboard for feature film pitch

P D E

Dead Woman's Ditch

DVcam

8 + 23 mins

Stage drama + historian to camera: promo for TV drama-doc

P D W E

Old Mrs Chundle

Digital Betacam> Betacam SP edit  master

18 mins

T Hardy story: Lottery funded, screened regional festivals/ film days + commercial screening with "Shakespeare in Love"

P D W

Nothing Ventured (now The Palestrina Affair)

Digital video

9' 30 mins

Promo of highlights of feature film: film noir thriller (full-length feature in development)

P D W E

The Beast of Dodington

Mini DV

1 min

Part of national initiative

Solo

The Art of Cool-Climate Vinegrowing/ Winemaking

Highband Umatic

4 3/4 hrs

Generic training videos: mainly sold through Wine & Spirit Education Trust

P D

Nether Stowey 2008 May Festival

4x Interactive DVDs

6.5 hr

27 chapters, 15+ production crew

P E Author

Walking Shadow

DVD, download

17’35”

Thriller-drama short film

P D

Murder Plot

DVD, download

25’47”

Thriller-drama short film

P D

 

Also:

Around 100 credits as producer, director, writer for corporate productions (separate CV)

Around 80 credits as director (and often producer) of professional stage productions (separate CV)

Plus 8 web sites designed, executed and uploaded. Also 3 major interactive Prestel/ stand-alone sites designed/ written for commercial clients (eg Foreign Office/ COI).

Considerable management/ administration experience in all areas of live and recorded performing arts, both at project and at company level (from 1967). Much associated experience of running creative teams.

He has built up a portfolio of independent production projects seeking funding. These are mainly drama (but include wine as special interest subject). Several feature projects are scripted and looking for co-production partners. “The Palestrina Affair”has been in development for upcoming production.

Perceptive Creation has produced and distributes "The Art of Cool‑climate Vinegrowing" and "The Art of Cool‑climate Winemaking", nearly 5 hours of generic industry training videos (adopted as recommended reading for students by The Wine & Spirit Education Trust).

 

Background

In 20+ years theatre experience, he has directed over 80 professional stage productions (several pages of brief favourable press comments are available), as well as having useful experience as actor, stage manager, lighting designer/ operator, sound designer/ operator, theatre photographer ‑ and in particular as theatre and company manager. 1993-2006: set up and ran The Wessex Actors Company, a professional regional touring theatre company.

In 4 years broadcast TV experience (Scottish Television), he spent 2 years on promotions and a further 2 as writer/ researcher/ Programme Associate (effectively assistant producer) on arts programmes and daytime general interest programmes. He has over 200 broadcast TV screen credits.

In 10 years full-time experience and 5 years' freelancing in the corporate sector, he has produced, directed and scripted a substantial number of videos, slide‑tape programmes, multi‑projector shows and conferences for a very wide range of clients (with a particular specialism in financial presentations). (2 pages listing clients and unsolicited testimonials available).

Set up and ran Avidata (1982-7), a production company based in the City of London, plus Corporate Image Group, a marketing umbrella with four other companies.

Production Manager for A.V.E., Kingston-on-Thames (1979-82).

Health Education Officer/ AV Producer for Argyll & Clyde Health Education Unit (1977-9).

He produced/ directed/ scripted "Old Mrs Chundle", an 18 minute short film based on a story by Thomas Hardy (pilot for a series based on Hardy’s short stories). A short amateur drama film "Image", made in the mid 70s, won the Adjudicator's Award (Caspar Wrede) at the 17th SIAFF ‑ and his public comment that M.B. was "a natural film‑maker".

 

As writer:

Scripts (recorded media) produced include:

Zuleika Dobson                  BBC  World Service Play of the Week.             90 mins                         Gordon House

Garnock Way                        STV soap: 2 episodes                                           2 x 30 mins            Brian Mahoney

Basic Attraction 2               Perceptive Creation                                     40 mins radio        Michael Barry

 

Around 200 credits as Writer, Reseacher, Programme Associate for daily features and 50 arts programmes for STV.

Plus several stage plays (5 published by New Theatre Publications), adaptations and compilations (separate CV).

 

Other produced work as writer incs:

1968 - researched, compiled, wrote "The Tay Bridge Disaster" - subsequently produced (for stage) and published. Nominated for STV Award.

2002 - Original play "Dead Woman's Ditch" (production and tour 2002).

Classic stage adaptations: "Tom Jones" (Henry Fielding), "The Warden" (Anthony Trollope), "Love Letters", "Passion and the Revolutionary" and "The Indiscretion of an Heiress" (Thomas Hardy) for Wessex Actors Company. Also "O McGonagall"  (also directed/produced).

“The Balance of Mind” (developed through Brewhouse Theatre New Writing initiative – Scratch Night presentation  Oct 2007)

Compilations for stage inc: "From 10 to 20", "A Woman for all Seasons", "Christmas Through the Ages" (also directed)

"Chronoclasm" performed and won a Scotsman Award at Edinburgh University (now reworked as “A Love Beyond Time”)

“Love Letters” and “The Tay Bridge Disaster” published plays.

“The Role of Masks in Drama and in Life” edited e-book (from www.masks-ebook.info)

3 scripts dramatizing the procedures of Appeals Tribunals - produced by Edinburgh University

6 short stories: 5 broadcast by BBC Somerset Sound; some published in assorted publications.

Inclusion in Daily Telegraph Book of the Minisaga (200 selected out of 7000 entries)

Series of approx. 20 articles for various magazines on "Vinegrowing and Winemaking" (E-book published).

Other factual ebooks added since.

Several articles, with own photos, published on photography.

Book proposed on film language and criticism for general movie audiences “Discovering Movies” (Several chapters written)

 

Scripts unproduced include:

5 complete, 3 partially complete feature film scripts

Around 25 TV drama scripts, many for proposed T Hardy Short Story series.

Further stage plays

 

Michael Barry

Pereceptive Creation

The Counting House, Dodington, Bridgwater, Somerset TA5 1LE

01278 733100 (tel), 07906 364189 (mob)

michaelis@perceptivecreation.co.uk                                                  

www.perceptivecreation.co.uk

 

 

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