RTS-nominated Lead Video Journalist & Assistant Producer specialising in Factual & History, expert in creating bespoke content for leading broadcasters, including the BBC, to meet the creative brief.
Key strengths include: researching & originating innovative factual content for news & current affairs programming to inform & stimulate audiences; structuring & scripting compelling narratives, meeting tight deadlines & budgets while fulfilling the creative vision; utilising industry-leading cameras/editing platforms including UHD 4K to deliver high-quality output; and utilising online film concepts, leveraging platforms including YouTube to deliver pioneering broadcast content and reach new audiences.
There’s a real appetite for history news and information right now and for the foreseeable future. Viral History will be the the place where history students, enthusiasts and academics - both young and old - can engage with every aspect of this fascinating subject in fun, engaging and authentic ways.
Criminal History Series
A BBC series exploring the dark side of the East Midlands' past. Criminal Histories is the result of a two-year research project to uncover the truth behind stories of crime and punishment in the region.
I'm fascinated by history and Blog (and Vlog via Viral History) about the endlessly compelling world of the past. I'm currently researching and writing a non-fiction book 'The Great North Road: The Ancient to the A1: a new biography'. As well as scripting for TV news and online platforms, I also write fiction.
I can with film with the following Cameras: Sony PMW-500; Canon C500 &C300 (and indeed all the Canon DSLR range); Blackmagic 4K Production Camera; JVCGY-HM600 (Trainer level). Additionally, as Lead Video Journalist for BBC East Midlands, I have overseen the roll-out and training of 30+ Video Journalists on the new JVC camera JVCGY-HM600
I joined the BBC in 2003 as a Cameraman / Editor moving into a variety of Technical Operator roles before undertaking roles as Lead Video Journalist and Assistant Producer on BBC News, Current Affairs and Factual programming.
Freelance Content Creator
04/2017 to Present
Freelance Content Creator
Specialising in online video, I have conceptualised produced & self-shot for many clients including International SOS, 3Degrees Asia, Nottinghamshire County Council & many more, creating eye-catching content to share clients’ brand 7 message. I also run Mobile Storytelling workshops to help individuals & businesses create their own effective content for social media.
2013 to 04/2017
Lead Video Journalist
- Lead Video Journalist for BBC East Midlands, overseeing the roll-out and training of 30+ VJ’s on the new JVC kit.
- Ensure high standards of output is maintained and carried over into HD newsgathering, whilst continuing to provide own output for broadcast.
- Lead a team of 30+ Video Journalists.
- Problem-solve multitude of technical issues daily.
- Pitch ideas for news stories and treatments daily.
- Field-produced, self-shot and edited multiple complex news packages for TV and Radio, and provided live OB from Malawi, Africa using new IP tech (a first for BBC from this country).
BBC History & Business
05/2015 to 07/2015
- Two-month attachment self-shoot producing/directing history inserts for The One Show.
- Role also included researching, planning and risk assessing complex location shoots in the UK and France.
- Responsible for on-screen presenters and 2 production assistants.
- Researched, scripted, produced, self-shot and edited multiple complex films on location.
- Directed and co-ordinated over 1000 battle re-enactors, ensuring realism and safety.
12/2010 to 09/2013
- Engaged on attachment as Video Journalist in Leicester, generating, filming and editing TV packages in one of the busiest and diverse cities in the UK.
- Subsequently followed by attachment as Sport VJ in 2012 during one of the busiest summers of Sport, covering the Olympic Torch Relay, The Olympics and Paralympics.
- Paralympic co-ordinator and planner for BBC East Midlands.
- Produced and self-shot a 4-part strand, “Criminal Histories”, (the first time this had been done at BBC East Midlands) solely researching, filming, presenting and editing the series – shortlisted in the 2013 RTS awards in the “Best Factual Programme” category.
- Self-shot Inside Out film following paraplegic Claire Lomas’ London Marathon attempt.
- Self-shot Inside Out film following disabled man’s 3 Peaks Challenge attempt
BBC East Midlands Today
03/2010 to 12/2010
Senior Technical Operator
- Consolidated skills as Cameraman/Editor working on the BBC East Midlands Inside Out series and for BBC Late Kick Off Midlands.
- Guided development of the visual style of the programme’s packages.
- Deployed to Latvia and Portugal to work as a shoot-edit on court cases there.
BBC East Midlands Today
07/2003 to 03/2010
- Promoted into long-term contract as Technical Operator.
- Stories worked on include the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal in 2007 as cameraman/editor.
BBC History & Business required stories for ‘The One Show’. As Self-shoot Director/ Producer, created & delivered a history film about The Battle of Agincourt. Researched/ developed script; planned/executed French location shoot; sourced kit; delivered shooting schedule/risk assessment; shot on location for 2 days; edited material & led grade & mix. Succeeded in delivering the project on time & under budget, with the film being broadcast as the last VT of that series of ‘The One Show’ prior to summer hiatus.
BBC East Midlands were keen to commission TV strands. As Video Journalist/Producer, developed & delivered a 10-part series, ‘Criminal Histories’, for BBC East Midlands. Researched/developed 10 scripts; planned/sourced locations & actors; directed/self-shot scripts; presented films; edited/oversaw GFX & effects of film; and delivered completed film for broadcast. Succeeded in delivering an engaging history series shortlisted for an RTS Midlands award in the category of best factual programming.
Viral History was self-developed to be a popular history-based YouTube channel. As Content Creator/Devisor, nurtured & launched the YouTube channel. Pitched to/developed concept with Google & YouTube; analysed market/industry-leading YouTube channels; refined technical skills/assembled required kit; researched/delivered multiple interviews & features; scripted/filmed/edited features; delivered as uploads; and launched concept as ‘Viral History’. Succeeded in creating and delivering a successful & growing platform and website.
Training & Qualifications
- YouTube Certified Content Creator Course with Tim Schmoyer
- City & Guilds Certificate in Photography (Level 2): Central College, Nottingham
- Certificate Digital Video Production: Intermedia Film & Video
- Diploma in Acting: The Arts Educational Schools, London
- HND in Performing Arts (Distinction): Nottingham College of Performing Arts
- 4 A Levels / 9 O Levels: Becket School, Nottingham
Kit & Equipment
I own a comprehensive, broadcast quality, 4K camera kit, comprising:
• 2 x Blackmagic Production Cameras
• Full range of Canon ‘L’ lenses, 16-35mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, 85mm f1.2 prime, 100mm prime, 200-300mm, plus Samyang 14mm wide-angle
• Slider kit for tracking shots
• Hand-held shoulder rig, follow-focus & Comfort Arm + Vest Stabilization
• 2 x Sennheiser radio transmitter/ receiver kits
• Sennheiser gun-mic & boom
• Tascam DR-60D MkII audio recorder
• Blue Yeti Pro VO mic
• Datavideo TP-500 TelePrompTer kit
• Sachtler Ace tripods
• LEDGO panel lights supplemented by Sachtler reporters
• Media edited, graded & delivered in up to 4K with Davinci Resolve
Paul is a skilled self-shooting Producer/ Director with impressive technical and journalistic skills - including self-editing. He produced and directed one of our most ambitious One Show films - a fairly complex shoot in France with battle re-enactments and a presenter and all on an extremely limited budget. The film far exceeded my expectations with some dramatic sequences, some humour, good use of music and great editing. Paul also got a good performance from our presenter.
Chris GranlundExecutive Producer BBC History & Business
Paul Bradshaw made short films for broadcast on The One Show. The job involved scripting, directing (with some self-shooting) and editing films. Paul did a fantastic job; turning out some great films and helping other members of the team with their films. His self-shot material was top-notch with lots of inventive shots and clever tricks. He worked well with talent on some difficult and long shooting days. Paul is very conscientious and was an enthusiastic and upbeat member of our team, with whom we all enjoyed working.
Jacqui FarnhamSeries Producer (History Inserts, The One Show)
Paul is both a team player and a one man band. Someone who can film edit and produce. And someone who interacts well with the subjects, sometimes in the most gruelling of conditions. The end result is engaging well directed television.
Tony RoeBBC Political Editor
Paul is a conscientious trainer who oversaw the roll-out of training to 30+ Video Journalists across his region. His group were of widely differing abilities and experience in terms of camera work but he takes great care to respond to everyone’s needs to ensure the high standard of content expected by the BBC.
Deirdre MulcahyBBC Academy
We've worked with Paul on various projects from facilitating workshops to shooting client videos and he delivers on the money every time. He is flexible, responsive and immediately gets what needs to be done. Working with Paul is so easy that it doesn't feel like he's a 12-hour flight away!
Titien AhmadDirector 3 Degrees Asia
Not only did Paul produce 5 very engaging videos to help promote a new heritage site, on time and on a limited budget, he also ran a bespoke workshop for heritage staff so that they could create their own site-specific video content. A highly recommended Content Creator & self-shoot director.