From the early days of studying at Mountview Theatre School in London, coupled with playing the bass guitar for a few local North London bands of the day, I decided to change direction and join an advertising agency to learn the art of editing. I was later fortunate to get an outlet to work for one of London's leading advertising agencies (running an in-house video facility) essentially editing TV commercials. From there I moved into film making and took the opportunity to further enhance my media skills to make corporate films for such clients as Honda, Pepsi, GSK, Sainsbury's and Volvo. As well as learning the craft of editing, I developed my understanding of camerawork and all aspects of putting documentaries together for our in house clients. Eventually, the time felt right to set up my own facility where it is possible to encompass a broader spectrum of media projects away from what agency life could offer.
The work which I do is usually as an individual, but also, there are many films I have created in collaboration with other film crew. I am happy working as an individual film-maker or as part of a larger team with other crew members working on large scale productions. I can personally facilitate all aspects of film making from pre-production work, such as concept and scripting, through to production services including directing, producing, filming and finally post-production editing from my own suite.
It is also necessary sometimes to hire in added lighting and camera tracks etc and, in turn, additional skilled film crew to whom I have good access. Together with our existing team and extensive range of broadcast quality equipment, this all serves to further enhance our range of resources that can regularly be relied upon.
I am personally very proud that since its launch in 2009 Skooch Media has grown to become one of the leading edge video production companies in the South East, working with major clients in London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and further afield throughout the UK. Our full team of experienced and professional cameramen, sound crew and production assistants achieve great results with high visual impact every time; and I believe our commitment, understanding and customer-focused approach helps build lasting relationships with our clients as shown by their repeat business. Consequently, our video production portfolio is today extremely comprehensive and demonstrates that we can deliver to any size of the project, proving that broadcast-quality video production doesn’t need to break the bank.
"I have worked with Leigh and his team from Skooch Media on many occasions filming both 'live' musical performances and a music video. As a professional musician, the quality of the audio and visual is of utmost importance together with a creativity that reflects my personality and music. When embarking upon a new release 'official' music video I wanted to be sure of working with the right team. It was a big production and I needed to get it right. Leigh came very highly recommended and, having contacted him, I was entirely confident my brief was fully understood. The video 'Rising From The Dust' exceeded my expectations (which is really hard to do). I am a perfectionist! Leigh and his team were highly experienced, professional and fantastic to work with. Following this, I booked Leigh to film some 'live' performances including indoor intimate jazz venues and large outdoor festivals. He works with professionalism at all times, never interfering with the performance but always capturing the atmosphere perfectly. He is my number one choice and most definitely part of my team going forward."
Kim Cypher, Professional Musician.
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