The main HellyTelly crew consists of two experienced BBC TV directors.
Steven has worked as a commercial pilot – though he started his career as a BBC engineer designing studios. He moved into TV production working across several departments where he produced and directed some of the BBC’s biggest live Outside Broadcasts as well as producing, directing (and sometimes filming) a variety of factual TV. He left to train as a commercial airline pilot (with a Dornier 328 and BAe 146 rating), and also set up his own production company.
Steve has top-notch experience when it comes to flying. He’s not only worked as an airline pilot, but he’s also taught and prepared dozens of students for their private pilots licence whilst working as a flying instructor.
Chris was another engineer who left it all behind to work for the BBC – first in News and then as a producer/director in Factual TV. He was one of the first production staff to self-shoot for a network programme when DV cameras arrived on the scene and was never very far from new technology whatever BBC programmes or series he was working on.
After several years as an Executive Producer (cooped up in an office) he left in order to return to his first love of hands-on film-making. Having messed around with radio-control helicopters for many years, the step up to flying multi-rotors with cameras was a natural progression, combining two long-held passions of flying AND filming.
We think that our experience in Broadcast TV gives us a useful edge when it comes to thinking about which pictures will work best – and how to get the most dramatic shot. We understand pictures – and we can help you get just the shot you want.