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Secrets of Severalls: Digital FilmMaker Magazine & ITV News Feature

'Secrets of Severalls' 6-page feature in the Digital FilmMaker Magazine

It’s been an exciting week for my Secrets of Severalls documentary to say the least!

On Monday, myself and Liam Heatherson headed up to the derelict site in Colchester for ITV News to film an interview with us about the production. Speaking to Serena Sandhu from ITV News Anglia, we spoke about how it felt to be the last people to film at the site and what plans we have for the documentary. Read more

Secrets of Severalls: Business Sponsorship Advertisements Available

The comments above (click here to view large) speak for themselves and we’re delighted to offer a fantastic sponsorship opportunity for our upcoming feature, ‘Secrets of Severalls’.

Due to the high level of interest for our Secrets of Severalls documentary, we are giving businesses and organisations the opportunity to sponsor our production. Sponsorship options range from sponsoring the final film and any behind the scenes content to marketing and distribution and also any online articles related to the documentary. Read more

Secrets of Severalls – Documentary Production Starts

Production has started on a new documentary for Beyond the Point, focusing on the history of an abandoned psychiatric asylum turned hospital in Essex. Being commissioned by Beyond the Point (BTP), I will be taking overall charge of the project, with Liam Heatherson responsible of still photography.

Corridor FilmingGaining exclusive access to film inside the former psychiatric hospital, the NHS has refused permission for many broadcasters to enter and film at the site, even including The Discovery Channel, making our documentary the only one to be the filmed of the site. Most likely ever, as the majority of the site is set for demolition soon. ‘Secrets of Severalls’ will explore what life was like to live and work at the once busy hospital as well as offering a rare glimpse into what the site is like now. We are working with Airbourne Imagery, a small business providing a variety of high quality drone photography/filming packages, who have provided us with various drone shots of the derelict hospital. ITV News has also provided us with helicopter footage of Severalls.

Severalls Hospital was once a bustling community in Colchester, build to house up to 2,000 mentally ill patients. The site opened in 1913 and continued to provide psychiatric care for the best part of a century. Although the complex was constructed as an asylum, Severalls acted as a self-sufficient village, with its own grand dance hall, farms, villas, a church, laundry and kitchen facilities and much more. A change in attitude to the mentally ill in the later 20th century saw patients’ being reintroduced into the community as this was thought to be a more effective treatment, therefore seeing asylums starting to close and Severalls closed its doors in 1997, currently left to the elements in a state of decay.

The documentary will feature a number of voices providing accounts of life at the site; including former staff members and nurses who trained at the site. Filming of these interviews will commence in the New Year. The documentary ‘Secrets of Severalls’ is set for release in mid-2016. Find out more over at Beyond the Point.

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Severalls Three Windows

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Paul Drone HDR


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The BTP Boys, Joe Mander, left and Liam Heatherson, right.

Press Feature Links:

Daily Gazette Feature | East Anglian Daily Times | Maldon Standard | Chelmsford Weekley News

Why Filming Football is Perfect to Get Started

Filming football was my first ‘proper’ filming job. Canvey Island FC were looking for a media manager, and I applied and got the position of Video Content Manager. I had done filming before but nothing live or sports related – and I had never watched a game of football before, the first full game that I watched was the first that I filmed! Read more

South Essex College – Student Success Stories

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A Media Production student from South Essex College has beaten off hundreds of applicants to become an apprentice at ITN. Joe Mander was one of eight out of more than 850 hopefuls to be selected and is involved in producing programmes which are enjoyed by millions of viewers across the country every day on ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.Read more

West Ham Footage Used by The Sun

Photos by Holly Allison – http://hallison97photo.zenfolio.com/

Canvey Island recently played West Ham United’s Development Squad and celebrated a 2-0 win in-front of 2,300 people. This was a big talking point for local residents, seeing their local team beat such a big one. I was at the match filming it for Canvey Island FC and was also joined by West Ham United cameramen and also a couple from The Sun. The Sun wanted to use some of the clubs’ footage as cutaways to sure as part of a package that they were doing for The Sun’s digital platforms, including online and on mobile. Read more


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