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PRODUCER  |  CREATIVE

💡 Igniting Ideas

🚀 Empowering Creatives

🎯 Precision-Driven Production

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Yes the rumours are true: we did set a man on fire and drag James Blunt behind a car...

This producer lives by the mantra “there are no problems, only opportunities”. My success thrives on empowering and enabling those around me. Creativity blossoms when you feel unstoppable, ideas flow and innovation breaks past the ordinary; great traits for a producer who likes to take on any job – from the teeny tiny to the super impressive.

 

In short, I love what I do and I hope you do too... 

I've worked with: (to name a few)

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10

Years in the industry

Producer Credits

120+

Vehicle rigs

Special FX

VFX

Child Actors

Location Scout

STUNTS

CREACTIVE SOLUTIONS

I’ve been in the industry for 10 years, 6 years as a Producer in London. Working predominantly in the TVC and music promo scenes. I’ve also covered live events, remote filming and photography. I’ve got experience with large shoots, gorilla filming and international filming around Europe, America and Australia.   

 

My portfolio includes coordinating visual effects and special effects jobs, large scale art department, vehicle rigs, child actors, high profile talent, impossible location hunts, even more impossible schedules, battling the worst of the British weather and multi-camera madness with 12 Alexa’s. I’ve orchestrated a shoot to drag James Blunt along the floor behind a speeding car. Fight scenes and even setting a man on fire.

FREELANCE

Producer / PM

London, United Kingdom April 2024 -  

www.jamesdearden.com

Experience

Currently a freelance Producer / PM working in London. I bring creativity, energy, and strong organisation and people skills to every project. My dynamic, passionate, and fun approach makes me a producer that every part of the team enjoys working with.

Producing  ·  Project management  ·  Creative Producer  ·  Budget Ninja 

SEMINAL

Lead Producer

Melbourne, Australia February 2023 - December 2023

www.seminal.one

Seminal is a leader in art technology, copyright protection, management and is a monetisation engine helping artists get paid every time their art is reproduced digitally or physically

 

I was in charge of the content direction and creation, taking complete ownership of the end-to-end production: from planning to delivery for digital, social, traditional communications and cross-functional strategic projects. I am a believer in fearless creativity, the idea is king and I’m a true team player who loves to take the lead and encourage collaboration to achieve the best results. I brought to the team creative ideas and enthusiasm, I have a can-do attitude and believe great ideas do not need to cost the earth - music to the ears of any CEO.

Scripting  ·  Producing  ·  filming  ·  Strategy  ·  Management  ·  Copyrighting

Blindeye FIlms

Producer

London, United Kingdom

April 2017 - August 2022

www.blindeyefilms.com

My role at Blindeye was very hands on, I took ownership of the full creative process. Drawing and building upon my 7 years experience as a video producer, I was challenged daily with creative problem solving, pitching, bidding and developing ideas. I worked closely with agencies, direct clients and record labels across a range of formats: above the line, music promos, branded content, photoshoots, 360 filming and live streaming.

 

My proactive and problem solving mindset provided me with a broad range of well developed skills outside of the traditional producer role: My VFX background allows me to VFX supervise on shoots knowing what’s needed for the edit and more importantly I can truly say “we’ll fix it in post!”. You’ll find me as DOP on quite a few shoots which has given me invaluable technical knowledge, enabling me to speak productively with the DOP, gaffer and 1st AC. This combined knowledge is always appreciated by the clients who seek my expertise for their complex projects. As the producer I saw myself as a positive enabler, allowing everyone to perform at their best whilst I handled the curveballs which sure enough came my way.

Producing  ·  Negotiation  ·  Client Relations  ·  Pitching  ·  Directing  ·  VFX

UKMV Awards

Judge

London, United Kingdom

August 2017 - Present

www.ukmva.com

I am a judge for the UK Music Video Awards that takes place every year, judging the very best music videos from around the world. I offer my expertise judging the produced merits.

Gradski travel

Founder

London, United Kingdom

August 2018 - 2023

www.gradski.co.uk

As a side hustle I run a travel company taking groups of young profesionals on fully coordinated, experiential ski weeks. I oversee the whole company from sales, finances, advertising, PR and organising the trips (all transferable skills #buzzwords). 

Sales  ·  Marketing  ·  PR  ·  Business Management

Mambo Media

Producer

Bournemouth, United Kingdom

April 2015 - April 2017

www.mambomedia.tv

Producing, directing, shooting, editing, VFX’ing(??) and grading, everything from live events to branded content. Basically I got things made. Working with a range of direct clients and agencies across the UK. I got my hands dirty, working in small teams to deliver big ideas. 

 

Clients include; B&Q, BT, GSK, NSPCC, RNLI (probably a few other acronyms), Dyson, Tops Tiles, Allsop, Mentos (pronounced men-toss: who knew?)

 

Producing  ·  Directing  ·  Shooting  ·  Editing  ·  VFX  ·  Scripting  ·  Grade     

Stable Boy

Blakedown, United Kingdom

April 2009 - April 2011

I literally scooped shit for a living, proof I can get my hands dirty. I’m still terrified of horses...

 

Shit Scooping  ·  Horse whispering  ·  WheelBarrow Fixing

skills

skills

skills

SKILLS

skills

skills

SKILLS

skills

Skills

Juggling on one leg... and...

 

I have extensive experience working on projects from micro to huge. Managing every aspect of production including: bidding, briefs, budgets, scheduling, crewing, casting and the infamous troubleshooting.

 

My large skillset allows me to produce efficiently with an in-depth knowledge of research, art direction, camera, lighting, editing and VFX. I can incorporate graphic design, animation and visual effects in pitches, treatments and projects to make our documents standout from the crowd.

 

During the Covid pandemic my technical knowledge enabled Blindeye to thrive. We were one of the first to offer full remote filming where we controlled the camera remotely. Whilst my career path is following the producer route I’ve found my ability to swap between rolls: directing, cinematography and VFX to offer a lot of value on project.

 

My Cameo in P!nks' Music Video:

P!nk - Walk Me Home FT. Sink The Pink

Some Highlights

EURO 24 SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT

Director: Otis Dominique 

Prod Comp: Kode Media

Our fans. Our players. Our summer. Otis Dominique directs the official England Men’s Euro 2024 squad announcement film, in just five days.

 

As producer, this was huge project, shot across the length of the country with 100 fans, across 25 different locations to create 28 unique scenes.

Featuring Pro Darts Player - Luke Littler

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AWARDS

AWARDS

AWARDS

AWARDS

AWARDS

Best Rock Video – UK

Sam Fender - Spit Of You

Director: Philip Barantini

PM: James Dearden

UKMVA 22

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Best Music Video Award
Metaxas - Sirens

Director: Savvas Stavrou

Producer: James Dearden

Aesthetica Film Festival 17

Best Music Video Award

Adam French - Wanna Be Here

Director: Savvas Stavrou

Producer: James Dearden

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Best digital experience

BAFTA x Virgin Media

Agency: Rapp

Producer: James Dearden

DMA Awards Silver 19

Most Effective Use of Brand Content
Humans of New Yorkshire

Agency: Karmarama

Producer: James Dearden

Best Integrated Campaign

Humans of New Yorkshire

Agency: Karmarama

Producer: James Dearden

AWARDS

AWARDS

AWARDS

CAMERAS, TECH & Software

I have an extensive knowledge of the full Adobe create suite (Pr, Ae, Ai, Ps, Id) and was a qualified Adobe tutor teaching at a university. I have used Notion and Asana for project management. I’ve also used nearly all professionals cameras: Alexa Amira, Mini, C300 ii, FX9, FX3, FS7, A7S. Complemented by a thorough understanding of lighting equipment (LED, HMI and tungsten), handheld gimbals, wireless lens control and monitoring solutions.

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EDUCATION

Bournemouth University BA (Hons)
Television Production First Class Honours
Firsts in every year


King Edwards VI College

A-Level Drama: A*              A-Level Graphics: A*
A-Level Film Studies: A.      A-Level EPQ: A*


AS Geography: B

Passions & Hobbies

Snowboarding         WSet Wine certification         Freediving QUALIFICATION       Sailing

Photography         Running         Gym         Travel         Advanced Padi

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME

 

For more information please contact me:

Mobile: +44 (0)7984455297

Email: Jdearden99@gmail.com

💡 Igniting Ideas

🚀 Empowering Creatives

🎯 Precision-Driven Production

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