Employee spotlight andrew brooking senior producer


Employee Spotlight Blog: Andrew Brooking, Senior Producer

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when we create our videos? This month, we spoke to Senior Producer, Andrew Brooking. Since joining Makematic during the height of COVID-19 last year, Andrew has made a huge impact on the team. He spoke to us about how he joined the team and his responsibilities as a Senior Producer.

How did you get your job at Makematic?

Four years ago my family and I were preparing to move to Northern Ireland. As a part of that process, I met with as many production companies in NI to say hi, and I met up with Brian. As lockdown first happened, lots of productions were being closed down (including the one I was producing), but Brian contacted me and asked if I’d produce a couple of projects. I of course said yes!

On a day-to day-basis, what are your responsibilities and priorities?

As most of us at Makematic would say, not two days are the same (thank goodness). I’m responsible for leading productions from start to finish, making sure clients are happy with the creative and editorial direction of films. This means directing crews, editors, animators and working with the script writers.

When it comes to filming, I have to cast actors, research locations and make sure everyone is kept safe on location.

I also make sure productions come in on budget and are delivered on time, making sure all paperwork is completed and using our brand new Makematic+.

I manage a small team too.

How does a Senior Producer collaborate with other teams within the company?

I work very closely with the engagement, scriptwriting, and animation teams. Making sure that client briefs are met while directing the creative direction.

Are you working on any big projects?

I’m just finishing off working on OUP Kickstart that started a year ago - it's been a big project. I’m also overseeing the last stages of Beehive.

What’s an important lesson you’ve learned while working at Makematic?

I believe that if you’re not learning everyday on your job, it’s time to change careers. The creative process is something that should always challenge us and make us learn new things - so to this extent, I am always learning.

Last week I learnt that you don’t pronounce the ‘t’ in ‘often’ - who knew?!

Andrew has worked on many projects since he joined Makematic, including videos from our Untold series, Adobe and our professional development resources Teaching Online Masterclass.

If you'd like to hear more from Andrew or other video professionals, why not sign up for our community - Video Supercharged Learning? In this community, we'll give you the opportunity to meet with video professionals through workshops and webinars and find out how to create the most effective and engaging instructional videos.

In case you missed it, read our previous employee spotlight blogs featuring Brandon McCann, Researcher, Lee Henry, Scriptwriter and Melissa Hodder, Project Manager.

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