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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.Read More

Employee Spotlight: Brandon McCann, Researcher

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when we create our videos? This month, we spoke to Researcher, Brandon McCann who has been at the company for over a year. He talked about how he got his role at Makematic, his responsibilities as a researcher, and much more.Read More

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Employee Spotlight: Lee Henry, Scriptwriter

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when we create our videos? This month, we spoke to Scriptwriter, Lee Henry who has been at the company for four years! He discussed how he got his role at Makematic, his responsibilities as a scriptwriter, and much more.Read More

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Employee Spotlight: Melissa Hodder, Project Manager

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when we create our videos? This month, we spoke to Project Manager, Melissa Hodder, who’s only been at Makematic for 8 months but has immensely helped and supported the Production team in all of their projects.Read More

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Employee Spotlight: Shirin Edwards, Rights Executive

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when we create our videos? This month, we spoke to Rights Executive, Shirin Edwards who’s only been at Makematic for 7 months but has already made a big impact on our production process.Read More

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Employee Spotlight: Daniel McGarrigle, Senior Animator

This month’s employee spotlight features one of our talented animators who has been working at Makematic since the very beginning! We caught up with Senior Animator, Daniel McGarrigle this month to talk about his role at Makematic!Read More

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Employee Spotlight: Catherine Davies, Co-Founder

With Women’s History Month at full steam ahead, who better to highlight this month’s employee spotlight than our co-founder, Catherine Davies! We caught up with her this month to ask about her role at Makematic.Read More

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Employee Spotlight: Aine Carlin, Producer

In this month’s employee spotlight, we’re highlighting one of our many, talented producers Aine Carlin! Aine is one of the O.G. producers at Makematic. She’s been working at the company since it began in 2016 and has been involved in multiple projects. We caught up with her this month to talk about her role at Makematic!Read More

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Employee Spotlight: Kyle McGeagh, Content & Distribution Coordinator

This month’s employee spotlight blog we’re shining the light on the commercial team. In particular, Kyle McGeagh our Content & Distribution Coordinator. Kyle has been working at Makematic for 2 years now and we spoke to him about his unique role in the company.

How did you get your job at Makematic?

I was in the process of moving down to Derry, so I began to send out my CV and a cover letter to media companies in the area. After contacting Mark, I was offered an interview. Not long after my interview with Brian and Catherine, I was offered a position here at Makematic. Originally I was hired on as the Post-Production Coordinator, and then during my time here was moved into the position of Content and Distribution Coordinator.

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

My days can vary day to day, it all really depends on what is currently in Production and what is finishing in Post. My main responsibilities would be: Data wrangling rushes and projects, creating straightforward and understandable folder structures and workflows, managing our shared storage, and backing up rushes, masters, deliverables, and project files. Creating metadata for our content and cataloguing it, preparing content for distribution, which includes pulling together all of our master files, gathering or creating SRT files and thumbnails for our content. Managing our Video on Demand platform, our YouTube channel, and various other video hosting platforms. 

How do Content & Distribution Coordinators collaborate with other teams within the company?

A lot of my collaboration with other teams and members in the company comes in the form of me chasing people so that they will fill out a big scary Metadata Sheet, this is usually done through emails or through Zoom or Google Hangout calls. Usually, I prefer to do it through a call, that way I can walk people through the sheet and what it entails, which helps to alleviate the fright of the Metadata Sheet and make it much less of a daunting task for them. Another big part of my collaboration with other members is creating problem-solving, setting up workflows and ways of getting things done quicker and easier is a big part of my job. Most problems will find their way to me and it’s my job to figure out what it is we want to do and how to best achieve that with what we’ve got.

Are you working on any big projects?

I’m kind of across the board on our projects, mostly at the end of them to back everything up, and begin to prepare it for distribution. Getting things ready and prepared for distribution is quite the project on its own. Right now I’d say one of the biggest projects that I’ve been working on the past few months would be Untold Edu, it’s a great project to work on but it is quite the beast. 

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

I’d say the most important lesson I’ve learned at Makematic is that good, strong workflows and systems are crucial to things running smoothly. Without a workflow or system that is clear, consistent, and understandable simple tasks can be made into mountains. Ironing out a workflow or system is also never the final step, these workflows and systems can always be built upon and improved; especially with how fast technologies and our understanding of them change.

Ever since Kyle started working in the company, he has had his hand in the majority of the videos produced by Makematic at some point; whether that’s creating thumbnails to videos or SRT files (subtitles). One of his many responsibilities is to ensure that the Makematic VOD is updated – check it out here!

In case you missed it, read our three previous Employee Spotlight blogs featuring Caoimhe Sweeney (Motion Graphics Designer), Conor McKelvey (Motion Graphics Designer), and Ryan Lee (now Producer!).

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Employee Spotlight: Caoimhe Sweeney, Motion Graphics Designer

Another month, another time to shine a light on one of our brilliant Motion Graphics Designer, Caoimhe Sweeney! Caoimhe has been working for Makematic for over 2 years and has been involved in multiple projects. We caught up with her this month to talk about her role at Makematic.

How did you get your job at Makematic?

A director I work with recommended a freelance position within Makematic on a project they were finalising. I really enjoyed working with the team and was happy to accept a full-time position with the company within a couple of months.

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

My day-to-day really varies depending on the type of project, which keeps things exciting and challenging. My average day consists of creating artworks and visuals, then animating and tweaking them in After Effects. Some projects need assets to be created that are ready to be dropped into an editors timeline, others involve creating entire videos. 

How do motion graphic designers collaborate with other teams within the company?

Translating a script into visual form is definitely a collaborative effort that involves working with producers/writers/researchers to outline visual goals. Understandably, it can take multiple iterations to find the most suitable visuals, and having a strong collaborative team ethos throughout the journey is essential. 

Are you working on any big projects?

At this moment I am working on the ‘Untold’ series, which is the biggest project with the most team members I have worked on so far. This project is so illuminating, each video is a spotlight into lesser-known, or untold, American histories. The team are creating beautiful works, which are not only really interesting but visually inspiring as well.

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

Coming from an artistic background, the main lesson for me is how much you can learn and elevate your practise by working with others to achieve a common creative goal. If you are interested in making films or digital content, no matter what stage you are at, try to find people with similar interest and collaborate on some work together.


Caoimhe has worked on TOM: Teaching Online Masterclass, Unity, BrandEd and Adobe: Digital Literacy, which is available now on Adobe Education Exchange. You can also watch the trailer below.

In case you missed it, read our two previous Employee Spotlight blogs featuring Conor McKelvey (Motion Graphics Designer) and Ryan Lee (now Producer!).

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Employee Spotlight: Conor McKelvey, Motion Graphics Designer

In this month’s employee spotlight, we chatted to one of our Motion Graphics Designer Conor McKelvey. Conor has been working at Makematic for nearly 3 years! We chatted with him to find out more about his role in the company.

How did you get your job at Makematic?

I first started working with Makematic as a freelancer. I had just finished my BA (Hons) in Visual Communication and was looking for work, which was unfortunately scarce in Donegal. However, Dan, the lead animator here (who I knew prior) let me onto some freelance illustration work for BBC Bitesize. After finishing that, I was then brought back to do some animation work for their Minecraft series. Eventually, a full-time job offer opened up and I got it.

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

My day-to-day usually involves either developing ideas, illustrating, or animating. While I’m doing these I also have to keep an eye on my time management to ensure that my end of the projects is delivered on time.

How do motion graphic designers collaborate with other teams within the company? 

Most of our content has some kind of motion graphics or animation in it, so collaboration comes with the territory. Motion designers often collaborate with producers to help develop concepts, then realise those concepts for projects. However, other things can pop up such as helping to create content for marketing. 

Are you working on any big projects?

At the minute I’m working on Macmillan (publishing) and getting assets together for a new project called Beehive by Oxford University Press.

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

No matter how good you think something is, there will always be changes!


Conor’s talent for animation is not only shown in our videos at Makematic, but you can also watch it on BBC iPlayer! He was recently commissioned for the BBC Two Minute Masterpiece for his short film “The Draught”. Watch it here

Conor has worked on our Skillsumo series, Think Like A Global Citizen series and many more! You can find this by visiting our VOD site.

Make sure to check out our other Employee Spotlight blog with Assistant Producer, Ryan Lee! Read it here

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Employee Spotlight: Ryan Lee, Assistant Producer

This the first Makematic Employee Spotlight where each month a member of the team will be featured. This month we caught up with Assistant Producer, Ryan Lee who has been working at Makematic for two years. We chatted to him to find out more about his role in the company.

How did you get your job at Makematic?

I have a background in photography and video, after finishing my degree I took part in a six-month Post-Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice. Alongside the theory, at Ulster University it involved working full-time and luckily Makematic was one of the companies that took part in the programme. After my six months of internship as a production assistant ended, I stayed on and moved to the role of an Assistant Producer.

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

My job involves being a jack of all trades which I really enjoy, it ranges from conducting interviews on set, video editing (lots of editing!), visual development meetings, liaising with our clients, sourcing material such as footage or music, budgeting, creating captions. I’m involved in every stage of the production process from scripting up to delivery, trying to keep all aspects of the process running smoothly.

How do producers collaborate with other teams within the company?

That is the primary role of a producer, ensuring the smooth collaboration between the different facets of production. This is mainly achieved through video calls and emails, even more so in the era of Covid. The producer also keeps track of production schedules and roles through spreadsheets and using the application Asana. Frame.io is another awesome tool which enables us to have clients feed into the production process at each stage with targeted feedback. Giving all teams involved the information that helps us deliver the best product for our client.

Are you working on any big projects?

I’m just about to embark on the third phase of a major project with Adobe, as part of their Education Exchange for both lower and higher education.  Primarily focusing on how to integrate creativity into all aspects and subjects within education. To change the misconception that creativity is just something that you utilise in Art subjects, we need creative mindsets and ways of working moving forward in all our endeavours.

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

I think the most important thing I’ve realised in the last few years is how vital networking in business is, the old adage ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ is still so true. Having a network of contacts you can reach out to really helps if you are starting on a project and need a certain skillset or film crew in a far off location you can trust, those things are what takes a production to the next level. 

You may be the best at what you do, but if no one knows you exist then you’ll never get the call. You always have to have your hat in the ring, get yourself out there, Linkedin might not be as riveting as Instagram but it’s great for meeting people in the industry. For myself working at Makematic for the past few years, producing work for some of the biggest companies in the world, I have had the opportunity to travel and meet the most amazing people and that has been invaluable.

Recently, Ryan has produced a new Adobe Creative Course for teachers. On this project, he worked alongside Claire Bethell, Dan McGarrigle, Kevin Gillen and Joe Allen.

These videos were created to support the free ‘Creativity for All’ course on the Adobe Education Exchange. It aims to help educators foster creativity in every student across every subject and grade level. Sign up here.

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