Quintessence expands and contracts depending on the scale of the project we are working on. With a drama or television series there could be more than 30 of us, with an intimate documentary just three. We have excellent contacts throughout the production community and we have an outstanding working relationship with a talented circle of specialists who work alongside us and complement our own production skills, on a project by project basis..
Over the past 30 years Matthew has worked as a director, producer and series producer of television programmes, independent films and high quality corporate communication programmes. Adaptable, innovative and technically adept and experienced, he enjoys new creative challenges and exploring fresh ways of telling stories on screen. Matthew is a very hands-on producer and has often combined his producing skills with filming and editing. With a diverse mix of television work embracing history, food, popular factual and documentary genres, Matthew has a broad range of interests and an enduring fascination for people and their endeavours.
His director credits include “Forgotten Images of Valley Life” (BBC1 Wales), “Weekend Warriors”, “Forager’s Field Guide”, “The Forgotten Pilots”, “Marking Time” and “Telling Tails” (ITV). His producer credits include “Park Life” and “The Mayor With Red Trousers” and “Wild Weather” for the BBC West; “Welsh Megadairies”, “They Sold A Million – Ricky Valance” (BBC Wales) and “Mad About Elvis” (BBC1) and “A High Wire Act” (BBC2). Mat has also worked as a self-shooting DOP on many television documentaries and factual series.
In addition to his television work, Matthew has written and produced award-winning digital films for a diverse range of public and private sector organisations including Barclays, Shell, Unilever, HSBC, RBS, BP, English Heritage, King’s College Hospital, the Imperial War Museum and many government departments. He has travelled extensively with his work and filmed in the US, Middle East, Russia, South America, Africa and Europe.
An approachable, award winning filmmaker of 30 years’ experience, Robin is a strong believer in everyone having their own story to tell, and has directed documentaries, drama and children’s programmes for BBC, Channel 4, ITV, UKTV and Teachers TV. He has led crews of many shapes and sizes – from tots to an octogenarian comedienne, from chaotic teenagers to actors and presenters – and has worked with a diversity of people in front of the camera!
Proud of the eclectic mix of his films, personal favourites include observational documentaries “Mad About Elvis” (BBC1) and “Ricky Valance: My Voice is My Life” (BBC Wales), history films “Timeshift: The People’s Liners” (BBC4) and “A High Wire Act: the Severn Bridge at 50” (BBC2), RTS nominated arts documentary “The 9 Lives of Dudley Sutton” (ITV) and drama short “Porlock Calling Rockall” (ITV). Series include “The Big Monster Dig” (Channel 4) “A Family of My Own” (BBC1) and documentary “Park Life” (ITV). Alongside his television work, Robin takes pride in directing and facilitating community based projects like “A Child’s Eye View” (BBC Ideas); our devised drama with young people in care “Jason’s Room”; and Dudley Sutton’s mischievous polemic on attitudes to ageing “Acting My Age” for the Celebrating Age Festival.
A colourful mix but what unites Robin’s work is a feel for the personality of contributors on screen (and a sensitivity to them as individuals on and off screen), a sense of visual imagery and an enjoyment of telling stories in an engaging way. As a filmmaker (and as a viewer) he’s passionate about well-crafted films.