Paola Desiderio

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I am an experienced DV Director – VT Director (Self-Shooting), with a background in factual and current affairs documentaries and short films, including crime and ob-docs, as well as investigative journalism. I have just finished working as a Filmmaker / VT Director for Crimewatch Roadshow and Sunday Morning Live for BBC One, filmed all over the UK. My passion is in social films, human-interest stories and film that make a difference. I am experienced in negotiating and securing tricky access to sensitive issues or finding contributors, as well as dealing with highly sensitive human-interest stories. GENERAL SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE My main background is in documentaries, films and journalism and includes contracts with daily news programmes and documentaries for mainly the BBC, National Geographic USA, Discovery Channel, 20th Century Fox, Channel 4 and History Channel USA. I am used to finding and developing new stories, archive researching and licensing, casting, self-shooting, setting up shoots in the UK and abroad, location-contributors-story-finding, drama reconstructions, recruiting crews, hiring equipment and setting up international shoots. ADDITIONAL SKILLS I operate Canon C300, Cannon C100, 5D, 7D, Sony XF305, FS7, Sony HDV-Z1/Z7 and A1, Panasonic EX1 and EX3 cameras, GoPro Hero and Panasonic DVCPRO HD, as well as editing, mainly on Final Cut Pro. I am fluent in Italian and Spanish and I speak basic French. I have a British and Italian Citizenship. I also have a full and clean driving license. EDUCATION I hold a MA in International Journalism and a MA in Documentary Research for Film and TV. I recently completed the BBC Self – Op Storytelling Course and Directing Actor with The Film Academy. Trailer for my short film Rollin’on SHOW REEL Produced or shot LINKS SUMMARY OF LATEST CREDITS INCLUDING DIRECTING: DV Director BBC 4 DV Director / AP BBC One Assistant Producer National Geographic x 5 (Shooting) Assistant Producer ITV Studios x 6 (Shooting) Assistant Producer BBC3 (Shooting) Producer BBC Knowledge Producer BBC Worldwide Entertainment Producer Shooting Director / Asthma UK Producer Shooting Director /Age Concern Producer Shooting Director /Film Council/Independent Producer Shooting Director /UK Film London/Independent Assistant Producer History Channel (Emmy Nominated) Other Credits: Researcher / AP 13 x 1h documentaries for the History Channel (USA) Archive Researcher 5 x 24min documentaries for Channel

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