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Create Inclusion

We initiate a range of large scale digital arts projects which annually engage thousands through participation and touring exhibitions and installations, supported by national and regional funders.

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Create Talent

Over 50 young people regularly meet at Create to learn digital production skills from our fantastic team of industry professionals. And that is just one of our opportunities!

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Create Production

We work closely with partners to guide them through the production process delivering films, web, app and games to reach and engage their audiences. As a social enterprise, any profits go towards our education work, so everyone benefits!

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Create Inclusion

Outreach and Engagement.

We initiate a range of large scale digital arts projects which annually engage thousands through participation and touring installations. Supported by national and regional funders these projects celebrate communities through heritage and bridge-building approaches.

Short taster and first access opportunities complement the large-scale work, and we work in partnership with key policy makers, the business community, education providers and funders to address social issues and support well-being.
See our recent inclusion projects.

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Create Talent

Skills and talent development opportunities.

Outreach projects within Create Inclusion help us to meet a diverse range of young people and go on to nurture the next generation of film and digital creatives. We have an award-winning track record of talent and skills development supported by national partners. Over 50 young people are part of our fortnightly MassMedia programme, with many more involved in cultural creative sector opportunities.
See some recent projects and be inspired by our success stories to get involved too!

Sherylee Houssein

Freelance - Sound Recordist

Ashraf Ali

Thadeous Matthews

Sophie Dymond

Eilidh Gow

Jarrad Brock

Chris Hill

Patrick Chinery

Nicky Burke

Emma Rowe

Jamie England

Came to us through the very first ever young peoples’ group in 2002 creating a stop frame animation and subsequently ‘Icehouse’ which won Best Thriller at the First Light Film Festival, 2006. After becoming the youngest graduate ever in Sound Recording from the National Film and Television School in 2012, Sherylee came back to Swindon and Create from where she works nationally as a freelance Sound Recordist on Drama, Doc and TV productions. Sherylee works as a filmmaker on many Create outreach and commissioned projects and mentors Create’s MassMedia group.

Ash came to Create Studios with a background in illustration having done a brief stint in a tattoo parlour drawing on paper and on people. Supported through an Advanced Creative Apprenticeship at Create he transferred his drawing and illustration skills to digital design but can still be found ‘colouring in’ and ‘doodling’ on a quiet moment. He is now a Freelance Graphic Designer working on diverse projects from making apps, posters, clothing and other products in his own online store as well as designing for Create.

Thadeous Matthews came to us through MassMedia, and then as a volunteer it soon became apparent what a personable and all round clever chap he was. He worked with us on the Big Arts Day, soon progressing to paid work at Create, and then got a place on the BBC Bristol Graduate Scheme. Thadeous is now a Producer at BBC Bristol and still makes a big contribution to BBC Introducing. We hope to see Thadeous soon as he has promised to come back and talk to MassMedia a about his success in BBC Radio.

Sophie came to Create as an Intern through Creative Skillset from Bristol and worked brilliantly mostly on our exhibition installations. She says that Create encouraged her to take her own initiative on creative projects and the trust and guidance shown to her allowed her to gain confidence and knowledge when working professionally. She highly recommends Create for someone looking to break into the industry. Sophie’s experience at Create led her to pursue a career in Filmmaking which she is now studying at University!

Eilidh joined us from the North-East of Scotland as part of the BFI Film Academy Internship Scheme to work as our Editing Intern for 3 months. When the internship ended she stayed on and became Assistant Editor, then moving on to be an Editor for last year’s Jumpcut Summer Production Company in Glasgow. Eilidh says that she learnt a huge amount at Create such as how to use new softwares over a variety of different projects and how to work as part of a team. She feels her time spent at Create was an incredibly useful platform to getting further work in the media industry where she has gained a job creating online videos for BBC Scotland’s “BBC The Social”

Jarrad first came along to one of our half-term Animation courses and then took part in our First Light Next Generation film project.  The animation mentor on this film, Mark Miles of Rendermedia CGI, was so taken with Jarrad that he offered him some work experience and then was employed as part – time 3D animator. He is now a full time CGI Artist at Rendermedia!

Chris Hill came along to the early Create film courses when he was 15!  He now works in Soho, has finished his first feature and spends some of his time in LA working on his US script writing career.

Patrick Chinery came to Create on the Future Jobs Fund scheme, then went onto be a Creative Media and Post Production apprentice with us and received apprentice of the Year in 2011.  He moved to work in London at BBC Signing/Red Bee Media as a Production Assistant and now has found his niche as a Media Management Operator at Ericsson Broadcast & Media Services. Our favourite phrase when he was here at Create was “I am going into the media suite…I may be some time!”

Nicky Burke came to Create as a member of our YourFilm group many moons ago, now named MassMedia. She went on to Dance School in London and came back to teach dance at one of our Summer Schools.  Since then Nicky has achieved some great successes in the acting and dance world, including studying at Broadway Dance in New York and choreographing various music videos as well as starring in an ad for Milky Bar! Nicky also found the time to come back to Create and act in our Flood information film. She now teaches dance at Dance Attic in Fulham!

Emma Rowe came to us as an Community Heritage Researcher Intern from Bath University. She diligently worked on our 100 Stories project researching WW1 in Swindon and did an excellent job. Since then Emma completed University with a 1st Class Honours degree in History and has now secured a job at The National Trust. We had the pleasure of Emma’s return to work with us on a recent follow up project from 100 Stories – Safe Haven, where she researched Belgian refugees in Swindon in WW1.

Jamie England came to Create as an Intern studying Film Editing for six months but he stayed longer as he is brilliant! He went on to a job at Aardman in the machine room in Commercials and is now Junior Features Editor working on the new Nick Park feature Early Man. He has also contributed to a book and lecture notes for universities on Stop Motion!

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Create Production

Commission delivery across all digital platforms.

We pride ourselves on a friendly, flexible and efficient team who work collaboratively with our clients to realise the vision for their digital projects. Because of our creative hub, all aspects of digital production from film, web, apps, installations and more can be met within the Create Studios umbrella. We understand the different needs of commercial and third sector partners and work sensitively with you make impactful projects to engage the audiences you want to reach.

Remember that when you commission Create Studios, you are also meeting your Corporate Social Responsibility priorities. When we deliver your digital productions you are also investing in quality of life for communities today and in the creative industry for tomorrow. Contact us to discuss your brief.

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Our clients say...

“We are excited to continue as Patrons of Create Studios and proud that it is thriving and supporting new film making talent as well as those working in the digital world of apps, web and gaming. Film and television have always been at the heart of our lives and careers since leaving Create, and it is fantastic to know that others from Swindon are planning and gaining dynamic and creative experience…”

David Yates & David Collier

Patrons of Create Studios 2014

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The Directors

Shahina has over 20 years’ experience in arts management and media production and has spent much of that at Create with the occasional secondment to run national Cultural Education projects but always returns! She is proud to have led Create through its transition to a Social Enterprise embracing all digital media above and beyond her roots in film. She still loves building new partnerships including her roles on Watershed and SWLEP Boards. If she was a stick of rock, you would see Create Studios running all

the way through.

Shahina Johnson

CEO & Artistic Director

Marilyn loves the arts and enabling young people to progress and is delighted to be Co Director at Create as she gets to enjoy both things. She has worked for Create for ever and a day and is a keen multi-tasker (once buying a car whilst at the photocopier). She likes to write, mostly comedy, and used to run her own comedy club in Swindon.

Marilyn Fitzgerald

Production & Skills Development Manager

Associates

Gurch is a South West based Director/ Self Shooter who has experience of working in various sectors from broadcast to award winning short films. Gurch also mentors our young digital creative group, MassMedia, and was Lead Artist on our HLF 100 Stories project. Gurch delivered amazing, lyrical exhibition pieces for Create’s recent social history projects including one for The Queen!

Gurchetan Singh

Senior Film Creative

Sherylee graduated with a diploma sound recording for film and TV from the National Film and Television School in 2012. Recently she has recorded sound on the feature doc Elstree 1976. She has also worked on various TV Dramas, Documentaries, Commercials, Short films and Corporates. Since 2015 Sherylee has also been working as Producer and Production Manager on corporate films, TV adverts and short films – recent clients have included Barclays, Intel, GirlGuide UK and Next.

She now enjoys dividing her time between both organising film productions to the highest standard with competent artistic teams and recording clear high quality audio for both film and TV.

Sherylee Anne Houssein

Production Manager & Sound Recordist

Mark has worked with the arts from the start of Hot Pepper Design and has always worked closely with local companies and local communities to produce high end solutions in line with current trends. Mark has collaborated with Create Studios for over 10 years, helping bring to life some of their digital projects.

Mark Pepperall

Freelance- Hot Pepper Design

Ali has worked with Hot Pepper Design for two years. She first came to the company as in intern in 2010, where she worked for 3 months between studying for her degree in London. In partnership with Create Studios, Hot Pepper Design assisted on various projects such as Digital Journeys, 100 Stories and Toothill Big Local. Ali has been involved with  creating bespoke and user-friendly websites alongside building a strong brand for these projects.

Ali Whelehan

Freelance - Hot Pepper Design

Ash came to Create Studios with a background in illustration having done a brief stint in a tattoo parlour drawing on paper and on people. Supported through an Advanced Creative Apprenticeship at Create he transferred his drawing and illustration skills to digital design but can still be found ‘colouring in’ and ‘doodling’ on a quiet moment. He is now a Freelance Graphic Designer working on diverse projects from making apps, posters, clothing and other products in his own online store as well as designing for Create.

Ashraf Ali

Freelance - Illustrator

Sally is a consultant and facilitator who mostly works with adults to develop and improve their arts practice with children and young people. She is based in Devon and has worked nationally with Trinity College London and Arts Council England to develop Arts Award and Artsmark for a number of years in senior moderation and validation roles. Sally has specific experience of working on national programmes to engage ‘at risk’ young people and disadvantaged communities ensuring a breadth of perspective to benefit the arts and cultural sector. Sally also supports organisational and business development,  and recently led on some Creative Sector Development research for Create.

Sally Clements

Gaz Bushell

Fayju

Harry Jackson

Fayju

Daniel June

Freelance - Music

Tee began his time with Create studios through directing and assisting on numerous MassMedia projects. After finishing at Bath College, he continued his work with MassMedia and soon gathered the skills and experience to work as a freelance filmmaker for Create and other media companies. He also has his own business in creating bespoke wedding and promotional videos around the South West and London.

Teeruthpal Singh

Freelance - Filmmaker

Henry came to us through our young people’s group MassMedia and has worked his way up from being a volunteer runner to becoming one of our paid freelancers and is adept in camera, sound and editing. Henry was a special needs teacher at The Commonweal School and also brings his skills in education and his passion for film and ease with young people to our workshops.

Henry Meredith

Freelance - Filmmaker

Yazmin started at Create as our Production and Marketing Assistant in June 2016. She helps organise Create’s exhibitions, manages the website and social media pages and, on the odd occasion, gets to act in their films. Yazmin has also worked on lots of youth projects which is a particular passion for her as she volunteers with several children services in Swindon as well as the Harbour Project.

Yaz Taylor

Production and Marketing Assistant

Advisory group

CHRIS BROTHERTON

Director

THOMAS HOMES & Create Studios

HELEN MIAH

LEAD COMMISSIONER FOR CULTURE & LEISURE

SWINDON BOROUGH COUNCIL

ANDY FREEDMAN

HEAD OF MEDIA

CIRENCESTER COLLEGE

PAULA HARRISON

LOCALITY LEAD FOR W.SWINDON

BLAIR STAYNING

BUSINESS MANAGER

Youth Offending Team

KEVIN LEANING

Service Manager

Early Years Intervention - SWINDON BOROUGH COUNCIL

KATIE WHITE

HEALTH PROMOTION OFFICER

SWINDON BOROUGH COUNCIL

SALLY CLEMENTS

FREELANCE CULTURAL EDUCATION CONSULTANT

Teeruthpal Singh

Young Person Representative

Create Studios

Shahina Johnson

Director

Create Studios

Marilyn Fitzgerald

Director

Create Studios

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