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August 12, 2020 54 min

Tom Middleton is a director, cinematographer, drone filming specialist and co-founder of SMN Film – a video production and video marketing agency. He’s also one of the BBC’s 'go-to' drone cinematographers.

In this interview – loaded with advice for aspiring and established filmmakers and creators, Tom gives us his best advice for drone shooting, how he connects on a personal level with businesses and what it takes to truly find a work-life balance.

Tom runs the business with his wife Miche, also a filmmaker – specialising in creating beautiful cinematic films that evoke an emotional response in audiences worldwide.

Over the years Tom has run film events, lectured in creative media production and freelanced as a DOP, director and producer.

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In this episode:

  • Why his family moved away from London
  • How they evolved a business by playing with toys
  • The power of LinkedIn vs other social networks
  • Why it's important to showing your personality through social media
  • How to shoot with a smart phone
  • How to shoot the best drone shots
  • How video can change the fortunes of a business, even in lockdown
  • Why you should separate yourself from your business when working from home
  • Why gaming and playing Goldeneye is great for drone filmmaking
  • Why camera movement is key in everything he shoots
  • Why backing up footage is the first thing you should do
  • Why planning is fundamentally the best thing you can do
  • An overview of Tom's drone cinematography course
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