Broadcast equipped - Legitimately qualified -
Decades of experience!
Based just outside Edinburgh, Caledonian TV™ is a family-owned,
family-run, business television consultancy. We write, produce and
direct high quality, low cost video programmes to meet business needs
such as sales, marketing, training, web video, advertising and for
commercial release. We also supply research and crew for broadcast
news and documentary, and advise and assist with the deployment of
video as a business communications tool.
Caledonian TV™ is almost unique at the price point in being lead by a
legitimate broadcast professional and in operating to broadcast
production protocols and standards. We employ decades of
commercial video experience to protect and advance your business
interests. In contrast to many, what we have to offer is the real
deal! We only ever employ professional crew who are specifically
qualified in film and/or TV production via legitimate UK
academic institutions and/or trained by UK broadcasters. -
Strictly no randoms, no dreamers and absolutely no 'Space Cadets',
former or otherwise!
Originally established in 1986, on the site of the old
Caledonian Railway's yards in Glasgow's Springburn district,
Caledonian Television™ is still owned and run by its founder, Matt
Quinn; an ITV-trained cameraman - and former Lecturer in
Television Production - with almost forty years of genuine
broadcast experience under his belt.
Although we'll go head-to-head with them on price, the service
provided by Caledonian TV™ should never be confused with
what's on offer by those calling themselves 'videographers' or 'video
marketers' - both terms we actively reject! We specialise in producing
video for business. - solving a problem where previously it was
difficult or impossible to afford to hire genuine
professionals with the proper skills and kit necessary
to get results on a par with broadcast television. - We say, your
business deserves no less!
Video production for business that
actually means business!
Properly trained people with the right kit - Get
the real deal!
The service we provide is
aimed at serious business people - at all stages in the
business journey - who have limited resources, must have good value for
their money, and need a 'proper job' done! We're here to serve genuine
business leaders - those who fully understand the need to rise above the
infantile 'black noise' of the internet and all the childish
sub-standard amateurism of social media. - We just 'don't do'
daft gimmicks, and think it healthier to work on a frank but friendly
one-to-one basis, well-grounded in reality.
So, let's be blunt and realistic
about this - Videography? Merely a macaronic Latin term that at
best describes the most superficial level of skill. and seems to be
beloved of the delusional 'Jack of all trades' types. Decades of
legitimate training and experience inform us that there is far more to the
job than just 'taking moving pictures with video camera'! - Which is all
'videography' actually means, and why we distance ourselves from that
term. What's fine for a wedding video really just doesn't come
close to meeting the requirements for professional business video!
What we do is properly
project-manage the production of your business video in exactly the same
way that programmes for broadcast television are made. Why we do
it that way, is to ensure your programmes are legally safe to show in
public - that you don't wind up in 'hot water' because some self-styled
'videographer' didn't have the first clue about copyright, health and
safety, shooting permission, insurances nor any of the other finer points
of video production!
We don't expect you to pay through
the nose for stupidly-pointless novelties either! So we won't try to
kid you on that a green-painted broom cupboard is a 'studio'! Nor
will we ply you with drink at a 'free' bar - and if it's a silly wee game
of 'Cowboy's or the like you're after - nope! Sorry! We're not
running a crèche for folk that haven't grown-up yet! These things
aren't 'disruptive' - they're just plain daft!
Where others may be happy
to waste your time and your money just winging it, or on some silly
fantasy - we work hard to deliver real quality at low cost.
As we only involve ourselves in
the making of corporate video, there is no misleading upsell
either... We won't for example try to flog you overpriced (and often
inadequate) 'video hosting', nor will we hold your programme 'hostage' as
part of some dubious video marketing' deal! - As legitimate masters
of our trade we simply have no need nor time for the Jack of all
trades mentality - which is so much part of the 'race to the
bottom'. That's why, rather than trying to poach work off or undermine
them, we work with your choice of graphic design, web design,
marketing, PR or advertising agent. We're also extremely happy to
work in direct partnership with other legitimate specialist in the
creative industries, and welcome enquiries from potential partners to whom
we offer industry terms.
Making a business video
requires a solid, business-like, professional approach - and we say that
with the benefit of over 32 years doing just exactly that!
That's why our production
management system was developed to meet or exceed the standards required
by the major UK broadcasters as well as wider industry, and is compliant
and compatible with project management protocols such as
Prince-II. Operationally, we keep your sensitive commercial
information secure at all times (non disclosure agreement is a standard
feature of our contracts and terms of business - as it should be with any
credible creative service) operate safely at your location to OHSAS
18001 standards, and mitigate business risk by project-managing
your production with ISO9001 compliance.
Broadcast TV programmes are
normally planned almost down to the last shot before anyone picks up a
camera - your corporate video programme deserves no less! We do this
to eliminate possibly the major cost-driver; time being wasted while
expensive resources are deployed. And where others will be clueless,
cavalier or simply untrained and misinformed about copyright and legal
requirements - we routinely provide full , professional, copyright
and IP management with a proper audit trail created for all
programmes - increasingly important as the effects of the EU's Copyright
Article 13 start to impact worldwide.
Being properly equipped to
do the job is also vitally important. Unlike many others at this
price-point, we shoot on genuine (EBU tier 2 minimum) high definition
broadcast television cameras of the kind regularly used for filming news
and documentaries - we do not shoot on DSLRs! - Our broadcast
camera kits are supported by traditional broadcast
lighting and sound equipment and all crews carry a range of professional
microphones, including full radio mic kit, from the top names
in broadcast such as Sennheiser, Audio Technica and AKG.
Of course, it's not just about
having the right kit! We have the training, skills, and
experience to utilise these tools effectively! Professional video
production is a trade which takes years of study and application to learn
properly! That's why we only employ crew who have been trained by a
British broadcaster and/or have completed a properly accredited
course of education (specifically in a film and/or television discipline)
at a properly-recognised UK college or university. - We simply do
not employ the sort of dreamer who 'fell into' video production, or
imagines that it's a trivial bolt-on skill to be learned online!
Your finished programme
will be edited and mastered on a full edit suite to the same
specifications used by most European broadcasters for topical content -
not simply cobbled togather on a laptop! The end result is ready to safely
upload to the internet for sharing on social media sites such as YouTube,
to embed on your website or to stream, distribute on DVD (either in PAL or
NTSC as you might require) or Blu-Ray, or 'wrap' to the European AS-11
protocol for broadcast on terrestrial or satellite television. You
can even show your finished film in almost any, modern, digitally-equipped
Care to talk? No cost, no obligation, no hard-sell nor silly
sales patter! Just an honest, down to earth, face-to-face chat with
one of our project managers. We're always pleased to hear from
potential clients and partners, and invite you to talk to us, without
any obligation or pressure, as early as possible in your project.