Caledonian TV is a boutique, family-owned, business video production company based near Edinburgh. The programmes we make are for a select, discerning, budget-sensitive business clientele. We place a particular emphasis on ambitious startups, microbusiness, SME, entrepreneur, public and third-Sector clients. -People who mean business and are really serious about what they do.
Caledonian TV was founded and is still run by an ITV-Trained Cameraman who was, for over a dozen years, also a Lecturer in Television and Multimedia Production at Glasgow's legendary Stow College MCI department. - A genuine expert and master of his craft.
Inexpensive, approachable and down to earth, we are however corporate video specialists - genuine, trained, qualified broadcast professionals with decades of experience; never to be confused with 'Videographers' or other 'semi-pro' types!
In these times of challenge, Caledonian TV is proud to specialise in meeting the needs of clients with very restricted budgets. Our primary aim is to place high quality, Blue-Chip level corporate video firmly in the hands of SMALL businesses! -Which we believe to be the real lifeblood of the economy. The approach we take is therefore based on a simple, real-world, Scottish pragmatism...
Firstly, we leave 'wool pulling' to the sheep!
We're not 'flash in the pan' random hipsters trying to 'wing it' off the back of some vacuous social media trend. Nor are we 'Jack of all trades' types, pretending out of desperation to be everything and anything to everybody just to make a sale. We will not insult your intelligence with infantile marketing gimmicks like 'pirate ships', 'free' bars, cupcakes or 'space cadets' (former or otherwise). Nor do we have any use or time for the hard sell, smoke or mirrors!
Such nonsense isn't "disruptive" - it's just plain daft! . We think the people we serve deserve to be taken rather more seriously than that!
The service we offer is therefore based on blunt honesty and simple, down-to-earth respect for the client as a serious business professional; no matter how modest their operation. -It doesn't matter to us if you're a sole trader or heading up a multinational, our offer is the same... We're experienced people, properly trained and equipped to do a particular job in a professional manner. Which we do at a reasonable price.
That doesn't mean we're humourless or unapproachable; we do, however, take you and your programme very seriously. We utilise professional project management techniques and broadcast methods to get the job done properly!.
First founded in August 1986 as Clydeside TV, we first began using the trade name Caledonian TV in October 1987 when rapid growth started to take us way beyond Glasgow and the banks of the Clyde. The business was originally started from within the Red Road Flats in Glasgow, which stood on the grounds of the old Caledonian Railway's Balornock yards. Within months we had moved to industrial premises just off Petershill Road, again within a stone's throw of the St Rollox works or "The Caley" as it's better known. So, proud of a heritage belonging to both district and family, Caledonian TV was named to celebrate its solid working-class roots.
Following our restructuring in early 2017, Caledonian TV is once again personally owned and run by the Scottish TV producer Matt Quinn.
Trained at the University of Strathclyde and Thames TV, Matt has over 38 years experience in broadcast, educational and business video production. He is a former invited lecturer in the subject; having spent over a dozen years at the 'chalk face' teaching Multimedia, Business and Music Video Production at Glasgow's legendary Stow College MCI department... The very place that first brought you acts like Snow Patrol, and Biffy Clyro!
A specialist in business TV for over thirty years - and one of the first people to offer affordable corporate production services in Scotland - he's travelled many miles around the globe and produced programmes for a very wide range of clients ranging from Police forces to Plumbers. -Experience counts, and one thing Caledonian TV can assure you of is that the people we involve in your programme really are dedicated professionals
Caledonian TV only makes video for business users... We simply 'don't do' wedding videos or the like, and shouldn't be confused with those who describe themselves as 'videographers! - For a start, there is far more to the job of producing a business video than simply taking pictures that move!
What we offer is a complete, project-managed, script-to-screen production service that fully manages the risks involved in having a video made and provides you with an end-product in which your interests are fully protected.
We will make your programme in the same way broadcast television programmes are made, using production management techniques developed over nearly forty years in the UK TV industry... And with one of the longest-established business video producers in Scotland at the helm, we can legitimately claim to offer a truly professional corporate video production service - Inexpensive... Creative... Effective! And at a price that suits sole traders, small limited companies, charities and public service organisations equally well.
|We make our programmes using proper TV cameras, broadcast lighting and sound equipment - we won't just send round some kid with a DSLR!|
|Our project management procedures are based on Prince-II principles, quality-assured and easily integrated into today's business environments.|
|We only employ crew who are specifically qualified in Broadcast TV and/or Film Production. - No 'Space Cadets' (former or otherwise) no 'Jack of all trades'. Anyone who works for us will have trained through the ITV/BBC system or via a British college or university. - Even our trainees are required as a minimum to hold an HND or be current students at a British university who have completed two successful years of study on a TV or Film related course. - No randoms!|
|All our output is compatible with the AS-11 standards used in UK broadcast and is easily prepared for transmission as topical content. Anything we produce for you can be shown in commercial cinemas, sent out on DVD (PAL or NTSC as required) or put online via services such as YouTube, Vimeo or your own servers.|
|As established specialists, we have no need to try and poach work from other creatives... We just don't need to pretend to be Web Designers, Graphics Artists or Advertising Agents in order to get work . Rather than undermine our professional peers, we're very happy to work in partnership and in confidence with other bona-fide creative agencies to allow the integration of high quality video production into their offering.|
SERVICE AREAS: Caledonian TV provides service primarily in the Scottish Central Belt, (Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Stirling, Perthshire, The Lothians and Edinburgh), The Borders, Northern Northumberland and Cumbria, Fife and the Southern and West Highlands. We do also serve the rest of Scotland and the UK with the notable exception of areas inside the London LEZ...
Due to its transport and traffic policies, and the obstructive attitude of the various London authorities to filming in the city, we regret it has become prohibitively stressful and expensive to work in London. We therefore feel unable to provide any service within the area bounded by the London LEZ. We sincerely apologise to the London-based crew we no longer hire, the accommodation providers we no longer stay with, and the London cafés, restaurants and shops we no longer eat and spend money in...
AVAILABILITY: -PLANNING IS CENTRAL TO OUR PROCESS! - Unlike others we don't just 'turn up and shoot' at the drop of a hat and try to wing it! And we do have strict project management procedures in place for your protection and ours! Consequently there is generally a four-to-eight week lead time from when you first commission us until the date of your shoot. Contact us early in your project! The sooner the better! We currently have production (filming) slots available from MID JANUARY 2018 and will be happy to place your programmes into immediate pre-production today.
PRICE GUIDE: In all cases we work to minimise your costs and will provide you with a bespoke production package. For guidance our inclusive rates for a complete programme start from £600 and average around the £2500 mark. We are delighted to discuss collaborative 'agency rates' with fellow creative professionals such as web designers, PR and advertising agencies, training organisations and design professionals. Agency rates are however by pre-commission agreement only.
BROADCAST ENQUIRIES: All our broadcast work - including newsgathering services - are now directed through our associate brand Pentland Films. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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