Broadcast equipped - Legitimately qualified -
Decades of experience!
Based just outside Edinburgh, The Caledonian Television
Company™ 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.
- A script to screen service!
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, we only 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!
Although we'll go head-to-head with them on price, the service
provided by Caledonian TV™ should never be confused with
what is on offer by those calling themselves 'videographers' or 'video
marketers' - both terms we actively reject! We specialise
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 legally-safe results, on a par with broadcast television. We
say, your business deserves no less!
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.
We offer you decades of corporate video experience at an
affordable price - a down-to-earth small family business proud to
serve other small businesses.
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, level-headed 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
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 'don't need to 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? It's a term we distance ourselves from for its macaronic
Latin nature and the fact that at best, it describes
only the most superficial level of skill and has become somewhat
tainted.... There is far more to the job of producing corporate
video than just 'taking moving pictures with video camera'! - Which is
all the word 'videography' actually means! What's arguably
fine for a wedding video really just doesn't come remotely close
to meeting the regulatory, quality, statutory and managerial
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.
Our script to screen service
ensures that your final programme is shot in compliance with all
operational regulations by qualified crew. We ensure that, at every stage
in the production, intellectual property and legal considerations are
given due precedence... working some considerable way beyond the 'nod and
a wink' barrack-room mentality adopted by some! A full audit trail
on every programme ensures 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, nor any of the
other finer points of video production!
The reason why
we do it that is to ensure your programmes are actually legally safe to
show in public and that your commercial interests are fully protected. -
Demand no less!
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'! (If you
really need green-screen we can do that at your location) Nor will we ply
you with drink at a 'free' bar or expect you to be impressed by a
'memorabilia collection' - 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! And a waste of money to all but the most
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 associated
with The Caledonian Television Company either...
We won't for example try to flog you overpriced '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 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 from 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 - not 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 together 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.