The Caledonian Television Company

Corporate Vision - For SMALL Businesses!

Originally established in October 1986, Caledonian Television™ is an affordable full service business video production company. We make genuinely professional video for sales, promotion, social media, training, education, exhibition, advertising and other business purposes.  - No nonsense - no smoke, no mirrors, no silly novelties - and definitely no hard sell!

Using real TV cameras with broadcast quality lighting and sound - your programme will be made to the same technical standards required by UK and European broadcasters for HD topical content. In order to protect your business interests, we particularly ensure copyright and operational compliance are properly handled at every production stage. By this means we eliminate the potential legal, quality and technical risks to your business posed by using untrained 'semi pros' and other, non-specialists.

We are geared to meeting the needs of those with  restrictive budgets such as ambitious startups, sole traders, micro-businesses, SME, third sector and public service organisations. And we keep our prices low simply by eliminating cost-drivers that do not directly contribute to the quality of your programme. We don't, for example, ask you to pay through the nose for us being holed-up in an expensive city-centre office.  - And we certainly don't try to sell you on 'free' bars or childish rubbish about being 'Pirates'!  

At Caledonian Television™ we make video for intelligent people...  We don't just 'create around feelings' or any other such nebulous thing. - As legitimate professionals we use proven broadcast production strategies to assess your business needs and discover the best approach to meet them.  We never approach any enquiry hell-bent on closing a sale.  And if a high quality video just isn't feasible or right for your project  we'll happily tell you so at an early stage... without pressure or obligation or cost.

As masters of our own, we strongly reject the 'Jack of all trades' mentality.  - Although we do provide professional assistance with using video in a marketing context for instance , we don't pretend to be a 'video marketing agency', because almost 35 years of experience has taught us that video is only one possible element of a coherent marketing mix.  We're not in the business of upselling overpriced hosting or SEO services either!  - Although of course helping you find and upload to the best platform is just part of the job.

We're here to compliment legitimate marketers, PR organisations and fellow creatives - not to undermine or poach work from them . - That's as well as to support those entrepreneurs who know their own business and know their own minds. 

We're also very happy to tell you that we are - quite proudly and deliberately - a small, independent family business. So we won't insult your intelligence with 'Dell Boy' style claims of being 'International Traders'  - Even though we really have actually produced video as far afield as New York, Paris and Peckham - we're actually here to meet the needs of the majority of real-world businesses right here in Scotland.

PROFESSIONAL CREWS. We only use crew who have successfully studied TV or Film production at a legitimate UK Academic Institution and/or trained with a major UK broadcaster such as the BBC or one of the ITV companies.

The Caledonian Television Company™ is still owned and run by its founder, Matt Quinn; an ITV-trained cameraman - and former Lecturer in Television Production - with over forty years of genuine broadcast experience to his name!

PROFESSIONAL EQUIPMENT. We shoot on real broadcast TV cameras - NOT DSLRs! We edit to meet EBU AS-11 broadcast standards for topical content on full edit suites. And naturally, we use traditional broadcast lighting and sound.

Inexpensive - Creative - Experienced

Properly trained people with the right kit - the real deal!

We made our first corporate video in 1986, uploaded our first digital video to the internet in 1997, shot our last analogue video in 1999 and moved fully to HD in 2007!

So, yes, of course we can help with your video strategy and advise on how best to deploy video - we've been doing that since the 1980s. And we will freely help and advise you when it comes to uploading your video to the web, preparing it for public display or indeed for broadcast. - That is all just a basic part of the service!

We work collaboratively with your choice of web designers, graphics artists, PR, Advertising and marketing agencies etc. and do so in absolute confidence with robust NDAs as a standard part of our operational terms. And for those actually running legitimate creative agencies, we are very happy to offer advantageous terms that facilitate partnership working and allow them to integrate high quality video production within their own offering.

What does it cost?
The first thing most people ask about is price.  And because each and every programme is bespoke that really is a 'how long is a piece of string' question. Ultimately it's impossible to answer accurately until we assess your particular needs.  And we will always put together a bespoke package for you.

However, we think it's only fair to give at least 'ballpark' idea of what things cost...

Bullet Point - If you're within about 50 road miles of our base near Livingston, West Lothian, we can make you a basic professionally produced business video from as little as £600 inclusive. This includes a 1/2 day shooting at a single location, library music, and basic graphics derived from your existing materials - a complete programme in every sense of the word. More typically,  programmes fall into the £1500-£2000 range while the average spend with us across the board is currently about £6000. 

Bullet Point - We are also happy to produce regular programmes along a common theme or branding. - Ideal for 'video podcasts' or brand development through video newsletters - this service starts from around £11,000 per annum for 12 programmes on a monthly basis.  - Naturally we can also offer terms for any other frequency of filming and/or presentation. And we are happy to film and document your projects as they progress and develop. 

Bullet Point - That isn't the limit of our capabilities - we can (through our broadcast production partners) organise and access specialist facilities such as multi-camera studios, broadcast quality drones and helicopters, international crews and even underwater filming. 

Care to talk? Want to find out more?  Or just push some ideas around the table? 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.

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