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"Catcher Media impressed us enormously with their professional yet extremely accessible approach to film making. They were able to draw the best from a very wide range of participants."

Lisa Williams 
Assistant Director, Innovation 
Transport and Environment, East Sussex County Council

Participants and clients testimonials

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“It was a certainly a tremendous three days with our two Participatory Video facilitators; Rick Goldsmith of Catcher Media Social and Chris High from the Open University. We did not only focus on the use of advanced  equipment like the camera, tripod, monopods and microphones, but further learned and did practical activities on how to conduct interviews. This was very important for us, since we are more connected and will be working with our Indigenous communities in and around the North Rupununi in Guyana” - Grace Albert, Project Cobra in Guyana 


"We are all knocked out by the film – it’s fantastic!" Lou Macintyre, Contact Course, Hereford College of Arts

"Catcher are always really great at engaging young people. The sessions they facilitated were fun, informative, and interactive and encouraged all young people to participate fully" Leah Wilkes, Arts, Health and Young People Development Officer, Walsall Council Creative Development Team

"Catcher Media have been a wonderful team to work with. Easy-going yet professional; adaptable, yet always focused; creative, imaginative, and totally dedicated to the project.  It has been a pleasure for all of us to work with you, and the success of the project is chiefly yours. I’m glad to be able to thank you publicly for a tremendous job well done" Chris Pullin, Canon Chancellor & Education Development for Hereford Cathedral

"I'd like to thank you for the experience you gave all of us. Both pre production and in the making we all had alot of fun and gained alot of knowledge, pride and self belief from it all!" Laura Dedicoat - Project participant

"The video outcomes for which Catcher Media were responsible were outstanding, and the LEA sees the company as an important partner in this area of work" Reg Pogson, Warwickshire County Council

"Many thanks for your hard work with the DVD. We showed it in assembly
today and it was magical to see the children's faces. Amazing!" Castlemorton Teacher

"We are all absolutely delighted with The Small Steps DVD"  Jo Butcher, Assistant Director, NCB

"Fantastic. Really happy with the film - really good feedback -  I am proudly handing them out to people in the industry and the response has been very good." Richard Thomason - Green Wood Centre

"I watched the Close video yesterday and loved it, it was funny, emotional and educational all in one" Nicola Goodwin BBC Hereford and Worcester

"It has been a great project, and one I feel privileged to have worked on. It's been a delight, a pleasure and professionally invigorating" Marsha O'Mahony, journalist & reminiscence worker

"We really enjoyed watching Dark Water. A very powerful, dark and very well executed film! Please can you pass on my congratulations to the young people involved" MediaBox

"It was a bit of a gamble, I thought these (ACE) kids might stick their fingers up and we'd have a riot - but I think the film project has been a tremendous success...I've watched the kids grow in confidence, grow in self esteem - and develop a sense of humour!" Eddie Mahony teacher on MediaBox project

"Catcher impressed us enormously with their professional yet extremely accessible approach to film making. They were able to draw the best from a very wide range of participants, and quickly assimilate and portray fairly complex information, in an effective way. Catcher Media shaped our ideas with us and provided guidance when it was needed, and basically led us through a process which has produced excellent results." Lisa Williams 
Assistant Director, Innovation, Transport and Environment, East Sussex County Council

'I've been fortunate to work closely with Catcher Media on a number of these projects over the last 10 years.  I've always found their capacity to engage almost anyone in constructive and creative dialogue and activity a tremendous asset.  It's unusual to find anyone whose commitment to participation is both realistic and born of conviction, and even more so an organisation with the skills and experience to facilitate it so well." Dr Chris High, Lecturer Open University

"Catcher Media provide an excellent package. Therese worked well to engage the young people and help them explore the sensitive topic of mental health. Pupils then had the opportunity to gain practical experience of the art of film-making which was a bonus to the process. Catcher Media creatively developed a storyline which got around the potential risk to pupils playing parts which depicted having a mental health problem. Their delivery was professional and communication excellent, they delivered to the timescales and were flexible in their approach. Well done Catcher!" Sallyann Sutton, Young People’s Health Advisor, Wellbeing, Walsall NHS

"In terms of value for money, Catcher Media were outstanding. They weren’t clock-watchers and their commitment to the project was absolute.
They worked with a range of group sizes, and their approach was completely inclusive. Some children had additional needs such as behavioural, SEN and physical disabilities. They engaged with every child in each class, working with a total of 125 children. Each child was totally represented, from the script to the final edit. Catcher Media enabled some very high quality collaborations between the children.

They have a highly ethical approach, and are able to deal with sensitive issues very carefully and intelligently. They were also extremely good to work with, and easy to get on with. They’re just lovely people and the children really warmed to them.

The end–product – the films were of extremely high quality, and beautifully filmed. The film was shown at The Courtyard to a sell-out audience of around 360 people and was then shown at four community screenings in rural areas. Many orders have been received for the DVD’s. The general public have fed back that they were extremely impressed by the DVD, and parents felt it was superb. Julie has had to commission another order of DVDs, as demand has exceeded expectations.

130 evaluations were received, and people were asked to make constructive criticisms. However, only positive comments were received." Julie Jones, Extended Schools Co-ordinator for the Kingstone cluster

"Fit Food has been an over riding success thanks to Julia’s and Rick’s creativity, commitment and professionalism. It been great working with you on it and the schools really are proud and inspired by what they’ve been involved in" Rachel Parker, Walsall Council Creative Development Team

"Thank you so much for making such a great DVD. Is is everything we wanted and more! Also thanks for being so great to work with- patient,helpful,fun and inspiring!" Andrea Gilpin, Lifelong Learning Officer at Caring for God's Acre

"I would like to thank you and all your team for your very professional work. I am grateful for all your support and assistance." Jeremy Wilding, Three Choirs Festival

"I just wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you what fantastic feedback we have been getting about the DVD. People are really impressed with how professional it looks and especially seem to like the bits with the kids. Apparently the director of Devon Play's jaw dropped at the quality of
the video footage."
Noel Meeke, Waterworks Museum

"I had such a fun and inspiring three days and came back to work so enthusiastic my boss wants me to write a proposal for a PV project!" Alison Buckler, Faculty of Education and Language Studies (FELS), The Open University

"Let me take this opportunity to say how much we enjoy working with you to produce DVDs of high quality and which we are proud to display. Rick has faith in our storyboards and we have faith in your interpretation. Best of all we can always achieve a good working compromise if problems occur. The outcomes of all three films have exceeded our expectations." Noel Meeke, Waterworks Museum

"We have found Rick and Julia's creative and technical skills to be first rate and their capacity for organisation impressive. Best of all has been their ability to communicate with young people of all ages and levels of proficiency, from primary school children to indie bands." Pat Roberts, Gloucester City Council

"Thanks for bringing out the best in the children, in a short space of time and while chasing the action! It was lovely to observe the very natural, calm and confident way you taught them and enabled them to be directors, camerawomen and men, sound and support crew. We LOVE the film! It really looks great and gives the messages so well – thank you!" Jenny Holland, Advocacy Project Coordinator at Concern Univeral

"Catcher Media’s working processes offer young people opportunities to have true ownership over the work created. They facilitate lively, fun and creative session’s which I’ve observed young people participate fully in with enthusiasm and interest." Rachel Parker, Principal Arts into Health Development Officer, Walsall Council Creative Development Team

"It was absolutely brilliant. Such quality - i just wanted to ring and say that you and the kids did a brilliant job. The kids are so proud of it, it's a remarkable piece of work - they love it. It's really boosted the kids. On the strength of this project I've included a film-making section as part of my English Curriculum teaching."

"One of the participants who has had a really rough time wants to use the video to help her get into a drama school. She really needs that at the moment." David Ross, Head of English at Frank F. Harrison School

"Fantastic Fantastic Fantastic" Headteacher of Frank F. Harrison School






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