TOP WELSH CREATIVES LAUNCH EXCITING NEW COMPANY
Shoot From the Hip Media, have set up shop on Cardiff’s bustling Curran Road. The new multi-communications and film production company brings together talents in media, film and journalism.
The company founders are:
Shazia Awan, from Cardiff, has been presenting across BBC Radio Wales and the BBC Asian Network, She has a background in public relations, having previously managed campaigns for clients including The North Face, Jockey Underwear, drinks firm Halewood International, and Lloyds Bank Insurance.
Dave Evans, also from Cardiff, is a multi award-winning film maker, with accolades from Bafta, the Royal Television Society, and film festivals from Amsterdam to New York and Tokyo. Dave has taught drama and film at Cardiff University, Trinity College Carmarthen and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Cai Howells, from Pontypridd, has produced promotional and branded material for high profile clients including British Gas, the Welsh Government and the NHS. As a film maker and freelance camera operator he has worked with broadcasters including ITV Wales, BBC Wales, BBC 4 and Channel 4, and has recently begun production on his first feature-documentary film.
The new company has already secured a significant investment from Film Cymru and BBC Wales, for a feature documentary, ‘My Grandfather The Spy’, scheduled for international release in cinemas from May 2018.
The Shoot From the Hip Media team promise to bring their industry expertise to helping your business or organization tell its story. The company offers comprehensive media training, bringing your team up to speed on how best deal with the media;
· Presentation skills to help give you confidence and deliver your message concisely,
· Social media skills training to help you engage different groups and maximize your reach online
· Race equality, culture and faith training workshops focusing on how to engage the Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
Shazia Awan says: “We have great complementary backgrounds and skills. Coming together has been a real joy: we not only learn from each other but have a lot of fun with what we do. We are all story-tellers at heart, and will be using our experience and networks to help other people and organisations get their stories heard, whether that’s developing a communications strategy or looking for stories and developing them for broadcast."
On the launch of the new venture, Dave said, “It’s an exciting time for us, launching Shoot From the Hip Media in Cardiff. We’re growing rapidly with new projects coming in and are keen to expand further. We’re particularly excited about taking on apprentices, and providing opportunities for young people from under-represented communities in the creative industries.”
Cai Howells added, “We have a wealth of knowledge, talent and high profile networks between us. We have a lot of fun with what we do individually and were working on some projects, putting ideas together, before we decided we should all be working together. Coming together to launch a new venture just seemed like the next logical step – it absolutely made sense for us.”
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Shazia Awan has been presenting the Big Debate on the BBC Asian Network, as well as having hosted her own live show on the BBC Radio Wales summer season. She is is a regular commentator across the BBC network, including Radio 4, Radio 2, Radio 5, the BBC News Channel paper review, and BBC Wales. Shazia has a particular interest in content development, communications consultancy and media training for individuals and corporate clients. Shazia has worked with various third sector organisations, including the Trussell Trust and Religions for Peace. She is a prominent equality campaigner and is passionate about women, LGBTQI, young people and BAME. She is Vice-President of the Council for Voluntary Youth Action, and an Ambassador for Show Racism the Red Card. Shazia is on the panel of judges for the National Apprenticeship Awards and the National Great British Entrepreneur Awards, and is regularly booked to host events or address companies about best equality practices. Shazia's impressive career led to her being listed in the Management Today/Sunday Times ‘35 under 35’.
Dave Evans is a multi award-winning film maker, with accolades from Bafta, The Royal Television Society, Prix De Europe, and film festivals from Amsterdam to New York and Tokyo. Dave has worked with all the major UK broadcasters as a director/producer and writer including BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, S4C and ITV. He has taught at Cardiff University, Trinity Carmarthen and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama as a drama coach. He works in a volunteer capacity with young people and refugees in the UK and Europe. His participatory arts project at the National Museum of Wales, ‘The Refugee House’, received over 6,000 visits. He has worked as a creative practitioner and adviser on Media Practice for many institutions in Wales including Arts Council Wales, Caerphilly Council and Artes Mundi.
Cai Howells has ten years’ experience as a film maker and freelance camera operator, having worked with broadcasters including ITV Wales, BBC Wales, BBC 4 and Channel 4, and has recently begun production on his first feature-documentary film. In 2015, he co-founded the Wales International Documentary Festival, and he has since worked as the festival’s coordinator. He has produced promotional and branded material for high-profile clients including British Gas, the Welsh Assembly Government and the NHS. He has worked as a creative practitioner for many institutions in Wales including Arts Council Wales, Rhondda Cynon Taff Council, Zoom Cymru and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.