Kevin Cameron Filmmaker and Teacher Artist
“The films of Kevin Cameron are a rare opportunity to view the artist not as the monumental figure of university tutorials or a name on the walls of famous buildings, but as a living and working artist”, The Skinny “a striking profile….It is no exaggeration to say it could completely redefine how Gray is perceived“ Scotsman; “a rattled, embattled….attempt at filming the artist’s interiority. Bizarrely, it’s effective.” Sight and Sound
BAFTA Scotland nominated camera director with credits for BBC, Scottish and Canal Plus. Screenings at EIFF, Glasgow Film Festival and Sheffield Film Festival
Creative storytelling skills in areas of arts and biographical documentary
Extensive experience of shooting DV and Canon DSLR cameras including for broadcast.
Experience in shooting and hand processing 16mm and Super 8 footage.
Particular skills in interviewing as well as in single camera observational shooting; experienced in working with vulnerable and under represented sectors of the community
Numerous participative projects devised and realised with a diverse cross section of community
Experience of directing large crews and actors for single camera fiction and documentary
Final Cut Pro Editor, with recent broadcast credits with BBC Scotland/Hopscotch films, BBC Alba/Solus Productions, BBC Alba/Sealladh and recent corporate work for Media Coop, Real PR and 55Degrees
1990-91 University of Bristol, Postgraduate Certificate in Radio, Film,Television. (Yuris Podnieks Latvia Exchange Student to USSR, 1991)
1986-90 University of Glasgow, MA(hons) English Lit and Film & TV Studies, 2,1 MacTaggart Prize in Film and Video, Awardee, 1989.
Main Awards and Nominations
Winner, Scotland Regards, Krafta Film Festival 2017 for Alasdair Gray, a Life in Progress
Shortlisted, best documentary, Scottish Youth Film Festival 2017, participative film Coats’ Tails
Winner, St Andrew’s Film Festival 2015, participative project Loops and Cycles short film
Gold Award Public Sector Campaign Best use of Media Office of Scottish Information Commissioner’s (OSIC) five years of Freedom of Information campaign CIPR Scotland Awards 2010, Real – PR (filmmaker)
Silver Award, Generations Working Together Film and Video Competition 2010 – Animation and Walking the Stories , Highland Council (workshop leader)
Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions [ASVA] award 2009 for Best Big Idea – Forth’s Timeline, Matthews Marketing, Bett Associates (filmmaker)
BAFTA New Talent Scotland “Best Documentary” nomination 2002 – “Unlikely Murals, Mostly”(Camera/Director)
Silver Audience award Houston FilmFest 2002, Highly Commended London Regus Film Festival Turner Classics 2000 – “The Important Parts of a True Story”(Writer/Director)
Best Documentary Celtic Film Festival 1994, RTS Best Regional Documentary 1994 nomination – “Just Another Sinner, a Profile of RD Laing (Writer and Assistant Producer).
Selected Film/Video Production Work
Creativity 10 x 2 minute, Education Scotland, stop frame animation series (April 17-April 18)
Sitting Room Cinema, 90 minutes, Renfrewshire Leisure, documentary (October 2016 – present)
Step Up, Numeracy in schools, 17 minutes, West Dumbarton Council, documentary (Aug 16- May 17)
Renfrewshire Literacy Approach, 4 x 10 minutes, training films (June – December 2016)
House for an Art Lover, HAL Trust, 11 minutes, documentary (June – Sept 2016)
Paisley Filmmaker, Falconer Houston, Renfrewshire Leisure, 16 minutes (Sept-Nov 2015)
Creative Catalysts, 20 & 4 mins, Education Scotland, Emporium of Dangerous Ideas.(March-June 2015) documentary
Co-operative Scotland, 6 mins, (October 2015) short conference film detailing the achievements of the movement for the party conference.
The Abbey Drain, 5 min, Renfrewshire Leisure (October 2015) short about the Medieval Drain underneath Paisley Abbey.
Creative Catalysts, 20 mins and 4 mins, Education Scotland, (March-June 2015) documentary following flagship project for Education Scotland Creativity Portal Project for screening at Emporium of Dangerous Ideas.
Alasdair Gray at Eighty, Hopscotch Television and BBC 2 Scotland, camera, editor and director of 60 minute cut of Life in Progress tx 27/12/14
An Oidhche ron Nollaig, Childrens Gaelic, 10 minutes, Sealladh Productions and BBC Alba, Editor FCP, (Dec 2014), Short for Christmas Eve, drama and readings to camera tx 24/12/14
McQueen of Scots, Arts Documentary, 60 minutes, Solus Productions and BBC Alba, Editor FCP, (October/Nov 2014), hour long film on Scottish roots of designer tx 24/12/15
Artists Toolkit, Arts Documentary, 15 minutes, Artworks Scotland, Director/Producer (Oct 13-June 14) Research project with film output around participative arts work in education, funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Creative Scotland and Artworks Scotland
Freelance Camera and Editor, Media Coop, (January 2014 – Present) various productions for BBC Alba, Scottish Piping Centre and Cooperative Society.
Crossroads Care, Social Care Corporates, 5 x 15 minutes, Real-PR and Crossroads Care, Director/Camera/Producer, (Nov 2013 – August 2014), series of 5 short films for leading care charity looking at case studies for intensive support of people with a variety of challenging conditions.
Documenting Grierson, Arts Documentary, 30 minutes, BBC Scotland/Hopscotch Productions, Editor FCP, (September/October 2014) Working with director Laurence Henson, who was Grierson’s assistant, to bring to conclusion film developed over period of ten years
Alasdair Gray, a Life in Progress, Feature Documentary, 94 minutes, Creative Scotland/Hopscotch Productions, Camera/Director/Editor, bringing together 15 years of material that I have shot of Scotland’s most influential writer and artist. Work in progress screening @ Glasgow Film Festival Feb 13 with Q and A, and presentation around my work to public in CCA, further progressed cut Dunoon International Film Festival June 2013. BAFTA preview screening, Nov 13. World Premier Sheffield Doc Fest 2014. Leeds International Festival. Scottish tour 2015.
Baile Beag agus Baile Mor, Arts documentary, 15 minutes, North Ayrshire, Bord Na Gadhlig, Fimmaker, (Oct 2012 – June 2013), animation workshops and film commission, cross generation and arts project devised by myself and delivered by Gaelic speaking artists and writers.
Artworks Scotland, Constructing the Larger Narrative, Arts Education Documentary, 15 minutes, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Artworks Scotland, Creative Scotland, Director/Producer. short contextualising film and key note speeches, (November 2012)
Unity Enterprises DVD, Social Care Corporate, 2 x 8 minutes, Unity Enterprises, Real PR, Camera/Director/Editor. Presented by River City’s, , these films give an insight into the learning, recreation and work opportunities available to people with learning disabilities (July/Aug 2012) Nominated for award in Public Relations PRide awards Scotland
Shall we Dance?, Arts Documentary, 20 minutes, Magnetic North, Creative Scotland, Camera/Editor/Co-Director, (April 2010 – Aug 2012) working with director Nick Bone on longitudinal study following older people over two years as they make dancing part of their lives.
Freedom of Information and C Diff, Campaign Film/Corporate, 8 minutes, Freedom of Information Commission, Real PR, Camera/Director, (April 2012). Short looking at the devastating effects of C Diff and the ways in which FOI requests have helped bereft relatives.
Colmonell Primary School Design – Pupils’ View, Arts Education, 7 minutes, Architecture and Design Scotland, Camera/Editor (March 2012). Pupils view of innovative eco design of school.
Dolphin House Residency Film Arts Education, 13 minutes, South Ayrshire Council, Camera/Director, (April-March 2012) film about a group of young people taking residential art project
Spate River, Pop Promo/Projections, 6 minutes, Dan Haywood and the New Hawks/Timberland Recordings, DIRECTOR, 2010, shot on location in Outer Hebrides
Some Further Commissions 1991-2010
Turn Your Face to the River, Installation, Various Projections, Clackmannanshire Council, Scottish Government Experimental Commission/Installation 2009-2010 exploring Alloa’s relationship to the river that runs through it
PPI School Build, Observational doc, 5 x 20minutes, North Ayrshire Council, Camera/editor/producer, 2005 – 2008 Longitudinal study of four schools making the transition to new buildings following pupils, teachers and key council staff
0-70, Artworks BBC Scotland, 30 minutes, Director/Editor/OBS DV. Documentary on author and artist Alasdair Gray for BBC Scotland series “Artworks Scotland” (TX 14/11/2004) Hopscotchfilms.co.uk, excerpts from this programme featured on BBC show Watching Ourselves, 60 years of arts tv in scotland (Jan 2013).
Unlikely Murals, Mostly, Arts Documentary, 30 minutes, Director, 16mm Camera. Experimental documentary for Scottish TV series “Artery” (TX, 29/07/2001, 30/7/2001). Screenings Krakow(2001) and Braunschwieg(2002), BAFTA New Talent Awards “Best Documentary” nomination. (2001, colour DigiBeta Sp and 16mm, 23 mins)
The Important Parts of a True Story, Drama, (2000, 16mm B&W, 13 mins) Director/Writer Scottish Screen/The Scottish Arts Council. Drama, EIFF 2000; “Highly Commended” London Regus Film Festival 2000; Hills Festival, Krakow 2000; Noir Festival Rome, Dec 2001.
The Day Lasts a Thousand Years, Director/animator-ANIMATOR. Animation, BBC Alba (2000, colour 16mm and Beta SP, 5mins)
Shoot the Refugees, DIRECTOR/WRITER. Drama First Screen Images Europe, Le Groupe de Recherches Cinematographique, Eurocreation and Canal Plus. EIFF ‘95, Sarajevo ‘95; TX Canal Plus ‘94, Scottish ‘93 and ‘94. (1993, Colour/B&W , 16mm, 6mins)
Alasdair Gray interviews himself from Hopscotch Feature Documentary “Life in Progress”
Further Promotional, Educational, Research Video Produced 2005-2011
Education in WDC Education Department Promotional Film West Dumbartonshire Council (June – July 2011), Freedom of Information End of Year Report FOI Commission, Matthews Marketing (January – March 2011) Freedom of Information Conference FOI Commission & Holyrood Magazine (December 10 – Jan 2011). Lighthouses and Citadels South Ayrshire Council (August 09 – June 2010). Freedom of Information FOI Commission, Matthews Marketing (December 09 – Feb 2010). Forthstimeline.com Matthews Marketing, Bett Associates (Jan 09-May 09), Forensics in Schools, (North Ayrshire Counci, 2008), Beatles Archive Film, (North Ayrshire Council, 2008). Lumen, (North Ayrshire Council, 2008), Step Together, (North Ayrshire Council, 2008) A Young Person’s Guide to Museums, (Glasgow Museums 2007) Ole II, Spanish language and Dance, (North Ayrshire Council, 2006) Ship Sail, (Glasgow City Council, Museums and Education Services 2006) Breakdancing (Dance Motivator, West Dunbartonshire Council 2006) The STAND (Arts and Educational Links Programme, West Dunbartonshire Council 2006) Local Action Fund (West Dunbartonshire Strategic Community Safety Partnership 2006)The Pulse Promo (Community Safety Partnership, West Dunbartonshire Council, 2005) Arts and Education Links Programme video and DVD, 12 minutes, 2005 (West Dunbartonshire Council 2005), Ole, Spanish language and Dance, (North Ayrshire Council, 2005)
Selected Film/Art/Education Projects 2008-present
2016 to present, Lead Practitioner, Scottish Film Education, teaching film literacy to teachers
February- May 2016, Make Strange, Director’s Programme Glasgow International Festival, live 16m processing and screen printing studio with Eritrean Asylum Seekers, Exhibition January 2017 at 103 Trongate
December 2015, One Place to Another, Scottish Refugee Council and Holocaust Memorial Trust, animation and recollection project with Eritrean Asylum Seekers
Nov and May 2015, Moving image production CLPL, East Ayrshire
July 2015 – August 2015/2016 Youth Engagement Project Summer School, Animation/16mm film
Dec 2014, Holocaust Memorial Day, animation workshops, South Ayrshire Council.
April 2014 – June 2014 See It Make It, filmmaker commission to work with three rural schools across East Ayrshire funded by IntoFilm and Paul Hamlyn Foundation
May 2014 Digital Commonwealth, Social Media project in schools in Argyle and East Dumbarton, UWS
June 2012 Helmsdale Animation Workshop Highland Council Youth Development. “Film in a Day” Animation developed from recordings with local children with storyteller Bob Pegg.
February 2012 – November 2012 Calman, Arts Project, 10 minutes, Calman Trust/Creative Scotland, (Feb 2012 – Nov 2012) Artworks Inspiring Communities public art residency with young adults in Inverness to create installations, giant working zoetrope animation and film.
Aug 2011 – Sept 2011 Molecules in Motion Creativity Lab at the Learning and Teaching Festival Working with a primary school and artist Gillian Steel and dancer Daniel Aing to create a “live” project promoting the impact of engagement with the arts in an educational environment. Funded by Creative Scotland.
June 2011 Royal Society of Edinburgh Masterclass, Dumfries Leading workshop with young people with in higher and secondary education with an interest in film, video and animation.
Jan 2011 – March 2011 Sutherland Animation Workshops Highland Council Youth Development resulting in three short films covering smoking cessation and local story telling.
Opening Up Film, 10 minutes, Aberdeenshire Council Arts Development (Nov 10 – June 11) participation from a highly diverse group of adult, including people with brain injuries, learning disabilities, substance abuse issues and mental health conditions in rural Aberdeenshire
Oct 2010 – May 2011 St John’s PS Film Residency South Ayrshire Council. Tasked with developing a – now successful – application for Firstlight funding, I worked towards making a series of short films with the upper primary in collaboration with the pupils, screenwriter Eleanor Yule and a composer Allan Mckeown
March 2009 – March 2010, 25 minutes, Tales From a Village Inverclyde Council/Awards for All, Oral history and animation project, pupils interviewed people who had been children in their village after WW2, using the anecdotes to create animation.