Peggy Vassiliou

Peggy Vassiliou

Associate Producer, Producer/Director

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About Me

PROFILE
I am an RTS award winning Director/Associate Producer, with over ten years of experience working in Television Documentary production specialising in social, cultural & historical documentaries. I trained at the BBC and gained competence in scripting, self-shooting, sound recording, and Avid off-line editing.
I have filmed in the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Guatemala, and Cyprus, developed projects

PROFILE
I am an RTS award winning Director/Associate Producer, with over ten years of experience working in Television Documentary production specialising in social, cultural & historical documentaries. I trained at the BBC and gained competence in scripting, self-shooting, sound recording, and Avid off-line editing.
I have filmed in the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Guatemala, and Cyprus, developed projects and set up shoots in Italy, Chile, Cuba and Nepal. My broadcast credits include BBC, CHANNEL 4, DISCOVERY and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, on various formats, from presenter-led Programmes to studio recons, and from talking heads to observational stories and drama-docs. Further relevant skills include languages. I speak English, Greek, French and Spanish, which has proved very handy in a variety of filming conditions and challenging locations across the world.
I would say I am in my element working on evocative documentaries, often as a member of a small team.

GENERAL
Maverick documentary filmmaker Paul Watson described my work as:
"a film that set out to unpeel history and its many layers of rights and wrongs. Dignified images and respect for its contributors helped us all to better understand a complicated injustice."
My biggest strengths are:
1) finding original subject ideas and unusual ways to tell stories
2) sourcing the most charismatic contributors from all walks of life
3) supporting my working team in all capacities, and staying in a good mood!
4) dealing creatively with all technical aspects of filmmaking
5) delivering within times and budget constraints
6) writing pitches, and ensuring commissions

KEY SKILLS
Skills based on previous experience include the ability to:
1) WRITE Interview questions, proposals and treatments, and develop narratives in scripts
2) INTERVIEW contributors and experts
3) DIRECT pilots and trailers, actuality sequences on DV, as well as presenters and VO artists
4) SET UP SHOOTS in UK and abroad, sourcing contributors, talents, actors & locations, ensuring shoots run smoothly, managing location budgets, issuing filming permits, and driving production vehicles
5) RESEARCH thoroughly in both Programme Development and Production, generating resourceful ideas
5) ARCHIVE RESEARCH, sourcing & clearing footage, stills, articles and music
6) SELF-SHOOT actuality sequences, interviews, and GVS on Z1 cameras, and RECORD the sound using SQN mixer, various mics & booms
7) EDIT hands-on using Avid Xpress system, write paper edits, supervise edits, and take editorial decisions over music & CGI
8) DEVELOP Programme ideas, participate in pitching labs, and pitch proposals & trailers at various European broadcasters, such as ARTE, BBC4, AVRO Netherlands, ERT Greece, Discovery etc
9) WORK WITH LANGUAGES, speaking fluent Greek, French and Spanis
10) ADOPT a broad cultural and social awareness and understanding

SPECIALISMS
My Programme credits include arts, religion, antiquity, history, science, language, educational, social and cultural Programmes, travelogue, wildlife, drama documentaries, story and issues-led Programmes for TV, as well as NGOs .

I have travelled extensively around the Mediterranean basin and obtained a crisp understanding of the cross-Mediterranean culture and a contacts book full of regional contributors. My areas of specialist knowledge include literature, history, religion, music, art and life practices in the region, both in South Europe and North Africa.
My interest also expands to the Middle East, with emphasis on clashes and common practices. I'm also very much attracted to Latin American cultures and their social and political histories, with experience in filming and developing. However I can equally be interested in various other subject-areas, both in development and production.

Finally my early academic background in engineering encourages me to better understand how to put human flesh on the bones of things scientific.

My aim is to continue my passion for the documentary and contribute to challenging Programmes that impact profoundly on their audience.

Credits

A PLACE IN THE SUN - WINTER SUN (Jan 2013 - Jan 2013)

Freeform Productions

Associate Producer

GREECE - IS THERE ANOTHER WAY? (Jan 2012 - Jan 2012)

Video Gems

Development Producer

A PLACE IN THE SUN - SUMMER SUN (Jan 2012 - Jan 2012)

Freeform Productions

Associate Producer

THE DISCIPLINE OF DOUBT (Jan 2011 - Jan 2011)

Bousios Productions

Edit Producer

ANCIENT X-FILES (Jan 2011 - Jan 2011)

WAG TV

Associate Producer

GODS AND MONSTERS - HOMER'S ODYSSEY (Jan 2010 - Jan 2010)

BBC4

Associate Producer

Forests for the People (Jan 2010 - Jan 2010)

Earthsight

Producer/Director

SECRETS OF THE CROSS (Jan 2008 - Jan 2008)

CTVC

Assistant Producer

WOMEN OF DEVOTION (Jan 2007 - Jan 2007)

Bousios Productions

Associate Producer

THE IDAHO BEAR PROJECT (Jan 2006 - Jan 2006)

WSPA

Director

Equipment

Radio Mics, SQN mixer
Off-Line Digital Editing (Avid DV Xpress, Media Composer)
Film subtitling systems
HDV cameras

Additional Information

Industries

Film, TV

Programme Types

Arts, Biography, Corporate, Current Affairs, Daytime, Documentary, Drama Reconstruction, Dramatised Documentary, Education, Food, Health, Historical Documentary, Investigative, Leisure, Music, Natural History, Observational Documentary, Outside Broadcast, Property, Religion, Science, Travel, Youth

Specialisms

Africa, Afro-Caribbean culture, Animal welfare, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Art History, Arts, Cinema/Film, Community, Copyright Clearance, Corporate Films, Current Affairs, Dance, Disability/Special Needs, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment, Ethnic, Farming, Food, Geography, Health, History, Human Rights, Interior Design, International Affairs, Internet, Journalism, Languages, Latin America, Literature, Location Filming, Maths, Middle East, Music, Natural History, News & Current Affairs, Outside Broadcast, Paleontology, People Finding, Philosophy, Photography, Politics, Popular Culture, Programme Development, Programme Formatting, Psychology, Religion, Rights Acquisition, Science, Social Anthropology, Social Issues, Sociology, Technology, Theatre, Topography, Tourism, Travel, Wildlife, Wine, Womens Issues, Writing, Zoology

Equipment

Radio Mics, SQN mixer
Off-Line Digital Editing (Avid DV Xpress, Media Composer)
Film subtitling systems
HDV cameras

Additional Information

Industries

Film, TV

Programme Types

Arts, Biography, Corporate, Current Affairs, Daytime, Documentary, Drama Reconstruction, Dramatised Documentary, Education, Food, Health, Historical Documentary, Investigative, Leisure, Music, Natural History, Observational Documentary, Outside Broadcast, Property, Religion, Science, Travel, Youth

Specialisms

Africa, Afro-Caribbean culture, Animal welfare, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Art History, Arts, Cinema/Film, Community, Copyright Clearance, Corporate Films, Current Affairs, Dance, Disability/Special Needs, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment, Ethnic, Farming, Food, Geography, Health, History, Human Rights, Interior Design, International Affairs, Internet, Journalism, Languages, Latin America, Literature, Location Filming, Maths, Middle East, Music, Natural History, News & Current Affairs, Outside Broadcast, Paleontology, People Finding, Philosophy, Photography, Politics, Popular Culture, Programme Development, Programme Formatting, Psychology, Religion, Rights Acquisition, Science, Social Anthropology, Social Issues, Sociology, Technology, Theatre, Topography, Tourism, Travel, Wildlife, Wine, Womens Issues, Writing, Zoology