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In December 2019, I was part of the social media team tasked with covering Gareth Thomas's epic journey from Cardiff to Aberdeen: the 'Tour De Trophy'.
Gareth was raising money for Sport Relief, and the challenge was to take the SPOTY Trophy from Geraint Thomas in Cardiff to the awards in Aberdeen.
Over one week, we shot, produced and edited video content every day, using a combination of our own DSLR camera and mobile footage, and broadcast footage provided to us by the BBC.
As we were on the move with Gareth, we had very small time-frames in which to shoot footage of him, and many times had to edit whilst squashed in the backs of cars and trucks that were part of Gareth's support team!
Our output consisted of daily highlights...
...as well as extra features about Gareth and his team...
...and the spontaneous, emotional moments!
Overall the project was a success, with over 1m views and 10m+ impressions than 5Live's average.
The project was a massive learning curve for me, providing me with vital experience on producing work and meeting deadlines under pressure.
It was also great to work as part of a team - not just the social media team, but the wider support team - all pulling together towards the same goal.
It was an experience I'll never forget, and I'm hugely grateful to Siml Social and BBC 5Live for the opportunity.
Since I began as a freelancer, I have produced regular content
for political party Plaid Cymru (Party of Wales).
I produced this video in May 2020 and it's the most successful so far in terms of views, getting over 220,000 at the time of writing, with a further 30,000 on the Welsh-language version.
Plaid first got in touch with me after seeing this video I produced as a personal project of the Welsh Independence March in Cardiff in 2019.
The video ended up with over 75,000 views on Twitter and Facebook combined.
They then asked me to produce a video celebrating people who were first time Plaid voters in the 2019 European Elections.
Following the success of this video, they commissioned me to create biography videos for several of their candidates in the 2019 General Election:
These videos had over 200,000 views in total on Facebook and Twitter, and were all bilingual - in Welsh and English.
Since then, I've produced other videos for Plaid Cymru and plan to continue to do so leading into the Welsh Parliamentary Elections in 2021.
I first established a working relationship with Pontypool when I pitched a documentary to them in January 2019.
I wanted to document the story of how the club had gone from the brink of bankruptcy to within 'one game' of promotion back to the Welsh Premiership, which they had been forcibly relegated from in 2012.
Following the success of the documentary, I then joined the club for the 2019/20 season, producing all of their video content to go out on their social media.
The club hadn't had this service before, so it was very much starting from scratch. I filmed, edited and published highlights, interviews and extra features throughout the season.
The most popular feature was 'Pooler RAW', a behind-the-scenes feature showing all the goings-on of a match day at Pontypool Park, including team talks.
Working with Pontypool was a great experience, allowing me to develop my videography skills and experiment on video content with an engaged audience. It was also beneficial to work with the club's CEO Ben Jeffreys on a social media strategy to best engage and grow the club's audience.
This aim was achieved over the course of the season, which was unfortunately cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic with Pontypool on the verge of promotion.
My work for the WRU has been predominantly with the community section, specifically in Gwent, helping to promote youth rugby in the region.
The first 'Youth Rugby Rising' project was in 2019 and focused on Brynmawr and Pontypool United. The videos aimed to showcase youth rugby and capture the ethos in order to encourage more players to continue playing rugby beyond the junior stage of 11 to 16.
Following the success of the first project, I was tasked with a second project, this time focusing on Caerphilly and Newbridge. We took this one a step further, going along to training and also putting together a match edit to further capture the essence of youth rugby.
I've also worked with the production company that provides the video content for the Welsh national team, Lens 360. I shot footage of the WRU's Road to the Principality and Varsity 2019, which was used in S4C's rugby show Y Clwb Rygbi (The Rugby Club).
The work I provided for the FAW was via production company Eat Sleep Media, who produce a monthly magazine show called FC Cymru, covering all the stories from grassroots football in Wales.
The first work I produced for them was in August 2019, where they asked me to shoot and edit a piece on charity Kicking Off Against Cancer, who were attempting a world record for the longest ever eleven a side football match with no breaks.
The package can be found at 2:20 in this episode of FC Cymru, which was nominated for a Welsh BAFTA.
I then produced further work for FC Cymru over the next few months, including packages on the Welsh Futsal team and a preview of the Nathaniel MG Cup final.
Golwg 360 are a Welsh-language news outlet. They approached me in February 2020 with the task of producing social media content for their channels. These videos were to be a combination of news and factual information.
The first video was to celebrate International Women's Day. I produced a video celebrating five Welsh women and their achievements.
I then produced a news video for Golwg, reporting on the floods that hit many areas of south Wales. The dimensions of this video were adjusted to be optimal for mobile viewing.
The third video I produced for Golwg was for Dydd Crempog (Pancake Day). I got creative with this video, shooting the content myself to use as b-roll to assist the graphics.
The latest video I've produced for Golwg was one reporting on how the Covid-19 pandemic was affecting local businesses in Cardiff pre-lockdown.
Get the boys a lift
In July 2019, I interviewed Gareth Owens. Gareth had hitchhiked around Wales in 2016, raising money for mental health charity Papyrus.
This grew over the next few years to be a race between him and several friends, and culminated with them opening up a NPO coffee shop that uses its proceeds to raise money for mental health services. They even have a fully qualified counsellor working from there full-time.
The video I made about his story led to me being nominated for a Welsh Media Award in the Student of the Year category, which at the time of writing is yet to take place due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Jiw Jiw films
Jiw Jiw Films is a channel setup by myself and my partner, Manon Evans. We set it up with the idea of having a platform where we could produce documentaries, vlogs and other content we are interested in.
The first film we made was about the Coronavirus outbreak and it's effect on Cardiff.
We currently have two films in production; one of which is about the Black Lives Matter movement in Wales and the other is about the rise of the Welsh language in Welsh football fan culture.