Lucy Smith – Development AP
Mobile: (+44) 07736 449491
Self-shooting development AP with experience writing commissioner-ready treatments, developing and producing TV pilots, in addition to shooting and editing sizzle tapes. I am constantly coming up with ideas drawn from the people I meet, the books I read and the content I watch and I hope to use my skills to help create the factual entertainment formats of the future.
- Treatment writing, pitch documents and presentations
- Complex graphic design for proposals with Adobe Photoshop
- Self-shooting on Panasonic DVX200s, FS7s and Canon C300s
- Editing on Avid, Premiere and FCP
- Directing multi-camera and single camera
Development AP, Firecracker Films (Jan 2018 – present)
Line manager – Emma Morgan, Creative Head of Factual
Development Researcher, betty (Jan – Dec 2017)
Devised and researched format ideas, wrote treatments, created graphics, produced taster tapes and pitched to commissioners, in addition to coordinating all paid developments. My ideas have reached the highest levels at ITV, Netflix and C4. Paid developments I worked on inc. Gone to Pot (Sue Murphy, ITV), 10k Holiday Home (Kate Teckman, ITV), Dina Torkia (Gilly Greenslade, C4), Naked Truth (Kelly Webb-Lamb, C4), Avant Gardener (C4), Josh James (Laura Crowson, Disc US) Line manager – Damian Pitman, Head of Development / Nadine Furlong, Acting Head of Development
Researcher, Gone to Pot, ITV, betty (Aug – Sept 2017)
Created sequence-by-sequence episode storyboards on Photoshop, researched and booked locations, cast celebrity contributors, applied for film permits and interviewed public contributors. Line manager – Ceri Jones, Executive Producer
Researcher, My 10k Holiday Home, ITV, betty (April – May 2017)
Found holiday homes for under £10k and negotiated chosen property down to £5.5k from £12k, and led extensive casting process – sourcing six featured contributors. Line manager – Sarah Eglin, Executive Producer
Development Placement, BBC Creative Label (May 2016)
Developed and wrote original formats, also worked on two new factual formats researching locations and casting. Line manager – Charlie Nicholson, Head of Development.
Talent Runner, Strictly Come Dancing: Series 13, BBC (Sept – Dec 2015)
Looked after celebrity talent, managed rehearsal, make-up and TX schedules and liaised closely with floor managers in live multi-camera studio environment.
Junior Development Researcher, Zig Zag Productions (July 2015)
Developed format ideas and wrote treatments and pitch documents for fact ent shows. Line manager – Katie Cox, Head of Development
Runner and Logger, The Office Xmas Party, Chalkboard TV (Oct – Nov 2014)
Logged footage on T-Coder, managed contributors, data wrangled and handled camera kit.
BBC Production Talent Pool (Sept 2014 – Oct 2016)
Selected from over 4,000 applicants for the London talent pool.
Producer, Against All Odds, NFTS (Jan – Dec 2016) – currently optioned by betty, won Best Unscripted Pilot award at the New York TV Festival 2017
Developed original game show format, undertook all pre-production inc. casting, negotiating access, sourcing experts, compiling risk assessments, briefing cast and crew. Also managed crew of 16 on location in the Lake District with ambitious sequences inc. abseil down waterfall and mountain trek up Helvellyn. Produced post-production pipeline – offline, online, track-lay and mix.
Multi-Camera Director, Outside the Box, NFTS (Sept – Nov 2015)
Directed live 45-minute magazine show from gallery inc. busked music and interview sequences, created multi-camera script with camera plans and led TPM. Also shot and edited VTs.
Assistant Producer, Family Feast Fight, NFTS (Oct 2015)
Helped producer in gallery, managing continuity and script revisions.
Assistant Producer, The Great British Butler, NFTS (Sept 2015)
Managed contestants, directed judges’ commentary and interviewed contestants.
Producer, Toast, NFTS (April – June 2015)
Developed and produced half-hour studio breakfast show, wrote presenter script on Adobe Story, cast contributors, managed schedules and budget, ensured all risk assessments and documentation was in place and managed crew of 20 in a multi-camera studio.
Founding Member, Women in Film and TV (Feb 2015 – present)
Whilst at the NFTS, helped found Women in Film and TV society to help female professionals network within the industry and balance a successful career.
Producer, NADSAT Productions (Sept 2010 – July 2013)
Produced shows in Durham and at Edinburgh Festival, inc. sell-out shows Hamlet and Salome.
Commercial filmmaker, ThwackMedia (June 2009 – December 2014)
Made commissioned commercial films for Swag Bag, the Harrogate Flower Show, Tough Guy, my school and university.
Head of Features, Palatinate TV (Sept 2010 – July 2012)
Founding member of the university TV station. I shot and presented feature documentaries on subjects such as Klute, the Harry Potter module, Facebook and the student protests.
Freelance PR & Social Media Consultant & Copywriter (Sept 2014 – 2017)
Worked with SMEs and production companies to develop and implement effective communications strategies in off- and online press and across social media, inc. writing web copy and blog posts.
Diffusion PR, Campaign Exec. (Sept 2013 – Sept 2014)
Managed media and client relationships, wrote press releases and feature articles to secure national, lifestyle and broadcast coverage for my clients – won ‘agency hit of the year’.
National Film & TV School (2015-17) – Producing & Directing TV Entertainment MA (Distinction)
Durham University (2010-13) – English Literature BA Dunelm (1st) + VC Arts Scholarship
Harrogate College (2001-09) – A-Levels: Eng. Lit. A, Hist. A, Geog. A, Drama A / GCSEs: 10 A*s
References available on request.