We love our job and have a collective experience of over a quarter of a century. Coming to work is a pleasure because the members that make up Focus 7 believe in the work we do.
We feel lucky to be doing a job that we love and this is reflected in the way and quality of our work. We are proud of our company and its standing within our community.
We both know we are good at what we do and this is reflected in the amount of repeat clients and increased business from recommendations. We understand the power of the media and the moving image, we like to use freelancers as this helps keep our films fresh. If we think we need a shot of dawn breaking then we will get up early and get that shot, we persevere till we are happy both creatively and personally. Our passion is contagious…
Robin Smith – Producer/Director
Robin has been working in the industry since 1998, he first cut his teeth at local station Channel 7 in Grimsby, where he worked as a cameraman and editor as well as producing /directing a 6 x 10 min series about local paranormal activities for a magazine show. Then a year later he moved to London to work for Arabic broadcaster MBC ‘Middle East Broadcasting Centre’ in Battersea. Robin undertook numerous roles for MBC including Camera Operations, News cutting, Quality control, Censoring for a Muslim audience, VT Operator, Dubbing and Transmission. During this time Robin also undertook numerous freelance jobs including the May Day Riots, Queen Mothers Funeral and her lying in State. He was working on the BBC 2 highlights show of the TUC conference from Brighton on September 11th 2001, during which he was a part of the news coverage for that day being broadcast across all the BBC platforms as events unfolded.
When MBC relocated to Dubai, Robin moved back North in 2003, and quickly established himself as a freelance producer/cameraman/editor undertaking numerous broadcast and corporate productions in the last 6 years. Robin has undertaken work the Sky Channel, Propeller, directing 30 plus episodes of Animae Network in 2008, a 2 hour Manga style animation based show and is still shooting for them and their corporate arm. He has been a camera operator for Motors TV, Sky Sports and ITV sport and Robin was employed at the G20 Summit and Afghan Summit by Feltech the host broadcaster as one of their on site editors for the duration of the summit. Then for the 2010 UK elections and the Papal Visit, Robin was a cameraman for Associated Press and Feltech who were the F.C.O. Host Broadcasters respectively.
Robin in his spare time makes short films as part of an award team entering their productions into film festivals around the world and got a first place in Toronto at the Broccoli Green Sprouts Film Festival as part of the 10th International Canadian film festival with ‘Car v car’, a third in the Sheffield’s Reduction seven day film challenge with ‘3 men in a pub’, a commendation at the Institute of Videographer’s in Coventry with ‘Whale of a time’ . He was the writer/director/producer of War of the Wolds, a short trailer for a non existent film which was entered into the Virgin Media Shorts Festival in 2009. Gaining 4th highest viewed film overall out of 1800 films and top in the sci fi genre. These trailers continue to open doors for Robin as a filmmaker. In 2010, Robin wrote, directed, produced and edited the ASB Experiment for the Meniscus Film Festival in Grimsby which he shot entirely on a GO PRO sports camera.
Sean Atkinson began his media career with training at East Coast Media in 1997.
After completing a Level 3 City and Guilds qualification sean spent time volunteering at the currently longest running community TV station at the Immage Studios; Channel 7. Sean helped to deliver a variety of aspects of program production, working both behind and in front of the camera.
Over the past 10 years Sean has assisted with live broadcasts, studio and location shoots. Sean has worked as director, producer, cameraman and editor on a variety of productions. In August 1999 Sean set up a production company Focus 7 Ltd. with help from the Princes Trust.
In 2000 sean was awarded an On the line Millennium award and used the money to make an international documentary charting the life of 4 families living on the meridian line, two were in Ghana and two in the UK(Cleethorpes). The films were shown to school children in both countries.
Sean is a very innovative worker and in 2004 co directed and produced an interactive DVD film (Triple Jeopardy). The film pushed the boundaries of DVD watching with a viewer choice available; at points in the film you get to decide which character you will follow through the story.
2005 saw Sean work as camera operator on an Royal Television Society award winning documentary ‘Being Different is Cool’ made for Teachers TV.
2006 Sean qualified as a master member of the Institute of Videography.
2008 and 2009 has seen Sean continue to develop his skills qualifying with Final Cut Pro and gaining official Apple Certification in various pro software packages. Together with a new teaching qualification Sean skill base for sharing his knowledge enable him to work as a tutor for both children and adults including working with people with complex needs.
2010 and 11 have seen more skills development and a progression to working on longer film projects and feature films including working with high profile actors.
Further to the his work with Focus 7 Sean has successfully helped to set up two other community media projects; Nunny TV and Synergy (Grimsby) Ltd. Sean continues as an unpaid Director of Synergy. Sean is also an unpaid director of an indoor action games arena, Arena Airsoft Ltd. and volunteers for the local film festival group Meniscus Films.
Sean has made over 50 Short films and produced a large number of corporate and communication videos. Sean has worked for over 12 years with media as his main employment.