Hi there, my name's Howard Berry and welcome to my website. I am Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Post-Production for the undergraduate BA (Hons) degrees in Film and Television Documentary, Entertainment and Fiction at the University of Hertfordshire, and an Apple Master Trainer.
I have a broad range of industry experience, from working as a visual effects editor and rotoscope artist on mainstream feature films, to post-production for short films, commercials, concert videos, documentaries, corporate videos, oral history interviews, in roles including editor, motion graphics designer and colourist. I can edit with Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro, and I am also a skilled user of FilmLight BaseLight, Adobe After Effects, Apple Color, Motion, Sibelius, Cubase, Soundtrack Pro, LightWave and Shake. I can also operate a Steenbeck and cut film manually, should the need arise! I have also worked as a Producer for short drama and also documentaries.
Most recently I have been working on several productions. The first, Smile, Baby, Smile, is a 17-minute short drama adaptation from a short story by Deborah Moggach. The film premiered in December 2012, and will be screened in Florida in the February 2013. The second film I am working on is a 45-minute drama in the style of a Dynasty-style soap opera, entitled Impirioso. Parts of the film were shot at Hatfield House, which has been used as the location for several feature films The film is due to be premiered in January 2013, and has been written and directed by the artist Sarah Baker.
Last academic year, 2011-12, I was very proud to be the University of Hertfordshire Tutor of the Year. Students nominate the people they think most deserve recognition for outstanding commitment to and achievement in excellence in inspirational teaching with over 160 students nominating tutors in this category. I was commended for having passion for my subject and for my ability to enthuse my students. Students say I am "friendly, fun, patient, supportive, organised, intellectually stimulating, sincere, caring and a great teacher". I was described as "an asset to the course and to the University".
I am also co-founder of The Elstree Project which is an oral history project, designed to record, preserve, share and inform others about the history of the various film and television studios which have and continue to exist in Elstree and Borehamwood. In this role, I have worked as a Producer, Director, Camera Operator, DoP, Sound Recordist and Editor! So far, I have directed 32 documentaries, with more in progress. More information can be found on the project website.
Finally, I make regular weekly appearances on BBC Three Counties Radio as a guest panelist for the Friday night Entertainment Hour, which is part of the Drivetime show presented by Roberto Perrone. Even if you don't live within the Three Counties area, you can always listen live or on catch-up through BBC iPlayer.
If you would like to contact me, please use the links at the bottom of the page.