Hi there, my name's Howard Berry and welcome to my website. I am a filmmaker, broadcaster, picture editor, occasional producer and director and Head of Post-Production and Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. I am Avid and Apple certified, and have my own edit suite, with full colour grading facilities in my studio in Hertfordshire.
My passion is for visual storytelling and films. I am currently working on the edit and colour grade of a new short film by Jayamac Productions, entitled "Connie", which was commissioned by Disability Wales and the Gwent Police. It's due for completion in June 2016. My other current work is two short documentaries for Elstree Studios, with interviews with the cast from the classic sitcom On The Buses.
From Borehamwood to Hollywood tells the story of 100 years of filmmaking in Elstree and Borehamwood, and had its premiere in October. For this production I have filmed at Elstree Studios, the BBC Elstree Centre and DreamWorks Pictures, with icons of film and TV including Sir Roger Moore, Brian Blessed, Steven Spielberg, Barbara Windsor, and Simon Pegg. The film also makes use of archive material and clips from classic icon films, including work from the archives of British Pathé, StudioCanal and Warner Brothers. The BFI hold a copy of the documentary in the British national archive.
On the Banks of the Beane is a documentary about the plight of a chalk stream in Hertfordshire, commissioned by the River Beane Restoration Association. I filmed at the Houses of Parliament, shot aerial footage while hanging out of the side of a small aeroplane, and worked with the Woodland Trust, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, Affinity Water and local MPs. The film premiered in October 2014 to a sold out audience at the Hertford Theatre.
My other film work includes Staircases to Nowhere, a documentary about the making of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. This film has been given the approval of Warner Brothers and the Kubrick family, and is also in the BFI National Archive. I also worked on Impirioso, a drama spoof of 80's supersoaps filmed at Hatfield House, and the feature films Green Zone, Kick Ass, and Scott Pilgrim vs The World as a visual effects editor.
I lecture in Film and Television Post-Production at the University of Hertfordshire. In 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 also came Highly Commended in the category of Excellence in Partnerships With Others at the 2013 awards.
Between 2011 and 2015, I made 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. I also produced a special one hour documentary about the history of Elstree for the station in 2014.
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