Hi there, my name's Howard Berry and welcome to my website. I am a filmmaker, broadcaster, editor, producer, director and lecturer.
My passion is for visual storytelling and films. In 2014 I completed two two documentary films, one to celebrate the centenary of film production in Elstree and a commissioned film about efforts to protect one of the UK's chalk streams.
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.
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.