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Vivian Mainwaring


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An award winning Cinematographer, Director and Editor, for twenty years a respected worker in the American film industry, honoured in all areas of ability with awards including the New York International Film Festival Gold Medal and ten times a finalist and the winner of a Clio statuette, America’s top award for TV commercial production. Owned and operated a film production company in Chicago for sixteen successful years called Black Swan Inc, being responsible for all aspects of production, post production, as well as being the principal film director. Produced hundreds of national, regional and local commercials for most of the largest advertising agencies in America. All of this work was shot on 35 and 16mm film, and was renowned for award winning work on tourism commercials for the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Utah, and Arizona.

Since returning to Britain is the producer and director at Broadstroke Productions Ltd. Cardiff, working for clients in the TV entertainment, TV commercial and corporate markets- Principal developer of this company, which has produced, through postproduction, TV commercials for many companies and institutions, amongst these are The Welsh Assembly Government, the NHS and Welsh Water. It has produced a half-hour comedy film for the Sgrin – S4C endeavour, “Big Little Pictures” Produced the special effects for a six part TV series for S4C as well as many TV commercials and corporate films for major companies in Wales and England. Broadstroke is developing an online TV/video platform and a multi part docudrama on the lineage of the Princes of Wales and has just finished a pilot on the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Lecturer at The University Of Wales Newport in the Film school and was instrumental in establishing the “Working With Actors” initiative on projects combining the departments of Film and Performing Arts, working with first year Undergraduates and MA students.

Education/Academic qualification

The Film Workshop of Chicago. A hands-on course designed to ground students in the demands of professional film-making and place students into the film industry.

Leeds College of Art and Design. Honours degree in Fine Art(2-1)

Specialising in the combination of Performance Art and Film – “Intermedia”