Filmmaker / educator

Jeremy Routledge


Film maker and educator (supported Generation ART in preparing film works for exhibition and liaising with young artists)

Jeremy Routledge, Director of Calling the Shots

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Ten questions for ten creatives

  1. What do you do for a living?
    I help run a company called Calling the Shots; we organise and run creative media workshops and residential camps for young people as well as producing films for broadcasters, NGOs, charities and the odd corporate client.
  2. What was the path that led you to do what you do now?
    I got a job as a runner in an editing company and then learnt from others how to make films and edit them. Eventually I convinced people to pay me for it!  I worked for the BBC as a director of documentaries for a couple of years and got really interested in ‘user-generated content’ (YouTube basically, though before that was invented!).  I left to form Calling the Shots with an aim to try and widen media democracy (see advice to a younger me below!).
  3. What did you want to be when you were at school?
    A cricketer, a map maker and then an actor.
  4. What one piece of advice would you give your younger self?
    You’re OK as you are, don’t worry too much.
  5. What do you like my most about your job?
    I have a lot of say in what I do, when I work and who I work with.  I know, amazing right?
  6. What do you find most challenging?
    Sometimes it’s hard to get into a purely creative space, oh, and networking.  That’s tough too.
  7. What’s your favourite song (at the moment)?
    I like ‘Two Wooden Spoons’ by This Is The Kit.
  8. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
    I’m fine here.  Maybe my Mum’s?
  9. Name three things that you always take with you to work on an average day.
    Bicycle pump, reading glasses (unfortunately), my Jam (the band) mug.
  10. Tell us a joke or a secret.
    A woman goes into a Vets and says, “I’m really worried about Jeff, my dog”.  The Vet picks the dog up and after a bit says, “I’m really sorry, but I’m going to have to put Jeff down”.  The woman starts to cry “Oh my God! Why? Is it a brain tumour?” ” It’s not that, he’s just a bit heavy” says the Vet.