About me

 

My name’s Ben Pritchett. I’m a copy-editor, video maker, cultural critic, and teacher of English as a foreign language. Based in Bristol, I’m also available to travel further afield for work.

I’m a doctor of art history, with an academic background in the wider humanities (English language and literature; “Criticism and Culture”); I got my degrees at Oxford, Cambridge, and the Open University.

I’ve copy-edited theses and dissertations, journal articles, and books. I’ve worked on a wide range of film and video projects and festivals, in various capacities (directing, camera operation, editing, and “running”). I’ve written my own PhD thesis, conference papers, magazine articles, and art catalogue essays. And I’m a CELTA qualified teacher of English to speakers of other languages.

I’m particularly enthusiastic about art with a progressive political purpose. I’m also very engaged by the relationship between mainstream moving image media (e.g. film, tv, and internet video), and critical, experimental, or artists’ work.

I’m interested in taking on further work where I can engage the skills and knowledge I’ve gained so far.  I hope this site will be a base from which to connect with potential employers and collaborators. If you would like to hire me, or to suggest a project we could develop together, do get in touch.

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Recent video productions

 

 

“Chickens are Intelligent, Sensitive and Inquisitive” (2018)

I researched this topic and selected an existing video made by Michelle Cehn, founder of World of Vegan, which I then re-edited to fit the charity Veganuary’s social media style.

 

 

 

‘Rural Reminiscence Session, Gorwel Farm’ (2017)

A video for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru, one of three clips in support of their campaign around dementia in rural Wales. I did the camerawork and editing on this video, and I also mentored one of the charity staff in video production generally, and sound recording in particular, which he did on the interviews here – his first such experience.

 

 

“Being Rendered Visible” – Written and Directed by Ros Martin (2016).

I shot and edited this video.

 

 

“10,000 Pages” (2017). Based around the research and performance of Emilia Melville.

I shot and edited the live action, and collaborated on the coordination of the other elements.

 

 

“Intersectionality in the Struggle for Black Reparations” (2015) – A talk given by Esther Stanford-Xosei to the Oxford Pan-Afrikan Forum.

I directed, shot and edited this video (with second cameraperson Rich Sleight).

Older video productions

“Telling the Bees – Blackbird” (2009) – This is one track from a set of concert videos I made for the band, with a small crew under my direction, at the Rotunda venue in Oxford.

 

 

Big Dance Oxford (2010): I made this in collaboration with Naomi Morris.

 

 

Car to Spire (2009): This is an excerpt from footage that went into a longer behind-the-scenes DVD.  The project was another collaboration with Naomi Morris.

 

For a more extensive list of projects I have worked on, please see my CV.