Mandolin Media is a UK-based independent content production company specialising in short film, photography and written features. We typically work with humanitarian NGOs and charities, raising awareness of the impact of their global initiatives through quality online content. We also work with corporate clients, film production companies and news outlets. The company was founded in 2013 by Paul James Driscoll and Robert Ditcham. 

 

Paul James Driscoll, Director of Photography at Mandolin Media

Paul James Driscoll, Director of Photography at Mandolin Media

Paul JAMES Driscoll - Creative Director 

Paul has eight years experience in written and visual production in the UK and the Middle East. He graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in International Journalism. After graduating, he wrote for various publications at Vitesse Media, a UK business media company. Paul moved to Abu Dhabi in 2008 as a reporter for The National newspaper and wrote for online and print in several sections. He was promoted to Online Editor but, with an increasing passion for visual storytelling, accepted a full-time Multimedia Producer role from January 2011. He has won four awards from the prestigious National Press Photographers Association for short films produced while at The National. Paul has worked as director of photography, post production editor and photographer for, among others, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Oxfam, Corbis, the United Nations and the BBC. His main areas of interest lie in social issues and human-interest stories.

 

Robert Ditcham - Content Director

Robert has 15 years experience as a journalist and media relations executive in the UK and the Middle East. After graduating from the University of Liverpool with a degree in History and Politics, he took reporting roles at the UK's Surrey Mirror and the Gulf News in Dubai. He was headhunted to be part of the launch team at The National in Abu Dhabi, a daily broadsheet where he progressed from news reporter to Dubai bureau chief. He then took the post of head of content at the Abu Dhabi-based media agency Seven Media, with responsibility for the agency’s content creation services. He has overseen video, photographic and written content for UAE organisations including Mubadala Development Company, The Crown Prince Court and the Emirates Affairs Authority. His notable achievements include producing a short film chronicling the charitable initiatives established by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed in each of the UAE’s seven emirates, and producing a series of profile films on recipients of the prestigious Abu Dhabi Awards.

HOW WE WORK

Paul:

Project pre-production research and storyboarding, director of photography, post production editor, photographer.

Robert: 

Project pre-production research and storyboarding, audio and lighting technician, written content, still photography. 


Areas of business

Client work

With a highly flexible production style and strong experience in B2B content creation, Mandolin Media can meet the communicative needs of a broad range of clients. Our speciality lies in producing non-fiction short films & videos, raising awareness of NGOs and charities, photo galleries and written content for use on company websites and social media channels. 

- Visual Storytelling:

Short films - Promotional material - Event coverage - Music videos - Profiles

- Written:

Features - Event coverage - Brochure and newsletter content - Proof reading - Writing tutorials

- Photographic Work:

Portraiture - Event coverage - Travel & lifestyle - Social media galleries 

Published work

Mandolin acts as a freelance team covering issues that can be communicated through short films and documentary story-telling.

We cover all aspects of the production cycle, from creating concepts and story boarding to production and editing. We typically seek topical features that have a strong societal, human interest or environmental element.

Our speciality lies in combining written, filmed and photographic journalism to produce content bundles designed for use by the world’s major publications and broadcasters.

Equipment Used

Cameras:

- Canon 5D mkIII DSLR x2

- GoPro Hero Black Edition

- Fujifilm x100s

- Fujifilm x100s and XT-1 

Lenses:

- Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

- Sigma 28mm f/1.8

- Sigma 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

- Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM 

Camera support:

- Manfrotto 561BHDV-1 fluid head video monopod and head

- Manfrotto video & photo monopod 

- Kamerar K1101 video shoulder stabiliser rig, follow focus, friction arm 

- Manfrotto fluid head video & photo tripod

- Kessler dolly slider 

Lighting:

- Creative Light 5 in 1 studio light reflector

- 2 x CN-240CH LED dimable dual light

- 2 x Manfrotto support stands 

Audio:

- Zoom H6 audio recorder

- Sennheiser EW 100 wireless clip-on lavalier mic

- Sennheiser ME66 directional shotgun mic

- Rode VideoMic Pro

- Zoom mid/side directional mic

- Zoom x/y stereo mic