Mandolin Media is a UK-based independent content production company specialising in documentaries, short films, music videos and photography. 
Our clients include The BBC, United Nations, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WorldSkills International, Oxfam, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). 

 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.



Bhulla Beghal - filmmaker, editor, animator

Bhulla has been in the creative industry for 8 years working in filmmaking, illustration, animation and campaigns using creativity for social change. He has a First Class degree in Illustration with Animation from the Manchester School of Art and a Masters in Film and Television from the University of Birmingham. His work centres around social topics; domestic abuse and the Deaf community to name a couple. He and his first short film on domestic abuse have successfully instigated multiple public seminars and has since been on the television and radio to spread awareness of it. His involvement with the Deaf community has seen him produce a documentary on the Deaf, as well as organising educational workshops for the community. Bhulla has won an award for an animation as well as nominations for his films. His artistic foundation seeps through to what Bhulla captures with a camera. He travelled with Mandolin Media to Abu Dhabi to work on a feature documentary as a cinematographer and then worked on the edit of the film. Bhulla is constantly intrigued by people and believes everyone should have the chance to tell their story. Therefore, he strives to and enjoys the opportunity to provide a creative platform to allow people to express themselves.

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 documentaries and non-fiction films & videos. We focus on raising awareness of NGOs, charities and corporate clients' work, we also produce music videos and photo stories. 

- Visual Storytelling:

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

- Photographic Work:

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

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 experience to produce content bundles designed for use by the world’s major publications and broadcasters.

Equipment Used


- Sony FS7 4k Cinema Camera
- Canon 5D mkIII DSLR
- GoPro 5 x 2
- Fujifilm x100s
- Fujifilm x100s and XT-1 


- Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art Series
- Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Series
- Sigma 24-105mm f/4 Art Series
- Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM 

Camera support:

- Ronin 3 axis gimbal stabiliser 
- 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 


- Creative Light 5 in 1 studio light reflector
- 2 x CN-240CH LED dimable dual light
- 2 x Manfrotto support stands 


- Rode NTG2 Shotgun directional microphone & boom pole
- Sennheiser EW 100 wireless clip-on lavalier mic
- Sennheiser ME66 directional shotgun mic
- Rode VideoMic Pro