Founded in 2012, Swanwood is a family-run video production house with heavy-weight experience, expertise and the four paws of wisdom, Monty, David and Nita will be with you every step of the process, from the first phone call to final delivery. We’re based in beautiful Henley-On-Thames, but we work all around the world.
Our services are expensive (if you compare us to the one-man bands out there, who show up on the day to film after a 30-minute phone briefing). We spend time with you to discuss your aims, your audience, what you need and what style of video would work best. We care about your business and we know about video, our knowledge, expertise and contacts successfully bring the two together. Each project is bespoke, tailored to your needs, so call us for a free consultation so we can give you an idea of costs.
Our small core allows us to remain flexible and build a large team from our established network of industry professionals when needed.
When a broken ankle ruined David’s dreams of being the next David Gower, he was forced to give up his hopes of a professional cricket career and find a new dream. As the saying goes “those who can’t play, write.”
So, swapping cover drives for hard drives, David trained as a broadcast journalist, first as a news and sports producer for the BBC, and then with CNN and Sky. He’s reported on anything from general elections to singing cats! During this time, he saw the power of video and how it could help businesses.
And so Swanwood Productions was born. Along with his wife Nita, David worked to build up a team of highly experienced media professionals. With the help camera operators, editors and graphic designers, Swanwood can bring that premier film experience to global businesses.
David has filmed with some amazing businesses, including L’Oréal, Nissan, Citibank and Transport for London, to name a few. His love of literature has helped him bring out the stories of each business he works with, making for compelling films. David truly believes that everyone has a story to tell, and it’s his job to help them find it. In the words of Stanley Kubrick “If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed.”
But to this day, his proudest moment was bowling out former England cricket captain Sir Colin Cowdrey during a charity cricket match.
Nita is one of those lucky people who has known what she wants to be all her life. So, after leaving school at 16, she set out to start a career in her life-long passion – film.
Nita has spent years travelling the globe, working with the BBC, MTV, Channel 4 and more to film and produce documentaries. She has worked on disaster documentaries, National Geographic Specials, news and current affairs and even delved into the underbelly of human nature, with films on human trafficking, conflict reconciliation and more.
Some of her highlights include filming a live debate with Tony Blair on Iraq, Jean Paul Gaultier, Angelina Jolie and even Nelson Mandela. This is one of the things that drove her to achieve a Master’s Degree in human rights law and politics. During all of this, she was able to draw on her skills as a journalistic filmmaker, uncovering the story and turn it into an interesting, accessible and creative film. But after so many years working for the major broadcasters, Nita decided she wanted a change in direction.
So, she created Swanwood Productions in partnership with her husband, David. Her vision was to create the same high quality compelling films that she had been for the BBC – but for business owners. By branching out into a company director role, she could really take control of the creative process and produce some spectacular work for her clients.
When she’s not behind a camera, Nita enjoys walking her dog Monty in the countryside and singing to him (although she’s not sure Monty enjoys that bit…) and volunteering in her local Oxfam. Despite all of this success, she still considers her greatest achievement to be talking her way into the private box at a David Bowie concert.
Our four paws of wisdom, Monty loves swimming at the puppy pool in Reading and walking along the River Thames in Henley.
Monty is a typical lab. We’re not sure he ever grew out of puppyhood, or that he ever will. It’s difficult to narrow his favourite food down to just one thing, but he has been known to steal raspberries from the garden and loves sardines.
At the house and in the garden, Monty can be found toting around his favourite toy, a stuffed rabbit.
Monty is mischievous enough to keep us on our toes and he’s always cheerful enough to put a smile on our face. We’re still training him to answer the phone.
As an award-winning documentary filmmaker, photographer and series producer, Ian has made films for all the leading UK and US broadcasters, including the BBC, where he directed A History of Britain with Simon Schama.
In 2014 his film: New Secrets of the Terracotta Warriors (C4/PBS,) won the British Archaeological Award. Filming has taken him around the world, into action in Afghanistan and onboard the USS Nimitz.
Equally at home in the studio, edit suite and on location, Ian’s trademark style is to find compelling characters to tell a brilliant story or sell an idea – and deliver it with a strong visual impact. Whether this is for a corporate, broadcast or as a commercial.