Casey Harrigan

Tame Fox Productions

In hindsight, it's obvious that I was destined for visual storytelling. As a kid I watched the same movie over and over and over again, analysing every shot for subtext and obsessing over the mise en scene (not that I knew to call it that at the time!) But since I took a detour into science communication, I can offer a practical, audience-first, creative approach to video projects.

I'm grateful that I got my start in broadcast television; booking, writing, and field producing stories every single week, rain, hail, or shine. This experience gave me a strong foundation and high standards which I rely on to this day. But after years of directing television crews, I couldn't resist picking up the camera myself. I'm pleased to be able to offer my clients a broad range of skills, expertise, and advice.

Between producing documentaries, kids television, science stories, and live-stream events, I have developed all the skills and techniques necessary to take ideas to the screen. I thrive on throwing myself into a project, treating it with fresh eyes and a creative streak, and seeing it through with ambition and precision.

my core skills

Field producer

Script writer

Science communicator

Concept developer

Camera operator

Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

I jumped in the deep end and made a full length doco after only about twelve months in the industry (and with only about six of those as a segment producer). I’m actually thankful that I was so green; I didn’t know what I didn’t know so I just did it! The experience showed me I’ve got great instincts, and I can accomplish ambitious projects. I’m so proud of it and it’s better than it should be for my level of experience at the time.

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

I’m lucky enough to have a desk in a small office with an engagement and communications company and an accountant, so most days I’m in there for companionship, shared opportunities, and after-work drinks invitations. Most weeks, I’m writing, shooting, editing, or all three. The best weeks are when I get to pull out my camera! I like to keep on top of things like communications, finances, and time management because then I can effectively prioritise my workload for my clients and deliver projects as promised. And in any downtime, I stay on my hustle and work on any creative projects I’ve got on the burner.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

Laptop, phone, diary, notebook, erasable pen, headphones and coffee. Breaks for fresh air and natural light. I scribble a lot of things down and I doubt I’ll ever stop using a paper diary.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

My secret weapon is my background in producing. Being able to develop ideas, write scripts, and field produce means my clients can rely on me as a one stop shop when I’m shooting for them. Plus, I’m really versatile when I work with a larger crew.

What are the tools of your trade?

Sony A7sII, Miller tripod, Dracast Yoga flexible LED panels, Zhiyun Crane 2, Sennheiser lav mic, Rode shotgun mic, Macbook Pro with Adobe Creative Suite, coffee, my brain.

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?

I love collaborating, it’s one of the best things about this line of work. In a practical sense, for me a large part of it tends to happen online before and after a shoot, but of course it’s a lot more fun in person. The best ideas tend to come out of bouncing around challenges and their solutions, and I’m not precious about the best idea winning.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

I’ve been really pleased to find that it’s worth striking while the iron is hot. When I have the urge to work, even if it’s first thing on a Saturday morning, I just do it and I’m really productive at those times. Of course as a responsible grown up I also keep regular hours and I’m motivated by deadlines, but it’s been a mindset shift to follow those instincts.

examples of my work

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