Philip Bateman

Bravo Charlie

As the Managing Director of http://bravocharlie.tv - I specialise in targeted video communication for impact investors and their portfolios: companies at a tipping point, with strong offerings, ready to launch into the next stage of their greatness. I support visionary CEOs and executives to be their best selves on camera, and craft content and implement systems to engage stakeholders and amplify returns; With my team I've crafted providence stories for Australian agricultural export to Asia, innovative transport technologies in North America, revolutionary pre-fabricated housing from Italy, environmentally beneficial crop technologies, Advanced Manufacturing, infrastructure providers, the business and trade dealings of Government, B2B investor and stake holder content, education, financial services, musicians, you name it, we've done it - all aimed at maximising the effectiveness, value and success of our clients. Additionally I enjoy regularly video interviewing business and community leaders, and acting as a correspondent for international trade conferences, business events and exhibitions. Skills wise I combine a lifetime in family businesses, 20 years in IT, journalism and video content creation, 8 years with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, am an active member of the Australia China Business Council, a Landmark Graduate, Toastmasters participant, a Hamer Scholar, a beginner student of Mandarin and have a post graduate Masters degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

my core skills

Director

Interview journalist

Business Development specialist

Video Creator

Negotiation and Strategic relationships

Q & A

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

In general, interviewing the most amazing business leaders on the planet. In specifics, securing $15M in funding for at risk youth and homelessness, kicked off a global Vegan movement with a video for Sir Phillip Wollen that was seen 20 million times, filming the presentation of an award to Sir David Attenborough and asking him a question on camera, launched a global women's menstrual charting campaign.. lots of things.

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

I'll be researching and learning, attending conferences and conducting interviews, doing strategic visioning and road map consultations with clients, working on various tasks through Confluence / Jira (Atlassian project management systems) for clients, co-ordinating with my EA around deliverables, making sure relevant contractors are on task and delivering, such as the head of my camera team, our operators are booked and editors are trucking along, and as projects are in flight, turning up to direct on set wherever that may be in the world.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

Quiet. I make the noise, when I want to. I have a home office in the heart of Fitzroy, 1.2 km from the city centre for ease of access to various Government buildings and for clients who come to see me. I sit at a workstation with a large wide screen monitor and a portrait monitor, with studio reference speakers and a power house machine so that I can do what I want, when I want, quickly.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

I have an exceptional business and interpersonal acumen that greatly seperates me from traditional media companies. I know business, I speak to business owners about their pains and challenges, we build better ways for them to achieve their goals, and then knowing that trajectory, I ask insightful questions during interviews, with extract the heart essence of why people do what they do, in the context of the picture we building for the market place. I don't make pretty video. I make engaging, compelling and insightful stories that transform reality.

What are the tools of your trade?

My heart, my mind, a set of flight cases with $150k of broadcast quality camera gear and lighting in them, the ability Do It Right First Time, a tenacity to kick down the right doors and make things happen quickly, and an extremely high quality bench mark for my own work.

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

I have camera operators, editors, grooming artists, VFX people, executive / virtual assistants, graphic designers, digital marketing researchers and campaign managers, copy writers, infographic designers.. all the tools of the trade - we can block a street off and film a movie with helicopters if you really want to spend the budget on it, though we can also save a lot of cash using drones these days 😉

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

Don't strap a jet engine to a tractor. They tear each other apart and no one is happy. In context, don't bring a super high calibre team member that want's to take over the world into a small business that doesn't have the resources to let them do the work they want.

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