who we are

Somerset Film is a registered charity trading as a company limited by guarantee dedicated to empowering individuals and communities through the use of film and digital technology. We are very fortunate to have two local patrons who are extremely experienced in their chosen fields and widely recognised for the quality of their work.

· Julien Temple Film Director
· Alan Yentob Creative Director BBC

Our board of trustees is a group of widely experienced and talented members, from varying backgrounds and with a valuable range of complementary skills and expertise. We have a small core team (below) and regularly employ professional freelance artists, tutors and film-makers and call upon the skills of a growing and committed team of regular volunteers in the café and administration. If you would like to work with us then do get in touch.

Meet the Team

Phil Shepherd

Facilitator and Company Secretary

Phil was born in Minehead, and trained at Dartington Hall and Bournemouth Film School. He has worked as an independent film and TV producer, including directing children’s programmes at the BBC and co-producing/directing documentaries for HTV.

Deb Richardson

Producer

Deb has a background in theatre. She trained in archive film management with Huntley Archives and has worked on a number of archive projects, particularly 9.5mm. She is a member of Women in Film and Television and Shooting People.

Richard Tomlinson

Engine Driver

Richard Tomlinson works as a Creative Technologist for Somerset Film’s Ignite project. He has an MA in Art and Design Advanced Practice and Theory, specialising in photography and digital image making.

Michal Puzynski

Café Manager

Originally from Poland, Michal makes fantastic coffee and superb vegetarian food. He also recently inspired the establishment of Polish Voice, an online TV station.

Alistair Campbell

Studio Technician

As well as working part-time as studio technician Alistair works in commercial photography. He has worked for a number of years on Somerset Film commissions. In 2015 he was awarded Avant-Garde Portrait Photographer of the year .

Natalie Collings

Assistant Producer

After previously studying A-levels Natalie went on to graduated from Bridgwater College with a distinction in a Foundation Diploma in Art, Media and Design. Natalie is a BFI Academy Alumni and has been involved in creating a host of short films. She is also a trained Arts Award Advisor.

We train at least four bursary students each year, who receive a contribution towards expenses, alongside up to 20 school/university-age work placement students. We employ trainees on workshops, productions and community projects where appropriate. We also draw on the support of our Founding Friends, a group of individuals and organisations who have committed themselves to supporting the development of Somerset Film and The Engine Room.