We put 5 questions to James Buckett from MasterStroke Media
Tell us a bit about your business – how did it get started, how long have you been involved etc.
I have always had a love for cameras and photography, my mother is an artist and I think she gave me the creative gene. I’ve had so many different cameras over the years and that progressed to trying video cameras, my grandfather always would have a camcorder with him, filming all the grandchildren. I started getting more heavily into film when the GoPro cameras came out and I loved making films of all my sporting adventures. I enjoyed it so much, I decided I wanted to make it into a business doing something I love and am passionate about and it has grown from there.
What are you favourite (and least favourite) parts of running your business?
I love all parts of film making and spend all my free time learning more, it’s an endless subject that can take a lifetime and still have plenty more to learn.
I’m yet to find my least favourite part of business. It might be having to do everything myself when I’m trying to the job of a 6-person crew by myself all at the same time.
What are your aims and goals for the business in the next 12 months and what are you looking forward to achieving most?
To expand my client base, working with ambitious companies that want to grow, taking on more ambitious and creative work, building both my client’s businesses and mine.
What is it about Okehampton and the surrounding area that makes it so ideally suited for you and your business?
I think I offer services that can really help the local businesses and open up opportunities that previously may not have been as accessible. Businesses that may not have previously utilised film much or at all, I can help them stay competitive, engage with their customer base and expand into wider areas that they may not have previously been able to reach.
Tell us one thing about your business that will surprise people or that you think they wouldn’t , know about it?
Few people realise the amount of work that goes into producing a film after the shooting has been completed. I think it would surprise people to learn that two thirds or often more of the time spent creating a beautiful film is in post-production.
You can find out more about James’ work at www.facebook.com/MasterStrokeMediaUK