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John Keedwell

John Keedwell- Author of Get The Message Now!? -High Speed cinematography, Broadcast DoP. Epics Vision Academy

John Keedwell is the Author of the book Get the Message Now?!? How to use the moving image video to promote your brand or company. John is also the European and UK authority on specialist High Speed Imaging. He is also the Cinematographer to solve your problems.

Founder of the Epics Academy- a hands on film making course held over weekends.

Also the Epics Vision Academy- the premier paid membership site for film making advice

30+ years as a broadcast/ film Cameraman and professional photographic.

Phantom High Speed, Redlake, Red cameras, HD digital, film, Mamiya, Nikon and Olympus stills.

Post Production skills such as Photoshop, After Effects, Sony Vegas, AVID, Squeeze, Premiere, and more...

John has travelled the world to over 65 countries in several different directions and in different ways, North to South, East To West, and have filmed on tour with rock bands such as Bon Jovi. Please see the C.V.

John left Thatcham Research in December 2013 after 8 1/2 years in the Media department. He was the lead in the department heading a team of 4 people. Since arriving there he was able to dramatically raise the quality and consistency of the media output and drove a greater creativity, accountability, quality, cost effectiveness and higher technical quality in all areas.

John's philosophy is always about making things the very best with what there is available and striving for the highest possible quality. Second best is not good enough. 

OH!, he also like to have a laugh as well ! ; )

Monty Python, Douglas Adams, Blackadder, Austin Powers and Fawlty Towers are all favourites.

John Keedwell's Background

John Keedwell's Experience

Director of the Epics Academy, Cinematographer and High Speed Specialist at Epics Academy Ltd

December 2013 - Present | London, UK

I started the concept of the EPICS Academy whilst writing my first book about improving your skills with video and the moving image. My many years of experience in broadcast and music videos can demonstrate the different levels of action, lighting, using the location and showing your subject to the best in the situation. The EPICS Academy is a variety of teaching from a memberships site at the Epics Vision Academy ( and hands on courses to show what it is like in real life situations when shooting a video sequence.

Senior Digital Imaging Specialist at Thatcham Research

June 2005 - December 2013

I worked with a team of 3 people in the Media department, and I mainly worked in the area of High Speed Imaging capture of vehicle impacts and other Auto braking track tests, Broadcast HD video, Stills photography and post production. I work with specialist High Speed cameras, Digital Stills and HD broadcast TV cameras.

Internet Marketer at Market Square Information

April 2011 - December 2011

I currently operate an Internet Marketing business that provides services to individuals and clients for may areas. I provide services such as photography, HD video, web development, website optimisation, training and teaching.

Photographer at Freelance

1984 - 2010

I have been photographing since I was about 16 years old. I am currently a NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) member. I have recently provided studio pack shots for Gekko Technology LED lighting in the UK, I have had many exhibitions of my work in Edinburgh, London, Manchester and more. I shoot digitally and also have Medium Format cameras for film work. Also shoot video for web, broadcast and more.

Film and broadcast cameraman at Freelance

July 1984 - April 2005

20 years of experience in over 50 countries around the world. Including Africa, Scandinavia, Russia, USA, Far east, and many others..shooting for TV in temperatures of -35c to +45c. 9 months around the world with the Royal Navy 1986 Bon Jovi tour for 5 months in 1989/1990 Camel Trophy in Siberia in 1990 Also 5 years as head cameraman at Music Box, with John Leach as Head. Programmes include: BPM, Noisy Mothers,Kerrangg, The Metal Years- History of Judas Priest

Writer and guest editor of Zerb at Guild Of Television Cameramen

2000 - 2005

I was the guest editor for the bi-annual Zerb colour glossy magazine,collating and organising authors articles and pictures over 6 months. I also wrote a 4 page colour article about the travel experiences to Tomboctou in the Mali area of the Sahara desert

Film Camera assistant at Good Film Company

1987 - 1990

Many freelance jobs with Graham Fowler as cameraman. Many pop promos such as Ferry Aid, Shakin Stevens, Donny Osmond, Maxi Priest, George Harrison, Sonia, Dave Gilmour, Roger Waters, and many, many more...

Camera assistant at Freelance Camera assistant

1978 - 1988

I worked as a camera assistant whilst still at Grammar School on BBC news items. Also worked on Radio Merseyside at weekends. First real job on leaving Uni was on Duran Duran "Wild Boys" pop promo shoot. Also Pink Floyd, Bon Jovi, Dave Gilmour, Maxi Priest, Take That and many others..

British Cinematographer magazine at Freelance writer and editor


I write technical articles for this specialist Trade Press, and provide a link from the GBCT to the British Cinematography magazine. I am often requested to interview the likes of James Cameron and others. I am also a voting member of BAFTA

GBCT Board member at GBCT


I have been a GBCT Board member for many years, liasing between camera technicians, the BSC and many eminent Directors of Photography. I write technical articles from the GBCT pov, edit submissions by other writers, and provide photographs for the British Cinematographer magazine. The magazine is a close link within the industry for the GBCT and informs on the World. I have close ties with American Cinematographer magazine, and have been invited many times to Los Angeles to write about the yearly Band Pro event. Looking for further opportunities in this area

John Keedwell's Education

University of Westminster

1981 – 1984

BA (Hons.) 2.1 in Applied photography film and TV

Concentration: Photography, Film and TV

Wallasey Art School-Central Park

1980 – 1981

Concentration: Foundation in Art

Wirral Grammar School, Bebington, Wirral

1978 – 1979

Concentration: A Levels -Economics, Art, Gen Studies

Wirral Grammar School, Bebington, Wirral

1973 – 1978

Concentration: O levels Art, Biology, Chemistry, Eng. Lang, Eng Lit, French, Geography, History, Maths, Physics,

John Keedwell's Interests & Activities

High Speed Image capture, Cinematographer, Writer, Director of Photography, Educator, Tutor, lecturer,broadcast camera, post production, motor sport, cinema, music, formula 1,travel,photography,cameras,women.

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