Alan has helped us demonstrate the projects to audiences who don’t work in the sector, who could not get access to the projects and has helped us demonstrate real value and worth to funders and supporters.

 He has done this by ensuring that we have a clear idea of who the film is for and what we wish to achieve by making it. He worked with the HSI teams to ensure that the brief met the criteria and worked closely with us, keeping us informed at each step.

Whilst filming, he puts people at ease and managed to get some of our most uncommunicative students to open up and engage with the process whilst maintaining stunning imagery of the heritage subjects. He balanced the overall subject matter of heritage skills with the people interest, capturing the creative process along with the stories of student’s development to create a narrative that is endearing and gets straight to the point.

Alan has worked to ridiculously short deadlines, been patient when we wanted all the film clips to be squeezed in and edited the film in such a way to get the most out of the process. He is fantastic at observing the projects and really getting to grips extremely quickly about what it is we are doing and how to tell the progression of the story. This is all done with great humour, fabulous communication, flexibility, patience and professionalism.

I have no hesitation in recommending Alan wholeheartedly.


 Alan’s short film about an AHRC funded interdisciplinary project, The Ordered Universe project, based at the University of Durham is an example of high quality and engaging film making.

Filming at a workshop organised for members of the public as part of the 2014 Being Human festival of the Humanities in Durham Cathedral, Alan produced a fascinating film which really captures the enthusiasm of the researchers based on the project.
Alan worked closely to the brief creating a film which accurately documents the project and its outcomes in way that is accessible and interesting to the general viewer.
It was a pleasure to work with Alan and we’d certainly recommend him to colleagues looking for a filmmaker to document academic projects.

Alan gently guided us through the documentary film making process with a professional ease and certainty which comes with years of experience in the field.

He brought our story to life on screen, balancing narrative with music and visuals, to create a beautiful, engaging and assured film.

Alan did an excellent job editing a promo film for the show, within the agreed timescales and we were delighted with the quality of the filming and editing.

Alan quickly grasped what was required and made suggestions about how it could be filmed to achieve what we wanted within our budget. 


Having worked with Alan on a number of projects, I've always found him to be a pleasure to work with, and a highly skilled film-maker.

His approach to documentary film is always with a view to the completed edit, ensuring the narrative is thorough and engaging. As a creative, his understanding of his craft, and of his tools, ensures the results are both inspiring, and of excellent quality.


 We commissioned Alan to produce a documentary about the project “Witness” by composer and sound artist Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) which was one of the headline new commissions for Brass: Durham International Festival 2012. The concept of “Witness” is similar to a musical version of the game 'Chinese Whispers'. To capture the evolution of the piece as it mutated as it passed from one set of musicians to the next on a two-month journey through County Durham, we commissioned Alan to produce a 30-minute film that was then screened at the Durham Gala Cinema at the close of the Brass Festival.

Alan has exemplary filmmaking skills, a keen eye for story, professionalism and commitment. He showed passion and enthusiasm throughout the project and worked closely with us at all stages to achieve the aims of the brief. Following the success of Witness, we have recently commissioned him to document the making of "Steamsong", a new multi-media opera by composer John Kefala Kerr co-commissioned by the National Railway Museum and Durham County Council which is Arts Council funded.


I would have no hesitation in recommending Alan Fentiman as a Filmmaker whom I have done considerable work with over the past 12 months.

We were looking for a video production company to produce both a full and mini length documentary film. The film was to demonstrate the findings of research we carried out about how to even the playing field for young people from all socio economic backgrounds and how to connect them to opportunities. Alan came highly recommended by other clients so we invited him to put in a proposal. We met three companies to assess their proposals and Alan was miles above the rest in creativity, professionalism and how personable he was. He just really understood the brief and was able to help us develop a clear vision which could then be turned into a powerful documentary.

Alan produced a high quality, engaging and inspirational documentary, which involved working closely with our staff, researchers, academics, young people, politicians and a range of private and third sector leaders. He worked with these diverse and high-profile stakeholders magnificently, enabling them to share their engaging and inspirational stories. The subject matter at times required delicate handling which Alan also managed beautifully.
Throughout the process, Alan was professional, responsive and completely trustworthy. He worked closely with us from pre-production through to editing. He was flexible and able to adapt to changes we made along the way. He was able to work within tight timescales, producing a high quality documentary at a competitive price.

I was so pleased with the work Alan did that a month later I hired him to do another 8 minute video capturing an event we were running. He was able to use a range of methods to capture the event and again produced a quality, engaging, on-brief film that we were thrilled with. I hope to work with him again in the near future.


I have recently led a project for the County Council’s Children and Young People’s Service in which 60 students between the ages of 10 and 18, and whose parents are in the Armed Forces, were brought together for a day. We wanted to hear their voices about what it is like to have a parent serving in the army or air force, in order to draw out key findings to inform school practice. As part of the project, it was decided to record the event and produce a 30 minute DVD for use of conferences and staff training sessions. I approached Alan Fentiman to do this following a recommendation.

The recommendation was an excellent one. Throughout the whole process, from filming back in October to the production of the DVD this month, I have found Alan to be reliable, highly professional and very dedicated to his work. All deadlines have been met and throughout he has been true to his word in what he has said he would produce and by when. The quality of the film is very high, and at the invoice stage there were no ‘hidden extras’. I believe a key element to the success of the DVD was the way in which Alan was able to engage with the students, putting them at ease and allowing them to talk enthusiastically to camera honestly about their experiences and feelings.

I recommend him for similar projects involving children and young people, without reservation.




  We commissioned Alan to document the TriggerShift project and its participants. He approached the diverse group of young people with great skill, and spent a good amount of time in workshops and rehearsals, gathering shots when he could, and building trust and familiarity with the group.

This sensitive and careful approach yielded great results and a friendly, participatory atmosphere where the young people involved felt authorship and engagement with the documentation process.


 We have been delighted with Alan’s service and the high quality of the finished videos on our new website. The clever use of ‘moving words’ has been noticed and praised and adds a fresh dimension to the media.

Alan took time to understand the nature of our business and was able to guide us on how to effectively project our firm and the characters of the individuals within it. He worked closely with Simon Crisp at Edward Robertson on the website and it is this cohesive approach that we believe has given the professional finish to our website.


Alan is a rare find in the creative community - he has real commercial sense, is brilliant with film & editing and brings a wealth of experience that you wouldn't normally expect.

We buy people and Alan is committed from beginning to end in giving you the video that will really sell your company. Brilliant.


On recommendation from another local company, I met Alan when he first relocated his business and moved to Teesdale. As soon as I saw his portfolio I knew he was a class act and commissioned him to deliver four intro movies for our new website.

Creative digital media producers with a combination of talent, experience, attention to detail, excellent customer service, able to agree a fixed price and stick to it, deliver on time and surpass expectations are a rare find. Alan brings this and much more to projects and productions. He is also a good guy to know, already well connected in the region and can work in collaboration with other artists, design and technical companies.


Our first venture into video for websites, but it won't be our last.

Alan was very helpful and walked us through the whole process with great proficiency, allowing us to deliver on promises made to the end client with ease. The web video was excellent and is often complimented on.