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John Carlin started causeAscene films in 2009 to facilitate his own productions and development work. 

causeAscene films has produced a range of short drama films and music videos to date, while also creating a large number of showreels for numerous local actors.

John is a director, cameraman and editor based in Belfast, Northern Ireland with over 15 years experience in the television industry.

He has worked on an extensive catalogue of programmes of varying genres for the BBC, RTE, TG4, CH5, Discovery Health and online content.

Having started his career with Stirling Film and Television in 2001 as an editor while on a placement year from University of Ulster he was given the opportunity to move into the camera department and ended up finishing the Sales Of The Century series as the main cameraman.  

While completing his final year at University and receiving his BAHons Degree in Visual Communications he continued to work at Stirling, filming the primetime series Cracking Crime for RTE and Probable Cause for Channel 5.   

Over the next two years he worked on Confessions of an IRA Informer (BBC 4), Bombers (RTE) and Derry City Beat (BBC). In 2004 he had his first directing opportunity while working on the RTE lifestyle series Desperately Seeking Surgery, which was also broadcast by Discovery Health across Europe. After the success of this programme, he continued to direct various series for Stirling including Marú (TG4), In Cold Blood (BBC) and Seacht (TG4/BBC).

Since turning freelance in 2009 he has worked with MacMillan Media on GMTV news, Imagine Media's Smidiríní series (TG4), The One Show (BBC) and Ulysses Films' Titanic Stories series for Tourism Ireland.   

From 2011 to date he has been working primarily with 360 Production (Derry/London) on a number of International, Network and BBC Ni productions. These include Rome: The First Superpower (Channel 5) Digging For Britain (BBC Four) James May's Things You Need To Know (BBC2) and the RTS nominated Ireland's Great War (BBCni and RTE).


For the past five years he has also been mentoring the New Entrants Scheme for the Irish Language Broadcast Fund. Each year a new group of students enter the film and television industry and they take part in two 10-day courses. These are intensive courses run by ILBF, NI Screen and BBC. The students are taken through the entire production process from ideas building, pre production, filming and editing.He has also tutored a number of ‘Introduction to Direction’ master classes for 104 Films for the Belfast and Foyle Film Festivals. These were run as part of the Film Nation project and gave new entrants to the industry an opportunity to learn and develop the skills needed to build a scene and work with actors. Along with Carol Moore he ran a series of workshops at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. The classes were Acting to Camera: The audition', and provided advice to actors on how to approach and excel in the audition process.


He is currently working on a number of projects with 360 Production while continuing to write and develop a variety of television series and drama productions.  


Download his full CV here.




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