about

I am a photographer, filmmaker and educator.
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I have produced a wide range of training films, captured presentations and live events, and created promotional videos and images.

Over the past 18 years I have led projects in early years’ settings, schools and within community organisations, working with all agesabilities and disabilities, employed by numerous arts and cultural organisations, collaborating with a large variety of artists and art forms.

I regularly work as a university lecturer on the Media Production BA at Coventry Uni and have taught photography GCSE & A Level.

I’m passionate about inspiring the creative minds of the people I work with; encouraging them to inspire me.

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Regular clients include: Ministry of Justice, English Heritage, Birmingham City Council, Creative Partnerships (Cre8us & Bright Space), Black Country Touring, CBSO, Town Hall Symphony Hall, Dance Xchange, The Virtual College.

I have also worked with: The Public, First Light (Film Council), Ikon, mac, Arts Council, BBC, Berol, FACT, Stan’s Cafe, Women & Theatre, RNIB, BCMG, Craftspace, University of the First Age, Arts & Business, VIVID, Geese Theatre, Punch Records, Mute Records.

Contact me here – rubberears@yahoo.co.uk

What the Papers say

‘Jon Lee is outstanding as a vulnerable, challenged Caliban.’ – The Stage 1997, Edinburgh

And that’s about all the papers have to say.  Here’s what a few others have said.

Dear Jonathan
Excellent final cut – thanks for all your work.
Once again I have to thank you for all your efforts over the past years we have been making these things.  We have been doing them in Stafford since 2006 – sometimes more than one a year – and the whole process always has gone without a hitch which is largely down to you.
Best wishes
Bill
H.H. Judge Davis Q.C.
Resident Judge, Birmingham Crown Court
September 2012

A Voicemail worth keeping

I led some photography sessions in Bournville Junior school – a beautiful Victorian building commisioned by Mr Cadbury, it’s like a mini Hogwarts.  I worked with Year 2 pupils to explore and photograph their school for their 100th anniversary.  The Head called me to say thanks, I missed the exhibition openning as I was on holiday, you can hear my wife in the background packing the suitcases.

3 Clips from a CP Evaluation

Some audio clips from an evaluation session of a Creative Partnership funded project. I worked with my good friend and colleague Mat Beckett – the brief being to raise the self esteem of a group of Year 4 girls.  The meeting was chaired by our wonderful Creative Agent Nikky Smedley, most of the talking is from three members of school staff, with the odd interjection from Mat and myself.

This first clip discusses pre-project nerves from the Head, tick box teaching and hopes for sustainability now the project is over.  It was recorded just after a sharing event in front of the whole school, parents and governors.

How successful were we at sticking to the brief?  Trust in the artists, communication and reading pupil personalities.

Unexpected outcomes…

An email from District Judge Ashton March 2012

I do appreciate the way you have put yourself out to produce these translations as subtitles at the last minute – using the films will certainly improve our presentations. The English versions may be needed in other countries and in that event subtitles seem to be the answer.

Best wishes – our paths will bo doubt cross again sometime.
Gordon R Ashton

Some positive feedback from Coventry University

The Creative Activism class we’ve been running now has a podcast series in iTunes U: http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/creative-activism/id495939985  It’s currently the top downloaded podcast series from Coventry University.  Well done too to Jonathan Lee who has fed wonderfully into the module.

Cheers
S

Steve Dawkins
Course Director, Media Production
Coventry University