Who are we?
Richard Turner - aka the video 'scientist'
Richard grew up in rural Suffolk and spent his teenage years living in a tent working with local bands and doing the rounds of festivals and youth theatres running the lights and sound while the grown ups were in the beer tent. He left school in 1984 having scraped ‘A’ levels in Maths, Physics and Chemistry and after a few months of existential prevarication joined corporate production company Roundel. It was here that Richard discovered his passion for large-scale multi screen installations using slide projection and early computer control systems.
From there to a few years in the fledgling broadcast video facilities industry (Molinare – AV Department Ltd) in Soho before it became a tourist ghetto.
Freelance since 1990, Richard has worked in a variety of roles in touring, television, theatre, fashion, exhibition and corporate. He is happy to work at any level from a helpful phone call to the largest global projects. As designer, department head or ‘one of the team’ he welcomes and relishes any challenge.
Richard was described within the industry in the early days as ‘the video scientist’ for his capability with large multi-screen technology and his tenacious, methodical approach that appeared to solve the ‘unsolvable’. He was awarded the prestigious USA Parnelli Award for Video Director of the Year 2012 for his work with Roger Waters ‘The Wall’ tour and In January 2014 received the Des Fallon Video Visionary Award from TPi Magazine. See the personal message below that Roger Waters recorded for the awards ceremony.
Beki Gaskin – Senior Event Producer
Beki grew up in rural Leicestershire but refused to spend any time in a tent. She graduated from Goldsmiths’ (University of London) in 1988 with an Upper Second degree in English and Drama. After several years as a stage manager she drifted into the corporate live events industry and found her metier.
Beki worked as Production Assistant, Producer, Head of Events and Head of Communications for a number of prominent agencies before concentrating on freelance producing (and motherhood) in 2001. Projects undertaken include:
- Various high profile car launch events
- Parties for 2000 Microsoft employees in the grounds of Stratfield Saye starting with a historical lawn and ending with an event ‘village’
- The relaunch of the Millennium Dome as The O2 – an event for 23,000 O2 employees
- An interactive People Managers Event for 1000 Vodafone staff
- A high level launch to key staff in HSBC HQ London and Hong Kong
- Pizza Hut UK Annual Conference and Dinner (since 1997!)
- Scripting for Currys/PC World Training videos
- Production of the Performance Zone for ‘Their Mortal Remains’ the Pink Floyd Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Beki provides creative and concept development, script and pitch writing, event management, software production, show calling, video production, budget management and client taming.
Beki manages Lucky Frog on a day-to-day basis.
Ellie Clement – Video Scientist #2
Ellie graduated from Stafford University in 2010 with an Upper Second in Film Production Technology. In the intervening years she has amassed loads of experience working in both production and technical roles across theatre, television and events on some of the UK’s most prestigious shows including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Olympics; London 2012, Robbie Williams ‘Live at the Crown’, One Direction ‘On The Road Again’ and both Roger Waters more recent tours ‘The Wall’ and ‘Us & Them’.
Ellie is a capable, calm lady who can deal with anything from complex logistics to technology tantrums.
Since joining Lucky Frog in 2013, Ellie has worked with us on various Corporate and Rock and Roll projects from single channel playback to multiscreen complex projection mapping and tracking. When not on the road you can find her in the shed editing and creating content, building playback systems or programming shows.
Ellie began her Lucky Frog life as apprentice extraordinaire but is now programming and managing complex shows in her own right.
Harry Cooke - Production Assistant / Apprentice extraordinaire
Like Richard, Harry also grew up in Suffolk. He spent his teenage years volunteering at a local theatre where he was given the freedom to experiment with different lighting rigs and set designs. There he was able to learn the basics of what it takes to put on a live production.
After discovering his love for the industry, Harry began a level 3 qualification in media production. This allowed him to gain experience in client liaison, shooting films and timeline programming.
In 2018 faced with the opportunity to join the Lucky Frog team, working along side both Richard and Ellie, on Roger Waters “Us & Them” tour he left college and began his life as a “Lucky Tadpole”, as some of the crew like to called him.
Eager to keep on learning, Harry is excited to see what challenge comes next and looks forward to working with Richard as he passes on his extensive knowledge of all things video.