Carol Navis

Cut Above Productions - Cappure

“I have always been interested in film, and during my teens and early twenties (before iPhones) I always had a camera of some sorts on me and loved filming friends and events. I started full time employment age 17 and after a few junior roles my most exciting and rewarding job was working in the hotel and travel industry for Cat Publications and became the sales manager for their exhibition, The Meetings & Incentive Travel Show held at Olympia and then one of the first shows to go into Excell. I loved my job and the industry, my clients were high end hotels and conference venues that I would travel the length and breadth of the country to visit. After six years I decided it was time to expand my experience and went to work for a PR and Marketing Agency in the same industry and then after a year there along came our first daughter Louise so life changed. I took a short career break to decide what would come next.

I had always wanted to have my own business so I decided to turn my hobby into a career and retrain to be a professional videographer. I needed to learn how to film on decent cameras and most importantly to learn how to edit which was an extreme learning curve. To start with, I was just filming everything I could, friend’s weddings, performances and dance shows and then it just grew from there and I opened Cut Above Productions officially in 2008. I realised how much I loved filming weddings and capturing a memory for someone that will last a lifetime, it is an exhilarating days work and immensely satisfying. Luckily, we became recommended by Hever Castle back in 2013 which was a real honour and the business grew quickly so I needed help. Paul Midcalf came on board and then soon after Dan and Rebecca have also joined us. We have also been doing corporate work since 2014, with my understanding and experience of the corporate market this really enables me to help clients with the whole process of creating a video and transmitting the right messages and not just the filming and editing. As the corporate and wedding market are so different we decided to create a separate company called Cappure where we do everything from talking head videos, corporate videos, product demonstration, music videos and filming events, Dan helps me run Cappure.

We film between 35 and 40 weddings a year. We are now recommended at Hever Castle, Penshurst Place, Ashdown Park, Buxted Park, The High Rocks, The Spa Hotel and Wadhurst Castle so we get to work in some fantastic venues and there is never a dull moment. Our most exciting wedding so far was filming Brian May’s daughters wedding where he played which was amazing!

I am a huge animal lover, we have one dog, four cats and for one of my hobbies I also run a retirement yard for horses which is very much a labour of love and has been running since 1999, it supplemented my income when my starting my new career and I just love looking after horses. Life is busy and hectic but I would not have it any other way!”

About the business

Great videography is a vocation. We constantly strive to be the very best that we can. We are always researching the latest technology and updating our equipment on a regular basis. We really love what we do and this shows in our extensive catalogue of work.

We thoroughly enjoy creating wedding films and meeting new people, and feel blessed to have such an exciting job that that we love!

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