Trevor Hails

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Trevor has worked on all major Another Direction Ltd projects to date.

Trevor has worked in Television since 1973 and moved to Broadcast Television in 1979 where he specialised in sound with Thames Television Euston. He worked at Thames for 14 years until the end of Franchise, becoming a Sound Supervisor working on News, both studio based and on News gathering (ENG), Sport, Drama, Sit com, L.E. Current affairs, and Royal Variety Performances. Most of his work was on Live programming and some of the productions he worked on included; Rumpole Of The Old Bailey, Thames News, Hannay, Mid-week Sports Special, This Is Your Life, Winter Olympics from Seoul, Afternoon Plus, Rainbow, The Time The Place, Looks Familiar, Death On The Rock, TV Eye, Miss World, The Bob Hope Classic, Thames Telephon, Morecambe & Wise and “The Bill”. The original shot of Police’s feet on a cobbled street, used for the Title sequence of “The Bill” was shot on location for the Pilot programme at Trevor’s suggestion and used for twenty years.


Television Production Engineer specialising in Sound

  • Multi-skilled media operator with considerable broadcast experience
  • Trained sound engineer with broad mainstream television experience - both studio and location based and own PSC Recordist equipment
  • Highly skilled Sound Recordist and Engineer who has become competent in PSC Camera Operation and Lighting Design
  • Specialist in live television broadcast including two-way conference linking and communications
  • Extensive Electronic News Gathering (ENG) and Portable Single Camera (PSC) experience
  • Innovative in production techniques and problem solving
  • Experience gained as Producer and Director of Corporate training and information videos
  • Training and Consultancy experience with corporate and public sector clients including writing of a Sound Acquisition and Production course
  • Experienced in all television systems, maintains a professional approach to all aspects of production - understanding the needs of Directors, Producers, Operatives and Production Schedules - and strives for best practice in all aspects of media work
  • High level of technical expertise and broad experience in personally undertaking complex installations of studio, recording and video-editing facilities
  • Member of The Institute of Broadcast Sound


July 97 to June 2001 Freelance Consultancy & Training Clients include a broad range within both the public and private sectors. University of East London Technical Various technical consultancy contracts including:

  • Design of Technical facilities
  • Cabling infrastructure
  • Installation of Radio Studio
  • Television Studio
  • High End DVC-Pro
  • Post Production Suite and Digital Music Studio

Camera, lighting, sound and Post Production work on such productions as: The TGTC Electronic Brochure, Edward Cullinan Architects Project, Fashion department "Making a shirt" LDDC 3 screen Signature event Video presentation, Docklands Campus Newsreel Videos with Time-lapse recording, Set and Lighting camera design for AAVAA CD ROM production "Wigs of Wonderment" and "Makeover". Through Splash, work covered: Learning Support Services Induction Video, UEL Communities promotional video, UEL Schools promotional video, staff induction video, The Lord Mayor's opening of the New Docklands campus, coverage of the Mencap seminar at the Dome, Royal Courts of Justice promotional video, Department of Architecture APT video.

Clients external to UEL

QVC Sound engineering work in Studios and on location within the very busy Sound department of QVC working on a regular basis having helped to set up the department before going on air in October 1993.

Convergent Media Systems Sound and Vision engineering work for Convergent - "Timecode Jamlocking" 2 camera shoots and working as sound Recordist for major clients e.g. The Inland Revenue. Sound Recordist for Visage (affiliate of Convergent) in Corporate Video production for the high end Motor car trade (Rolls Royce, BMW, Renault, Rover and Land Rover)

Westminster Health Care Production of a video presentation for a national seminar

Granite Productions Consultancy, purchase of equipment, set-up of facilities and training staff

July 96 - July 97 Convergent Media Systems Sound Recordist and engineer - see above

Mar 93 - July 96 University of East London Employed to set up a new department called the Open Learning Unit which later became known as Flute. Responsible for designing & specification of building works and facilities within the new Learning Resource Centre at Barking and the installation of production and post-production facilities. Undertook various faculty-based project work including: New Technologies Athene project for minority groups, Fashion videos on collars, plackets and darts (commercially marketed), Science videos on Mitosis and the art of gene cloning, Art & Design etching process video, Education mentoring video and numerous others. Also undertook external, communities project work for Barking & Dagenham Council and an independent UEL commissioned quality audit video. The department pioneered the use of new technical equipment and became one of the first clients within the UK to commission the EZ1 mini-DV Camcorder from Panasonic.

Feb 93 - Mar 93 (and beyond) Freelance Sound Recordist Clients included: Australian Broadcast Corporation, London News Network, BBC Newsroom South East, Channel One News, Charter Broadcast, McAdam Productions, Napier Productions (Vauxhall Cars & Lloyds of London), SeeSaw Productions

Jun 79 - Feb 93 Thames Television

Jan 92 - Feb 93 Acting Deputy Head of Sound at Euston Studios Responsible for the day-to-day crewing of Thames News, Mixing and Grams Operating and employing freelance staff as required. Pioneering surround sound for High Definition Television and NICAM stereo.

1981 - Jan 92 Studio Sound Supervisor Responsible for supervising studio crews and sound requirements including microphones, Fisher Booms, fold-back, communications, etc. Covered ENG crew work and outside broadcasts

Jun 79 - 1981 Junior Sound Technician Work at Thames covered studio, location and news work. Areas of work covered News, Light Entertainment, Children's TV, Sport, Drama, Current Affairs and Comedy. Major Programmes regularly worked included: Thames News, This is Your Life, The City Programme, TV Eye, Help, Election Specials, Afternoon Plus, Looks Familiar, Midweek Sports Special, Boxing, Winter Olympics, London Night Out, Des O Connor Now, Thames Telethons, Film Premieres, Hannay, Golf, Football, Horse Racing, Shelley, Rumpole of the Old Bailey, Rainbow, Cowboys, London Embassy, Cover, The Bill, The Money Programme, Royal Variety performances the last Morecambe and Wise Television film, 80 Gracious years and many others. Electronic News Gathering involved covering news stories across London and the South-East.

1973 - June 79 North East London Polytechnic Technician - AVA Department. Umatic video editing, camera and sound. Designing and building system control equipment and servicing all kinds of AV equipment. Recording educational materials off-air.

1971 - 1973 Polytechnic of Central London Lab. Technician - Electronics Department. Preparing and building experiment set-ups for HNC & HND Course assignment work. Project work and maintenance Professional Qualifications City & Guilds Radio, Television & Electronics Course 222 Pt I (distinction) & Pt II (credit) BKTS (Thames) Stereo Production Many production seminars and short courses Member of: The Institute of Broadcast Sound