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Recent Projects include...

Like all freelancers I work on a wide range of projects (a short career history is below). These are some of the recent courses I have devised and delivered:

  • Two one-day Sony EX3 conversion courses for self shooters at Nickelodeon.
  • Seven two-day camera courses for correspondents at NBC (in their UK News Bureaux).
  • Two-day Sony Z1 camera and lighting training at ITV.com
  • Three-day Video For Photographers course organised by the Press Association for their own staff.
  • Three day camera, audio and editing course for civil servants at the DCSF. So that they can shoot their own video for their website.
  • Five day camera, audio and editing training for students on the Press Associations 14 week NCTJ course.
  • Five day Diploma in Video Journalism at the Press Association in Howden.
  • Two-day Sony Z5 camera training for six photographers, at a picture agency in Kent
  • One day intro to the Z1 camera for members of SOCA - run by NTI.
  • One-to-one camera training with a portrait painter off to New York to make a short doc on philosophy.
  • One-to-one training for a broadcast self shooter - who had never had any formal training. She wanted to learn how to use the The Sony Z5 in manual so she didn't have to rely on auto all the time.
  • I'll also be delivering several seminars each day at the IBC conference in Amsterdam in September 2009.

Christina Fox - instructor on Web Design courseClients include:

  • BBC
  • ITN More4 News (Channel 4)
  • ITV.com
  • The Press Association
  • Big Wave Productions Comic Relief
  • Broadcast Video Expo (was Video Forum)
  • Clarence House Press Office
  • Daisy Media
  • Denham Productions
  • Department of Education and Skills
  • Discovery UK
  • Downing Street Press Office
  • Dragonfly Film and TV Productions Ltd
  • DV Talent
  • Endemol
  • Getty Images
  • Guild of Television Cameramen
  • God TV
  • Hardcash Productions
  • Hub TV
  • IBC
  • Kent News & Pictures Ltd
  • Knowsley Safari Park
  • Loughborough University
  • MNE Media
  • MTV
  • The Natural History Museum
  • Nestle
  • New Technology Institute (NTI Birmingham)
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nobel School
  • Norwich School of Art and Design
  • Nottingham University
  • Octagon CSI Television
  • RAF
  • Ravensbourne College
  • The Research Centre (Channel 4)
  • The Russian Hour
  • Sony Computer Games
  • Splash news and picture agency
  • Steadfast Television
  • Steelhenge Consulting
  • Summersdale Productions
  • Tiger Aspect
  • TV Tokyo London Bureau
  • UCL (University College London)
  • Valuation Office Agency
  • Warwick Emanuel PR
  • White Heart Productions

Just a small email to once again thank you for a superb training day last Thursday. We were all very impressed with your patient, friendly, enthusiastic style, coupled with your encyclopedic knowledge of all things camera. I’m sure I speak for all the team when I say it was one of the most productive and rewarding training days we’ve ever had and would happily recommend you to anyone else in future.
R.S.  @ Tiger Aspect


Dear Christina,
Thank you so much for a very enjoyable course yesterday. It was absolutely first rate and my camera confidence has increased a thousandfold overnight!

I shall certainly recommend you to anyone who needs any camera training.

Thanks again



Thanks Christina! Wonderful training on my new Z1, easily explained, and great fun. The two day course was well organised, thorough and has helped me enormously. I would recommend you to anyone.

Stephen Conway - Director - SJC Productions


Thank you so much for such a fun, interesting and educational day.  For me it was the best value for money I can imagine. I look forward to taking my education forward with you.

Again, many thanks
John Peters


Just wanted to say thank you very much for a really useful day of training. I have had the chance to go out already and felt so much more confident using the kit. Its also been nice to have a thorough look through what everything does without the fear that I will press something I shouldn't. The day has only increased my enthusiasm for the art.



The DV Camera course I requested for a team of six journalists resulted in six highly skilled camera operators, now with a real thirst for television pictures. Each person took it in turn to thank me for placing them in the training group as they not only had they learnt new skills, they had really enjoyed the experience.

I would highly recommend Christina Fox's fresh approach to DV Camera training as she seems to easily explain in laymen's terms, what is in fact quite a complex operation.

Stuart M. BBC


If you think I may be of help to you - please contact me.

I'm based in London. But, happy to travel.


When I was at school a careers' officer asked me what I wanted to do when I left school. I didn't have a clue. So, she asked me if I had any hobbies. "Oh yes - photography". I loved taking natural history photographs. This was obviously way outside her field of expertise. She told me that that was a lot of competition for jobs in photography and anyway only the very best got the jobs. So, I should forget all about taking pictures for a living and consider something else. For the next three years I took her advice.

I trained to be a radiographer at St Luke's Hospital in Guildford and got my Diploma in Diagnostic Radiography from the College of Radiographers. But, eventually I realised the careers' officer had given me very poor careers advice. So, I wrote to the BBC telling them I wanted to become a camerawoman and shoot natural history documentaries with David Attenborough.

They did give me a job as a camerawoman - but in News and Current Affairs (go, figure!). I spent 13 years at the BBC - 11 as a camerawoman. Thanks to the excellent training they offer - I had a chance to work on a whole range of programmes (not just news) including: Lenny Henry's first comedy series; Playschool ( I got to zoom through the round window); drama; classical music concerts; and my main claim to fame - covering a whole days play from the Pavilion at Lords' cricket ground (the old colonels there were a bit surprised when they realised a woman had infiltrated their men only club - but I did have permission to be there). Two  trainees on my five day course at the BBCAs part of my initiation into PSC (portable single camera work) I spent 6 months as a location sound recordist - my most memorable moment was being in Tiananmen Square when the student protest started.

I went on to deliver studio and location camera training at the BBC's training centre at Wood Norton before joining The BBC's Journalist Training department full time. Once there, I devised and delivered a four day course for journalists on how to operate a Hi-8 hand-held camcorder editing tape to tape. Once digital became popular we changed to the Sony VX1000 and eventually to the Sony PD150 and 170 with editing on Avid.

In 1997 I left the BBC to make better use of my MBA. I have my own company UrbanFox Ltd which I run with my husband David. I now spend most of my time running training courses and trying to keep on top of my email (500 spams a day and counting).

Over the years I have developed my courses to keep up with changes in camera technology, digital editing and the internet.

Video Journalism is now commonplace and it is a sign of the times that over the last two years I have been training more and more newspaper journalist to shoot for the web.

The rise of broadband, youtube and (hopefully) sites like vimeo.com means anyone can shoot their own documentary and around a third of my time is spent training individuals to use their own camera equipment to make short documentaries, low budget movies and web based docs.

Christina Fox

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