Angel Sharp Media make films that inspire and inform.
We like to make insightful work that looks good and sounds great. We have two studios — one in Oxford, England and one in Tokyo, Japan. We create videos that engage the audience. Our films are simple, effective, elegant, and fresh. The company was founded in 2002 by Hannah Madsen.
Hannah, Jonathan, and Daniel are currently working on four-month project 'Revolutionary Biology', a presenter-led short documentary series that aims to bring structural biology to a wider audience; charting its intriguing history, and examining the cutting-edge research taking place today.
In March 2013 Hannah travelled to Malawi to film the transformation of Africa's oldest motor ship into a floating health clinic, and to report on the transformation of the UN Dzaleka refugee camp near Lilongwe.
In 2010 Hannah and Tom visited 23 cities in 15 countries to make 200 documentary shorts for the Saïd Business School and the Rhodes Trust.
Clients in 2012/2013 include BBC1, The Economist, ITV Breakfast News, BBC Sport, The Wellcome Trust, the National Reality TV Awards, Nike, Tokyo Design Week, Mitsubishi UFG, the Rhodes Trust, and Oxford University.
Since 2008 we've made 550 short films. Here are some highlights from the past three years.
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A swimmer's protest that almost got him killed, an oar that snapped in half mid-race, and a collapse leading to hospitalisation... The 2012 Boat Race was the most dramatic ever. We followed the Oxford University Boat Club from their trials at the start of the 7-month season through to the Race Day aftermath.
The global audience of the Oxford—Cambridge Boat Race is 120 million. Nobody got closer than us.
Produced by Hannah, directed and filmed by Hannah and Tom, edited by Tom. Specially comissioned music by David Hughes.
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In a landmark exhibition, the Ashmolean bought together 21 of violin maker Antonio Stradivari’s most important, well-preserved instruments to showcase the brilliance of his craft — including 11 works from his famous 'Golden Period'.
Our documentary was presented as part of the exhibition, and included an interview with esteemed Stradivarius expert Charles Beare, and performances from world-famous concert violinist James Ehnes.
Produced and filmed by Jonathan and Daniel, edited by Daniel.
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Wytham Woods is the most studied piece of woodland on Earth. From birds to badgers, grasses to trees; almost every aspect of this beautiful bastion of English countryside has gone under the microscope, contributing to decades of cutting-edge scientific research.
We produced a four-part documentary series exploring the many research projects hidden in the leaves.
Produced and directed by Hannah and Daniel, filmed by Hannah and Jonathan, edited by Daniel.
This town of 17,000 was washed away by the Tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011. Five reports and 20 live feeds covered the devastation in the Miyagi area, refugee centres, the nuclear scare, food and fuel shortages, and evacuation directly following the natural disaster.
Hannah worked as Field Producer for ITV Daybreak News with their Chief Correspondent in the 6 days directly following the Tohoku Earthquake.
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world — and for those who live around Lake Malawi, accessing vital health care is a constant struggle. In March 2013, Hannah travelled to Lake Malawi to film the transformation of Africa's oldest motor ship into a floating health clinic, which will bring much–needed care straight to coastal villages, and interviewed the families whose lives it will transform.
Produced and filmed by Hannah, edited by Daniel.
To be released in Spring 2014.
In Autumn 2013, leaders in business, politics, and the third sector from around the world gathered to commit to full financial inclusion by 2020. Angel Sharp Media interviewed 94 of them, including Cherie Blair, Ajay Banga of Mastercard, and Pamela Flaherty of Citi Foundation; documenting their pledges and those of their businesses and institutions as part of a financial inclusion 'roadmap' to 2020.
Interviews by Jonathan and Daniel.
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Michelle Obama invited students from the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in North London for an Inspirational Day at Christ Church, Oxford. This film follows the girls' magical experience at the University and the moment they met none other than the First Lady of the United States.
Produced and Directed by Hannah, interviews filmed by Hannah and Tom, news footage from Oxford, edited by Tom.
A strong opponent of Nazism, and a friend to many opponents of the regime who would later be executed for their resistance to Hitler, Fritz Caspari nevertheless found himself interned in the United States during the war as a suspected Nazi spy. Sir Fritz came to England as a Rhodes Scholar in the 1930s. He went on to play a key role in Germany's postwar rehabilitation and helped to lead Portugal's transition to democracy after the 'Carnation Revolution' of the 1970s.
This 25min film is a biography of Professor Sir Fritz Caspari, historian and diplomat, who sadly passed away just a few months after interview filming finished.
Produced, directed and filmed by Hannah, edited by Stef.
Spurgeons is a charity that has been helping marginalised and disadvantaged children around the UK for over 140 years. This film charts the profound impact the charity had on the life of Deniz - a thirteen-year-old struggling with the pressures of caring for her mother and great aunt.
Filmed by Hannah, edited by Daniel.
Angel Sharp was set up in 2002 by Hannah as a way of combining her experience and expertise in one media company.
Hannah's main focus is film producing and video journalism, but she has previously worked in the design department at Oxford University Press, as a photography assistant to Richard Burbridge in New York, a network engineer for the dotcom ADC in Menlo Park, and also directed and produced professional theatre productions in Oxford and Edinburgh.
Artist, animator, and script writer, Daniel trained in-house with Angel Sharp Media to become director and editor. Daniel works in Final Cut Pro, FCX, Premiere, and After Effects. He previously studied English Literature at Oxford University and Art at Åsane Folkehogskole.
Stuart recently graduated top of his class from Oxford Brookes with a BSc in Sound and Media Technology. His dissertation studied the limitations and potential of DSLR video for cinematic use.
Stuart is a sound engineer by background, with a particular interest in spatial acoustic control.
After studying film and television production at RMIT University Australia, Jonathan worked as an intern at SBS News then moved to the UK in 2008, working as assistant director on such productions as 20th Century Fox's Gulliver's Travels and BBC2's Henry IV. Jonathan's main focus is editing, having taught Final Cut Pro and Premiere.
Graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and Tokyo University of the Arts in Visual Communication Design, Laila is a specialist in print/editorial design, and inclusive design. She uses the importance of process to create simple designs with clarity and usability. Laila is based in Tokyo, Japan.
Our documentary series, Oxford Prepares for the Boat Race, was shortlisted for the LA AllSports Awards:
and also shortlisted for 'Best Use of Video by a non-Broadcaster' at the ConnectedWorld.tv Awards:
Our documentary on Young Carers helped secure £300,000 funding for Birmingham charity Spurgeons.
Our short for the Ashmolean helped secure £7.8 million in order to keep Manet's 'Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus' in the UK.
Our videos for Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson's 'Gemini Force One' series helped reach £33k, which was 135% of their target!
'A Year of Wild Weather' presented by Miranda Krestovnikoff was aired on BBC One on the 30th Dec 2012. Hannah was second camera and in charge of all jib, dolly, and timelapse shots.
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