Based in Reading UK, Real Time is one of the UK’s leading exponents of the use of participatory media and digital art in community settings. We deliver a wide range of workshops and projects, tailored to the needs of clients and participants and produce high quality films which record and celebrate the projects – and those involved.
Jackie Shaw is co-founder and director of Real Time and has been specialising in the use of video to catalyse and mediate change processes since 1984. She was awarded a PhD in social psychology from London School of Economics (LSE) in 2012 for her thesis on Participatory Video, and is a leading expert in the field. She regularly provides methodological training, guidance and consultancy for private and public sector organisations both in the UK and internationally.
Jackie also brings an academic background and research skills to the team. She is module leader on a research and reflective practice programme at undergraduate level at undergraduate level, involving lecturing in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. She has led a Master’s course in Video and Development at Reading University, and is currently affiliated/visiting lecturer at a number of other universities.
Jackie was co-author of Participatory Video (Shaw and Robertson, 1997), the first comprehensive guide to the approach, as well as other key methodological book chapters and papers. Jackie’s research interests lie in developing a critical, nuanced and contextualised understanding of participatory video as an iteratively evolving change process. She has developed an extended theoretical framework for how it can open up space for dialogue between leaders and ground level towards better solutions. For instance, Jackie was responsible for convening 6 visual processes for the Participate project at the Institute of Development Studies.
Clive Robertson is a producer with clear vision and a demonstrated ability to turn creative ideas into reality. His flexible and adaptable approach means Real Time is able to bring complex projects to completion on time and on budget.
He is a co-founder of Real Time and specialises in using video interactively to explore issues and manage change. With over 30 years experience in the independent production sector he has a comprehensive knowledge of video and digital media.
Clive has worked in corporate, educational, statutory and voluntary sectors. Including time as co-director of London Video Arts and has delivered hundreds of video and media projects in the UK and abroad .
He is an experienced film maker and skilled trainer able to work with a wide variety of people. He regularly lectures and runs training in video production and post production techniques.
Tom studied Television and Video Production at Bournemouth University and is an experienced short filmmaker, camera operator and editor. He has been working in the independent sector as a freelancer for over 15 years. As well as numerous Real Time projects he makes his own short films, including a major documentary on Monte Cassino.
He works in the corporate, charity, community and education sectors; working predominantly in documentary but equally happy producing drama and recording live events. He works to the highest technical and creative standards and is proficient in Apple Final Cut and Adobe Creative Suite packages and as new emerging technologies.
He has a passion for cinema and filmmaking, is a regular selector on short film festival panels, runs a script-writing group in his spare time and organises the Stand Up Cinema strand at the Rising Sun Arts Centre.
Tom is a disciplined professional who understands the importance of a deadline and a budget. He is a flexible producer and editor who sees the value in creating positive working relationships with his clients from the very start, often working alongside people to conceive, research, script and produce their films.
In 1997 we published a book on Participatory Video, a comprehensive guide to using video in group development work.
Used in a participatory way, video can be a powerful tool, which allows clients to examine the world around them, gain awareness of their situation and become more actively involved in decisions which affect their lives.
Based on an innovative approach, the book sets out a complete programme for workers in a range of social work, community, education and health settings. It features over 60 exercises, explaining clearly the procedure to follow, the time needed and the value of each activity. It includes practical advice on:
* workshop planning
* video equipment and how to use it
* teaching technical skills to group members
* running long-term projects
Participatory Video is a practical handbook for a wide range of professionals, including social workers, teachers, extension workers, therapists, community artists and video trainers. It is available here.
Real Time is a registered charity, run by a voluntary board of trustees who form an essential part of the team. They oversee the work of the organisation and also contribute to Real Times project work.
Real Time is always looking for new people to expand the expertise of the organisation and help forge new partnerships. If you are interested in becoming a trustee and would like to receive an information pack, please contact the chair of trustees using the form here.
Real Time values the contribution of volunteers. We offer a range of opportunities designed specifically to meet each volunteer's skill set and aspirations.
To date we have offered volunteering opportunities in digital archiving, programming, project development, production, editing, administration and management roles.
Volunteering at Real Time offers a creative and positive experience and provides a good fit with private sector corporate responsibility policies.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us here