About Real Time

Based in Reading UK, Real Time is one of the UK’s leading exponents of the use of participatory media, audiovisual composition and digital arts 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, apps and websites which record and celebrate the community initiatives and projects – and support those involved.

The team

Clive Robertson
Creative director

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.

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Patrick Humphreys
Development director

Professor Patrick Humphreys is Co-Director of the London Multimedia Lab for Audiovisual Composition and Communication (LML) and Development director at Real Time Video. Within the LML he led the LSE RTD team on the EU FP7 CADIC project. He directed the project “Creative Partnerships: Pathways to Value” for the Arts Council England and leads the RTD team for the European Union framework Project “ InCaS: Intellectual Capital Statement, Europe”.
He is responsible for the LML’s joint initiative with ZenZone Media Lab, Beijing on “Spritivity Workshops” .
He has expertise in innovative and creative decision-making, decision support systems, and enhancement of resources for health, culture, development, and networking. He has been involved in initiatives on organizational transformation and sector development in many countries. He is a past chair of IFIP WG8.3 and holds IFIP's Silver Core Award. In 2006 he was programme chair for the IFIP WG8.3 conference on Creativity and Innovation in Decision Making and Decision Support and was a sponsor of the workshop “Live dialogues between different individuals and alternative urban models in the Pearl River Delta” coordinated by Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou.
He is Emeritus Professor of Social Psychology at LSE and a director of Spritivity Worldwide Ltd, Papertronic Ltd, and The International Creative Industries Alliance, China.

Tom Zajac
Video producer

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 Final Cut Pro and Adobe Creative Suite packages and as new emerging technologies.
He has a passion for cinema and filmmaking, 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.

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Miroslav Babenko
Software developer and app designer

Miroslav is experienced in working in Livecode on Mac OS, Windows PC, IOS and Android platforms. During 2014-5 he completed studies for a MSc in Retail Management at the University of Brighton and also undertook an apprentices with LML Co-director, Carol Lorac, as software developer and designer on our flagship app: “Images and Sounds”, (integrating a Papertronic book, e-book, and online audio-visual catalogue). He is currently working on the design and development of the app "What’sAshore: Who'sAround", which is constructed in association with the Mediterranean Community ( to integrate many kinds of support for maritime tourists exploring Ancient Mediterranean Ports, and enabling them to connect with each other and resource providers ashore.

Carol Lorac
Senior consultant

Carol Lorac is Co-director of the London Multimedia Lab for Audiovisual Composition and Communication (LML) and Senior Consultant at Real Time video where she leads the team producing audiovisual case studies on the CADIC project. Previously, within the LML, she led research on the project “Creative Partnerships in London Schools: Pathways to Value” for the Arts Council England she has collaborated on SaRA project (Salud Reproductiva para Adolescentes: enhancing development through participatory multimedia in Peruvian communities) for the UK Department for International Development and led the research on the project “Positive Futures: Young People’s Views” for the UK Government’s Home Office.

She founded the Department of Media Arts, at Royal Holloway University of London, establishing an innovative degree programme centred on language and practice of audiovisual composing processes. She is currently completing a combined print and electronic book on “Images and sounds: audiovisual language and process for extending the boundaries of communication: theory, practice and cases”. She is a director of Spritivity Worldwide Ltd and Papertronic Ltd.

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Michael Zhang

Project manager: Real Time China

Michael Zhang is Project manager for the development of Real Time China, which represents Real Time’s interests in China and organises its activities there: developing projects and initiatives in partnership with Chinese organisations that share Real Time’s motivation and goals. He is also Project manager at the International Creative Industries Alliance. He completed his undergraduate degree of sociology in Beijing’s Renmin University of China, then gained MSc and MPhil in Organisational and Social Psychology from the London School of Economics (LSE).
He has both academic and market research experiences in London, Geneva, Beijing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. He is actively involved in the international venture capital community, and coordinates several co-operation projects in the fields of creative industry and financial services between China and UK.


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.

Board of Trustees

Some of our clients

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