and totally independent filmmakers
Debra’s easy presenting style
comes from a varied personal and professional background. Working for
main Board Directors and then travelling regularly to International
Agencies, she has always been comfortable dealing with people.
the seventies, she lived on the Continent, working in the Cold
War diplomatic service in West Germany, and in the year Saigon
fell, moved to the USA and spent ten years acclimatising to
the frozen Midwest and the American psyche to the point where
she is very comfortable with both.
A warm and outgoing personality enables her to set
interviewees instantly at their ease, and both young and old
respond equally well to her friendly and sympathetic manner.
She relates easily to people, having been an acute observer of
human foibles and mannerisms from an early age. Her life
experiences have given her a unique approach to interviewing
– she actually listens, and interviewees visibly blossom
under this kind of treatment.
Visit Debra's Diary
David's background has always been a combination of entertainment and
technical expertise; he played in a band when he was 16 and began
his lifelong association with the entertainment business. He joined
BBC Television in 1970 as a recording technician.
This was at a time when actually understanding how the equipment
worked was a vital requirement, and when television was in its heyday.
David has grown up in the BBC, and although steeped in its values and
standards, managed to maintain a unique subversive sense of humour that
enabled him to develop his own talents as a film-maker with other
like-minded people within the confines of this venerable institution –
to the point where his ‘Christmas Tapes’ are legend both within the
BBC and the industry at large.
David has worked as a tape and Avid editor at BBC Television Centre,
London for 26 years. During his extremely varied career with many
producers from different genres he has travelled the world with BBC
Sport, cutting features and highlights at major events like the
Drawing on 36 years of experience across different genres within
the Corporation, David set up Grindelwald Productions with Debra in 1998
to make films that would fill a perceived gap in the entertainment
industry – a return to basics and fundamental production values. His
style always encompasses a subtle humour that strikes a chord with both
young and old, and although the subject may be gentle, David’s
professional skills bring an up-to-date look to traditional but sound
are a compact team, often afforded access frequently
denied to larger outfits, which enables them to focus on the
heart of the subject and gain in-depth shots and interviews.
Their easy, engaging style crosses all generation gaps, and
opens doors, leaving lasting good impressions when they
complete a project. In their travel films a great deal of
attention is paid to engaging their audience and being totally
in tune with their surroundings. In 2010 Their extremely successful
"Footloose" DVD films were versioned into a
twenty-two part television series for international
broadcast... Shooting more films each
year, now in 2021 they have
over 30 feature length travel and documentary films under
their belt, almost all available on Amazon Prime Video:
And there are more
to rent from our VIMEO
You can also email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barn's website: barnabysmithmusic.co.uk
Visit Debra and David's travel website at footloose.tv