Getting to Know Lee Bryan, Creative Producer

We thought we’d take some time to get to know Rushes’ Creative Content Producer Lee Bryan a little better…

Lee joined Rushes towards the backend of 2016 to head up our creative production offering; for those who don’t know what creative production is, Rushes offer a complete content production service, from the inception of the idea, through script development, to director and crew procurement and then on to the shooting of the film and beyond to post, through to final delivery back to the client. Lee is responsible for guiding the entire process of this end-to-end service. Watch the Rushes Creative Production Reel Here

Before joining Rushes, Lee enjoyed a varied and exciting career. Straight out of a graphics degree from Brighton University, Lee embarked upon a musical career as a composer and band member. Having performed and travelled extensively, Lee returned to the UK and diversified. After a short time, Lee had established himself as Head of Production at an online 'virtual tours’ company. Lee went on from there to a leading photographic stills Library and then on to become a Producer at Amber Music; working to help compose and deliver bespoke compositions for TVC’s both here in the UK and the US, for brands such as Petsmart and Magners. Lee then joined Bermuda Shorts, specializing in the production of animated commercials & music videos, becoming Managing Director of the company in 2007.

Now an established Creative Content Producer, Lee’s extensive experience has seen him take ideas from conception to delivery for many major brands. Lee has produced content for agencies, production companies and direct to brand. Most recently Lee has created content for ASOS, Chivas Regal, Nespresso and Rolls Royce to name a few.

How did you discover you wanted to be in this field and specialise in Production?
Throughout my life and career I have always been fascinated by, and involved in, the creative process. As well as the characters who contribute to this process – whether that be in the production of music, art, or film. I started in the music industry, and then moved into photography, taking pictures, and then selling them, and then making them.

What excites you about the industry right now?
It is a forever changing market governed by developing and emerging technologies. This excites me. Soon we will have the ability to be wherever in the world we would like to be, visually and sonically, whilst actually being sat at home with our feet up.

What emerging technologies and innovations will have the biggest impact on how you create in the next few years?
Regardless of emerging technologies and innovations, ideas will always be King. There will just be more affordable technologies to assist in the making of ideas, and then how and where they live in our stream of consciousness.

If you could work on any project, what would it be, and why?
Anything for NASA, or filming on the International Space Station, to see where we all live from afar.

What is the most important skill you need to succeed in Production?
A tenacity to work out and understand how to do something you may never have done before, or even knew existed.

Do you have any advice for people just entering the field? 
Listen to the people you meet and remember what they’ve said. This way they’ll remember you.

What’s your approach to balancing work and life?
Gardening – you get to see the fruits of your labour after a short period of time and you even get to enjoy a beer in one when the works done.

What tools do you find indispensable for your work? 
A black pen, A5 moleskin and my iPhone!

What did your 10 year old self think you’d be doing right now?
Touring the world in a band…

What’s your all-time favourite ad?
JC Penney ‘The Aviator’ - it’s a great narrative, beautifully cast and shot.

What’s your favourite quote?
“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” - Albert Einstein