Founder and History

Exeter’s original ‘video graphics’ pioneer? In 1987 Rick Cresswell (the founder of The Company), is regarded by many local video organisations as the first to effectively pioneer the commercialisation of animation and graphics for video production companies and media studios across for Exeter, Southwest and in parts of London, utilising a small bank of industrial Cyber storm/vision 24/32bit graphics computers running Lightwave Ver. 1, Scala, and D’Paint. He also supported the development of Exeter Film and Video Workshop (now part of Phoenix Art Centre in Gandy Street, Exeter) for many years working and supporting the then Workshop manager Joyce McCarthy, as management secretary and a course trainer for 2D cel animation and early 3D animation and compositing, U’Matic (tape) editing and 16mm film production.

After four years as a commercial VT editor / cameraman supporting Alan and Denise Tibbits' company Video-EX, he went to London and gained his first Masters degree in Independent Film and Video at Saint Martin’s (Now University of Arts London - UCL). Rick has acted as a visiting/contract lecturer in schools, colleges and universities across the Southwest teaching on GCE, A’Level, BTEC, BA and MA and assisting Media Arts and Medical specialists on their PhD. programmes. In the 90’s The Company utilised Apple’s Avid and Media 100 for non-linear post production with Betacam SP. In the early part of the millennium Rick Cresswell built his own integrated 2:1 NLE PC based systems using DVCAM, M2, Beta SP and Digital Betacam. 

Carbon, Recycling and Care

We have moved from Halogen lighting systems to LED and Florescent ‘ballast’ systems requiring as much as 90% less energy than traditional production lighting rigs. In addition, we now exclusively use recyclable Lithium Ion batteries for EFP & ENG (Electronic Field Production and Electronic News Production), again requiring less energy and greater cell life. 99% of outgoing correspondence is digital. All remaining waste paper is taken offsite shredded and created into compost. Staff undertake car sharing policy.

We have a dedicated FTP system for client digital delivery, avoiding the use of endless CD/DVD plastics usage and postage. For television we have a direct-to-broadcast server workflow avoiding the use of tape. We are looking into the future use of ‘Green’ hard disk or solid state systems. To end, we are actively involved in the promotion of companies and charities that create and assist in renewable sources of ecological energy and overseas aid for both Christian or humanitarian welfare.

© Rick Cresswell 2019. Website rev. 19b. All rights reserved. All logos used for illustration purposes.