REFERENCES FOR COLIN ROTHBART
‘Colin had 5 days to set up a foreign shoot with high testosterone, maverick teenage boys on the holiday resort of Ayia Napa. It was an intense, high octane 7 day shoot, overseeing 3 teams working 24/7. Colin was enthusiastic, organised and conscientious at all times. Straight in the edit after the shoot he crafted a deft, funny and wonderful film. His sense of humour is wicked and his storytelling is clear and inventive. He delivered a lively, entertaining film in the time allotted with no over-runs, was a pleasure to work with and his script never failed to make me laugh with joy...’
'Colin was a creative and efficient shooting PD on Great British Railway Journeys and brought with him a great ability to get on with anyone and everyone. He was a joy to have around and I never heard one complaint about the tough schedule.'
‘He is astonishingly industrious and yet incredibly laid back. As a consequence Colin is someone who delivers to expectation as well as being an excellent and benign collaborator. For those reasons I wouldn’t hesitate to work with him again.’
Colin is great to work with; he’s enthusiastic, creative and extremely hardworking. He’s great in the edit, fast and editorially strong with good writing skills. I would be very happy to have Colin on any of my teams in the future.
“Witty, imaginative and cool under pressure, Colin is a delight to work with on a edgy, high profile factual entertainment series. Not only does he develop extraordinary relationships with the most truculent contributors, yielding hours of great footage, but he is also outstanding in the cutting room, his scripts fizz with energy and his sequences are some of the funniest you will see on British television."
"I was impressed with Colin's dedication to his storylines, and his contributors, and with the very strong relationship he built up (very quickly) with all his contributors, sometimes under very stressful situations.
He dealt with difficult situations calmly and professionally, and his team always respected him and worked very hard for him on location. Colin also has a great sense of humour and fun, and uses it to good effect to get his contributors to relax and open up where necessary. Colin was also very good at feeding back daily to base with all the storylines that were running on his side of the swap. I always had a clear view of the footage he was getting. He was very organised and creative when covering our pre-planned storylines, but he also reacted quickly, cleverly and sensitively when new, unplanned-for situations arose.
In the edit Colin was on top of the footage very quickly, and good at pulling together all the main storylines. He's also creative and clever with music and commentary."
"Colin Rothbart is a fantastic producer director; a self-shooter and self-motivator par excellence who is capable of creating small screen magic with his broad range of skills and total professionalism. He has an eye for a story. He understands character, plot and structure. So, if you need it done, call Colin."
DATING THE ENEMY: "Another great culture clash led by another great male loser - where do you find them? I loved his lunging pecks throughout and his great club re-entrance where she tried to hide her look of horror. I liked her and her cheery attempts to make something of the weekend work. Their changes in attitude to lifestyles and each other were also believable. It was a good watch. Good characters and nicely told. Well done, a strong piece of work. Congrats to Colin, Carolyn and all of the team. Best wishes, jim.."
‘Colin Rothbart is an extremely hard working and dedicated producer / director who is prepared to go the extra mile to ensure any project is a success. He worked long hours almost every weekend over a three months filming Generation Xcess for ITV. He has a strong visual sense and ensured that money was spent on screen. His films were stylish, creative and won praise from the Commissioning Editor. Colin is also a good journalist and gets on extremely well with contributors. He is able to win their trust and it is amazing what they are prepared to reveal to him on camera. He combines a good story with a sense of mischief and fun. Colin is extremely accomplished technically as both a self shooter and soundman. He is able to work on tight budgets. I have no hesitation in recommending Colin to any production company.
“Colin directed the Best Worst Places to live in the UK: 2006 for Channel 4 and did a great job. His programme was stylish and fun yet editorially strong and hard hitting. In the edit Colin knows exactly what he wants; he is very creative, writes well and has excellent editorial skills.’
‘Colin consistently produced some of the best films in both series, working excellently with the presenters and contributors alike. An imaginative film maker, Colin’s chief talents lie with his ability to capture the warmth and humanity (and sometimes quite the reverse) of those involved in his films.’
‘I had the pleasure of working with Colin last year on ‘Britain’s Next Top Model’, when he directed several individual episodes. He has a great sense of visual style and works exceptionally well with on-screen talent, not least thirteen often recalcitrant wannabee models! On location he is expert at discerning ongoing and future storylines, and carries this through to the edit suite. His editing style is contemporary without being intrusive. He made a significant contribution to the series.’
‘Loved the show – made me laugh and cry! It looks great and has the right feel about it and you genuinely care about the family. Thank you. You made my bit very painless’
‘Colin worked for me on "Airport". He was self-shooting on a Z1. He quickly established good relationships with all our contributors. He worked long, irregular hours without complaint and was very reliable. His actuality shooting was good and several of his stories were used in the broadcast programmes.’
‘Of the series of shows I would say that Colin made the best two. He had a great relationship with the contributors and was able to draw true emotion from them as well as asking the difficult questions. His shows were also infused with a real sense of humour and were immensely watchable. Colin managed these relationships well as well as those in the office. He was a team player and a joy to work with. I wouldn't hesitate in employing him again’
‘What impressed me about Colin is his ability to produce an entertaining story both in the field and in the edit. He was very good at working with contributors and getting excellent material out of them. He has an excellent grasp of what makes a good story and what you need to shoot in order to tell that story. His material is always imaginatively directed and fun. His script writing skills are excellent and he can write a very amusing and entertaining script. He is also very good at shooting on DV.’
‘Colin Rothbart was the producer for the Talkback Thames production Ten Ways Onto the Property Ladder for Channel Five, I was the executive producer. It was a single 60 minute film which involved commissioning a survey and finding contributors nationwide to illustrate ten imaginative ways of getting onto the property ladder. Colin used great initiative to find these people and direct their stories working to a tight deadline. The commissioner was Ben Frow, and the film was presented by Kirsty Young.’
‘Colin Rothbart was hired by me to work as a DV director and location producer for the BBC series Get A New Life – New Zealand. Colin did an excellent job on a very difficult assignment. He was required to land in New Zealand and with in 12 weeks produce a dozen stories of expats’ and their lives abroad. Colin was hard working and creative. He worked well with his team and the contributors. It was a relentless schedule that required on the move planning and organization. Colin did a fantastic job pulling it all together and getting the rushes back to London on time. His stories were creative, fun and interesting and resulted in a very successful episode in the series. I highly recommend him as a director and producer’ –
‘Colin is a very good producer/director who is great on location. He has excellent people skills and is therefore a very handy person to have around. I am keen to employ him again’
‘Colin is a great entertainment director. He really knows how to find fun in any subject matter. He delivered a great programme for me in extremely difficult circumstances. He is very sharp in the edit’