Toufique Ali

Director | Camera | Drone Operator

I am a Director, Producer, Edit Producer, Premiere Pro Editor and Lighting Cameraman. 

I have recently obtained my PfCO (permission for commercial operations) drone license from the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority), which allows me to shoot and film drone operations within the United Kingdom with my DJI Spark and DJI Mavic Air.

I am trained with over 18 years of media experience in broadcast, film, corporate and branded content. 

I have a strong understanding of  television formats from observational documentary, factual entertainment, daytime programming through to topical entertainment programmes and music television. I also have vast experience in corporate and branded content with a specialism in YouTube and social media platforms content having managed several YouTube Channels.

I have worked for MTV UK, Vh1 (Viacom), MTV Australia, Endemol UK, Talkback Thames and Fremantle Media, BBC, Vice Canada and BBC Three, alongside indies such as Leopard Films, Blink TV, Breakthrough Media and CTVC.

I became a producer director in 2008 and continued to work for broadcast as well as the corporate and branded content sector as a freelancer.

Since I became YouTube Certified in Audience Growth in 2013; I worked with one of the biggest YouTubers on the planet - KSI - to establish his 'Rulem Sports' YouTube Channel with Endemol Beyond/ Endemol Digital, I have continued to produce and manage large slates of content for YT channels and developed social media strategies in the digital content sector for broadcast networks and corporate businesses. 

I have also managed, produced and directed content for the BBC Three YouTube Channel as well as the Nintendo Labo UK YouTube Channel (Nintendo/ Fourth Floor Creative). 

I have directed large scale productions in the gaming sector for clients such as Square Enix, Bethesda and Nintendo and worked with YouTubers such as Oli White, Joe Weller, Leahviathan, MessYourself, Arrekz Gaming, Hat Films and the Yogscast. I've also directed talent such as Ant Middleton (SAS: Who Dares Wins) and Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City FC)

My passion is directing, camera operating and being a highly experienced producer as well as managing large scale productions. I have extensive experience directing presenters, talent and actors/ actresses on set or on location. 

Since 2007, I have produced two short films for various directors which I have taken to the Cannes Short Film Corner. 

In 2017-2019 I wrote, directed and produced my own short film 'Altered States' which was selected for the Berlin Online Film Festival and was selected for Camerimage 2019 Talent Demo Sessions, where I gained invaluable advice from the DOP Adam Newport-Berra ('The Last Black Man in San Francisco')  

I continue to write, produce and direct narrative short film drama content while working to help develop films and content for brands and businesses; and I aim to make two more short films from 2019 - 2021 with the long term goal of directing my first  feature. 

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