32-year-old Jonathan Hilton is a former learner at the Grimsby Institute and University Centre Grimsby who, after a successful career in TV & Film Production, has returned to Lincolnshire and is running a successful Media Company, Photo Booth Studio.
Having lived in Grimsby most of his life, Jonathan trained for a GNVQ in Media Studies at the Grimsby Institute before choosing to continue with a Higher National Diploma in TV & Film.
Jonathan explained: “I decided to stay closer to home because it is essentially a way of saving money on a student loan and I’d really enjoyed the GNVQ. I’m more of a practical person so I enjoyed doing the hands-on work; working with cameras, going out on location and filming in the studios. I also enjoyed the freedom of being able to make short films.”
When Jonathan finished the HND course he moved to Leeds and found work as a Runner for Elite Television, working his way up to Cameraman Editor, and helping to produce programmes for channels including the BBC, ITV and the Biography Channel. Jonathan then turned his hand to freelance work and joined a Cruise Ship in video production and photography, where he met his Wife, Ivana.
The pair moved to Louth, in Lincolnshire, and set up Photo Booth Studio, just over a year ago. Photo Booth Studio offers a range of unique photo booth hiring opportunities that include a digital graffiti wall and even a caravan equipped with the latest green screen technology. The technology lets anyone have a photo of themselves superimposed on any scene or background.
Jonathan continued: “We tried out the green screen idea over the summer in Mablethorpe and it was really popular. We then came up with the idea of ripping out a caravan and turning it into a studio.
“We recently took it to Harewood House for the Tour de France, and it was incredibly well received. We’re now planning on expanding the caravan and even going into aerial filming, using remote controlled helicopters.
Training at the Institute gave me a lot of confidence, and taught me the basics for when I went out into the world of work. If anyone is interested in going into the industry I’d tell them to start at the Institute.