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Meet Your Makers: Rob Dunham

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A-MNEMONIC executive producer Rob on learning new things everyday and the importance of understanding each role in the production process

Meet Your Makers: Rob Dunham

Rob Dunham, executive producer, has worked at A-MNEMONIC since 2014.

Rob has a vast amount of experience working on major advertising campaigns, broadcast television, film production and brand communications all over the world for a large range of international brands, advertising agencies and broadcasters.

Rob has worked at various companies in the industry, including Havas London, Animated Storyboards, McCann London, Radical Media, and Transparent Films.


What first attracted you to production - and has it been an industry you’ve always worked on or did you come to it from another area?  

Rob> Growing up I always wanted to work within the music industry – it was just something that I had a BIG passion for. When I moved to London my aim was to gain as much experience in any kind of media company that I could. Since then I’ve worked in post-production, commercials production, production in advertising agencies, and eventually my ideal role in music production and audio branding at A-MNEMONIC.


What was your first role in the production world and how did this experience influence how you think about production and how you grew your career?

Rob> My first role was the front of house receptionist at Radical Media. At the time they had a big office on Wardour Street, where I came face to face with all kinds of creative people, day in, day out. This was a great opportunity to build good relationships with advertising agency producers and creatives, as well as commercials directors and producers. 


How did you learn to be a producer?

Rob> I’ve had job roles in post-production, advertising agencies, animation companies, and production companies through the years. Learning to be a producer isn’t something you learn overnight. It comes from experience, having a good intuition, learning from mistakes, and learning from others. Even now I’m still learning new things every day!  

 

What’s your favourite thing about production and why?

Rob> I love the variety of projects, every single thing we work on is so different from each other. It’s unpredictable, and really keeps you on your toes!  


How has production changed since you started your career?

Rob> With better technology, timings have become tighter, budgets smaller, and less face to face meetings. However, since we all started to work remotely during the pandemic, it feels as if communication has opened up again with the use of Zoom.  


And what has stayed the same?

Rob> The talent and the interesting people I meet. There are so many amazing people in the industry.


As a producer your brain must have a neverending "to do" list. How do you switch off? What do you do to relax?  

Rob> I love watching a good boxset, or listening to music. Oh, and of course, a cheeky pint every now and then. However, I do tend to instead wake up at 3am with these thoughts instead!


What advice would you give to people who are interested in becoming a producer?

Rob> Don’t try and jump straight in the deep end - there is a lot to learn. Learn to understand what each role in the production process involves. Work your way up, and try to help out as many people as you can. And remember to treat everyone with respect, as you never know when you might meet them again in the future.


What’s the key to a successful production-client relationship?

Rob> Honesty and transparency. Keeping your client involved, and up to date with the status of the project. Always write everything down, it’s always useful to refer to old notes weeks later. And never lose your sense of humour!


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A-MNEMONIC, Tue, 06 Jul 2021 08:38:59 GMT