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About Blue Leach - Director

Watching music videos as a child, I developed an early fascination with the
representation of music on screen. My first live concert (Iron Maiden), including
impressively artistic backdrops flipped a switch in my mind and sewed the seeds
for my future career.
The Cure tour in 1992 afforded me my first shot at vision-mixing and directing,
closely followed by Paul McCartney. Rad start! As a live multi camera director, I’ve
loved every moment of this multi-faceted process that requires understanding of
technology, sharp communication skills to ensure seamless teamwork with crew
and the band, and resilience to manage the demands of international touring.
Immersed for over 25 years in this fascinating world, my speciality is multi camera
and media directing: often projecting multiple and complex imagery on diverse
screens . It’s bonkers fun and I’m a roadie at heart, regularly touring with legendary
bands, such as the mighty Pearl Jam. Touring keeps me firing on all cylinders, which
then feeds into my film projects.
Inspired by my live action multi-cam directing, I am regularly commissioned to
develop other formats for recording live musical performance. This includes TV/
DVD, Longform, Theatrical and Streaming, generating art and media for playback
and a ‘cameras as content’ approach. This diversity of formats is a treat and each
offers a unique creative challenge. Experimenting with optical and digital effects
for bands, such as Depeche Mode, REM, Peter Gabriel and Snow Patrol allows me
to innovate creatively, whilst channelling a cinematic style for classic bands, such
as Pearl Jam, Eric Clapton and Sting is equally appealing.
I’m constantly analysing onstage behaviour, performance and dynamic. No two
bands are the same; each has their own unique DNA and it is my job to distil this
into visual imagery that enables every member of every audience to fully
appreciate an intimate experience with their band, even from the back of the
biggest stadium or on their sofa at home. Where practical, I direct and vision mix
from front-of-house, absorbing audience response directly onto the screen. This
intimacy and creativity is what I examine and photograph, edit and colour, direct,
produce and deliver. My constant is to create and deliver in pictures that which
these incredible artists create and provide onstage for us all. Thank you music,
bands, sound, lights, cameras, audiences.
Examination Productions is the home of Blue Leach and the base from which this
all starts.
Pearl Jam, Queens Of The Stone Age, Eric Clapton, Kaiser Chiefs, Snow Patrol, REM, Prince, Depeche Mode, Linkin Park, Elbow, Snoop Dog, The Verve, Peter Gabriel, Green Day, Pet Shop Boys, Manic Street Preachers, Architects, Jessie J, Pulp, Keane, Queen, Spice Girls to name a few...
2016
Nominee, Parnelli Awards for Sting:Peter Gabriel Tour

2015
Winner, Total Production International Video Visionary Award

2014
Winner, Knight Of Illumination Award for Best Video Design and Display with Cate Carter and Pablo Becket, Elbow Tour.

Finalist, Parnelli Awards for Pearl Jam Tour U.S.

2011
Nominee, TPi Awards, Video Visionary of the year

2010
Nominee, Parnelli Awards. For Peter Gabriel U.S. Tour

2009
Winner: Video Director Of The Year, TPi Awards
Nominee: UKVMA Award, ‘Best Live Coverage’ Linkin Park “Road To Revolution”

2008
Nominee, Best Live Video Director, TPi Awards

2007
Winner, Best Live Director, TPi Awards

2006
Nominee, Best Live Director, TPi Awards

2005
Nominee, Best Live Video Director, TPi Awards

2004
Winner, Best Live Video Director, TPi Awards

2003
Nominee, Best Live Video Director, TPi Awards

2002
Nominee, Best Live Video Director, TPi Awards

2000
Winner Best Live Video Director Of the Year TPi Awards


1997-1999
Nominee, Best Live Video Director, Live Awards

2018
Architects
Pearl Jam Tour
Tortuga Festival, Ft. Lauderdale
2017
TV DVD AND STREAM
Nashville Live At Royal Albert Hall
YES Live at Manchester Apollo
SCREENS AND TOURS
Queens Of The Stone Age
Mumford and Sons - Formula One in Abu Dhabi
Sting - ‘57th & 9th’
HBO Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony from Brooklyn
Gorillaz / Demon Dayz at Dreamland, Margate
Kylie Minogue
Ed Vedder, Firenze Rocks Festival
Ohana Festival, Dana Point, Ca.
Latitude Festival
Macabees final shows, Alexander Palace
Marius Müller-Westernhagen - ‘Unplugged’
2016
Nominee, Parnelli Awards for Sting:Peter Gabriel Tour
http://www.sting.com/media/
TV DVD & STREAM
Collaboration with Danny Clinch on Pearl Jam live at Wrigley Field
Florence And The Machine at Hang Out Festival and Sasquatch Festival
Michael Ball & Alfie Boe at Manchester Apollo
Whiskey Myers at Tufnell Park Dome
Slick Rick at Kentish Town Forum
SCREENS & TOURS
Catfish And The Bottlemen
Kylie Minogue at Singapore Formula One Grand Prix
Ed Vedder at O’Hana Festival
Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field Baseball Field. DVD shoot working with Danny
Clinch Director.
Pearl Jam at Fenway Park Baseball Field
Rock:Paper:Scissors Sting : Peter Gabriel Tour U.S.
Florence And The Machine U.S. Tour
Pearl Jam U.S.
2015
Winner, Total Production International Video Visionary Award
TV DVD, Theatrical
Eric Clapton ‘Slowhand At 70’ live at the Royal Albert Hall
Global Citizens Festival / Pearl Jam. Central Park
SCREENS & TOURS
Kaiser Chiefs UK arenas
Eric Clapton MSG, NYC
Pearl Jam South America
Marius Muller-Westernhagen
Rewind Festival. Sky Arts.
2014
Winner, Knight Of Illumination Award for Best Video Design and Display with
Cate
Carter and Pablo Becket, Elbow Tour.
Finalist, Parnelli Awards for Pearl Jam Tour U.S.
TV DVD
Toto 35th Anniversary
Rewind Festival for Sky Arts channel / Blink TV
SCREENS & TOURS
Pearl Jam ‘Lightning Bolt’ Tour
Elbow UK tour and festivals
Peter Gabriel ‘So’ Tour
2013
TV DVD
Rockness for Sky Arts Channel
Rewind for Sky Arts
SCREENS & TOURS
Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field
Pearl Jam ‘Lightning Bolt’ Tour
Snow Patrol
Green Day
Kaiser Chiefs
Pet Shop Boys
2012
TV DVD
Jessie J – Live at the Roundhouse MTV
Rewind – Sky Arts/Blink TV
SCREENS & TOURS
Pulp - Sheffield arena
Keane - O2
Peter Gabriel - ‘So’ Back To Front Tour U.S. & Canada
Snow Patrol ‘Fallen Empires’ - UK Tour
TV DVD
Queen – Kiev, live to TV
Elton John – Kiev, live to TV
2011
Nominee, TPi Awards, Video Visionary of the year
TV DVD&FILM
Peter Gabriel ‘Live in 3 Dimensions’ and ‘Live in 2 Dimensions’ – Cinema
Turkmenistan XX Ceremony – Broadcast consultant and multi cam director
Peace One Day
Rewind Festival - Sky Arts/Blink TV
High Voltage Festival - Main stage for Sky Arts/BlinkTV
Sonisphere Festival - Saturn stage for Sky Arts/Blink TV
Jazzalive - VJing live to cinema along with Abram Wilson. Arts Alliance.
SCREENS & TOURS
Peter Gabriel - U.S. Tour.
Prince Tour - Video Consultant
Carly Bryant - Music Video
2010
Nominee, Parnelli Awards. For Peter Gabriel U.S. Tour
TV DVD
Tired Pony Live at The Forum
Tired Pony - 'Get on the Road' music video
Snoop Dogg for MTV World Stage - Shepherds Bush O2 Empire
Snow Patrol Live At Royal Albert Hall
Sonisphere, High Voltage and 80's Rewind Festivals for Blink TV/Sky Arts
Rebel Control - Music Video.
'Holding The Man' - A play filmed for Australian cinema release
SCREENS & TOURS
James
Gossip
Capital Radio Jingle Bell Ball – Blink TV. Live streaming and screens
Prince
Marius Müller-Westernhagen Tour
Snow Patrol – Homecoming shows, Bellahouston Park & Ward Park.
Peter Gabriel - 'Scratch My Back' Tour
2009
Winner: Video Director Of The Year, TPi Awards
Nominee: UKVMA Award, ‘Best Live Coverage’ Linkin Park ‘Road To
Revolution’
SCREENS & TOURS
46664 Mandela Day - Radio City Music Hall, New York
James Taylor – UK Tour
Pet Shop Boys – London O2 Arena
Snow Patrol – UK & Ireland Tour
TV DVD
Snow Patrol - DVD shoot, Royal Albert Hall
Snow Patrol ‘Just Say Yes’ – Music video
Middle East International Film Festival, Abu Dhabi - live to air opening and
closing galas
Snow Patrol – Animated film ‘The Lightning Strike’ screen content
2008
Nominee, Best Live Video Director, TPi Awards
TV DVD
Linkin Park ‘Road To Revolution’ Milton Keynes Bowl
REM ‘Man Sized Wreath’ – (Live Version) Promo
SCREENS & TOURS
REM ‘Accelerate’ – World Tour, Video design and direction
46664 / Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday – London Hyde Park
2007
Winner, Best Live Director, TPi Awards
TV & DVD
Screening of ‘Live’, REM at the BBC Electric Proms 27th October 2007
Toto ‘Falling In-Between’
SCREENS & TOURS
The Verve – UK tour, Video design and direction
Manic Street Preachers – ‘Send Away The Tigers’ UK tour
Snow Patrol – UK and Ireland tour
Herbert Gronemeyer
Live Earth
2006
Nominee, Best Live Director, TPi Awards
TV DVD
Depeche Mode ‘Touring The Angel’
Depeche Mode ‘John The Revelator’ - music video
Depeche Mode – ABC Special, John the Revelator, Pain that I’m Used To,
Precious
SCREENS & TOURS
Depeche Mode – World tour, Playing The Angel, Screens
Snow Patrol - U.K. and Ireland tour, screens.
2005
Nominee, Best Live Video Director, TPi Awards
TV
REM ‘Live’ - DVD
REM ‘Wanderlust’ (Bad Day, Leaving New York) and ‘Electron Blue’– Promos
SCREENS & TOURS
REM - World Tour (including REM at LIVE8)
46664 Nelson Mandela World Aids Day - South Africa
2004
Winner, Best Live Video Director, TPi Awards
SCREENS & TOURS
The Pogues – DVD Live in Manchester footage
Norah Jones - Althorpe House
Manic Street Preachers + Razorlight - U.K. Tour
Dido - European and Australian Tours. Eric Clapton – UK Tour
2003
Nominee, Best Live Video Director, TPi Awards
SCREENS & TOURS
46664 Nelson Mandela World Aids Day South Africa, Fashion Rocks Albert
Hall,
MOVE Festival, Simply Red, S CLUB, Pop Idol Germany
2002
Nominee, Best Live Video Director, TPi Awards
TV DVD
Marilyn Manson - Reading Festival Footage for God Guns & Government
DVD
Cure - live footage from Hyde Park, Route Of Kings Hyde Park
SCREENS & TOURS
Manic Street Preachers Tour
Will Young & Gareth Gates Tour
Westlife Tour + S Club 7 Tour
2001
TV
Beck DVD for Mission TV
Reading Festival for Mission TV
V2001 Leeds for Mission TV
SCREENS & TOURS
Route Of Kings at Hyde Park
Manic Street Preachers Tour
Westlife Tour
2000
Winner Best Live Video Director Of the Year TPi Awards
TV
Paul Weller Web cast
Fleadh for Mission TV
SCREENS & TOURS
Millennium Dome Opening Ceremony,
Pavarotti
Travis Tour
Simply Red Tour
1997-1999
Nominee, Best Live Video Director, Live Awards
TV
Pet Shop Boys ‘Somewhere In Time’, DVD. Savoy Theatre. V97.
SCREENS & TOURS
Spice Girls World Tour
Bruce Springsteen, Fugees, Charlatans, M People, Beautiful South