Our Team

Steve Gear

Founder director Steve Gear started his career as a youth worker and photographer. After a stint as a VSO volunteer in Ghana, he set up Development Video, a production company specialising in information and training films for overseas development projects. He has produced TV documentaries for Ghanaian Television, ITV West and WTN.  Steve is an experienced project manager and a Creative Partnerships advisor. At CTS, Steve manages most of our charity and education projects and enjoys getting his hands on the latest cameras when the opportunity arises.

Jeremy Routledge

Co-founder with Steve, Jeremy started off his career helping to run the Bristol 1980s music club the EEC Punk Rock Mountain. He then made pop promos, worked as a freelance editor and then documentary director for the BBC, Maverick TV and ITV West.

At Calling The Shots he’s produced films for BBC3, BBC4 and the UK Film Council and managed talent projects for Channel 4. He has a PG Diploma in Script Development from the National Film and Television School.

Sophie Freeman

Sophie Freeman is our New Creatives Project Producer. She is producing three short films for BBC platforms; BREADLINE, a dance film about food poverty directed by Helena Middleton, NAKATO, a domestic abuse drama by writer/director/actor Mevis Birungi and CLIFFORD, a short comedy by writer/director/actor Corinne Walker.

Jess Bartlett

Jess Bartlett is our New Creatives Assistant Producer for New Creatives. Jess has previously produced two short films under the New Creatives scheme since 2019 – short musical WE GOT IT EASY being available to watch on BBC iPlayer upon completion.  Since graduating with a first class honours in Film Production, Jess has written and produced a variety of low budget short films under her Bristol-based production company Terror Arcade. WITHER had its world premiere at FrightFest 2019 and was nominated for a BFI Future Film Lab award in 2020.

Yvonne Chun

Yvonne is an Accountant, hailing from Sydney, Australia. Since 2008 she has provided her professional skills to Calling The Shots. Her background was in tax accounting with a stint working for Channel TV1 (Foxtel’s Pay TV in Oz) and for the wholesale travel & tourism business.

In 2008, Yvonne moved across the world to Bristol where she is enjoying living in the UK (even the cold weather!). Her favourite relaxation is watching classic screwball comedies from the 30’s & 40’s. She regularly practises Aikido & has a degree in Chinese Medicine in Acupuncture.

Anushka Kandola

Anushka is a freelance Creative Marketeer. For ten years she has worked with some of the nations most loved brands, creating thought provoking and emotive campaigns. She is an our resident designer and copywriter and has even been mentoring our new talent to help them build their own online presence.