Our Testimonials


The mission of Open Door Multimedia is simple to say but hard to achieve:-

“Very nice films at brilliant prices and all the support you need every step of the way”

I am tremendously proud to have a page full of testimonials which say that is exactly what we do.

It has taken me quite a while to make use of a video testimonial myself but I have got there in the end. This one features Ian Guest of First Step Hypnosis. I produced 5 promotional videos for him in April, 2015. Thanks to Ian for sharing his experiences of filming with Open Door Multimedia.

And here is video testimonial No.2 for Open Door Multimedia. This time thanks to Natalie Hughes – Licensed Insolvency Practitioner at the Focus Insolvency Group which is based at Appley Bridge, near Wigan. I produced 10 films for this company in December, 2013.

Monica Mwanje – Head of Defence and Clean Up – DBL Limited

“Howard filmed the Nuclear Institute Young Generation Network Annual Dinner and Day Seminar 2013. This was the first time we’d worked with Howard and we were not disappointed. He worked well with our attendees, capturing great footage throughout the event. He provided suggestions and guidance, resulting in the production of a film that in our opinion is absolutely fantastic. Howard is very easy to work with, reliable and delivers great results.”

Laura Barton – Marketing and Social Media – Knowsley Housing Trust – KHT

“Open Door Multimedia were a pleasure to work with. The project ran smoothly from start to finish. Great professional company.”

Nick Kite – Area Lands Manager (North) – Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

“The boat hire safety videos produced by Howard for Llyn Brenig have been a huge hit. A number of senior managers and Directors have seen the video and have recommended that it be nominated for the company’s annual health and safety awards. The videos, which were produced in Welsh and English, are finished to a high standard and I’m proud to be showing them on site to our customers”

James Giblin – Business Adviser, St.Helens Chamber

“Howard was hired to produce a short promotional DVD highlighting a joint venture project between St Helens Chamber, St Helens Council, jobcentreplus (Future Jobs Fund) and The City Employment Stratergy. His work is superb and all parties are delighted with the finished product. He scripted, produced, filmed and expertly presented this film with utmost professionalism and the cost was much lower than expectations. Highly Recommended!!!”

Helen Roberts – Director – Think Events

“Hi Howard. Just wanted to say…… a huge thank you for today. You were patient and professional and your hard work was really appreciated”.

Verity Rhodes – Vee’s Place – Community Project, Merseyside

When I got in touch with Howard I did not know what to expect. I was uneasy about being filmed at first but that soon went and it turned out to be a wonderful experience. I was fascinated by the way our films were put together. Howard was very professional and explained everything to me. We got on really well and it was a very comfortable and enjoyable process. We were delighted with our films – the end result was far better than we could have hoped for. We are already feeling the benefit of the films – they have created a lot of interest and they are very helpful when I am talking to people about Vee’s Place. I would definitely want to recommend Howard and Open Door Multimedia to anyone involved with voluntary organisations.

Kathy Hull – Community Development Worker – Knowsley MBC

A very experienced Manager who is able to call on a variety of skills and experience which has enabled him to support and develop the work of the many community and voluntary sector groups and organisations in Knowsley. His ability and grass root knowledge assisted in the development of many local projects e.g. sports projects, focus groups, community assoications etc. He is very down to earth, practical in his approach and a pleasure to have worked with.

Graeme Proud – Solway Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – Allerdale Borough Council

“…..DVD is brilliant, well done mate…..”

Graeme is from Carlisle where the men folk don’t waste many words on compliments and congratulations – to be honest it just doesn’t get any better than this – Howard

Ian Tomlinson -Programme Director – Fix It UK Ltd

“Fix It was asked to make a short presentation for the Wigan and Leigh CVS Local assembly. Whilst on the site Howard was impressed with the activities at the centre and offered to make a short film for us to use as a marketing tool. Although I was a bit concerned as to how he would be able to encourage some of our beneficiaries to engage with the film, I was happy to let him go ahead with the project. Howard unwittingly selected two or our most reserved students and began to engage them in conversation before he pointed a camera in their face. He put them at ease and they agreed to participate. Many people feel uncomfortable in front of a camera, Howards calm, professional approach made everyone feel relaxed and more willing to talk openly to him even though we had just met him. He spent 3 hours getting various shots and talking to people before he was happy with what he had to work with. He had version 1 ready within a few days and emailed it across to me for my comments. It is sometimes difficult to criticise other peoples work but he insisted that I pulled it apart and make any recommendations I felt needed to be made – so I did. Within 48 hours version 2 was in my in box for review.

Several emails later we almost had it in the bag, only my voice over to do. Howard came back to fix it and set up the sound recording equipment. Howard was happy with take 6, I wasn’t. Take 17 was the one for me. He nursed me through the process and didn’t try to rush me. I am sure he had better things to do late on a Friday afternoon but he stayed focussed on supporting me until I felt happy with the film. We finished at 5pm on Friday, the finished film was in my inbox when I sat at my desk on Monday morning!

I am very happy with the film and with how Howard helped me to get my messages across. I trusted him with my “baby” and he did us proud”.

Peter Gibson – Media and Campaigns Manager, Rathbone – a major national youth charity

“Howard Jackson filmed and edited an important communication for the Rathbone youth charity in November 2011. The content of the message was a merger between Rathbone and another not-for-profit organisation and it was vitally important that its content was highly professional. The response to the film from staff (many of whom are based at centres across the United Kingdom) was wholly positive and its production values were first class. The announcement was made at very short notice with Howard required to turn the project around in just a few hours. His patience and approachability was much appreciated by those involved in producing the film as was his ability to hit the deadline. I thoroughly recommend Howard Jackson to you on behalf of everyone at the Rathbone youth charity”.

Chris Todd – Many times England International Sheepdog Handler

“……I’m surprised I could talk to you…. I’ve been tongue-tied many a time…. but you look a friendly chap…. you didn’t frighten me…….”

Grainne Cuerden – Total Care Management/Cuerden Browning

Howard is a true team player with his focus firmly on empowering & enabling adults with disabilities. We were both part of what was, for its time, a very unusual collaboration to promote user involvement, ensure appropriate advocacy, & the development of service models which met real needs. The mix of support across Knowsley LA, Total Care Management & local third sector agencies such as PSS was ground breaking & Howard’s gentle determination & leadership was a key factor in its success.I feel sure that this experience underpins his current role as a film maker & ensures his work will always be respectful, appropriate & ethical.

David Readman – Human Resource and Employment Law Consultant – Employment Practice and Law

I had been thinking of making a promotional video for my website for some time before I met you. My thinking was to tell potential clients what I have to offer so that they would feel comfortable when they contact me to tell me about their HR problems. I found that your relaxed approach to the whole exercise made it seem much less daunting so that I was able make a decent stab of things at the first attempt. Your previous management experience clearly helped in the process. I anticipate a further, training video for my website in the near future. Meanwhile, I will certainly recommend you to anyone who wants to make their own promotional video.

Matt H Joyce – Owner – Learning & Development

“Howard recently produced a series of training videos for me in order to enhance my online presence and enable me to diversify into the provision of online training. 

At each stage of the process Howard clearly explained the options I had available and always ensured that the results were matching what I had envisaged. The final product was outstanding and has really helped me to get across my personality on my website whilst also offering my training to a much wider geographical audience. 

Howard is patient, thorough and professional; I would recommend him to others without hesitation.” Service Category: Film MakerYear first hired: 2012Top Qualities: Personable, Good Value, High Integrity

Sue Seagar – Services Manager – More Than Words Advocacy CIC

“Testimonial for Our Filming Project August 2012 More Than Words Advocacy ‘Advocacy through performance, communication that works’ A project for Children and Adult’s with learning Disabilities using a ‘total communication’ ethos. Our main focus is to support people to communicate through drama, dance ,art and music. — It has been a very special experience for More Than Words to work with Howard from Open Door Multimedia. We explained to Howard that we wished to create a DVD to offer the viewer a taste of the services and projects offered by our organisation. We wanted the flavour of the uniqueness of More Than Words Advocacy CIC captured on film and for our members/students/staff and volunteers the experience of being filmed. The results exceeded our expectations! Howard worked sensitively and patiently with our people who have a variety of support needs and who are in an age range of five to sixty five years. Over a three month period Howard delivered around six filming sessions which successfully showcases our work across the organisation. He was very adaptable in terms of his approach taking the lead from students and members. Howard explained clearly at each stage what was needed and worked at the pace of our students and members, putting all at ease. Howard is clearly experienced at working with people as nothing seemed to faze him, remaining calm throughout any additional drama! Our members and students were involved at each stage of the process, including the filming. Howard took time out to ensure this happened. We now have a double DVD of high quality and we sincerely hope to work with Open Door Multimedia in the future. With many thanks. Sue Seager (Services Manager at More Than Words Advocacy CIC)”

Lynn Duffy – Founder and Chief Executive Officer – The Honey Rose Foundation

“We chose Howard & Open Door Multimedia to create a promotional video for us to highlight what our charity The HoneyRose Foundation is about. Howard has a very professional set up and made sure everyone was at ease so that those who were nervous in front of camera felt at ease. We were very pleased with the end product and we would always recommend Howard and Open Door Multimedia to anyone looking for a high quality promotional videos!”

Ann Davies – Owner – BizWizUK

I worked with Howard in December 2012. His brief was to produce a client testimonial video for me together with a video about my services. I was guided totally by Howard as he is the expert in this field and he came up with some great creative ways for me to present which also meant he had really done his homework in getting to know more about my business. The power of video – social media loves media rich content and of course it’s a great way to get your message across! I would not hesitate to recommend Howard

Tony Haddley – 5050 Cars

Your films ……”are impressive,  I will be recommending you for sure and as soon as I need something I will get back to you”

Carol Sankey – Executive Manager – Think Ahead – Wigan

During our Dragon Boat Racing event at Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club on 7th September, Howard collected many hours of filming and he captured the day perfectly. The video he produced highlighted the competitiveness as well as the enjoyment element experienced by all the competing teams.  Howard was unobtrusive and professional throughout the event and the final video was produced very quickly and to a high standard. Howard has also edited some of our members’ personal story videos which receive many hits on our website.

Maxine Nightingale – Group Development Officer – Wigan and Leigh Council for Voluntary Service

I would like to recommend Howard Jackson of Open Door Multimedia.  Howard created a film of the Abram Community Development Programme for the Wigan & Leigh CVS.  He spent a great deal of time making those taking part feel at ease with the filming (not an easy task).   He was flexible enough to modify his schedule in order to film external views of the area and to practically show the film on our behalf at one of our events in Abram.   His professionalism, flexibility, and calm but firm attitude helped put everyone at ease.    The finished product was enjoyable, watchable and captured beautifully the essence of the work we have been undertaking in Abram.

David Cunliffe - Spiritual Teacher

Having known Howard for many years, first as a student and now as a friend, his development both from a personal and business perspective has been quite extraordinary and inspirational. He is one of those rare individuals who seems to have bridged the world of academia and artistry remarkably well, crafting a path that is now bearing fruits. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of Howard’s multimedia profile is the breadth of work that he has successfully undertaken, ranging from individual projects, interviews, documentaries and medical videos, to his work with local government and businesses.

Howard is an accomplished musician and in a world that seems to be moving increasingly towards generic soundtracks he is able to compose his own original music for his multimedia projects, and very well too. This is very rare indeed.

Howard is a trustworthy and reliable individual and I am confident that you will find him an absolute pleasure to work with. Reliable and friendly, he will work tirelessly to produce films that you will be proud of and which will help to promote and develop your business. 

John Mathias – Marketing Manager- Lockie Group

Howard has just done a fantastic job photographing product lines for our new ‘Hammond and Harper of London’ catalogue. I was really impressed by how much work we achieved on the day, nothing was too much trouble for Howard he intuitively knew what we wanted and assisted with some really good advice and suggestions. The quality of the photography is excellent and will really bring our new catalogue to life. I have already booked Howard for some video work and would have no hesitation in recommending Open Door Multimedia; quality photography and video with excellent personal service and real value for money.

Lynsey Pearson - Co-Owner- Di Lusso Marble Plastering

“Howards knowledge of his profession made for a simple process, creating exactly what I needed. Howard offers a full package in every aspect including:-

  • Advice and guidance in regards to what to include and what text to use to provide optimal effects
  • The vast array of equipment and the technological skills required to use them AND
  • His ability to provide an original piece of music to compliment our work in the video.

This all contributed to an amazing and superb quality end result.

Take a look for yourself – http://vimeo.com/23885306

I wouldn’t think twice about employing Howard’s services again and would recommend him in an instant.”

Dr. Brian Irving - B.A, M.Sc., Ph.D., F.L.S. - Manager - Solway Coast AONB Partnership

We asked ODM to provide us with a record of our 9th Annual Hedgelaying Competition centred within the visually stunning Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Our brief was simple, just a record of the day inclusive of the technique, the competition, what the judges were looking for and what the competitors thought about keeping their local skills alive. What we got from Howard far exceeded our expectations in every way, in fact he could probably write a book on the subject.

Thorough research and understanding has underpinned the extremely professional documentary style approach. This has produced revealing and important insights into what is a unique breed of skilled craftsmen and women working within North Cumbria. The sound and visual experience is sumptuous with full HD rendering and Dolby stereo sound. Colour balancing is faultless as are the transitions from one scene to another.

That said, I work on the principal that you get what you pay for but ODM buck that trend and then some. For a tiny outlay you get a high quality, fully researched, beautifully filmed and edited product to be proud of.

I am so pleased we found out about what Howard has to offer, yes Howard and ODM ‘walk the walk”.

Andy Gunn – Head Ghillie - Newtyle Beat – River Tay, Perthshire

“Nicola and I are thoroughly impressed with your videos. Well done Howard they are rather excellent.”

Mr. Peter Brownson – Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon - The Bone and Joint Centre – Spire Liverpool Hospital

“I worked with Howard Jackson recently to make a short promotional/information video for my website. He was very professional. The filming was completed easily and proved quite good fun! The final video is exactly what I had in mind and I have no hesitation in recommending him”

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