What We’re About

slide-2With the rapid growth of online films, smart phones, social media and a general change in the way people digest information, the need for charities to effectively show people their work through an engaging film has become more vital than ever.

However, for many charities this is not possible, due to financial limitations, a lack of experience in this field, or indeed both. With over 30 years real-world production experience, the Big Picture team are committed to producing relevant, thought-provoking films that both raise awareness and educate people as to the vital work of a wide range of charities. If you are seeking to show people what you do then a short film could be the perfect tool.

Big Picture Charity Films are passionate about promoting your cause and we will work with you, through every step of the process. From an initial meeting, where various creative ideas can be discussed, through the process of filming and editing to final delivery. Raising awareness and educating people through the medium of film is at the forefront of what we're all about.

Below is a short film that shows some of the incredible statistics about the increasing use of online video. Please be aware that these statistics are changing daily and will have increased yet further by this time tomorrow...

Big Picture receive no external grants and rely entirely on donations and funds generated through various fundraising activities and the generous giving of our supporters. Our charitable objects are: “The promotion of the voluntary sector for the public benefit by the production of films.” At Big Picture, we believe that giving away a percentage of what we get is fundamental and as such 10% of all monies raised from charitable donations is given to other charities.


STEVE_HIGG-300x227Steve Higgins Our Chairman works part time in a local primary school and attends St Johns Church, Colchester.  He hopes this charity will enable people to see the ‘big picture’ and therefore help reduce suffering, in all its forms, around the world. Originally hailing from the west of England, Steve is a keen sportsman, enjoying rugby, cricket, mountain biking and various other pursuits.

MARK_TRUSTEE-300x227Mark Rassell  is Big Picture's treasurer and the man with the money (or lack of it.) Married to Jo, he has worked for a High Street bank since leaving school and is currently a churchwarden at St. Luke’s Church in Colchester. Promoting good causes and helping others is a priority for Mark. He loves all things Apple and technology – especially photo, video and all things media.

Tim_TEMP-300x227Tim Abbott has spent the last 20 years or so helping young people to think about life and faith. As CEO of Christian Youth Outreach he leads a team that delivers pastoral support and creative learning activities. In his work Tim has seen how effective short films can bring a compelling story to life, which is why he’s keen to help Big Picture as they seek to highlight projects that really matter.

PETR_HASS-300x227Peter Hassard  has been married to Julia for 35 years and has 3 sons and 3 grandsons. Now retired, he worked as a psychiatric nurse, specialising in Substance Misuse and ran an NHS Community Drug and Alcohol Team. Peter became a christian in 1966 and is an active member of St. John’s Colchester, often playing the drums in one of the worship bands. He enjoys watching sport, walking and spending time with his family.

PIP_TRUSTEE-300x204Pip Higgins has been a primary school teacher for twenty five years in and around London and Kent and is currently an Early Years teacher.  Having seen the power of films, she is delighted to be working with Big Picture in enabling them to help others to make their voices heard loud and clear. She is married to Steve and has two children Emma-Jane and Sam.

DAVEGENTRYDave Gentry heads up Big Picture's Fundraising team and his experience as a logistics manager is an invaluable asset to us. Married to Zoe with two amazing children, Zac & Georgina, Dave loves the outdoors and in his own words "needs to live nearer the mountains". Passionate about making a difference in the world, he's also great at taking minutes at trustee meetings...  :)