Hawk Valley Productions



Jem founded the group in 2009 after relocating to Northumberland from mid-Devon. Prior to Hawk Valley, he’d held a long interest in film and worked with his brother Kit as ‘Motte and Bailey Productions’, where their 2008 production ‘The Dreamer’ achieved first place in the Bristol Film Award of that year, competing against professionals and university students. Jem has overseen most of the productions created under Hawk Valley, originally with a primary focus on direction, cinematography, and acting; expanding into editing on later productions.

As well as his interest in film and photography, Jem is a graduate of Electronics Engineering at the University of York.


One of the most active members of the group, Crispin joined with the first official film production, “Seven Stones” (2010). He has contributed to nearly all of the projects as actor, camera, and cinematographer, and devised the plot for “Scarecrow” (2012), screened at the Co-Operative Film Festival. As well as the video productions, Crispin has been heavily involved with other technical projects, such as the 2011 ‘Bike Trailer’ (designed for motion shooting without cars), and the Hawk Studios conversion project – adapting the premises to be better suited for production sets.

Now studying Physics with Astrophysics at the university of Manchester, Crispin’s other interests include kayaking, and he’s also captain of the Manchester University Canoe Club


George initially collaborated with us mostly as director and editor for several of our first productions: “Seven Stones” (2010), “Black Maelstrom” (2011), and “Lost Dead” (2011). He has remained in contact, and returned as cinematographer and editor on our upcoming project “Grove Rake” (2015)

With experience on Red, Blackmagic, and Canon cameras, George is now a freelance cinematographer, editor, colourist, and filmmaker.



Elliott joined the group in 2010 and has worked as an Actor and as Cameraman in both films to be screened in the Co-Operative film festival: "Chemical Dust" (2011 - Bradford) and "Scarecrow" (2012 - Manchester), as well as the third entry for 2013 “Ghost Wood”.

Having worked with the BBC on Wolfblood and Dumping Ground, Elliott now lives and works in Stratford-Upon-Avon as an Actor/Director/Musical Director. He trained with the Year Out Drama Company and has recently started working with Tread the Boards Theatre Company at the Attic Theatre.




Hawk Valley Studios

Hawk Studios was located on the upper floor of a converted barn in rural Northumberland from 2010 until 2016. The site was used to house interior sets as it was an easily customisable interior, and also as a base when planning productions.

Due to the permeable nature of the stonework and roof in prolonged bad weather, this was never our editing location, and no equipment was stored here.

The lease ended in July 2016.

awards and screenings

Over the years we have had a number of productions screened as well as achieving recognition in film and photography as individuals. Some of these are listed here:

  • Co-Operative Film Festival 2012 // Scarecrow - AMC Cinema Manchester
  • Port of Tyne Awards 2011 // Crisin Agar - First Place - Youth Film // Jem Freiesleben - Runner Up - Youth Photography // Celeste Freiesleben - Runner Up - Youth Film
  • Co-Operative Film Festival 2011 // Chemical Dust - National Media Museum Bradford
  • Bristol Film Award 2008 // Kit Freiesleben and Jem Freiesleben (as Motte and Bailey Films) - 'The Dreamer'


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In addition to those active members listed above, we'd like to acknowledge and thank for their contributions:

Family Members:

For Ideas, Contributions, Support, and Transport!

Additional Actors/Appearances in Productions:

Calum Hemphill // Patrick Styles // Josh Brown

Royalty Free Music:

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)