Pars legend transfers from pitch to film studio
Pars legend Scott Thomson has teamed up with a Bafta award winning producer to cross from the pitch to the production studio.
The former Dunfermline captain has launched his own production company creating documentaries, music videos, adverts and commercial films.
The company, MB Productions, have recently produced a music video targeting anti-sectarianism in football and have already worked with clients as diverse as the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Edinburgh Council and the BBC.
Instead of shadowing strikers, 'Nipper' Thomson has been shadowing Matt Brown, who has a Scottish Bafta for Technical excellence, to pick up tips on production techniques.
Scott said, "I was coming out of football so I was looking at a few things and we came up with this idea.
"Film is something that's always interested me. I've been shadowing Matt for about a year and a half getting used to it, doing some filming and some cutting and editing.
"I enjoy it. It's something different. This is a growing industry and it's believed the digital industry could be a £5 billion industry in the next five to 10 years."
Their last project was a "provocative" anti-sectarianism music video for Gavin Foster and the Timewasters, which can be seen on You Tube, and they already have a big sports documentary lined up for next year.
Nipper continued, "We're starting to get busy now, have got the website together and everything is good to go.
"We see ourselves as something different, not just people who'll take the money. We'll work at it, do it again to get it right and make sure the person has the last say on everything we do."
Matt has a wealth of experience and accolades, also picking up a Christopher Johnston award and being nominated for BBC production team of the year and a You Tube DoGooder award.
He explained, "My old business partner got hit really badly with the credit crunch so we decided to part ways. I was working freelance then Scott and I had a chat and thought it made sense to pool our resources.
"I'm a producer/director and Scott has been training in editing in the hope that he can eventually direct. He's been with me on a few shoots and has got a real skill for editing work. I've been surprised with how quickly he's picked it up."
Matt continued, "Content is king. Companies are looking for video content so the commercial market is growing massively.
"It's getting tougher and tougher to get stuff in the creative fields, like feature films or TV, because budgets are becoming so small. That can be frustrating at times as that's where the most exciting stuff happens. But we have looked at the creative areas and try to incorporate the cinematic nature of music videos and features into our commercial work."
After a career on the football field spanning 20 years, including more than 300 appearances at the Pars and being vice captain and club captain for seven of his 11 years there, Nipper is enjoying doing something away from the game.
He said, "Everybody knows you can't play football forever and I always knew I was going to have to do something else.
"I still enjoy football and manage amateur side Dunfermline Thistle on a Sunday with my good mate Peter Lawrie. Never say never in anything and who knows what's around the corner. The best thing for me at the moment is I'm doing something totally different and I'm really enjoying it."
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