Our Canal DVDs are produced by Angela & Chris Smith, and filmed from their narrowboat “Cygnus”, based on the beautiful Llangollen Canal. Post production work is at their studios not far from Grindley Brook staircase locks on the Llangollen.
Chris Smith, Hons BSc, F. Inst. V, started his love of canals in 1955, when his family holidayed aboard a converted ship’s lifeboat on the Trent & the Soar. Shortly after they married in the late 1960s, Chris & Angela built their first boat, a fibreglass cruiser, and have been boat owners ever since, turning to steel narrowboats just after the year 2000. Chris has an RYA Helmsman’s Certificate, and a Waterside Safety Qualification. He is a volunteer skipper and mentor for Lyneal Trust, regularly taking parties of disabled people out on the Llangollen Canal, and training other skippers up to RYA Helmsmans standard.
In 1989, Chris gave up his career in the chemical industry and retrained at The Broadcast Training Centre as a video & TV Director/Producer, and started his own film production company VideoActive. Chris joined the Institute of Videography, becoming a Fellow of the Institute for his production of “Beyond the Mains”, a promotional video for Calor Gas, featuring John Craven. Other clients have included BBC2, and some blue chip corporate organisations, including Kelloggs, Nestlé and Asda. Chris later combined his film production skills with his love of the canals and started producing canal documentary programmes. The company now has over 50 programmes covering the Inland Waterways of the UK, France, Belgium and Germany.
Chris regularly gives talks on the canals, inspiring people from Rotary Clubs, Probus, Women’s Institutes and Round Tables to share his passion and get out there to enjoy the canals.
The Canal DVD programmes can be purchased singly, as money saving value packs containing two disks each, or as superb gift packs, containing three disks. They are available online, by telephone 01948 780114 and through marina and waterside museum outlets up and down the country.
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