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Guest blog: Rob Glass talks Coracle Films


Today we welcome Rob Glass from Coracle Films, (based in Southwell but we occasionally stray county-wide…) to Creative Towers. He kindly answers our questions and reveals something about Nottingham that I, for one, didn’t know was there. 

Where does the name Coracle come from?
A coracle is a small boat made from bendy wood and covered in animal skin.  Well, they were built like that back in the Iron Age. You can still make them today using cloth and bituminous paint. I know this because I spent a weekend in Ironbridge once building one. I initially did it because ever since I heard about them in history lessons at school these walnut-shell shaped boats made me chuckle. However I was the only one on this course that found these one-oared tiny vessels humourous, and by the end of the weekend I had matured a little and had a new found respect for them. Sort of. Anyway, they are single seated boats and they can go anywhere the owner chooses – I work alone and I feel I have the same command and flexibility in my business. I ignore anyone who points out that coracles are out-dated and have no real sense of power or direction.

What brought you to Nottingham?
I first came to Nottingham when I was a toddler to visit my Gran and Grandad. Grandad was the Editor of The Hucknall Herald newspaper which may have been why I felt drawn towards the media. I doubt it though because when I knew my Grandad he had retired and I didn’t find out about The Herald until a lot later.

What keeps you in Nottingham?
When I worked at the BBC in Nottingham there was a producer who lived in Southwell and I couldn’t understand why somebody would want to live away from the City Centre. And yet here I am living in Southwell! It’s a charming part or the world, superbly located for travel to all four corners of England, plus my parents and in-laws all live nearby which is perfect for baby-sitting.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I love creating video. But I love showing people how to do it for themselves even more. Over the past eight years I’ve been designing a course that shows people how to harness the power of their stories using iPad video. In five years I want to be immersed in delivering this course.

What have you learnt being behind the camera that you wished you known when you were presenting?
Honestly, I can’t think of anything. I do think that if the story is strong enough, you don’t need a presenter. The thing is I worked this out when I was a presenter, although I kept quite about it for obvious reasons.
What keeps you awake at night?
I have been involved recently in a heated web-forum debate about video for business. The general gist was that this chap wanted to start making video for himself and he seemed to be being mocked by companies that assumed what he would produce would be poor quality and would damage his business. I waded in saying this wasn’t necessarily the case, but they really didn’t like what I was suggesting. They said making video for yourself would be like DIY dentistry. I would lie awake at night thinking of alternative analogies – like buying a mower and mowing your own lawn instead of hiring a gardener every time. I thought this was rather good. They hated it.

What do you think is Nottingham’s best kept secret?
It’s not a great big secret, but I like it. They’ve cobbled the street on Trinity Square and halfway up one of the builders chipped away at one cobble and turned it into a heart. I use the attached picture in my course when I talk about waiting for the right story.
What would you like to see more of in Nottingham?
I’d like to see more of the great old buildings being renovated and occupied by fantastic businesses. Easy for me to say though.

What BIG thing are you currently working on?
After this blog I’m gong to work on Version 14 of my course. You can keep up with my progress at
Why Flotilla?
Lots of coracles!