VMI.TV (Bristol) Ltd
5 Crofts End Rd, Bristol BS5 7XX
0117 927 7473 / bb@vmi.tv
www.vmi.tv / www.facebook.com/vmihire

Established in 1979 and based in London and Bristol, VMI specialises in supplying quality digital camcorder packages hire for Documentary, Natural History, Commercials, Drama, Promos and Corporate TV productions.  We support every HD and 4K camera format for hire from DSLR to ARRI Alexa with everything in between and also supply documentary cameras of all formats as well.  VMI's product range also includes lighting, grip & sound to support location productions.
What stands us apart from other suppliers is our meticulous attention to detail, high level of presentation, generously accessorised packages and fanatical level of customer service. 

In our 2015 client survey, 142 completed surveys voted our customer service at 4.7, a figure we are extremely proud of.  For full results, visit www.vmi.tv/about/client-satisfaction-survey.

Executive Team

Barry Bassett

Barry Bassett. VMI Managing Director with 25 years of Broadcast experience and an MBA from Imperial College. Barry runs VMI, managing key clients, projects and business planning. Barry delivers most of the VMI events and presentations, writes widely and has spoken at Cannes. the Edinburgh Festival, Broadcast Live Show, HD Show and Production Show in London, the EMIT show in Frankfurt and many others besides.


Kevin Oaten

Kevin Oaten. VMI Operations Director with 30 years of Film and Broadcast experience. Kevin has held senior positions at ARRI GB and VFG before joining VMI in 2005. A qualified ARRI and Zeiss engineer, he has an excellent knowledge about lenses and cameras! Kevin oversees investments in products and pushing the boundaries in development of kit at VMI.


Michael White

Michael is VMI's Operations Manager and brings 30 years Industry experience, 26 years of which were running the Camera Department of rental company, Aimimage.  Michael likes to work alongside the Techs and Camera Crews to ensure that they have the kit that they require, the WAY that they like it!  He brings a wealth of experience with him and VMI is a better place for it.  He likes to run a very tight ship.


Gary Davis

Gary is VMI’s Bristol Branch Manager.  Previously he spent 3 years in Dubai as 2nd AC and also working in a Rental company before joining VMI in Golders Green as a camera technician and then moving to the Rental Desk, eventually transferring to the Bristol Branch early in 2015.

Recent Productions


Monkeys: An Amazing Animal Family

Equipment Supplied: Canon ME20F-SH super slow-light camera

Production Company: Produced by Offspring Films for Sky 1

Three hour series on Monkeys on how key members of this primate family evolved bizarre body-types, intelligent behaviours and tight-knit social groups to thrive in some of the planet’s wildest landscapes. VMI supplied the Canon ME20F-SH super slow-light camera to shoot images not previously seen before of a tiny nocturnal hunting creature called the Tarsia.


The Great Migration

Equipment Supplied: Shot on Sony PMW-F55 4K cameras with Canon 50-1000PL zoom lens

Production Company: Produced by Renegade Pictures for Five and BBC Worldwide

Four part 1 hour documentary series on the Migration of Wildebeest across the African Plains presented by Ben Fogle, mainly shot in Tanzania and Kenya



Equipment Supplied: Canon C300 Camcorder with EF lenses

Production Company: Shot at lifeboat stations across the UK by Blast! Films for BBC1

Over 150 years the volunteers of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution have saved the lives of more than 140,000 people. Follow the life or death emergencies in never-before-seen detail as lifeboat crews around the country scramble to the rescue.



VMI Superheroes
29 June 2017

Not many people know that 18 people per day are killed or maimed by landmines and that 80% of them are adults.  What makes it worse is that mostly, they are children … VMI team members are riding 2 x adventurous bike rides this summer (London to Bristol and London to Amsterdam) to raise £10,000 to help clear the world of landmines.  Learn more and sponsor the VMI Superheroes at http://vmi.tv/news/article/235
VMI has taken delivery of new sets of Celere T1.5 superspeed lenses in PL mount.

Latest additions to the VMI Fleet – Panasonic GH5 DSLR 4K Camera, - Veydra Cinema Mini Primes set (19-85mm T2.2) built for Super 35 mirrorless sensors and fitted with either Micro 4/3 or APS-C (E mounts). These will fit directly on to a Panasonic GH5, Sony A7Smk2 or Sony FS-7 without the need of a lens adapter. - Canon 200mm F1.8 Prime lens, can be fitted with either PL EF or B4 mount. Both the Zacuto Gratical HD and Eye HD-SDI/HDMI OLED Viewfinders.

25 May 2017

New 1TB RED Mags now available from specialist Media Hire facility.  VMEDIA ‘How Many Gigabytes’ competition open until the end of this week to celebrate the opening of VMEDIA.  Just guess the storage in the photo to win a £50 dining voucher.  http://vmedia.digital/

27 April 2017





The Fox Trap

Director: Jamie Weston

Cinematographer: Beatriz Delgado Mena

Equipment Supplied: Sony PMW-F5 4K Camera and Zeiss Compactprime lenses

Production Company: Proportion Productions

Independently funded feature film about the consequences of what happens at a class reunion 5 years after a terrible accident leaves a young girl disabled. Little do they know, they are being targeted by a masked maniac hell bent on revenge.


C Word

Cinematographer: Stephan Pehrsson

Equipment Supplied: Double Alexa kit & Cooke S4 lenses.

Production Company: BBC Drama

The C Word is an adaptation of Lisa Lynch's candid book about her experience of cancer, based on her popular blog which was launched shortly after her diagnosis. This film is a defiant, ballsy and surprisingly funny story of life, love and cancer. One minute her life was normal, the next, in an instant, that normality was gone.


Worlds End

Cinematographer: Andy Hibbert

Equipment Supplied: ARRI Alexa/ARRI Amira with Angenieux Optimo and Arri Alura zoom lenses

Production Company: CBBC/Disney

World’s End, to be shown on CBBC in the spring, will be set against the backdrop of Bamburgh Castle and its nearby beaches. The series follows a group of teenagers who are brought to live in a castle where their parents apparently work for the military. But as the series progresses, the teens begin to question what their parents are really doing there and attempt to unravel the mystery of their strange new home.




Green Party Election Broadcast

Equipment Supplied: Shot on 2 x Sony FS-7 cameras with EF Lenses

Production Company: Ad agency, Creature of London; Production Company, Smuggler London.

Party Election Broadcast for the Green Party with David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson parodied as squabbling children in a viral TV campaign that achieved 5 million hits on YouTube. for Ad agency, Creature of London; Production Company, Smuggler London.


Feature for Porsche Cars

Cinematographer: Si Smith

Equipment Supplied: RED EPIC Dragon with Fuji Cabrio zoom

Production Company: Razor Edge Production on behalf of PorscheGB in conjunction with sponsor, Purivann

Feature for Porsche Cars shot at Brands Hatch stone race track.


Exxon/Mobil Commercial

Director: Jason Marlow

Cinematographer: James Medcraft

Equipment Supplied: 3 x Sony FS-7 with ARRI Aluras

Production Company: U La La

3 x Sony FS-7 commercial shoot with ARRI Alura lenses.


Stork Easter Online Commercial

Director: Markus Meedt

Cinematographer: Daniel Fazio

Equipment Supplied: Arri Amira/ Zeiss CP2 Package

Production Company: Recipe Advertising

ARRI Amira kit to shoot Stork Easter Online commercial campaign.



VMI TV YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/VMIdotTV

VMI Orcavue Bullet Time Video

Introduction to Fit Frame 4x4 and 8x8 system

Introducing the Miller Compass 12 Tripod

Introduction to the Photon Beard Daylight REDhead Light Kit (LED Head)