Location Sound Services

Based in East Anglia, UK, production sound mixer and location sound recordist Jonathan Blagrove has been working in the film and broadcast industries for the past 16 years, trading as Coda Films since 2015.

Passionate about capturing sound for picture, Jonathan understands how important it is to get it right on location first time and how good production sound can help drive a narrative.

Experienced at working across different genres and at various budget levels in features, Jonathan has also worked in broadcast factual entertainment and documentary, working on BAFTA nominated network projects all over the globe – sometimes working in extreme environments and on some highly sensitive subjects.

No matter what the shoot, Jonathan will bring a professional but easy going approach to any production.

I have worked with Jonathan on a number of projects and he has always been a delight to work with. The majority of our work together has been on observational documentary, often with vulnerable contributors and not only does he always deliver great sound, he works around any issues that may arise with a calmness that puts both crew and contributors at ease.

Peter Coventry | Series Producer ‘Our Dementia Choir’

Features

‘Good Luck To You Leo Grande’Genesius PicturesDir: Sophie Hyde
Prod: Debbie Gray
‘Breaking Infinity’Eli Films / EQ FilmsDir: Mariana Dean
Prod: Paul Desira
‘Heckle’Voodoo FilmsDir: Martyn Pick
Prod: Mike Willoughby / Jane Leadsom
‘The Ghost of Peter Sellers’
(Feature Documentary)
Vegas MediaDir: Peter Medak
Prod: Paul Iacovou
‘Chick Lit’Capriol FilmsDir: Tony Britten
Prod: Phil Partridge
‘Draw on Sweet Night’Capriol FilmsDir: Tony Britten
Prod: Katja Mordaunt
‘The Power’The Cult FilmsDir: Paul Hills
Prod: Mark Forstater
‘Evil Never Dies’EQ FilmsDir: Martyn Pick
Prod: Paul Desira
‘Benjamin Britten:
Peace & Conflict’
Capriol FilmsDir: Tony Britten
Prod: Katja Mordaunt / Anwen Rees-Myers
‘In Love With Alma Cogman’Capriol FilmsDir: Tony Britten
Prod: Katja Mordaunt

Shorts

‘Papercut’BBC New Creatives / Screen SouthDir: Edward Heredia
Prod: Evie Williams
‘V/H/S: The Nest’BC Horror / Snap ChatDir: Ben Franklin / Antony Melton
Prod: Ben Franklin / Antony Melton
‘Don’t Go Down To Wildor’BC Horror / 20th Digital StudioDir: Ben Franklin / Antony Melton
Prod: Ben Franklin / Antony Melton
‘The Birch’BC Horror / Crypt TVDir: Ben Franklin / Antony Melton
Prod: Ben Franklin / Antony Melton

Recent broadcast credits

‘Paul O’Grady’s Great British Escape: Kent’Olga TV / ITV
‘Vicky McClure: Our Dementia Choir’Curve / BBC
‘Children In Need: Got It Covered’BBC
‘A Year At Kings’BBC
‘Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes’Olga TV / ITV
‘Harry’s Heroes: Full English’Talkback / ITV
Promotional poster for Paul O'Grady's Great British Escape: Kent
Paul O’Grady’s Great British Escape: Kent

Examples of work

Promotional poster for 'The Ghost of Peter Sellers' documentary film by Peter Medak.
‘The Ghost of Peter Sellers’, a documentary film by Peter Medak
Emma Thompson and Darryl McCormack in 'Good Luck To You Leo Grande', © Cornerstone 2021.
Emma Thompson and Darryl McCormack in ‘Good Luck To You Leo Grande’ © Cornerstone 2021
Promotional poster for 'Chick Lit', directed by Tony Britten.
‘Chick Lit’, directed by Tony Britten

I’ve worked with Jon all over the world, in extreme weather, with extreme people, wild animals – every potentially disastrous shoot you can imagine. He is always the one you can rely on to keep calm and just get the job done.

He takes his work seriously while seeming entirely relaxed, and knows exactly when to stop and push for better sound, and when to make the best of a difficult situation without interrupting the sync. Editors love his work, because he always goes the extra mile to get atmos, and he makes sure everything is organised and labelled for the edit. He’s the first person I call when I need a sound person, who’s a sound person.

Jill Worsley | Director

Location sound equipment

We have a wealth of location audio equipment for all your production needs; whether it’s a simple sit-down interview, a full narrative feature or a multiple contributor reality show we have you covered.

We primarily use Sound Devices mixers and recorders with a selection of Wisycom and Audio Ltd. A10 (with recordable transmitters) radio mics, along with Sennheiser and DPA microphones.

Email sound@codafilms.co.uk to discuss your requirements.

Other services

  • Field recording – bespoke sound library recording
  • Mobile voice over recording
  • Full clean UK driving license and van
  • Valid I-Visa (until 2025)

Rates

Our rates are industry standard, based on 10 hour and 12 hour days labour. Equipment package rates are agreed in advance, please feel free to email sound@codafilms.co.uk for our recent rate card.

Sound – the bedrock to all great films! Jonathan Blagrove is one of the best sound recordists you will find. Nerdy to the point of perfection. We love it.

Adam Giles | Cambridge FilmWorks


Covid-19 guidelines

Safety and well-being of all crew and contributors on location is our priority. Download our best practice PDF guidelines: