Paul Bernard grew up in West Yorkshire on the outskirts of Leeds. He attended Garforth Community College, and in 1980 went to Farnham School of Art in Surrey to study for a degree in Film, Photography and Animation. On completion he joined the BBC as an assistant film editor at BBC North, working on local documentaries and the nightly news show, Look North.
In 1984 he switched track to become a freelance camera assistant in the film and television industry. He was made an honorary member of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA
) in 1995 for his work producing a short film, “Reflections
”, that celebrated the centenary of British Cinema.
He lived in Ealing West London, supporting the work of The Trussell Trust
and Victim Support
, occasionally dipping his toe back in the circus.
In 2013 Paul wrote a short book about his career called "Adventures in Movies: A Chronicle of 25 Years in Movies fro Rodger Rabbit to Harry Potter". This is still available in Kindle format from Amazon
Paul retired to his home town of Garforth (Leeds) in 2019, and passed away unexpectedly at his home on the 22nd August 2020. His loss will be felt by all those who knew him.