Oliver entered the film industry three years ago having previously worked as a press photographer. Entering the industry as a trainee, Oliver currently works as a Digital Imaging Technician.
I was previously a press photographer and was one day invited to a film set by a friend. I was sold from then.
I went to University to study film - here I helped create various short films over my period of study. I really enjoyed Uni but I would probably stress that it isn’t vital that you study film, you can get enough experience working or helping out on shorts films that you can then use as a foot in to the industry.
Took me around 6 months working part time, doing shorts on the side after Uni - gaining experience as I went. My first proper full paying job was a low budget feature shot in Wales.
As a trainee I made lots of tea, ran cables, gained invaluable experience on how to act and behave on set. Camera specifics were; learning about kit, what it did etc. How to organise things, make correct notes, and all the bread and butter things that the Camera Department needs to run smoothly.
My current position as an on set colourist is to facilitate the vision of the DOP and the Director with live grading on set. This vision is then maintained, sent down the pipeline throughout post and is tweaked and polished by a colourist before conform and publish. The idea is; what we see on set, is what you will get out at the end. My role is creative but also some technical aspects come into play. I design the workflow prior to shooting, I setup the cameras, make recommendations to the DOP re: anything camera related or technical. I also backup the footage and check through to make sure we are shooting what we want.
The quality of catering is significantly better on commercials than it is on music videos. :)
Yes, my role can change quite dramatically depending on the production. Lower budget you end up doing more for less.
The highlight of my career so far is meeting new and interesting people all the time. Everyone collaborating to create something, be it a commercial or feature film. No day or job is the same.
Stick at it. The first 6 months are hard - you will be earning nothing and doing lots of work. It will pay out in the end. Nurturing work relationships is very important too- be friendly and keen to learn.
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