PPP – Camera and Lighting Assistant

One of the few projects that I have taken part in has been a Simple Strawberry Production called ‘Sincerely Yours’ as Camera Assistant and Lighting.

‘A short film in which we follow Amelia, through her diary, as she falls in love with Charlie, a young RAF pilot.

Amelia Vincent has survived the Second World War but now lives an old and lonely life. However, a young RAF pilot enters her life, once again filling her with youth and vigour as they begin to fall in love with each other. Despite Amelia’s new found happiness, what interest does a young man have in a woman 50 years his senior, and can she ever break free of the past?’

Dates of filming: March 23rd – 25th 2013

Location: Boston and Skegness, Lincolnshire.

My job was to set up lighting and assist with changing camera lenses, batteries, memory cards, setting up tripods/tracks, and generally assisting the camera operator/dop. Throughout the process of this film, I have attended group meetings and had continuous communication with the dop, talking about lighting concepts and how we can achieve certain styles and effects. I also helped out with test shoot;s setting up lights, moving them, and generally practising my role, and with casting; where I did the meeting and greeting of the actors, offered them refreshments, read lines back to them, and also shot a small behind the scenes talking  to the director and producer about how the casting went.

I really wanted to work on this project because the story was just so interesting and even more so when I found out that it was based on not just one but two true stories and then mixed together. The production was very professional, well organised, and completely thought out. Before filming we each received a production pack and script well in advance so that if we had any issues or queries we wanted to raise they could be dealt with in plenty of time. This also meant that we all knew what was happening each day and no time would be wasted on having to explain this each day. We worked to a tight schedule sometimes very late into the early morning and in poor weather conditions, but we all stayed professional and got the job done.

On this project I worked with people I had never worked with before and this was very refreshing as we all knew our roles and helped each other out where we could supporting one another as well as the production. We were all very well looked after with the majority of our meals provided for us and a nice warm place to stay.

Being apart of this whole process has been fantastic and I have learnt an awful lot, from the test shoots, behind the scenes interviews, to filming on an extremely windy beach and getting half price fish and chips at one of the oldest fish and chip shops in the UK!


About gailenepierre

Ambitious and driven but knows how to have funnnn :)

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