Camera Assistant, Holby City, Vision

Hello, My name is Samantha. I’m a camera assistant
on Holby City. I’ve been here for about
three or four years, and I’m a freelancer, so
I go on to other jobs. But I keep coming back here. It’s a good show to work on. Well, we start filming at eight,
but I would arrive between seven to half-seven at the latest. And I always get a camera
from the camera room and set up all the equipment,
test the camera, make sure there’s
pictures and sound. I make sure we’ve got
our cards to film onto. So you have to make sure
everything’s there in place, ready to start filming
at eight o’clock. I also make the camera crew
cups of tea and coffee. And then, as the day goes
on and we start filming, my job would entail
looking after the rushes, which is what we film
throughout the day. And generally, we look
after the camera department. We put marks down
for the actors. And if any technical problems
go wrong with a camera, we have to investigate
and get the camera running up as soon as possible. I never actually studied this at
college or anything like that. I learned by working
on student films. Worked for free for
quite a lot of the time, when I first started out. And I did all sorts of different
jobs, so it wasn’t just camera. I learned art department,
editing, had to do running, that kind of thing, just so
I knew what I wanted to do, so I got a general
feel of the industry. When I decided that I
wanted to work in camera, I just kept asking
production managers, “Can I please work in camera?” And I just sent out my CV
and went onto Internet sites that were dedicated
to TV and film, and just kept knocking
on the doors, basically. You just have to be
really proactive. In the industry, no one’s
going to run up to you and say, “Come on, be a camera
assistant.” It’s something that
you have to want to do, and you have to put
the effort in. Don’t be put off by having to
stand out in the cold all day on a short film, wondering
where is this going to lead you. People that you meet
along the way go on to work
on other things. And if you work really hard, regardless of what the
production is, it will be noted, and people will want
you to work with them. I think, when you freelance, you
have to go where the work is. I think it helps if you
have worked at the BBC. Most of the shows are
considered of a high standard. So… if you’re starting out
and you work on a BBC show, it is good for your CV. I’ve done a lot of drama,
for BBC, Channel 4, ITV. I’ve done commercials,
feature films. The latest, other dramas
that I’ve done are Bad Girls and Footballers’ Wives, sort of longer-running ones
that I’ve worked on. My next step in my
career is focus pulling, which I’m learning to do. I’d really love to work
on big feature films. I know a lot of people
do, but, yeah, I just particularly
like to do that. It is really hard work. I have worked on them before. But you just get to use more
equipment, and it’s big iron. You just do more things. So my dream job is working on big productions
and feature films.

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