At school, I ran the photographic club producing little films on 8mm stock. Then, after studying filmmaking for two years in Central London, I had a long career as a stills photographer for the BBC – covering publicity, news and current affairs, light entertainment etc – virtually all areas of the BBC’s output. I worked in their TV and film studios in London and elsewhere, with the programme makers, presenters and acting talent, and was priviledged to meet and photograph many well-known celebrities, film stars and politicians.
Now with Bessborough Productions I am back to my first love – filmmaking, relishing new challenges in the coming year and now planning to make a documentary series.
“A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings.”
– Stanley Kubrick
2015 was a very good year for Bessborough Productions – three short films completed and another in post. Thanks to a talented team of friends and collaborators, the projects came together without too many headaches and under budget. Pre-production planning is the answer so that the director knows exactly what he wants when he goes on set.
Nowadays the cost of filmmaking is getting less and less. Professional equipment that was once out of reach to most is now affordable and many special effects are possible with software which one can download often for free. Camera phones are being used to shoot feature films and Gopros poked in places where movie cameras could not go. Never was there a better time to make films. All that is needed is a good idea and the will to see it through.