As some may know we have been running a new program called FUTURES, at the moment focusing on black/bame women working in the camera department. Part of the program is mentoring and giving them a free space on our website,distributing their CV’s and handle/fwd any enquiries. The idea is to develop talent to the later stage when they are ready for full agency representation.
We catch up with a few of them to see what their high light has been since lock down was lifted last year:
Samara Addai ( Camera Trainee) – For me the biggest job highlight was working on one of my favorite British TV shows: Top Boy. Seeing black representation of myself and so many others I know and grew up with, I had never felt safer on a set. Not only was this one of the biggest privileges to start the year with, but it was also the first time I felt more confident and prepared to start stepping up as a 2nd. I was thrown in the deep end for a lot of it, but I managed to catch myself because of the amazing ACs who were teaching me everything.
Teresa Adamson (2nd AC) – Highlight for me these past few months is working with DOP’s Fabian Wagner ASC BSC and Seamus McGarvey ASC BSC on some really big projects. As I have never been on such large budget jobs, I did step down to trainee but I know it will pay off! Moving forward, I would like to work on bigger budget features so that I can become a better loader. Another great project was completing ‘Pretty Red Dress’ with DOP Adam Scarth, a feature for BBC and BFI. I am also mentoring a student who attends London Screen Academy, which has been fun!