I am a UK unit stills photographer with recent TV credits including BBC dramas ‘Call The Midwife’, ‘The Missing’, ‘Father Brown’, ‘Hinterland’ to Channel 4’s ‘The Watchman’. My feature film work includes ‘Blue Iguana’ (Sam Rockwell, Phoebe Fox), ‘London Town’ (Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Dougray Scott), ‘After Louise’ (Greg Wise, Alice Sykes) and ‘The Bromley Boys’ (Martine McCutcheon, Alan Davies).
I work in London as a stills photographer across film and television productions. I usually work alongside the unit publicist to ensure we’re getting the type of images that tell the story of the film in a snapshot that is memorable and iconic. Also capturing shots of all the cast which can accompany press articles for magazines and which may end up as a poster option for the film. Working on set most days depending on the size of the budget. I’ve worked on select days on short films where I will discuss with the producer the days that will have the most weight for publicity. The stills photographers job is to work unobtrusively amongst the crew. Working closely with the camera team to secure similar angles that represent the cinematographers vision and staying out of the actors eye line.
The stills photographer is also responsible for documenting the behind the scenes and capturing the story behind the camera. This usually involves capturing shots of the director interacting with the cast on and off set and to documenting heads of departments. Don’t confuse the role of a unit photographer with the EPK team. The EPK team are geared towards interviews of cast and generally behind the scenes video of the film set and what’s going on behind the main camera. All of this material gathered during principal photography is so important in marketing a film and can help grow an audience. And really can make or break the commercial success of a film. Unfortunately alot of independent film productions fail to see the importance of film marketing prior to the completion of the film. The process starts from the concept!