Camera training for disabled filmmakers

Photo © 104 Films

From 26 November to 3 December, ten disabled people were trained by 104 Films to shoot on 35mm film. The programme, supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme, was backed by Panavision UK and Kodak.

The training was led by award-winning directors of photography Ben Hecking and Alex Ryle and was designed to give an overview of the structure of the camera team and the duties of a camera trainee or assistant. Participants learned about the technical side of working as part of a 35mm camera department and were each able to shoot their own shots, using Panavision cameras, which were processed at Kodak’s new film laboratory.  Afterwards they worked with a colourist at Dirty Looks post production.

Ellen Dunn, one of the trainees, said: “The training was amazing, this was so special and I’m glad to have been able to take part. Watching back the rushes and working with the colourist was my favourite part. It was magical.”

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