Hello! My name is Jackie Read. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and now currently reside in West London. My greatest passion is storytelling because it allows us to relate and connect as humans and I think film in particular trancends language and is one of the most visceral and effective forms of storytelling. As a kid, I dreamed of making a career as an actress and I pursued that dream right through University where I studied Theatre and Media Communications.
While completing my undergraduate studies, I found work at a local production company where I started learning about cameras and filmmaking. It was then that I realized my love for storytelling could be far better fulfilled through camerawork than through acting. Being behind the camera allows me to be a part of the entire story as it unfolds and presents an endless array of opportunities for creative expression. I am enthralled by all of the thought and intricacy that goes into composing images: making decisions about space, shapes, lighting, movement, focus and perspective. I love how thoughtfully composed frames have the power to evoke emotions and elevate stories. So, after University, I kept pursuing work behind the camera and I've never looked back.
For a few years, I worked as a videographer, self-shooting for documentaries, events, and promotional content. I was often unfulfilled because my real aspiration has always been to work on scripted dramas. I decided to do a Master's Degree in Cinematography in order to gain a better understanding of the industry and figure out what I could do to transition my career. The course completely reinvigorated my passion for filmmaking and fueled my desire to work as a Director of Photography on scripted drama. I am more sure than ever that this is what I want to do with my life, but I know that being a successful DoP means so much more than just the creative work. It’s a tough job with a lot of responsibility and I want to do everything I can to prepare myself for that role.
Since completing my course, I have been taking on as many opportunities as possible to work and assist on short films as either a Trainee or Camera Assistant. This experience has given me a solid understanding of set hierarchy and allowed me to build important skills like setting up remote wireless systems, running and fixing cables, laying marks, running the clapper board and even occasionally pulling focus. I also often take on small projects in the role of a DoP to continue honing my eye for framing and lighting.
I'm really eager to start from the ground up and learn from established industry professionals. I know I have a lot to learn, but I'm also confident I can be an asset to any camera department because I am coming to the field with a solid technical understanding of high-end cameras, a good foundational knowledge of set etiquette and a lot of life experience that has made me into a resourceful problem-solver, an efficient multi-tasker and a positive team player.
Beyond filmmaking, I love writing, running, reading, and traveling. I love people and culture and I am always seeking out experiences that offer me exciting new challenges and new perspectives. I'm hard-working, outgoing, inquisitive and even occasionally funny so I think I can make a great addition to any crew!
Coronavirus basic awareness on production training
13th July 2020 - 13th January 2021
Camera Trainee/Camera Assistant - Freelance
Oct 2016 - Present
Full Time MA Filmmaking Student - Student
Sep 2015 - Dec 2016
Freelance Videographer/Camera Operator - Freelance
Aug 2010 - Sep 2015
Filmmaking: Cinematography - MA - Goldsmiths University of London
Sep 2015 - Sep 2016
Theatre and Media Communications - BA - West Chester University
Sep 2006 - Dec 2011
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