Eleanor Russell

Eleanor Russell

Sound Trainee

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available
Production Safety Passport

I'm hardworking, thoughtful and currently trying to make my way as a Sound Trainee. I’ve just been accepted on the 2018 Skillset Film Trainee Scheme.

My first long term experience as a Trainee was 11 weeks on the CBBC show Jamie Johnson in 2017. In 2017 I also did work experience for a night on a feature film called Patrick, a days learning about fisher booming on a pilot for sky and two days prepping and recording for the patron's lunch. For several years previously I worked on lower budget projects mainly in sound.

I did the AMPS cable clinic and NFTS Sound Recording Short Course in 2017

I graduated in October 2014 from the London Film academy, where I had joined with the goal of becoming a director. To my surprise, I discovered that I really liked Sound. I've since been trying to get my foot in the door. Initially I thought I could just start working in low budget films with other newbies in the industry and work myself up. At the beginning of 2016 though, the majority of my work was still making underpaid short films, and the odd unpaid job in sound or the AD department.

I talked to some people at several BECTU events and was put in touch with some lovely mixers with much more experience. They took me on various short films as a trainee throughout 2016/2017, and even passed on a few low paid jobs. I believe this is at least somewhat testimony to my work ethic. However I'm always looking to improve and am aiming to get more trainee work on bigger projects this year.

I originally came into the industry as a professional photographer and environmental scientist with the original goal of making environmental fiction.

This ScreenSkills member holds a Production Safety Passport.

Creative Industries Safety Passport


28th April 2016 - 28th April 2019

Work History

Boom Operator for Simon Norman - Student Short

Dec 2016 - Dec 2016

Boom Operator for Mark Andrews - The Last Dance (short directed by Chris Keller)

Nov 2016 - Nov 2016

Boom Operator for Richard Thomas - The IT (short directed by Aneil Karia)

Oct 2016 - Oct 2016

Trainee/Boom Operator for Simon Paul Hornett - Charismata (feature directed by Andy Collier and Tor Mian)

Jul 2016 - Aug 2016

Walker for Queen's 90th birthday Parade (OB) - Julian Gough

Jun 2016 - Jun 2016

Boom Operator for Richard Thomas (incl booming on moving bus) - Switch (short directed by Aneil Karia)

Jun 2016 - Jun 2016

Sound Trainee / Boom Swinger for Richard Thomas 2 days - The Noah and Jordan Show

May 2016 - May 2016

Trainee/Boom Operator for Richard Thomas and Tom Harburt - The Noah and Jordan Show

May 2016 - May 2016

Boom Operator - 147 Feet (Short Film)

Nov 2015 - Nov 2015

Self-shooter and Photographer - Black Knight Historical

Mar 2014 - Aug 2015


Assistant Directing - 2 day course - Creative Skillset

Feb 2016 - Feb 2016

Filmmaking - Diploma - The London Film Academy

Apr 2013 - Oct 2014

Filmmaking - Certificate - The London Film Academy

Jan 2013 - Feb 2013

Environmental Science - BSc hons - Nottingham University

Sep 2008 - Dec 2011


  • Active Listening
  • Basic experience in how the location recording department works
  • Basic knowledge and experience with small scale production audio gear
  • Basic training from people working in the industry
  • Boom Operating
  • Research
  • Running