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How Life Changes When You Move to London to Pursue Your Filmmaking Career...

October 24, 2017

It's pretty hard, expensive, and pretty cool.

 

Hey everyone!

 

Welcome to my website & blog. Here i'll be discussing all things filmmaking. Hopefully it'll inspire you a little to get involved with the process yourself! Be you an amateur learning techniques, or if you're pro and you want to test out some new styles! (Everyone wants to try a classic Brandon Woelful picture right?)

 

But first, let me give you a little background on myself. I want to be open and I want to connect and share with you, and hopefully we'll interact as much as possible throughout my journey.

 

This is me:

Keeping it simple for the blog post, there's nothing wrong with keeping things vanilla is there?

 

I'm (at time of writing) 25 years old, I live in south-west London, and I've just jumped into the pond of filmmaking down here.

        

I originally started in the midlands. I was born in Burton-upon-Trent (Marmite-City!) and grew up down the road in Lichfield. My passion actually began by pure chance, as I had just selected my A-Levels in English, Music Tech, French and Design and Technology - and then having found out I had a a clash between music and languages, I was forced to drop French and choose another subject, which turned out to be media.

 

I figured out pretty fast that I enjoyed media, and was pretty good at it. To cut a long story short, I ended up progressing with that and English, and dropped Music and D&T for Photography at the college down the road. In Photography and Media I excelled, and finally found something that I wanted to progress even further in.

 

Step-up university.

 

Here I studied Film Production Technology at Staffordshire University. It was BSc vs. an BA so it was a lot more technical. Which I enjoyed a lot more, I love the numbers behind the different looks that exist in film. It's something that's always spoke to me.

 

During my time here, I worked on 2 Indie feature films as a Production Assistant, these are:

 

Deadtime 

&
The Quiet One

 

I had to be convinced to go through with going on the latter because I didn't really want to impact my studies, but coincidentally, I got there and there turned out to be a good number of the same cast than what was on Deadtime. It would be from here I got to solidify some connection with people who wanted to create as I did.

 

After graduating university , I embarked on my own journey to set up and produce videos with my university housemate - we had some successes in filming Zante Music Festival and numerous music videos at home and in other places in Europe, such as Amsterdam. Sadly, it wasn't to be and we disbanded as a partnership after a year.

 

Shortly after and during one of my last shoots solo, I was on a photography shoot with a band now named Kioko (Back then they were Tempting Rosie) and I got a call from one of the producers of those two features I did, he wanted to talk to me about joining 'Film Division' - a sister video production company in Birmingham to Camera rental company Panny Hire.

 

I spent in total of 2 years working there. During my time I developed my skills in filmmaking in general, but also shooting and extending my knowledge on techniques and camera systems, and as result, I'm a now established Arri shooter and Red shooter, with experience in documentary style shoots, commericals, social media content, promotional material and artistic video productions. It's a time I cherished and I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for those at that company.

 

There was a flash decision that was made June of 2017, and that decision was for me to move down to London. A close friend of mine had thrown it out there (in all honesty, probably as a joking-not-joking kind of way) - but the time I felt was right, and I've moved down to South-West London to see what career opportunities are down here with me.

 

Fortunately, through some close friends (of which I cannot thank any more) - I've been able to land myself onto some pretty big feature films as a DIT / Video assistant. It wasn't for the whole project, just dailies that the crew needed during these stages of production. 

 

Unfortunately, I can't talk about them. But rest assured it's been one of those experiences that has opened my eyes. I wish I'd moved down here sooner. I wish I was a part of the bigger picture in London.

 

But it isn't the time for me to worry. I have work coming in, and my portfolio is consistently expanding. But here I am. Creating content and working days on feature films and I could not be happier to have jumped into the deep end of a vast industry.

 

In any case, that's me. If you're interested and want to know more, drop me an email, or message me from my website, it's under the contact tab at the top somewhere, i'd love to hear from you.

 

If you want to check out some of my content, browse the webbie, or head on over to my Instagram:

 

@andy_elvis11

https://www.instagram.com/andy_elvis11/

 

Thanks for reading, and happy shooting!

 

 

 

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