Boost for freelancers in the West of England

Boost for freelancers in the West of England

By Suzy Lambert,
Monday, 18th December 2023
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With the industry facing a challenging time and after hearing that many freelancers are feeling isolated and unsure about the future, RTS West of England held two free events over the autumn to offer support to the region’s freelance community.

The first, in mid-October, featured two directors of photography, Michael Timney and David Mackie, plus Katie Mayhew, a specialist wildlife camerawoman.

Drama producer Ben Greenacre talked to them about their work and the outlook for the camera department. The panellists offered tips on how to stay sane, connected and motivated when work is quiet.

The second event in mid-November saw just under 50 assistant producers, producers and directors listen to producer Helen Waddell and DV director Ben Cheetham discuss the production of BBC One’s Trawlermen: Hunting the Catch, which was made by Bristol-based Frank Films. The event was hosted by Matt Cole from Keo Films.

Waddell discussed the challenges of casting on a national scale and winning over a community that feels misunderstood, while Cheetham shared his experiences of spending eight weeks at sea on the shoot.

At both events, representatives from The Film and TV Charity outlined the charity’s work and the resources available to those in the industry, from its 24-hour support line to financial help and advice, counselling and legal advice.