On 14th February, BA (Hons) Film Production students put their questions to successful Cinematographer, Sarah Deane.
Working in film has been a goal for Deane since discovering the Children’s Film Unit as child. She went on to study at AUB, before securing a place at The National Film and Television School (NFTS).
She started out as a Loader and then worked her way up to Cinematographer. Productions she has worked on include ‘The Beat Beneath My Feet’ (2014) and ‘Muerte Es Vida: Death Is Life’ (2016), and ‘Captain Phillips’ (2013) as a Camera Operator.
Life as a Cinematographer means you get to work in some ‘amazing’ places with ‘great’ people. It is creative and collaborative with technical aspects, and every day varies. You get to be ‘very involved in the filmmaking’ – operating the camera puts you right next to the action.
Deane discussed the need for a close working relationship with the Director when working on projects, and the importance of people management on set in order to create a positive working environment. When asked how she deals with conflicting ideas on set, she stressed the need to remain professional and diplomatic. And whatever your career goals may be, most importantly – ‘don’t give up’!