With work scarce thanks to Covid-19 and the UK lockdown, the more roles I could possibly fill the more chance I have of getting back on set and living the dream.
I’m Andy, your classic jack of all trades master and, hopefully, wonder master of all. Before heading to the University of Gloucestershire I had every intention of being a camera operator. During a group film production a clash of interests forced me into role I’d never considered before: sound department.
Very quickly, I fell in love with the technicalities and process of sound and had the fortune of working on television productions including “Hugh and Anita’s War Against Plastic” as well as BBC’s production “Life and Birth”. As I gained more on set experience, I realised that if I were to make a career of working in the film and television industry I needed to become a ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of specialisms.
While I may have left University with only sound based credits on my CV, I didn’t stop there. I moved on to my starting masters which improved my skills in camera work exponentially. Working on an east London independent film production like Anonymous with Shellout Productions gave me experience as a 1st Assistant camera and I gleaned so much from cinematographer, Hamish Nichols.
Since wrapping on the east London independent film production, Anonymous, I have moved onto videography at Weston College where I am continuing to add skills to my film and television production tool belt; increasing my chances of employability on any film or television set. With work scarce thanks to Covid-19 and the UK lockdown, the more roles I could possibly fill the more chance I have of getting back on set and living the dream.
Andrew Curtis is a Cheltenham based Television Production BA Hons and MA Film graduate with a passion for all things tech. He came to Anonymous as the 1st AC but has a huge passion for sound. He has also directed multiple short form projects and his latest short Counterbalance starring our very our Parvinder Shergill will be hitting the festival circuit shortly.