Stella 2 with Ruth Jones success!
At last Series 2 is showing on Sky TV after spending 5 months shooting the stills last year. A fantastic experience working on a film set compared to the pressures and limitations of shooting a live show in the studio. Having invested in the latest Aquatech sound blimp I can now shoot during filming next to or near the film camera, actually capturing the expressions and feeling the actors are giving on set with each take. The main problem now trying to make myself invisible and not get in the way. I quickly learned that the stills photographer is just about the only person on set who can be removed without it making any difference at all to the film being shot!
It was awesome to work with such fantastic people who to a man/woman was so dedicated to their profession. I thought I knew lighting (and I do) but seeing Llyr Evans work with lights, from 10K’s on a cherry picker to little hand held devices no bigger than a dim torch, showed me many new techniques and possibilities I’d never considered. With camera sensors getting better year on year I’m now convinced the use of flash is a dieing art and continuous lighting is the future.
A big THANK YOU to David Peet the series producer and Ruth Jones for a great summer, making me feel so welcome and the many laughs on set. It’s a great show that has already got 1.3 million people watching weekly which will only grow as word spreads. Ruth Jones has nailed it with her script because of her hilarious take on characters we all know in our communities.