David is the camera operator and sound recordist for Illuminating Small Dark Places. Originally hired as a runner for the main film, his precocious camera ability landed him a more creative role in the making of the documentary.
David is currently a Production Runner on Silent Witness. But as with most runners, he's had a varied path to get to his current role. He started in the CBBC office, but wanting to move into production, he got a job on What not to Wear. Although he loved working on the show, his true ambition was to work within a Drama show. After a lot of phone calls and emails he managed to get the job on Silent Witness; now he's on the right ladder, and hopes one day to move into drama editing.
In five years' time, David hopes to be an assistant editor while continuing to make featurettes for films and dramas.
His top tip (so far) is to get as much work experience as you can. Working for free is daunting but it can really give you that break. A 4-week work experience placement is a 4-week interview, so make a good impression - at all times!
As the camera operator for Illuminating Small Dark Places, David is excited to have creative input in the film. Having filmed over 50 hours of footage, he can offer these tips from the experience:
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