Q&A with Oliver Ledwith, Focus Puller on THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL

Q: Tell us a bit about what your job as a Focus Puller entails.

A: The Focus Puller or 1st Assistant Cameraman is the right hand man to the Director of Photography on the camera side, in charge of preparing the camera for shooting. This involves physically setting up the camera, changing lenses, adding filters and perhaps most importantly, keeping the actors in focus whilst shooting.

Although film cameras have experimented with auto focus systems over the years, they have rarely been implemented as it is important to have creative freedom over what parts of the screen are in focus, in order to direct the viewer’s attention towards those areas.

Q: What kind of training/on-the-job experience did you obtain when you first started?

A: I started out as a runner for the Camera Department in a small studio in London, learning the trade of a Clapper Loader, when shooting on film was still the norm for Commercials and Drama. In this capacity (2nd AC) you not only physically ‘load’ the film on to the camera but you assist the Focus Puller so also learn this role first hand. The physical aspect of ‘pulling focus’ I learnt from working for free on short films and practising on the job.

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Fernando Trueba and Aida Folch on the set of THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL

Fernando Trueba, the Director and Co-Writer of THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL, talks about some of the films and filmmakers that have influenced him and his work.

 

 

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Fernando Trueba and Jean Rochefort on the set of THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL

In this exclusive clip from our interview with the Oscar-winning director of THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL (released Monday 25 November), Fernando Trueba shares his vision for the film:

 

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Alan Parker

Congratulations to legendary director Sir Alan Parker on his BAFTA Fellowship at last night’s star-studded awards ceremony in London.

In tribute, and with the release of SIDE BY SIDE in cinemas this Friday, take a look at this exclusive excerpt from an interview with the multi-Oscar nominated director and Keanu Reeves:

 

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Opera star Christopher Maltman on playing Don Giovanni (Juan) on film

"no lipsyncing... James Bond earpieces... trying to sing whilst shivering and running around and firing guns and killing people and making love to beautiful women..." Christopher Maltman shares some of his experiences performing in Kasper Holten's explosive film adaptation of DON GIOVANNI (JUAN).

 

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