Hello! I’t been a little while since I’ve updated here. I’ve been involved in a really exciting project over the past month or two as a film stills photographer and I’m happy to be able to share with you the very first part – so here goes. In September I spent 7 days working on set of the TV pilot filming ‘Whatever After’ which is a ‘A series of dark, witty and subversive fairy tales, re-imagined as allegories for the world today.’ The scripts are honestly brilliant, who knows where this project will end up?
I was there as film stills photographer, something which I am so keen to do more of now. It combines my love for theatre and documentary in one. I also generally helped out on set and stepped into a couple of roles too, including a magpie and a destitue woman (very glamorous!). I’m sure there are going to be quite a few blog posts on this coming out as I’m allowed to release more images and information, but for now I’m excited to share a bit of what I’ve been up to and some of the beautiful things I got to experience and photograph.
Throughout the week I made so many amazing new friends who I already miss. It reminded me of working in theatre – everyone working hard to come together and make something amazing and sharing the experience.
The hardest thing about the week was dealing with a new schedule (5am starts!) long days and how that would then effect my anxiety and energy levels. If anyone is interested, I may write a blog post about my experiences of anxiety on a film set and the little ways that worked for me to make the experience amazing.
But, for now, here’s a little sneak peak.
Director: Jack Jewers / DOP: Tom Blount / Costume: Jenny Anderton / Make Up: Siân Revill
Camera: Canon 6D / Lens: Sigma ART f1.4 35mm
For now, thank you for reading and following my blog. I’ll be back soon! Please feel free to say hello.
Have a great day,
Jasmine Aurora x
Bonding with Birds… like a Gilderoy Lockhart novel… get it? Last week my mum took Jack and I out to Birdworld Surrey in Farnham. Now, this was quite a bit deal. Having lived in the area since university in 2011, I have been wanting to go to Birdworld so badly but it was one of those things that I just never got around to even though it only takes around 15 minutes on the bus. But at last, last week, we went.
I love birds, I love them a lot. I also love dinosaurs and actually all kinds of animals so getting to spend some time with them was really great. It worried me that it would be like a lot of zoos where the animals are in small enclosure – especially with birds where I feel like they need the space to fly. But overall I felt like the animals there looked really well taken care of and had plenty of room to roam about. I think a lot of them where also allowed to fly outside, like the birds of prey, and birds like the Penguins where also part of breeding programmes. It was very informative and educational too.
My favourite part of the day was meeting the Cockatoo which is in the 8th photo – the white bird with the crazy yellow hair do. We approached it because it looked like it was being quite social and wanted some attention against the bars. We said ‘Hello!’ and was greeted by it saying ‘hello’ back to us in it’s parroty squawky voice. I still wasn’t convinced it was repeating what we where saying but it soon whistled back to my mum, made kissy noises, said ‘who’s a pretty boy’ and when we where in fits of laughter proceeded to laugh along with us.
I’m very into ornithology, the study of birds, and I would absolutely love to study more into it and do what I can to help and discover more about these beautiful creatures. My joke beforehand was that we where actually going to Jurassic Park for the day to see real life mini feathered dinosaurs. I’d love to see these animals in their natural habitat one day
I want to take more photos like this, I just love the happy memories and wonder of the natural world mixed with humans that it puts accross. It shows our human curiosity and highlights how much we need to look after the natural environment around us. Next I would love to go back to the London Aquarium and Natural History Museum. If you know of any other places then please do let me know as I’m keen to explore.
I hope you have enjoyed looking through these photos! I invite you to follow me on Instagram for more updates.
Jasmine Aurora x
Over the last few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of coming along to some filming sessions of a creation by Jack Jewers to do some film stills photography and assisting. It’s the first time I’ve been on a film set as oppose to a photography one, and I have to say I completely fell in love with the whole thing and can’t wait to do more in the future.
In two short days (one day in front of the camera, and one day helping out behind and taking stills) I learned a lot and met some amazing people. I love love love how they worked together to bring a concept to life. There were times in set where there was so much smoke I felt like I was in Jurassic Park or at the very least the Upside Down from Stranger Things. When the final project is released to the public I will update this post and probably add it to my instagram too <3
Director & Producer: Jack Jewers, Campbell Challis
Cinematography: Tom Blount
Production Assistants: Emily Tait, Simon Hutchings, Justine DuHart
Actress: Sophia Eleni
I’m available to hire for photo sessions, documentary or to commission an art piece so please do get in touch if you have a project you would like to work together on.
Thank you to Jack Jewers for inviting me along for this process and allowing me to take photographs.