The Nottingham video production scene...With Tristan Ofield

What with the whole pandemic and such, the creative industries are taking something of a battering at the moment. We wanted to take the time to promote some of our friends and colleagues whilst taking the temperature of the filmmaking and creative scene in Nottingham and across the country more broadly. Enjoy! (all images © the person featured in the article)

What do you make of the film/filmmaking scene in Nottingham?

It's brilliant. There are now 3 generations of digital filmmakers in Nottingham. I started making films in Notts in my early 20s. I'd be making my own stuff and crewing on people's films to learn more. People were always generous with their time and their skills. If you want to learn, you couldn't want a more supporting, collaborative environment. There is so much going on in the city.

How could Nottingham be more like London?

Why the f*** would you want to do that?! I've lived in London for 5 years. It's more difficult to make stuff here. Space is at a premium. The vibe is totally different. That's not to say it can't be done. You just have to hustle a whole lot more. Nottingham is the best place to be if you want to make your own stuff. If you want to be inside the system, then you need to be down here.

Tell us about your career in filmmaking?

It's such an expensive hobby. If I wasn't obsessed with the cinema I'd have stopped a long time ago. I love learning and I have never stopped. I've been studying camera blocking (the movement of a camera within a scene) religiously for the past 5 years and have been fortunate to have a brilliant mentor. I sit for hours deconstructing scenes, working out where the actors moved and how the cameras are choreographed around them. There also came a point when I looked at story as a whole and thought "I don't know what the f**k I'm doing." Again I've been lucky to have a great tutor/mentor/collaborator in Adrian Reynolds, who's great for dissecting the story. So I don't know what you mean about "career." If I'm ever fortunate enough to have one I'll let you know.


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