WFTV Women in Tech: Camera and Lighting

WFTV Women in Tech: Camera and Lighting – Steadicam

14th September 2020 18:00

Monday 14 September | 18:00-19:00

In this new WFTV camera and lighting strand we will be running webinars and workshops; and hearing from a range of leading experts in the field. It will cover everything from how to achieve the perfect shot to workshops on lighting, lenses and camera equipment. We will also have interviews with award winning cinematographers and a range of other industry professionals.

Join us for the first event in this new series which will explore the role and work of the Steadicam operator.

Chaired by Sally Smith, a freelance camera operator and director and former WFTV Mentee, this session is aimed at operators who are interested in making a move over to Steadicam and also for production personnel who want to learn more about using this specialist kit for their film and television projects. The event will also look at the role Steadicam can play in storytelling and will offer tips and techniques to get the best out of your Steadicam shoot.

Sally will be in conversation with Ilana Garrard, a camera and Steadicam operator, who is one of the few women currently specialising in Steadicam work in the UK.


Sally Smith, Camera Operator and Director

Sally is a freelance camera operator working on a variety of productions and specialising in live TV both in studio, events, concerts and sport. She is one of only a handful of women camera operators to work in sports such as horse racing. Credits include; Newsround, CBBC Live Links, Cbeebies House, Channel 4 Racing, The Grand National, Watchdog Live, rugby and football.

Sally diversifies with work on festivals and in the music industry where she also directs multi-camera live stream concerts and her credits include work with; The Kaiser Chiefs, Tony Hadley, Billy Ocean, UB40 and Kate Rusby.

Photo credit: Giles Keyte

Ilana Garrard, Camera and Steadicam Operator ACO

Ilana began her operating journey filming music videos, short films and commercials. She later worked her way into television comedies and dramas, eventually breaking into feature films. Her most recent credits include Netflix’s Sex Education and the highly anticipated film Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Some of the directors she has worked with include; Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Amma Asante and Susanna White.

Ilana is also one of the founding members of Women Behind the Camera, which operates a website dedicated to showcasing many of the women working behind the camera in the UK feature film and TV drama sectors.

WFTV members, please log-in to your WFTV account to watch the recording of the event.

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