Thursday, 29 August 2013

5 mins with... Gillian Sore

Gillian Sore is the artist behind Novella Afterglow's recent foray into the (slightly terrifying) terrain of video. Combining her love of film, fashion & passion for creating beautiful aesthetics, Gill directed & filmed a short introductory film for my blog. Here, I find out a little more about the lady behind the lens...

1. What was your very first camera?
I didn't really start taking an interest in photography until I got to uni. Some friends on my film course would pick up cheap analogue cameras in charity shops and I started doing the same. I can't really remember what the first one was as I picked up quite a few in a short space of time. It might of been my Dominant Camera by German company King. I love the look of the aluminium and leather and the sound of it clicking and whirring, it has a very nice and simple mechanical feel to it. Oh and it takes lovely grainy images too!

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2. What was your first video you made and how did you grow to love photography?
The first video project I took part in was a behind the scenes video for Bury Tomorrow's Her Bones in the Sand Music Promo.

It was my first experience taking part in any camera work and I was told the basic function of the camera I was using and told to go off and do some filming. It was great to have that freedom just to go filming, especially as the location was an old nuclear bunker. I imagine that it must have been a nightmare to edit my footage as I was filming everything and anything over a good few hours.


3. When you're shooting, what is your thought process and at what point do you say, 'I've got it'?
That's a tricky one to answer really. I've usually thought it through a lot before filming so I've either got a mental or physical checklist of what I need. I usually hold a shot that I like for 5 seconds or so to know that I have a good length to cut from in an edit. It's more technical than anything else. If the lightings good, focus is right and what I want is in frame, then it's something I can use, it's that simple really.


4. You studied film at university. Why was obtaining a formal education in film important to you?
It wasn't really. Not at first. I originally studied Performing Arts but after a year and a half of jazz hands and singing lessons I realised it wasn't for me. I was lucky that I was able to change to Film as I had no prior experience in any media studies, the only condition was that I had to start in my first year again, which I was absolutely fine with. I'm so glad I went with my gut and tried something new as I really found my passion.

Looking back, studying at university wasn't really about obtaining a qualification but having the time to really explore what interests you culturally and politically. I often get asked if my degree was just about watching films and yes, that was a part of it. However anyone who's studied media will know that there's a difference between watching a film passively or actively. When you watch actively and really study a film you will completely dissect it, not only as a piece of craftsmanship but for its cultural and political significance.


All images by Gillian Sore. 

5. The big question: digital images or film?
There's always going to be something magical about film for me. The process is just so much fun. Although when it comes to a working medium, digital is much easier so each have their benefits.

6. Working with film day-to-day, how do you stay inspired?
Vimeo's been a great addition to the video community, there some excellent new stuff on there to watch everyday. I think as long as I keep interested in watching new things, I'll keep trying new things myself. Sometimes it wont be a very conscious thing, returning from Berlinale this year gave me a renewed energy and something about my work changed slightly although I'm not sure what.

Check out Gill's Vimeo inspirations pinterest board, here.

Much love,
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