Emily is a filmmaker, content creator, director, cinematographer, photographer, colourist, editor, and actress. She was first introduced to filmmaking in the English class at high school, where she had to turn a poem into a film. After this, her interest in filmmaking only grew. She attended a year of University at AFDA Cape Town, where she developed a passion for cinematography and colour grading; and was given the opportunity to work with film crews and learn about the film industry. Her work at AFDA included being director of photography on a comedy film called “Fan-plastic”, assisting on numerous third year, post-grad and first-year films and being a part of the first ever VR film in South Africa. In graduating from the one-year full-time programme in Cinematography for Content Creation here at Orms CTSP, she completed projects of the likes of music videos, short films, working with drones, action videos and other online content.
View her videos produced during this year, along with her year-end interview below:
When you started the programme what genre of video media were you interested in and has this shifted over the course of the year?
There has never really been a specific film genre that was interested me the most, I like to watch each movie as a singular unit, and decide from that whether or not I enjoy it. There are genres, however, that speaks more to what I enjoy about the medium of film, is its ability to incite emotion and challenge one’s perceptions I generally find that the more “true to life” a film appears, the more it is able to affect me. As such the genres I tend to enjoy most are Dramas and Psychological Thrillers. In regards to what type of media I hope to produce, my goal has always been to be able to affect people with what I make in a way that insights emotion and challenges perceptions. I currently find myself more able to do this through the medium of short film and series, which is my current interest.
What subject matter do you find yourself drawn to?
In regards to a subject matter that I find myself being drawn to, I generally enjoy subject matter that makes me question life as it is, reality as it is and most importantly makes one feel something. My favourite films, short films, online videos, are always ones that are able to insight emotion and action. These usually include more accurate and true to live subjects that can really convince me that the world I am watching is that same world in which I am living. My particular favourite genres include Psychological thrillers such as “Silence of the Lambs”, “Gone Girl” and dramas such as “12 Years a Slave”, “The Imitation Game”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “The Judge” etc.
Pick three words/phrases that describe your approach to the medium?
Raw, Collaborative, Dynamic
Why did you choose to study cinematography and content creation?
I chose to do the one-year Cinematography for Content Creation programme because it promised an environment of constant growth and creativity. I was interested in being able to produce more content that my previous college had allowed. I was excited to be able to get out and constantly challenge myself to create and improve.
What has been the most noteworthy shoot/project you have done this year?
The most noteworthy shoot this year, in my opinion, was a web series pilot. This stood out to me because of the amazing teamwork this project involved. We not only had a very collaborative scriptwriting approach, but we also had a number difficulties in that we had limited time, actors canceling last minute, and locations ranging from Table View to Signal Hill (which had to all be gotten to in a day). So we all just really pitched in, helped where we could, and really worked with each other to create a video of which I think we are all proud.
Who is your biggest videographic influence at the moment and how?/why?
My biggest videography influence at the moment is a short film director by the name: Bertie Gilbert. He inspires me as his work is able to tackle all the aspects of filmmaking that I love. His stories feel true to life, they insight emotion, and allow me to question my own reality. He is a young filmmaker, around the same age as me, and that in and of itself inspires me. There is rarely a piece of work of his that I do not enjoy.
What is the most valuable thing you have learned on the course?
The most valuable thing that I learned in this course was that, as a creative, the onus is on myself to actually get out and create.EMILY'S YOUTUBE CHANNELEMILY'S INSTAGRAM