Introducing our team! We're starting off with one of the OG's, Scott Marshall. Read on to find out more...
First up tell us who you are and what you do?
I’m a jack of no trades, master of some, working on the creative film aspects within Cut Media. On any given day this could range from brain storming ideas and solutions, to briefs, directing, DOP, fetching coffees, playing table tennis or editing our next project...
How did you get into the creative industry?
I used to make videos of my friends and I riding bikes when we were younger. That grew into filming races when I couldn’t ride, which in turn led to meeting Stu (Thomson) as he was setting up MTBcut when filming a downhill race in Dunkeld, Scotland. From there I started to take more interest in film making, creating videos for MTBcut and I also enrolling on a college course in TV Production. MTBcut sort of evolved and then came Cut Media, and a crazy, unplanned career path developed from there...
What is your perfect day off?
The answer to this really depends on when you ask me. Right now it swings from riding bikes on the mountains of Madiera to finish at the small Reggea bar on the South of the Island, to hiding away in an Ocean bungalow on a remote beach in the Far East.
Your favourite filming location?
It's difficult to narrow this down to one location but I'd have to say Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia. A 400mile long fresh water lake which is completely frozen for most of the year! It's hard to convey the scale of the place. The dry, frozen landscape, the nomadic look, the culture, the towns and people all combined to create an incredible backdrop. We got lucky with our trip as we had calm weather, offering us spectacular winter light over the frozen lake. However the temperatures plumeted to -15 degrees celcius which made things challenging!
Never been able to answer this question but ‘Predator’ would be in the top 2... Haha!
Describe your role in 3 words
Day-dreamer, Film-Maker, Team-nerd
Your first project with the team was…
My first 'proper' project under the Cut Media banner was for Santa Cruz Bikes. We were commisioned to create launch film for the first incarnation of the now iconic 5010 mountain bike. We worked with Steve Peat in the mountains of Torridon in the North of Scotland to make a mountain bike expedition film. The weather was terrible! At this time drones were less common, so we organised a helicopter and cineplex camera for aerial shots. On the day we planned to shoot with the helicopter it lashed down with snow and rain. We worked closely with the pilot who was incredible, shuttling us all around the mountains in between the storms showers. It was an eventful first shoot for Cut Media but we worked through it!
Your best day at work has been….
Probably the easiest question to answer. My best day at work was the first day shooting ‘The Ridge’ back in 2014. We got up at 4am to hike up to the Inaccessible Pinnacle on the Cuillin Ridge. We had no idea what the weather was going to do but when we reached the summit at 6.30am after a 2hr hike, we were greeted with clear blue skys, no wind and a cloud inversion which was rolling over the ridge line. While most people were rushing to work, stuck in traffic, downing as much coffee as possible, we had managed to film Danny climbing and standing on top of the pinnacle. It was the most incredible morning. From there we went on to shoot the infamous Collies Ledge line and then the 'G-turn' line over Coire Lagan. We managed this all in a single day. We were all exhausted following a very long and physcial day hiking kit, bikes and supplies, but it was a day I’ll never forget.
Stay posted for more introductions with our staff team. We hope you enjoyed getting to know Scott a little better!