Introducing our team! In this second installment we're introducing Production Manager Lisa. Read on to learn how learning Gaelic can lead to becoming a professional Wild Cat Herder...
First up can you tell us who you are and what you do?
I'm Lisa and I work on the production side of the team, or cat herding as we sometimes like to refer to it! My main mission is to make sure the ideas born in the ‘Imaginarium’ come to life within budget, and on deadline.
Day to day this can involve anything from playing tetris with timelines, shoot logistics, casting, location scouting and the occasional attempt at latte art. Every day is different, which keeps it exciting.
How did you get into the creative industry?
I took a slightly unusual route into the creative industry through my love of our native tongue, actually! Gaelic was quite prominent in the culture I grew up in, but I didn’t speak the language growing up. I made it my goal to learn when I left school and It was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made! I graduated from a TV production course around the same time Scotland’s Gaelic TV channel was launching. After interning as a studio assistant for a few months, I was given the incredible opportunity to produce the on-air promos & continuity for the channel. This was the start of my love for short-form production, being in the edit, and also spreadsheets and schedules. I know – I’m the cool one in the studio!
Since then, I’ve worked in a variety of roles in broadcast, TV & Commercial production from live sports in Australia, to commercials in New Zealand, to music event coverage & factual TV production in Scotland. When Cut Media were looking for an addition to their team, I felt like it was a great fit, so I got in touch, and thus another of the better decisions I’ve made!
Your first project with the team was…?
My first project with the team was in post-production of the ‘Dougie Lampkin: Wheelie man’ documentary. It was great to see this coming together as I was always a big fan, growing up around the Scottish Six Days Trial in Fort William.
My first big shoot with the team was the T.Rowe Price ‘Beautiful Adjustments’ shoot, where we flew in some of the best acrobats in the world to perform in venues around Glasgow and Edinburgh. It was a great introduction to how this small team can pull off immense things.
Perfect day off?
Wake up to a view of mountains, morning yoga in the sunshine, an instagram-worthy breakfast, good coffee, and an adventure mission of sorts - on 2 wheels, on foot or on the water – as long as there’s exploring, fresh air and squashed homemade sandwiches, I’m happy. Ideally ending in a pub with live music.
Describe your role in 3 words. GO!
Herding wild cats!
It must get pretty stressful in the lead up to projects, shoots and deadlines. How do you keep everyone on track and motivated?
We’re a pretty close-knit team so when times are hectic, we all get stuck in. We have regular catch-ups to make sure everyone’s on track and happy with what they’re doing, and we generally collaborate a lot to ensure nothing gets too stressful and everyone stays motivated.
We also have the table tennis table and occasional on-the-hour exercise drills to keep everyone on the ball!
Your best day at work has been...?
Every day Murryn the dog is in! Followed closely by the final shoot day of the Juliana ‘Strega’ launch film. We’d had a challenging, but successful few days shooting horse/mountain bike chase scenes with our core crew, and then on the final day, we went full-scale period drama, just on a mountain bike budget! Angry mob, period costume, make up, SFX, fire torches – the lot. Seeing it come together so well after so many months of planning was pretty amazing. I’d also roped in some of my family & friends to help out, including my 2 year old niece, so that made it all the more special.