Five minutes with... Matthew Hamilton

Matthew Hamilton, Line Producer, used POP’s Production Portal to digitally manage crew contracting, onboarding and distribution with auditability on Urban Myth Films’ Endeavour and The Forge Entertainment’s Ackley Bridge.

Here Matthew shares some quick insights into his experience of working in Film & TV.

1. What do you love about working in film and TV?

I love that nothing is ever the same. There are no two programs that are the same. Every single show is different with a new cast and new challenges. I really like challenges. I don’t want to stay in any one thing too long. Because of this, the best series I’ve ever worked on were Marple and Poirot as every film was unique, we never did the same thing twice, each one throwing up a different challenge.

2. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt on the job?

You have to respect everybody equally and treat them as such. Don’t forget that they are an expert in their field. Trust in what they say, make decisions with them not for them. Also, carefully monitor the atmosphere on the set. If someone is unhappy it’s important to ascertain why and resolve the issues. On set everyone is a link in the chain and if there is a bad link then the whole chain can’t be strong.

3. What was the most exciting thing that happened on your last job?

We pulled off an overseas shoot with no original budget. On screen It will appear as though we had a full crew, however we worked out a way that it could be shot cleverly with 6 people and a very light weight camera. We made it happen and I’m really proud of the result.

4. How is new technology changing your work?

The way we work hasn’t really changed that much. The only thing that has changed is the shift to digital. Sometimes it works against us with respect to the production companies. With more reliance on digital there is an assumption that things can get left to the last minute. Despite digital ways of working we still have to have the words, we still have to have people operating the machinery. Especially in period drama you need time to prep - you can just shoot anywhere.

One area technology has really helped is in visual effects. What we do now wasn’t possible 10 years ago.

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