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5 minutes with… Graham Reed, Lighting Cameraman, D.o.P. & Trainer

June 7, 2012 @ 5:20 pm Posted in News Comments

I started my exciting life in TV at the BBC TV Centre, Shepherds Bush as a trainee cameraman, writes Graham Reed.  At the BBC I had the privilege of working on a very wide range of programmes: Dr Who, Top of the Pops, Only Fools and Horses, to mention but a few.

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At TV Centre we became very excited when we started to work on Eastenders - at the time it felt like we were ‘trail blazing’. The first episode I worked on was number 7, since then I have worked on countless episodes!

Graham Reed's work at Battersea Power Station.

I eventually left the BBC as a camera supervisor and went to work for a production company as a producer. But after only 11 months I was made redundant as there was another recession!  So I became a freelance lighting cameraman whilst looking for a full time job! Since being freelance I have worked on countless productions and have been fortunate enough to work in many parts of the world.

Graham Reed's Lighting Direction for Football 1st for Sky One.

In the last few years I have worked more and more as a Lighting Director lighting many different locations and studios whilst still operating a wide range of cameras.

So I now wear many ‘hats’, cameraman, lighting cameraman, lighting director, DoP., and trainer, so life is still exciting and very varied. (left!)

I am also a sessional lecture at Ravensbourne College, London, where I teach students studying on a degree course in Broadcasting Operations.  I run about 2 training courses a month on camera and lighting skills and techniques for training organisation, individuals and companies.

On a personal note is been really great that my oldest son also works in TV as a senior sound engineer for Arena Mobiles. When we get together we can have a good chat about technical stuff – the family leave the room when we do! My other two children have ‘proper’ jobs and don’t work in media!

‘Many thanks for last night's lighting in Sheffield. Everyone was full of praise for the look of the room, and it certainly fulfilled my expectations! I really loved the way you dealt with the various machines and also the ideas you had for the furnace and fan gobo. They worked really well!’ Barton Macfarlane, Lead Director, Newsnight

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