Developing my skills in lighting have made me realise this is what I am ultimately passionate about, nothing to do with how it translates on camera, how you can manipulate it in post production, but the physical choice of light, colour, and design. I love the blend of the technical attributes of lighting with the creative stylisation decisions. Ultimately I want to find a role where I can blend these two approaches to lighting, ideally this is where being a Lighting Designer/Director can become a career focus.
It’s funny how I started off doing live event lighting 8 years ago during my secondary school and education, and despite having explored the world of media production I have found myself going back to where I started. Only this time I now have a whole range of skills to make me a better practitioner than ever. In terms of being a lighting designer I automatically limit myself to studio productions of live events, as the role does not exist outside of these mediums without including additional elements that don’t interest me (i.e. Cinematographer).
I feel I have a strong set of projects that can add to my portfolio and help point me in the director of this career path. Despite coming from a filmmaking background I feel I have built up a variety of skills that compliment the career choice. Now I know exactly where I want to be going with this craft specialism it will become my sole focus, with every other skills purely acting as a compliment to it. This entire pre-production period has been a huge benefit to me as a practitioner and I feel more determined in my mind to go get the career I am truly passionate about, whether it takes me to television, concerts, theatrical performance, or live events.