Russell Ord on set – DRIFT
Photos & Words by Russell Ord
When I applied for the unit stills photographer job on the movie Drift, I basically thought the only chance I had at securing the role was to highlight the fact about my experience as a surf photographer, which takes years to learn and could not be taught during the making of the film. The perfect scenario would have been myself working with the surf unit production and David Dare Parker on the main unit, but this was not the case so I went between the two and these are just a few points that I experienced in the making of Drift.
The biggest learning curve for myself was actually working on a movie set and how to get the shots required for promotion. Pressing the trigger part is very easy, all the action is happening for you, its more about positioning and not getting in the way of crew and the actors. Myles Pollard “don’t get in the actors eye-line” was the first tip. Lucky for myself Myles was a champion bloke and didn’t mind sending some advice my way.
The sound technician picks up absolutely every bit of noise. I am glad I did some homework prior and my water housing manufacturer AquaTech had just released a sound blimp, sound proofing the camera and lens so you can just click away on set. On the first day the technician wanted to test it out to make sure there was no sound what so ever, and it passed with flying colours.
I, like most have only experienced the final product of the movie, the end result on the big screen eating popcorn in the comfort of a theatre. I never appreciated and even thought about what goes into the work behind the scenes to make this all happen. I was blown away on how hard everyone works and yes that includes the actors no questions at all. My respect for the people that work in this industry grew immensely. On a personal level I will never apply for a Units Still Photographer job again. I am happy that I had the chance of experiencing that role with “Drift” but I also like working on my own photography boundaries which does not include movie sets, just the ocean and a few waves.
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