A skydiving entrepreneur has returned from the world-famous Pinewood Studios where he was recruited to work on a new multimillion-pound film project.
Blair Stent, a DigitalCity Fellow at Teesside University and founder of film production company The Office Above, worked on Ex Machina which is currently in production.
He was enlisted on to the movie – directed by Alex Garland, the writer of The Beach novel and scriptwriter for films 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd – through David Jeffries, head of the University’s DigitalCity Innovation (DCI) initiative, who was asking to track down someone with expertise to operate remote-control cameras in a live studio environment.
On the film, Blair had to remotely operate several cameras at once and be able to make them move precisely both together and individually – a skill he honed as a professional skydiver for more than 10 years.
Blair said: “When you film sky-diving, there is absolutely no margin for error and there is only one opportunity to get the shot you need. Once the moment’s gone, it’s gone.
“There’s a similar pressure working on a feature film.
“Pinewood is a legendary studio – it’s the centre for the British film industry – and to have the professional experience of working there with David was something I couldn’t have realised on my own”
David Jeffries added: “The DigitalCity Fellowship programme is all about equipping entrepreneurs to achieve the best they can in their chosen field. Taking your passion and turning it into a business from scratch is an incredibly difficult thing to do.”