30/10/2011

Working for film & television


As my Tuesday lunchtime JogScotland group will confirm, I like running! Recently, my work has involved a different type of running: assisting French production agencies with TV shoots in Scotland. They call this a "fixer".

I spent a week with a French film director at Edinburgh Zoo in August 2011. His documentary focussed on the most beautiful zoos in the world. As a fixer, they needed me to interpret, smooth over linguistic and cultural understanding, liaise between them and the zoo's marketing team, set up meetings and interviews, and advise the director on crucial decisions to ensure the smooth running of the shoot. It was a fascinating challenge with quick decisions - a spare part for the camera was unexpectedly needed at one point! - and sometimes I was called on to interview people on the spot. At the end of the week, the director commented that I had been “phenomenal” and I also received positive feedback from the production agency.

A month later, a Parisian TV production company got in touch about a similar project and

I've just finished organising an 8-day shoot for them in locations all around Scotland. The director and producer needed somebody on the ground to prepare the shoot. They explained what they had in mind (the route, the stories and the people to interview) and I gave them practical advice based on my local knowledge. For example, they didn't know the station for St Andrews was outside the town, and weren't aware that some places they wanted to film would shut up shop for the winter. We worked on a new itinerary and dates, and then I got on the phone, arranged filming authorisation and set up the interviews.
Both the director and production company were pleased with my work and said I'd been a fantastic and efficient collaborator.



Why choose me

Professional linguist with 13 years' experience
Translator, teacher & interpreter since 2004
Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists
Member of the International Association of Professional Translators & Interpreters

Translation experience
Certified translation of official documents:
- birth/marriage/divorce certificates
- diplomas, transcripts & references
- legal/medical/insurance documents
Academic articles/literary essays
Business/marketing communications
CRM software

Interpreting experience
Court hearings
Medical and work-related
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010
Arts/cultural events
'Fixer' for French TV

Teaching experience
Language assistant at prestigious Fettes College
Teacher at 3 leading UK universities
Organised a T&I workshop

Qualifications
First degree in English Studies
MSc in Translation Studies
Professional Graduate Diploma In Secondary Education (French & Spanish)