By a total fluke, I was asked to work as a runner on a in London while I had some time off from work, something I agreed to do with no hesitation.

I think the two days I spent on set made me think about a lot, I’ve been on sets before but not with so many people close to my age. I was still the youngest there, but the crew was comprised of a mixture of professional, semi-professional and people who were working for , rather than pay. This meant that a portion of the crew had either just left university, or are currently attending. It was interesting hearing about how they had got into film, what types of film they enjoyed creating/watching, and where film making had led them so far. One of the reasons I love film is because it has a fairly unbiased bracket for who it attracts, which means you get to meet a variety of people who all have interesting stories to tell.

Obviously I learned a lot of practical film knowledge while on set; I’ve always found daunting and difficult, but working underneath the lighting crew helped me understand how different lights where used, and how different gels/diffusers could aid a scene. This will hopefully mean that next time I create a film there will be less confusion about how I should set up my lights!

– Roland Spencer