Filmmakers who set out to highlight the risk of sea accidents have won an award for ensuring on-set safety and no injuries.
Katherine Pearl, production manager, and Millie Marsh, producer, braved high winds to shoot short film, Those Who Are Lost.
They partnered seasoned sailors, riggers, a coastguard and other sea professionals to make sure the movie was shot with no hiccups.
The pair scooped the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) Health and Safety Management in Film Production Award.
The Institution’s Thames Valley arm made the presentation at the National Film and Television School’s (NFTS) Graduation Show.
The women were given £1,000 and a trophy at the West End’s Picturehouse Central in London on Wednesday (February 24).
Lighthouse film set sees challenges
The largest film set in the NFTS’s history saw the massive interior of a lighthouse mocked up.
As well as the health and safety challenge, other tests came when they filmed on or near the open sea.
Ms Pearl and Ms Marsh kept safety at the forefront after doing “invaluable” homework.
They studiously researched sea safety, maritime law and the times of the tides and let the project’s boat captain and coastguard guide them.
Ms Pearl said there were no accidents or near misses during the filming of the project. She even turned first-aid responder during takes.
Work health and safety on the seas
Ms Marsh says the film explores the dark world of the challenges faced by seamen in order to maintain health and safety in their watery workplace.
She says it is also a world of “hardship” and “great peril”. But she says this could not be convincingly projected to the viewer without first seeking out some locations which she described as “challenging”.
These required more safety and health planning to prevent any accidents at sea from happening.
The film traces the tale of a shipwrecked man on a lonely island. The movie entailed filming along shorelines, rocky coves and on boats.
Ms Marsh says the perilous nature of fishermen’s work has been key to the story. Sam McMullen directed the 27-minute film.
Date Published: March 13, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown