In the first of a series of interviews with Philip Bloom, the filmmaker talks about his career and how he got started in video.
We were lucky enough to spend some time recently with filmmaker Philip Bloom. We spoke to him about filmmaking and his career, as well as getting some sound advice for anyone getting started out in video.
In the first of a series of three videos, Philip speaks to us about how he got started in video, working as a runner for Sky TV, as well as how he ended up as the very well respected documentary filmmaker he is today.
‘Some of the biggest mistakes I’ve made have been important to get to where I am today. Mistakes are as important to make as successes. It shapes who you are, it makes you a better person’
Philip also talks about his passion for documentary filmmaking, and the lure of never knowing how the story will develop.
‘I like documentaries because I’m not a great person at planning. I like things to evolve, and I like being surprised, and like to learn the story as I’m going along. I like real people; real people are more interesting than scripted stuff… filming for me is exciting when it’s documentaries. Seeing the film and the story develop over time is great.’
Philip Bloom started his 25-year career in filmmaking as a runner for Sky news – the only organisation who replied to his request for work. He came within a hair’s breadth of joining a managerial scheme for Tesco’s, where he worked at the time – had Sky not given him his chance, that’s likely where he would have ended up.
Since Sky, Philip has gone on to work with every major British broadcaster you’ve ever heard of and a fair few others from around the globe as well. He’s best known for his work with Canon DSLRs, and has arguably been a huge contributor to their gradual acceptance as useful tools among mainstream filmmakers. Indeed, Philip used them to shoot part of the George Lucas film Red Tails.
Despite his successes, Philip is hard on himself – in the video above you’ll see us try to quiz him on his personal favourite on all of his projects, to no avail. As he puts it, he knows when he’s shot some ‘good stuff’, but doesn’t like to put a label on any particular project as the one where he indisputably got everything right.
You can find out more about Philip and see his projects by visiting his hugely popular website.