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Kate Leighton

Freelance Production Runner

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About Me

I am a recent Media and Communications graduate looking to gain more experience in the TV and Film industry. I have had some previous experience in production as a runner on branded content shoots, alongside a placement as a junior researcher at TV company Ricochet. I mostly work as a freelance runner, and am looking for my next role or opportunity within production.

My experiences have enabled me to develop good communication skills from working as part of a large team with different crew members, client and cast. I’ve had experience working with a large crew, agency and client on set, lots of props and lots of children, which was an intense but very fun experience! I learnt quickly that keeping positive and maintaining a good sense of humour can go far in these environments!

I have a thirst for gaining insight into the film and TV industry, as well as opportunities to continue to learn and develop as an individual as well as in a collective. I have a passion for film and TV and it’s endless creative possibilities.

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Work History

Runner

Double Shot Films

Mar 2018 - Mar 2018

Commissioned teaser for period drama for the BBC. The shoot was over a 2 day period in the Brighton and Glynde areas. My role as runner involved me assisting the first AD and production manager as well as providing support for the whole crew. Some of my responsibilities included making sure the extras went through hair and make up smoothly, keeping to the time on schedule as well as escorting them onto the set.

Runner

Wild Stag Studio

Jan 2018 - Jan 2018

Thomas Cook ‘Aircrafted For You’ shoot at Manchester City Airport. My role as Runner was to assist the crew in the smooth running of the day, including responsibilities such as providing support with the set up of props, making sure release forms were signed by crew members, as well as individuals from the public due to the open nature of the location.

Junior Researcher

Ricochet

Oct 2017 - Oct 2017

2 week work experience at Ricochet TV film and Production Company, working alongside the production team for the second series of BBC2's 'The Repair Shop'. Acting as junior researcher, I reported to the senior producer, conducting further research for possible programme ideas and developments. Other duties included the logging of release forms, casting, and outreach for possible features on the show.

Student Support/Receptionist

BIMM

Sep 2017 - Oct 2017

My role was to support the BIMM team throughout the process of enrolment for new students at their new base at BACA (Brighton Aldridge Community Academy). My duties included assisting student services and reception in allocating student cards and individual timetables as well as supporting the students regarding general queries about their course. During my time at BIMM I also edited weekly themes and lecture breakdowns for multiple courses to ensure students had a clear and informed idea of what their course entails.

Runner

We Are Tilt

Aug 2017 - Aug 2017

In this role I acted as a runner on a shoot for an internal communications film for a large financial company, shot at Museum of London Docklands. Some of my responsibilities were to assist the producer with the running of the day as there were 80 participants in the filming as well as helping with the set up and assisting the crew to ensure everything went smoothly.

Runner

Hoi Polloi Media

Apr 2014 - Apr 2014

Hoi polloi is a production collective company who work with commissioners and agencies of TV advertising. In this role I worked with the client Robinsons and reported directly to the assistant director and production manager. The project was centred around the Wimbledon-Robinsons promotion featuring Judy Murray. On set I worked with the client staff, the crew, and the talent, which included children. Some other key responsibilities included completing release forms and equipment setup.

Work Experience

Tru-Thoughts Ltd

Jan 1970 - Jan 1970

My role at Tru-Thoughts was diverse and consisted of many responsibilities. Some include the researching and reporting of illegally downloaded media, reporting and recording client data, uploading client content to various web stores, and other general admin duties. I also had the opportunity to attended meetings with the artists, and gain experience and insight on press releases, production, and the content output process.