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work next to the DOP when I’m pulling focus. Some focus pullers like to be on the sidelines next to the monitor, but I think a mix works best – so the monitor I used was the SmallHD Cine 7. It’s lightweight and, because it has Teradek Bolt 4K wireless modules built-in, it’s also got a low profile – I could carry it all day.” All the kit used on the shoot was supplied by Rawson. Over the years, he has amassed an enormous collection of gear – and he’s always gone with CVP as his supplier. This collection – comprising cameras, lenses, follow focus systems, wireless video transmitters and monitors – has given him an entrepreneurial disposition. Rawson is set to release his own wet-hire camera department. “I’ve always bought my kit from CVP, and have a great relationship with my account manager Dave Morris. He and I often hash out ideas, to work out what’s best for me and my projects. Morris doesn’t work in the field, but he has incredible knowledge of manufacturers, what they make and how it can work to my advantage. He’ll never recommend gear that isn’t going to be of interest,” he explains. With the shoot finished and now airing as an in-flight documentary for British Airways, Rawson reflects on establishing a good work-life balance in the industry: “It’s important to take time out. I’m a big advocate for better mental health in the entertainment sector, because with productions up 300%, there’s very little downtime for crew. “The working hours are intense, and people are experiencing burnout. It’s time for intervention from productions, to switch up schedules and dispel the notion that working shorter, more humane hours means increased costs. The key to better working hours is changing a mindset. People are creatures of habit – we do what we’ve always done until we stop, think and say: there’s got to be a better way.”

ON THE MOVE The team shot with the Arri Alexa Mini and a SmallHD Cine 7 monitor – such a portable set-up was essential

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