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Saturday, 23 March 2019 12:06 am

Cameraman Stephen on a roll with awards


STEPHEN Press with his the trophies recognising his 2009 and 2010 international award.

LOCAL freelance cameraman Stephen Press has been called a “camera god” by American website,

The website, which is a worldwide showcase for talented camera operators, chose Mr Press as winner of the 2010 ‘Best of’ International section from 400 clips entered worldwide.

“It’s an award from my peers, so is very special to me,” says Mr Press, who also won the award last year.

Three of the 10 clips he entered for this year’s award are on the website, which introduces Mr Press as a “camera god”.

The Eastbourne man started his career in 1984, when he joined Avalon Studios as Television Assistant.

He later moved on to England, where in 1996 he worked as a freelance cameraman on programmes such as Coronation Street, and filmed British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major, as well as the Spice Girls.

Having filmed so many famous people over the years, he claims not to get excited about meeting them any more but does confess to going weak at the knees when he met Billy Idol.

Most of his work comes from word of mouth and from having contacts in production companies.

He says there is “plenty of work out there”. The types of  jobs he covers includes news, movies, and documentaries.

In a career where he has covered most areas, he says the thing he likes most is that he has “free access to life”, allowing him to witness a variety of different situations and cultures.

One of his favourite assignments was a flight in a Skyhawk jet with the RNZAF, when he filmed a military training exercise for over two hours.

His advice for people who want a future in this role is if they want to succeed they should hone their skills in lighting, and have a good idea about how their story will be told in film.

Mr Press says if he didn’t have film he “would go mad”, however he does have other talents. He is a published author of a series of short stories called The Princess Diaries, and he also tutors at Whitireia Journalism School.

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