Lessons and logistics from Eleonora Cecchini, as she shares what kit she uses on a day-to-day basis, and what influences her work.
Eleonora is a freelance videographer and photographer in London. You’ll often see her video work an Adidas, Vice, Porsche, Tiffany & Co., and many other advertisements from her long list of corporate clients. Read below as she gives you some insight into how she stays on the top of her game.
How did you get into film? What’s your background?
I started working as a live music photographer and videographer covering festivals and gigs around the UK and Europe like Lovebox, Sonar, SW4… I then started working with advertising and corporate clients, but I still like a gig!
What have you been working on lately?
My latest jobs have been an editing job for Peroni Nastro Azzurro (very italian!), a promo video for the London Illustration Fair (I’ve curated their promo videos since their first event) and a video I filmed in Paris at the Institute Du Monde Arabe.
How would you describe your style? And how does it differ from other production companies?
Not all jobs allows to really put your style on it. Most of the times you have to adapt to what the client/production company/director wants you to do.
But, on those situations where I can choose and put my signature I like to work on a pretty simple way. No crazy edits, but a good balance between music, camera movements and composition. I spend so much time looking for the right track!
What kind of projects make you excited to do the work you do? What’s your role on each project?
The ones where I can collaborate with other creatives. These can be either stylists, artists, musicians, directors. I’m quite flexible in the work that I do. This means that I sometimes work as a camera operator, DoP or editor depending on the job.
Can you tell us about your process?
My process vary depending on the client needs. So I usually have a meeting with them to understand what kind of equipment I will need and if I’ll have to find other specialists to help, like extra camera operators, sound recordist, editor, motion graphic designer…
What inspires most of your productions?
Music…a lot! I sometimes get ideas from tracks I listen to.
What kind of kit do you use on a typical shoot?
It depends on the job, but I always have a Sony A7s ii and a gimbal, slider and shoulder rig.
What’s your favourite piece of kit?
The Sony A7s ii for its stabilisation and overall performances for such a compact camera.
What is your most-used piece of kit?
I think my Sony A7s ii at the moment.
What’s the best advice you’ve received in your time in the industry?
Best advice was to give advice to other people. Some people in this industry are not so open about the work that they do, as if their style would be spoiled if they reveal their secrets! I’m more of an open book kinda person.
What advice would you give, based on your experiences?
Go out there and shoot! Produce as much as you can, collaborate with other people. It’s the way to go!
What is something you wish someone would have told you early days about the industry?
Freelance work has ups and downs, so if last month was super busy next could be completely dead. I used to worry so much about it! Now I learned to enjoy my time off, so don’t be mad at me if you see me doing absolutely nothing in January!