Posts Tagged ‘stills producer’

Star Republic shoot

April 19, 2009

a behind the scenes video made entirely from stills (stop frame animation) made at our most recent star republic photo shoot in Bristol.

(contains some partial nudity)

created by Daniel Wellby

Photographer: Paul Blundell
Art Direction/Production: Lornsadaisy (lorna gatherer ford)
Make up artist: Jay ‘pinxie’ Turnbull 
Styling: Lornsadaisy and Pinxie
Models: Sarah Longbottom and Yasmin Quinn-Wilson
Photographic Assistants: Alex Sibley and Daniel Wellby
Runners: David Muskett and Pablo Chaundy Brain
Clothing supplied by Katie Kins Boutique 

Special Thanks to Roger, Will, Yohanna and Iris the dog.


I will update this post with some other great photoshoot videos when I find them!

And also add the actual photos fromn the shoot when they have finished being retouched 🙂

To book a place at our next portfolio / portrait photoshoot in Bristol or enquire about a shoot in another part of the UK, please get in contact! We have dates coming up in Brighton, London, Manchester, Birmingham and Essex.

Bryan Gee – Liquid V Club Sessions CD

March 19, 2009

here’s the final artwork for the albumn 

Bryan Gee - Liquid V Club Sessions CD


Photographer: Mark Rowe

Art Direction, production & Styling: Lornsadaisy

Sleeve design and illustration: Ryan Quinlivan


singing in the rain shoot

January 28, 2009

singing in the rain

my favourite pic from the shoot

Photographer: Paul Blundell
Art Director/Production & Styling: Lornsadaisy
Hair & Make up Artist: Jay Pinxie Turnbull
Model: Leah Hibbert

what is a stills producer?

December 10, 2008

The Stills Producer organises photoshoots (or stills!) Much the same way as a movie producer but obviously on a smaller scale…

A Stills producer will coordinate all the logistics vital to a successful shoot, such as flights, accommodation, ground transportation, car transport, props, models, permissions etc, as well as handling the cash on a day-to-day level and of course, organising the location for the shoot to take place.

If appropriate, a stills producer will also create a comprehensive Call Sheet for everyone involved, ensuring that all the models and crew know exactly what will happen, in which location, in which order and when. We usually provide detailed directions from base, or hotel to location and between locations.

Key Skills;
Estimating and budget management
Casting and talent management
Crew booking and management
Large body of industry contacts
Location scouting
Permitting and location management
Production planning, scheduling, call sheets
Concise information distribution between client, agents,
production managers, photographer/director, crew, talent
Accommodation and travel arrangements
Database and digital asset management as required

UPDATE 29/04/09
found this great job description of a stills producer on the following site; The South African Association of Stills Producers


The business of Stills Production starts and finishes with the work of the Producers and of the Production Department. Without the strenuous efforts of these dynamic individuals there would be no shoots and no stills industry. It is their role to foster a protected environment in which creative individuals can be brought together, and in which their talents may be cultivated.

Stills Production is a complex business which effectively requires the setting up, running, and closing-down of a substantially sized organisation, solely for the purpose of producing a single photographic shoot. Therefore, those who work as Producers (and indeed, throughout the production department) must be highly motivated, multi-tasking individuals, who have the creative vision, the business acumen, and the single-minded determination to do whatever it takes to see that the shoot is produced to the best of everyone’s abilities.

Producers are highly self-motivated individuals, who have the final responsibility for all aspects of a production. He or she is frequently the first person to become involved in a project; they participate directly in all the main producing phases, and in the SA Stills Industry, have usually been involved in working with the client from the sales and marketing phase.

Producers have overall control on every aspect of a shoot’s production, bringing together the cast, finances and production team. Their primary responsibility is to foster an environment in which the creative talents of the cast and crew can flourish – Producers are therefore ultimately accountable for the success of the finished shoot. Producers many responsibilities span all five phases of Stills Production:

Sales and Marketing – Producers are responsible for travelling internationally to sell the concept of South Africa as a stills production destination. They meet potential clients (photographers, photographic agents, advertising agencies etc.) and introduce them to the range of options available in South Africa, as well as the possible costs involved.


Development Once a foreign client has a job, they begin the process of obtaining quotes from potential Production partners around the world. Producers are often requested to provide detailed quotes


Pre-production – If the job is confirmed, Producers begin assembling the key members of the creative team, including the freelance crew and principal cast. Producers also participate in location scouting, and approve the final production schedule and budget.

Production – Producers are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the producing team, though many practical functions are delegated to the Production Manager. Producers are also in constant communication and consultation with the Photographer / Client, and with other key creative personnel, on and off set. Producers approve all production decision and cost reports, and continue to serve as the primary point of contact for all production partners and clients.

Post-Production – Producers are expected to liaise personally with post-production personnel, including the film processing labs. They also supervise the collation of invoices and the confirmation and sign-off of the final budget.

Unlike feature film or television, where it
is rare to find one Producer who has the expertise and vision to exercise personal decision-making authority across all four phases of production, Stills Production requires dynamic multi-taskers able to function effectively in all area. Whilst Stills Producers do delegate some of these functions to Production Managers, the Producer is responsible for the majority of the producing functions throughout all the processes of the shoot.

Producers must be good businessmen, strategists, motivators, negotiators and creative visionaries, with the ability to spot, and deal with, potential problems before they materialise, and the drive to do whatever it takes to get the shoot made. They need an extensive knowledge of cinematic narrative, and a thorough understanding of all the creative processes of still production. They must know how to:

·         prepare a budget for the production;

·         control the overall planning of the production;

·         ensure compliance with regulations and codes of practice;

·         select crews and suppliers to meet production requirements;

·         identify and select talent;

·         scout, select, book and organise permissions for locations;

·         control the progress of productions; and supervise the post-production elements of completed shoot.


They need to be excellent communicators, able to act decisively and sensitively under enormous pressure. As a supervisor and enabler of creative people, they are expected to be able to plan, inspire, supervise and delegate.


Producers have a legal responsibility to prepare health and safety procedures for the workplace. They must identify hazards, assess the risks, and develop procedures to control the risks. They must also review the procedures, and check that they are effective in the workplace.

As the originator of such a large project as a stills production there is no predetermined route to becoming a Stills Producer. A number of colleges offer courses in producing; however, it is impossible to master all the necessary skills by study alone. To convince clients to part with their money, Producers must demonstrate a successful track record in stills production and typically, they have substantial stills industry experience.

The orginal document can be found here;

break and cake

November 20, 2008

A stop motion animation made from behind the scenes pics of a test shoot for the ideas bakery/pout! productions.

We took lot’s of pics of the shoot and stitched them together – the photography in this is by the talented David Mortley Green. Here are the credits;
Photographer: Paul Blundell
Art Director/Production: Lornsadaisy
Stylist: Dionne Thomas aka Puckoo
Make up: Pinxie (Jay Turnbull) & Sam Walker
Assistants: David Mortley Green and Alex Ford
MODELS: Hayley Karen Greenwood, Hollie Robertson, Ian Powis, John O’Grady, Sonia Mekni, Little Vicky, Tomi Armani, Carly Allen, Marek Minarik, Edwina Hardy, Lornsadaisy

to see more click here

about me

January 28, 2008
Lorna Gatherer Ford (aka Lornsadaisy) is a stills producer, art director, location scout, photographer and creative agent


My name is lornsadaisy. I make lovely things. Usually photographs – I produce them, art direct them and find the locations they are set in.

As I work with many talented photographers, illustrators, graphic designers and programers I am unofficially becoming a creative agent too. I live and work in Soho, central London.
This blog is a collection of bits and bobs I am working on, plus some other things I like.
If you like what you see email me, lets be amigos.

If you somehow found this through means other than the link from my site, that is strange, but you can find a little more of me and friends at (coming super soon)
lorna loves:
I love watching movies – especially in bed, champagne, sake, smoking cigars, tequila, strawberries, ice cream, new shoes (espesh Christian Louboutin’s, ooo for the flash of that red heel!) – they make me happy.

I love being in love, reading on a beach, hot days, giggling with my friends, cowboy hats, fairy lights, fairy cakes and cup cakes, tacky lights (like the ones you get in indian restaurants…) electric blankets! (best sleep ever!) The fishermans hat my grandad bought me, my mothers ring, sleeping on long car journeys, popcorn, dancing, travelling, coming home after being away for ages, my bedlinen, my friends….I love dressing up and getting undressed!

I hate being late, but always am. I hate being lied to. I dislike imensely people that try to talk to me when I’m trying to sleep on long car journeys, the same applies to buses and trains (but not planes – who the hell gets a good sleep on a plane?) being cold, feeling sketchy, celery and tinned tuna.
Above all, I HATE not being able to go to sleep.

Early mornings, the cold and people with narrow minds make me cross.

p.s Please check out my links to see my current set of projects, friends and family’s sites and random cool sites too

Other cool stuff you will find in this blog; cupcakes and fairy cakes, photography (usually digital), my personal photography school, viral marketing, movies, movie marketing, pin-up photography, top tunes and random things that make me smile)