iWitness has been shot by Moseley-born cinematographer Lauren Hatchard, the focus puller
on the new psychological thriller Monochrome, currently being directed out of Birmingham by the Electric Cinema owner Tom Lawes.
Dial-operated systems require the videographer to take one hand off the rig, losing stability; employing a focus puller
means the videographer gives up focus control entirely to another person, and loses part of the budget that could be used towards the production.
A focus puller
said something nice to me and I would live off it for a week.
where selected students were given the chance to pitch a short documentary idea about a focus puller
, who operates the focus on a film camera.
After film school he started his career in documentaries and soon progressed to features working through the technical grades as clapper loader, focus puller
and then camera operator on some memorable films.
While working in films for 20 years, I was the focus puller
which is part of the camera department and very close to the action.
When she graduated, she quickly found work as a camera assistant, clapper loader and focus puller
, learning all the technical tricks of the trade.
A titchy camera can now go to the bits where, previously, a full crew including sound recordist, lighting man, focus puller
and clapperboard kid would have found it an impossible squeeze.
His early career was spent as a focus puller
in the film industry, where he worked on a number of films including "Quills," "GoldenEye" and "Entrapment.