Behind The Screen Insights: Luke Duffield, Media Producer
We’re shining a spotlight on our Media Producer, Luke Duffield this week. Luke is a vital part of the production team, having worked on some incredible projects over the years and here he discusses what has inspired his work and some of the more memorable moments in his career!
What made you want to pursue production and film? Can you walk us through your journey from the beginning?
Since before I can remember, I have always been fascinated by sound and vision. I started working in production and film over 15 years ago when I joined spiderJAR, a small production company. Initially, I helped produce a series of videos for a satellite TV channel, and I've been working and learning ever since.
Can you tell us about some of the memorable moments from your career?
If I had to choose one moment, it would be when I helped produce a series of adult learning courses for Pearson, and I was lucky enough to work with one of my comedy heroes, Griff Rhys Jones.
What are you passionate about in your career?
I'm very passionate about learning new skills as well as keeping up with new production gear and creative software.
What are your interests outside of work?
I'm very interested in sound engineering and mixing – and I also play drums in a metal band.
What are you learning at the moment?
Over the years, I've edited using Avid, Vegas, Final Cut, Premiere Pro/After Effects, and I've recently been learning DaVinci Resolve. I think having a good knowledge of different resources is essential so you can always choose the right tool for the job.
How has it been working for EPM?
It's been a great experience since EPM acquired spiderJAR three years ago. I've had many opportunities to learn new skills and to be involved in different types of production. It's a really creative environment, and everyone at EPM is friendly and helpful.
If you could go back in time ten years ago and give one piece of advice to yourself, what would it be?
I would tell myself to click the 'Save' button more often and to always backup my files in multiple places.
What sort of skills should someone have if they wanted to follow in your footsteps?
There is an abundance of free and paid training online these days, so whether you're into sound recording, filming or post-production - just start learning as much as you can!