We sit down for a glass of Ribena and chat with OCP’s new Head of Production – Rebecca Heal. Bex (as she prefers to be called) took time out of her busy schedule to chat about marathons, drones, and Eddie Izzard!
What is the most interesting part of your job, as Head of Production at OCP?
I like that every day is different, but I find it most interesting when you have to set-up a challenging shoot, whether it’s in some far-flung location, or filming something a bit adventurous – it just gets you thinking. Then it’s always satisfying to wrap on a shoot when things have gone well, and you can relax and think, “I helped make that happen.”
What initially drew you into video production?
I studied Media & Communication Studies at University, and I actually started my media career as a children’s casting agent. I just knew I wanted to work in TV and I’ve been lucky to have worked across a variety of genres; from kid’s TV in a studio getting covered in slime, to live sports OB’s at Wembley! I love meeting new people, whether it’s working with a new client, crew member, or talent.
What would you say is the biggest (most interesting) trend in video production right now?
Drones are great and still seem to be pretty popular. We’ve shot some lovely stuff recently over Dartmoor and the South Devon coast. I’ve also filmed a pro-golfer hitting drones out of the sky, which was a lot of fun!
What do you get up to in your down time, away from work?
I like to travel, and there are lots of places on the ‘wish list’ to visit, but I also enjoy running in my spare time. I’ve completed three marathons so far, but I’d like to try and do the New York one at some point!
I’m impressed about your marathons! Have you had any injuries?
The first marathon I ever ran my blisters were so bad that they got infected! I had to go to work in my slippers afterwards, and the second one I had shin splints! The third one was relatively uneventful, so I managed to smash my PB by 20 minutes!
… and finally, if you could be drinking tea with anyone right now, dead or alive, who would it be? Right now I’d like to chat and have a laugh with Eddie Izzard. I’d love to know how he ran all those marathons day after day for Sport Relief, especially as he’s not classed as an Olympic athlete or anything – doing one is hard enough!