Wed, 12 Apr 2023 14:24:53 GMT
Alice Gilfillan is the head studio and EP at the social-first production company Pavilion Works. From wrangling hip-hop artists to now coaching a team of film producers, Alice spent her early twenties booking tours throughout Europe and Asia for up-and-coming artists before a two-week internship at production company Pavilion Works turned into a full-time job. Fast forward to now, and Alice runs the core in-house team at PW, from scoping out treatments, overseeing productions, and even writing film scripts in her spare time. Alice is an excellent example of how a diverse range of experience feeds into what it means to be a great executive producer.
Alice> I worked in music throughout my late teens and early twenties, touring Hip Hop artists in Europe and Asia. It was amazing, but I knew I didn’t want to be doing it forever. Eventually I packed it in and went after my dream job: to be the producer of the next Father Ted (just less offensive…) I studied film for a year at university before getting an internship at Pavilion Works, two weeks later they offered me a job!
Alice> My first job as a production assistant was on a branded piece for British Vogue. Back then, it was just me, Jake and Morgan (the founders) at Pavilion Works. When you work at such a small company, it’s all hands on deck, so I mucked in with everything on that shoot. The early days at Pavilion Works were hugely formative for me and have given me an understanding of all areas of production which has been invaluable. I am still the best subtitler in the game.
Alice> On the job. Complete trial and error but with amazing EPs.
Alice> In the early days, our budgets were so low. You would approach high-end commercial content with a music video mindset. We were constantly digging deep, trying to get the most out of our client’s budgets, and we still are!
Alice> It turns out, the skills a producer needs are pretty transferable. Touring hip hop artists is not too dissimilar to wrangling grips. So yeah, I guess I agree.
Alice> No production is the same. One day we’re Googling 'butterfly handlers in London', the next we’re infecting a laptop with the WannaCry virus.
Alice> Pavilion Works is a social-first content studio. And it always has been. It’s been fascinating to watch the shift towards social content – BTL advertising is becoming increasingly important with our clients, and people are really recognising the benefits of shifting their budgets into this area.
Alice> Problem solving mental briefs.
Alice> There are certain qualities I look for when interviewing for new producers at Pavilion Works, definitely. Common sense, self-initiative and good taste. A producer needs to have a good understanding of the creative they’re looking after. I always consider a producer to be as much a creative role as a logistical one.
Alice> We recently completed another project with eBay – from being briefed to delivering the final cuts was just over two weeks. We put together an amazing team who just smashed it out, and to such an amazing standard.
Alice> I was looking after a cake shaped like Buckingham Palace for a shoot. It was in this massive white box that wouldn’t fit through my front door so I stupidly left it in my car. When I went to get it the next day, some poor sod had broken in thinking it was something valuable, only to find some stale cake.
Alice> More food content pls.
Alice> Quiz night on BBC1 on a Monday. Pure heaven. Victoria Coren-Mitchell making jokes I don’t understand is my happy place.
Alice> I think we’ve become the go-to problem-solving production company. A client will reach out to agencies we work with for a strange brief and they’ll think of Pavilion. We do Rube Goldberg Machines for iPhones, prank shows for Xbox and build 14 sets in two days for eBay. I think it’s this that fuels my drive, the fact that any job can come into our inbox at any time.
Alice> Try to get your foot in the door at a production company, or start running on sets. There are so many Facebook groups for running jobs. Offer to shadow people for experience.
Alice> There needs to be a good synergy between client, agency and production. A shared vision on what we’re making. A friendly crew and zero egos.
Alice> This has taken some learning. Stepping back and letting our producers do their thing is super important to their growth, and mine. I’ll always be there to guide them, but you have to let them build confidence and independence.view more - Meet Your MakersPavilion Works, Wed, 12 Apr 2023 14:24:53 GMT