Michelle Gilham – Our Head of Videography

Talks about working with Formula 1 legend David Coulthard, amongst other day-to-day things!

March 1, 2016 | 6:27 am

Q. What gets you up in the morning?
A. The light coming in my window, as it faces sunrise, an alarm and then a strong cup of tea.

Q. Where do you read your news?
A. Usually from social media reactions. Then googling for more information.

Q. Are you inspired by any movies?
A. Memento. A film that can be played backwards and forwards and still make sense is utter genius!!

Q. What’s the film making style that you like the most?
A. Weirdly, despite not liking being terrified (who does), I love horror. Being able to reach out and grab peoples imagination and genuinely invoke chills down their spine is really impressive.


MICHELLE GILHAM | THE STUDIO DUBAI | SHOWREEL 2015 from thestudiodubai on Vimeo.

Q. What new equipment would you buy if you could have anything you wanted?
A. Ooh that is a dangerous question as the list is endless. But I would love a Gates underwater housing for my 5D, with a super wide angle lens. Or I would love to use/buy a RED camera and then have the housing for underwater use. That would be amazing!!

Q. What do you think about recording portrait videos on the phone?
A. I think it’s great to be able to record things when you just want instant reaction. It can be a bit sick-making if they are super wobbly though so it isn’t advisable for everything. But being able to be on Skype or FaceTime and generally have a light-weight device to capture things in the moment is always a bonus.

Q. What are your favourite things to edit?
A. It’s a greedy answer as I like it all, but I would have to say that showreels are what I enjoy most because you get to use a bit of all footage which really allows the creative process to take place.

Q. Could you create a movie using your phone?
A. Yes. There are lots of options out there. Especially now there are lenses you can buy for phones and more technology is accessible to everyone. Now 4K can be used on some models and the options are becoming limitless as the technology is growing. Knowing how to control the camera to get the framing and shots you want and how to get the best out of the equipment you have is what sets you apart now not the technology.


Studio Fashion Instagram from thestudiodubai on Vimeo.

Q. What shoots do you enjoy the most?
A. I love, love, love shooting cars and jewellery. Jewellery is a great chance to focus on the little things and getting the right lighting to get things to sparkle and make really sleek edits. It really gets the creative in me to fire up. Car shoots are always inspiring and usually have awesome light rigs and the chance to really be creative. You learn so much every time as every one is different.

I particularly loved working with David Coulthard. So amazing to meet a Formula 1 legend, and actually working with him was such an honour. One of the nicest people I’ve met and hopefully I will get to again in the future.


BREUNINGER | FORMULA 1 | DAVID COULTHARD DRAFT from thestudiodubai on Vimeo.

Q. Why did you become a videographer?
A. My degree is Film Criticism and Psychology, which is learning about film from a Directors point of view. Then later, I learnt to dive and got an amazing opportunity to film underwater. That was it!! Once I had picked up a camera I was well and truly under the spell and have craved to learn more and more ever since.

Q. Dreams and aspirations?
A. To be the best I can be. Work hard, try hard, play hard. To never turn down a challenge. I love the quote “Life is a journey, not a destination.” Ralph Waldo Emerson