15/08/2021 Carmen Amos

Shero’s Part 2: Celebrating Amazing Women in Film

Welcome to the she-quel! Part two of our Women’s Month celebration showcases a few women in film. From camera women and first AD’s to femmepreneurs in catering, these sisters are doing it for themselves.

Read more below.  

Caitlin Rollino “I am STRONG”

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel

This incredible female camera operator climbed her way to the top by learning set etiquette and film basics first before advancing from camera loader to camera operator. Caitlin’s super power is balancing work and motherhood making her our favorite cameramamma. Learn more about what makes this SHERO awesome:

Biggest challenge faced? 

Coming back to work after having a child and finding the balance between work and home life 

Why the camera department? 

I love the creative process that goes into creating a scene, from the blocking to the final shot.  When the camera starts rolling then my job starts and gets real interesting. The shots are always different and you are always learning and finding new ways to make something look good. 

Biggest challenge being a mum in the industry? 

Making time for my boy and my partner while making ends meet. I remember my parents having to work and travel for shoots while my twin and I stayed home. I missed them a lot but they gave us an amazing childhood so the balance was good. There is a very fine line and it’s not easy missing so much of my boy’s life but I know when I have time off  it will be worth it.

Best time of day?

Just before sunrise. Everything is calm and clear, fresh and full of energy and I feel ready to take on anything.

What I hope never changes? 

My passion for my job and my ability to adapt to any situation that I’m in. 

What I hope changes?

Better working conditions and rules for our local industry, we have some of the best crews in the world but we need better structure and support. 

Guidance for a young woman wanting to get into the camera department?
Learn set etiquettes and the basics first, keep a calm head and always trust your gut. Work hard, show initiative and always be early, it will not go unnoticed.  

If I wasn’t doing what I do, what would my job be? 

I would probably be doing some sort of job outdoors that involves some kind of risk or getting the adrenaline pumping.

Mel Jullies “I AM AUTHENTIC”

“She’s an old soul with young eyes, a vintage heart, and a beautiful mind.”

Nicole Lyons

Mel is a production goddess who believes in being to all creatures great and small. Her authenticity beams and it’s no surprise that Mel states laughter is the best time of day.

What is your theme song?

I consider having to pick one song cruel and unusual punishment. The daily Karaoke party in my head jumps from Queen to Bruno Mars to Muse to Billie Eilish to Etta James to Jay-Z and everything else in between.

Who is your SHERO? 

The everyday people who make the time and effort to help anyone they come across, in anyway they can. Also, my big brother, Jerome.

Besides your career / job – what are you known for amongst friends and family?

I’m a champion at napping and I’ve never met a champagne bottle I couldn’t open with ease.

Dog or cat person?

Both. Equal adoration for all animals 🙂

Words of wisdom you live by? 

Be nice. And don’t be scared. Dave Chapelle, from a lecture at his alma mater ahead of receiving the Mark Twain Prize 

Best holiday destination or type of holiday?

New Zealand for adventure, Sicily for food or anywhere with a great beach where I can read, uninterrupted, for hours.

What is your best time of the day?

Anytime I’m laughing.

What do you hope never changes?

The audacity of the human spirit to always strive for better.

What would you like to see change?

I’d love for everyone to be shown more kindness, more patience and given equal opportunities across the board – be it in life, love or business.

What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?

Slow down – not everything needs to happen right now. Relax – not everything has to go exactly according to plan and often, things are better when it doesn’t.

What can’t you live without?

Music, good food and reading (in no particular order).

If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?

I’m confident I would have created an opportunity to read for a living in some way, shape or form.

What risks are worth taking?

Anything that you feel in your soul or your bones that is good and right and fair and would help is worth fighting for.

Who inspires you to be better?

There’s an ever growing list of people I’ve been fortunate enough to come across because of the film industry and life in general who all take up space in my heart and head, constantly reminding me that the best things in life happen when we all try a little harder to work together.

What advice would you give to a young woman starting in the Film Industry?

Asking questions, as many as you can possibly think of, will be one of the greatest ways to find yourself where you want to be. And finding balance, in a way that works best for you, is the greatest gift imaginable – don’t underestimate how important it is.

Wendy Alport: “I AM ADVENTUROUS”

Wendy Alport is an institution in the local film industry as a celebrated female 1st AD. 

If Wendy was not slaying the assistant director gig, she would own her own bakery making the best sourdough bread on the planet. 

What is your theme song?
John Lennon – Imagine and Claire Hesom – Love comes home 

Who is your SHERO?
Maya Angelou

What has been your biggest struggle in this male dominated industry? 
Not letting my sensitive emotions get the better of me. Not taking things personally

Have you felt supported by other women along your journey in the industry?
Absolutely and I have to say just as much as the men.

Favourite sport… favourite team?  Can we ask why?
Rugby – The springboks   Reminds me of my late father and I love what unity the springboks bring to our divided country

Words of wisdom you live by?
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better

What is your best time of the day? 
Mornings / sunrise

What do you hope never changes?
The Bill of rights

What would you like to see change?
More female leaders

What guidance or wisdom would you give to a young woman wanting to get into the AD department? 
Learn to wolf whistle!.  Know that you are equally capable as any male colleague. Show respect to all crew, cast and extras no matter what their position or role is. 

What can’t you live without? 
Sense of humour

If you had to give us an idea of something or someone that inspires you – who or what would that be?
Regenerative farmers

If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
Own a bakery and make the best sourdough bread.

Jane Mwiana: “I AM  GRATEFUL”

What is your theme song? 

Save your tears By the Weekend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXYlFuWEuKI

(Ah Janey – we can’t wait to see you behind your craft table this season with a song in your heart and a smile on your face!  Thank you for this song – we love it too!)

Who is your SHERO?
Whoopi Goldberg 

What inspires you to put so much love into your food? 
Cooking has always been my passion. I feel happy when I see the smile food puts on peoples faces.

What’s your favorite thing about being on set?

The social interaction amongst the crew, especially the good laughs.

What is your best time of the day?
It would be the afternoon.

What can’t you live without? 
I can’t live without Tea.

What guidance would you give to a young woman wanting to launch a successful business like you have?
To be hard working and always do your best. Be an early bird
Strive for success and don’t settle for anything less
Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself.

Celebrate this journey of awesome female energy by following their stories on Facebook and Instagram. In case you missed the first installment, read more at the following link.

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