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Sofia Olins

Producer / Director

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About Me

Award-winning self-shooting Producer/DirectorRecently shot some elements as DV Director a 90min C4 Xmas special with David Walliams on the trail of his favourite childhood film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.In 2019 ‘Lost In Vagueness’ my first feature documentary was released, broadcast and distributed nationally. Twelve years in the ma... Read More

Award-winning self-shooting Producer/Director

Recently shot some elements as DV Director a 90min C4 Xmas special with David Walliams on the trail of his favourite childhood film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

In 2019 ‘Lost In Vagueness’ my first feature documentary was released, broadcast and distributed nationally. Twelve years in the making, it had a sold-out 20-date theatrical tour around the UK before it was broadcast on SKY ARTS and is now on NETFLIX, as well as Hulu & Amazon Prime.

Between 2010 and 2015 I led the Cultural Programmes department for Minority Rights Group. I ran budgets of up to £2 million, to commission and make short and long form NGO/EU films in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, subjects ranged from discrimination to identity. We screened in 16 countries to audiences totalling over 1 million people.

Ten years working as an Assistant Director on many high end, award winning television, feature films and commercials, gave me a massive range of experience of shooting with huge talent, inc. David Beckham, Madonna, Brad Pitt and many more. I have loads of experience of child working hours, animals/vehicles, as well as an extensive range of rigs/grips etc.

Since 2017 I have been teaching filmmaking skills to BA & MA students in film schools at Met Film School, I have a specialist interest in gender and youth culture around globe and working with hard-to-reach teenagers that have been excluded from mainstream schools.

I have a strong understanding of visual story telling from development, through production and in the edit, creating and writing stories with contributors in multiple languages and countries. I thrive collaborating, but am equally happy self shooting on FS7 or C300 (I own C300 kit) I’ve shot and directed within complex logistical high pressure environments, with multiple small and large-scale crews and with drones. 

Selected for the massively competitive WFTV (Women in Film and TV) career development scheme and also the DOC/FEST Features (Sheffield Documentary Festival 2015) mentoring programme in 2015.

Key Specialisms and Skills
Self-shooter, C300, Arri Amira and FS7
Intimate interview technique, difficult access-led specialism, eg. in traveller community and remote communities globally.
Fluent Spanish speaker
Filmed and worked in Europe, Africa and Caribbean
Exceptional organisation skills, ie prepping, scheduling and multiple-crew directing Read Less

Professional Training

Course / QualificationTraining Provider / InstitutionYear
Craft Editing / NFTS / 2019
Craft Editing NFTS2019
Mentoring Programme / Women in Film and TV / 2015
Mentoring ProgrammeWomen in Film and TV2015
Documentary MA / Goldsmiths, University of London / 2007
Documentary MA Goldsmiths, University of London2007

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  • Agent:

    http://www.sternwild.com/

  • Locations I can work in:

    Work Anywhere

  • Language:

    Spanish (Fluent)

    English (Fluent)

  • Technical Skills:

    Adobe Premiere

    Arri Alexa Mini

    ARRI AMIRA

    Avid

    Canon 7D

    Canon C300 Mark II

    DSLR

    Sony a7S

    Sound Recording

  • Awards:

    Best Short ARRI film, Audience Award, Sheffield Documentary Festival,
    Best Drone Film

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