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Film & TV Student on set of 'Pistol'

Film & TV student, Christopher Cox, has had the fantastic experience of being a location marshal for upcoming series “Pistol”. Quite a lot of the information is top secret but we managed to catch up with Chris about his experience on set!

Christopher, who aspires to be a Director of Photography for national film projects, signed up to Kent Film Office’s mailing list, where he receives information about entry level film jobs in Kent.

After sending his CV in, he got a response from a project called “Pistol”.

Pistol will be released later this year as a new biopic series based on the memoir of Steve Jones, guitarist of the Sex Pistols. Filming took place across Kent in the towns of Folkestone, Dover, and Deal.

As a location marshal, one of Christopher’s responsibilities was to ensure good quality facilities on location for both the crew and the cast.

“This would include setting up gazebos and heaters to make sure that the cast would stay warm between takes, and that shelter was provided for catering.”

In addition, he would be responsible for crowd management and making sure that members of the public would not walk in the frame.

He said: “I learned a lot more about special effects such as hazers, which is a type of equipment that is used to mask the modernism of the surroundings. Additionally, the camera team used four lens sets, and it was awesome to see these up close.”

Christopher used his existing industry knowledge from his Film & TV course to have meaningful interactions with the crew and was able to ask specific questions that will help him progress in his future career. 

Find out more information about our Film & TV course here.