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3 Mills Studios supports emerging talent of female DPs

Aug 14, 2023

3 Mills Studios, which has provided sound stages for numerous world-class TV series and films for the past 30 years, has recently set the stage for talented DPs who are shaping the industry. 

Resident rental house One Stop Films put together a specialist Masterclass in lighting for Illuminatrix, a collective of female cinematographers based in the UK. The event supported increased diversity within the Film and TV industry and the iconic London studio was delighted to host within one of its 9 sound stages on site. 

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Fresh from their BAFTA and Oscar wins for All Quiet On The Western Front, Cinematographer James Friend BSC ASC and Camera Operator Danny Bishop ACO ASSOC BSC SOC led the masterclass. The workshop covered a range of key production knowledge, from Friend and Bishop’s approach to the working relationship between DP and operator, to a practical demonstration of a live scene. Lights were generously supplied by Pro Light. 

“These events are not only informative & inspiring but help forge community & collaboration. I appreciate all the people who shared their time & knowledge with us, something we should all strive to do in this filmmaking community.” – Rachel Clark (attendee).

The attendees were able to see Friend in action, as the cinematographer set up a day to night lighting transition with a backdrop of London (supplied by Rosco) using the Alexa 35, Neo Anamorphic. The Illuminatrix cohort got the chance to test top of the range cameras and unique lenses supplied by One Stop as well as an invaluable chance to network with industry peers.

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3 Mills Studios is a proud supporter of diversity, inclusion and opportunity with the industry. The site has recently completed major upgrades via a grant allocated by the Mayor of London, which went towards adding more than 10,000 sq ft of creative workspace to the film and TV studio hub.

If you would like to learn more about future One Stop Film masterclasses or any of the 3 Mills creative spaces then get in touch via

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