Nia Evans responded to our twitter call and wanted to share with us what life in lockdown has been like.
Nia is a production assistant at Happy Hour Productions and is also a freelance theatre producer for performer Tom Marshman, based in Bristol.
Nia Evans on 'Life in Lockdown'
Soon after being furloughed in my part-time role as a production assistant and losing freelance work, I started to feel quite detached from my colleagues and from the industry. While I’ve enjoyed having more free time, the sudden lack of any tangible goal or real deadline can make it difficult to see how you can move forward with your career and hobbies, and I started to feel like I was destined to never learn how to use high-tech equipment, to pitch new ideas, or even to bake something that turns out the same shape as the picture promised. Being part of a brilliant community union, Acorn, definitely helps as it gives me the chance to deliver leaflets offering support and pick up prescriptions for vulnerable people stuck inside, helping me feel useful and connected to my local area, but still leaves many hours in the day to be filled.
I've realised there are plenty of people in a similar position to me in the industry, by attending online events that organisations such as Screenskills, the BFI, and the BBC academy offer for free. I’ve started to learn about camera movement and framing from Jeremy at Skills2Film, had virtual ‘lunch with a commissioner’, and attended masterclasses on scriptwriting from Sally Wainwright (having just binge watched Happy Valley and Gentleman Jack a second time - I had to come prepared!). I’ve been joining in with watch parties and film clubs on Twitter, talking to new people about old movies I’m watching for the first time. I know it’s all online but it’s also genuine connections and conversations and jokes that we’re all making, together, in real time, that help ease the anxiety and loneliness that can easily creep in. I hope that the Women in Film and Entertainment website will now give us another place to gather and share our thoughts with each other.
I’ve also enjoyed some amateur artistic pursuits, filming a little paint along to a Bob Ross tutorial using only household condiments, (I deliberately chose a warm autumnal scene as we mainly had ketchup and mustard), and now that I’ve ordered some paints will hopefully do a better job next time. I've recreated stills from famous films, which I posed as a little quiz on Slack for my wonderful colleagues who are still in work, and in the family Zoom quiz. My brother, Sean, works in the NHS and contracted the virus fairly early on, but has fully recovered and is now back at work. I know he's really thankful for everyone staying at home right now. My hope is that despite the government's catastrophic mishandling of this crisis we'll find a new, fairer way to live as a result of it, and ensure that freelancers in the industry are not placed in such a precarious position ever again. I look forward to working together safely and helping make more of the brilliant films and shows that are keeping us all entertained at the moment.
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