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Posted on: September 1st, 2020

COVID has been tough for the film industry, but perhaps most challenging of all for the new generation of film-makers trying to break into production, and gain experience.

This post is about two of our 2020 interns.

Matt Roseveare is a field assistant and budding young cameraman, working on our Smithsonian/ Terra Mater Special for the summer.  Matt is a second year graduate from the Falmouth University studying Marine and Natural History Filming. “We are blown away by the filming Matt is doing for us’ says Emma Ross, Big Wave’s head of development and specials. “Matt has a wonderful eye, thinks in sequences and nothing is too much trouble for him. I have no doubt Matt has an incredibly bright future ahead of him


“Having the chance to work alongside the Big Wave team &  DOP James Aldred has been an amazing learning opportunity. Being able to do justice to the wildlife and landscape I have grown up exploring and enjoy so much is a really special experience” says Matt.


Bobby Cross is a second year under graduate on the Ecology and Conservation Course at Sussex University. “We did a talk to the first years at the Life Sciences Department at Sussex about jobs in the film industry. As part of this, we put a challenge out to the students to come up with a 2 page proposal for a TV idea, and the winner got one week paid work experience” explains Big Wave’s head of production, Vanessa Tuson. “Bobby wrote an outstanding proposal and then Covid hit. We managed to do the week’s work experience remotely, and Bobby fitted into our team so well, and did such great research for us, that we created an intern place for him for the summer, still all working remotely.”


“My summer with Big Wave has been nothing short of life changing. I’ve learnt so much about the industry and production, from having an idea for a film, to research methods and story writing, to pitching and presenting. You couldn’t ask for better, more supportive teachers in the form of the Big Wave team, and it’s been a very eye opening experience as to what doors a degree in zoology or conservation can open” says Bobby.


Photo-  left to right – Matt Roseveare and Bobby Cross