Introducing the last Q&A in our ‘Meet the Team’ series. We hope you have enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about the Manto team.
Lizzy is our Junior Producer here at Manto Films. Lizzy is a self taught filmmaker with an intimidating level of raw talent, both behind the camera and in the edit. She is a calm and organised presence on set with a particular gift for pulling together big elaborate shoots without breaking a sweat.
When did you first get interested in film?
I remember studying Baz Luhrmann’s ‘William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet’ at school. I absolutely love the opening scene of this film and was fascinated by the way the whole film is shot to make the audience feel like they are watching a play on stage. It was this in particular that set off a real interest in film and how and why things are shot in the way they are. From this, I grabbed a camera, got iMovie and started to point and shoot to see what I could create.
What’s your favourite project you’ve ever worked on?
This is a really hard one. I absolutely loved the Deliverbrew project with the Brownlee Brothers. Myself and Paul were in london filming Alistair Brownlee, while the rest of the team were in Leeds filming Jonny Brownlee. It was a pretty crazy day with a lot of people involved and a pressure to get the shots we needed. It was awesome driving around London, hanging out the back of a Land Rover trying to keep up with Alistair. I got a real buzz from the high pressure and even more because we got some pretty cool shots!
What film have you watched more times than any other?
Love Actually. In fact, I once watched it three times in one day, it’s just that good! It’s got a great soundtrack, awesome cast and never fails to get me in the mood for Christmas.
What do you get inspired by?
There are lots of things that inspire me. Landscapes, films, communities, art, documentaries. The main thing that inspires me are people’s stories. I will often try to think and imagine creative ways that you could capture someone’s story through film.
If you could, which decade would you want to live in forever and why?
Hands down it would be the 90s. Why wouldn’t you want to always live in the hype of Friends, Kenan and Kel, all the Home Alone films, Supermarket Sweep, tamagotchis, Crash Bandicoot and yo-yos?!
Favourite flavour of ice cream?
I absolutely love ice cream, I could actually eat it everyday, in fact on holiday I make sure I do! My favourite would probably be Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough or Caramel Chew Chew.
What is the most unusual thing you’ve eaten?
Snake. I was working in the US and one evening we caught a snake, gutted it and cooked it on an open fire in the woods. It tasted so good.