Ismar Badžić - Shooting Assistant Producer

Rolleiflex #001

Photography

First photos from my Rolleiflex (at long last…) I bought a Rolleiflex 2.8 F to start my year (2019 ya). For a long time it sat there sniggering at me. It wasn’t really, duh – I just didn’t have the balls to take it for a spin. I went to Scotland with my dear George (pictured) and brought it – – but it stayed in the hotel room blindfolded with bubble wrap – – it was too precious; too tricky; too scary; too everything everything to sling it over my shoulder and let it breathe the cutting Scottish February air…Keep reading >>

Photographing Georgina Davy

Photography

These pictures are of my friend and artist Georgina Davy. She makes beautiful, often strange, but always wonderful costumes and puppets. I don’t think she realises just how excellent she is. The making of the costumes must be painstaking. The beasts she makes require not only imagination but also nimble-fingered wizardry and a monk-like patience I could only dream of having.  In 2016, I had designs of starting a photo project about artists working in and around Sheffield when I lived there and Georgina let me take the first batch of photos of her. I remember it was a hot…Keep reading >>

Shooting Crisis in Care. Pt.2 The weight of pictures

Documentary On TV

Note: This blog is about the first episode of Crisis in Care. It’s on BBC iPlayer now and will be available for 11 months. Intimate Access The word ‘access’ is an important one in the documentary lexicon. The difference between a pie-in-the sky idea for a film about, let’s say Facebook’s hate speech monitoring team and a pitch that will get commissioners excited is ‘access’. Organisation X allowing filmmakers Y in to film them. One of the special aspects of Crisis in Care was the ‘access’ granted by Somerset County Council – because council’s don’t tend to open their doors…Keep reading >>

Shooting Crisis in Care. Pt.1 A big opportunity

Documentary On TV

Background I was the shooting assistant producer on two-part documentary Crisis in Care which goes out this evening. It’s by far the biggest thing I’ve ever filmed. I’m not an industry old-hat, I’m new to broadcast docs but was fortunate to be given a chance by an incredibly generous and supportive company. Just a few years ago I was struggling to make any headway in the industry despite years of slogging and shooting. I decided to do a masters course in documentary as one last try before I accepted I couldn’t make it in my dream job and did something…Keep reading >>

The Trial of Ratko Mladic on iPlayer Now

Documentary On TV

Whatever I go on to do, I will always be grateful for the opportunity that Robert Miller and Henry Singer gave me on their mammoth project “The Trial of Ratko Mladic”. They took a punt on someone straight out of film school with no relevant broadcast credits and gave me a job. But they also went a step further – they asked my opinion on the film as it was being cut. And a step further than that – they listened to my opinion. And another step – they actually valued it. They didn’t have to do any of that…Keep reading >>

Deeper than Snow available to rent / buy on Vimeo

Documentary

A few years ago I made a film about Jake Cornish, a snowboarder who survived an avalanche in Switzerland. At the time we decided to make it, there were some amazing snowboard films out there but they were all style over substance – big tricks instead of character and story. So we decided to make a very different snowboard film, one that focused on one man, his risks and his family – centrally, why a man a whisker from death chose to get back on his board and ride again. I made the film whilst in my second year at…Keep reading >>