Camera Trainee. Based in London. DBS cleared & First Aid qualified.
Whilst growing up I found taking pictures with my first compact camera gave me freedom and the ability to express myself through capturing moments in time. My parents nurtured this passion and bought me my first DSLR camera which enabled me to flurish and expand my skills. I continued to teach myself over the next four years, whilst at school, furthering my enthusiasm and streamlining a direction towards cinematography.
I began to see a possible career direction evolve within film, particularly in the camera and lighting departments, whilst studying Film Practice at the University of the Arts London, graduating with a specialism in cinematography. Working on a number of short films including the award-winning ‘Day Street’ with small crews, I also furthered my knowledge by volunteering at a rental house based in Shoreditch. Confident in operating the Sony FS7 and a range of lighting equipment, my dream is to become a Camera Operator working on a variety of TV series and films.
I am a part-time Swimming Instructor and hold a first-aid and rescue qualification: NRASTC (National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches) and am DBS cleared. Being un-contracted I am readily available and flexible with dates.
Currently, I am seeking Camera Trainee and Second AC opportunities to develop my technical camera skills and gain more on-set experience. Please see my CV linked below if you are interested in working with me.
“Charis was a member of the creative team in the December 2018 Talent Works pop-up studio between 10th and 19th December. She was reliable, hard-working and committed to the project. She showed strong leadership qualities and was resilient when dealing with difficult situations and people.
Charis also worked with me to edit a short film between 6th and 13th February. She worked independently and dealt with me as her client very successfully.”
“Charis was the gaffer on the graduation film Day Street. During her time working on the production, she worked to a highly professional level always striving for perfection. She had a brilliant working relationship with all members of the crew, especially the camera department making her excel in her role as Gaffer and always took advice regarding her role on board. I’d highly recommend Charis for the role of gaffer on future productions as the quality of work she delivers is unparalleled to others.”
“Charis Mills attended PixiPixel for two weeks work experience, in which time she became familiar with a vast amount of camera gear, lenses, grip and camera accessories.
She also got the opportunity to help various crews in testing at PixiPixel and have made some contact with the crews to hopefully get out on some dramas that we are facilitating.
Charis has a great attitude and work ethic, and I have invited her back when she has any freetime.”