It's not just  people you get to meet, these dogs were the coolest ever, Italian shepherd dogs called  Maremanno,  they were capable of incredible feats to herd and protect sheep, this  included  even  directing traffic, payment  was  in  cheese, that's  right  , no meat, these dudes only ate sheep cheese.

This was by far one of my favourite shoots for an amazing  team .

Lately more and more  collaborations with Chinese production  companies are occurring, and they are great.

Here is a scene in Milan where we ran wild for three intense days.

Sometimes set ups are not so straight forward,  complex  and cumbersome  gear like  the Jib, Steadycams,  Drones,  Camera cars, Technocranes  can have you breaking sweat, the right shot is your goal always, and by all means.et.

It is not rare that crew members suddenly find themselves in front of the camera, sometimes you have to grab all you can get and whilst standing in a field contributors  don't come easy, in this case the amazing Sophie Monk asked our most trusted sound guy Stefano Varini( center)  to explain how to do some Italian  gestures, the results were very funny, notice the position of Sophies best friend Oscar (left).....basically he is saying "Perfetto".eget.

Working  with  these  guys was amazing,  I  had already  had  the  honour of working  with  the  cool  Gino  D'Acampo on his "Italian Escape"  series and  the  brilliant  Fred  Sirieix  for "First  Dates  Hotel",  Gordon Ramsay however  was  unknown  territory and  not surprisingly  he turned  out  to  be  another  incredible  human  being,  seeing  them  together in  action  was  breathtaking, although don't get me wrong this shoot was tough as ever.

Fred Siriex on the boiling hot beach for Gordon Ramsay, impeccable.

Gino D'Acampo as D.O.P ? Sometimes it is normal that the hosts have a peep.

A few members of the amazing Shiver ITV crew hard at work.

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Sometimes everything is perfect, when natural light does it's magic it can be too good to be true.

MISSIONS

There is a saying in Italy... "Se non sono matti non li vogliamo" I.E.  "If they are not crazy we don't want them" this industry really is home to some complete nutcases (in a good way), just take a look at this droner and my long bearded production assistant!

Rules first,  trust your DOP,  if there is some remote location he needs to go, there is probably a real good reason for it, never mind the cold or the rain when mixing with pro's only weatherproof equipment please.

Crews go through thick and thin, one thing is for sure is that if you have a good team spirit you create a bond that will stick and that is pure magic.

"Ok so to get to our next location we need a helicopter.".sometimes as a fixer you have to be prepared for every type of request.

Change perspective, make the most out of every situation.

One of the most beautiful  aspects of this job is meeting new people, some are truly amazing.

Remember maximum respect, everyone has to deal with their own problems in order to get the job done.

 

Situations... finding yourself in a  stifling market of Palermo surrounded by armed guards whilst a host like Eddie Huang interviews the mayor Leoluca Orlando.

Mr invisible. "I just find crews so fascinating to watch and capture, I have found myself in the most absurd and beautiful locations and the great thing is we are all in the same game so as a photographer I become completely invisible"