INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER ANDREW RANDON

Randon Films is all about vision, and for Andrew Randon this is where the vision began. Having spent eight years freelancing, Andrew set off to introduce a sense of awe and grandeur to everything he captured. Applying this mentality from the smallest of projects to the most demanding of commercials, Andrew became sought after for that very approach. By honing a distinct style, Andrew would go on to single-handedly carve himself a place in the industry, only to realise his vision was too big for one man.

Eve: You have been in the filming industry for several years. What is it like in the local filming industry for you?

Andrew Randon: I think the filming industry has changed a lot in the years I’ve been working in it. I started shooting videos for small businesses and friends when I was around 15 years old. A job like this wasn’t really considered a job, or a career that can sustain your future. But in the past four years, that has changed dramatically. It’s a job that is in demand, and content is extremely important in this day and age, especially in Malta. So for me it’s like a dream come true. I’ve always done jobs on my own, and I can now hire people who specialise in specific areas of creating a video. Years ago the jobs did not have the budgets or the means of involving more than yourself – the filmmaker.

Eve: Any filming or directing experiences you’ve done abroad?

AR: I’ve lost count! I’ve shot in over 20 countries so far in my career. I’ve directed on mountains, on the Thames in London, in forests in Italy, and oceans in Asia. There are too many experiences to list down. My most recent was with a great client of mine, Azure, where we travelled to a private race track in East Midlands of the UK to shoot a Lamborghini and Aston Martin have a dog fight. We had all the toys, chase car, big gimbals big lenses and a lot of talented people. It was great!

Eve: What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

AR: It really depends on the day and what’s happening. If it’s a morning where I don’t have much going on, I would normally get up at 7:30 am, have a cup of tea, call my girlfriend, have breakfast and then go online and research any new styles/ BTS videos of commercials/ films that I love or follow. Then the day pans out from there. If it’s a shooting day, I’m up at 6 am, have breakfast and make sure all the equipment I prepared from the night before is set to go. Then I’m normally shooting from 7:30 am till 6 pm.

Eve: Is fashion an important part of your life, and why?

AR: Not really! I am not a fashionable person at all – the only relation I have to pay attention to fashion is my career working as the photographer and content manager for Gagliardi.. Which is a bit strange, as before and after Gagliardi, I was never fashionable, but I was always told I had an eye for luxury, and an eye for fashion. I still don’t see it!

Eve: How do you balance your career with other daily obligations?

AR: That’s a good question! And I think the answer is… I don’t! Well not yet really. My career has been alive for a while now, but in terms of a lot of aspects of life it is still at its infancy. The past two years have been a whirlwind two years for me. What you need to understand is, I used to be a guy who never travelled anywhere further than Gozo. Going from that to travelling non-stop, from all over the EU to the great Asian continent, I only just figured out how to travel! Especially travelling with X5 check-ins every trip. It’s a process. But I think in time I will find a system that works for me. So to solidly answer your question, I don’t – I just take it day by day at this point.