I am a 27 year old photographer and filmmaker with over six years of training and experience behind a camera in different roles.
 

As a neurodiverse filmmaker I am captivated by the emotion in film and our drive to make them. When joining a project I understand the emotional motivation we often have for our work, and will find a way to empathise with the director and connect to their vision.


I studied my undergraduate degree in Creative & Professional Writing and Film Studies and went on to study my postgraduate Masters degree at Sheffield Hallam University in Filmmaking, where my focus was camera operation, and  achieved a distinction.

 

My feature film pitch 'Red Velvet Time Machine' was selected as a Finalist in the South East Regional Film Festival, and my short film Knots Untie has screened at a selection of local film events.

 

I curated the Black Bird Film Festival which ran for two consecutive years in 2018 and 2019, and raised money for The Sophie Lancaster Foundation and Crisis, respectively. 

I am currently working on a research proposal for my PHD application to the University of Birmingham and seeking paid or voluntary entry level roles on professional TV and film productions, or DOP/camera operator positions on student and micro budget productions.

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SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • Operating Black Magic/RED/Sony/DSLR cameras

  • Multi-camera set-ups and assembling equipment

  • Manual Focus Pulling

  • Directing talent

  • Lighting & Grip

  • Casting & Auditioning

  • Child Performance Licensing

  • Special Effects Make-up (basic)

  • Adobe Suite 

  • DJI Drone operation

  • Working under pressure

  • Qualified First Aider

  • MAC/PC fluent

  • Ronin Gimbal Experience

  • Delegating tasks

  • Working independantly and as part of a team

EDUCATION & TRAINING

2018 - MA Filmmaking (Distinction)

                  Sheffield Hallam University  

                    

2017 - Runner Training

                The Production Guild   

2015 - BA (Hons) Creative & Professional Writing and Film Studies (2:1)

                University of Wolverhampton  

 

2014 - Camera/Lighting/SFX/Editing/Colour Grading

                  London Academy of Media, Film & TV

 

2012 - Creative Media Production (Distinction)

                 Birmingham Metropolitan College 

PRAISE & REVIEWS

Knots Untie 

“Hackett’s story here is one that is clearly deeply personal to her, but it’s one that has a lot of touches that have the potential to reach out to anyone who takes the time out of their day to watch it, which is where I believe it’s greatest strengths lie.” - Midlands Movies

Jay Bird 

“For all its impeccable black and white aesthetic, is keen to broaden the viewer’s colour scheme when it comes to our rigid perceptions of people.” - Movie Marker

“Hackett writes and creates her characters with care, showing each character’s flaws alongside their strengths. With a great score, rich characters and a unique look, Jay Bird is worth checking out.” - Midland Movies

PUBLICATIONS

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Tim Burtons Bodies (2021)

Edinbrugh University Press

Chapter 18 - Asexuality & Social Anxiety: The Perils of A Peculiar Body

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The 100 Daze (2021)

Lulu

A collection of photographs documenting the coronavirus lockdown of 2020.

Photo credits: Blue Jay Photography

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