The Finish Line’s Katie Kemp Interviewed in CineD Magazine
Can you imagine keeping calm knowing the tape in your deck will air in just a few hours?
Our talented Finishing Artist, Katie Kemp can. She’s delivered shows in every genre from Panorama to Geordie Shore, and for everyone from the BBC to Discovery. She’s also had some pretty incredible experiences along the way, including flying to Jamaica to work with Mr. Motivator!
You can now learn more about Katie’s inspiring career in this new CineD interview, which is part of a series celebrating women in the film and television industry. Read an excerpt of the piece below:
From Tape Suites to Remote – Interview with Katie Kemp
CineD: Katie Kemp, can you tell us about your start in the industry?
Katie Kemp: I went to university to complete a bachelor’s in science. It was more focused on the technical side of filmmaking – we were actually in the engineering department. We learned everything from how to produce various media formats to C++, oscilloscopes, and the mathematics proving the Nyquist theorem.
After graduating I moved to London, where I got my first job as a runner at a post-production house called Component in 1997. Being a runner involved all the usual tasks like getting tea, as well as some more unusual ones.
CineD: What were some of the more unusual tasks?
K.K.: Once, I had to go and buy a belt for someone who forgot theirs before going into a meeting. Another time, I was helping this really talented, eccentric producer carry some tapes from our studio back to her office. This was a normal task, except the producer didn’t have anything on her feet!
She later called me asking whether she had left her shoes back at our studio, as she couldn’t find them. I confirmed she did leave her shoes there and brought them back to her.