Profile Kadison Noack
Gidday Kadison, how come you decided to work in the film industry?
I had studied an extracurricular course whilst in high school as a Theatre Technician, whilst undertaking the course I found that I was interested heavily in the lighting and AV side and less so in theatre side of things. I had also started to film small projects during the rise of the DSLR and had a big drive to try and combine the two.
MAPS Film school was suggested to me by word of mouth as the blend between tertiary education and practical film making. It gave me the opportunity to throw myself into a hands on learning environment and gave me the opportunity to be on many sets which in turn taught me about the key element of any film set. Communication.
Kadison was camera operator on the very amusing Lucy & DIC
Who has been a Mentor to you or had an influence on your career?
The fantastic thing about film is that it’s all about people. I’m a big nerd so naturally I feel more comfortable dealing with any tech related issues, but learning to work well with people and in a team is such a huge part of what we do. I’m not sure I’d say I’ve had a single specific Mentor who has taken me under their wing but I’d also say that you are in a way mentored by everyone you meet with more experience than you. I am constantly learning new skills and tricks just by engaging with different teams across projects; you just have to be active in listening and putting what you’ve learned into action.
What’s the best thing about working in our business?
Crew shot for a Stones Throw, Kadison was focus puller.
The problem solving. I love being faced with a challenge, and finding a way to overcome it. It’s an industry where even though your job may be fundamentally the same each gig; it constantly has new elements and challenges to solve. The variety of work available means you learn to be able to adapt and aren’t stuck in one way of thinking.
What has been your most interesting or challenging project so far?
Being on the team for the SATC 120Hr commercial has to be up there. Three teams on rotation to make sure cameras could be rolling 24/7 was an adventurous and ambitious project. The regular problems you’d face were exacerbated with the knowledge that if something went wrong; the show literally had to go on. But with the great team and many contingency plans from all departments we were able to pull it off.
What are your future plans for working in our Industry?
I have really loved working with the tech side of camera dept., I'm a big advocate of RED as I see them as a technicians camera, I've started working with Steadicam for smaller rigs and hopefully will pursue this further. Whether I will become more of a shooter, I can't really say, but I greatly enjoy being a 1st AC and being able to manage the camera team when it comes to builds and workflow. I aim to continue working as a 1st and 2nd AC to hone my skills in those areas.
Kadison in one of the best seats on the road pulling focus on a Mitsubishi commercial.
Thanks Kadison, please stay safe and stay well during these difficult times!