Team Talk – Josie Otton John Ford - Head of Film by John Ford, Head of Film

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Remind us what you do at Contra?

Filming for Red Bull
Josie on location with John

At Contra HQ, I’m a Producer / chief cocktail maker and resident DJ. Much of my day-to-day work consists of writing up decks, organising shoots, hustling budgets and overseeing edits with our lovely post team.

What have you been up to recently?

This summer has been really busy with lots of exciting projects on the go. We’ve recently got back from filming in the Maasai Mara, Kenya where we filmed all kinds of beautiful wildlife, gorgeous landscapes and discovered the most interesting human stories.

We’ve also been working on a branded content series for Red Bull where we’ve been filming in Wales and Indianapolis, and are about to head to the bright lights of Tokyo next month. We’re buzzing for these films to go live in the new year.

What have you worked on that you’re most proud of?

Filming Elephants in the Maasai Mara
Filming Elephants in the Maasai Mara

Without a shadow of a doubt, filming in the Maasai Mara has been one of the most eye-opening and inspiring projects I’ve ever worked on. The films are looking incredible and I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with.

What have you got coming up that you’re excited about?

Tokyo. Tokyo. Tokyo.

Who’s inspiring you at the moment?

Usually I’d like to do a shout out to a writer of a TV series or film I’ve enjoyed recently, but at this point in time I’m feeling inspired by the new team members joining Contra. Their portfolios and experience are going to really shake things up in the New Year.

What have you seen recently that has blown your mind?

KILLING EVE – a british-made TV series that’s full of twists, unexpected turns and dark, wicked sarcasm. I’d recommend it to anyone who would love to see the archetypal norms of women being challenged and uprooted in a hilarious / disturbing fashion!

Finally… Give us some words of wisdom!

Love the life you live. Live the life you love. – Bob Marley

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