Media coverage of the Cannes festival requires an army of photographers. Some stand on duty alongside the red carpet while others are sent on sorties in the town’s streets and alleys. Away from the action, their editors sit in darkened rooms working furiously on images that will be seen across the world. But what is it like being at the front line in Cannes? What goes on behind the camera? euronews is following a team from Getty Images to get their unique perspective of life on the Croisette.
Christine Pettinger, Assignment Editor:
“I am working with a team of photographers from three organisations (Getty Images, Wire Image and Film Magic), technicians and a dozen or so editors.
In all, there are around 45 of us at Cannes. I am in charge of access issues and the photographers’ schedule: where they are going and when, to photograph whom. I look for the information: who is where, at which party, on which beach, at which hotel, at what time….I also schedule photo shoots with celebrities for the photographers. So my work tool is a Blackberry, a French mobile phone and, obviously, a computer.”
“The two first days were the hardest. Everyone was trying to plan everything for the full duration of the festival but now it is all going smoothly. Barring anything unexpected. For example, this morning Brad Pitt was an hour late for his photo call.
As a result, the whole schedule had to be changed, and appointments that the photographers had missed because of the delay reprogrammed. But it is alright, that is what I am here for! I already knew most of the photographers working here, notably two Frenchmen who cover the Berlin Film Festival with me each year and some Italians I met at the Venice Film Festival. They are very professional so that makes my job easier. It is really pleasant to work with them. I find it magical to send photographers out somewhere, then to see the photos arrive and finally to discover them in magazines and newspapers.”
“The atmosphere in the office is very good, with music always in the background. In general, there are around 20 of us in the office, in the basement of the Palais des Festivals. We have enough space apart from at the end fo the day when all the photographers come back. Generally, I start work at around 9.30am, 10am in the morning before the first photocall at 11am. In the evening, the last screenings go on until about midnight, 1am; which means that you finish at around 3am or 4am. On party evenings, one of us stays and it can be a very late finish. Today, for example, someone stayed until 6am! Fortunately, we are staying at the hotel. We can make the most of our six hours of sleep. When we get back, the bed is made, everything is clean.”