David Odd BSC was recognised for his work in the television industry over the past 25 years, and given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 RTS Craft & Design Awards. Odd has worked non-stop across many genres and in many styles, from early Prime Suspects to Our Mutual Friend, White Teeth, Great Expectations, The Second Coming, Line Of Beauty, Persuasion, Occupation, The Village, Complicity, Endgame and Marvellous.
In the award citation, Odd’s way of working was described as “free, intuitive, helpful, instinctive… with the idea that things should be done with as great a simplicity as possible. Our man inspires friendship wherever he works; always supportive of all elements of production, and always in favour of giving opportunity to others. Actors love him because his fundamental approach to capturing what’s in front of him allows them space, to feel they are the priority. To do that betrays an absence of ego or vanity. But to do that and have the results as fantastic as they are, requires a special kind of talent.”
The RTS Photography – Documentary/Factual & Non Drama award went to Morag Tinto for BBC Studios’ Imagine… Antony Gormley: Being Human, whilst George Steel picked up the Photography – Drama & Comedy gong for his work on BBC Cymru Wales’ War And Peace, produced in association with TWC and LookoutPoint. Tony Miller BSC, a nominee for his work on the BBC’s comedy Fleabag, used Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses for the six-part series, which offers a no-holds-barred look at modern womanhood.