As a teenager, Kit thought he might be a graphic designer, but his teachers told him he couldn’t draw well enough. Instead, they encouraged him and his friends to use the school’s media facilities. Kit remembers spending two years with his friends trying to remake The Matrix in stop-motion with plasticine figures, an almost impossible task that nonetheless cemented his love for lighting movies.
Kit went on to study cinematography at Westminster Film School where he met some of his future collaborators, amongst them Babak Anvari, the director of Kit’s breakthrough feature Under The Shadow. Graduating in 2005, Kit went to work on music videos and commercials until he was fluent in his craft, while waiting for the right project to come along.
He notes that it isn’t uncommon to clock 72-hour weeks on features, so it’s important to love the projects you’re working on. When you’re looking back on your work in the future, Kit thinks it’s important to feel proud of everything you’ve done. For those just starting out, Kit recommends doing everything you can to build relationships with your peers, as they will be the bedrock of your work in the future.