Linn Waite and Kate Byers met through their love of climbing and having decided to get into film production, they went on to tackle that particular mountain together. What they love about working together is the different perspectives they are able to offer. Kate was an actor, used to working in front of the camera, and discovered how much she enjoyed developing stories, Linn’s background as a consultant facilitator in outdoor pursuits and experiential learning, had made her very interested in how groups and teams function, perfect for a future producer.
They were both drawn to the short film culture in their home city of Bristol. After working on several shorts, their collaboration as co-producers on ‘September’ with director Esther May Campbell, won a BAFTA in 2009. That was the boost they needed to form Early Day Films, named for the beautiful light at the beginning of a new day of filming, with a view to making feature films that they were really excited by, outside of the more London-centric filmmaking world.
Mark Jenkin’s Bait, set in a Cornish fishing village has won accolades everywhere for its experimental and daring, hand processed production proving not only that Linn and Kate are unafraid of taking risks but that the risks pay off. Both utterly thrilled at being named as BAFTA Breakthroughs, they are hoping that this will give them access to reach wider audiences.