What inspires me: Tom Muirhead
21 Sep 2015
Tom is one of our studio assistants and is responsible for delivering the great studio experience we pride ourselves on at Junction Eleven.
What brought you to Junction Eleven? What's your background?
I have an automotive background with a focus on media production. Initially I came to Junction Eleven as holiday cover, but that has now become much more permanent!
Life in the studios is pretty busy, what does your typical day look like?
No two days ever look the same as it all depends on who is in the studios that week. Covering a film shoot is quite different to a stills shoot. And when we have embargoed cars in, or well known talent, it can completely change everything.
Generally I am responsible for maintaining, painting and prepping the studios; ensuring our clients come into a fully-functioning environment where everything is ready for them. Although I am not involved in the actual shoots, we work hard to ensure that all the equipment requested by photographers and assistants is provided.
A key part of any shoot is keeping the crew fed and watered. We provide refreshments for clients throughout the day both in the studio and in our break-out room.
As cars are delivered for automotive shoots we are involved with loading/unloading the vehicles and products. This sometimes makes for interesting work as sometimes the cars are not fully functioning. I recently lost part of my thumb to a McLaren F1 trying to get it off the truck, it would have been harder to bear if it was a less interesting car!
Lastly we have to be on hand to advising all clients on the equipment and facilities at Junction Eleven. We're their first point of contact for any questions they have.
It's always mixed, there is no typical day which definitely makes it interesting.
What is the most peculiar/challenging thing/s you have been asked to find/solve/build in the studio?
I have been asked to source a huge variety of things for the studios. I think painting ice cubes white stands out as one of the most peculiar.
I was also asked to dress as an Elf for our Christmas shoot last year which was also pretty strange!
Of all the great cars we’ve had in the studio – which has caught your eye the most?
I am quite a car fan so definitely take pleasure in the great cars that visit here.
As well as the McLaren that I lost my thumb to, we've also had in a range of vintage Ferraris and a large fleet of Ecurie Ecosse cars for auctioneers Bonhams.
To name names we have had a Mercedes-Benz W196R, Lotus 98T, Jaguar XKSS, Aston Martin DB4 GT and a Ferrari 250 SWB which have all been pretty eye-catching.
What keeps you busy outside of work?
I have recently restored an old Morris Minor which has taken a lot of time and energy and plenty of scouring the internet for parts.