Helen Atty is an independent producer and fixer with15 years’ experience in the production of TV series and TV commercials. Here's a summary of her work to date.
Art Department Coordinator: Helen started work in production in 1997 more-or-less straight after completing a degree in the History of Art, Design and Film. Her first job was as Art Department Coordinator at Film House in Bahrain. Working on around 20 international commercials from Coca-Cola to Nivea, her responsibilities included casting, location scouting, props sourcing, wardrobe sourcing, set design and packs.
Production Coordinator: In 1998 Helen moved to Cape Town and worked for around six months for set-design company Upset, followed by around six months at Location One, managing their database, supervising location scouts and creating location presentations. From 1999 she began work as a freelance production coordinator on both TV commercials and TV series including two series of the Fear Factor.
Production Manager: From 2001 Helen worked as production manager on several TV series including Events TV, Cavegirl and Innertainment, a show about alternative health and well-being which was broadcast at prime time on SABC3. She continued working as a freelance production manager on many TV commercials and stills productions but realised that her passion was for TV production.
Fixer: Over the next few years she began working as a fixer and researcher on several TV shows and found that she loved investigating stories and the balance between time in the office and being on-set. She worked on Around the World in 80 Gardens presented by Monty Don and on a BBC health series called Survival.
Two Seas TV: In 2007 Helen opened Two Seas TV with the aim of focusing on facilitating international crews shooting in South Africa. Whether as a fixer, location manager or assistant producer she believes in providing excellent service helping you to achieve the best possible product at the most competitive price.
Original Content: For the past two years Helen has been developing her own TV content as well as continuing work with Two Seas TV as a fixer. She is currently fundraising for a TV series on the History of Arabic Calligraphy and a web series about sustainable South African design called Look + Feel. She is passionate about the educational potential of television as well as its ability to inform and entertain. The new media landscape of South Africa provides a wealth of new opportunities for filmmakers to promote their work, and Two Seas TV aims to be at the forefront of this digital revolution.
Helen also creates and manages her own websites, and does occasional work as a proof-reader and copywriter. She paints in her spare time.