Tom's opinion was that "Furlough definitely helped, but I'm sure a lot of small business owners and freelancers may have fallen through the criteria gaps."
Similarly, Paul thinks, "[financial support] should have been offered to self-employed freelancers at the start. The arts certainly suffered but you can see people are now spending money on the theatre, cinema, live music and events so hopefully the industry will recover."
With restrictions now eased, videographers have had to adapt to the new normal. Tom has seen a huge uptake in work, which he feels has been really encouraging. We've been pretty much fully booked for the last three months which has been wonderful.
He went on to explain that prior to Covid-19, a lot of his work was international, however, even once all restrictions have been lifted across the globe, Tom thinks the fallout from Brexit will become more obvious. It's more expensive for clients to send us to Europe now because we have to get carnets for all of the equipment. It's also still not really clear whether short-term work in the EU will require things like visas, whereas before we could hop on a plane and be in Paris for a project the next day.
With such a long time out of work it was always unlikely everything would bounce back. Paul thinks It's going to take some time to fully recover long term, but is positive we'll get there eventually. Video is such an important tool so I can't see it going anywhere."
The pandemic had such a negative impact on the majority, but Julian did manage to take a positive from the situation. "During the lockdown, I took the opportunity to learn new skills and caught up with my list of things to do."
Peli UK would like to thank all the videographers that took the time to help give us an insight into the impact the pandemic has had on the industry. We wish all of you, and any other small businesses that have struggled over the last 18+ months, all the best for 2022.