"Dream Jobs" / by Jamie Gallant

Ever wonder what drives someone to work night shifts? Jobs that could be as detrimental to your health as say - drinking alcohol? Or that visibly ages you to look 10 years older than you actually are? I did. So together with co-director Vern Cummins and DoP Joe Rixon, I’ve been shooting a documentary series this past month for TVNZ OnDemand profiling individuals who lurk in the shadows, that yawn in the face of 3a.m., and that sacrifice their nights so we can better get on with living out our days.

The idea started simply enough, but where it took us may surprise you. We hope so at least, otherwise what was the point of putting ourselves through this? Stay tuned and in the meantime, here are some behind-the-scenes shots from our first night shift.

Trying to stockpile some extra Zzz’s at a public park off the highway.

Trying to stockpile some extra Zzz’s at a public park off the highway.

This included some creative problem-solving to the issue of daylight.

This included some creative problem-solving to the issue of daylight.

Hot (cold) Camera at 10pm

Hot (cold) Camera at 10pm

Midnight

Midnight

2 a.m.

2 a.m.

Sunrise, a welcome sight after 10 cold hours of darkness and consequently, a beautiful perk of working the night shift.

Sunrise, a welcome sight after 10 cold hours of darkness and consequently, a beautiful perk of working the night shift.

Waiting on that much needed shot of vitamin D

Waiting on that much needed shot of vitamin D

And finally… the crew a little bleary-eyed the next morning… Click to scroll over.