In the throws of last minute pre production this week as I prepare to use the bank holiday weekend for what it is actually intended for… shooting films! I’m working with my friends over at Systir Productions on Saturday shooting their gory short “6 Shooter”, and then after a brief interregnum in between I will be shooting my film co written with Sam Holtmon, for the Virgin Media Shorts competition “Picturebook Romance” starring the excellent Roisin Rae and Simon Cole (pictured above in faux hipsterish poses FOR LITERALLY NO DISCERNIBLE REASON WHATSOEVER) it involves boxes, an attic and some animation, nothing to be excited about….
… it’s better to work highly focused for short periods of time, with breaks in between, than to be partially focused for long periods of time. Think of it as a sprint, rather than a marathon. You can push yourself to your limits for short periods of time, so long as you have a clear stopping point. And after a rest, you can sprint again.
We’re at a moment where everyone knows you can do anything, the question really is what are you gonna do?…. To me the idea that you can do anything doesnt mean that you should do anything, the question is ‘what does the story require?’ no one cares about a spaceship flying by unless you love the people in a spaceship
London 1927 as seen through the eyes/camera of Claude Frisse-Greene. Some stunning colour film here from the late 1920’s, funny to see how suspicious the people are of the camera! When you look at old video of London, you garner a view that it’s black and white and drab, fascinating that with colour footage how modern it makes it, giving us a clearer idea of how things looked back then.
A few stills I took from last week’s performance of “Shhh!” from the always excellent C-12 Dance Theatre / Photos © Daniel D. Moses
A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.
François-René de Chateaubriand, quoted in Roman Krznaric’s How to Find Fulfilling Work
Song: “Play on Little Children” by Dan Dyer
New toy alert, testing out the Glide Gear DEV-1000 Slider which gives you smooth slidey movements with your DSLR. It’s a nice piece of kit, smallish so easy to transport, has it’s own 2 legs and can be mounted to a tripod for extra versatility. I found that it tended to lean more according to the weight, which can be a problem. It’s not as smooth as I thought, will take a bit of practice experimenting with different speeds to see the best method. In a vague attempt to make my non too interesting test footage in the garden look moderately more exciting, I’ve set it to needlessly dramatic music, graded it bleakly and given it a silly title.
Shot with Nikon D7000 + 35mm lens / Glide Gear DEV-1000 Slider / Music: Sherlock (TV) Original Soundtrack
Love these amazing behind the scenes stills from “The Empire Strikes Back”
As a photographer and a filmmaker, I am fascinated by light, it’s an important part of what makes a visual work. I went to see “Light Show” at the Hayward Gallery in London, an exploration of the experimental aspects of light to shape the environment they are in with light sculptures.
Screening at Detmold ISFF!
More good news for “No Hopah” the music video I Directed for the excellent Punkture Sluts last year, it’s been selected for the ‘Detmold International Short Film Festival’ in Germany screening in June! Now being screened at home and abroad, awesome!
Went down to the London Marathon today to do some cheering and such on a crazily sunny Sunday, my friend Charlie ran it in 3 hour 39 mins raising money for Shelter. An incredible atmosphere, with people young and old supporting each other, runners or otherwise.