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Month: July, 2015

Preparing.

Having all the time in the world to make something is all well and good if you have ideas to put forward, as well as a crew that’s always available.

I havn’t had the time or opportunity to do as much as I wanted to do so far. There are a few project that I have in mind for filming – this involves a music video shoot with a good friend of mine Anthony Smith “Parasol” http://parasolacoustic.com & general filming with him for the documentary I’m making with him.

A sequel to which I talked about a few weeks ago, still in the planning stages of what I want the film to be. I do have an idea of the journey I want to take with the characters – that I’ve always been interested by silent protagonists. You have a lot of experimentation with them, a lot can be said with no words at all.

I have access to music from a great musician Eddy Kassabian, who has great talent and you can check out his profile here –    soundcloud.com/eddykassabian . With this I have also shot some opening footage which I have included the music of Eddy’s into.

I set up events that affect them, the responses are in the visual cues and the audience responds with their own ideas and theories revolving around them. They’re not directly told, but they have a general gist of the situation. It’s like giving them the chance to feel as if they are a part of the world, the story. Instead of viewing one (which I also enjoy making too!). So there’s that.

I have also prepared first drafts for three, yes THREE short films which I am working to get finalised. These three will be shorts that I can choose to make this year, which is a nice head start. The process I usually go through is to think of an idea, write it (this includes all the necessary stages – re-writing / feedback / more re-writing / storyboards / shot-lists / ETC) to get a final shooting script. Then it’s down to Production (and all that entails). Then to Editing. Now it’s heres the idea and I can work on it, but it’s already there; it’s not me thinking of it then working on it to make it as soon as possible. I’m taking my time, and that’s valuable for the film, time to simmer, time to iron out all the creases & remove excess and keep working on how I want the film to feel and look.

Later this year I hope to return to filming the Sheffield Sharks Basketball. Back to filming more Music Videos. More content in general. Most of all even before summer is over I want to have a few more short film scripts completed. I am aiming to have a good number of them so I can be ready. + there are numerous ideas that I have yet to be written as scripts, I think I counted 17 ideas that I can write up into screenplays.

The final exciting development is for a feature that I am writing. I’ve had an idea of a film that hasn’t been made yet, or as an idea hasn’t been made. It’s my first time writing so I’m taking this experience as practice, as a learning exercise. I don’t want to talk about it yet because I don’t want to give anything away. What I can say is that next January I am hoping to create a little short film that will be the selling point for it, I will make it a separate portion from the main script to display the intention of the feature itself. By doing this I will work to pitch the film – from there I will be taking it day by day to work on it and refine until I can get somewhere with the project.

Music in the Gardens 2015 (Charity Festival)

Day One

What can I say about day one. Well there’s not much to tell, it was a slow day.

Arrive at 2pm, cameras are stuck in traffic – will arrive at 4. Arrive at 5. From the point at which they arrived they were set up for us, and we just had time to make sure to get ready for when the crowd arrives at which point we took control of Vision mixing, working in shifts between myself and Josh Hague.

Day One was less hands on, more everything is set up for you, which didn’t help. Cameras where set to auto, the incredibly dark footage, the extremely light footage, there was no control.

Day Two

The better of the days.

We managed to set up ourselves, having one free camera at the front means we have more creative choice. This time it was our job to make sure we set up to how we want it to look. It’s the first time for me on a job that I’ve felt like it’s my responsibility to make sure everything (in the camera department) will run smooth, and look good for the audience behind our tent.

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The crowd arrives 1 hour after we are ready, perfect timing. Everything runs smooth throughout the performances and we pack down again.

Day Three

The day of The Proclaimers.

Same deal as yesterday, set up, make sure the cameras are set properly and wait for the crowd to show & the bands to play. There was a bigger audience than the previous two nights (due to The Proclaimers). I don’t know a lot about their music, but after they played I did enjoy what I heard – especially standing at the front of the stage filming them.

After filming the Sheffield Sharks basketball team I’ve had practice with live cameras, especially using certain techniques – zoom & focus is tricky when having to use the on board camera zoom. Luckily the cameras were fitted with a zoom trigger on the handle of the tripod, much more efficient.

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Day Four

Final day – same deal as the last few days. Setup and wait.

A little less pro-active as the last few days, the Brass Band & Orchestra. I liked the Brass Band (as a fan of film scores they resonated within me) but for the Orchestra… Opera isn’t my thing. Nether the less the filming commenced, primarily I focused on Vision Mixing for the event for the first half.

The extravagant fireworks show ended a good 4 days of music with a bang, a visual feast (and audible). Pack down went the same. We are done.

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