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Month: May, 2017

The blank Scene, and that fear

There’s nothing more terrifying (to a writer) than the blank page, undeniably it is a fear most Writer’s suffer with. There it is in its crystal-clear white void ready to be tackled with word after word of amazing story and nuance.

It stares back at you, haunting your every thought as you put off your Screenplay for fear of a lacklustre scene to play out. It’s mostly an excuse, one that is inexcusable since the hurdle is only there because you can’t face writing whilst expecting to fail.

It’s knowing your scene, knowing what you want from it, where it’s going, who’s in it. It’s utter selfishness that pushes you to delve into your mind and spill it out on the page. The first step after knowing what you want is to write. It’s as simple as that. Even if it’s terrible, even if you hate what you’ve written – you have a starting point.

From that starting point you have a clearer picture than you did before, it’s magic, it’s editing, re-structuring, moving back & forth, tweaking, adjusting, discovering what it is that makes your scene. Scene’s can expand, moving through different setups, continuous moments, or just as you imagined it before clicking away.

The fear is traumatic, you put it off, you work on anything but your screenplay. Sometimes you have to face the demon head on, ignore distraction it tempts you. Once you find your groove, the story can grow naturally, from one sentence can uncover elements you never thought of before, growing into following scenes, moments, characters, interactions; the list goes on.

In the process of writing, it’s not, write and write and write. The scope of a film is to know where it goes, the preparation/research is key to that. Which is another hurdle, but one that is less daunting than the challenge of the blank page.

“I Will Never Be An Astronaut” – Kid Conventional EP Launch

My good pal Parasol, that is Anthony Smith, invited me along to capture the launch of Kid Conventional’s new EP “I Will Never Be An Astronaut”. The fact that a.) the other bands supporting are now a part of my Spotify favourite opens my music palette open to fresh artists. “Lio” & “Mollyanna”. and b.) The chance to capture their performances was a blast.

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Let’s start with the negatives; I always start with the negatives. The one camera setup, hmm, some of you might think, filming a gig RAW as though without cuts, yes. That is a problem, but overcoming them is the challenge. The challenge was a pain, I’ll admit it. There is and was sacrifice. Performances cut from the video, moments ruined by moments un-viewable, having to be disregarded. Never mind.

A thought occurs, and idea spark. The problem I ran into was the choice of lenses for certain songs, the look, the movement was none existent creating a boring static endurance piece which would never keep viewer’s attention. Scarp that. Others I used a 55mm – 250mm Telescopic lens, SOLUTION! ZOOM! Variety; check. BUT, f/4.5 – 5.6 a inconsistent Aperture when zooming screws the lighting, Light > Dark(er). No worries, it looked fine. Without control of the lighting conditions it made it difficult to accept upping the ISO to at least brighten the image in camera, than in-post. Might need to buy a lens with a wider Aperture to assist.

So, the deletion of some songs just had to be. A terrible shame, the audio is AMAZING! The flow unwound, one performer 5 songs, the next 3, then 2, then 7. Throwing pacing off-balence. Simple fact of the matter, symmetry is a welcome format with live events. Each act 3 songs each, choosing the performances with the most variety. Okay, looking great.

With a running time of just under an hour, the video looks great. The RAW take of an event, having to use a single camera and still keep the focus interesting has given the video an edge.

(Link soon)

ALSO, the room was incredibly crowded, small, claustrophobic – the opportunity to film was inviting, not so much were the drunk fellows distracting me. But as it were, that is the nature of that beast.

Kick for Cancer Cup – Interviews

Creating for yourself is a perspective only true to your own, but to do so for the benefit of others, for people less fortunate than yourself makes you responsible for something greater than yourself. Especially in the case of the efforts of Adam, Curtis, Josh, Clic Sargent & the Sheffield United Community being the driving force behind the ‘Kick for Cancer Cup’ event taking place on the 3rd June.

Along with my partner in crime Josh Ward (CineReal) we have the privilege of creating the video(s) for the event as an event/charity example as to the efforts and proceedings of the day in question.

But as it were, this is information all relative to the organisation http://www.clicsargent.org.uk . Onto the interviews.

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Cutting to the chase, gear above. Two camera setup, audio, lighting all that good stuff and a whole lotta cables. Respectfully placed out of way, health & safety fully aware.

All interviews conducted in the Hillsborough College TV Studio.

These interviews involved Fran from Clic Sargent, Adam, Curtis & Josh patients who have suffered with cancer in different forms, with all the same goal to push through and show their strength through endurance. And Keith Ward from Sheffield United Community, doing a great job of helping the event become a reality.

A fair assumption was that the questions involving cancer might cause discomfort, a word that has cursed and belittled its victims. The fact the strength of these guys is far superior than the thought of what they’ve lived through, their determination in the face of a condition thought to be insurmountable to overcome is inspiring.

Purpose is the aim for the event, for the video, and most of all for the supporters, patients, affected family and friends, anyone with a stake in the ensemble that is fighting cancer. The video we are creating will hopefully be a beacon that will show what it looks like to be happy in the face of extreme misery, in the face of a monster with no face. To hopefully emulate the success in moral throughout the country by telling their stories and showing their reactions.