Sunday, 2 August 2015

A Documentary About God [Interview - 2004]

This could have potentially have been my very first completed film project. As it happens, nothing more ever came of the idea following the recording of this interview.

Still, it's interesting to see my religious politics play out on screen - especially towards the end of this piece. Some of those questions are, er, brave choices to ask a minister in his own home!


Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

August 1st, 2015

I spent today taking a trip down memory lane...

A Documentary About God

I bought the cable I needed from Tesco, so that I could upload the VHS footage from this interview onto my computer. It took a fair amount of time to do so, and to then convert it from its native 4:3 to a more conventional 16:9. Once it was done, there was just one thing left to do before I could upload my very first film project to Youtube...

I had to film an introduction, to explain the footage.

To do so proved bloody murder! I had a rough idea of what I wanted to say... yet, I constantly got tongue tied, and forced myself to begin over again. Eventually I got there, and I think the piece to camera works pretty well, and does a good job of explaining the interview.

It's loading to Youtube now. I will post it here, tomorrow.

It means (really this time) that everything I've ever shot is now saved electronically. That's a huge boost for me, in preserving my work in the years to come.

Home Movies

I've also been uploading some home movies.

Here's one from my 5th birthday in February 1994. As it's come from an old VHS tape, the quality does drop at times:


Friday, 31 July 2015

July 31st, 2015

As the month drawers to a close, I'm looking back and seeing some bizarre things.

Fellow

Mostly - Fellow is made! After 8 years... How'd that happen?!

I've decided, I'm going to stay away from the project until 10th August. After that I'll return, and film Act 1's montage. At the same time, I'll finalise the sound edit.

The project will likely premiere on my Youtube channel in September.

This tactic allows me to focus on other projects in the meantime...

Eight Months Last Tuesday

Shamefully, no further update! I have set myself the target of having the first Act written by that August 10th deadline, though.

Creeping (or Creepy) (or Susie...)

I think I'm going to write this once Eight Months Last Tuesday is complete, and I'll then film it immediately. This should be around Halloween, which means I might end up with a second consecutive horror themed film!

I like this idea. It can be very creepy (in multiple ways!)

A Documentary About God

I recorded an interview in 2004, intended for a documentary... about God.

However, nothing more came of the project. I saved the footage onto a VHS tape... where it's remained trapped ever since, as nobody uses VHS anymore.

Anyhoo... I brought the tape back from London with me - to immediately find a VCR player at home, hidden away in storage by my Mum. It means, with the right cabling I can now upload the VHS tape's contents onto my laptop, and upload to Youtube.

Before that happens though, I think I would need to record a special intro to explain what the footage is, and put a context around it. I will attempt this tomorrow.

So watch this space, as another one of my projects may materialise online before too long - after many years in the VHS abyss!!

Best Films of 2015 (So Far)

My cinema-going really hit its momentum this time last year. Now, however, I'm slowing down. I stopped working at a cinema in June - and so, I don't see anywhere near as much as I use to. However, I've still got enough to go out to form an opinion of 2015's film releases (so far):

My trips to the cinema so far in 2015.

Honourable mentions: Kingsman - The Secret Service; Foxcatcher; Terminator Genisys

10: X&Y
9: John Wick
8: Still Alice
7: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
6: Ex Machina
5: Wild
4: The Theory of Everything
3: Big Hero 6
2: Whiplash
1: Mad Max - Fury Road

For the rest of the year, there's only a handful of releases I'm genuinely looking forward to. Star Wars is the obvious one, and Spectre too. I still haven't seen Inside Out, so must make that my next cinema trip - and there's a few I missed on general release, that I should catch up on when they're available on iTunes (Slow West; The Look of Silence)

Let's see how things change in the last half of the year.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

July 29th, 2015

A bit of a peculiar day, really. Not much development - but meeting people, and introducing them to my new worlds.

Fellow

I'm back in London for a few days, and it's the first time I've met Gabi since filming the majority of the piece. We watched the whole of the film together. It's difficult to gage if she liked it or not. She says she would have done bits differently if she'd directed the piece.

I met up with my old work colleague Kathryn Smith too. She started in Ushers, and has supported me for a while. Kathryn says she'll watch Fellow tomorrow, but is happy to see me making stuff, and being this confident about it.

Eight Months Last Tuesday

I've now read up to the 60 page mark of Seconds - one of the comics I was given as homework by Tiziana, to familiarise myself with her art style.

More excitingly! I've cracked the first page - it's based around what Joey would have done for Ann, leading to a joke about him robbing some place for her... but he is actually robbing it. Sssh, you. I'll make it work.

Kathryn and her partner Glenn like the idea. A lot! Glenn asked an interesting question - what type of time machine is it? I hadn'd really considered it. Like HG Wells'?

More soon!