I have a friend from university who writes a really brilliant blog, where she sometimes interviews people. The articles are broad but all have the same focus on the passion or ‘wonder’ that people invest in their interests and/or work. Knowing that I’m quite keen on cameras and that, she asked to interview me.
I talk a bit about some of the cinematographers, photographers and film makers I’m interested in and inspired by, how I approach film making and my plans for the future. As with the blog, I try to offer some helpful advice along the way too. As ever, I hope you enjoy!
I urge you to read the other interviews too, as they’re all excellent.
The weekend just passed saw the start of filming for the Silicon Gun video, which went very well overall. Some things worked, some things were abandoned and some things taught us how not to do it next time! One of the main things when filming something quite complicated like this is to go through the trial and error motions and learn from the mistakes you make. I firmly believe we’ve now got that out of our system!
We had a day of planning and some quick test shots on Saturday which gave us the rushes we needed to make some important decisions that evening for the next day. We decided to shoot the whole thing on a 17mm lens so it’s nice and wide, which makes the whole piece a lot more dynamic and interesting. We also realised that having a large external monitor was absolutely critical, so Ali’s car boot quickly became our mobile video village, which worked perfectly.
Porcelain Unicorn is a wonderful example of what can be achieved in such a short time frame on screen.
Produced specifically for the Philips Parallel Lines ‘Tell It Your Way’ international competition, the short film won Grand Prize. The competition imposed dialogue limitations, demanding that each entry must include 6 lines of dialogue:
- What is that?
- It’s a unicorn.
- Never seen one up close before.
- Get away, Get away!
- I’m sorry.
So I’m currently working with a fantastic group of people brimming with ideas that are being prepared and condensed into music video form for your visual pleasure. These are all going to be applied to a really exciting and ambitious concept that I had while on an editing course recently. At the time, I thought it would be incredibly simple to film and appear much more complicated when watched back. Turns out I was underestimating it ever so slightly! The video will be made for a song called Silicon Gun by the very talented, very loud and always gigging, Kinky Boot Beasts.