The Manchester Cypher

Oh... my... days... did I have fun filming this one. The energy was simply amazing. So much talent. So much passion. So much skill. All of it expertly brought together by the Mic Check MCR team for yours truly to have the pleasure of capturing. In the end it was a very long shoot for… Continue reading The Manchester Cypher

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Mic Check III

Been a lot of fun shooting promos for Mic Check, a quarterly live music event scheduled to take place tomorrow evening in the Levenshulme district of Manchester. The editing has taken up most of my evenings over the last couple of weeks but it's been worth it to play around with footage and some of… Continue reading Mic Check III

Why Planning is Overrated

I ain’t gonna front. I had a wicked time just recently, shooting an aftermovie for Polar Music; a Manchester-based music production and events label who specialise in putting together house music/EDM nights around the north west of England. I was asked to do some filming at the launch party for one of their events at… Continue reading Why Planning is Overrated

The Habit of Art

There's this strange nebulous space you tend to occupy as a writer, or even, perhaps, a creator or storyteller of any kind; a sort of hovering furtive interstice between here and elsewhere, wakefulness and daydream, vivid yet vague; like a mental version of twilight. Which is why I loved stumbling across this excerpt from Jane Vandenburgh's Architecture… Continue reading The Habit of Art

The Perks of Peeking…

I love to have a camera in my hands, whether for photography purposes or videography - I enjoy both; and, by now, have been fortunate enough to have the chance to photograph and film all kinds of things - news, interviews, live events, promotional vox pops, performance poetry, even grime freestyles etc. But.. Something I've… Continue reading The Perks of Peeking…

I Have a Publishing Deal!

Yes, that is not a typo, hoax or misprint. After several years of writing and re-writing, a novel I've been working on has been bought by the award winning Angry Robot Books, one of the most popular (and, well, coolest) genre imprints out there. I am, as you might imagine, incredibly excited and so wanted to… Continue reading I Have a Publishing Deal!

3 Surprisingly Simple Things I’ve Learned About Public Speaking (For Those Who Don’t Like Public Speaking)

I'll be honest, I've never really thought of myself as a teacher. In fact, I barely think of myself as a speaker, despite having delivered talks at events, in workshop settings, community settings and in other venues on a number of occasions now. It's just always been, to me, more of an acquired skill than… Continue reading 3 Surprisingly Simple Things I’ve Learned About Public Speaking (For Those Who Don’t Like Public Speaking)

2 DJs, 7 MCs and One Long Night of Filming

So this was without question the most physically taxing shoot to date. What had originally been planned as a 30-minute studio session with 7 of Manchester's most talented MCs, extended into an hour-long set. By the end my shoulders and back were on fire from holding up the weight of my shoulder rig to film… Continue reading 2 DJs, 7 MCs and One Long Night of Filming

Dancing in the Moonlight

The thing about films, especially the great ones, is that they're revelatory; they unveil the human experience, annotate humanity. Something I was reminded of when attending the previews for Barry Jenkins' mercurial debut feature, Moonlight, in Manchester these past few weeks. I was there to film vox pops for the distribution company, capturing audience responses… Continue reading Dancing in the Moonlight