There are a few things watching Asif Kapadia's astounding documentary, Amy, will do for you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za3lZcrzzcM First. You'll remember, or realise, depending on how closely you followed her career, just how much of a genius Amy Winehouse - the singer-songwriter who is the film's subject - really was. And yeah, I realise how overused the word 'genius'… Continue reading Does Your Life Create Your Art?
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
Current headspace: I wake up at 5:30am this morning, write this on my phone in about 5 mins, then go back to sleep. Go figure. Think I'll call it Chaos Theory. Seems apt somehow... There's a season for the sun And a season for the rain There's a season to have fun And a season… Continue reading Chaos Theory
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
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
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…
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!
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)
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
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