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 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…

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

What An Evening With Yaa Gyasi Taught Me About Inspiration

I first came across the incredible stillness and power of Yaa Gyasi's writing early last year when reading a short story penned by the Ghanaian-born author in Guernica Magazine. Inscape, narrated from a daughter's perspective, told the tale of a woman and her Ghanaian mother, weaving between themes of religion, culture and mental illness with… Continue reading What An Evening With Yaa Gyasi Taught Me About Inspiration

Meeting RnB/Hip Hop Group, Blvck Diamond

I'll admit it, I've been a busy bee the last few weeks - rewrites of a manuscript I'm working on that needed sending to my agent asap, photography and videography work at a live hip hop event the weekend before last, video editing work every evening since, not to mention the day job etc. -… Continue reading Meeting RnB/Hip Hop Group, Blvck Diamond

Does Manchester Have a Unity Problem?

"Here in Manchester... If we'd support each other, like London does, then we'd be up there. But [instead] it's like every man for himself." Pretty startling comment isn't it. It belongs to JE, a member of Manchester-based rap group, TTS. I had the pleasure of filming an interview with them (see below) last night ahead… Continue reading Does Manchester Have a Unity Problem?

On Writing: An Interview with… Myself?

The funny thing is I'm used to asking the questions, not answering them. I mean, I've conducted a fair few interviews at this point, delving into the motivations and inspirations of artists, creatives, community leaders etc. - people who are passionate about what they do. But I've never been on the other side of the… Continue reading On Writing: An Interview with… Myself?