Writer & Filmmaker

filmmaking

Snapshot 

Off to the Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire tomorrow to add a soldier to our historical figures featuring in their short film Absolutely. Members of the museum’s Youth Panel have appeared as Romans, Victorians, and even someone from the sixties.

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Staying In Character 

Lowewood Museum’s Youth Panel’s Yanena maintaining character between shots at Lowewood Museum ‘s shoot for their new short film “Absolutely” supported by Royal Opera House Bridge. 


Early Night

Even after a long day filming there is always the prospect of a pleasant surprise. I was running late and stopped for some quick bits at Tesco in Harlow at just the right time.


Location, Location: A Marsh

We’ve been location scouting in Kent. It’s always important to find not only the right location but also the right people to work with. Fortunately we found both great people and great locations in this fabulous county. We always think time spent in pre -production is never wasted. Hope to be filming near St. Mary’s, Higham later in the year. The area is close to Charles Dickens’ former home at Gads Hill, and close to some great Kentish marshes, which feature in Great Expectations.


Long Live the Video Store

Continuing on from the blast from the past theme. (For those who don’t know)Yes, it’s a video rental store. I saw this yesterday in a small seaside town in Kent, Broadstairs. So rare now. 

There was always something about looking at the covers and making your choices. On Demand is great but there was something tactile even personal about video/DVD stores. Those boxes on the shelf when I was kid like Assault on Precinct 13, Matewan , Scarface, or The Deerhunter were a great start on the way to film and filmmaking. 

It’s amazing how early choices can have so much of an impact on life and career.

Long live the Video store and let’s not even talk about the bookstore.   


Caution

“I knew we should have hired that location scout. Now where did our camera operator go? Always last to show up, and first to slope off.”
There’s something to be said for getting the right person for the right job as there is for the right company for the right job.