Writer & Filmmaker

Kids

And On The Panel…

Looking forward to working with the Youth Panel from Lowewood Museum in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire on their new short film. Such a fantastic museum with a great programme and such interesting exhibits. 

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Takeover Day

 

It’s “Takeover Day” this week. Check out the Kids in Museums website where our commissioned film can be found documenting and celebrating this fantastic opportunity for young people.

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Kids in Museums


Taking a Break in my Stride

Studio shoot Lunch Set 1 Set Shoot 1Spent a  hectic few days finishing up some shots for a short film: “The Memory Palace” that I’m hoping to put into the Reed Short film competition 2014. I have a couple of intensive days of  editing and mixing to make the deadline, which is 23:59 on January 22. The theme is a family business, and that is most certainly what the process has been since I decided to carry on with the shoot with a broken ankle. What fantastic crew my kids make, particularly when the Breville toasted sandwich maker comes out to work on set. Nothing like it to keep you and your crew full, happy, and smiling. Might have a couple of pick up shots this evening and then it’s back to that timeline and hope my broadband speed stays healthy for upload on Wednesday.


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Jurassic Samurai

Jurassic Samurai

Almost watched two hours of Seven Samurai this past few weeks. The thing is if you leave the room and you have no one guarding your Dvd player things happen. When you come back your film of choice has been ejected in favour of Jurassic Park or The Lost World or the other sibling from the box set that Santa so ruthlessly distributed.

Then it’s no easy task flicking through the menu to get to the point that you were at before you dared to leave the room. Of course before you even get to that point you have to negotiate the removal of the Jurassic…

In fear of being a dinosaur I didn’t have these problems with VHS. Granted I had no children to battle for control of viewing but I could eject then years later put the same film back in and it would start from exactly where I’d left it.

Still this protracted period of watching Seven Samurai has made me appreciate it all the more for the bite size chunks that seem to induce, a cry of “You’ve watched that before.” from my children before I’m called away to fix something.

But, just maybe, I’m a facilitator and really rather like Jurassic Park and its sequels.

Anyhow, he’s no Yul Brynner…


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On the Shelf

On the Shelf

Not sure about ownership of my films anymore. They all seem to get mixed in with the kids’ films and then taken out and put somewhere else. In my house a special stacking style has taken hold. That is when they make it to a stack.

I’ve been fighting against my urge to record multiple films from the numerous channels that magically appear on my dvd recorder and television’s built in tuners. And then there’s the cable channels where something you’ve heard of or have always wanted to see pops up.

The trouble is I can spend so much time recording that I never have time to watch as there’s always a dvd recording something. Think I’ll take a week off from recording and fight that urge to record that obscure Japanese  film or some Chicago based comedy that I’m sure the kids would love.

Of course there’s always the radio…