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Has it really been a year…..I’m blaming the studying!

What a difference year makes! A friend of mine asked me the other day about my website and what it contains….then it dawned on me…I hadn’t touched my site for a fair while.

Ashamed and with my tail between my legs I’ve come back. It’s not that I haven’t been busy, man have I been busy, but in a slightly different capacity as of late. I’ve hit the books again in search of a few more qualifications on my belt! The last time I did some proper studying was for me degree which finished in 2010.

2012-2013 Saw me complete my Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCHE) which I finished at the end of the year. I’m now studying for my Post Grad Diploma in Higher Education which will take until the Summer to complete!

I am still very much available for freelance work on top! Just not as often as I’d like :)

Let’s see what 2014 brings…..

A few weeks ago I posted about a video I was working on in the deep dark depths of some woods near Redruth. Well all the hard work of one long day of filming has been edited into a video for the Levellers new single Mutiny. This project was great fun to work on and although it was a long day and I fell into a badger hole it was totally worth it!

Mutiny

My alarm went off at 5am this morning, but happy to report it was worth it. I had to be on set this morning for 7am for a full days worth of filming over two locations in Cornwall for a Levellers music video. Seven actors were transported back to 1917 and really looked the part.

My role involved the usual general production type duties which I love, and capturing sound on location. I must say I have definitely got achey boom arm again this evening but it was great fun, cast and crew came from all around and I thoroughly enjoyed the long day we all had together. I also finally got to film at the illusive Helston prison I’d heard so much about previously. The video is due to be completed towards the end of the year and I’ll post again when it’s available.

Thanks must go to Rich Mulryne for asking me to help out. A few years back I worked with him and Tim Connell on another video project and it was great to be working together again, even though we all live further away from each other now, lets hope this isn’t the last time!

Eat. Learn. Move. (and get inspired…)

Ok so I maybe a bit behind on the uptake of these short films…so apologies! I’m in a bit of a creative lull at the moment…..(as you can probably tell through lack of posts!)..and I’m in serious need of some motivation, I’m blaming the weather. Anyhoos came across this recently and I found it really inspiring, hope others do too!

Sound Inspiration

— http://www.soundandmusic.org

This is a cool little website a friend recommended, nice to see that sound is being used creatively!

Working 9 to 5 (Well almost!)

Over the last 10 weeks I have been pulling some extra hours on top of my day job, working in a role I held previously for just over 6 years. It’s been great coming back and seeing what everyone has been up to, if not a little strange! Working with new kit is something that always excites me and I think the main thing I’ve got out of the weeks I have been back is seeing what new technology is available to film makers studying at degree level.

I’ve found audio recorders have particularly improved and I have been off out and about doing some test recordings with the Zoom H4 recorder, still not sure if I prefer this over the slightly smaller Marantz PMD620. I took the Marantz with me on a recent trip to Finland to record some interviews there, so looking forward to comparing this with the H4. I guess that’s another thing about working long hours also, it makes you appreciate the time you do have left over at the end of the day to be creative and actually make things, I’ve got one week left working evenings and then I feel a little project coming on!

Today sees the launch of the AIR building at Tremough Campus in Falmouth. The Academy for Innovation & Research is the home for business and research at the campus and to celebrate the opening today various individuals and groups are showcasing works and projects at the event.

I was particularly excited about the arduino project that was on display from Cornwall Hackerspace (http://cornwallhackerspace.com) – I’ve only played around with this kind of technology once before and it makes me really excited about the possibilities available, especially when you use a little imagination! Can’t wait to have another opportunity to play around, and I’m semi tempted to buy a starter kit, but until then I do have a recording of the music I made with the project!

Test

Recently there has been need to film a wide range of interviews where I’m currently working. Naturally I jumped at the chance to be involved not just because it’s something that I love to do but I do believe it’s so important to polish up skills. Sometimes, without realising, I will go a few weeks without picking up a camera and although it’s ultimately something you won’t forget in a hurry the familiarity with pieces of kit is something which can disperse quite quickly.

I’m currently working evenings back within a University in a kind of hire service set up, the students have an alarming amount of gear they have access to, many are reaching their final months of study and I tend to recommend getting their hands on as much different pieces of kit that they can, it will definitely be better in the long run. In an age where digital technologies are constantly evolving it all that more important, tapes one minute, cards the next….blink and you’ll miss it. It’s really important to be in the water so you go with the tide!

Miracle Theatre

Over the last few weeks I’ve been doing a spot of front of house volunteering for Miracle Theatre during their production of TIN. I really enjoyed helping out and the atmosphere on the nights I’ve helped out has been brilliant. Got to see the performance last night and loved it, ironic also that the younger singers at last nights performance were from the Roseland School…..brought back some memories! A great performance and well worth a watch, great to finally see something which addresses an important part of Cornish heritage.

So my nice shiny new Camalapse arrived last week and I was pretty keen to get it up and in use ASAP.

Combined with a Go Pro I put it to use on the first thing I could find, a nice curry tea being cooked in the kitchen. So for anyone wanting to have a gander at this product, or the inside of my kitchen….enjoy!