The channel has been created by Bristol University as a home for all the content created during their Good Grief Festivals. Now regular content is being produced for The Grief Channel and I'm editing it all ready to go online.
Cherry Orchards Camphill Community, was for more than forty years, an Intentional Therapeutic Community seeking new ways to live a healthy social life in our troubled world. Set in a stunning site in a secluded valley in north Bristol the community has decided it needs to sell it's land and buildings to continue it's work. I'm making a film to celebrate it's time at the site and look forward to a new chapter.
Raised in Bristol is a social enterprise that provides nursery care, allowing children to flourish and communities to prosper. They are passionate about making community spaces sustainable by turning them into profitable places by running nurseries out of their community buildings. I've started (but have been on hold for a bit!) work on a film that captures what they've achieved so far and shows their development as they build a new site at Felix Road Adventure Playground.
2021 Click on logos to watch the films (not all films available online)
I created a short training film for Vinney Green Secure Children's Home about door and gate safety protocol. The emphasis is on staff and young people's safety in the home and how to reduce risks whilst moving young people around the home and through the many gates and doors that need to remain locked.
I put together a short advert / campaign film for Viva's! latest media campaign - 'Don't Eat Babies.' The film features footage of young animals and then reveals how long they actually live for when farmed in the meat industry. Part cute animals and part shock tactics, the film hits home how short animals actually live for.
On Tuesday 23rd March, Marie Curie held a National Day of Reflection to bring people together to reflect on our collective loss over the last year, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future. I edited all the pre-recorded video content to go out on the day for three shows. Guests and speakers included Suzi Quattro, Anneka Rice, Gideon Coe and Paul Chuckle.
After the huge success of the Good Grief Festival last year they've gone on to set up a Grief Channel as a home for all the video content. Also they're having a new smaller festival at the end of March. I'm onboard again to edit all the videos (there are loads!)
DJ Stryda's popular 'Sufferah's Choice' dub, roots and reggae radio show is 25 years old this year. After starting his show as a teenager on many of Bristols pirate radio stations like Passion and Ragga fm, he is now broadcasting legally on swu.fm. I went along to film his monthly show and make some shorts to capture and promote it. Check out the show on the last Wednesday of the month, in Bristol on 103.7 fm or online at swu.fm.
GL11 Community Hub have had to close their doors to the public due to Covid-19. However they've been at the centre of the response to the pandemic. Recruiting volunteers, helping the community, especially the most vulnerable and bringing hope to Cam and Dursley. I've made a 17 minute film to capture what's been happening and tell the story of their journey over the last year.
The wonderful Bike Park Wales are teaming up with Temwa to balance all the carbon they use. Amazingly Temwa have so far planted over 1.5 million trees in northern Malawi and they also set up community focused projects to protect existing forests and provide employment. I've made two films to promote the partnership and to encourage Bike Park Wales's customers to sign up to balance their carbon too. World Cup Champion mountain biker Laurie Greenland joins us in the films too. He's also onboard to balance his carbon with Temwa.
2020 Click on logos to watch the films (not all films available online)
Temwa are launching a new fundraising campaign where groups of people can climb the height of Kilimanjaro from the comfort of there own homes via going up and down their stairs! I created a short film to promote the campaign.
Good Grief was originally planned for May, as a week-long festival in Bristol to help people talk, think and learn about grief. Due to Covid-19 it has now become a online global event. There was a really inspiring and diverse programme of events and talks. I've spent over a month editing the prerecorded content, creating promotional material and editing the live events for their Grief Channel.
Parents can't currently go on tours of new prospective schools for their children. St Michael's Primary School decided to get me to make a video to show case their school and teaching staff. It was a lot of fun filming in the school and they're very pleased with the final film.
I made a promo film for Temwa to launch their new campaign for the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020. It's called Taps, Toilets and Radio Shows. For one week (1st - 8th December) every donation to Temwa via the Big Give web site is doubled! In Malawi Temwa will work with medics, media, youth and leaders to help households access clean water, hygiene training, toilets, and hand washing units. They will also work with local radio stations and use text messaging to help combat misinformation.
After the success of the last campaign film I made for Viva! we have made another film about an undercover investigation of a pig farm in Leicestershire. In 'The Flat House Factory' film the footage is truly horrifying - a bio-security nightmare with wild cats roaming free and eating piglets, neglected sick and suffering animals and workers abusing animals. A hard watch but hopefully can bring about some change.
Felix Road Adventure Playground, Easton Community Centre and Up Our Street have merged to become Eastside Community Trust. They needed to merge to survive, grow and serve the community better. I made a 13 minute film that documents the journey to share the learning with other community group and charities that might be thinking of doing something similar.
Viva! are a busy charity doing great campaign work and a really wide variety of projects going on. So it's great to be their film maker of choice. This time I documented a studio photo shoot to make a behind the scenes film to promote their new clothes range. It was a fun day working with the photographer, model and Viva! team. I might buy a new hoody!
Temwa's has lost nearly half it's income during the pandemic. I made 2 films to promote their work and try and raise more funds. One film is aimed at the festival audiences where Temwa works during the summer and another called 'We Can't Leave!' that asks members of the community in Northern Malawi (filmed on our 2018 trip) what would happen if Temwa wasn't working there anymore.
I produced and directed an hour long cabaret show/film for Playtopia - Shambala's Kids area. Featuring a host of kids entertainment like music, circus, puppets and comedy the film will go out on what would have been the (now cancelled) Shambala Festival weekend.
Temwa are working with world champion mountain biker Laurie Greenland to hold an online mountain bike charity auction with many amazing experiences and products up for grabs. I made two promo films for the event.
I edited two short films for Falcon Productions about the artist Julia Mee and her ongoing fresco paintings in Marchmont House in Scotland. These films are a taster of a longer film that will be made later in the year.
I made a simple training film for trainers to use as part of their communications training course at Vinney Green Secure Unit. They are planning lots more internal training films as they're finding they work so well and save the training department a huge about of time.
I edited a 35 minute doc for Viva! (the vegan charity) about the pig farming industry in the UK called 'HOGWOOD - A modern horror story.' I shot some of the interviews for the film, but lots of the footage is filmed by Viva! investigators from inside farms including hidden camera footage. Not pretty stuff.
UPDATE - The film won the Wild Animal award at this year’s prestigious British Documentary Film Festival.
I made a 30 minute induction film for young people arriving at Vinney Green Secure Unit last year. I've had to update the original film as a few things have changed and make a 15 minute version for Serco to use to show young people whilst they're being escorted to Vinney Green from court.
Temwa launched it's own carbon offsetting programme and web site to enable people to work out how much carbon they're using by travelling and then offset it by donating to it's tree planting and reforestation projects in Malawi. I made two films with them. One promoting the whole project and another with world champion mountain biker Laurie Greenland to promote it on his instagram.
2019 Click on logos to watch the films (not all films available online)
I documented the 'Calm Club' project that GL11 are running in Woodfield Primary School in Cam. It works with children who have challenging behaviour and need extra support. The children have weekly 1 to 1 therapeutic sessions, weekly after school groups and community trips to nurture play and friendship. It's an amazing project that is helping support these children and the school. The film has been made to help bring in extra funding to keep calm club going long term.
Back again making a new 15 minute training film for Vinney Green Secure Unit. This time training around how they escort young people outside the unit to go to court, the dentist etc. The films are for internal use to train care staff.
I filmed at the Viva! (vegan) festival in Bristol - I shot a cookery demo promo and 2 talks. Great day, interesting talks and delicious food.
Two years ago I made the promo film for Circus City and was blown away by how good a lot of circus actually was! Nothing like I was expecting. Original, diverse, emotional and of course full of amazingly talented people. Very happy to be back again capturing the highlights of this three week festival.
I did a three camera shoot for the Broken Box Collectives - 'Outside the Club' show at the Trinity Centre as part of the Circus City Festival. It was a fantastic show and completely changed the way I feel about juggling! Extremely entertaining and original. Who new people throwing things around for 45 minutes could be so funny, emotional and clever. They were pleased with the film and fast turn around.
I filmed at a conference about reducing the use of antibiotics organised by Pukka at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London. Featuring a range of interesting speakers from across the medical world. I put together a 3 minute film to capture the day and it's messages.
I edited a promo for Life Cycle that was filmed in HMP Bristol. It shows an amazing project that trains prisoners in bike maintenance. They take bikes donated by the public, prisoners fix them up and then they are sold back to the public. The money goes back into the project. Prisoners learn new skills, have a sense of purpose and feel like they're giving something back - plus they get to do up a bike for themselves. At the end of their sentence prisoners have even left the prison on the bike they've done up!
Slightly different than usual - photography! GL11 (a community centre in Cam and Dursley) loved the pictures I took for them last year. So they've got me back in to document a wide range of their projects and groups. The walking group, the new cafe, Mens Shed, the Invisible Illness Group, the Feet, Food and Friendship group... and many more. GL11 is such a great community centre and you can't help but feel inspired after spending some time there.
Another year another Boomtown! Very happy to be working for this great festival again on my 5th film for them. I'm working with the outreach and Kidstown teams to document their children's outreach projects in Bristol and Winchester. They run wonderful workshops in dance, costumes, music, radio, beat boxing and film. Then the children get to come to festival and perform at the opening ceremony on the main stage, in the Sunday carnival and get involved making radio programmes at the festival too. It's a fantastic project and lots of fun being part of it.
I made a film to promote a trip Temwa are running in March 2020. Part adventure holiday, part learning about and helping with Temwa's work in Malawi it is sure to be an amazing and positive experience for the people who take part. Having visited Malawi and Temwa's projects in 2018 I loved the country and was impressed and inspired by their work out there.
Dream film for me to be asked to do as I have a long history working in Play in Bristol. Playful Bristol are a consortium of play organisations in Bristol who have come together to promote play in Bristol - via a play strategy and web site aiming to influence local government and draw down funds to invest in play. My job was to travel the city and film children playing in all sorts of environments. Great fun and wonderful to see lots of play projects, families and children doing what they do.
Working with Ben from Drake Music at Ashton Park School, I documented their Brazil / Bristol musical exchange project that saw two groups of young people with learning disabilities make a piece of music together and share learning over video link ups. I made a film that was part music video and part doc. Lots of fun.
It's been a few year since i've been in Nepal filming. But very glad to be back and out in the mountains again with Tangi from Enduro Mtb Nepal. We made a slightly more philosophical mountain bike film than you might usually find, this time called 'Meditate.' We had a great time in the Solukhumbu (Everest) region filming some amazing trails and scenery. 'Meditate' is currently the most popular video on International Mountain Bike Magazines Website!
I filmed and edited a talk about Ayurveda and Turmeric up in London at the BMA for Pukka. An interesting talk on the benefits of using good quality turmeric.
Vinney Green Secure Unit were really pleased with the last film I made so got me back to work on a much bigger project - Making an induction film for young people to watch when they arrive at the unit for the first time. This is one of the biggest film projects i've worked on as it was so involved and nearly 30 minutes long. They're very pleased with the end film as it explains in simple and attractive detail all the things that a young person is going to experience whilst they stay there.
To try and raise some extra funding the festival created a crowd funding campaign. I made a short film to accompany the campaign from footage i'd filmed previously and a message from Katja, one of the directors of the fesival.
I made a 10 minute film to evaluate and show funders Peter Lang what has been happening with the children and parent projects that GL11 has been running for the past few years. They've been very successful and are making a big difference in many families lives.
Working with Duncan from Falcon Films we spent three days staying and filming at this stunning stately home - Marchmont House. It's about 40 minutes south of Edinburgh in Scotland. We filmed extensively with the artist Julia Mee who's painting frescos in the house, sculptures being erected in the gardens and drone shots of the house and land. It was a pretty amazing experience all round and especially as the house is also full of art you'd only normally see in galleries and museums.
I share a studio with another camera man and film maker Ross James (Rosscam) and we sometimes get to work together. I helped him on this fun short promo for the airport. We interviewed passengers asking them why they choose to fly from Bristol. Very early start for us, but Bristol Airport were very happy with what people were saying!
2018 Click on logos to watch the films (not all films available online)
It's always great when a client gets you back in to make more films when the first have been so successful. A year after I made three films about and including GL11 Community Hub they've asked me to come back and make another longer film about their work. I made 'GL11 Journeys' a film capturing the stories of 6 people who's life's have been changed so much by being a part of GL11. GL11 is a thriving community centre in Cam in Gloucestershire.
Edited a great little promo film showing 'Playtopia.' Shambala Festivals amazing kids area. Filmed by Matt Whitely on a gimbal and in slow motion it looks stunning and fun!
Felix Road Adventure Playground is in the inner city area of Easton, Bristol. I made a 10 minute film documenting this thriving space that provides amazing play opportunities to local children in an exciting and safe environment. The film will be used to secure more funding for the playground and promote its great work. I loved making this film!
I made a range of short films with Pukka working with a herbalist who talks about the three different doshas in ayurvedic practice and offers people advice based on which dosha they are.
Vinney Green Secure Unit is a secure care home where young people who've committed crimes are housed. Working with the management team I made a 10 minute film to show how they use physical restraints and diffusion techniques to protect the young people in their care.
I worked with Boomtown festival for the third year running, documenting and making a film about their outreach programmes in Winchester and Bristol. Dancers, singers and artists are working with children, young people and families to be part of the grand opening of the Lions Den stage and the Sunday Carnival. Great opportunity for young people to work with talented professionals, be part of the Boomtown show and attend the festival. What's not to like!
I've made a promo of their fun play activities at Shambala Festival this summer. They put on totally awesome play events for children, mostly in Bath and the surrounding area.
I filmed the final show at the ITM summer school, where the Alexander technique was demonstrated on various people performing things like singing, playing the piano, yoga and more mundane activities like carrying a bag.
I went out to Malawi in February to film many of Temwa's projects. It was an amazing experience to see first hand their projects and the difference a small focussed charity can make to an area and it's people. I've made around 20 short films to help promote and raise more funds for their work. There's a wide range of films showing the work they do - from AIDS education, supplying water filters, tree nurseries, a bakery they financed, supporting remote rural communities and many more!
GL11 Community Hub have won the Queen's Award for volunteering. I made a film of the award ceremony in GL11's garden with the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter presenting the award and awards to the individual volunteers. GL11 makes a huge positive difference to so many peoples lives, and the volunteers really help make this possible.
Filmed and edited promos for Geronimo's two festivals. One in Warrington and the other at Knebworth Hall. I made a number of promos for each featuring Justin Fletcher, Andy and the Odd Socks, Mr Bloom and a host of other CBBC stars! Also made some promos for a Christmas event they're doing in Manchester this December.
Dubkasm are releasing a new album called Rastrumentals. I worked with them to make a short promo film for the new album featuring drone footage from Sao Paulo, and footage of 19 artists recording across 2 continents.
Documented the Zone Club, a music club for adults with learning disabilities. Really inspiring to spend time with a group of around 20 people who love music and are so up for creating and performing. Also amazing to see how the staff team engage with the whole group and get everyone involved.
The wonderful vintage-inspired swing band 'Paper Moon Band' always get the crowd dancing. I made a music video / promo for the track 'Them There Eyes' from their new album. Great filming all the swing dancing couples. They've got the moves!
Made another promo for the Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival after the success of last years films. Always exciting to film the amazing artists performing here. It's going to be interesting to see how it all goes next year with the temporary closure of Colston Hall for a few years.
There is a predicted skills gap of engineers in the future so Renishaw have been funding a programme of workshops for schools in partnership with the Bristol Music Trust, where children get to work on hands on projects involving music, circuit boards, conductive materials and even fruit! I've made a short promo capturing the project.
Worked on a new edit for a promo film for this wonderful small festival. Wonder Fields is billed as 'Heaven in Devon.' I've done a re-edit from their three previous films giving it a bit of extra magic!
Filmed an interview with a staff member sharing her knowledge about good community participation.
I filmed and edited three performance videos for the Peanut Shuffle Club. They're a great three piece band who perform sweet and nutty pop songs from the 30s and 40s, old-timey swing tunes to fill your heart with gladness and your boots with dances!
I've been working for Falcon Productions editing three films for Manor Community who run a number of care home for people with Mental illness in Bristol. The films give an insight to the wonderful care they give to these vulnerable people and a look at the history of this family run business.
2017 click on some logos to view films
I filmed a talk from Temwa's new CEO and Programmes Manager who were over from Malawi to talk about how work is going and new initiatives. It was really great to hear all about Temwa's work from some of the people on the ground, especially as i'll be going out to Malawi next year to film the projects.
After filming about 12 events I've edited the Circus City Festival Promo capturing the hi-lights of the festival. I was really blown away by some of the shows and have a new love of 'circus!' A lot of the performances were not at all what I expected, and totally original, surprising, moving and funny. Great festival.
I produced a training film for the national trust around 'participation' using hand drawn animation for one section, and then photos and text for another. Something a bit different than my usual film making style, but it was really great to experiment with new techniques.
I've made three promo films for Fauna from their amazing circus/acrobatic show at Circomedia. Described as a spectacular and intriguing show of world-class performers. Each embodies a distinctly individual animalistic character, their traits weaving together as they interact and develop. Fauna creates a picture of animals and humans as complex as it is beautiful. It was one of my favourite shows from the Circus City Festival.
I filmed a talk with Scilla Elworthy (three time Nobel Peace Prize nominee) at Pukka's staff day. She spoke about her times campaigning for nuclear disarmament, working for Richard Branson, Feminine intelligence, and Pukka's new life as part of Unilever.
I made a promo film for the 'Playtopia' kids area at Shambala festival. Lots of kids having an amazing time, all filmed in slow mo tracking shots, and action packed clips.
I filmed the Whistlers Green area of Boomtown again this year. They were really happy with last years film which has helped them promote the area, and the fact that Boomtown is great for families and people who want a more chilled out time (but maybe still dip into the action now and then!)
Currently working on a number of promo films for the Help Through Crisis Project. They will be used to build the capacity of the six services engaged with the Help Through Crisis project; Citizens Advice Bureau Stroud, GL11 Community Hub, The Churn Project, Marah, Stroud Beresford Group and The Gloucestershire Credit Union.
Made three live videos for the amazing Gwyneth Herbert. I filmed her and band play at the Druidstone music festival in South West Wales. They are so good live, one of those acts you can't look away from, and her voice - you have to hear her voice!
I documented Boomtowns Carnival Arts Outreach workshop for children in Winchester. I made a short promo of the day which included making soca music, masks, costumes and theatre workshops for three age groups. Great day for all involved and they go on to parade in the the Boomtown Carnival on the Sunday of the festival.
I've been documenting a huge building and restoration project on a large house in Carmarthenshire, Wales for the last two years. Just done the final edit. Think stunning drone shots, and male voice choirs!
I filmed the Inclusive Music Conference for WYAP in Salisbury and have made a promo film
along with two films covering the main guest speakers.
I created a short promo for the building of Mount Pleasant's new church in Pembroke, South West Wales. They're in the process of building a modern church with facilities for all the community.
I made a 2 minute film of pukka's 'island of tranquility' at Whole Foods High Street Kensington store in London. Also made a film of Sebastien Pole's (pukka's co-founder) talk at the British Medical Association on 'The heart and science of wholistic healing.' I love working with pukka, great team and always lovely tea to drink.
I put together two promos for this great charity that work in Northern Malawi. The main question of one film is 'What would happen if Temwa weren't there?' This will really put into perspective the essential work that they do out there. The other film was a promo for their fund raising mountain bike challenge at Bike Park Wales.
I've made 4 short promos for Shambala festival, each highlighting a different area: families, dance, costumes and workshops.
I made another short promo as part of the festivals outreach programme a five piece swing band go out into about forty local schools and run an hour long workshop and performance. I've been out filming at a few school with the 'Festival Swing Band' and it's been great fun seeing the children at the school getting so excited and inspired by seeing live music up close and learning about music, musicians, bands and dancing!
I've filmed 7 mountain biking films for Commencal in Nepal. They've been a huge success, viewed by 100's of thousands of people across the world. Just edited a high lights film to celebrate the history we've created putting Nepal on the mountain biking map.
I spent 4 days filming at the Jazz and Blues festival filming the likes of Macy Gray, Quantic ft Alice Russell, Mud Morganfield, London Community Gospel Choir and a host of amazing jazz players. I was also impressed that there were about 20 free gigs in the foyer at the venue Colston Hall, and some great swing dancing sessions. I've edited a promo film capturing the magic of this great festival.
Filmed and edited a short behind the scenes doc at Bristol Airport during the filming of a new promo capturing the partnership between BMI airline and Bath Rugby team. Including dropped balls, passport photo shame, naughty rugby players, and super smooth Ronin filming camera team.
Edited a new promo film for the Genghis Khan Polo and Riding Camp using previous footage i'd shot and some new drone footage shot last year. It's all filmed in a beautiful location in the Orkhon Valley in Mongolia. Picture horses galloping across the vast open steppes, and polo being played in a location like no other. Genghis would be proud!
I went over to Nepal to film a promo for the amazing Kasara Resort on the edge of the Chitwan National park. Filming rhinos, crocodiles, monkeys and birds is really hard work (respect to those wild life film makers) especially from the back of an elephant! I'm never going to get over missing filming the tiger we saw, but to be fair it was gone in five seconds. Kasara are really happy with the film - we went with a doc style promo, interviewing and filming real guests as they had their jungle experiences.
I've been editing a couple of short promos promoting international trade in the south west. Deluxe ice cream to super wealthy Arab princess's, and computer programming to the Japanese. It's all going on out there..
Couple of short promos for the tea and herb giants. Letting the public know about them joining the fair for life scheme, and joining the B-Corp programme which ensures a company is a force for positive change in the world. They are definitely market leaders when it comes to corporate responsibility.
Promo film celebrating 20 years of Dubkasm at Teachings in Dub, Bristol's home of sound system culture. Dubkasm were joined by Solo Banton, Evermore Sound, Shanti D all performing on the mighty OBF Soundsystem from France. A night to remember!
Was a real pleasure to document the 'Whistler's Green and Kidz Town' areas at Boomtown Festival this summer. I filmed and edited a five minute promo capturing the more chilled side of this festival and really enjoyed the good vibes and perfect weather whilst there.
On this mountain bike adventure we travelled from the hot steamy jungles and plains of southern Nepal to the heights of the Mustang region deep in the snow capped Himalayas. We pass elephants, crocodiles, horses and goats along the way! Nepal never gets dull.
Made a short promo for the Thatchers Haze Sessions. A live music event in Bristol this July. Some great bands on the line up, worth checking them out.
Spent first four months of 2016 making a whole heap of short films for PHF looking at community engagement projects they've funded at museums and galleries throughout the U.K. Been away filming in Belfast, Wales, Newcastle and London. Who knew there's a Hackney museum?
Shot a little promo film for Teachings in Dub, celebrating DJ Stryda's 20th anniversary of his Sufferah's Choice radio show. 20 years - you can't test that! Vocal guests on the night included Levi 'Reggae Reggae Sauce' Roots.
Have been making a lots of shorts for pukka including promos showing their involvement in the '1% for the planet' organisation who's mission is to build, support and activate an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. onepercentfortheplanet.org
I've been working for the Watershed as a mentor on their BFI documentary course for young people. My group made a doc about wether it's really useful to learn algebra and challenging the school curriculum.
Worked with a group of volunteers to take a mobile children's cinema to Nepal during November. We screened films to kids and families who were affected by the earthquake earlier in 2015. Also we'll run film making workshops and show their films on the big screen. We sent three groups over to Haiti after the earthquake there, and the trips were a great success. We aim to boost moral, create shared moments of joy and narrative, and raise awareness back in the UK.
I made some promotional films for teachers. One around BPM's new curriculum for music in Bristol primary schools. The other to promote a new project called a Minute of Listening, which tries to integrate music into their everyday learning.
As part of a three year project i've been documenting and making films for the Remix Youth Ensemble. I've just finished the final film, it's been truly amazing to see young people coming together and creating and performing music of such a high standard. The ensemble is part of Bristol Plays Music and is based an Colston Hall.
I made a short promo for these guys. They make outdoors musical instruments / sculptures for schools, estates, parks etc. They're beautiful and sound great too.
Made the mountain bike film Empire whilst out in Mongolia. Chasing a man on a bike down a mountain with a drone can be quite fun. The scenery out there is just stunning.
I was back at the Genghis Khan Polo Club in Mongolia again this August for the third time. Spending three weeks living and working on a luxury tented polo camp in the middle of the Orkhon Valley is a real experience! This is where Genghis started his empire from. I was back there making a promo for the camp and capturing the 'rebirth of polo.'
Filmed and edited an epic music video for the remix of Dubkasm's classic 'Victory' tune by dubstep legend Mala. Nearly 200,000 views on youtube.
I ran a documentary film making course for CYN this summer. I taught the basics of documentary film making to nine young people. Then they went out in three groups and made character films of a street magician, a radio presenter and a comedy film maker. I was impressed with their get out there and do it attitudes.
I made a promo for Starry Skies Family Camp, a lovely little camp/festival just near Abergavenny. Set in a stunning location with activities and entertainment for families. Got some great shots over the fields and forests with my drone, and had a great time camping and joining in.
Went out to Nepal again (9th time now!) to make a new mountain bike film. This one is called Slow Down. Shot plenty of footage with my new DJI Phantom Quadcopter. It was pretty stressful trying to follow and film a fast moving man on a bike going down a mountain, but i'm very happy with the end results.
Bit different in the teachings arena tonight. We had Teachings in Dub Step with Mala and his crew from the Deep Medi Label taking over the dance. I've not heard bass like this since my eye sight went fuzzy one year at St Pauls Carnival! Made a little promo for them.
I've filmed a couple of the bimm end of term shows this year. We set up four camera shoots, and the bands have looked great. Student bands, but standard is so high (George Ezra was studying here a few years ago!)
MAGIC SHOES - I documented this project based at St Michael's School creating a promo film. Working with children who have English as a second language, the magic shoe's team have created a great play that helps with learning English and hugely boosts children's confidence and esteem.
Working as a cameraman for Wild Stag, filming live gigs in Bristol. Dave runs a great company and makes cool films with a real focus on the music industry. Watch out for their music videos.
Out in the freezing cold filming Fernando Gotan and Miss Cecily. Two very talented musicians. Fernando from Argentina who plays and sings a mean Tango, and Bristols own sweet voiced travelling gypsy song bird Cecily.
I always enjoy documenting the Teaching in Dub nights, but tonight will go down in history! A rammed sold out show with OBF sound system visiting from France featuring Shanti D. Plus two of Bristols dub legends up against each other - Dubkasm versus Gorgon Sound, not forgetting Solo Banton on the mic. I have to stay up well past my bed time to film here... but it's always a great atmosphere and don't they say you're as young as the crowd you film?
Created a film for the Remix Youth Ensemble documenting the Forgiveness Project. Which started as a weekend workshop meeting people who'd been through real hardship (individuals who'd been held hostage and a man who'd led a life of crime and been inside prison.) The project ended for the ensemble with an album, and performances at Womad and Bristol Harbour Festival.
Set up a four camera shoot for a master class by award-winning classical guitarist Milos Karadaglic. I've edited a 40 minute film of the class and put together a 1.30 min promo to promote the educational potential of the Colston Hall and Bristol Plays Music, especially to other artists who play at Bristols biggest music venue.
I've been filming bimm's live student band shows. One at the Fleece and one at the Thekla. Actually been blown away by the standard each time, and we've filmed around 20 bands each evening. For the Thekla gig I set up a four camera shoot that makes some good bands look great!
I spent a week in Stuttgart, Germany editing three films for ITS international at the VISION trade show. ITS is a print and online magazine focussed on intelligent traffic systems. I worked as part of a team making a presenter led magazine piece for each day of the show. We had an 8 minute film complete and uploaded at the end of each day, to be sent out to over 23,000 subscribers.
Documenting a project where legendary composer Eugene Skeef worked with 10 young people to compose
some original pieces and then perform them live at Colston Hall in support of the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra.
I made a 2 minute and a 5 minute film, and learnt a lot about inspiring young people.
Edited a short documentary and evaluation film for ACE community interest company from their
summer Mash Up project.
Whilst in Mongolia this summer I made a short mountain bike film for Commencal.
The vista's never end and we found no single tracks, just wide open nomadic freedom.
During the 2013/14 academic year I was the video and multimedia degree course leader at BIMM,
Bristol. BIMM is a national music college where the tutors are all working within the music industry.
I worked one day a week there, teaching 40 students film making.
Bristol. BIMM is a national music college where the tutors are all working within the music industry.
I worked one day a week there, teaching 40 students film making.
I've been working with the learning communities team at Bristol City Council on a number of projects.
One based in HMP Bristol facilitating prisoners to make stop frame animations to send home to their children.
Filmed and edited a dance viral film promoting the 'Dance Village' at this years festival.
Worked with Swindon Dance and New Art Club on this fun collaboration.
I made two films for Hawkspring. One promo to attract more funding and a longer film capturing the work they do on their Southside project, which works with children who's parents have substance abuse issues. It's been great fun working with the kids, and really moving interviewing them.
A music video for young rapper Gardna's new single ft Joe Peng singing called - 'Solid Ground.' A 140 bpm roller with production from Aries and Jackie Murder, this new track is set to get some attention on the dance floors and festival scene.
Recently made a video for a new track by Scotland's dub giants Mungo's Hifi featuring Solo Banton on vocals. The tracks about a slightly unusual school, a 'Dancehall School.' Mungo's are going from strength to strength with recent South American shows and right now on a State side tour. This track is set to be massive!
Following on from last years successful 3rd year fashion film, (shown to much acclaim at London's Student Fashion Week) we've taken this years film to the next level. Forget the catwalk, it's all about the fashion film these days darling.... filmed on location at Portishead Lido with 50 models - it was freezing!
I've been teaching video and post production at City of Bristol College on a two year foundation course. The students have been working on video and interactive multi-media.
Made a behind the scenes film and a promo film for the live show that was put on for this episode of Teachings. Performing on the the night were Solo Banton, Rudy Lee, Aba Shanti and Dubkasm. All performing off one sound system - Kibir Ir Amlak.
Documenting Remix's Youth Ensemble project over three years. A modern ensemble with guitars, drums, rapping, beat boxing and more. Tracks are created by the young people and remixed by the likes of Roni Size, Tony Brisco, and Jay Wilcox. If you get the chance - check out these talented youngsters live show.
Made music video for a track called My Music for the dub giants Dubkasm ft Solo Banton and Buggsy. Their 7" EP was release 1st Feb, with the video being the main promo prior to release. Also made a promotional video for their hit release "Victory" which is currently the biggest tune in the Dub World!
I went to Nepal for 6 weeks in December and January to make some more mountain bike films. We made 'Something Good' in the Mustang region - It's been a massive hit with mountain bikers online. Also we made another film with a young Nepali rider who's destined for big things - Chris Keeling (Megavalanche Megakids winner 2013)
Mentoring 8 teenagers we made a film for the National Youth Film Festival. Our film 'Zombie Watch' was a mockumentary following a teen zombie trying to fit back into society after a stretch in a correctional facility.
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Filming and editing a short film capturing some Bristol street parties and some of the history from over a century of street parties in the UK. Also training Streets Alive staff to go out and film interviews with the public, creating a historical record of street parties.
Editing a 10 minute film for this new community interest company's first project - Discovering and Uncovering Music. A project that worked with young people to make music and learn about the music industry. They ran a ten week production course, had speakers from the industry, ran a number of trips, and finished with a week long residential where the young people made videos and created a live show. Look out for more exciting projects from ACE.
Making a promo film for this new family camp / festival brought to you by the team that create the wonderful Shambala Festival every summer. Click on logo to view film.
Spent a month in Nepal making Searching for the Yeti. A mountain bike film with a slightly new 'yeti' angle. This is the fourth film i've made for Commencal, the French international mountain bike company.
Made a fashion promo for the third year fashion students. Was shown at the cinema at Earls Court at London student fashion week to much acclaim.
Documented a two month arts and research project looking at how a group of young people would creatively respond to death and natural burial. A fascinating project that dealt with some big issues.
Music video for Hip Hop artist - Mistafire's new track - By Any Means Necessary. The first video and single release from his new album. The video did well online and secured him some great festival gigs for the summer.
Promotional and instructional film for new Multi Sensory Interactive Inflatable (Musii.) An interactive soft inflatable that emits sound and light. An instrument/play thing thats designed for children, people with special needs. A new product that will hopefully take the world of sensory play by storm.
Documenting a collaborative music project between Brazil and Bristol, that is bringing disabled musicians together to create new music. Sowing the seeds for more collaborative work leading up to the para-olympics in Brazil in three years time.
So far I've made 5 promo / teaser style films for this dub night in Bristol. Two sound systems 'clash' in a Jamaican style, with singers and mc's. They're uplifting nights where conscious sounds prevail. It's been great interviewing some legends like the Twinkle Brothers, Abi Shanti I, Channel One and Mark Irration.
Made a film about their new studio for the dub legends dubkasm. When they're not touring the world playing shows Digistep, DJ Stryda and a host of guest artists are locked up in the dubkasm studio. They wanted to show their fans the studio they'd built from scratch, and where the dub magic happens.
Animated Postcards - Over the last three years I've run 10 - week long courses in stop frame animation project in HMP Bristol. Working with prisoners to make animated stories to send home to their children. A powerful project that strives to get prisoners involved in education and keep their family bonds going. Designed and run by myself with the Learning Communities Team at BCC.
Music video for Joe Volk's new single - Call To Sun. Released on Geoff Barrow's (Portishead) label Invada. Joe's been touring across Europe recently with influential Japanese experimental rock band Boris. Joe got his niece and nephew to star in this film along side him. Looking forward to working more with Joe in the future.
Music video for 'Wake Up' track by urban artists Empror and Duppy Beats. These guys had an amazing 2012 winning a host of talent shows including South West winner in MOBO awards, playing Reading and Leeds festivals, 1Xtra Live tour, The Royal Albert Hall, and so much more. I've been working with these guys for a few years, from a youth project out into the big wide world!
Lecturing to degree students on the film course at Trinity College, Wales. Originally coming from this neck of the woods it was good to head back for some work, and try to inspire some students and let them know about the vast opportunities that are out there in the media industry these days.
I spent six weeks in Mongolia filming for the Genghis Khan Polo Club. They are striving to reintroduce polo to Mongolia where it's said to have originated - maybe using the heads of their enemies as the ball.
An amazing experience in a beautiful country. I even learnt to ride a horse.
I documented a summer polo trip to Mongolia by students from Harrow School, London. They were immersed in Mongol life and culture, and played polo daily against and along side strong Mongol players. It was a great experience for the young people, living in ghers, riding across the immense Mongolia landscapes, and making new friends in a far off land
Filming and photographing some bands on the main stage at Bristol's best festival.
Film capturing Dubkasm's live show. Stryda on the decks, Digistep on saxophone and effects, Solo Banton and Rudy Lee on vocals. Filmed in Brixton's Plan B club, on the Reggae Roast night.
Promo film for Birmingham's newest and biggest reggae festival. Great line up with The Beat, Twinkle Brothers, Congo Natty to name a few.
Managing a team of young filmmakers we documented the torch relay event in Bristol. The Teenage Rampage project provided the performances and crew for the Millennium Square stage. A wonderful event that was absolutely rammed, and a great experience for all the young people involved. I still can't believe how excited they were about interviewing the mayor!
Edited film about the effects of logging, road building and mining in the Ituri forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Greenheart films have worked on a number of films in the rain forests around the world.
I spent a few months in Nepal making two mountain bike films for Commencal. Always love being out here working and playing. Got some epic high altitude biking in myself on this trip - very happy!
Made a promotional film for the charity - Help Rural Nepal. Got to spend four days out in a remote village, and visit a few schools and projects. Lovely people, great hospitality, and a really moving experience to see how people live out in the secluded mountains.
Worked on final promo film for the Teenage Rampage project. Showing what has been achieved over the last three years. Putting young music from the south west on the map, and giving a huge numbers of young people a route into the music industry. On stage and behind the scenes too.
Music video for the track 'woah.' We set the film in the barbers shop Super Tonic. Imagine scissors, break dancers, drummers, rappers, and a whole party! Great fun day with a great band.
Music video for Typesun's track Sad Songs (ft Romaine on vocals.) Experimental video for me using lots of graphics and visual effects. Typesun are doing great at the moment supporting Ghostpoet on a UK tour, and a recent recording session in the BBC Maida Vale studios.
Music video for Emotion/Are You Ready by Dubkasm, ft Solo Banton and Rudy Lee. First of many projects with these guys, which has turned into a great friendship and working relationship. They keep on promising to take me on tour with them - considering they've just come back from Siberia I don't know about that!
Working in St Barnabas School in Montpelier, Bristol on animation project with parents and children for the learning communities team. I've worked on a lot of projects for the team including animations, music, and comic books - all using apple mac laptops. They've been very popular and helped encourage parents to get more involved with education and their child's school.
I've worked on over 10 separate film making projects for the network (previously known as The Kingswood Foundation.) Working with children who are taken out of school I engage them in film projects where we come up with a story and then get them to make a film. Had great success in getting them working on the films, leaving them inspired and proud of their achievements.
I organised a month long trip to Haiti with a mobile cinema to show children's films in displaced tented communities. A moving experience that will stay with me forever, especially the smiles and reactions of the children. This was the 2nd of 3 trips that went out the Haiti.
I made three films for the youth music studio which is run in partnership by Young Bristol and Bristol City Council. One a documentary called 'The Power of Music' about young peoples views on music and the studio. Then two music videos with artists Empror, Duppy Beatz, Buggsy, Splitz P and Javier.
I've worked on lots of projects for KWMC, at their centre and in schools. This project was working with a group of boys on a parkour / free funning film. They were well chuffed with the end film.
As part of out HKKP project we ran a day of children's activities and films at the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts in Hay on Wye. Then the next day we had free tickets to any talks we wanted!
Month in Nepal making a mountain bike film for Commencal.
Documenting the event for the organisers. Bristol is the UK's first cycling city.
A huge project for BBC Blast where I trained and worked with a group of young people to document Teenage Rampage. Taking place across the south west we produced around 20 films capturing the music, energy and young people involved in this inspirational competition.