2012 round up

2012 has mainly been a busy year for working on building my production company Scubaboy Inc and also writing. I think I've laid some fairly solid foundations for working on not only some exciting animation projects and music videos with Scubaboy Inc, but also for some great shorts, the first I'm hoping to shoot in February.

InPerfection - I've spent the year continually rewriting the outline every time I work a little more with the composer, which ins a good thing. On the development front, we've made a small bit of progress with getting some great productions companies to potentially back the project, but no definite investors yet. It's always positive to get into the right meetings though, it shows there's some interest in a projects such as this.

Other projects - 'Rest' - I've spent the last few months of 2012 working on a very short, near-silent film about grief - a theme I've wanted to explore for a few years (since a personal experience) I've written something highly visual, but also supposedly very inexpensive, so hopefully just scraping together some money to get it going - its been too long shooting pure drama, so I'm looking forward to it.

All my other projects are currently still on official hold (including 'a family flees') whilst I concentrate on these films. Although unofficially I'm still tinkering with scripts and revising characters every now and again.

Looking forward to 2013.

Jim Moray - If It's True

'If It's True' is the lead single from Jim Moray's 2012 album 'Skulk'. The song originated from the Anais Mitchell folk opera 'Hadestown', in which Jim Moray performed the key role of 'Orpheus' in 2010.

As Jim is also Bristol based we worked closely with him during development on a variety of concepts ranging from simple performance based pieces to complex, time warping ideas. In the end the simpler ideas won out (much more fitting for the track and it's simple, building atmosphere).

We had one day to shoot with Jim in a variety of locations and landscapes around Bristol and North Somerset and luckily for us we chose one of the few glorious days of the summer. Clear blue skies which gave way to a beautiful sunset gave us the perfect backdrop for shooting.

The minimal story of Jim wandering through a never ending, looping journey of love, loss and searching is inspired by the story of Orpheus, who searches for his lost love as he descends into the underworld.

News - Awards and Nominations (and a bit of my history)

A few years ago, before I was directing films etc and running a production company, I worked as a freelance sound recordist -mainly on shorts and corporate/commercial work, but I also was incredibly fortunate to meet the right people at the right time and somehow ended up working in the sound department on the last three Harry Potter films.  That was nearly 3 years ago and just this week the film received a BAFTA nomination for best sound.  At this point I'd like to say in no way has my work been nominated for a BAFTA, I was the smallest cog in a hugely talented and skilled team - to confuse a metaphor.  But regardless of all that, I'm proud of the achievement of the team that I was part of.

[From right] Emma, Dan, Me (with boom)
[p.s. I'd like to credit this picture, but I don't know whos it is]
Also this week, a stop motion piece I co-directed (Scubaboy) won a RAD award - that's Recruitment ADvertising awards to you.  So a bit of the old 'career' and a bit of the new this week.  Nice to be involved in both projects and in different ways, very proud of them.

A little stop motion paper plane leaves the pages of a book.
[Do you get the effect of the stop motion from a still?]