Winter in Cornwall approaches. Batten down the hatches. Get those fires going and the walking boots out of the closet.
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A small test shot I took on my new go pro hero 3+ earlier while on a walk with my parents. You can see another weather front moving in; a lot of torrential rain has been forecast from the met office and they’ve even gone as far to issue a ‘yellow warning’.
So far the photos from today look pretty cool for the size of the device, and the footage (I’ve quickly looked at) does look vastly improved from my original go pro hero 1. But I will do a far more in-depth look at the device next week (with luck). I’ve also got some other new gear to review (zacuto zpinch plus new lowepro bags) but before that, there are a whole load of releases which need my attention. I’m currently on a train heading back to Portsmouth for another week full of work stuff. There are a lot of projects currently at 95% completion and I’m hoping to use this week to finish them off (or send them for approvals).
Winter is most definitely on it’s way here in the UK.
For the last few days here in the UK we’ve been told to brace ourselves for a pretty severe storm which was tipped to be one of the harshest in a long time. For me this kinda thing never ceases to amaze me. Whether it’s because I’ve always had an admiration for the sea, or whether it’s because I just love seeing nature kick some ass, I don’t know. Cornwall (where I’m from) always seems to get the more harsher aspects of weather as it juts out from the UK into the Atlantic; but this time we escaped the worst of the weather as it passed over us and hit the rest of the UK.
Swell charts predicted huge waves early on Monday, but by the time I got a chance to head to the coast in the late afternoon, all we saw was a relatively normal ‘winter storm swell’ ripping around both the south and north coasts of Cornwall. I’m not gonna turn this into a weather report; but even though the weather was less than what I expected, it was still amazing to see more of the storm sweep in off the sea and hit Carbis Bay (a lot of which I’ve grown up around both in and out of the water).
From the relative warmth and safety of the van, myself and Jenny (my girlfriend) could see St Ives being battered. The lights coming from houses and street lights across the bay (visible in some of the pictures) gave a serenity that only Cornwall can give off in the cold seasons. Home quite often feels more homely at this time of year.
Welcome to Winter. Prepare yourselves UK.
I’m heading to Metropolis studios tomorrow in London to shoot some interviews before hopping on a train to Exeter where I’m doing a meet & greet, followed by MORE interviews.
After this hectic day I’m escaping back to the homeland (Cornwall). Mostly this is for a post-production run in the peace and quiet; but also, it’s a chance for me and my girlfriend (who is also coming down to work on her own stuff) to head out to the coastal areas of the county for some exploration.
There’s nothing better than clearing your head after a heavy month of work via some sea air and wilderness.
Autumn has almost arrived at Elm Cottage. Amongst the usual things like getting the vegetable plots ready for April, and making good use of the wood store; this year my dad is sanding down his small river boat ready for a repaint for next season. It’s already looking good. It’s been great to be at home for a short period of time before I settle back down somewhere new for a bit. Although at times it can be frustrating being away from my other half, the flip side is I have a few weeks of quality time with my family. It’s like a recharge. Luckily my girlfriend loves Cornwall, and this October when she visits (in between our work schedules), we will get some time to do the things we love doing down here.
There just is a tranquility in this county that isn’t replicated in many other places in the world. That sounds crazy but it’s true. Hopefully I’ll also get time for some surfing soon, but with the extreme amount of work I’ve had it’s not been possible. I head out onto the road tomorrow with some meetings in Oxford on Tuesday, followed by the start of a new project with Your Demise on Wednesday. We’ll be heading to Europe (mostly German dates), so I will post the info in another post.
Anyways, time for sleep.
Went for a walk on the coast on Sunday. Got some ‘perspective’ on life. Found a rock and decided to climb on it and take this snap. You just can’t beat Cornwall. I have a new gear review video coming this week along with the fabled ‘traveling with gear’ post. Be ready.
Today I’ve been working in a post-house which is situated right out near Lands End in Cornwall, England. I’ve been directing more content for a small release coming out for Mind Candy which briefly gives a glimpse behind the scenes of one of their latest projects.
It’s a real blessing to be working around such talented and creative people who are all that little bit older, and have had long working relationships with such people as Jim Henson, Ridley Scott and many other world wide successes. It made me feel extremely proud though, that hidden away in Cornwall (where I’m from), there is production house doing work for companies like Disney, Mind Candy etc. I had no idea. It further proves my point that it doesn’t matter where you live, it’s all to do with the quality of the work you produce. Your goals are what matter in the long run.
I finished my day off having a ‘lemonade’ in the sun (I was driving haha) while chatting to the creative team about past, present and future projects. Tomorrow we return for a half day of b-roll shooting before I head back to my parents place to continue on some other project work. I am truly blessed to have a job which offers me such variety, even in our current tough economic times.
Work hard. Don’t stop believing. Rx
Personal: Dredging the water around my local beaches
This is something which is close to my heart. Once again ‘man’ is proving to be utterly careless and stupid in the name of some fat cat’s desire to make more profit (this time at the expense of the beautiful countryside around my home county). There are a lot of mixed feelings on this, but for me, the idea of my favourite beaches being ruined are enough to sway me in one direction. NO, this is utter lunacy. Surely it’s about time we started protecting the things we have which are free and irreplaceable?
Yes yes yes is the answer to that question.
Fog moves in off the coast onto the sea and river around the Helford in Cornwall. The picture was taken as my dad and myself moved one of his smaller boats from it’s original location on the Lizard to a beach on the Helford.
Update: Back in Cornwall for a week
I’ve escaped Brighton and returned home for a week to do some work in quieter surroundings. I’ve not been back for over a month, so I get that yearning in my bones for a little wilderness in my life. It’s great to be able to see my family, hang with my dog and squeeze in a surf or two between the work. I’ll head back here at the end of March for a proper break with my girlfriend should everything go as planned, but for now this is mostly if not all business.
What’s going on? Well, I’m in post-production for a couple of projects which require my undivided attention (one of them should be fairly obvious without me saying anything) and the solitude and quietness of my home town provides all the concentration I need. Another great advantage of having a top spec post-production system you can move to anywhere is the ability to go wherever you want and still be able to run a section of your business.
On the train down I dedicated a little time to writing a new blog post called ‘Innovation or Following Your Gut Feelings’. I’m going to proof read it a little tomorrow, but it’s a good read if you’re an aspiring director who might not know which way to turn when it comes to starting out in this job. That being said though, it’s a read for anyone who’s doing any sort of directing at any level (if you respect my opinion enough!).
I’ll try and post a few tid bits here and there throughout the week, and I’ve also requested my Edelkrone Slider XL to be delivered to me, so that break down video on my newest piece of gear should come sooner than expected! Until my next post though, stay productive!
Picture above: Spot B - a local secret surf spot in Cornwall my friends and I visit when conditions are suitable.