Directing an advert in Shoreditch the other week (looking and feeling tired as hell) with Alex Cribbs one of my camera guys Alex Cribbs. Photo by Josh Mansfield.
Headed over to check out one of the locations I’ll be at next week here in Cincinnati. One of the finest studio setups I’ve had the pleasure of working in. Really excited to be working here. Keep an eye on the blog because I’ll be posting BTS content while I’m away, culminating in a video and photo post reporting on my experiences on this trip.
For the last two years I’ve had a nightmare trying to mount @rodemic’s excellent lavalier mic onto various people, in bands, for interviews. Why? Because 90% of them are in casual attire which means a lot of t-shirts. Finally today my prayers have been answered at last by the guys in the ‘rode lab’ (a secret bunker miles below Silverwater Australia), with these ‘invisiLav’ silicone microphone holders made SPECIFICALLY for their lav mics. Absolutely amazing innovation again. I now don’t have to feel so uncomfortable touching a bunch of people for about 5 minutes trying to find a spot for a microphone (which is hidden from sight). Head to their website for more info!
At times (like anyone) I suffer from procrastination. I’m actually writing this article as I’m meant to be writing emails (hilariously), but this is a worthwhile share so I’ll take a short break.
I often find that a list of things to do helps but that doesn’t really combat procrastination, it’s just simply a way to concentrate on the matters at hand. I’m actually useless without lists; they are something I rely on to keep to some sort of agenda. But the agenda isn’t any good without action!
Recently though I’ve found a good method. For many people who work from home it’s so easy to fall into a stupor of ‘sluggishness’ where you put off doing things. It’s hard to break out of ‘home cycles’ when you’re around your home a lot. For many people an office space just isn’t affordable especially in present times, or the early stages of your business. So this is where my tip comes in handy.
Leaving your house (as early as you can) initiates a ‘movement’ in the direction of the list of things you need to do. For me ‘emails and correspondence’ are key to continued business; however these often seem (in your mind) to be something relatively small within a day. The truth of the matter on paper is actually that they can take a lot longer than you thought! The later you leave that job, the more of a knock on effect it has on your day to day list. It doesn’t have to be emails it can be any menial task. So I recommend tackling your menial task away from the home (this is my simple tip).
I will often go to a coffee shop or pub, buy a coffee or two and sit for an hour or two answering emails with my headphones in listening to music. The act of going to a new place with an agenda set, almost forces your mind to initiate doing the job. You arrive with your task at hand clearly in front of you, as that’s the reason you’ve gone there. You’ll find there should be no distractions from the things in your home. A couple hours later you can then return back home and continue with the rest of the list. This tip is fully adjustable to anyone because everyone is different, but I urge you to try it out (whether you’re a graphic designer or a wood carver). The feeling of ‘completing a task’ early, has a cascade effect where you want to do it with more things on your list.
Beat procrastination. It’s 2014, and in 2013 you made some plans (I know you did don’t lie to me). Before you know it you’ll be mid way through the year. It’s time to do the things you need to do (myself included in that). Don’t be ashamed of a bit of procrastination though because everyone faces it at some point.
"Never give up. No matter what anyone says. Even if you are nearly flat broke. Even if you have to sleep sitting upright for 9 weeks in a van. Even if people don’t understand your vision. Your vision is your vision, and you’ll never die sad or regretful of the fact your pursued a career you wanted badly enough. I’ve shared a lot of thoughts today, but this is primarily because I feel that even though I have an obligation to continue working towards where I want to be; I also have a duty to inspire others.
Don’t stop. Believe in yourself. And that’s all a big ‘self quote’ right there.”
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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.
Gear Focus: Western Digital Nomad Rugged Case (a must for being on the road!)
As most traveling directors/cinematographers/videograpers/editors know, data safety on the road is paramount and too often we travel with a fear of ‘data death’ where our beloved digital art ceases to exist. With it comes that nasty feeling of unprofessionalism and ‘how the hell am I going to explain this’. There are so many hard drives out there at the moment but not many ones offer amazing protection in the grand scale of things. There are different sorts of tough drives etc, but at the same time, sometimes you just don’t have the budget for it.
Western Digital have met everyone half way on this with this amazing and affordable piece of protection for the cost-wise My Passport drive. Now there is an endless argument about which company is best when it comes to providing hard drives. For me I have always gone with Western Digital, others disagree, but hard drive horror stories surface on the web easily. The reason behind this is, we all have a hard drive in our lives in one form or another. When you consider the amount of hard drives out there in comparison to failures, it becomes apparent that no one company is perfect and you just need to treat your hard drive like you would your lady (or fella, or whatever it is you like a lot).
So when you combine the western digital ‘my passport’ drive with this protective case, it provides a really cost effective and reliable storage device. To be considered professional with your data storage you need to have at least 2 copies of it with you while shooting or editing. So those of you just about to embark on that level of data protection, this is a good entry level. I myself even take 3 drives on tour sometimes, it really depends on what you feel you are going to encounter and if you have the space. These drives even when in the case fit snugly into your backpack (for me it’s my lowepro fastpak 350) and are ‘bus powered’, so there’s no need to take power cables. That in itself is a godsend when you’re sat on a train or in a van/car/bus and plugs are limited.
The drives themselves that fit in these cases come in 500gb, 1TB or 2TB. These options mean you can suit the capacity to the length of time on the road or the size of the project you’re editing. I’ve recently used one for the transferral of footage from one of my producers after they shot the Basement show at London Underworld. The proof therefore is in the pudding.
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Directing/Producing in 2012.
"I’ll drown a dead horse. I’ll kill a dead tree. Wait till you see, Muhammad Ali."
Yasiin Bey is forever one of my favourite actors and poets. Check out the second video put together for Louis Vuitton. Stuart McIntyre has done so incredibly well directing this as well as the rest of his team.