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.
Home, and all the things I love about it.
Even though through my job, I can’t stay there, I always get drawn back for a little taste whenever possible. When I’m sat on a train in a city, I visualise my house on the coast in my older years, with its studio on the side of it where I write fictional stories, process the photos I take, and be as creative as possible learning new things. I see the board shed with my selection of old and new surfboards in it, my wetsuit hanging next to the old sink. The walls of the house are covered in the photos I took throughout my life and the memories I made with the people who count. There’s a vegetable garden at the back where I grow my own things and my dog sits in the sun as it warmly shines through a large tree which stands near. My children bring over their children and I teach them about the sea and why it’s important to respect and love nature.
Then I come back to reality as my stop approaches and I’m back to jumping off the train and dragging too many bags of equipment through city passage ways filled with people who are too busy to share such a dream. I’m forever tormented by the desire to be surrounded by nature and the sea, but at the same time something always sits on my shoulder telling me that it’s not time for that and I have far too many things to make, and people to inspire. Cities call me back; strange places I don’t know well, but which have hundreds of ideas yet to be used in productions I’m currently oblivious to.
It’s important to dream, but it’s even more important to remember that often before a dream comes what seems like an eternity of hard work. That being said, make sure that the work you do is work you love (whenever possible). Because in the darkest of times, the love you have for what you do will keep you from going truly insane. Even if you stand on the edge of your reason and all that is behind you is doubt, you have to believe in your dream and reinforce it with the talents you have. It’s a game we forever play with time, where we wonder if we’re using our hours and days as we should. The only certainty is that following your guts is the right way to go, because even mistakes give us the right answers. Life is not about what we own, but what we are, and what we give. And even when we know it all, there’s another lifetime’s worth to learn.
Southsea coffee mission. Got mistaken for a tramp by a few people at the bus stop. I remember when I used to be clean cut (I don’t miss those days at all though).
Bright ideas in Manchester. Forever trying to improve.
I’ve got a bunch of things to post on here and a big write up on the week long tour I’ve just been on; tied in with some thoughts/insights into working on the road.
Today a friend of mine asked me at the last minute if I would step in to be a subject for his university photography project, so I obliged. It was awesome to go back to the place where I studied film (Falmouth University), I can’t believe how much the place has grown. Thanks for the photo James!
A Quick Round-up
I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who’s followed this blog lately, and for those who take the time to read my posts. I hope everyone has a great 2014. I’ve got some good article ideas for the coming months which will speak extremely frankly on being a self-employed director. For now though I’m busy preparing for the coming months.
I’d like to take this chance to invite everyone to come and showcase their work, to me, over at the BRAND NEW Music Videographers facebook page. This is an extension of my hugely popular vimeo group (currently with over 22,000 users at 5 years old) where people can post their work and seek constructive feedback from not just myself, but everyone in the community. Currently we’re running at 1,354 users on facebook which is growing. People are starting to actively look at other people’s work which is amazing. I’m excited to start working with you all to build a network of videographers across the globe who can help run this community more effectively. As with other pages like ‘no film school’ or ‘fstoppers’ we’re working up to posting news, how-to guides and reviews; BUT our page will differ to all others as it will centred around the sharing of each users video works. The possibilities are endless; but for now we are growing things slowly and respecting what our users want.
I’m looking forward to seeing all your videos; the things which you consider to be your best. I don’t often have time to read everyone’s messages or emails which often contain video links. But this page leaves me the opportunity to browse when we can. I hope you can be a part of it all. The moderation team and myself look forward to talking to you more.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
No retrospect for 2013, just one photo for one of the proudest moments of my life. Directing a video for Deftones. You can watch it here.
A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do to get wifi - Vancouver, Canada, 2011.
Paris with Jenny. My girlfriend and unofficial personal assistant. Always look after the people who look after you because they are pricelessly unique. Be their rock.
"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.”