Checking locations yesterday. I found a place I’d like my production office to be in the future when I’ve ‘calmed down’ a little haha. What lies behind me there is one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the UK. Oddly enough I get a great sense of peace from it and myself and Ant Barrett (my friend and cinematographer who took this picture) found ourselves sat down taking it all in for about an hour. It was the first time in a long time I felt completely at peace. The only thing that was missing was ‘Pink Floyd - Us And Them’ playing in the air (go listen to the start of that song to get an idea of how chilled it is).
It’s no news to everyone I’ve been posting a lot less on this blog, but a big part of this reason is I’ve had a lot to attend to in my life. I haven’t felt particularly positive as I’ve gone through some personal stuff which doesn’t really (at the moment) belong on any of my pages. I do however have an article to post in the future where I’m going to talk about some of the hurdles I’ve dealt with lately and how it’s best to approach them in terms of being a director/filmmaker.
There’s been a lot of work going on through which as always is my saviour. Furthermore I’ve got back in the water surfing which I’ve really missed. I have a detailed post on ‘filming in a recording studio’ coming where I’ll talk about how I approached my recent stint with The Devil Wears Prada as they recorded ‘something awesome’ over the space of a week. Until then, be well and remember to value who you are and what you’re worth. Do not give way to fools, just keep being creative.
The front cover of my next release which heads out all over the world very soon. If you pre-ordered it then you’re in for a surprise in the post at some point in the near future!
Spot the Mackfall (clue, I’m working). Thanks to Cardinals Media.
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.
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Thank you (no more social networking posts today I promise)!
Rolling Stone cover forthcoming Mastodon release
Click the above image for a link to the page where they have a short article on my latest release which drops on December 10th. They are also showing a clip of Dry Bone Valley, taken from the set. Further videos from the performance will be released on December 5th and 9th, so get ready for a look at other parts of the set not previously seen before.
"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.”
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Seahaven / Balance & Composure / Pianos Become The Teeth / Ryan Mackfall - Glasgow, Scotland
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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.