So, I’m back at full speed now after a relaxing and rather gluttonous Christmas with the family in Devon and it looks like it will be another eventful year. I have just moved back to London after almost 8 years in Brighton and I’m starting to plug myself into the film scene here. This is the first time I have lived in zone 1 so I am experiencing the city afresh and loving it so far. As it is a new start of sorts, I thought it would be a good time to round up where I am with the various projects I’m working on.
I spent five incredible weeks in and around Shanghai before Christmas. It was worth the trip for the food alone which was unbelievable. I was shooting the trailer for a documentary about how the city is changing as seen through the eyes of a disparate selection of locals. I am now busily editing it together and I hope to be able to share before long. I will write a separate post about my experience in China soon, in the meantime you can see the full set of photos that I took with my iPhone on Instagram @hamadryad
The full version of Le grand festin, the second film that I have directed for Xobo Design, was received very well at the London Short Film Festival earlier this month and it was really special to see it up on the big screen at the Curzon Cinema on Shaftsbury Avenue. It will be screened again along with the first film Les trois objets at the Xobo Soiree at the Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury on 25th January along with a host of colourful cabaret and dance acts so please come along if you can.
One of the films that I co-directed and shot in Peru for the Crees Foundation will be released online at the end of this month. I am in the process of submitting it to film festivals to help ensure that it gets as wide an audience as possible. I will post a link as soon as it is launched and will ask everyone to share it as much as possible to help highlight the dangers facing the Manu rainforest region and raise support for the Crees Foundation’s work in the area.
I am getting back into editing my short film Aristaeus, which I filmed in Latvia last August. I have been experimenting with new colour grading methods and I’m very pleased with how the footage is looking. Latvia is a beautiful country and the 5DII with vintage Zeiss lenses, Magic Lantern firmware and Technicolor Cinestyle produced excellent image quality with good latitude for grading.
And that’s about it for now… there are other things I am working on but they must stay under wraps for the time being.
I wish you all a happy and creative New Year!