From 1997 – 2007 I worked for a digital marketing agency specialising in design and motion graphics. In 2006 I was attending a conference in Brighton where renowned web guru Hillman Curtis did a presentation about his discovery of film making. I really connected with Hillman as he spoke about falling in love with his subjects during the filming of his simplistic video about movement . Why was this simple thing so emotive? I’d never felt like that about my work before, I wanted more!
Sadly Hillman Curtis died in April 2012. I will always thank Hillman for introducing me to the wonderful world of filmmaking, my thoughts go out to Hillmans family and friends.
I’ve been a musician since my teens playing guitar in rock bands so I think a big part of what drew me to film was the ability to combine moving images with my love of music. Towards the latter part of 2006 I got my first video camera, a Canon XH-A1 and started on the long road of learning all about shooting and editing video. I loved every minute of it, even the bits where it all went horribly wrong!
In March 2007 I decided to quit my job and work for myself, my heart was no longer in what I was doing at the agency, I’d fallen for video big time and new that I had to follow my dream to work in moving images.
Working for myself gave me the freedom to explore filmmaking and video production further. Today I’m happy to say that I’ve managed to continue to support my family whilst doing what I love. I’m getting work from some really nice clients and travelling all over Europe shooting so it’s made a hugely positive impact on my life.
One of the best things about being a filmmaker is getting to mix up my interest in the technical side of the business with my passion for the artistic and creative sides including lighting, shooting & directing.
About the blog
I run this blog for one simple reason, I love to share my discoveries and the work that I do. As somebody who’s mad about technology, running a blog where I can share my interest in filmmaking gear and techniques is great. I really enjoy getting feedback and comments so please feel free to comment on anything I write about.
One thing you won’t see on my blog are banner ads or sponsorship messages. I do not run this blog to make money and do not like visitors to be bombarded with advertising.
With that said I do however have an affiliate account at B&H and have recently opened one at Kessler Crane so if anybody decides to make a purchase from those sites (both of whom I use and recommend) then I would appreciate you linking through from my blog as I get a small commission while you pay nothing extra. I will never let any affiliate relationship bias my thoughts and writings though, first and foremost I like to give very honest reviews and speak my mind, that will always be my number one priority.
I hope you enjoy the blog.