Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Look, every blog in the world is doing a gift guide at this time of year, and it’d be remiss of me not to pitch in. After all, someone might gift one of these to me! No sponsorships were received in the writing of this, this isn’t an advertorial, this is merely a list of things I love that I think over people might also enjoy. Memberships Picturehouse Central Membership – Picturehouse is great little cinema chain. But picture this: A member’s club in central London with reduced price drinks, a rooftop view of Picadilly, filled with film lovers, plentiful

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Case Study: The Cost of Blogging

There are a great many great reasons to have your own website/blog, and a great many providers able to offer you a simple templated solution at a reasonable cost. But how much would it be to host and maintain your own website, and what’s involved? Domain Name It’s absolutely worth having your own domain name, rather than a blogger.wix.com, writer.wordpress.com, or photographer.smugmug.com website. It’s your little piece of identity, your staked out plot of land in the internet landscape. It looks more professional, more serious, and it’s just more fun. It means you can have an associated email address as


Urban Nomad Backpack

Having the right tools for a multi-faceted creative job is incredibly important. Photography equipment, camera bodies, lenses, lights, tripods, etc., need to be protected from the rough and tumble life of photographer. Laptops, paperwork, water bottles, a change of clothes, there’s a lot to carry around. While there are a lot of products in the marketplace to address this, they often look a little too functional, sacrificing aesthetics for practicality. I was willing to make no such compromise. So I worked with Kate Everard Designs who created the prototype you see below. Through their Saturday’s Child brand, the backpack is


The Problem With Twitter Threads

It’s about 18 months now since Twitter introduced Threads, a way of linking tweets together to form a coherent and conjoined narrative. Not so much for the purposes of conversation, but to link together a semi-coherent flow of thoughts. Now, in principle this is certainly an improvement: As the tweeter, it joins up what could otherwise be more incoherent ramblings, and as a reader it allows a stream of thoughts to be read as intended, adding often much-needed context. Furthermore it facilitates engagement, as every individual tweet can be commented on in isolation, as well as in the whole. TweetStorms

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Creative Goals 2019

Where would we be without goals? Now, some might argue we’d be better balanced and less stressed if we were more focussed on the journey than obsessed with an arbitrary endpoint. But not I; I need goals, something to focus the mind, and then feel bad about when I fail to keep to them. Weekly Goals Normally, I’d start my creative week on a Saturday, that way I could hopefully start the week with a few successes under my belt, instead of trying to cram it in at the last minute. It takes the pressure off for the rest of

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Check out the 2019 Holiday Gift Guide! Look, every blog in the world is doing a gift guide at this time of year, and it’d be remiss of me not to pitch in. After all, someone might gift one of these to me! No sponsorships were received in the writing of this, this isn’t an advertorial, this is merely a list of things I love that I think over people might also enjoy. Picturehouse Membership – You don’t need to buy me this, I already have it. But it is amazing, not just because Picturehouse is great little cinema chain.


Dates for your diary – December 2018

Rather than re-publishing dates of contests, festivals, and opportunities every few months, I’ve instead gone for a big annual page for 2019. I’ll then use the blog posts for significant updates. The main page is still a bit empty, not everyone has announced their dates yet. However, Screencraft has a announced their 2019 dates.  S.O.U.L. has announced their February screening and networking event and the (free) tickets are available on January 25th. Here’s their blurb: Celebrate:Connect is S.O.U.L.‘s first initiative and has been created to offer Britain’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic filmmakers a public and recognisable platform to showcase their

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Iceland’s “Banned” Palm Oil Advert

You’ve got to admire some advertising campaigns, for both quality and sheer chutzpah. Iceland’s Palm Oil campaign Christmas advert is definitely both. It’s a lovely advert, with a good message as you can see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdpspllWI2o The narrative they’ve gone with is: the advert wasn’t approved by advertising regulators as it was seen to be in support of a political issue. The production and widespread usage of palm oil is a complex and sometimes controversial matter. 1/2— Iceland Foods ❄️ (@IcelandFoods) 10 November 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js The Advertising Standards Authority, however, have been quite clear: Hi Iceland. We asked yesterday & we’ll


Story Factory Reboot, not a Remake

The Visual Thesaurus lists the differences as: Remake: A straight re-telling of a story for the purpose of updating it for a contemporary audience, or making it accessible to a different culture or region. Re-Imagining: A re-telling of a story, but only in the broadest sense. Characters and some story elements may be retained, but mostly plot and story have been repurposed. Reboot: A course correction done with the purpose of restarting a franchise. A reset. Fealty to the original story or film is not a priority. It’s been five months since I last posted a reasonable update on the

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Lisbon – A Little Travel Guide

I didn’t know what to expect from Lisbon before going; most holidaymakers seemed to prefer the coasts or islands rather than the capital city. However Lisbon’s been garnering a reputation as a undiscovered Mediterranean gem, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. From it’s countless churches amidst the hills, it’s Mediterranean cuisine and sandy beaches, to the cultural hubs and peaceful oases amidst the sun-soaked urbanity, the city is ripe for visits rediscovery. Some of the travel guides for Lisbon could do with a bit of an update, and there are some great photos to show. So, here is a district by