headphones on and off

I didn’t have my camera with me, so I tried to take a photo of the rainbow over the East side of London on my phone. I also wanted to test how it films (poor quality as you can see). At the same time I was listening to music on my headphones. How surprised and shocked I was later when I watched and heard what I had recorded!

September 2013

360 degrees

This is the view from the roof of my block of flats back in my home town. I filmed it in September. Next time, I want to film something similar but from the clock tower at Town Hall. The view will be much more interesting: Teutonic Knights castle ruins, two lakes, main roundabout which you can’t see in this video.

Sundance London 2013

A few days after the visit in Nottingham, I had my second adventure with Sundance. I got accepted again to volunteer during the 2013 Sundance London Film and Music Festival, and again as a Theatre Team member. Somehow, I wasn’t as excited about it as I was the first time a year ago, but still it was one great experience.

On Wednesday, there was a general volunteer training and then we were divided into teams and met our theatre managers etc. It was more official and stiff and less relaxed than in 2012, but it was heartwarming to see some familiar faces among the volunteers.

Thursday shift was pretty boring, just setting up some stuff and being at the Future Filmmakers event. In the evening I worked at the RA. On Friday I was able to watch “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” and the Q&A with its director George Tillman Jr. After I finished my shift, I went straight to the RA. I was a little annoyed at myself that instead of using my time at the Festival well and watching films for my free vouchers, I was ‘wasting’ my time working at the RA. But that evening, my celebrity spotting was satisfied, because Prince Harry came to the Academy to see the Print Fair unofficially.

Saturday and Sunday was a full on festival experience: crowds, famous people and great films. I watched “A.C.O.D.” and there was a Q&A with director Stu Zicherman and Adam Scott, who played the main character. When I was directing people to Screenwriters Lab, I saw Robert Redford sneaking out of the lift wearing sunglasses (inside the building) and surrounded by his entourage. After my shift, I went to British Music Experience (I wish I had more time for that), Festival Hub to see Wolf Alice and in the evening I saw “In A World…” by Lake Bell and a Q&A with her. On the next day, the first film I saw was a more romantic kind of “Stand By Me” film – Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ “The Kings of Summer”. In the afternoon was a real treat and my highlight of the festival, “Sleepwalk With Me” by Mike Birbiglia and the extended Q&A with Jimmy Carr. In the evening, my sister and her boyfriend joined me and we watched “God Loves Uganda”, a documentary by Roger Ross Williams, which gave us a lot to discuss on the way home.

I tried to take some photos and videos with my little camera, but I had to be very discreet inside the screen rooms during my shifts. Not much, but always something.

A few clips put together.

Will I still be in London for the third Sundance next year?

Burton, Derby, Nottingham, Sudbury Hall and Abbots Bromley

The week in the middle of April was quite intense: bombs at the Boston marathon, Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. So what do I do? Leave the city! The weekend of April 19-21, I spent visiting three counties: Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. On Friday afternoon I caught a train to my regular co-traveller friend and together we went to Burton upon Trent which is mostly famous for its brewery heritage and Marmite (yuk!) first factory was established there at the beginning of the 20th century. We didn’t stay there long, because we took a bus straight to Derby where we met our friend. We made a small tour around the town, had dinner at Brewery Tap, coffee at Bookcafe and some delicious beer at the best pub in Derby, The Exeter Arms owned by a local brewery Dancing Duck. There were many rooms to sit in, so we chose the oldest part of the house. I think I tasted Nice Weather, which had a strong rose flavour and Seduction, very nice dark one. I also had a sip of Dark Drake, a bit too dark, but yummy as well. The Brewery owns also The New Zealand Arms in Derby, so you understand they’re the overall winners. We spent the night at our friend’s place in Burton and went back to Derby on the next day. After seeing places we couldn’t see the evening before, we took a bus to Nottingham. We were lucky again with the weather. Late afternoon, we went back to my Staffordshire friend’s place and spent an evening watching series 1 of ‘Black Books‘. This is when I was introduced to Dylan Moran and my life has never been the same again. haha.

National Trust had this special weekend when you could print a voucher and see some of their estates for free, so after breakfast on Sunday, we went to Sudbury Hall where Pride and Prejudice, the BBC version with Colin Firth was filmed. We also visited Museum of Childhood there. On the way back we stopped by in Abbots Bromley to see reindeer antlers used during the Horn Dance in September every year.

I left Staffordshire having the rainbow outside my train window. I could watch this video on a loop.

Big Rock Candy Mountain

Sometime in March, I finally bought a small digital camera, so I could make short videos and most importantly, take photos and record concerts I go to (my big camera is usually taken to deposit at some venues, too professional, hehe).

The first thing I filmed was the opening of an exhibition my sister’s artworks were showed at.

I hope you’ll enjoy my first steps as a camera man and editor.

14 March, 2013