Anyone who’s reading this who have been in my company anytime in the last 2 months have probably heard this story because it was so good.
In August, I spend some time in the Philippines. Four days before I was supposed to depart back to England with a 40 minute layover in Hong Kong, I rebooked my flight to one leaving for Hong Kong the following day (with rebooking fee of only £40).
Meaning, for £40 I gained 48 hours in Hong Kong which I used to spend time with my wonderful friend, Aly Bongo. I met Aly at a YouTube gathering in 2011. Although, I didn’t actually talk to her very much after that. I think it was actually a week before she moved to Hong Kong (around christmas time last year), she moved up to ‘What a lovely friend’ status.
There is nothing about that story that doesn’t make me go “oh wait… I actually did that?”. What was the chance a flight leaving the following day would have a spare seat? I recall joking to Aly on Skype about me visiting her in Hong Kong as that was I think I thought would be near impossible.
Anyway, I was incredible happy that I got to explore Hong Kong and even more so to have my exploration guided by a wonderful friend. She took to me to temples, a cat cafe, a bar on top of a skyscraper, introduced me to toast with condensed milk as well as How I Met Your Mother and provided me with company whilst I enjoyed drinking a yakult with ice.
I didn’t know if people were going to enjoy this film. It was hard to capture on film my excitement and my feeling of “wow. I made a last minute decision to try to book a flight to Hong Kong to visit my friend and successfully did”.
Now for my latest contribution to #YouTubeLowFiWeek, London in LowFi.
Please be sure to rewind the video after watching. Thank you.
~note: This video was hit hard by subscription feeds and never appeared in a lot of subscriber’s feeds. I don’t want to resort to tweeting the video out 5 times a minute with the promise of a DM to show thanks. So, if you want to be so kind to show some support, please comment, like and share the video page. I thank you kindly.
It’s been interesting to see a lot of you, rather than contributing funds to our project, asking me if you could help out on the shoot. It was unexpected but rather welcomed.
I’m glad to say I have a lot of aspiring filmmakers who follow my work and it’s kind of flattering to be looked up to and to be supported by such a creative bunch of people.
Anyway, if you do want to help, extra pairs of hands are always useful! Or an extra pair of eyes and hears too for that matter. Just an extra owner of a brain on set would be useful.
Now here are some important DETAILS. We’re shooting in Bournemouth. It’s in the south of England. Check Nationalrail.com for train prices. We’re shooting for one day but because our shoot is very dependant on weather we’re aiming to shoot on a day between the 1st-6th September. I will finalise a shooting date as soon as the weather report is in. It’s just that I don’t want to spend a lot of money renting out a camera just to find out, we can’t shoot in this weather.
Send me a email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested. Include your phone number so we can add you to our calling list.
I have been working on and off this short film since November 2011. The shoot has been post-poned a couple of times now and to be honest, I am glad it was.
It gave me time to prepare and develop. Since the shoot was cancelled last year due to England’s weather conditions, I’ve reworked the script a good 6 times. I’ve discussed my ideas and approaches more and received advice from industry professionals. Above all, I have learned. I’ve been reflective on my approach and learnt from my mistakes. I feel ready now.
I feel ready to make my first ‘major’ short film. I am very proud to announce that I have the honour of working closely with creative talents such as our producer, Marina Pratt, and our cinematographer, Joel Rundle. I am very excited to be sharing and updating you guys on the film very soon. I hope even a fraction of my excitement is mutually shared with you guys.
More details are to be announced on this blog in the coming weeks.