The initial motivation behind writing this sketch was to make internet cutiepie, Bertie Gilbert, portray a character who was a bit of an arse.
Also, I very much enjoyed putting all the attention of detail in this video. Like the differences between my character’s desk, and Bertie’s character’s desk. If you pay close attention, you can see a wooden giraffe on Bertie’s side which loses one of it’s ear after it’s first appearance. Have I ruined the magic of cinema for you yet?
We shot this at Ravensbourne University. Hayden hooked us up. Surprisingly, we managed to turn their editing suit into a pretty convincing modern-looking office space. I was worried that it would like a half-arsed student film. Turns out Ravensbourne has a pretty nice modern designed building. You should go order a prospectus now.
This shoot had the most laughs of anything else I’ve produced. I think mainly because of the large number of characters we had on set. With Bertie, Ashlee, Maddi and Patrick (Matrick) and Heloise as members of the cast, laughs were inevitable.
A year of my life, captured on camera. These snippets of my year sequenced in chronological order. Many of them, I have never used and have forgotten about until I made this video.
I always carry a camera of some kind so I’m prepared to capture those snippets of my life I want share with you, but I also do it for myself. I also never delete anything. Going through all the footage and finding those moments I never used and simply forgot about was odd. Often, I was reminded of my progression as a person, filmmaker as well as the friendships I’ve developed and gained. This was a very good year.
I cut in a few shots in there purely for myself. At 0:14, Heloise says “She’s my best friend now” for as a part of a joke we were talking about. The reason why I decided to edit in that snippet is because that was my first conversation with her and I found it funny how she is now one of my closest friends.
And moments like 0:08 when I first met my now good friend, Bertie. That was an odd moment because I didn’t know who he was at all. I just filmed him because he was standing above me. It’s so odd that I’m able to rediscover these forgotten memories.
Ensuring 2013 is anywhere near as equally as amazing will be difficult. I wouldn’t change a thing.
Follow my investigation on the world of Live Action Roleplay in a mission to develop not only an understanding of LARPing and it’s participants but also to normalize a seemingly ‘odd’ activity by revealing it’s side of humanity.
To succeed on my mission, I not only had to discuss and obverse issues regarding LARPing but also to engage myself with LARP and it’s participants (LARPers).
This was my first documentary in which I took the role of an investigative presenter. My interview style and approach (and as well as the general tone and style of the whole documentary) was largely influenced by Louis Theroux’s work, specifically his Weird Weekend series.
Although, I primarily work with fictional narrative film, I very much enjoyed producing this and watching it all come together. There was a lot of pre-production work into general planning, researching and arranging contacts and interviews. If I ever come across another real story worth telling, I may take on the role of documentarian once again.
Hello ladies. I have trouble with you. Is it quite sad that many of the events of this video are based on anecdotes of mine? Over-exaggerated versions of real events from my life, but still. Fact remains, I’m not too lucky with the ladies. No acting was required from my end.
Working with Matt was fantastic. I intend to work more with him in the future, as well as everyone who took part in this video.
Jenny was lovely. Her performance and delivery of her one line of dialogue was captivating to say the least.
Here’s a fun piece of trivia, during Aly’s scene, she is first seen on her phone. In reality, she didn’t have her phone on her, so she used my phone. While filming, it appears she was texting. It was actually afterwards, I noticed she was writing an note for me read. It was very sweet.
This was the first project I ever shot with Hayden. The first of many.