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Dead Pixels’ EP ‘Homegrown’ and DVD ‘Autumn Road. Core Media Productions on the music scene again.

Okay, it has been FAR too long since my last post! This post is a jump right into the present day with Core Media Productions. Dead Pixels have just released their EP Homegrown (19th November 2014), and we happened to be a big part of this fantastic project (Great excuse to get back on the blogging scene). We Directed and Produced their bonus DVD which comes with the physical copy of the album.10624989_10153252977398973_4129977337532908135_n

I first met the lead singer, Charlie Reader a couple of years ago through a friend of mine at University. A great lad with all the passion in the world for his dreams, this runs suit throughout the other members of the band in Jordan and Daniel Hollinrake. I cannot explain the respect I have for those in the creative industry who have so much passion for their careers that it almost seeps through their skin. The band are a trio with a very unique style. They are certainly not your average ‘band’. Nice lads, with a crafted mindset.

After bits and pieces of work with Dead Pixels they told us their plan for releasing their EP. They commissioned us to do an acoustic video session for a few of their covers and original songs, after seeing our previous successful acoustic video shoots. It was a great success and we finished the filming around Christmas day in 2013. Dead Pixels released their videos via Youtube and put themselves at a very good level in the music world right from the off.

A few months later we filmed their bonus DVD ‘Autumn Road’ named after the recording studio where they recorded their album with Nino Erico. We were very lucky with the weather on the filming of Autumn Road, the sun was cracking the flags and polished the film off well! Our whole working relationship with Dead Pixels so far has been an absolute pleasure. One of the best things about being a film maker is constantly collaborating with great talent, these guys certainly contribute to that! We cannot wait for the next chapter with Dead Pixels. Check them out on Facebook and if you would like to buy their EP you can do so on the link below. It can also be downloaded digitally via Itunes, spotify and pretty much any other major online music retailer!

http://deadpixelsofficial.com/

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Hurricane Films

hurricane_logoApproaching my second year of University I wasn’t happy when I realised there would be no practical placement for my course in the Film/Media industry. Upon finding this out I made it my mission to find my own placement. If you are entering the film production world and have no experience, you are at the very bottom of the pile- regardless of what grade you achieve in University. A director I know very well once told me he would hire someone with no qualifications who had experience rather than someone who had a first class degree in University with no experience. You have to find that motivation for success inside you and let it out- if you are not willing to prove yourself by working for a considerable amount of time unpaid, you are in the wrong industry!  After applying for Hurricane Films I had a call back from the office asking me to go for an interview. I was absolutely buzzing, Hurricane Films are a well-known company with a good reputation, especially in Liverpool. Run by Sol Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter.

I was interviewed by Roy, the drummer out of the farm and a very successful man in his own right of both film making and music. I remember him asking me why I wanted the position and I basically told him that I don’t stop making my own content and would love to be part of the team and be able to contribute to the company. I worked for Hurricane Films for 7 months as an unpaid intern and researched for ‘Global City’. I was a researcher and researched many forms of content, photographs, video footage, old newspapers the lot. I remember the day I was sent to research for old newspapers, studying the pages from many decades ago was fascinating to say the least. I found it enjoyable that I was contributing to a bigger picture. I used to produce script reports as part of my role, this is something I found thrilling as I always loved reading anyhow. Sitting down with a cup of tea at the desk and reading into a world somebody else imagined and created, just fantastic! Then filing a report on the script as to wether or not it could be deemed possible for Hurricane to take up the idea.

I was also a runner and camera assistant and went on various shoots with the team. I learnt a lot from this alone. Seeing the importance of certain roles within a shoot and then watching the likes of Sol doing his thing with the camera was just great. I had a good relationship with the people from Hurricane Films and used to play football with Roy every week, which was cool to get out and know him also on a personal level. I still always even now look out for what Hurricane are up to. Hurricane Films is a respectable company with the right motives for doing what they do and love. I will always appreciate the experience I gained there through the people I met.

Maya Bay (Film location from The Beach)

Does the film give a false impression of how astonishing Maya Bay actually is in reality?

Sat in my bedroom with Tony Bessant in 2012 I told him that he needed to see the famous Maya Bay scene from The Beach, directed by Danny Boyle. A huge chunk of the film was shot in Maya Bay, the pinnacle of natural beauty- a small alcove in the Andaman sea that replicates paradise. Immediately after the ‘Maya Bay’ scene whilst watching The Beach there was a telepathic understanding that we would be going to this magical place. A few months down the line we booked our flights to travel around Thailand. We visited many places including the Phi Phi Islands where Maya Bay is situated.

Half way through our vacation in Thailand we found ourselves in the crystal clear waters of the Phi Phi Islands climbing into a small boat, the sky was blue. Our host would be taking us to Maya Bay- along with a few other places dotted around the Islands. After about 15 minutes of being on our boat, the natural rock formation in the distance that surrounds Maya Bay was becoming visible as we skimmed the waves of the Andaman sea.

Photograph I took of the bay looking out (Same location as film shot with Leonardo Di Caprio below)

We veered around the corner of the gigantic rock formation and BANG! Just like that, in that very moment I had one of the best specimens of natural beauty that this vast planet has to offer, right in front of my eyes. As soon as we turned the corner Moby’s track Porcelain, the soundtrack from The Beach kicked in, inside my head. My film maker mode had switched on, I was in awe. (The Beach uses CGI to fill the gap in the rock formation)

Heading towards the bay through the middle of the enclosure the water below was clear, bearing in mind we were still a couple of hundred metres from the beach, the water was deep! The boat pulled up and out we jumped out. The water near the beach was warm and the sand white! We spent our time stumbling up and down the iconic beach, where Leonardo Di Caprio once read out his lines in front of Danny Boyle and the crew. Strolling through the bush behind the beach, venturing further into the alcove myself and Tony barely spoke. We were speechless, astonished. After spending roughly half an hour on the island we headed back out of Maya Bay. On the way back we experienced cliff jumping, visited monkey beaches and snorkelled with sharks.

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Leonardo Di Caprio looking out onto Maya Bay in ‘The Beach’ showing added CGI on the rock formation (I do not own this image)

Does the film give a false impression of how astonishing Maya Bay is? No it doesn’t. Maya Bay is a place that makes you question all aspects of life, the whole experience is surreal. My outlook on life changed that day, I will return. (Check out some more of my pictures below)

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Paradise

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Myself and Tony on Maya Bay

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Turquoise waters of Maya Bay