Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas from the Ice age

I'm sitting in the living room, in front of the fire, with all the Christmas lights on, and listening to my sister and Mum discussing the dogs, my eyes are trying to close, I need some rest, but feel I should put up a little blog before Santa comes:)

On the 22nd of December 2010, I had the pleasure of making a short film of Orla the Golden Eagle at the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre, with Stewart Robertson and our mutual friend from Canada, Kristine King. You can see the film here.

What an amazing day, with perfect weather conditions and great company, making for a very nice short film. I put the film on youtube a couple of days ago and it has had a staggering amount of hits in such a brief screening, very pleased to see people sharing the film.

Also had some great news today, Indieflix has just announced that it will be concentrating the short film sales as VOD (Video on Demand), so no more DVD sales, and I think that will help move short film sales, we will see.

Just left Balmoral, and arrived back in Pitlochry, and my tummy is so big with all the yummy food my sister prepared for us. I set her new laptop up and Dochy took it over almost immediately, he he, made me smile. Almost finished the box of chocolates that Kristine brought over from Canada, and wishing it would refill itself after emptying:) If only

I will probably get another early night tonight, as I need to head back down the road in the morning as the weather is supposed to be turning bad again, we shall see, as it has not been to bad this week.
New year is just around the corner

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

1 year old blog

Yip, time is plodding on and this is my first blog birthday coming up. And as you can see, the references to the films and pictures I took back in December 2009 have just as much snow in them as we have now.

The difference now is, that a hell of a lot has been achieved in this short space of time. I have gained 2 distributor's for my short film, and won a bunch of major international film festivals, including the Swansea Bay Best in Festival Award. 2 feature films that I have collaborated on are due to be released in 2011, and many short films and adverts that I have created are to be seen by audiences in the new year as well, I will publicise them when I get the green light. I have also managed to get one of my ads selected as a finalist in the Mofilm Advertising Competitions.

Also, had the privilege of having 'Shooter' broadcast to a world wide radio audience on Armistice Day, was a pretty amazing achievement, and with more radio programmes to be recorded in the near future, there will be plenty to talk about, and hopefully learn from.
With 'Shooter' also being recognised as a vehicle for help to recovery in the world of PTSD, here's hoping that it gets the audience that it deserves.

The outlook for lecturing is kind of bleak at the moment, still the odd sporadic burst of need for a talker once in a while, but nothing to bank on at the moment.

I would like to make a short film over the festive period, about my sister, and her world, just a short piece, giving us a glimpse into the life of a highly acclaimed horse breeder in the enigmatic highlands of Scotland, in the snow. Can't wait, here's hoping the roads open:)

There is a lot to reflect on for 2010, but rather than talk about it here, you can go back to January, on the right of this page, and start at the beginning.

More to come soon.