Self indulgence part 2, 2017 edition…….
The second (and I promise last) part of my Uchujin review of the year 2017…..(Part 1 is HERE if you are feeling masochistic)
July marked 1 year since I’d
escaped left Japan, so I made a series of “1 Year Later” blog posts about it, one of which went viral getting 30,000 views on this blog and significantly more on Hacker News in a matter of days. (Although to put that in perspective 4 people found this site through AOL over the last year:)
I was in Berlin filming a piece about it’s football culture, unfortunately, the QPR vs FC Union Berlin match I was there to shoot was rained off after just 13 minutes!
Being down in Brighton also meant I got to hook up with my dear old Hull friends the insanely talented Lonny and Pinky…..and meet Cosmo…..it was awesome :)
I did a shoot at Cherryduck Studios in London with the legend that is Mr Rodney Charters (“24” anyone?) and some famous bloke from youtube ;) It was about the Atomos Sumo 19 and theres a video in the post I wrote about it :)
I saw some truly amazing skating at the St Neots edition of the UK vert series….it took me back……
Things for “Boys For Sale” (The documentary on Tokyo’s male sex workers I Produced and DOP’d) were starting to get very interesting with lots of festival screenings being announced and some great press!
And…..I found this old (circa 2000) picture of me sitting on a lion in Pakistan that I thought I’d lost :)
I was in Amsterdam for IBC 2017……
Shooting (as always) for Newsshooter, who kindly provided me with a new assistant….
It made my eyes go all funny.
“Boys For Sale” had it’s UK premiere at Raindance Film Festival, where 2 sold out screenings led to them adding a 3rd additional screening :) I did Q&A’s after each one with Executive Producer Ian Thomas Ash.
The pedestrian crossing lights in Trafalgar square were on board with “Boys For Sale” success too.
I met Mike Rogers, who was also at Raindance with his film “Ghost Roads“. Mike and I had known of each other for 10 years in Tokyo but never met. Him and Ken Nishikawa (also Ghost Roads) made Raindance for me. Lovely men.
Lunchtime drinking was scarier than I remembered…..
“Boys For Sale” won the Best Documentary Film Jury Award at Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. We were very pleased……
People were saying some great things about the film too…..
It was most definitely NOT Kansas…..
I had an absolutely fabulous time and the people there were so amazing and friendly, I even managed to get a Porn Film Festival T-shirt to wear next summer :)
We took delivery of some business cards for “Traces Of The Soul” with a great logo by KOBE one of the artists in the film.
My good friend and cameraman extraordinaire Jonas Schoenstein came to visit and brought some toys….
And….I started making my Christmas list early.
Humbled and Proud to have been the Producer and DOP on a film that has been recoginsed around the world with awards and almost 30 festival screenings!
I did a shoot with Japanese forumla 1 turned Formula E driver Kobayashi Kamui at the Andretti team workshop at Donnington Park.
Director Martin Cooper Editing away on #tracesofthesoul at @stormhdtv. We are getting there!! Exciting! #elSeed #JakeWeidmann #Ghalamdar #KojiKakinuma #DiaBatal #ZhaoYizhou #HiroyukiNakajima #SorayaSyed #PaulAntonio #ShinzanMiyamae #KarlKOBEOBrien #ShohoTeramoto #tracesofthesoul #martincooper #uchujinfilms #adrianstorey #calligraphy #calligraphers #calligrafitti #documentary #obscurafilms
I found the perfect present for your Mum this Jesus’ Birthday.
Behold, the Traces Of The Soul rough cut in all it’s @avidtechnology timeline glory :) Brought to you by Director Martin Cooper, DOP/Assistant Editor @uchujinfilms , all of our fabulous artists and all the lovely people at @stormhdtv #elSeed #JakeWeidmann #Ghalamdar #KojiKakinuma #DiaBatal #ZhaoYizhou #HiroyukiNakajima #SorayaSyed #PaulAntonio #ShinzanMiyamae #KarlKOBEOBrien #ShohoTeramoto #tracesofthesoul #martincooper #uchujinfilms #adrianstorey #calligraphy #calligraphers #calligrafitti #documentary #obscurafilms
“Traces Of The Soul“, which took up a lot of my time this year and was fun for every minute of that, reached the rough cut stage…
I shot a piece on the very VERY cool “Vicious Cunts” female custom motorbike gang. They were really rather nice and not vicious at all :)
The writing was on the wall….
And that was that, another year. My first full year back in the UK for nearly 20 years!!
Actually rather nice but, FFS will someone please sort out the infrastructure (phones that work inside buildings anyone?) and the GOD DAMN WEATHER!
Thank you to all my friends and colleagues (new and old). Hope everyone has a Merry Jesus’ Birthday and a Happy New Year!
Oh and feel free to hire me, I’m pretty damn good:)