Two months since the last update, and so much has happened in that time it’s very hard to know where to begin exactly. 2010 is shaping up to be a pivotal year on all fronts.
My health has been the main reasons for a lack of blogging. Noro-virus in February, which kindly helped me shed half a stone in four days; then flu, which shed another half a stone in half the time at t he end of March and was symptomatic of Epstein-Barr virus, aka glandular fever, which I’ve contracted.It really is a lousy condition – perpetually tired, unable to do even simple things without needing an hours sleep afterwards, lethargy, general malaise. It puts the whole of your life on hold.
The creative project’s I’ve been involved with this year have struggled to be completed as I’ve been pre-occupied with trying to chase up clients who have been late payers or who’ve refused to honour the contracts they’ve agreed. It’s led me to question whether I want to continue to work for myself or whether it would be more productive for me in terms of my own creativity as a film-maker and story-teller to forego working for myself in order to have that chance to engage in my artistic expression in my own time.
Fortunately, someone I previously worked for was looking for an individual with the kind of skillset I can deliver and so I’ve walked back into a secure and stable job that lets me concentrate on the creative aspects of what I do, knowing that we have a regular flow of money coming in regardless. Film-making can become something I do away from work – something to enjoy, a way of expressing myself.
Some of the projects I’ve been working on for months now can begin to pick up pace and finally be completed – Tiltshift, A Shot in Time and The Songs of Steel documentaries, and Georgia’s Angel – and I can move onto new stuff.
I’ve been asked to produce two films over the next few months – Rob Yeoman’s The Room, and a horror called The White Hare by Tim Young. I also have a project in long term development – a short film with the potential to become a feature that is based around a short story by a hugely successful and well known American author. I’ve been itching to release details of this but want to have a few more solid things to say. Expect an announcement on here soon though. There are a few other script ideas I have too.
In fact 2010, is set to be my most prolific year since I actually began working as a film artist in 2007.
… has been slumbering in post-production Hell for a few weeks now but I’m begin to finalise the picture now and it shouldn’t be much longer before it’s locked. I always wanted this film to be seen around Christmas time – maybe it’ll be hitting the festivals for then! Either way, it’s going to have to wait a while as it’s run out of money and needs some completion funding to secure a decent sound mix and score. In the meantime here is a few shots from the film.
I try to keep politics out of this blog but the recent change of government in Britain deserves some comment. The Labour Government – which I campaigned for in 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2010 – has gone and probably rightly taken some very draconian measures with it. I do not mourn the loss of ID cards, CCTV, ContactPoint, nor the mass of regulations with respect to DNA and personal freedoms such as the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and the recent legislative changes that amounted to legalising copyright theft from photographers and video artists.
I do however mourn the loss of what was in many other respects a forward thinking, progressive government in the UK; and do not look forwards to years of hardship and cutbacks for communities and people who need help from government the most.
The vast majority of cuts announced by Danny Alexander (who campaigned in the General Election on exactly the opposite platform and is now nothing more than an advertising board for the Conservative Party) will fall on those communities and sectors that need support the most. It strikes me as bizarre that a government arguing that the private sector needs to lead the way out of the recession is then cutting off investment to the private sector. I refer of course to the cancellation of the £80 million loan to Forgemasters in Sheffield as well as a number of other projects.
I notice that major infrastructure loans and investment in the South East (predominantly Conservative constituencies following the Election) such as the cross rail link have not been cancelled. This and the very undemocratic attempt at gerrymandering the Commons by changing voting procedures and constituency sizes amounts to a breathtaking strike at our democracy that must be resisted by those of us who genuinely believe in progressive politics at all.
Labour, in particular, needs to get its act together and quickly. It has been a tragic mistake to draw out the leadership campaign over the whole summer while the Con-Dem coalition put into place all manner of measures. As a Labour Party member I have a vote in the leadership election this autumn. I will be backing David Milliband – he is the only person who can take Labour back to the centre, reclaim the ground lost during the calamity that was Gordon Brown’s premiership and bring a genuinely progressive government to these shores once more.
I’ve a few things I’ve been meaning to blog about so I’ll be back Tuesday hopefully!