So I'm a bit late to press with these couple of films but it's a been wild few weeks!
And it all began with my mates over at BYOC getting me onboard for a couple of gigs shooting and editing for The Guardian Online.
The first was a three cam shoot of their in-house film show. It's a weekly thing, but this one was live, from Prince Charles Cinema. This shoot involved me sitting on the wide and basically making copious notes that would help me edit a 50min show by the following morning.
This was the fun part- up all night- remember that day that we had not so long ago that they said was the hottest day in 9years?- yeah, that night. I was sat there on fire, my computer burning my forearms, sweating to cut this 2hr-ish footage into 50 mins.
The problem was, as it always is, everything was so interesting- what to cut?! And I can tell you, when it's four am and you're sat in your underwear, scooping peanut butter from a jar to stay awake, deciding what to cut is a little hard.
Nevertheless, I finished. Had breakfast and 17 cups of tea and delivered. On time and looking fine!
Then the same day as delivery, we headed over to the V&A to film The Observer Ethical Awards.
The V&A has to be one of the most inspiring and beautiful spaces to work. It is simply awesome. Even though I hadn't slept yet the place just spurred me on and I pretty much ended up filming most of the night with a dumb grin on my face. It was a fun shoot actually, a good place, a good cause and a good time.
We wrapped and went home giddy from 38ish hours of no sleep. I grabbed a few hours and then I was up again to cut an edit by lunchtime. This was a short, snappy cut with vox pops, so in many ways it was easier to cut quickly but it still gave me a run for my money. The peanut butter was out again, put it that way!
But as ever, it was delivered on time with great feedback.
What did I learn from my marathon shoot edit session?
1. I need a desktop. Even though my laptop handled all this admirably in terms of power, a bigger screen and a bit more umph would have been so helpful.
2. Peanut butter is always essential. Need I say more?
3. Fast turnarounds are challenging, and I tend to shake a bit in the process, but they're so much fun And the sense of achievement and relief when you're done is great!