Film & TV Posts

2013 Review

December 27th, 2013

It’s that time of year again where I get to look back and reflect on what was good, what was bad and what was really, really ugly. Truth be told, 2013 has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride with many ups and downs. The first part of the year was quite difficult as I’d been struggling with my health, and although it was something I didn’t broadcast I was conscious that my business wasn’t moving as fast I wanted. I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and unfortunately two doctors had missed it, so for three years my symptoms had been growing to the point where I just couldn’t function. I never realised that left untreated it could cause so many problems. I’d got to the point where I just thought I was suffering from stress and also generally being a bit mardy! When I was finally diagnosed it was like a huge weight had been lifted – mainly because I realised I wasn’t being mardy AND it was treatable. High fives all round! By the middle of the year when my medication had kicked in I was finally starting to feel like myself again. This was also the point where I started to push my business in a whole new direction.


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The Queens Return {unit stills}

November 29th, 2013

On a weekend in September, in a pub in Manchester a group of people got together to shoot a short film.

Micheal Wray, owner and director of Zemap and Nigel Adams, agent of North West Actors who both belong to Bury Scriptwriters wrote and directed The Queens Return for a Halloween showcase.

Here are some stills and behind the scenes shots from the weekend……

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…vote for us! The Big Day: Virgin Media Shorts

September 12th, 2013

Back in July I shot some production stills for a short film called ‘The Big Day’, which was being entered into the Virgin Media Shorts. The rule is that all entries have to be no longer than 2 minutes 20 seconds – including titles and credits. Yikes – no pressure then! Out of over 860 entries, ‘The Big Day’ written by PurpleCoat Productions, has now made it to the final 13!!

Between now and October 21st, all of the final films are being shown at hundreds of independent cinemas nationwide, which means that 1) I’m gonna get my name on the big screen (high fives all round), and 2) we really, really, really, need you guys to vote for us! To get this far out of so many entrants is amazing.

The votes are cast through the power of social media, on Facebook and Twitter. To vote on the Virgin Media Facebook page, please hit the vote button next to ‘The Big Day’.

To vote on Twitter, your tweet must include the films name, followed by #VMShortsVote = (The Big Day #VMShortsVote)

I know that Karl and the gang at PurpleCoat would really appreciate your help – so please help us to spread the word, tell all of your family and friends and ask them to vote, it would be really appreciated! :)

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Film stills and details…..

February 26th, 2013

Originally this post was going to cover last months filming of Owen Parker, and I suppose it does – in a fashion….. ;)

The thing about Owen Parker is, we get to film in some really interesting locations. Last summer we shot at a fabulous location in Stone, and last month we shot in an old pub in Hebden Bridge. The thing I love about these places are the details. Whether it’s quirky wallpaper, painted walls, or semi-tacky ornaments I’m always really intrigued. I’ve not posted any of the details from last summer yet, but here’s a selection from last month.

Full Owen Parker post coming in the next few weeks :)

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Charlie Film {unit stills}

February 18th, 2013

……perhaps I’m a little bit behind with some of my blog posts – approx. a year maybe ;)

In March 2012 I got the chance to shoot production stills with an amazing group of people, on a project that had been in the works for quite some time. You can find further information about the project on the Charlie Film website.

If you have an upcoming project that you would like to discuss booking me as your stills photographer for, please get in touch.

You can see further examples of my stills photography for film / TV on my dedicated stills website, and you can also view my profile on Film and TV Pro.

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Titus Andronicus {theatre stills}

February 13th, 2013

Last week saw another sell out show from PurpleCoat Productions. This time, it was Titus Andronicus at Unity Theatre in Liverpool. The day before the show opened I headed over to take some photos of the final rehearsal.

You can see photos of their previous show here ——–> The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.

If you require a stills photographer for any of your projects, large or small, please get in touch. You can see examples of my stills photography for film / TV on my dedicated stills website. You can also view my profile on Film and TV Pro.

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The Final Haunting……..

November 6th, 2012

I LOVE shooting stills for film. There’s nothing quite like the buzz of being on set. Back in September I shot the production stills for a feature film trailer called ‘The Final Haunting’. The building where we shot was a bit spooky and apparently haunted – which was quite apt really! The upper part of the building hadn’t been refurbished yet so it was all in darkness – it was a bit eery but nothing particularly scary. Although I’m pretty sure if I had come face to face with anything I might have changed my mind ;) . Hopefully the film should be going into production pretty soon – I’ll keep you posted.

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Owen Parker: Part III Days 6 and 7

August 13th, 2012

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Part III of filming Owen Parker is now over, although overall, we’re behind with shooting by a few days.
Day 6 of filming (Saturday), was interesting as I got to photograph a pig! When I was younger, I was pig mad; I loved them and collected anything to do with them, so Saturday was brilliant! Her name was Ninja and she was 7 years old.

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I thought things would be more frantic, but Rob, Ninja’s owner carefully guided her round while tempting her with food. Pigs have really bad eyesight and rely a lot on their sense of smell, so it was interesting to watch Ninja slowly moving around.

In the build up to Saturday, the day was simply known as ‘pig day’. As it was pig day, there were no cast, just crew, so we managed an early finish and made the most of the nice weather and had a bbq.

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We invited the residents of our shooting location, as a thank you for putting up with us and our filming! Everyone had been really welcoming, so it was only right to show our appreciation.

Yesterday, day 7, the weather was all over the place and completely unpredictable. At one point we got rained off; we had all gathered under umbrellas to try and wait it out, but in the end, we gave up and went for lunch.

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Finally, after lunch, the sun made an appearance and we headed back out to continue shooting; we even managed to get an early finish!

Last night when Ian and I got home, it was good to kick back with a take-away and a cheeky Tsingtao, knowing we could have a lie in and take it easy this morning!

Look out for official photo’s of Owen Parker soon….

Happy Monday ! :)

Owen Parker: Part III Day 3

August 8th, 2012

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I can’t believe we’ve reached day 3 already! Things are going a little slow today due to some lighting issues. The bedroom where we’re filming is pretty small, so space is a bit tight. I’ve been grabbing a few stills where possible and also trying to photograph the ducks that live in the house where we’re filming. Well, they don’t live in the house, but in the garden at the back!
I managed to get the lovely Amanda Hennessy to pose for me today….lately she’s more accustomed to being a redhead while playing Marilyn, but today she appears to have acquired a blonde wig too!

….hopefully I’ll have more to report later.
Happy Wednesday ! :)

Owen Parker: Part III Day 2

August 7th, 2012

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After a long day filming down in Staffordshire for Owen Parker , I’m finally home, fed, watered, in my jimmys and just getting set for bed, before doing it all again tomorrow.
We had indoor and outdoor scenes to film today, but unfortunately the outdoor scenes got rained off – this leaves us a bit behind schedule.
I can only hope the weather picks up from tomorrow.
There was a pretty feisty scene to
shoot today, but there were still plenty of giggles between takes – I’m pretty sure they’ll be some outakes leaked at some point in the future ;)
Time to upload today’s images now before heading upstairs to bed.

…..until tomorrow – nanight, sleep well!