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CONQUEROR VIDEO IS OUT

A short while ago I was lucky enough to take part in the new music video for Aurora called Conqueror.  I had a great day and Aurora was really great and a pleasure to work with.  You can see the video on Youtube at:-

Aurora – Conqueror

The video was directed by Kenny McKracken at the fantastic Asylum Church in Peckham.    I was asked to write in binary.  Luckily I am fluent in binary, much to everyone’s surprise so we decided which word to write which fitted in with the story of the video.  One of the comments on Youtube has already picked it up!  I knew somebody would!

I took a look at the numbers that the boy is writing in 1:41 – those are letters encoded in ASCII in binary form. Each 8 bits/numbers = 1 letter. In this case, here we have numbers 01000010 (this is the “B” letter), 01101111(the “o” letter) and 01111001 (“y”). No more numbers are used and those used always go in the same order. So he is writing “Boy” all the time – BoyBoyBoyBoy etc. Feel free to speculate what the meaning is.
The Album, All my Demons Greeting me as a Friend, comes out on the 11th March and it is on pre order now from iTunes.

 

ASYLUM CHAPEL

On Friday I went to a location which was very unusual.  When I turned up at the address I was surprised to find there is a Grade II listed chapel included in the quadrangle of almshouses situated off Asylum Road, Peckham, London.

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Almshouses  were like social housing and these ones were London’s largest complex of almshouses originally known as the Licenced Victuallers’ Benevolent Institution Asylum.  There are still residents at the almshouses but the chapel has not been used for purpose, for many years. The Chapel was built about 1830 and today, hardly anyone knows it is there.

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It is now regularly rented out to film companies and next week it will be used for a Marvel production.  I came to take part in a music video production and I will write more of that later.

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LADY LUCK STILL PICKING UP AWARDS

Lady Luck, Directed by Jo Lewis

Jo LewisCreative Director – Breakneck Films

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Jo Lewis is an award winning director and producer whose films have played at international film festivals all over the world. Her recent adaption of a DH Lawrence short story ‘The Rocking Horse Winner’ has enjoyed considerable success, most recently as a finalist at the USA Film Festival 2015.

Jo has enjoyed a 17 year career in TV and Film production with experience ranging from Factual and Development to Documentaries and Drama. She has worked for numerous companies including The BBC, IWC, Talkback, Endemol, ITV, Zenith, Wildfire and Spun Gold. Her documentary experience includes international co-productions filming in Europe, Canada and the USA for The Discovery Channel. Her film production work includes films by Mike Leigh, Ridley Scott and Andrea Arnold. She Location Managed the OSCAR winning short film ‘WASP’.

I loved working on this film and Jo is a brilliant supportive director who still keeps in touch with me.

 

 

THE WINDMILL FEATURE FILM

EFM: Kaleidoscope to debut ‘The Windmill Massacre’

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Dutch horror debut from Nick Jongerius. Starring  Charlotte Beaumont, Noah Taylor, Patrick Baladi,

Adam Thomas Wright, Fiona Hampton, Tanroh Ishida,  and Bart Klever.

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (KFD) has boarded sales rights to genre-horror The Windmill Massacre ahead of Berlin’s EFM (Feb 11-19).

From debut writer-director Nick Jongerius and producer Daniel Koefoed – both producers on genre-horror Frankenstein’s ArmyThe Windmill Massacre tells the gory tale of a devil-worshipping miller that, legend has it, ground the bones of locals instead of grain. Back from beyond the grave, the miller seeks vengeance on a group of unsuspecting tourists, who share a dark secret.

Filmed in Amsterdam, the English-language feature is in post-production and due for delivery this spring.

Director Nick Jongerius said: “It has been a privilege to shoot an international horror as my feature debut, using the famous Dutch heritage and locations as the backdrop. I have always been fascinated, and scared at the same time, by windmills. I can assure you will look at them differently from now on.”

Michael Chapman, sales and acquisition executive at Kaleidoscope and also executive producer of The Windmill Massacre added:  “We’re thrilled to finally share this project with international buyers. Nick is an exciting new voice in horror and has created something truly special.”

Kaleidoscope’s slate also includes family animation sequel Top Cat Begins, well-received documentary The Seven Five and Gerard Barrett’s Sundance hit Glassland.

Charlotte Beaumont        Noah Taylor                Patrick Baladi

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Me                                        Fiona Hampton             Tanroh Ishida

Adam Thomas Wright Picture Fiona Hampton Picture Tanroh Ishida Picture

Bart Klever

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CATCHING UP

I spent New Year in Edinburgh and watched the fireworks.  I have also been busy with my GCSE photography work. I got some good photos.  I really enjoy photography and also got a few good shots when I was in New York over Christmas.  One of my favourites is the panoramic view with the obliging seagull!  I enjoyed the Lumiere London event last night and took lots of pictures.

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Some pictures from Edinburgh.

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Lumiere London event. Around Regents Street and Leicester Square was packed with people as they went around the installations.

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NEW YORK

I have just arrived back from New York today.   I have been there before but it was only for one day.  It was over 4 years ago , April 2011 and I went for a screening with Kiefer Sutherland for a new t.v. series called ‘Touch’ directed by Tim Kring.  I didn’t get the role unfortunately but my mum said we would come back another time to have more of a visit.  Well it took four years but we got there eventually and we had a great time.

Behind these Christmas balls is the building where I went for my audition at that time.  It is the 21st Century Fox building on the Avenue of the Americas and one of the tallest buildings on the block.

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 I can remember being very nervous.  I am fifteen years old now so that seems a long time ago now.  The weather was very warm in NY and on Christmas Eve we were eating ice cream.

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I have had a great 2015 so really looking forward to 2016.

p.s.  I saw Adrian Pasdar from ‘Heroes’ walking by Times Square, Tim Kring also directed ‘Heroes.’

 

THE SHAMAN – THE MAKING OF

A film has just been released about the making of The Shaman.  Have a look at the link below.

A special clip of the film has been made for me at:-

 Thanks Marco

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In the dark year 2204, the world has seen 73 years of continuous war. The face of conflict has changed. People kill people but they now rely on giant, intelligent battle machines to fight. Mankind has re-discovered Shamanism and the Generals on both sides use these well-trained spiritual warriors to face the threat of machines.

The full film can be viewed at:

THE SHAMAN CONTINUES

The highly acclaimed, blockbuster-style short film THE SHAMAN premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in 2015. After that it ran successfully at numerous film festivals around the globe, including Los Angeles, London, San Diego and the DragonCon in Atlanta. The trailer turned into a viral sensation with over 4 million views.

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Take a look at the short film on the link below.   Rumour has it that a full feature  could be in the pipeline.