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This past month has been a struggle… feeling tired, unmotivated and riding the emotional rollercoaster thanks to hormones and everything happening in the world. I haven’t really felt like creating, which is unusual for me, but some days I did grab a clip or two of...

A "Memory Postcard" film is a compilation of one second clips to spark memories of that time. I named this type of film “Memory Postcards” because each one second clip felt like a snapshot of that particular moment in time, almost like sending a postcard to...

One of the questions I get asked a lot is - What equipment or tripod do I use to shoot video clips or Stop Motion from overhead? I’m happy to share what I use now, but don’t believe you need lots of equipment to hold your...

Just wrapped up the May session of my online course - Handmade Film Making. This was the third time to run it during the Coronavirus pandemic. I’ve seen in previous sessions it’s been such a tonic to have that daily creative focus. Participants have a...

 I like to join in each time the Handmade Film Making course runs, but I was concerned about the latest session in May because we were still in lockdown and I’d already made films in March and April while Staying Home. I wasn’t sure I...

Quite behind with my 50 places project. Not surprising considering most of this year has been spent at home. 2020 was supposed to be different, there were quite a few new destinations in the diary but they’ve all been cancelled because of the pandemic. But I...

I'm always getting questions about my bike & its basket and how do I shoot video while riding it?. So I thought I'd share everything here. The bike is a Birdie by Bobbin Bikes. It has three gears which is fine for me. It’s also not...

Last week, I hosted another session of Handmade Film Making during the Coronavirus pandemic. As always, it’s my hope that the daily creative focus is a tonic for those taking part. Giving a chance to concentrate on something new or refine skills and make mini...

A Jump Cut transition is a film editing technique to portray that time has moved forward. Often the camera position doesn’t change, just the subject within the frame. This type of transition is commonly used in vlogs but also seen in some genres of cinema....