Friday, 27 January 2012

A trailer I cut together for Late and Live

For everyone that has missed the first episode of Late "n" lives guide to comedy, heres a reason to watch the next one:

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Vengo Del Sol music video

I was in LA late last year shooting a music video For Dolce Films, the directors Daniel and Bayou are amazing and this is what they came up with:

The Scotsman

I have also been working with the Scotsman and working with Roger Cox we looked at the amazingly vibrant art scene in Leith Edinburgh, heres the link to the video:

the scotsman on Leith

late 'n' Lives guide to comedy!

So the first episode of late and live aired on Monday which was very exciting but in case you missed it heres a link the the bbc iplayer version (sorry if your not in the UK) and its also only online for 30 days so if you look at this link in a years time doubly sorry :-)

iplayer link

And heres a link to a trailer for the show:

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Saturday, 14 January 2012

New Kit for 7d

It's Been a while since I posted about any of the equipment I'm using just now so I thought I would upload some pics and talk about my new gear.

Let's start with the lens, its the sigma 10-20mm 3.5 and it is super wide!! I mean crazy wide its amazing, it is also pretty compact and not crazy heavy, i've been playing around with it and the image quality is incredibly good. The build quality is great and the auto focus is quite and quick. The only downside is that their is allot of distortion, this is expected from something so wide but it does mean that you are limited to what kind of shoots you can use this on.

Overall though I really love it.

Next my red rock micro custom built rigg, I say custom built as I put all the bits together myself haha. I wanted a rigg that was light, portable, really well made, had room to expand and was cheap (ish). I couldn't find anything like that so I decided to buy all the component parts and put it together. The Red Rock system is amazing, the quality is incredible and what I love about it is that I can improve on it and change it as funds come in.

Extended battery pack, I found this on ebay for £10 and I couldn't not buy it! Its been really useful, the build quality is awful! But it doubles my battery life and if im in a place where I can't recharge my canon batteries I can use AA's which is great although I don't know how long they would last.

And lastly an LED onboard camera light. I don't know much about it as it was a christmas present but I have to say it is incredible, you can power it from a whole host of different batteries and just with AA's the power off the light is amazing! and I think they are really cheap, they are really light and super portable.

More new kit to come but just now that's all i've got :-)

Friday, 13 January 2012


This is a press release for the BBC TV series I worked on last year its airing on BBC1 Scotland 23rd January at 11.15 and then for the next 4 weeks:

For a generation raised on Live At The Apollo and The Michael McIntyre Roadshow, the LATE ‘N’ LIVE GUIDE TO COMEDY will be a revelation.  Edinburgh Fringe audiences have, for over the past 25 years, gathered like Romans to the Coliseum to watch comedians fight against hecklers at the leading Gilded Balloon venue.  These people are renowned as the comedy world’s most unpredictable audience; never sedated by a famous name - they expect laughs or they give better than they get. 

To many it’s known as the comedians’ graveyard, with some performances there becoming the cautionary tales of comedy folklore, but that hasn’t deterred some of the best known names in comedy wanting to take on the LATE ‘N’ LIVE crowd – a group of people who know that they are in control.

Now for the first time, narrated by LATE’N’LIVE veteran performer Lynn Ferguson, together with face to face interviews with the comedians who also performed there  - exclusive archive footage of LATE ‘N’ LIVE can be revealed to those who never made it to the post-midnight show.  Or indeed weren’t sober enough to remember it. 

Amongst those taking part in the programme are Bill Bailey, Russell Brand, Johnny Vegas, Jason Byrne, Zoe Lyons, Shappi Khorsandi, Fed MacAulay, Caroline Rhea, Ross Noble and Rich Hall. 

The raw comedy where anything can happen epitomises LATE ‘N’ LIVE.  These BBC programmes look at four specific angles of comedy.  The first deals with Hecklers; the second Comedy Virgins, the third Antics and the final looks at Scottish-ness (see notes at end).

The woman behind both LATE ‘N’ LIVE and indeed the Gilded Balloon venue is the First Lady of Comedy, Karen Koren who says; “When we started LATE ‘N’ LIVE it was the first late night compilation show at the Edinburgh Fringe.  It couldn’t have happened anywhere else and was part of what makes this festival brilliant.  I’d literally collar comedians during the afternoon or after their gigs and tell them that they were booked.  We never knew what the audiences would be like, and in some ways the wilder they were meant that the challenge was greater.  There was and is nothing bland about LATE ‘N’ LIVE; I’ve seen some of the best known names in comedy die on their backsides and others pack a punch that I didn’t know they have.  I’m more than pleased that we can show people what real comedy is like”.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

One of my pics

This was a picture I took whilst with the young fathers in France earlier in the year and its now in Time Out :-)

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

A few pictures from Algeria

Just Before Christmas I was asked by Emma from endeavour tv to shoot some stuff with her in Algeria and here are some pics:


In a few days time I will have lived in Scotland for as long as I have lived in England - 17 years in both and I wanted to share my top ten ...