TOOK A WHILE TO GET GOING
Like most people in our industry things just shut down early in the year. I was sat, bags packed, waiting for a taxi to Heathrow for a job in Thailand when the phone rang and the job was cancelled. Things remained like that until late May.
Since then I've been busy on two Golf based projects. One was the main edit for The Open For The Ages which went out worldwide and featured golfers past and present competing against each other in a unique event.
Check it out here.
Straight off that I've been working on a new Tiger Woods Instructional series for IMG/GolfTV. Fascinating insights into his way of playing and how he approaches the fundamentals ofthe game.
All done working from home.
Spent some time between Zurich and Brighton working on some FIFA product. Promos and various other pieces. Great people and nice to spend time in a compact and very pretty city. But that is one expensive town!
CRICKET WORLD CUP
Over the last two months I've been involved in this year's World Cup in a couple of ways.
Firstly I worked on some ICC History programmes with Adam Darke Films, a series looking at the past winners of the competition.
Secondly I've been on the road with Sunset+Vine cutting features, profiles and behind the scenes match day material. Early mornings and long days, but a good crew and good fun.
Great thrill to be approached to screen my Kilbey film, SOMETHING QUITE PECULIAR, at the Soundscreen Film Festival in London.
We were the Friday night film and it was a good turn out of friends, fans and lovers of music docs.
Soundscreen flew Steve out for the occasion and he, Karin Jansson and myself did a Q+A after.
Kilbey then played a gig the following night in London and then we had another gig and screening in Brighton on the Sunday.
I also worked at CRUFTS for the first time this year. Good fun and the smells and sights were what you would expect!
After a busy year, I took some time off. Based myself in Brighton, hung out with the wife and the cat and worked up some personal projects. Late in the month I started on a new golf project with IMG and director Ben Simister.
Got an invite from FIFA to work on some promos for their archive and film library. I worked out of my office in Brighton but will be heading out to Zurich in October/November to continue further.
Late September I travelled to China for the first time working for The Masters and The Royal & Ancient on coverage of their flagship Asian amateur event. An eye-opening glimpse into another world and a busy time at the coal face as always.
I've just started editing a new feature documentary all about Howard Kendall and Everton FC. The film is an in depth look at the 1980's team and is directed by long time collaborator Rob Sloman.
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ON THE ROAD
I spent most of April away working, though I managed to get some golf in as always. I had two jobs with IMG Golf. The first at Augusta prior to The Masters, so I didn't get to see Tiger's comeback victory, it was fun all the same. Then we had a tournament to cover in Japan. My first time there and it was a total joy, friendly people, great food and basically what anyone has ever said to me about the place was true.
In between I did some filming in San Francisco for a possible new film focussing on Chuck Prophet and Dan Stuart, their solo life and their work in the band Green on Red.
The start of the year wasn't bad with a fantastic work trip to the Dominican Republic with IMG Golf working on the Latin America Amateur Championship. Great resort and got to play some golf in an amazing setting.
Really, all work trips should be this good.
In February I filmed with Chuck Prophet and Charlie Sexton for a possible doco in the pipeline. They were out there playing the Stones album Some Girls. Great fun on stage and off.