The last few months have been sweaty ones out in South America working on a few new projects (coming soon) and exploring this stunning part of the world. A particular highlight so far was the eastern coast of Uruguay; a small town called Punta Del Diablo. I've cut together a few moments: watch it here.
Earlier this year I worked with the team at Just For Kids Law to produce a promotional film for their new campaign: 'Let Us Learn'. The campaign is calling for all young people living in the UK to be able to access higher education. Despite being legal residents in the UK and having concrete offers from major universities, many young people are still considered 'international' students and are not permitted to apply for a student loan.
I wanted to create a piece that felt honest and relatable. A stripped back studio setting and a 'down the lens' approach provided the perfect platform for these powerful voices to be heard.
Almost 1 year to the day since producer Hannah and I first contacted (the genius) Michel D'Oultremont to ask if we could follow him on a photography trip, 'The Wait' was released into the wild world of public viewing.
One week later and already 20,000 people have watched it! A ridiculous figure that is way beyond our expectations. Huge thanks to those of you who have taken the time to sit down with it; the comments and critiques are hugely appreciated.
For anyone who wants to know a bit more about the making of the film, we recently had a chat with Robert Hardy at 'The Filmmaker's Process' magazine. His article is absolutely great and you can read it here.
This week the film featured at The Smalls film festival in London. We're gutted to say that we didn't manage to grab the main documentary prize but it was excellent to be nominated and to have the film on a big screen.
Today we received the fantastic news that our new documentary 'The Wait' has been selected to screen at The Smalls Film Festival 2016!
A huge thank you to the team at The Smalls for picking the film; we can't wait to see our bison on the big screen.
If you fancy coming along tickets are available here.
LeeFest is celebrating its 10th birthday this year and looks better than ever. Can't believe how far we've all come from our first event back in Lee's garden.
It's Friday - shoot day 2 of three. Special mention to our editor Joe who's cracking on with this overnight for a release early next week!
Yesterday morning started in sunny Kent for the first shot of our new cinema advert for the European Commission.
24 hours, a nearly-missed flight, a stunning dawn view and 1.5 Hungarian pints later... here's a sneak preview of what I've been up to in Budapest.
Huge thanks to our brilliant fixer Bori for sorting us out over here.
Tomorrow - Granada!
Last night the Contra team stumbled away from the EVCOM 2016 awards with an impressive haul of 2 gold and 2 silver awards including:
*GOLD for 'Glitch's Story' in the Charity and Not for Profit category*
*GOLD for 'Next Great Idea' in the Brand Communication category*