For those who missed my brief coverage of Flatpack last year it's a festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every March. Drawing in people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprises, and has been described as “magnificently eclectic” (Time Out), “joyously inventive” (the Guardian) and “the UK’s most creatively curated film festival” (the Independent). I went last year as a little bit of an experiment as I had only just heard about it and I immediately fell in love with it. Now entering it's 9th year as a festival the latest one looks to be a treat. The kind of work they put on depends upon the project, but recurring themes include animation, music, artists’ film, archive discoveries, offbeat shorts for kids and live cinema. They're firm believers in creating a sense ...

Sound

Thanks to a lucky break I was able to attend a very informative workshop on sound production this week at none other than the YouTube space in London! Probably the last trip I'm going to take this year for my blog (and general learning) but I can't think of a better one to close the year out with. Hiive So I'm guessing you're wondering how I was able to go to YouTube for a workshop or better yet how I found out about it. Well a few weeks ago my friend introduced me to Hiive which is like a new hub for creatives looking to learn, connect, share and/or find jobs. As I'm always looking for ways to be more creative and to dabble in as many different things in my quest to be a jack of all trades ...

London Film and Comic Con Summer

This summer's London Film and Comic Convention has just finished and what a convention it was. I don't think I've ever geeked out as much as I did in those 3 days of epicness. As those who have been reading my blog up until this point you will know that I was really looking forward to going to this ever since I bought my tickets. It did not disappoint. The largest event of it's kind in Europe it took on the lofty task of being the final European convention that Stan Lee (yes that Stan Lee) would ever attend. This effectively made it more popular this year than organisers could have predicted. Even with the event spread across 2 halls at London's Earls Court, there were still hundreds (if not thousands) of people who were unable to avoid this jam ...

Flatpack

This is going to be the first of a series of blog posts on my experience of Flatpack Film festival which I made the fantastic decision to visit over the weekend after being told about it by Visit Birmingham. For those who don't know (and can't see the date on the picture above too well because of my shoddy camera skills) Flatpack Film Festival is an eleven day festival running across Birmingham from 20-30 March 2014. Featuring a number of varying forms of entertainment not only limited to films including Korean-style DVD lounge, canalside walks, live music and of course the best new films from around the world. The trailer for it can be seen just below or visit their site for a look at the events still to come. Over the course of the weekend I managed (along with ...

Okay I was tempted to be lazy this weekend and not do a post after going out Friday and having just a little bit too much fun (as I usually do when I go out). However I couldn't help myself doing a very small post after watching the latest trailer for Godzilla (one of the films I'm looking forward to most this year) broken down by the director Gareth Edwards. via Empire Watching this I was surprised by how normal he still is as a person describing the film (or rather the trailer of the film) he created. I'll be honest he could probably come back to Nuneaton, be in a pub and no one would know who he is. My favourite bit of the breakdown is the origami cranes snuck into the corner of the scene made to look ...

For those who don't know Harold Ramis, known for working on hit comedy films Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day and Caddyshack, passed away Monday aged 69. I'm personally a fan of Ramis' earlier work so I've decided to do a short post listing what I believe were his best films (actor or director) or at least my favourite films. I should probably say now that I won't be doing this for every actor/director that dies as this would start to look like an obituary (as they are dropping like flies now...) but I felt inspired after seeing the below tribute earlier today. via Twitter So without further ado in order of least to most favourite! Bedazzled A remake of the 1967 classic of the same name Ramis does an amazing job of breathing new life into it, both with his directing ...