I’ve been shooting film since I discovered how to use a darkroom during college some 7 years ago. Where I learnt the processes from shooting, developing and printing my own analogue film. It resonated in me such a visceral feeling towards the art of making images. This, with my love of cinema sent me on a journey of wanting to recreate it for my first short film. I love to shoot portraits. I’ve collaborated with many different people, including projects of my own self portraiture. I always strive to create cinematic imagery, even in my 35mm or Medium format work.
The Craft Project? Whats that all about then!? Well, it has been over a year since I wrote my longer piece about the importance of a long term photography project. My last project at The Vinyl Factory has been in the can for a few years and to be quite honest, at the time took over my thought processes for too long. So, now with a desire to do something else longer term I’ve decided to approach things differently and break things down into smaller ‘projectettes’. Hopefully making it more manageable.
Why make a micro-budget feature film? Well, I had the idea since I was 14 years old. I had a lot of free time at that age, having been kicked out of Secondary School and not being in education. I had a couple things that I was doing. Going to mandatory meetings at the YOT [Youth Offending Centre], going to meetings with Social Services on being taken into care, playing video games, watching anime, reading books, trying to study without guidance and binging on the Top 100 film list on IMDB – where only the second film on the list became my favourite film: Akira Kurosawa’s – Seven Samurai.