Yes, that’s quite a pompous title, isn’t it? I think so yet I’m still using it since it conveys the subject of this piece very nicely. It’s a quick round-up of the things I’ve done and films I’ve made in the past year. What better day to this than Dec 31st?
We’ll be chronological.
In January the film we shot in November finally saw the light of day. This piece about the Hawk HF3000 gestated far too long because of anxieties about the production values and some self doubt in the presenter. Eventually, this little (and very popular) gem appeared:
February and March 2013
These two months passed without any sign of productive work. I did purchase an old 1D mk2n and the fantastic Canon 200mm f2.8 L mk1 and the rather cheaper but still very good Canon 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 USM via eBay. This re-invigorated my interest in photography which led to:
A very busy April 2013
I went to my first Autocross event. I loved it and plan to go again in 2014. The entertainment and enjoyment is unparalleled in any form of motorsport.
The same month, Adam had access to another nice car, and we filmed the following review:
Fired up by this and my desire to make some personal projects I sought out subjects for some short films. First up was my brother, Giles Cooper:
This was quickly followed by a visit to Brands Hatch to see another first for me, Truck Racing:
May arrived with a flurry of gardening activity which I don’t share on this blog. My birthday was celebrated in style at Brands Hatch enjoying the classic touring and sports cars racing on the full Grands Prix circuit.
I determined I would like a more flexible long lens for this type of work. I still have yet to purchase one, mainly because I’m saving for a house deposit.
June, July, August 2013
The summer was quite leisurely. I produced some photos of wildlife and the countryside and due to other commitments failed to be productive on the blog for some time. This worried me and eventually in
September, October and November 2013
I woke up with a start. I’d be slack all summer and felt rusty on FCPX. I needed to do something. I did somethings. I went to the Goodwood Revival and loved it, certainly something I should be tempted to attend again in the future. Strangely, I did not blog about this but my video spirits surged on discovering a plug-in Called SliceX. It’s simply brilliant. It highlighted shortcomings with my existing 2011 MacBook Pro which sent me down the path of considering buying a new machine. I didn’t. In the end I bough 16Gb of the rather underrated KomputerBay memory for it and my workflow was transformed.
then a short film about Jon Lovett and his Honda Blackbird
late November was gloriously cold and bright, with cerulean blue skies. Sadly all of these elements were missing the day I set out with Adam to film the rather fabulous XCS 427:
December? Well, this month I’ve been very carefully considering my options for future equipment and how I’m going to make the video work start to pay. After some lengthy discussion with dam we’re launching a new website to host our writing and videos.
And that concludes my round-up of the year. If you have any comments, or suggestions please do share. I’ll be back in the new year with updates on QuickDrives and it’s proposed launch in February 2014.
In the meantime, (providing you’re on the same calendar as me) Happy New Year!