#MakeSomething

This is what I tell my kids. Usually after I've turned off the wi-fi or taken away the TV or Xbox... "Dad, what can I do?" "Make something!" For seven years now I’ve actively been finding ways to get people creative with the technology that would have had me giddy with excitement when I was … Continue reading #MakeSomething

#MadeOnAMobile in Newcastle

Following a series of extremely well received workshops across Scotland I'm heading south to Newcastle with my mobile digital film making workshop... in November 2018. And I can't wait. I was there earlier in the year to help out on another workshop and fell in love with the place. It's so photogenic and full of … Continue reading #MadeOnAMobile in Newcastle

#MadeOnAMobile – what’s it all about?

2018 has been a whirlwind of increased demand for workshops precisely at a time when I decided to demonstrate the power of mobile film making with an hour long documentary – captured, edited and shared from a single iPad. So I took a few hours recently to put a short film together to encapsulate what … Continue reading #MadeOnAMobile – what’s it all about?

Open Close Movie with @Documentally Live in Newcastle

I've been following Documentally (aka Christian Payne) ever since a mobile network provider gave him the challenge of hitching from Lands End to John O'Groats with nothing but a handful of prepaid sim cards. This would have been 2009-ish and the very early days of social media. However, using Twitter and whatever other social platforms … Continue reading Open Close Movie with @Documentally Live in Newcastle

Open Close Movie is #MadeOnAMobile

Mobile film making is fine for making social media shorts – but what about a full length feature? Sean Baker, Michel Gondry, Steven Soderbergh – all of them Hollywood directors who have made films using an iPhone camera for a cinematic release. None of them, however, edited their films using the same device. "The enemy … Continue reading Open Close Movie is #MadeOnAMobile

Festival of Museums 2015

This Saturday sees the return of the Festival of Museums (#FoM2015) across Scotland. Last year was brilliant - recreating Victoriana in the McManus, Dundee's Museum and Art Gallery. It's everything that is great about being in a museum late at night with actors bringing historic characters back to life and activities and workshops designed for our guests … Continue reading Festival of Museums 2015

GENERATION evaluation

Design processes are often seen as being immeasurable. Maybe because 'designers' believe the impact is obvious - "Look how happy they all are?!" (etc!) When it comes to using the design process in the context of 'business' then the bottom may well speak for itself. However, if design is going to be taken seriously in areas where … Continue reading GENERATION evaluation

The Battle of Camperdown House

There's a report in today's Dundee Courier that the A-listed, neo-classical Camperdown House, centrepiece to Camperdown Park, Dundee is not going to be accessible to the public anytime soon. I understand the problems that this must bring to Dundee City Council (DCC). So often cultural projects are criticised for being a waste of money in the face … Continue reading The Battle of Camperdown House

Here’s to the Imagineers!

I was invited to speak at the second Think Different Dundee which took place last night at Drouthy's, Dundee. It was a great evening with a broad range of disciplines, minds and sensibilities in the room - all with a desire to think differently. What follows is a (slightly) more articulate, (hugely) less shambolic interpretation of what … Continue reading Here’s to the Imagineers!

Visualising Commitment – #1kHands

If you would like some background to this then go here: Commitment Of A Thousand Hands - #pcic4 With a background in illustration and graphic design the power of the 'visual' is central to what I do. Done well, visualisation can be an incredibly powerful tool - drawing, filmmaking, photography - they all draw the eye, and … Continue reading Visualising Commitment – #1kHands