A crumbling mansion, multi-coloured smoke bombs, many green screens and a bunch of kids dressed up as beings from other galaxies – a recipe for the brilliant film school run by Four of Swords Theatre in Devon this summer. My role was as a camera assistant, and it was like being on a real film set, filming scripted scenes, setting up lights and green screens, helping with costumes and a bit of directing. Really looking forward to seeing the final cut! The photos below were taken by the very talented Rhodri Cooper.
I was invited to be one of the official camera people at Off grid Festival in North Devon, set in the gorgeous grounds of Tapeley Park near Bideford. The festival is a celebration of alternative technology, environmental education, music, workshops, talks and food. I made eight short videos to promote the event while it was happening, recorded some talks for their website, and I will be putting together a video of highlights to promote next year's festival.
At the north end of Kootenay Lake in British Columbia, fields of nourishing organic vegetables and salad greens are lovingly planted, tended and grown, then supplied and delivered to local outlets as far as Nelson. I made a series of promotional videos to show the behind-the-scenes dedication and hard work that goes into producing such luscious crops, and I interviewed some of the satisfied businesses that feed and sell Earth Temple Gardens' produce to happy customers in the Kootenay region. I'm currently uploading these videos and a series of photographs to @earthtemplegardens Instagram page.
I made a series of twelve videos to support the campaign for the inclusion of the Argenta-Johnsons Landing face in the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy. The residents of Argenta and Johnsons Landing live on the north-east side of Kootenay Lake in BC, Canada, surrounded on three sides by the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy. The mountain face above these two communities is not included in the park, which leaves them vulnerable to the impacts of the logging which is due to start this September. There has already been one catastrophic landslide in 2012 that wiped out houses and killed four people; removing the trees from this fragile landscape will directly affect the stability of the slopes and also change the watershed, meaning that the people who reply on water for drinking, washing, hydro-power, growing food, running business and other daily water requirements will likely be affected by the landscape changes above their homes. Aside from the human impact of logging these slopes, the ecological effects will be drastic for wildlife living in these forests. This is a key wildlife corridor to the shores of Kootenay Lake, particularly for mountain ungulates like the woodland caribou who are already on the endangered species list. Is it really worth the short-term cost of timber to change the landscape and put all these lives at risk? If you think not and would like to help, visit www.willetwildernessforever.ca to find out more.