2014 in review & goals for 2015

It took a cliched layed out photo of my equipment and sitting down to make a showreel to make me realise how little I have done this year. I have only used one of those six cameras and out of those eight lenses I have used three, that’s rather sad.
So I sat down to make a new showreel…

That’s it. The only things I can put in my showreel this year.
Last year (2013 project) I did a project every month, even when it was the last thing I wanted to do. This pushed me to make twelve projects in a variety of forms. Some did really well and were screened across Europe, others took 5mins and nobody looked at them.

Without this forced creativity in 2014 I struggled to actually make anything without the persuasion and help from some friends. In 2015 I need to find a sensible middle ground, a few fun projects across a mixture of art forms and a bit of free time to develop these rather than one a month. Perhaps a sort of manifesto for 2015 may be in order.
Looking back at what I said at the end of 2013 I looked at what I planned for the year ahead.

my plan for next year is to focus on a few short films/docs over 2014.”2013 in review

I didn’t focus on any short films/docs in 2014.
This year I did however entertain millions of kids with games, music videos and competitions. Those are what have taken over my year. Often people do a job they hate so that they can make short films/art projects in their spare time. I do a job I love which gives me great satisfaction and allows me to organise locations, create filming schedules, find contributors, sort crew, edit video and even shoot interviews. Its great, 2014 enabled me to realise what a great job I have. Even though that is the case I still want to make things that can’t fit into work. So these are my three goals for 2015.

Three goals for 2015
Make a short film and submit to festivals
Exhibit photography
Collaborate on an art project

Here is hoping I can achieve these three, I think its easily achievable. I shall no doubt be back here next year at this time, I hope I can just put a big tick beside those three. See you this time next year.

Carbonated coffee: Two week batch

I opened the second bottle of my cold brew carbonation experiment that I naturally carbonated with sugar and champagne yeast. (The details can be seen here). The second week of fermenting had made the bottle worryingly hard so decided to open it up over the sink.

carbonated coffee

With a cautious twist the fizz began, but surprisingly it wasn’t as bad as I expected. A quick pour and a great head on it. It is incredibly refreshing, very strange to drink and slightly confusing. I rather like cold coffee but I dont think my brain is ready to cope with the added sensation of the fizz. Perhaps in a warm climate this would work, the success of brands such as Coffer shows that. This was all an experiment to begin with and not so sure it has worked out. May need to do a new batch and test it out on a few people. Anyone willing to risk it volunteer?