One of my highlights of 2018 was mentoring at the ‘Exposure Science Film Hackathon’ in Lausanne, Switzerland. I demonstrated ways to improve audio quality with simple guerrilla filmmaking tips to the students. The event brings together groups of scientists and filmmakers, to explain scientific ideas to wider audience outside the science community.
A longterm project that I have been involved with this year (2018) is a French language podcast start-up. The podcast features location interviews as well as some studio voiceovers. The project is still in development but will hopefully be published in 2019.
The wonderful thing about the project is that it offered me the chance to travel around Switzerland meeting interesting people such as artists, watchmakers, and a religious order.
The Community of Grandchamp gave me an insight into life in a religious order where a vow of silence is taken. As someone who often has to ask people to be quiet while during filming this was a wonderful experience!
This project has been a fun one to be involved with. A feature film, set during the Nazi occupation of France. A lot of outdoor locations, vintage cars, period costumes and of course a great crew and actors. Can’t wait to see this one on French/Swiss tv.
A colleague of mine asked me to help with a documentary that needed clean music recordings of Afghan musicians. This was the first time I had worked with musicians using instruments such as tablas, dilruba, rubab, and a sitar. I miked everything up traditionally; dynamic mics for percussion and voices, and condensers for strings.
Owing to Afghanistan’s geographical position, it is a cross-roads and melting pot for musical ideas from India, Pakistan, Iran, China, Tajikstan and the northern ‘Stans’. Hopefully one day I’ll get the chance to explore this fascinating country.
For the first half of 2018 I was involved with a very interesting project which documented an area of Geneva which was going to be redeveloped into high density social housing.
The area around Charmilles was home to artists, students, long-term residents, and asylum seekers who had banded together transform their housing blocks into a small community which gathered around a community garden. The filming lasted for about 6 months and allowed me to explore the different soundscapes as the area slowly changed through the seasons.
The documentary film is in the editing stage at the moment but a shortened version was completed and shown in the community garden prior to the redevelopment construction works in September.
During the hot months of June, I developed a series of videos for a pressure group based in Lesbos, Greece, which documents human rights violations in the Aegean Sea. The work monitors the plight of migrants who are looking for a safe passage to Europe. Unfortunately, it is one of the deadliest borders in the world.
As part of the 2018 TEDx events in Lausanne, I recorded sound on a series of Vox Pops interviews in the street. Unfortunately no time was built into the schedule for a sound edit but I think it still holds up well.
A talented photographer whose artworks are starting to be collected now, agreed to have a profile piece about him created for use on his social media channels
The Geneva Motor Show is one of the biggest in the world and I helped a small camera crew document the event. The work consisted of mainly interviews with car company CEO’s for Rai TV and marketing companies.
Nathalie Leduc is a comic actress (among many talents) and one of her character creations is called ‘Shayne’s Mom’, a brash lady from New York. This documentary is part spoof and part reality –– I like it because it is difficult to know what is really true. I created the production and post-production sound.
Kino Geneva is a fantastic event bring professionals and amateurs together to make short films. The event lasts two weeks and over 30 short films are made and then screened at the Alhambra cinema in Geneva.
I was involved in three films all of which were well received. The films are being sent to film festivals at the moment and will hopefully have some more news in 2019.
The big project of 2017 for me was ‘Writing Home’, a feature film that required 6 weeks of on location filming plus some foley recordings. The film is finely acted romantic comedy starring Tony Kelly, Caoimhe O’Malley, Geraldine McAlinden
Apart from the on-screen talent, a group of dedicated individuals worked very hard behind the scenes, and as a result the film won a ‘Learning on Screen’ premier award. Needless to say the sound recording was a big part of its success