That headline is perhaps slightly misleading, in that I've not appeared in Anthony Baxter's latest film, A Dangerous Game, but some footage I filmed has. Let me explain... Between 2011 and 2014 I was lucky enough to be involved with Scotland's finest cinema, the Screen Machine, a mobile unit which takes films to some of the... Continue Reading →
Another bumper year of interviews at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Short film from my visit to Coll and Tiree with Screen Machine.
It was just over a year ago that I wrote about a new iPad magazine I'd worked on for the Highlands of Scotland Film Commission. Earlier this year, I headed up to Skye to start work on issue two of the magazine, interviewing a number of local filmmakers and educators. I visited Sabhal Mòr Ostaig college... Continue Reading →
It's a new year so it's time for a new project in a new country. Following my work in 2012 on Cinematic Scotland, a project which looks at various connections between the country and film, this week sees me take a slight diversion as I head to the French Riviera, better known locally as the... Continue Reading →
As the world slowly goes mad for Disney-Pixar's Brave, the US release taking in over $65 million at the box office on it's US release and the UK premiere taking place in Edinburgh last weekend, my coverage of the Scottish-set film has started to appear in a few places.
I've been busier than usual this month with the launch of a new film website, Cinematic Scotland, one that also includes elements of travel journalism.
Last month I made my way to the Isle of Mull with Scotland's mobile cinema, the Screen Machine, to capture its arrival on video at the small ferry of Fishnish and hear what local residents had to say about its regular visits.
February found me putting together a handful of new video interviews for ReelScotland to promote a new film and a new Scottish stageplay based on a film.
Being a classic film fan can be a lonely experience, one of those people who regularly scans the TV listings for 1am repeats of Clarence Brown films or documentaries on RKO.
Last week saw the second of my new Screen Machine videos go live on Vimeo, both of them filmed recently on Arran during the cinemas visit. The brief here was to both interview senior operator, Iain MacColl, about his work on the cinema and to show how Screen Machine is set up, a question often... Continue Reading →
I've been focusing on documentaries over the past few weeks, spending some time looking at the work of Scottish filmmakers who are doing interesting things away from the multiplexes.