A short review of my year

If I've missed something I apologise. It could be the Pina Colada I'm drinking while I write. This post links to many relative blog posts and photo galleries and towards the end is a link to a playlist of videos which also is relative to the post. Hope you enjoy reading it just a smudge as much as I've enjoyed looking back on 2015. Let me know your favourite bits in the comments below and I'll stop by to reply when I can.


2015 In Review

The year started in snow for me. Laid on my bed checking the sensors on my cameras were clean I took some photo's of Imogen (our cat) and then ventured out into the snow to take a photo of my new Nike trainers. Yes, you read that right, and if you so wish, you can read about it and see the photo(s) here. We started the year in Sydney, Australia and I started blogging. I firstly summed up my first 'First' experience with British Airways aboard the plane for some 21 hours on a flight I didn't want to end which tells you about how much I enjoyed the experience. Once we landed, I remember immediate plans were made for a day trip to Taronga Zoo. With clearance made for me to film, there was no chance of rest from the long flight, I packed up and off we went. The video was edited that day as well and shown the next morning on an Australian breakfast show (I forget the name, please do remind me if you remember!).

After an amazing Australia tour we stopped off in Manila. I instantly fell in love with the country and it's people, both very polite and passionate about life. I found this infectious and enjoyed my time here. I look forward to our return in 2016. From Manila to Japan. Another country I love spending time in. We had a day off and some of us visited Mount Fuji, a sight like no other I've seen. I filmed the day, of course and it's one of my favourite sections in a video for the band to date. We also squeezed in an impromptu cover on a cable car, maybe it could become a theme for our channel? I like the sound of Cable Car Covers! In Japan I also met up with Dave Spearing, friend and fellow filmmaker as he was over with McBusted. I joined Dave with James, Harry and Matt from the band for a Jetlag induced breakfast.

Once we returned from the Asia-Pacific tour the band went into rehearsals only with a brief trip to Bahrain to pause production for the up coming UK arena tour. Bahrain was a very tiring experience and I didn't really see much of the country unfortunately. We landed around 8pm and at 330am I climbed into bed exhausted after a frustrating experience trying to get our screens to work ready for the show the next day. Still, from what I did see it's a place I'd like to visit again. The start of the U.K. Tour saw the beginning of my 'Dear Diary' series. An idea I had to run alongside the lyric from the bands opening line in Girls On TV. The plan : Shoot, edit and upload from all dates on the tour (London had to be excluded due to my Directorial duties for the Live DVD) within 48 hours. It was a tough task, I'm not going to hide the fact it wore me out completely. Most nights I didn't get to bed until 4am. The main time constraint, I was also shooting 'On Tour With The Vamps' at the same time, a feature length film to be released alongside the 2nd album and the live DVD in November. I also knew, that due to our schedule I wouldn't be able to edit the film till September time. That meant I needed to be diligent with my key-wording and organisation of files ready for my edit, otherwise, I'd forget everything and need to re-watch all my footage and that would have lost me days in the edit.

After the UK tour a short trip to Paris with Sophie was followed by some European dates with the band and then a splattering of summer shows in the UK and summer visits to coffee shops in London. Around this time I received my Apple Watch and a few weeks after blogged about living with this futuristic companion before heading out onto a 5 week tour of North America and Canada with the band, it was in Canada my stills camera got to work the most, and also in Boston. Whilst on the tour we celebrated 3 years of The Vamps and I suggested the band play a bit of Vegas Girl, their first cover on YouTube whilst we were in Chicago on that day to mark the occasion. When we arrived in LA Brad received an idiot sandwich from Gordon Ramsey and Brooklyn Beckham made a guest appearance in the bands first music video for the 2nd Album 'Wake Up'.

Back home, we launched In Bed With Brad. A spur of the moment iMessage to Joe and Brad launched the series and hopefully it will continue into 2016 with some sporadic guest appearances. We realised early on that trying to stick to our Sunday night at 8pm schedule was virtually impossible as the bands schedule just doesn't allow it at times. Sophie and I went on another trip, this time to Brussels, It was my first play with the Sony RX100 MKIV and I shot this little test video in 4K, this one to test the slow motion capabilities and took some photo's as well.

From Brussels to Stockholm and the start of 'the revolution' our campaign leading into the release of Wake Up. Whilst in Stockholm I managed a few night walks to take some photos, one of the rare occasions my edit schedule gave me some free time in a country. Back on UK soil again a lyric video for Cheater was planned. The shoot would have to take place at the bands hotel in London, and it would be after a long day of pr pieces were filmed by me for various countries around the world. In the end we literally had 30 minutes to shoot this video, and with that in mind I like the outcome. I posted a blog post about what's in my 'B' bag for those of you interested in the gear I use (and in a few days I'll be posting a 'favourite things of 2015' blog too which is based around the gear I use for my job mainly).

As always, though a little earlier in the year than usual, we posted a Bloopers video from the year. First posted on the bands Apple Music Connect page and now on YouTube we've made three of these now and I think in some ways they best show what my job is like on a day to day basis working with the boys. Next up was the Fanfest tour of Europe followed by a few Christmas radio show dates on the east coast of America. After the radio shows we headed to New York where I had some time to visit Brooklyn and a few other sites in the City I hadn't seen before on previous trips, it's also one of my favourite videos from the year.

My 2015 YouTube video playlist


Into 2016

In reflection, 2015 was a wicked year overall. Mixed unfortunately as always with some heartache both on a personal level and related to the band. Now's a time to reflect as I take a break and enjoy some personal time. On the whole it seems a massive (62 million minutes watched / 26 million views / 42,500 comments) amount of you are enjoying the videos. There are like in every creative endeavour, some negative comments, and that's ok (trolls aside, that's not ok), most of the time the negatives are due to one of three things :

  1. "Why isn't [insert name] in the video more?" Reason - Well, more often than not they were busy doing other things, mostly work related but sometimes wanted some personal time and, you have to remember, these are 4 different personalities and their personalities reflect in their video time (Brad and Connor are two sides of the spectrum here) and that's fine, it's who they are, and I'm in no position, nor would I want, to change who they are.

  2. "Why isn't [insert song title] in the video." Reason - It's just not possible for me to film and edit every single song from every single show, I shouldn't really have to explain this, but I still get asked it ;)

  3. "It's not long enough." Sometimes not enough happens to be honest. There have been few occasions where I haven't got enough to make a full video, but it does happen. Sometimes there are venue restrictions on filming, so I can't film anything, and sometimes I'm holding footage back for a bigger project.

At the end of the day If I feel that I got what I needed from the project, I enjoyed it and achieved what I needed and wanted to get from it then I'm happy and that's all that really matters to me. Oh and as long as the band keep enjoying my work as well of course. Lastly, for 2015, I'd like to say thanks to all of you who watch and, I hope, get some joy out of my work, here's to a content filled 2016. Cheers.

Links Of Note

Here’s this weeks links of note compiled from my Facebook, Twitter and any published videos or photograph journals…


On the road again…
Spent most of the week travelling for summer shows with the band. Here’s a few photo’s from my week…


Cork
We visited Cork in Ireland and the guys played a sweet show, here’s the ‘Dear Diary’ Episode I made... 


Scarborough
On Saturday we then arrived in Scarborough to play ‘that gig across the moat’, kind of a strange venue but fun and some lovely views of the sunset behind the stage from the amphitheatre. Here’s the ‘Dear Diary’ video I made...


Westonbirt
Sunday took us to Westonbirt for a Forest Show. Here’s the ‘Dear Diary’ from the day...


App Update
My app received an update to fix some bugs this week, it also got a shiny new app logo. In the coming weeks we’re adding commenting to each post as well. You can download my app in the app store, just type in Dean Sherwood :) 

Links Of Note

Here's this week's round up of my weekly 'links of note'...

NEW STOREHOUSE JOURNAL

I posted a new Storehouse journal after me and Sophie went for a walk around Rickmansworth Aquadrome. If you're ever in the area it's well worth a visit. Café In The Park is a rural delight serving organic locally sourced foods and great coffee. I'm hooked. Click here or on the photo above to see more photo's from the day.


NEW VIDEO - ATV EP4

Episode 4 in the current series of 7 (but maybe 8, we'll see! Time restraints might mean we can only do 7, but i'm trying for 8!) is an overview of part of the European part of this years tour including a prank the crew played on the band during the Amsterdam show.
Director, CInematographer & Editor : Dean Sherwood


PARIS IN MONO...

I posted a black and white gallery of some of my favourite photo's from our trip last week to Paris.


NEW APP RELEASED FOR APPLE IPHONE & IPAD

My app, cleverly titled 'Dean Sherwood' went live on iOS. You can download it in the app store here . It basically pulls [nearly] all my social media feeds together in to one place. FOr those of you who are Vamps fans it also pulls the YouTube channel in as well, so you can catch up or re-watch Vamps videos by myself on it as well. Unfortunately, at present there are no plans for an Android version. I wasn't planning one at all then was offered one on iOS. If it goes well, i'll rethink the Android side of things and see what I can do.

Links Of Note

Something new i'd like to start doing here each week is rounding up my 'top' links from the weeks social media, photo journals, new video releases and more. Of course, should you wish to, you can also follow me on facebook, twitter and instagram too.


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The Sweet Setup posted my home edit suite with my choices of hardware and software for editing and keeping my business in sorts. Though it's now a little out of date (new desk layout above with Retina 5K iMac) it still as a whole shows my basic setup and what apps I choose to use the most. You can see it here.

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If you follow me on twitter you'll know i'm a regular user of the phone app VSCO. I also have a 'grid' of photo's mostly taken on my iPhone and i've just added a few more to it. You can see them here, and if you have the app you can follow on there too.


A new Awesomeness TV Episode Directed & Edited by me went live. You can view it above.


Me and my girlfriend Sophie had a few days holiday in Paris. I of course took a few cameras. You can view either my VSCO Journal or my Storehouse Journal from the trip by clicking on either of the screengrabs from my iPhone above (they are also viewable on the web if you don't have the apps! You should have them though, they are both free to download)