2015 and out

Wake up at 730am, check my sleep app, I've only had 5 hours and feel shattered, I drift back into a deep sleep until 11am when I'm woken by the door bell and an Amazon delivery. I grab tea, toast and jump back into bed to answer emails. I edit till another delivery arrives, it's the new SLR Magic Sony E Mount 50mm f/1.1 lens, within 10 mins I've taken a few photos of Imogen to see how the lens feels and I immediately love it. I'll test it our more over the next few weeks before I use if for 'work', early signs are good though.

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The SLR Magic 50mm f/1.1 on my A7Sii body, I grabbed the variable ND filter made for it as well so I can use that incredible DOF in daylight if I want to

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Imogen waking up after a long sleep. All these were taken at around ISO 10,000

I go back to the NYC edit, after key-wording last night, laying out my outline from the keywords this morning and adding in where my b-roll collections will sit I lay out my timeline very quick, clean up the cut points, equalise audio (manually, still one tool I'd love to see in FCPX to be able to equalise a project with one click) and grade.

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On the left is my very basic outline for my string-out in FCPX and on the right is the same page but I've added in which b-roll I will use where. Below you can see the keywords on the left in my browser window while I edit. A lot more keywords than in my notebook but you'll notice a lot are grouped together. Sometimes at this stage a key-worded section gets left out if I don't feel it will fit in the story.

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I finish the grade around 4pm and start uploading the massive 4GB file to YouTube (it's in 4K and is over 8 minutes, hence the size). While that is going on in the background I package up a load of photos from the year and send them to the team for social media as I'm going to be away from wifi for a few weeks.

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Brad in Australia at the beginning of 2015, Fuji X-T1 and the incredible 56mm f/1.2 lens, my favourite stills combination of the year

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A final run through of the New York Video on my iMac, room lighting via the Phillips Hue I have behind my monitor and sound via these awesome desktop speakers

I order a Chinese as Soph is heading out with friends and switch on the 1989 Tour film on Apple Music. As usual, I can't sit and do nothin', so I head back to the edit suite and add to my film grab file from the New York video.

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A few stills from the video

The blog will be taking a break until into January now as I will be taking a break and be without wifi I think. Many thanks to all of you who read and comment either here or on Twitter and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Dunkin Donuts, Fetus Photo's and Ice Cream

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Up and straight to the laundrette to leave them to deal with my washing from the recent trip to America. Back at the office I delve into my day's to-do list and start by sorting and sending a bunch of photos across to the merch team. Included are some recent ones (outtake above) and some 'pre-signed' Vamps photo's as well (out takes below) and even some Instax scans

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I grab a coffee and think back to how much I enjoyed my coffee this day. Within 10 minutes I have made a Dunkin Donuts ground coffee order, amazed and excited by the fact it is available in the UK. My next job requires I go back into the Live At The O2 DVD project. It's not on my main edit drive anymore so I fire up Disk Tracker and within seconds I am told it'll be on Drive 10 in my archive.

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I store the footage on naked 4TB hard drives that slot into a USB 3 drive bay. Once the project opens up I go about pulling out three songs from the master edit file that are being uploaded today to the bands YouTube channel. I chop them up, compress and upload. I flick back through them to check they are ok. This is a DVD that, maybe by luck, had zero change requests from anyone. My first pass/first cut was also my final cut. I wish that happened for every project! I am very happy with the DVD and messages like this one below further enhance my happiness about it.

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Incidentally, here are the three tracks from the live DVD should you wish to watch...

That done I head to see some family and enjoy catching up briefly over a cup of tea before heading back to carry on the days work. Before getting home I stop off to pick up the Laundry, and get some fairy liquid, only...I forget that's what I'm there for, and end up buying some waffles and ice cream which I'm both happy and annoyed about when I remember back home. I jump into the Poughkeepsie and Albany edit from this day and have a clean 4 hour run in which I finish including grade (it's uploading to YouTube while I type this), here's a few screenshots from the video.

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The band also posted this photo on their Instagram that I took a few months ago, today.

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