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Documentary filmmaker based in Watford, England. Currently working for The Vamps / Universal Music. Occasional Photographer, frequent coffee drinker.
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Deans Diary

Edited all day then went to our local Starbucks on the promise Soph was buying (and being sociable, see photo). We ordered from the ‘Secret Menu’. Sophie grabbed a Nutella Frap, and even though i’d said on the way “I want a hot coffee”, I guzzled a Red Velvet Frapuccino as that voice inside my head persuaded me somehow, last minute, to go for something I didn’t even want. Starbucks quashed, we headed home and went for a walk along the canal near our house. I of course had a camera with me for all of this. Back at HQ we rocked the sofa watching some Orange Is The New Black on the ‘Flix’.

Weston-Super-Mare was great yesterday, stayed dry which is always a bonus for any outdoor show in the UK. Spent the journey down finishing Fargo with Martin Freeman, who again was excellent, as is the Drama. Spent the journey back up watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine and started Entourage. 

Weston-Super-Mare was great yesterday, stayed dry which is always a bonus for any outdoor show in the UK. Spent the journey down finishing Fargo with Martin Freeman, who again was excellent, as is the Drama. Spent the journey back up watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine and started Entourage. 

Busy day.
Travelled up to meet the boys and film something. Whilst at the location we had to get the photo above, taken at the same spot that Brad, Tris and James had there first shoot as a band. Of course this time, we add the mighty Connor Ball to the photo. It was a good moment, lots of laughs, reminiscing and more. Shoot went well, and at 11pm I have finished the edit and am uploading it for the band to watch tomorrow. YOU will be seeing it very soon as well.

Busy day.

Travelled up to meet the boys and film something. Whilst at the location we had to get the photo above, taken at the same spot that Brad, Tris and James had there first shoot as a band. Of course this time, we add the mighty Connor Ball to the photo. It was a good moment, lots of laughs, reminiscing and more. Shoot went well, and at 11pm I have finished the edit and am uploading it for the band to watch tomorrow. YOU will be seeing it very soon as well.

Arrived back in the UK last night just in time to see another England performance to disappoint, looks like that is our exit from the World Cup, though it’s never over till it’s over I guess. 
Woke up around 9am and went straight to getting my bags sorted and chucking some stuff in the loft that needed ‘re-homing’. Around 1030am i’m showered and shaved ready to start editing. I firstly throw together some teasers for the COV4 ‘Somebody To You’ DVD (available for pre order here) and then put together an edit on a new cover shot in America. Not sure when it will be released, but as long as everyone likes it this should be live within the next week I think. I never really know when videos are going live beforehand. Sometimes i’m told ‘We will get this up and live as soon as it’s ready’, though that is rare. Generally i just prioritise what is needed first and then it will sit in waiting till I get the go ahead to release it. 
By the way, the above photo and timelapse here were both taken at Newark airport, well, nearby from our hotel. Only a dedicated photographer/filmmaker will understand this… Arriving at our hotel, the room is really nice, the bed feels soft, the in room dining menu looks amazing, the TV is huge, I have a big bath, air conditioning, tea/coffee, everything I need in my tired and hungry state. However, I won’t be doing any of that, because all I want to do is go setup a timelapse of a view I just saw walking down the corridor, and take a photo.
Crazy isn’t it. Like I said, only a few will understand why. 

Arrived back in the UK last night just in time to see another England performance to disappoint, looks like that is our exit from the World Cup, though it’s never over till it’s over I guess. 

Woke up around 9am and went straight to getting my bags sorted and chucking some stuff in the loft that needed ‘re-homing’. Around 1030am i’m showered and shaved ready to start editing. I firstly throw together some teasers for the COV4 ‘Somebody To You’ DVD (available for pre order here) and then put together an edit on a new cover shot in America. Not sure when it will be released, but as long as everyone likes it this should be live within the next week I think. I never really know when videos are going live beforehand. Sometimes i’m told ‘We will get this up and live as soon as it’s ready’, though that is rare. Generally i just prioritise what is needed first and then it will sit in waiting till I get the go ahead to release it. 

By the way, the above photo and timelapse here were both taken at Newark airport, well, nearby from our hotel. Only a dedicated photographer/filmmaker will understand this… Arriving at our hotel, the room is really nice, the bed feels soft, the in room dining menu looks amazing, the TV is huge, I have a big bath, air conditioning, tea/coffee, everything I need in my tired and hungry state. However, I won’t be doing any of that, because all I want to do is go setup a timelapse of a view I just saw walking down the corridor, and take a photo.

Crazy isn’t it. Like I said, only a few will understand why. 

The Vamps, Empire State building NYC Empire State Building View.. From Billboard, New York, Cool Building Empire State Building View.. Reflections Empire State Building View.. Empire State Building View.. Empire State Building View.. Empire State Building View.. Empire State Building View..

There’s many days of the year (most) that i’m grateful I get to do what I do, what I love to do. Today has definitely been one of them…

I struggle to sleep, so opt to shoot some long exposures from my room (see this post) around 2am, it’s so dark some of the bulb shots are around 45 seconds long. Wide awake, I pack my gear away and tidy, ready to check out of our hotel in the morning. I wake around 6am, and by 630am i’m out with James at AppleJacks diner for some blueberry pancakes and tea (weak tea, the tea bags over here aren’t quite as potent as back home). 

We go to Billboard first (clicking on the photos opens up the captions and the full photo by the way, check the reflecting building I photographed, pretty cool) and then onto the Empire State Building. At the ESB I obviously grab some shots, I get a few shots I really like of the boys and then shoot some panoramas (see bottom two photo’s, make sure you click on them). The view from 103 floors high in the private viewing area is unbelievable, nothing looks real, it’s like a giant model lego set! 

View from my bed while I answer emails... Can you see me? Me and Tris in Shake Shack... Brad and a puppy today...

Head out around 7am with James to find somewhere to eat breakfast, we end up in a cafe near central park and then James picks up some stuff from a natural food store before we walk back. It’s a long day of press today. Nothing for me to film, so, I opt to take over the band Instagram and shoot and upload a bunch of photos for that whilst at the shooting a load for stock so we have a bunch to go to if we need them. This is where my Fuji XT-1 really comes into it’s own. Not only does this little camera have a kick ass sensor, brilliant ergonomics, an amazing EVF, super fast focussing, the best manual focus I’ve ever used AND wicked glass… It also has built in wifi, so I can just send the photo’s I like straight to my phone and they are live on Instagram within seconds. For what I do, that is an incredibly powerful tool to have.

We get back to the hotel and I head straight out with Brad to film something in Times Square which was fun and a nice walk too. After that, I dump my gear in my room and head out to Shake Shack with Tristan (selfie above), which is great, but packed so we end up standing to eat (not so great). We chat some and then walk back through Times Square (again, for me) to the hotel (which is another nice walk). 

Last Night... She Was The One... Times Square, New York City

Some more photo’s from New York…

Yesterday’s Livestream was hard work to say the least. I had to control the Wirecast Software/YouTube and the Streamers Control Panel whilst filming the thing too! Basically, an impossible task to do well. Arriving and realising there was no way the wifi could handle a live stream, after being told it would, was a nightmare as well. As I had no 3G signal and didn’t know the area I had to wait until Waddy arrived to go grab what I needed (or at least thought I might need!) to hard wire all my devices to Planet Hollywood’s Internet server. When Waddy arrived we jumped in the car and headed to Radio Shack, problem was the traffic was jammed, so after 20 mins we opted to jump out the car and run. At this point i’m thinking we have 90 minutes till we go live and even if I get the cables and a switcher, I don’t know what to do with them! We grab them and shoot out the store, Waddy tells me it’ll be about 15 minutes he thinks, to walk back, however, we turn one corner, literally, and there is Planet. We couldn’t believe it! We’d wasted some time getting there, but heck we got what we needed so onwards and upwards so they (who’s they?) say!

Inside I cable up the two 100 foot cables and the switcher and get to searching online how to set this up so it hopefully works. People are now coming to me about every minute asking “Can we do it?” “Are going to have to use an app and just do it on a phone?” etc, and i’m going crazy inside, trying to read how the hell I do it, but staying calm(ish) on the outside as I finally, 30 minutes before we go live get a stream going! YES!

As for the stream, it didn’t last long enough, and we know that, to be honest, on the day there were lots of factors not allowing us to do more, or what we wanted to do, but that’s just how it is unfortunately. Also, the start and end was weird because I had to have Joe hold the camera while I operated the software etc and set the slates live, switch the camera angle and the get to my camera and start filming. I also couldn’t get back far enough because I had press all over my back sat with there legs out so I couldn’t move hardly. Anyway, it worked :) Phew.

Flew to New York today. Watched The Class Of 92, which was brilliant, and The Armstrong Lie, which was a little heartbreaking. Lance Armstrong was (and in some ways, despite the doping scandal, still is) a hero of mine. His book ‘It’s Not About The Bike’ is still a kind of mantra to me and how I try to live my days. To be given such a low percentage chance of surviving what started out as testicular cancer, and evolved into a brain tumour. To take it head on, get on a bike and climb hills day after day even though he had to stop and be sick at the side of the road regularly because of the chemo, to make his goal not just to survive but to win the Tour De France, is amazingly inspirational. Like I say regardless of the lies, that part of his story will forever inspire me.
P.S. There’s another airplane in this photo ;) 

Flew to New York today. Watched The Class Of 92, which was brilliant, and The Armstrong Lie, which was a little heartbreaking. Lance Armstrong was (and in some ways, despite the doping scandal, still is) a hero of mine. His book ‘It’s Not About The Bike’ is still a kind of mantra to me and how I try to live my days. To be given such a low percentage chance of surviving what started out as testicular cancer, and evolved into a brain tumour. To take it head on, get on a bike and climb hills day after day even though he had to stop and be sick at the side of the road regularly because of the chemo, to make his goal not just to survive but to win the Tour De France, is amazingly inspirational. Like I say regardless of the lies, that part of his story will forever inspire me.

P.S. There’s another airplane in this photo ;) 

Spent today testing out the live stream setup from my Canon C100. Using the Monarch HD stream encoder and Wirecast for Mac, along with a bunch of cables and some new knowledge. Fingers crossed it works ok for the first stream so you all get HD Vamps on livestreams (if i’m there). 

Spent today testing out the live stream setup from my Canon C100. Using the Monarch HD stream encoder and Wirecast for Mac, along with a bunch of cables and some new knowledge. Fingers crossed it works ok for the first stream so you all get HD Vamps on livestreams (if i’m there). 

Got up around 730am to grab a black chai tea and answer emails from America on the couch. Took Sophie to work, grabbed some essentials from the shop and then cracked on with forming the story and key wording my japan footage (stills from filming above) ready for the edit. Around 11 I get a delivery, it’s an encoder for streaming HD footage over the net. As soon as I open the box I know this is about to get intense. I mean i’m going straight to school right now. I have no idea what i’m looking at! By 3pm i’m packing it all away, feeling very happy that I just managed to get it all working and arranging a trial run with some friends for tomorrow before launching it into the real world next week. I carry on with the Japan footage before picking Soph up, she decides she wants a Thai takeaway, which i’m more than down with, so we ring up our favourite takeaway and order in. Once that’s chowed down, we move to the sofa, Soph falls asleep to New Tricks and I watch another episode before taking a call from America about the NYC trip next week around 1030pm and then cracking on with the Japan edit.

Got up around 730am to grab a black chai tea and answer emails from America on the couch. Took Sophie to work, grabbed some essentials from the shop and then cracked on with forming the story and key wording my japan footage (stills from filming above) ready for the edit. Around 11 I get a delivery, it’s an encoder for streaming HD footage over the net. As soon as I open the box I know this is about to get intense. I mean i’m going straight to school right now. I have no idea what i’m looking at! By 3pm i’m packing it all away, feeling very happy that I just managed to get it all working and arranging a trial run with some friends for tomorrow before launching it into the real world next week. I carry on with the Japan footage before picking Soph up, she decides she wants a Thai takeaway, which i’m more than down with, so we ring up our favourite takeaway and order in. Once that’s chowed down, we move to the sofa, Soph falls asleep to New Tricks and I watch another episode before taking a call from America about the NYC trip next week around 1030pm and then cracking on with the Japan edit.