Adam Hamdy
Hamdy founded Dare Productions to produce high-quality, original entertainment. Dare’s first feature film, Pulp, described as ‘Withnail and I meets Spaced’, was nominated for numerous awards on the international festival circuit and was released internationally in 2013.

Hamdy’s debut novel, Battalion, has been described as a ‘blistering techno thriller’. Hamdy recently published his second novel, Phase, a dark thriller.

Entries by Adam Hamdy

Bailing Out the Food Banks

(0) Comments | Posted 13 October 2014 | (22:28)

I recently asked whether it might be time to bury capitalism, as it does not seem to be serving society well. Since then, we've seen a short strike by NHS workers protesting over pay. Taking a very unscientific look at online message boards, people seem to...

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Is it Time to Bury Capitalism?

(0) Comments | Posted 9 October 2014 | (21:30)

One of the things all creatives can agree on is that you never know what's round the corner. That uncertainty can be a boon and a curse. The trade off for not knowing where your next pay cheque is coming from is the excitement of a life that could take...

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Music Video Ratings - A New Era of Creative Freedom

(1) Comments | Posted 2 October 2014 | (14:57)

I recently remarked on how David Cameron's video rating scheme might have unintended consequences in that it will probably create a whole new category of music videos that feature graphic sex or violence.

Ella on The Run

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The Rise of Like

(0) Comments | Posted 30 September 2014 | (00:16)

I recently shot a music video for a song called War of Words by the very talented Ella on the Run. If you like catchy electro, check out Ella's earlier track, Golden Boys.

Ella on the Run - Golden Boys

During a packed day of filming I realised that I've come down with a serious affliction: I'm a 'liker'. Likers are people who use the word 'like' in a variety of ways that have nothing to do with a comparison or expressing a fondness for something. I had that Matrix moment of self-awareness when I heard myself saying the words, "I was like, you can't do that."

In this instance I'd replaced the perfectly satisfactory word 'said', with the words 'was like'. Once I'd realised that I was a liker, I caught myself using like in place of a pause. Instead of the dreaded 'er' I was subbing in the equally unattractive like. I found I was also using like as an unnecessary additional word, "So we went to the pub and there was like this guy who had no trousers on." There wasn't like this guy, there was just a guy.

Growing up in North West London, I was often mocked for being moderately well spoken. I don't think I was a defender of the Queen's English, but I certainly never used like as some sort of linguistic condiment, to be sprinkled liberally over every sentence. I wondered when I'd been struck by the affliction and just how far like has spread.

The news isn't good. Like has spread everywhere. Chances are you know a liker. You're probably no more than ten feet from one right now. You could well be a liker yourself. A quick, unscientific straw poll of half-a-dozen friends revealed only one non-liker; my UK manager, who has no time for superfluous words. A movie industry couple are severe likers, using like almost every other word. A well-respected businessman and senior partner in one of the world's largest professional services firms, is a moderate liker. A European musician, who has been living in London less than four years, is another severe liker. Primary school teacher; chronic liker. National journalist; severe liker. If you're a liker, chances are you won't even be aware of it.

Listen to Radio 1 and it's full of likers. Nick Grimshaw is a serious liker. Dev is another big liker. By the way, if you haven't heard his hilarious Strictly fan messaging service for Scott Mills check it out here.

Like is totally mainstream and, because we're deeply impressionable beings, it won't be long before it conquers the nation. None of the people I've spoken to realised they were likers, and most vowed to immediately cure themselves of the affliction. The trouble is it's very hard to undo linguistic programming, particularly when it's taken place without the subject even knowing it.

What really worries me about the rise of like is just how easily it's spread. Language is an expression of thought, and if it's that simple for an unwanted verbal affliction to invade the subconscious of so many people, what other ideas and behaviours might we have caught without realising it?

I'm making a conscious effort to stop mis-liking and am going to try to use the word like properly. For example, I really like this video of Jungle performing live in Bratislava.

Jungle - Live in Bratislava

Of course, that's easy to write. If I was saying it in person it would be like, "I like really like this like video of like Jungle performing like live in like...

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Planet of a Billion Producers

(0) Comments | Posted 25 September 2014 | (22:03)

Earlier this year an attorney based in Savannah, Georgia produced what has to rank as one of the most cost effective commercials of all time. Originally broadcast on his local TV station during the Superbowl, Jamie Casino's ad went viral overnight and became a global sensation. It's easy to see...

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Why Scotland Shows the Future of Politics

(0) Comments | Posted 12 September 2014 | (12:30)

In the 1930s two national leaders became famed through their cutting edge use of mass media. Adolf Hitler and Franklin Roosevelt would go on to become enemies, but they shared a common understanding that direct contact with the electorate was an extremely powerful tool for spreading political ideology and securing...

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David Cameron: Porn Mogul

(2) Comments | Posted 20 August 2014 | (16:46)

Earlier this week I was invited to appear alongside the BPI's Director of Communications, Gennaro Castaldo, on BBC World News to talk to host Tim Willcox about the ratings scheme David Cameron recently announced for music videos.

Before I...

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So You Want to Be a Storyboard Artist?

(0) Comments | Posted 4 August 2014 | (21:12)

Queen of the Hollywood scene, Nikki Finke, recently wrote an article that highlighted how storyboard artists are currently being "screwed" in Hollywood.

Storyboarding is an essential part of making a big budget movie. Intricately choreographed, or VFX heavy scenes can be worked and reworked by...

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Six Things Every Actress Should Know

(2) Comments | Posted 27 July 2014 | (22:04)

My daughter wants to be an actress. Words that should strike fear into the heart of any right thinking parent. I've gently tried to discourage her from what I perceive as a harsh life, but she comes alive on stage and has held on to this ambition to the exclusion...

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Free Money isn't too Good to be True

(2) Comments | Posted 23 July 2014 | (11:50)

Until we were commissioned to produce a promo for the Eureka Moment, I had no idea of the scale of support available to small and medium sized businesses in the UK. The Eureka Moment is a scheme run by Shropshire Council and is open to businesses in Shropshire,...

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A New Era of Film Technology

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2014 | (00:23)

I wrote recently about advances in filmmaking technology that are going to put exceeding high quality visuals within reach of most budgets. One of the most powerful of these new tools is the Movi M10, a 3-axis gyroscopic stabiliser from Freefly Systems. We recently...

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A Bright Future for Film

(0) Comments | Posted 13 June 2014 | (11:53)

Film is dead. Long live television. That's the bleak assessment of dozens of articles on film-making in the last couple of years. The truth is, there's never been a more exciting time to be a filmmaker.

Technological innovations are levelling the playing field and placing powerful tools in the hands...

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Six of the Best Breasts in Music

(0) Comments | Posted 12 May 2014 | (18:41)

Don't panic. I'm not about to betray my feminist upbringing by ranking music industry breasts - there's enough of that sort of thing on YouTube comment boards, and it's well known that Simon Cowell has the best in the business. But those of you who feel cheated by the salacious...

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YouTube and Piracy - Follow the Money

(1) Comments | Posted 29 October 2013 | (18:23)

In days of yore, a good friend of mine sold pirated VHS movies at school. As a 15-year-old it didn't matter that the image was black & white and that the only thing I could really see was the Chinese subtitles; what mattered was that I got to watch a...

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Ten Artists to Watch

(0) Comments | Posted 20 October 2013 | (14:51)

Music is a huge part of my professional life and I'm lucky enough to spend most of my waking day listening to music or working with musicians. Since there are few greater gifts than music, I thought I'd showcase 10 acts that have made a real impression in the past...

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Five Ways to Make a Great Music Video

(3) Comments | Posted 24 April 2013 | (00:00)

A few years ago, people said the music video was dead. As a filmmaker that was a scary thing to hear. Directing, producing and working on music videos is a great way to hone one's craft in short bursts between longer form projects. Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry made names...

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Digital: The Final Frontier

(0) Comments | Posted 16 January 2013 | (17:22)

Earlier this week Deadline Hollywood broke the news that my debut feature film, Pulp, would be the first feature film to premiere on Xbox. The same day, HMV, a major British entertainment retailer, announced that it was going into administration, which is...

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