The music video is alive and kicking. There are few art forms that can reach that many people that quickly, and while MTV may no longer be broadcasting wall-to-wall music videos, YouTube has taken its place. The combination of a good track combined with great visuals seems to resonate globally, and the great thing about YouTube is that it's totally democratic.
Our journey with WE WENT TO WAR started on a rainy afternoon in London in December 2007. In between developing project ideas with Michael, I was slowly making my way through his extraordinary five decade back catalogue as one Britain's great documentary filmmakers. Today it was 'I Was a Soldier' (1970), possibly the very first sustained treatment about soldiers coming home from the frontlines of Vietnam.
There is nothing like social media that brings people together from different continents. Being an author about adversity and diversity, I was drawn to the story of indie filmmaker Marcus Markou from the United Kingdom. A man with a similar background to myself in the arts, I loved reading his blog about what he has gone through to get his film "Papadopoulos & Sons" made and into theaters for people to see it.
The days of lugging vast amounts of equipment around when you're making a film is fast coming to an end, especially in the world of low budget filmmaking. It used to be pretty difficult to put together a film crew and the funding to get the equipment you need, but with the advances in smartphone technology - and how affordable the technology is - it's never been easier to release your inner Spielberg on the world.
Award-winning filmmaker Emily James's funny, informative and inspirational documentary Just Do It goes behind the scenes of climate activism in Britain to show a side of the issue largely missing from mainstream media. Initially released in cinemas, the film is now available to download/stream, or as a free Creative Commons version, at the Just Do It website.
Understandably, the glitz and glamour in front of the camera often eclipses the less sexy technical aspects of movie-making, but in the last couple of weeks I have been asked, several times, what exactly it is I do and how I got into it - and my experiences as a (rare) female camerawoman and stereographer.