Brand New Professional Website

www.aaronmbuckley.co.uk

So I’ve had my WordPress website for about a year now and it’s been good to me. But for a professional site it is just way too cluttered to understand. Your eyes don’t flow in any direction, they just arrive on the page and have to make their own way around. My new site is hopefully a lot more simple and guides the views eyes around the page.

  1. You arrive on the homepage and the first thing you see is a big video box called SHOWREEL 2011.
  2. You look up at the pictures above and then at the contact card beside, which reminds you of my business card I gave to you earlier.
  3. You click play on the video.
  4. You scroll down to the bottom where you see a picture of me and an “About Me” section.
  5. You read the “About Me” section and then see the link for “Click to view CV”.
  6. You click it!
  7. You see my CV, but also see the “Featured Video” but decide not to click it.
  8. You read the first paragraph of my CV.
  9. You read the second paragraph of my CV, “I have my own Canon 550D which I have had now for over a year and have shot a number of films using it, including Beautiful Illusion which you can view above.” …so you decide to click play on the “Featured Video”.
  10. You then read the third paragraph of my CV.
  11. You then look at the “Credits List” and like that you have the option to click and view any of the films.
I do however still enjoy blogging so have decided to keep this blog open, and change it from my professional blog to a personal one. And I will have an upcoming post on the Downton Abbey Soundtrack Rerelease.

Keeping Busy

Since leaving university I’ve been looking for work within the film industry. But looking for a job can be very time consuming. I always write a unique cover letter aimed at the company I’m applying to and always tailor my CV to them as well. Therefore when you’re applying for 5 jobs in one day it can be hard to find the will power to do them all there an then. But you know if you don’t do them straight away that someone else will get the job as a lot of them seem to be done on a first come first served basis and when you don’t hear anything back from anyone, not even a “sorry you were unsuccessful”, it can get a bit depressing. Especially since I’ve not made an actual video in ages. So last month I picked up my camera and decided to film some stuff for a friend, to re-ignite that passion I have for the film/video industry.

First up is a little documentary for my singer/songwriter friend Tom Law. It’s a nice little video blog type piece about him playing at the Relentless Boardmasters Music Festival. Unfortunately I’m too poor to buy a microphone at the moment so the sound in the video is a little poor in places, but it will be the first thing I buy once I have enough money to do so.

(Tom’s story about myself was untrue if you didn’t read the small print!)

Next up is an animation that I did again for Tom Law. This is the fist animation I’ve done since college, and that was just a 30 second piece, if that. This was a full music video. We’ve decided we’re going to do another animation in the future and improve on what we learnt whilst making this one.

…and Venice was lovely by the way!

Tying Up Loose Ends

Since I finished university in May this year there’ve been a few projects which I started at uni that have now come to a close. This first project is this Hotel Project that I’ve done the odd tweet about.

“We have now completed the film we were producing about the renovation of the old Kandinsky Hotel in Cheltenham. Renamed the Montpellier Chapter, this lovely hotel is about to open its doors. We put together a crew of students from the University of Gloucester and have documented the whole process over the last 18 months. The finished piece will be available for guests to watch and get a sense of how this beautiful old building has been carefully and respectfully renovated.” – Suited & Booted Studios CIC

The other projects that have been hanging in the post-production mist are these Salsa Guide videos that myself and Jessica Taylor filmed back in November 2010. The first one which is for Beginners is now finished, but I’m not sure what the story is with the second one for Improvers.

That just leaves one loose end now… 39 Years the feature film we shot in a house in Wales back in September 2010. There is now a trailer up, but the film has still yet to be edited, and then once it’s been edited I’ve got the sound design to do. I definitely think this film is going to be in post-production for something like 4 years!!!

The Ferryman at Cinematique! Student Film Festival

About a month and a half ago myself and co-director J.A. Taylor finished work on our first narrative dance film, The Ferryman. Monday night it was screened at the Cinematique! Student Film Festival at the BFI IMAX in London. We were among 24 other short films to get screened at the festival which was held in the foyer of the BFI IMAX.

Around 8pm the films started and were projected onto the western wall, so I sat down to watch them. After half an hour the first short little break came which allowed for some mingling and networking. Now being there on my own was a bit terrifying… ok a lot terrifying as everyone else was with at least one other person (flashbacks of college!), but after a couple of drinks to calm my nerves I plucked up enough courage to go and talk to some people. Everyone was really friendly and I met some great people, some of which I managed to swap a few contact details with. Luckily I was approached a few times as well which helped with the scariness of being there on my own, including a couple of people that approached me after The Ferryman was shown, to ask me a few questions about it, which was nice as well. And the friendly atmosphere continued over on Twitter even after the festival had finished, with @scrnddct saying “Had to leave #cinematiqueUK after friend’s film, but just watched yours online – Lovely stuff!” Was really nice to hear that as our film was shown towards the end of the night when a lot of people had already left.

So if you happened to miss it as well then here it is again.

It was a great honor to have our film shown at the BFI IMAX in London. The place where I saw James Cameron’s Avatar in 3D which I still almost 2 years later cry with happy tears when ever I talk about it! But it was also great to think that my favourite director, and whom I draw most of my inspiration from when it comes to camera work, Michael Bay had his new film Transformers: Dark Of The Moon showing in 3D in the room next door. Give it 20 years or so and hopefully it will be my own film showing in the room next door whilst a new set of students are watching their films in the foyer.

So to finish off I thought I’d share with you some of my favourites of the evening. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

THE FANTASTIC ADVENTURES OF HENRY HAWKE

Directed by Toby Dale (@Directortoby)

SPACE DETECTIVE

Directed by Katie Hogan (@HoganShogan)

You can view clips from Space Detective in Katie’s showreel.

MR & MRS WRIGHT

Produced by Isadora Rivera (@izthewizkid)

Couldn’t find a link to this one, but here’s the IMDb page.

Working In The Caribbean

17th June 2011 was the official end of term for my final year at university, and I was very lucky to get my first job out of university in the Caribbean. I was working for Insider Knowledge Ltd. a company I had done work experience with over the last couple of summers and when I phoned them up again this year they asked me to come to the Caribbean with them as a camera operator. Unfortunately it wasn’t a paid job and so was just more work experience but it is definitely the one I have learnt the most on, and it was all expenses paid.

Our purpose in the Caribbean was to broadcast a live stream of the PWA (Professional Windsurfers Association) World Tour on their website (www.pwaworldtour.com). We streamed two events whilst we were there, the first being in Bonaire where they had freestyle windsurfing and the second being in Aruba where they had freestyle and slalom windsurfing.

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BONAIRE

We arrived in Bonaire after 36 hours of travelling and with all of us extremely tired from the journey we were hoping for a good few hours sleep upon arrival, but instead we were straight to work. We drove to the hotel to drop our stuff off and then headed straight to the beach, were we set most of the kit up as we would be starting the following day. Once the morning was over we then headed back to the hotel and managed to get some rest, ready for the next day and the start of filming.

So the next day came and we were up at 7am for breakfast, before heading down to the event site at the beach. Once we were there we had to finish setting the kit up, which involved digging trenches across the beach for the cables that fed to the cameras which was tough work in the 33˚C heat. Then the cameras were set up along with the commentary zone and we were ready to go, all we needed were some windsurfers. The cameras were both up in separate towers where they could easily see the action that would be taking place right in front of the judging tower. The afternoon came, one o’clock hit, and the event started.

The Bonaire event lasted 5 days and was just for freestyle windsurfing. Unfortunately there were a couple of days where the wind dropped and so a lot of the heats kept getting postponed. One day didn’t have any heats at all, but they didn’t cancel it because they were hoping that the wind would pick up later, which it didn’t. So instead we held interviews with a few of the windsurfers on the hour every hour, until the PWA decided to call it a day.

ARUBA

After 5 days in Bonaire we then flew to Aruba, where we had one day off and then had to do the whole thing again. We had one day to set up which involved digging trenches again and laying a lot of wires down, as well as setting up the cameras and the broadcasting equipment. For the first few days we had a camera in the water. The water was only waste deep so we put a camera on a tripod out at sea, but there was a lot of trouble with the camera overheating since it had no shade and we lost a couple of batteries to the sea as well so it was decided that both cameras should be up in the tower that was in the middle of the beach.

From then on everything went much smoother. But by that time we had to learn a new routine for filming as the freestyle in Aruba was over and they were starting the slalom racing. This was much harder to film to start with as it took us a while to get into a rhythm and sort a system of communication and filming that worked, but once we’d sorted it out it was much easier than shooting the freestyle because they just followed a line. And after 7 days the Aruba event came to a close. We managed another day off at the end before we had to make our 24 hour journey back home.

You can view all the highlights from both the 5 day Bonaire World Cup, and 7 day Aruba Grand Slam events on the PWA Website.