Archive for October 2012

Why I haven’t used crowdfunding to pay for my next film… yet

I’ve been lucky enough to get money from various people – The BBC, Channel 4, the NDCS, Jack Ashley, the UK Film Council, Film London and BSLZone – to make various films over the years. I’ve never had to resort to writing letters asking for loans (OK, just the once, and I paid him back)

Stanley Kubrick was a self-shooter

Self shooting is the term given to a director who has to operate his own sound and camera on location. This is happening more and more often in the media. The ability to use broadcast equipment and create quality images without the aid of a professional cameraman or soundman is becoming more and more commonplace

Billy 2.0 – If Apple made cochlear implants…

Watch the video above. Its an old film reel from 1928 of the premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s film The Circus. When an eagle eyed historian watched the film’s DVD extras, he spotted a woman walking along, talking into a handheld object near her mouth. There was only one possible explanation – she was a time

Billy 2.0 – What does a Cochlear Implant sound like?

I’d like to ask you a favour, if you’re reading this. Can you watch the video below, and tell me what speech and music sounds like to you in the comments section below? There are several clips of speech and music – I’m assuming that the implant I am getting will be closest to the

Billy 2.0 – Starting a journey of known unknowns

This is Donald Rumsfeld. He once said: There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say there are things that, we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don’t know. He

Welcome to the new look

Not a great deal has changed from the previous site – except everything is now in WordPress and I’ve rejigged the pages and menus a bit. I’ve also created a couple of new sections – the Apps Guide which lists useful apps for filmmakers, and the Short Film Funding Guide which I’ve exported from its