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Boot Camp for the Soul

Boot Camp for the Soul

North Devon is perceived by many as a hard place to make a career and life you love. This is why a lot of young people move out – to go live in a city or a place that is better established for connections, creativity, events and jobs.

I love living in North Devon and I want to tell you why.

North Devon produces ‘Makers’, people who see potential and make stuff happen, whether it be events, musical gigs, community groups or creative projects.

A lot of people have the perception that North Devon is sleepy compared to South Devon or Cornwall. I combat this perception through searching, asking and creating.

  • If there isn’t a group for something that you love, Search for other people who also enjoy your passion.
  • Ask people what they want from a group.
  • Create the group.

Not every group flourishes, but you’ll never know till you try! North Devon has great spaces to hold groups, including village halls, art centres, theatres. Remember, people often have to travel a long way to be a part of something so, like most things, promoting your group/event and creating a buzz of excitement, is really important!

North Devon is stunning, raw, gritty and a blank canvas. Some people see the blank canvas as a negative, but a blank canvas is a source for potential, with endless possibilities.

North Devon hones people’s passion-  a Boot Camp for the soul. People who love to live in North Devon are people who have determination, drive, stamina and a passion that is shaped by the surrounding beauty, rugged charm and silent remoteness.

Many people live a happy, fulfilled, passion-driven life in North Devon, if you are not one of them, take off your shoes and go for a long walk on one of North Devon’s beaches. Put on walking boots and hike in one of it’s many woods. Or stretch on your wetsuit and go for a refreshing swim in a North Devon harbour. You may just realise that North Devon has the space to allow your mind to wander, wonder and to figure out what it is you want and need from life.

Feature Photo credit: Wend Baker “Wuzzy Point, Westward Ho! North Devon”

Title Credit: Pete Yeo

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Confessions of a Film Maker

Confessions of a Film Maker

I find it hard to remember that no one starts at the top.

Not many people, if any, try their hand at something for the first time and have an amazing business within the first month.  Like anything it takes a lot of learning.

It’s hard being at a level you are not happy with, but this also sparks the drive to progress.

People who seem to get great quick, often have years of experience that aren’t always connected to their new found talent. They have a background in being able to sell their ideas, they are able to market themselves well, they are good at branding, networking, or have a specific skill set that creates a good foundation for their new work.

Being the person going through every step, making every mistake and not getting things right every time can give you a perspective that you’re not very good. But if you want it, you don’t give up; you spend more time learning, listening, adapting and watching out for what you do want and where you want to be.

Smoke and Mirrors.  If someone looks like they have it all sussed out and they are great in every aspect of their business, it has more than likely taken years to achieve this and/or they are great at the magic illusion of smoke and mirrors. They make everything look great on the outside whilst they learning and make mistakes away from the public eye.

The word excruciating comes to mind when you put work out that you know could be better, a website that doesn’t live up to your vision, or a blog where you wish your grammar was better! You need to embrace this exact moment, sit with it, however uncomfortable and learn from it. It doesn’t prove you’re not worthy, you’re not talented or you’re not good enough.

Everyone has horror stories, where they mucked up, made a big mistake, but this is what makes you who you are, your business what it is.

Also remember how who see the consequences of a mistake is just a perception, you could see it as the end of your business or you could see it as a quality control gage. Ever mistake you make, your quality control gage becomes more attuned. You simply work towards not making that mistake again so that future work is smoother, easier and more enjoyable.

I confess I have made films that I am not happy with , I still have a business that I strive to be better, but I also do see how far I have come and how much more confident I am when taking on a job and how my work is progressing. I have a wealth of knowledge and an effective quality control gage, which arose from getting stuff wrong. The more you get wrong, make mistakes, the easier you find problem solving and the quicker you progress.

So when you next see a business and think, “I want to be as good as them or better”. Just know that they have been exactly where you are now, they made mistakes, rose to the challenge and progressed to create a flourishing strong business.

Embrace and cherish your mistakes, they are truly a very important part of progression.

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Maybe I am a collaboration kind of girl?

Maybe I am a collaboration kind of girl?

From the start of Shimnix I have been scouting out for a team. In my head a team meant many things, companionship, help, more minds, better ideas, bigger projects, faster learning.

Everything comes in time, so I didn’t go out looking hard for people to work with, I set in my mind that I wanted to work with like minded people and they then started to cross my path.

I noticed that great people crossed my path, but they weren’t always going to create a great collaboration. For example, they didn’t have the same interests or were on their own journey, traveling off in a different direction. I think following your gut in this instance is the best thing to do. If you don’t think you are going to complement each other then there is no point trying to work together.

Everyone knows that to many chefs spoil the broth, so you have to be able to work in harmony and not let ego get the better of you. Whilst talking about ego, yes I most definitely have one, as do most people! For me I can get rather bossy when I get my director head on. In a lot of respects this is important as the buck falls with the director but I have found that working with people who take direction well, but also bring me back down to earth with laughter is so important.

Last year when creating Sophie Sutton’s Music video for Futureless, I properly had to get my director head on. We had limited daylight, being in November, the temperature was cold, people were giving up their time to help and it had taken us months to pull the location, props, people together. It suddenly dawned on me that I had to take control of the situation, this strangely came as a shock and pushed me well out of my comfort zone. I did swear a bit but then stopped my swirling head and started to direct. Sam Dowden, who was a part of the collaboration, took great direction, but also added laughter and fun. This completely changed the mood and lifted everyone’s spirits. Sophie Sutton had also worked hard with us on the concept and was very much a part of the collaboration, this created a great atmosphere. Sophie, whose video we were making, was involved and therefore the pressure to act like I knew what I was doing wasn’t needed, I could be myself and muddle through without judgement. The mix of direction, laughter, hard work and nurture really created a great space and produced our first ever music video.

Surround yourself with people who make you feel good. Only great things can come from this.

I can be the director, however, I can be the assistant, I can be the runner, I can be the sound woman, I can be the editor. In every collaboration you may fit in, in a different way. Allow this to happen,  you learn so much from being different parts of the jigsaw puzzle.

I always try and get to know someone before I decide to work with them. Have a good chat, I soon know if we are on the same page.

I am always looking for new collaborations, they add so much energy and magic to my life and filming.

So maybe a collaboration will lead me to creating a Shimnix team, having said that I am enjoying finding new people to work with and my films, our films are progressing for it.

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Tapeley Sessions Promo

Tapeley Sessions Promo

The night of fun, dance, fire and music hopefully comes across within this little promo I have recently made for Tapeley Sessions.

When I was first given “Sossul Ma” by Dakar Audio Club to edit too I found myself dancing every couple of minutes! And repeating to myself “I love my Job”.  You can also see Daker audio Club performing in the film, they are incredible live!

I had awesome fun from the start till the finish of creating this film.

I hope you enjoy watching it and check out www.tapeleysessions.info

xxx

Just a Ride

Hi all,

Thought I would share this track with you. Its by Sam Dowden, who I have been collaborating with.

This track seems pretty poignant for me at the moment. Choosing to take risks over practicality. Love over Fear.

I want Shimnix to be built from continuing to push myself out of my comfort zone as I believe this is where I learn the most and start to get closer to my full potential.

I do not take on any film work that does not make me excited and happy to be making film. So if I have made a film for you or am going to be, then your film has really made me happy and fueled my passion.  Thank you.

I continuously say to myself. “If this becomes work, I am quitting!”

Why compromise something that has not even fully fledged.

It is like growing organic vegetables but using the odd pesticide to speed up and ease the process, but what you create is not what you set out to achieve.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

I may be a fool for being so stubborn but when I am 50, 70, 80 I want to look back and say yeah I took enough risks, I lived a full life and I did not compromise.

So here is a lovely track to listen to.

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Fire Dancers

Here is my film of Joe Loughlin and Tom Carlyon performing with fire at Tapeley Park, as a part of September Special Tapeley Sessions.

I had so much fun filming and editing this film. Other than the odd sparkler this was my first time filming fire and I realise I am a truth moth to the flame.

I have to say that filming performance, movement and editing to music is my favorite type of filming and I really hope to do more!

I hope you enjoy and if you are looking to book such a performance leave a comment for me and I can forward you to the guys.

Hickory Nines

Hickory Nines

Another beautiful evening, another marvelous sunset! I felt honored to film my second sunset in the same week. This time it was at Hickory Nines Cruel & Curious Art Exhibit. What a talent filled evening I shared with the other art lovers. My eyes boggled at all the amazing angles, light, shapes and beautiful curiosities to film. I had an excellent evening and will be editing a short film of the event soon. If you don’t know of Hickory Nines Art society then they are well worth looking up on the web and facebook. I look forward to editing the events footage and next years exhibit.

Tapeley Sessions

Tapeley Sessions

What a beautiful evening filled with fire, music, dance and joy. It was a wonderful experience to film such an event and I am looking forward to this promo. Its great to be involved in such a project. Tapeley Sessions are organised by local etoro music enthusiasts that want to link North Devon to other locations within the UK though the love of music. If you are in the local area (Instow, North Devon) on the last Wednesday of the month then Tapeley Sessions are well worth checking out!

Watch this space for fire dancers and vibrant music.10668800_1559505677603195_480068657916734553_o

Sura Detox

Sura Detox

Here is Shimnix’s latest promotional film!  I really enjoyed filming and working on this piece. The Sura Detox team welcomed me in and I felt extremely relaxed and refreshed making this film. I hope that the film gives you a taste of how you will feel whilst on one of Sura Detox retreats. Space, warmth, care, rest, and time to let your body heal and recoup form the busy life styles we lead. I had the privilege of working with a talented young sound designer Tim Maryon, who lives and works in London. Please check his website out here. http://timothymaryon.com/

there is also a longer version of the film which can be found on my Vimeo page.

 

Support The Glorious Oyster!!

Support The Glorious Oyster!!

 

This is my first ever crowdfunding film made for The Glorious Oyster. Please check out The Glorious Oysters Crowdfunder page @ http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/The-Glorious-Oyster/
The Glorious Oyster has the potential to be the first sustainable eatery in North Devon, It was a privileged to make this film for the lovely Lyndsay who is fronting The Glorious Oyster. Her visions are inspiring and well worth backing. Check out her Crowdfunder page and spread the word!