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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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No one said it would be easy.

No one said it would be easy.

When I decided to become self employed, no one ever said it would be easy. In fact, I had a lot of people warning me about the endless hours or work, the tax and account bore, the difficulty in taking time off to rest and holidays with no pay, the constant worry of where work would come from next…the list went on.

At the time I was 25 years and had never found any work situation that had made me excited and make me spring out of bed, (if that is even possible.)

I knew what I loved to do and that was to create, to make films. It made sense to me to make my work something that I loved to do, why do anything else?

For the first time, I felt the hunger. The hunger to learn every aspect of business to make this work, whatever ‘this’ was. I set out to make sure I had help where I had weaknesses. I went through The Princes Trust, The Bideford Bridge Trust and found lots of amazing courses with North Devon Plus, Princes Trust, Women do Business, School of Social Entrepreneurs and many more. I came out with a healthy grant, a 2 year mentor ship and better knowledge.

None of this felt difficult it came quite naturally to me to want to learn how to make a living from my love.

Something that has been very interesting and difficult at times was protecting my love. Once you step into Business territory you have many people telling you how to get sales, to market, to remove emotion, to hard sell, to get the biggest clients, to win, to trample your competitors. It becomes, you against the world, and the love is easily lost, is too easily forgotten. This is all good advice and often works in business, however, it doesn’t work for every business and I constantly ask myself why I am doing this, working endless hours, working hard to learn, to progress, to evolve and its for the love.

The love is the only thing that is IMPORTANT. If the love makes you money, great, if it simply makes you happy then that is more than enough.

No one said it would be easy and sometimes it’s not, but as long as you protect your love, then it is all easier than you may think or expect.

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What makes Shimnix Sessions Special?

What makes Shimnix Sessions Special?

Time line – Every Shimnix Session has time, care and energy put into producing them.

Creator – Sessions are important to me because I get to film people who are as hungry for their passion as I am about mine. This for me is where the essence of each Session comes from. These films are a life force for me, to make a living from filming stuff that inspires me. I hope my passion and thirst for knowledge is evident in the process and creation of these little one off unique films.

Journey – From the first contact to the end film product, me and my team go on a journey with the artist/s, learning, listening and exploring.

Crafted – Each film is bespokely made for the individual; atmosphere, location and inspiration all come into the mix.

Roar – If you have a talent to share then you need to shout it out in the hubbub of the worlds ever changing market/system. Film is a great voice that people listen too.

Play- Sessions are fun and laughter is often a big part of making a session.

Network- Becoming a part of something bigger. Every Session becomes a part of a hub that constantly is growing and evolving.

North Devon has something to say so listen up folks.

For Shimnix Sessions visit – www.shimnixproductions.co.uk/sessions

If you would like a Session made please do get in contact via shimnixproductions@gmail.com

Not a musician but love to make, create or tell stories and want a film to show off your work, talent, skill?

Hold on…

Shimnix are hard at work on a new project being launched very soon that will be just up your street.

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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

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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!