Month: August 2014

Ibiza gets us #TenFeetHigh

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And we’re now back in the UK and back to reality!clapper board #TenFeetHigh

What a great few days we just had filming with the exceptionally talented Sheila Gordhan for her latest music video on her track – Ten Feet High.

I had no idea when I met Sheila in London at the British Film Institute just how switched on and lovely this artist really is.  As well as beautiful looks (and, yes, she’s a dream to makeup), with a song bird voice, she also writes her own songs and speaks SIX languages! Sheila Gordhan Ibiza #TenFeetHigh She even composes some of her lyrics in French.  And boy is she unbelievably dedicated to and passionate about her goal and her career.

Introduced to Sheila by Billy Freedom (Joe Barboza), the Music Producer whom she collaborated with for this track – Ten Feet High, I worked with Redskin Media as the Line Producer (and Makeup Artist) for the music video.  I worked alongside a small but great crew of:
Director and Director of Photography – Owen A Smith
1st Assistant Director – Steven Cholerton
1st Assistant Camera Operator – Josh Levine

Working with Sheila, Owen started to compile the storyboard for the track, so we could plan out the shooting schedule and locations for filming in Ibiza.  Karl Kula #TenFeetHigh Karl Kula, whose rap features on the track, couldn’t make it overseas at the same time so we worked with him separately in the UK, filming at the RS Club in Woodford before we left.Sheila Gordhan Katrina Stamp #TenFeetHigh

Once flights were sorted, car hire and accommodation all booked, we flew out to Ibiza, heavily loaded with full camera kit, and off on location hunts.  Sheila Gordhan #TenFeetHigh IbizaDriving round Ibiza you really do get to see how beautiful the island is – there is SO much more to it.  Forget the drunkenness and vile images portrayed by hyped up programmes designed to grab the viewers and boost their ratings.  Instead you see beautiful beaches, cliffs and blue seas, stunning white villas on tree covered and green hill sides and the fabulous Dalt Vila in the Old Town of Ibiza.  I really got to understand why this island is so popular and loved by so many, returning year after year.

Ibiza Sa Caleta #TenFeetHighWe picked Sa Caleta beach at sunset for one location; the cliffs perfectly fitting into the #TenFeetHigh theme.  And a private villa hired by Sheila for another location.  Balconies, stunning views, an infinity pool and everything you imagine about warm sunny days, cool villas and blue skies.  Sheila Gordhan #TenFeetHigh Ibiza Aug 14The Ocean Beach Club in San Antonio also provided a very beautiful and private location with fantastic hospitality – kindly allowing us to film before they opened the doors to the public.

I have to admit working with Sheila and this crew was superb.  Being able to do my job (Head of Production) for her on this music video, in Ibiza – well that just made it WOW!

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Sounding Off with FrenzyHouse

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I now really understand just how powerful and how useful social media can be.  FrenzyHouse logoThanks to my constant obsession with Tweeting and Twitter, I got contacted by Lisa Rouse, Director of FrenzyHouse to arrange a meeting and I’m really glad I did.  Not only have I now got a great friendship with Lisa, but I’ve also seen (and own) their fabulous Sound Wave card messages and canvas prints they do.

Not got a clue what I mean??  Neither did I until Lisa showed me something pretty cool.

Lisa’s partner, Steve (as described, in her own Blog on her site, as ‘Mr Frenzy’) is a Voice Over Artist. You’ll have heard him on adverts, You Tube Clips, voice books and the radio; his voice recorded in his studio. Frenzy House Soundwave ImageShowing that his job really is a passion, he decided to create something unique and really special as a surprise birthday present for Lisa. That surprise present has now transformed into a new business venture for FrenzyHouse.

Using his sound recording equipment, Steve recorded a message for Lisa. The sound waves from his voice speaking the message were then compiled with the words underneath and printed onto a canvas.

As well as being a very personal gift to Lisa, they realised just how special these messages could be for their clients. You see, Lisa and Steve told me that everyone’s voice pattern is totally unique, like a fingerprint. A print of your voice pattern saying your own message is a one off.

But this is the best part – You can record your OWN message into your phone or laptop, e-mail it over and FrenzyHouse will create a canvas or print from the patterns of your voice!  It is a simple and as personal as that.

It’s amazing and I didn’t initially realise how much you can do but the options are immense.  Think about a weddings – I’ve seen them capture the ‘I Do’ moment (both voices on one print with Mr & Mrs and the wedding date printed on it too!), the heartbeat of a baby for a baby shower, your kids telling you that they love you or a cheeky message for someone you love.  But it was the cheeky messages that Lisa made just for me and got us thinking together.  I loved the idea of small cards already made with a fun message on, and so did Lisa.  FrenzyHouse now make them as gift cards!

Get ya coat… Keep ya pecker up!     Tasty bird!       Bobs ya uncle!      Keep Smiling!        Oi Oi Sexy!

And loads more – all here:
http://frenzyhouse.com/collections/greetings-cards/products/soundwave-postcards

But they don’t just do Sound Wave Prints.  FrenzyHouse is an online shop that brings together and showcases local and UK talent.  They sell unusual gifts, gimmicks, cards and treats, lots with a hint of humour and definitely bags of style.  Having spent many years in the suited corporate world of retail, Lisa took the plunge in April 2014 to go out alone and set up her own business.  Thrilled by the wealth of talent on her doorstep (Hampshire) she decided to create a platform for small producers to sell and shout about their creations – and so FrenzyHouse was born.  She’s clearly spent hours of time researching for products to sell on her site.  With brands such as Lily and Mae for stunning mugs, Stuart Gardiner for fabulous kitchen textiles and Lily and Olli’s luxury scented candles.  The product the range is growing daily but all with a very unique handwriting that is synonymous with FrenzyHouse.

Well worth a peek – http://www.frenzyhouse.com