Paul Earl – Silversmith – Sony FS7ii Competition

I haven’t entered any competitions for a while or made any films for myself. So I thought i’d have a go at the Sony FS7ii Competition.

Feel free to give the video a like on YouTube!

Unfortunately I misread the brief and the top ten videos with the most amount of likes will advance to judging stage, so it probably won’t get a look in! I get the reason why they run these as popularity contests, but it just means some really great entries don’t get shortlisted.

Even so I had loads of fun making the film and music over the weekend. It’s so tough to get a decent story in to 60 seconds.

If you want to know anything about the gear/setup, drop a comment below!

Also, here are a couple of my other favourites from YouTube:

Some really good editing on this one. Really really professional.

This one had me smiling a lot. Everyone needs perking up on their daily commute, especially when they live in London!



Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

I was at a friends house last weekend in Norwich. Whenever I go there, he seems to put on a brilliant film that I wouldn’t really think to watch. Last time it was “Sing Street”, this time it was “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”. It’s a coming of age movie with a twist. Greg Gaines is forced by his mother to go and hang out with a girl who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He has no choice but to go along with it and they get off to a bit of an awkward start. He doesn’t want to be there and she doesn’t want him there.

So i’ll admit that I don’t know much (anything) about director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and this is a title that i’d seen around but kinda just thought i’d watch another day. I’m so glad it was forced upon me. The look of this film is incredible, short animations, energetic cinematography, unusual camera angles and humour break up the seriousness of the story and give it a comical edge.

It’s difficult not to compare this film with “The Fault in our Stars” but everything is turned up a notch here. It’s one of the most enjoyable films I’ve seen this year. I look forward to more from this director.

You can get it on Amazon here.


Sully (2016)

Who doesn’t love Tom Hanks? He posts pictures of lost gloves on Twitter.

In his latest performance he plays Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who successfully landed his plane on the Hudson River saving all 155 people on board. Directed by Clint Eastwood, ‘Sully’ focuses heavily on the less told story that Sullenberger could have safely turned the plane back and landed at one of two nearby airports. A panel from the National Transportation Safety Board continuously interview him and play the bad guys in the movie.

Sully (the film) is as cool and calm as Captain Sullenberger was on that day. A minimalist soundtrack accompanies a sometimes refreshing, under dramatised reconstruction of the very short flight. Whilst I wouldn’t call it a must see, it’s worth watching once.


Buy Sully from Amazon here.


Passengers (2016)


Chris Pratt and J-Law play their parts well but unfortunately their parts were terrible to begin with. You feel like you’re going to see this cool sci-fi movie with a ship drifting through space. But you always know why and there is none of the mystery usually associated with the genre.

It’s like a really bad sci-fi version of Titanic. Ship hits rock, ship is damaged. Only sadly the ship doesn’t sink.


If you really want to watch Passengers after this review, you can buy it off Amazon here.


Microadventure #3 – Climbing Snowdon in November

Earlier this year I visited the far east and travelled around Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand for three weeks. I used up all of my holiday allocation from my job, so longer trips to other countries were off the cards.

I was thinking about how I’ve travelled thousands of miles to see incredible sights, but haven’t really fully explored whats right under my nose in the UK. Earlier this year I went wild camping in the Lake District and went back to Cornwall for the first time in years.

Last weekend my girlfriend, my friend and I travelled to Snowdon in North Wales to climb the second highest peak in the UK and I made a little video about the adventure.