Thursday, 28 February 2013

Arctic Monkeys, best music video!

Last night Arctic Monkeys won 'Best Music Video' at the NME Awards for their music video for the track 'R U Mine?' - CONGRATULATIONS. 

I think this award is well deserved, the video is a nice piece of work, and compliments the great song, I was a big fan of the song and video when it was first released last year. Of course I am sure there other people out there who would say other videos should have won.
Let me know if you have a video in mind that should have snapped up this award.

MH x

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Kings Of Leon - Charmer (Goat Edition)

AAAAAAAH! You may have seen videos going around YouTube, consisting of goats sounding surprisingly like humans screaming their heads off, which you have to admit are funny.Well now people are posting videos intertwined with popular songs.

I had to jump on the wagon with this, as I find them all hilarious, especially the Bon Jovi 'Living On a Prayer' version.

Here is my Kings Of Leon version, full credit goes to my colleague, Jack for the song suggestion it works really...the rest of the work was down to me of course!

What do you think, any other suggestions welcomed!

MH x

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

David Bowie - The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

This morning David Bowie released a new single and music video from his new album set for release in March. I like this video more than his first comeback release 'Where Are We Now?'.

I enjoy the strange storyline being portrayed with Bowie and Tilda Swinton being a suburban couple, which looks set in the 60s. The camera work is nice, and a good grade giving off a subtle green tint to the video, well polished compared to the previous video, although I did like the projections in that one.

A good video to watch, but beware there is some nudity and strange scenes towards the end.

This is a step back to Bowies roots of strange goings ons.

What's your thoughts?
MH x 

Monday, 25 February 2013

Under Your Bed, behind the scenes

I look so tired!
Last week Fenixx released Kid Champion's latest music video for 'Under Your Bed' which was featured on Promo News! - Now watch the behind the scenes, to see what we got up to on that cold day!
Filmed by JBD Productions.

Pay attention otherwise you might miss my two or three words in the film.

Click here to watch the full music video.
MH x 

Thursday, 21 February 2013

KOKO Presents

I have another release to announce from the Fenixx Factory, this time it's the first episode for a new music web series, KOKO Presents. This new series of videos will be released on KOKO's YouTube Channel and the videos will and have been filmed at KOKO Camden on a Friday night, for Club NME. These are short video bursts to showcase a key act from the night (at the moment the headliners).

The logo I designed
Here is episode 1, 'KOKO Presents: Sons and Lovers'. Please please, give me some feedback, we would love to hear your thoughts. We have filmed episode 2 already and that will be released next week. I of course will post it up on my blog.

MH x 

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Fenixx starting to make waves...

Yesterday I announced on here the official release of Kid Champions new music video, made by me and Matthew Connell under Fenixx (as usual) for their new track 'Under Your Bed' off their new EP. The official release for the video was executed so well over Facebook, everyone was sharing the post within minutes from the Fenixx Facebook page, giving us lots of positive feedback. Including people at work, as I of course shared it amongst all my colleagues.

Then in the evening the video was posted on Promo News! Now, this is HUGE for me and Connell as Fenixx. We have been wanting this moment for so long now, and to have it finally happen it's almost unbelievable. However, trying to not sound too arrogant, this post on Promo News is well deserved. We have both work very hard over these last few years developing our talents as music video makers. 

I was so happy to see this!

We are of course very grateful this has happened, and we are both extremely excited to what this will bring for the future of Fenixx. It's amazing how far we have come together since meeting on the first day of college at South Downs, and making a video together 2 weeks later for our first piece of coursework.

I am very excited to find out how 2013 will continue, and how my career in the media will develop. 

MH x 

Monday, 18 February 2013

Kid Champion - 'Under Your Bed'

Today is the official release of Kid Champion's new music promo for their first single 'Under Your Bed' off their new EP, filmed on location at Twickenham Studios.

The music promo is a one-shot video with 18 different speed changes, this was Fenixx's most challenging and technical video so far, we are proud that we pulled it off, and can't wait to hear all the feedback.

Therefore, can you please share this around to EVERYONE. We want to hear everyones thoughts!

MH x

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Tuesday Tunes: The Strypes

This week BBC 6 Music are hosting '6 Music Live at Maida Vale' to present live sessions from established and emerging talent in the music scene.

I listened to some of the sessions on Sunday, and the one that caught my ears was from The Strypes. I had never heard of this new band until then, and I was very impressed. The average age of the band is 15, and hearing them you would think they have been going for at least 5 years and on their 3rd album.

Look how young they look!
I'll admit their sound isn't completely original, they distinctly have the feel of The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. But this doesn't matter after knowing how fresh they are into the music industry at such a young age and of course still in education at school, it is very impressive how strong these boys talents are.

I am sure they are going to explode this year, look out for them. Listen to their session again, here!

Another session I loved was a collaboration from Roots Manuva and The Invisible. Both aposing genres fused together was fantastic, I always love the vocals from lead singer, Dave Okumu. It works so well behind the tones of The Invisible. I will have to listen to the session again! Which you can do here!

Another session I need to catch up and listen again to is from Everything Everything, their latest album 'Arc' is just so good. The band is so unique!

Have you been listening to Maida Vale sessions, what have your thoughts been so far?

MH x

Monday, 11 February 2013

2 Amazing Years

This weekend was a special one for me and Lauren, on the 8th it was our 2 year anniversary :) - Of course we had to celebrate this special occasion. Last year we went to New York, and had an amazing time in that city. This year we have planned for a week holiday in May, therefore decided to stay here for this years celebration.

We had a night out in the Comedy Store in Leicester Square. I have been there a few times, but never attended with Lauren, and this was her first time. We both had a great night there, every comedian was hilarious, having the whole place in hysterical laughter. And with the place being relatively small, the atmosphere stays consistant with laughter throughout the show, there are only rare moments of silence. After the show we finished with a drink in a local pub before getting the tube home.

We had a great view for the evening!
Back at my flat we exchanged our presents, which Lauren had got me Toro Y Moi's new album on vinyl - I wasn't expecting this as a present, and I love it. Cannot wait to hear it on my record player, once I got my set of speakers on Monday.

I love the vinyl is lilac!

For Lauren I got her pair of high-waisted skinny jeans from Topshop, which she instantly loved...good choice from me ;)

It was a perfect night spent together, and here is to the next 2 years together :)

MH x

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Tuesdays Tech: App review, Vine

Last week I downloaded the new social networking app, Vine. This app lets you share moments in your life with short looping videos. At first, I believed this sounded a little too similar to the app, Cinemagram. Simply turning stop-motion gifs into nice loopings videos.

However, with Vine the video element is key to making the app better, far more interesting and fun! You get to keep the sound in the videos, and it makes the experience highly amusing. Effectively giving you a short glimpse into peoples lives within your phone.

Going deeper into the filming the short looping videos, you can pause at any moment in the recordings, therefore making edits in the video to make short narratives.

I am thoroughly looking forward to see people producing snappy short films in the app, or perhaps small sketches.....or what how about a short comedy or drama series within the app. The possibilities are endless, and quite exciting.

So far, I am seeing a lot of cats and dogs larking around, just like my profile. However, once people get the hang of how the app works. I believe things are going to become real creative.

Have you got the app?

More tech.

MH x

Monday, 4 February 2013

Another busy weekend

This weekend we shot the next music promo for Kid Champion, the last video we shot can be found here, which was a lot of fun, with a great location, and turned out really well.

Although, this next one is going to be even more amazing! Again, we had an awesome location, this time at Twickenham Film Studios. The video has been our most challenging work, not only for ourselves to shoot but also for the band to get right, and perfect.

The location looked like a warehouse, epic! 

I wont go into too much detail, as I want it to be a surprised with the technique we have achieved. Believe me, it is going to be great!

Sunday was spent having a well deserved chill out day over at Laurens house. We took her dog, Barney for a walk around her local area. I tested out the new app, Vine and took some short videos with him. I love the app, and I will hopefully review it tomorrow or Thursday.

We ended the day cooking up our own homemade Nandos, and chilled in front the TV with some sweets to watch the next Harry Potter film. However, due to my busy day of filming the day before, I was very tired and couldn't stay awake. We will watch that again another time.

How was your weekend, was it busy and tiring like mine?

MH x

Friday, 1 February 2013

Film Review Friday: Django Unchained [2013]

As everyone knew since the release and trailers for Django the film tells the story of German bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) who frees the slave, Django (Jamie Foxx) and sets out to rescue Django's wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owned by Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

The storyline is clear and simple to follow, which does not come as a shock due to the previous Tarantino films. Of course his nonlinear narratives attempt to make his films challenging. However, this film is different (and I personally believe it's his first?) as being set out in a straight forward linear fashion.

From other blog posts and review I knew the script contained the society offensive "N"word, and straight after the opening credits, this word is dropped several times. At first this feels uncomfortable, however during the course of the film, the word is continuously used, effectively reducing the meaning of the word and reducing the offensiveness and uncomfortableness, and most surprisingly becoming punch lines to the many jokes in the film.

For me Leonardo stole the show, and really brought everything together giving the film it's western feel, and the funny history lesson. I believe this could be Leonardos performance of his career. The accent he puts on is brilliant, you definitely believe his southern voice, and that he owns the Mississippi plantation. He truly is evil, but you can't help but love the character, due him being so interesting, with the clothes and wanting to dive deeper into his life story.

Like previous films, Tarrantino appears in a small cameo, which unfortunately is dreadful. The writer/director simply can't act, and stands out in the film far too much. Taking you out of the film momentarily. Thankfully his scene with Jamie Foxx is okay to watch.

Next time Quentin, can you please just have background cameos, and keep your mouth shut.

Django is a fun packed western, full of comical scenes which will keep you highly entertained, leaving the cinema with you wanting to see the film again. However, I still can't decided if this will go down as one of Quentin's classics against Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs.

I would love to know your thoughts if you have seen it.

MH x

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