The Butler Trust Awards by Alex Simpson

Every once in a while a project comes along where you know you can't say no, because the process of making it will be just too interesting!

In February I was asked to join The Butler Trust, a charity who awards 'extraordinary people who work in ordinary job roles', in making a short documentary about Bernadette Hare.

Bernadette is a prison officer at HMP Bullingdon and receives her award this year for 'combining outstanding skill and compassion towards both inmates and staff'. It was a joy to film 'Bernie' as we roamed around the prison and got a taste for daily prison life.

 

 

Wallpaper* Features Paper House Project by Alex Simpson

I'm very pleased to see a project I worked on earlier this year receive some industry attention in Wallpaper* Magazine today.

James Davies from architect and design studio Paper House Project has worked wonders on a derelict school building in Stoke Newington, North London, over the last couple of years and is finally reaping the rewards with some serious adoration.

James commissioned me to make a film that would capture the essence and character of the build but remain simplistic in nature. With the use of abstract crops and shots which bounce around each other along with the track, I feel we managed to do the space justice.

You can read the full article here.

Drift Premieres on KaltBlut by Alex Simpson

Great to see Drift, a music video I directed with a good friend of mine premiere on Kaltblut Magazine today.

Drift is the result of music producer Russ Chimes teaming up and swapping melodies with Copenhagen based singer Iris Gold and it was very fun to make!

We spent a day down at the National Centre for Circus Arts which is based in Hoxton, London and asked aerial expert Augusts Dakteris to do his stuff again, and again, and again. Poor guy.

To see what went into making the video, check out the behind the scenes film made by Marcelo Vianna below.

Photos: Ollie Wright

Photos: Ollie Wright

Colombia by Alex Simpson

A couple of weeks ago I was back out in Colombia shooting a new project with New Zealand based speciality coffee company Flight Coffee. It was an unexpected trip and one brought about by my jaunt in the same area back in January.

I originally went out there with the intention to shoot some interesting people and places with the hope of coming back with at least one film for the portfolio. In the end I shot and cut three which was a bonus, including the fantastic and very original Ometepe Bilingual School story which you can see here.

After seeing my original personal project about Miguel at the El Fenix Community Wetmill, Flight Coffee kindly asked me to visit once more for a second round of filming to capture the wetmill in a little more detail for their upcoming campaign film.

There's no sign of things slowing down for Christmas just yet with another trip overseas planned, this time closer to home, for a 4 day shoot in Paris and the launch of two really exciting personal projects next month. The results of which to follow soon!

Morocco by Alex Simpson

This week has seen me working on some gorgeous footage that I shot in Taghazout, Morocco with new wellness brand Akasha.

The founder, Amy Patsalides invited me to join her on Akashas very first yoga retreat which took place at the beautiful Mountain Riad, overlooking the Moroccan coastline.

During the 5 day shoot we found ourselves in valleys, up mountains, on beaches and surrounded by palm and argan oil trees, a fantastic trip that has produced some spectacular footage.

Newness by Alex Simpson

The last couple of months have seen me working with some new clients, new agencies and new collaborators so it's been jam packed whilst still trying to squeeze in some extra hours in the park on those hot sunny days.

In August I began work with the brilliant Lovers, an agency with a difference, more of a global creative community. The way Lovers works is very progressive with the agency choosing to hand pick freelancers the best suited for a project as opposed to relying on in-house staff who may not be interested in the role.

Our collaboration was around the re-brand of Mayrhofen based winter festival Snowbombing, I was tasked with creating a film for the new website to showcase the event and attract a new crowd for the 2017 season which you can check out here.

As well as a new agency collaboration i've also been working with lifestyle photographer heavyweight Michael Heffernan. Michael and I shot a test in East London a couple of weeks back whilst dodging police to get 'the shot'. You can see the results below and I look forward to some more upcoming projects in the pipeline together.

Venturing South. by Alex Simpson

I found myself south of the Thames at the weekend and thrown well into that 'buzzing vibe' that's now often closely associated with Peckham Rye. It could have just been the warm sun accentuating everyones energy and boosting local moods but whatever it was, I liked it.

I was booked to shoot 3 days at the first ever Peckham Rye Music Festival and sometimes with these types of event it's easy to assume they'll all fall into the same category; wasted people, lots of mud, bad music and hard work.

However this was not to be the case at all and the weekend flew by in a flash of 80 fantastic artists, 10 local venues and a real good atmosphere. Kudos to founder and organiser Glenn Middleditch for his many months of preparation and ability to remain calm under pressure!

Having looked through the footage I know we're going to get a couple of really great films out of the shoot, time to start editing...