If London...

This is how serendipity works: I had just bought the basic setup for my camera equipment. I was all excited to go out and start shooting with it. My housemate at the time said, "I have an idea for a video...". This involved walking around and asking people to describe London as if it were their girlfriend/husband/partner etc. Two weekends down and we were doing quite well...we had some good soundbites, and somehow I'd managed to survive without a tripod. We had no idea if we could make a video out of the footage though. Then my housemate spotted someone walking along the street on our last Sunday evening of filming - Stephen Fry. I was way too scared to go over and ask him for some words, but my housemate wasn't. Off she went, and duly asked him to describe London as if it was his girlfriend. Stephen fry is gay. Thankfully he didn't smack us, and instead was gracious enough to provide a few words that of course became the backbone of the video.

I literally had no idea what I was doing when I first went out with a camera and started getting footage. This, I soon learnt, was a great way to start. I made mistakes, and they were vital, and there's nothing like getting your hands dirty to start figuring out what works, what doesn't, and generally drawing on a whole load of subconscious information that finds its way into how you shoot, how you edit, how you wanna pick up sound and how you want to cover certain angles and go for different takes. This is literally my very first video in terms of my 'official' filmmaking agenda, and it has a good heart, which is pretty much what I'm trying to achieve in everything else that follows.