Monday 31 August 2009

Eigg Lumiere - 7th February 2009 - 3

A Lumiere is a silent film of sixty seconds or less. I shot this on the Scottish island of Eigg. See the Lumiere manifesto at

Staycation in 1997

I've been using my time at home to finish off a few projects that have been hanging around for a while - among them is the edit of the final episode of my student TV comedy/drama that got put into a box in 1997 and forgotten about.

It's been interesting to wind the clock back by twelve years, to say the least. We all look so young, but I think we look better now. Not a particularly original observation, but an encouraging one.

Sunday 30 August 2009

Eigg Lumiere - 7th February 2009 - 2

A Lumiere is a silent film of sixty seconds or less. This was shot on the island of Eigg. See the Lumiere manifesto at

My brain's not a trusted container anymore

Writing in yesterday's Guardian Weekend magazine, Oliver Burkeman makes the point that keeping certain information like phone numbers in digital devices means we're no longer forced to remember them, so we don't remember them. 

I don't think that's necessarily a problem, as it shows that the numbers are actually now a redundant step in the process of getting hold of the person we want. And there are lots of other parts of the process that are done automatically for us anyway (which mobile phone cell they're in for example).

I also bumped into a bloke yesterday who illustrated this very nicely with his Blackberry. He said that with mobile google he can use the internet to augment his professional experience at the drop of a hat. He'd even got a cash figure to hand for how much more it put on his salary.

Help for Heroes launch

I shot and edited this piece for West Mercia Police, promoting a charity day to raise money for injured service people through Help for Heroes.

Drug driving campaign

I interviewed Steve Rogers of West Midlands Police as he demonstrated how the force uses a roadside impairment test to crack down on drug driving.

Grain souterrain, Orkney

Grain souterrain, Orkney from Phil Hayes on Vimeo.

Here's a video of me, Omar and Gary exploring an underground chamber on a business park in Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney.