Two wrecks


shot at the Ship graveyard at GreenPoint, Bluff

Detritus 358


▶ listen to the golden record sent off on Voyager via


▶ fascinating insight into next generation UAV technology for screen industry via the finalists of this NZ tech competition – intriguing that one of the categories is to minimise rotor noise… it would be interesting to augment the sound aspect of UAVs – there must be a way to combine that freaky effect of speaking through a fan, with quadcopter rotors!


▶ beautifully designed foley impact fetish kit?


▶ more beats in your browser, this time X0X style


▶ Ryoji Ikeda. micro | macro


▶ the worlds most wanted music? Iceland & Islanders


▶ interesting Max for LIVE idea: an overlay for video, so you can map panning to follow onscreen objects… Imagine in the future, adding facial recognition & auto pan foley to follow where an actor is onscreen!


▶ about Ralph & those incredible images of Pluto


▶ great embroidered zoetropes by Elliot Schultz via Colossal


▶ Dedicated to the analysis of film form, EVERY FRAME A PAINTING create video essays which you can support/encourage at Patreon eg analysing movement in Kurosawas films


▶ great article about Skip Leivsay

All this requires a very particular – and somewhat strange – set of talents and fascinations. You need the ability not only to hear with an almost superhuman acuity but also the technical proficiency and Job-like patience to spend hours getting the sound of a kettle’s hiss exactly the right length as well as the right pitch – and not only the right pitch but the right pitch considering that the camera pans during the shot, which means that the viewer’s ear will subconsciously anticipate hearing a maddeningly subtle (but critical) Doppler effect, which means that the tone the kettle makes as it boils needs to shift downward at precisely the interval that a real kettle’s hiss would if you happened to walk by at that speed.


‘There is No Formula’ #cinematography
thanks Chris & Leon



▶ exploring some of science fiction films most iconic sound effects


Chris Watson responds to Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s painting ‘Lake Keitele’
(thanks Callum)

Lake Pukaki


Lake Pukaki today… i so LOVE driving through the MacKenzie country!!




Tortured trees


no prizes for guessing the prevalent wind here at Slope Point!

Waipapa Point


found this location by accident – drove to Fortrose to shoot a shipwreck only to find out it is only visible at very low tide… so I went for a drive out to the coast for a few hours, hoping the tide might go out enough before sunset.. It didn’t, I’ll revisit it tomorrow… but was hard to leave this lighthouse as the light turned golden…


leaving Wellington/North Island on a freezing cold morning…




Across Cook Strait & into the sheltered Marlbourough Sounds/South Island




Nugget Point


beautiful & more than a little scary flying my drone over the lighthouse & ocean – sea was so calm, not much wind but there would be no retrieving it if anything went wrong!!!
shot with DJI Phantom 3 Pro


Previz to the South


I’ve wanted to shoot this location for about 3 years now… Its in the Catlins, which I’ve visited 2 or 3 times previously, but they are so complex that six months in this area wouldn’t reveal all…
Anyway – Nugget Point, google image search it & you will get why I am going there…
5D, Distagon & drone at the ready!

While I was wandering around Google Earth I zoomed out… & then back in, to this:


Such distinctively Maori artwork!
(although carved by time & not hand)


me & the drone may well be going here, too!

Quadcopter Promo

HISSandaROAR library due for release early next week!

Ocean Beach


Its an odd name for a beach: Ocean Beach… be like calling a river Water River or something… Stopped here on way home from my drone recording session & had enough batteries left to fly here & shoot some video.
It is amazing how stable the DJI Phantom 3 is – I sat up there, about 100m up & filmed waves breaking along the coast for 4 or 5 minutes, without any camera movement. Its like the worlds largest tripod!