Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Facebook Page

Check out pictures from my last year with the band on the facebook page called First Days: A Film About Noah And The Whale...

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Screening the film for the Band

This week saw NATW come to Paris to play La Maroquinerie tuesday night. It also gave them the chance to come and see the documentary at my place which was a nerveracking experience. When you make a film about people you really hope that after it all they don't hate it! Thankfully Tom, Urby and Charlie were all ecstatic about the film and looking forward to the finished product. There now there remains the final matter of one doctor and sometime drummer to still the film which we will do over Xmas back in London...

Oh and the show on Tuesday was pretty fantastic too.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

GLASTO





Here are some photos from Glastonbury this year. Editing of the Doc is going very well and we will have some footage to share soon.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

LEEDS 2






I thought I'd start with a few more behind the scenes pics from Leeds Festival this year.

Monday, 19 October 2009

BOSTON




I was in Boston last week and it reminded me of filming there in April. I even heard Shape of My Heart on the radio in a shop on the same block as the Paradise Club where NATW played!! So I thought I would start by putting up some stills from filming in Boston.

PRODUCTION COMPLETE

Well you can never say never but for now filming on the documentary is complete and I am sitting down with an editor and massive amounts of snacks and cups of tea to edit the film. We have 90+ hours of footage so it's going to be no small feat to wittle it down to an hour and a half and its already heartbreaking to know certain things won't make the cut.

In the meantime I aim to post some still images from the last nine months as a recap of where I and the band have been and as a taster to whet appetites for moving images to come.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

ICA




Last Friday's show at the ICA saw Doug's last show as drummer of the band. It was very sad!!

Monday, 31 August 2009

LEEDS






NATW played Leeds Festival this weekend - as you can see - they stage was pretty big!

Friday, 28 August 2009

TWITTER


Apparently there is something out there called Twitter? I am going to try it. Don't kill me - but if you want to 'follow' me I'd be very happy. I'll try not to be boring. But in 140 characters I don't know if that's hard.... Oh - name is FirstDaysMovie. See you there. (Pictures from Reading and Leeds coming soon)

Sunday, 16 August 2009

STUDIO







Looking back at all the footage now that we're editing - here are some pictures from The First Days Of Spring album recording sessions.

Friday, 14 August 2009

WEBISODES



Check out the NATW website for some little teaser clips like this one from the documentary: www.noahandthewhale.com.

Monday, 29 June 2009

EDITING

Heading back to Paris to begin editing the documentary. Bringin 2.5 terrabytes of HD footage - thats around 70 hours and counting. Filming should be completed by September and we should have a full cut by the end of the year.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

GLASTONBURY





I think I can officially retire from going to music festivals - my first two experiences being Coachella and this weekend - Glastonbury.

How to compare the two - it really is impossible - however, Glasto certainly provided some soaring highs amid the lows of sludging through knee deep mud surrounded at all times by the stinky excrement of 130,000 people. Said soaring highs were - in no definable order:

A) Jack White opening for NATW (his new band The Dead Weather making a surprise appearance before NATW's excellent 8PM Park Stage slot)

B) The sounds of Neil Young's guitar - quite simply one of the most phenomenal aural experiences of my life - one that words simply cannot define.

C) the best apple juice I have ever tasted in my life!

Pictures coming soon. Maybe some video.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

GRUDGE MATCH


Yesterday saw the eagerly awaited battle between two of the worlds fiercest and most evenly matched football rivals - Noah And The Whale vs Planet Earth. Surprisingly few people turned out to watch this much anticipated grudge match at Regent's Park (0 people in fact) but that didn't prevent it from being a no holds barred concoction of agression, passion, blood, guts and skill.

One P Earth player had a nose bleed within five minutes - the NATW goalie (moi) was viciously targeted with a ball to the face as P Earth clearly saw a strict Vinnie Jones mentality as their only route to victory, and Davs of P Earth again got a ricochet ball into his adam's apple only minutes after recovering from his bloody nose.

It would be unfair to all concerned to publish the results of the game here but, needless to say, there was a vast amount of skill, flair and eye catching teamwork on display with Tom Fiddle scoring the goal of the game with a neat header and Urby Whale putting in an absolutely stellar display as sweeper, after some initial confusion over what the role of sweeper actually entailed. A two minute team talk, a quick viewing of some old Ruud Gullit tapes and a wee nip of JD put all to rights at half time and the second half was perhaps even more riveting than the first as everyone surprised themselves by the quite ridiculous amounts of stamina on show.

Expect more music oriented match ups to come over the coming months and perhaps even a league. On yesterday's evidence we might have something to even rival the conference south - Setanta eat your heart out.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL


All is good at Cannes. I am promoting BAGATELLE my short film which plays in the Danny Lennon selection 'Don't Let The Bastards Get You Down' in the Short Film Corner in Palais F on Thursday at 13:30.

Also raising awareness of a great documentary coming soon about Noah And The Whale!!!

Saturday, 9 May 2009

DC




The last night of the US Tour was a really special experience. So many people knew of the band and I really appreciate those that were willing to answer some questions on camera for me. Especially Maddy who had just completed the 48hr film challenge that day and James who consistently drives 8hrs plus from his home in N Carolina to see the band.

Friday, 8 May 2009

BLACK CAT



There's an amazing place we found in New York called Black Cat - it's an underground bar with pool tables, ping pong tables, chess and live music in the West Village. Ironically the last show of the tour was in Washington DC at a venue called Black Cat!

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Saturday, 2 May 2009

BOWERY BALLROOM











The Bowery have some strict policies on filming at their venue so I took a bunch of pictures instead. Here are a collection.