Winter in England is cold, very, very cold and grey…
SO LETS GO TO HAWAII!
If you happen to know me, or Val in person, you’ll know that neither of us are very good at planning. So about a week before leaving (just before Christmas) we booked tickets for Hawaii!
The whole trip was insanely amazing and I unfortunately forgot to blog whilst I was out there, think cause I was in complete shock of how beautiful Oahu was!
The title says it all!
‘So happy!! Won Emerging Filmmaker Award at The London Surf Film Festival for ‘TEAZD’! Massive thanks to Taz & Ed and everyone who made it happen! Also congrats to Taz on winning U18 title! #omhg #TEAZD#londonsurffilmfestival #lsff’
After releasing TEAZD // Madeira (which was originally 10 minuets long), I was approached my Demi, from LSFF to enter TEAZD into the film festival as a shot, so after a long day and few nights I squished the film down to a nice 5 minutes long (which I know prefer).
The Festival took place over Halloween weekend and TEAZD opened the festival Thursday night. It was incredible to be at the Riverside Studios (a venue I went to a lot as a kid living in London) with cast and crew of TEAZD (Taz, Ed and our families). The film looked amazing on a big screen, the audience (a crowd of strangers) all laughed and ‘wowed’ at the right moments. After I was asked to do a short Q&A, dragging Taz and Ed up with me, we answered questions on the film and reassured the happy faces (audience) there will be more.
‘Amazing night with TEAZD opening the London Surf Film Festival! So happy to have Taz, Ed, Jack and Peony in London for the screening, especially as they are competing this morning after only a couple of hours sleep! @edsmithyy @jak_smithy @ukprosurf #lsff#londonsurffilmfestival #TEAZD#itsfunwhenitslifethreatening’
The experience as a whole was crazy, to then top it off, TEAZD/myself wins emerging talent award. This speech on the other hand was not so well spoken as I was shaking with nerves and shock. I am massively thankful to LSFF for encouraging me and thank you for a night to remember!
Massive thanks to Sharpy (Roger Sharp, editor of Carve Surfing Magazine) for this montage and the article on TEAZD!!
‘New film is up online, thanks to @surfphoto for the post and awesome montage! Check it out! http://www.carvemag.com/2013/08/teazd/ #TEAZD#Madeira #quiksilver #nigelsemmens #xcel#cloudbreak #firewire #dryrobe #OMHG’
Short 5min Version
Taz Knight & Ed Smith take on Madeira
After bringing out the trailer for TEAZD // MADERIA, I worked along with Taz Knight (surfer from the film) to finish the edit.
‘Living in the van, editing! Thanks to the Knights for giving us a place to park! #editing #vanlife #houseless#filmstudent’
TEAZD premiered at the Quicksilver store in Fistral at Boardmasters! It was awesome to see the film projected on such a large screen, have so many people come to the premier and receive a such great comments! The Quicksilver shop down on Fistral Beach was the best place to premiere as the shop vibes set a perfect tone for the film, and it was the first thing you saw walking through the doors! ;)
‘Shot from the screening. My new film ‘TEAZD’ screened at the Quiksilver shop down on Fistral Beach! TEAZD will be going live tomorrow morning on Vimeo, check it out! #TEAZD #OMHG #firstshowing #quiksilver’
‘Screened my new film ‘TEAZD’ at the Quiksilver shop down on Fistral! Great to see people turn up, was amazing! Cheers to everyone at the Quiky shop and everyone who helped make the film happen! #TEAZD#OMHG #firstshowing #quiksilver’
One of the two Easter projects complete, here is a short video of Alex Gibson & Will Bailey surfing out in the south of Portugal,
Alex Gibson & Will Bailey surfing out in the south of Portugal.
Back from Madeira, got two days at home before driving back to Bristol Airport to catch a flight to Portugal (Faro) with Surfing GB coach - Damon Beveridge and surfers - Alex Gibson & Will Bailey
Here are a few shots of our first day…
Landed around 11:30 am,
From passport control, straight to the beach!