As I am sure you are aware, since the beginning of October I have been pushing hard on the Prostate Cancer/ Testicular cancer awareness/ fundraising effort called “Movember“. Technically it starts on the 1st of the November, when men (and women!) all over the world grow moustaches in an effort to do just that: Raise money and make people realise the seriousness and importance of getting tested.
I tweeted a week or so ago that I wanted to do a case study on someone, some family who has been deeply affected by prostate cancer. I had a great response, but then I realised if I was prepared to put these people through this tough story, I should just do my own story. There is nothing more personal than that, as I am running this campaign here.
It was always going to be tough, talking about how cancer has affected me and interviewing my mum about how it has affected her. So I have made this very emotional mini doc/portrait of how prostate cancer has affected my family. Please bear with it. I’s important and the message is so important. It may be uncomfortable viewing if you don’t like displays of emotion. I did my piece to cameras after speaking to my mum which really affected me, coupled with some very challenging personal things going on in my life, and also remembering my family and friends stolen from this life by the evil that is cancer… I was surprised how upset I got. I am incredibly close to my family, and when I see anyone of them in pain or upset, I will do anything I can to help, but it does affect me deeply. That is who I am and that is who I will always be.
I always thought 17 years of hard news would toughen me up, but it didn’t. Quite the opposite. I remember once filming in Istanbul after their massive earthquake. It was a block of flats that had collapsed, and these people were desperately trying to rescue a child trapped in there. We spent 3 hours with them. I put the camera down and joined in, but they stopped me and said they appreciated what I was doing, but they needed the world to see what was happening here and I was more useful behind the camera. My reporter said look through the viewfinder, don’t look through your eyes – it will keep you detached. It worked to a point until they eventually pulled the child from the rubble, dead, wrapped in his Lion King duvet. That moment affected me so deeply and I realised I was never going to be able to master the cold detached observer skill that was needed in news. It didn’t stop me wanting to cover the stories that needed to be told, but they took their toll on me each night and probably to this day…
Anyway, back to the point at hand. Movember, so important and it has had an immense impact over the years and it’s just getting bigger. Each year I strive to make our contribution, the indie filmmakers’ contribution bigger and bigger. This year I am certain we can do wonders and show the big banks and other corporations who take part (don’t get me wrong I applaud them enormously for doing so) that the little people, us with our cameras, can raise awareness even more than they can! That is part of the reason why I have split this year into two separate parts. But it is films like this, personal stories, that remind you WHY you are donating!
The fundraiser I am running is via a film competition and a MASSIVE gear giveaway which you can enter by simply donating $20 to my campaign. It truly is a win win situation. You are helping a great cause and the odds of you winning something, and some of the prizes are worth thousands, are pretty damn good!!!
I would like to raise £20,000 or even double if possible! It IS possible with your help, so please make it happen! There are so many incredible prizes on offer, this is the best gear/ software giveaway in years! Don’t miss out!!
Technically this was shot by myself on my Canon C300. Lit by two Litepanel 1x1s. Sound straight into the camera with a Sanken COS 11. All the photos I took with my iPhone 5 from the originals. It was the simplest and easiest way to do as I have no DSLR on me. Canon 17-55mm F2.8 IS.
Click below to see more about the amazing prize giveaway and to enter. In the meantime, please watch this mini doc. It’s so important to me.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN AND THE IMPORTANT MESSAGE WE ARE TRYING TO SPREAD.
You can watch it in English language on Vimeo below, and though I am not a Youtube fan their subtitle system is awesome, so I am getting this translated into as many languages as I possibly can, as it is so important! Thanks to everyone who has helped with this!