Monday, 31 December 2012

2013 New Years Resolutions


Because 2012's resolutions were so successful I will again, attempt 10, the odds aree in my favor to have another great year that way :)

1. The News
Last year I completely feel off the map with what was going on in the news, I will make sure I read the paper and watch the news more.

2. News Music
Like with the news I completely lost my touch with new music, I will make sure this doesn't happen in 2013!

3. Exercise 
I don't want to be a muscle machine, just feel more energetic, and fitter. I will buy some dumbbells and exercise at home when I can (yep, can't afford a gym).

4. Freelance
I will try and get more paid freelance work, perhaps think about the idea of going freelance.

5. Update my Flickr page
I updated the page a few times last year, more will be done in 2013!

6. 1 Gig a month
Last year I watched a new film practically every week, this year I will try to see at least one band live each month (If I have the money of course..)

7. Music videos
Last year we only managed 2 music videos, of course they are still great. However in 2013 I want to make more! We need a big portfolio of content.

8. Film Festivals
We sent our music videos to only a handle of film festivals, 2013 we submit to more!

9. Fruit & Veg
This was only kept up during the first half of the year, I will make sure it will happen throughout 2013.

10. 1 creative video a week
I have been uploading one video a week to my WatchingMatthew channel over the last few weeks of the year, I will continue this in 2013, It's good fun!

Do you have a huge list for 2013 resolutions?

MH x 


Tuesday, 25 December 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! 

Have a wonderful day, eat loads, drink loads, and open lots of presents. But most importantly have a nice time with your family!

Here is a stupid video I made for Christmas! 


MH x 

Friday, 21 December 2012

2012 New Years Resolutions RESULTS


This is a list of my resolutions from 2012

1. USE THIS BLOG MORE!
I have definitely managed that and have got myself into a nice routine, 2013 will be the same effort
2. Enter Fenixx Productions work into film festivals
We did and managed to get short listed at the Turrock Film Festival - We will do this ALOT more in 2013
3. Increase the audience for my second blog, Stupid Customers
The blog is practically dead, but I am now trying with Sleepy Bears
4. Move closer into London for work (Zone 2 or 3)
Yep, I now live in Southfields and I love it :)
5. Use my camera more often to take photographs for my neglected Flickr page
I updated the site now and then, but I have a nice SLR I'm going to try and take that out with me more often from now on.
6. Watch a film I have not seen once every week
Yep, me and Lauren have managed this, with my Film Review Friday posts
7. Try to be less predictable
I think I have achieved this...
8. Drink the suggested pints of water a day
We get free bottles of water at work, I drink it a lot!
9. Eat more fruit and veg
I go up and down with this, it'll be a harder push next year
10. Try to get back into the routine of flossing my teeth
Yep, all good!

To my surprise it looks like it has been a successful year for me. It definitely helps to have a long list to make you feel better about yourself!

With the partial fails in mind (the ones in orange) I am going to move them into 2013's resolutions, of course I am still going for 10. Check back on the blog my post on my 2013 resolutions. 

MH x 

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Thursday Tunes: The XX @ Brixton Academy

Sunday 16th December me and Lauren went to Brixton Academy to see The XX, I unfortunately missed them at Bestival this year, therefore I was rather excited to see them this time round.


I have never been to a concert for a quiet intimate show (I guess not so intimate at Brixton Academ), so I was intrigued to find out how the show will pan out.

During the change over for The XX after the support a full white curtain went down to cover up the stage, giving a lovely theatrical look which got me really excited. The XX took to the stage right on time (as I expected) and kicked things off with Coexist. It was a wonderful song to start with, the band hand the crowd in their hands straight away with everyone singing with Romy during the choruses.

This set the tone for the rest of the show. Every track sounded wonderful in the venue with the crowd singing along to the soft vocals of Romy. Once each song had finished there was dead silence in the venue, it was wonderful to witness, you could tell the crowd were really listening and enjoying every possible moment. Some points the crowd irrupted into applauding the band.

I will say one thing, some of the songs sounded exactly the same to the album, which of course is fine...it shows how talented they are. However it did raise the realisation that this sounded like someone was just playing the album on a loud PA system. Of course I looked passed this opinion, and kept on listening. You could hear all the vocals perfectly due to the quiet crowd intensely listening on, bliss.

Here is a playlist of a few tracks I filmed from the night to give you an idea on how things went down.


If you are a fan of The XX, and looking to see them, I suggest you do it soon.

Also, are you going to attend their Night and Day festivals, the venue for Berlin at Spreepark looks bloody amazing, I would love to shoot a music video in there!

MH x

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Brecon The Dog


Over the weekend when my dad came to visit I decided to film some footage of his dog, Brecon. He is such a lovely dog, and it's mad to think I used to really not like dogs. It's funny how much your opinions can change.

Enjoy!

MH x

Monday, 17 December 2012

The Weekend [15 + 16th Dec]

This weekend my dad, step-mum and her two children traveled up to see my flat, they haven't visited since I moved in. Therefore it was a good time to visit as I have now properly settled in and found my feet in the place...loving it!

They took up their dog, Brecon. Who is now 1 years old (think I've mentioned him a few times on this blog). Of course visiting a new place he was very excited, running around my flat which is smaller than the home he is used to. We took him out for a walk around Wimbledon common before we had some lunch to calm him down, and it did the trick.

He is so much bigger!

After lunch we went for another walk over to Wimbledon Village, whilst taking Brecon I decided to take my camera and take some footage. This of course will be my WatchingMatthew video for this week  I am sure you will like it :) - He was loving the walk through the woods, there was so many other dogs for him to go and say hello. But the part he must have loved most was all the large muddy puddles, he came back to the flat looking like a black labrador.

Saturday evening was spent at Laurens watching Harry Potter and some pizza, yum! I am now on the 3rd film!

Sunday we went into London to watch The XX at Brixton academy, which of course was bloody amazing! I will post more about that later this week perhaps.

How was your weekend!?

MH x



Friday, 14 December 2012

Wear a Christmas jumper & Save The Children




Today is officially the day to wear your best(worst) Christmas jumper and help raise awareness to save children's lives around world with the charity, Save The Children.

This year I decided to involve myself with this cause a little further thanks for my girlfriend, Lauren. We have put together this photo set for the blog, whatoliviadid.com, as this year Olivia has a dedicated blog post today for raising awareness for this great charity.


Help raise awareness today and wear your best(worst) Christmas jumper!

MH x

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Tech Thursday: Google Maps App



Since the appalling effort from Apple releasing their own map navigation app I have been quite literally counting down the days for Google to release their own version...obviously counting down to christmas as well.

That's me at work, hiya! 

Well yesterday the app was finally released....HOORAY!

I am so glad to see the app back on the homescreen of my iPhone, of course I can't delete Apple Maps...it has been bumped to the back page. I downloaded the app quite literally first thing this morning. One thing I am glad to see back on the app is different icons for underground stations and train stations, I still can't understand why Apple chose to use the same icons for both, that is far too confusing for tourists when walking around busy London.

I just hope this app will be strong and reliable with performance, as I have noticed with the Gmail app tends to crash.

Are you happy to see the app back on your phone!?

MH x

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Peeping Tom

I am hoping this weeks video will make you laugh out loud....it definitely worked for me whilst editing. I always do this around the flat to my housemates and Lauren, and have always wondered what it looks like from their point of view.

No idea what I'm talking about...then watch below!


What do you think, did it make you chuckle?

And look, it's... 12:00 12 /12/2012 !

MH x

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Tuesday Tunes: My Top 7 Albums


This year due to my extremely busy lifestyle with my new job, and other commitments. My music knowledge was slacking, therefore I only heard a small number of new albums. Next year I am going to try my hardest to get back into the new music scene. I get the tube two and from work 45mins each time, there is no excuse why I can't listen to the new material practically every day.

To be honest I am quite disappointed with myself, as I am a great lover of new music. 

But anyway....here is my small list of my top 7( yes I only really listened to 7 new albums this year) favourite albums from this year in no particular order.

1 - Every Time I Die - 'Ex Lives'
2 - The Maccabees - 'Given To The Wild'
3 - Alt-J - 'Awesome Waves'
4 - The XX - 'Coexist'
5 - Alabama Shakes - 'Boys & Girls'
6 - Blood Red Shoes - ‘In Time To Voices’
7 - Jack White - ‘Blunderbuss’

What were you favourite albums of 2012?

MH x 

Monday, 10 December 2012

The extended weekend

Fortunately for me, my weekend consisted of 3 days, I booked off Friday due to having 1 day of holiday left for the year at work. Of course picking a Monday or Friday off was the clear choice!

My Friday had a schedule of finishing off some Christmas shopping, which was partially successful (I have to buy the remaining presents online). Followed by recording my next YouTube video, and I have to admit it is going to be hilarious to hear your comments. I wont reveal more than that.

Saturday I met with Lauren in London to visit The Chocolate Festivals (we are such pigs). Obviously many more people had the same idea, and it was jammed packed with people trying to get a look in at all the homemade chocolate, but it was still great to attend. We each bought a slice of Cheesecake from the Sweet Tooth stall, I went for the Ferrero Rocher cheesecake, which was bloody amazing. Lauren went for the Malteser option, which was also great! We love cheesecake!


Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake...BOOM!
After The Chocolate Festival we walked further into London due to the nice sunshine across the city, and looked around Covent Garden. We finished the evening with cooking up an amazing homemade Lasagne and watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I have never seen the films (I know...) and we are working our way through them, whilst Lauren recites some of the dialogue here and there.

Sunday, was very lazy getting out of bed around 12 to then chill all day. Perfect!

How was your weekend!? Have you attended The Chocolate Festival?

MH x

Friday, 7 December 2012

Guilty as charged.

Today I unfortunately haven't got a Film Review Friday post, apologies. However, I do have this hilarious and beyond trutful parody video about Instagram. The people behind this video, knew exactly what they were on about when writing these lyrics. I'm guessing they are also guilty of these sins.

I love the guy in the background taking a phto!
And yes...I do a majority of this on Instagram. Just have a look at my feed to the right of this post --->

My guess, this will go viral in a few days.



MH x

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Thursday Tunes: Victoria Beckham looks at my music video location!

The other week on Daily Mail online (I don't read the site, I found this elsewhere...I promise!). It was reported Victoria Beckham has been mooching around the London area at a home to move into.

She has been looking at a mansion over in Richmond, which is actually the mansion we used to film the Kid Champion video earlier this year...amazing stuff!

Image from Daily Mail Online
I hope she chooses this house so I can say 'I shot a music promo in the Beckham's house'. If you can't remember the video, here is is below.


Very cool stuff!

MH x

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

#Movember 2012

If you remember back in the beginning of November I made a post to announce I will take part in Movember this year, and explained I will be making a video stop motion of my beard.

Well here it is :)


Think the beard was looking mighty fine this year, and I have decided to keep it.

MH x

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Tech Tuesday: PopSLATE

New and developing technology will forever impress me, I'm a real geek at heart. PopSLATE has taken EInk (the stuff the Kindle works on) squashed it into a small screen and created an iPhone case for the iPhone 5.

The screen is continuously on, and runs on very low battery supply (I'm guessing from the iPhone). The screen displays impressively detailed images of your own choice. Something to look at when you have your iPhone face down on a table...at first this sounds a little pointless. But with the photos and the video demo, the result is surprisingly impressive. It could be a nice effect to have a case that acts like a slideshow, making your case continuously changing...the case would never get boring.



The device isn't available just yet, the company are raising money to kick off the product, below is an embedded link to donate money. I believe the product will only be available on the iPhone 5, I am presuming they are planning ahead for the foreseeable future of iPhone.



What do you reckon, would you purchase one?
MH x 

Monday, 3 December 2012

My Weekend [1 - 2 Dec]

This weekend consisted of some catching up with friends from university, and relaxing. We went to a housewarming party for a friend over in Twickenham, she has moved into a one bedroom flat with her boyfriend....big step!

The evening was lovely to catch up with friends, it was great to realise how well we are getting on with our lives since graduating last year. I think we are all working the Monday - Friday routines, living the proper adult lives...we're all growing up too fast. Soon I imagine we will be getting invited round for dinner parties, so civilised!

I wish I could start everyday with this!
I always use traditional brown paper for presents!
Sunday kicked off with an amazing fry-up cooked up by me and my housemate, Luke. Unfortunately Lauren has not been well :( therefore couldn't participate in chowing down on the glorious brunch. Followed on I wrapped up my first few christmas presents whilst listening to christmas tunes with Lauren. Then finished off with me watching my Nirvana at Reading Festival 1992 DVD that Lauren got me for my birthday, whilst playing Roller Coaster Tycoon (love that game far too much).

A lovely chilled weekend, how was yours!?

MH x