A little while ago I asked you if you had any questions for me. Well, it appears as if some of you did. A few more than I was expecting in fact!
As promised, I’ve answered every single one of them. Aren’t I good? Whether I’ve answered them honestly is a totally different subject. I never said that I would. Right?
What inspires you to get out of bed everyday? (From Scott)
The cheesy answer – That today’s going to bring something better than yesterday. The realistic answer – On a weekday, very little! On a weekend, the knowledge that I have two whole days to have my way with.
Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender… Sleep with, marry, chuck off a cliff? (From Scott)
Sleep with – Ryan Gosling (I can’t justify keeping him to myself.)
Marry – Tom Hardy (I am smitten by him!)
Chuck Off a Cliff – Michael Fassbender (But I really don’t want to! Scott, you are a mean question master.) What’s your favorite movie? (From Nostra)
Very tricky question. There are a lot of films I love and I’m betting the answer to this would change on an almost daily basis. But I think I have to go with Gladiator. I remember Gladiator as the first film I ever bought on DVD. I’d never seen those fabled DVD Extras until I saw them here and was blown away. Look at all the behind the films stuff they did! Having the film on DVD also meant it was ridiculously easy to watch it at the drop of a hat. Which I did. It was the first film score I fell in love with. Probably started off my obsession with film scores. There’s nothing I would change in Gladiator. It is a perfect film, to me. And my favourite of all time.
What category/genre of film do you love? What type of films do you hate? (From Chris)
I love them all! Is that an answer? No? Ok then. If I had to put one film genre above all else it would be sci-fi and fantasy. See what I did there? Yes, I cheated a little. But they’re often put together. Why do I love this genre? It’s film magic that happens when you see a top-notch sci-fi or fantasy film. There’s so much thought and creativity that needs to go into them. To get a decent one that is. It’s a genre where it’s incredibly easy to cobble together an atrociously bad film. But getting it right, is tricky.
I don’t know whether I actually hate any type of film. I will watch and have watched absolutely anything and everything. I do dislike films that take themselves too seriously. If they’re too pompous and know it all. Where it’s all pretentious. Film for me is about fun and enjoyment.
Who are your favourite actors and actresses? (From Vinnieh)
Again, I find this question a little hard to answer. Whenever I sit and think about it, I end up just drawing a blank! But here goes…
Actors – Gary Oldman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Ryan Gosling, Vincent Cassel, Bryan Cranston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eric Bana, Christian Bale, Jake Gyllenhaal.
Actresses – Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, Alison Brie, Kate Winslet, Emma Stone, Julia Stiles, Jennifer Connelly, Christina Hendricks, Elisabeth Moss.
As a photography expert, what camera would you recommend I buy for taking stills and some video on holiday? (From Pete)
Without a doubt, the Panasonic TZ18. I adore the whole TZ series of cameras from Panasonic. They are a bit pricey, especially the newer models. But you can’t go wrong with one of these. When you’re on holiday you want to just be able to take good photos without having to worry about the mechanics of taking a good photos. Which is why I’d choose this camera. They have incredible zooms on them. Superzoom! They’re not huge so carrying one around with you while on holiday is no problem. The quality of the images and video are amazing. Video especially. Panasonic have done wonders in that department.
As you’re keen on photography, which movie you consider the MOST beautiful you’ve ever seen? From visual standpoint that is. (From Ruth)
This is a really hard question. There are so many films I’ve seen where I can pick out a certain scene that will blow me away, just by how it looks. But those are isolated scenes. Thinking of just one film that is just beautiful? I think that has to go to Tarsem Singh’s The Fall. It isn’t the best film in the world, but visually, it blows me away. You can see there has been so much care in every single scene. Everything from the colour palettes to the framing of them. I am just wowed by it every single time I see it.
But, as I can never just choose one, I’ve picked a few screen caps from some of my favourite films that I can think of and chucked them together here:
Who are your favourite cinematographers? (From gEORGE)
You know what? I have no idea. I can pick out films that I love the look of and I’ll make a note of the cinematographer when watching the credits, but I can’t name any off the top of my head.
What inspired you to get into web design? (From Eric)
Funny story. (Or more than likely, really not.) Back when I was just 15 years old I wanted to learn more about computermabobs. So, one long summer I sat down and created my own website. I taught myself everything I needed to know by way of trial and error. It was a steep learning curve, but I really enjoyed it. The website was well received and was online for just over 10 years. I never really thought of it as a career though. Always a hobby I enjoyed that I indulged myself with on my weekends. I decided to make a full-time move into web design after I spent 1 year’s worth of IT consultancy followed by 6 months of computer programming. Neither really stuck and I wanted to see if I could make a go of this web design thing. And I did. I got a great first job as a web designer and had an incredibly inspirational manager who really pushed me further with my design.
What kind of music do you listen to? (From Eric)
Almost everything. A bit chunk of music I listen to is from the movies. From film scores to soundtracks. Mostly scores. Favourite film score composers are Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams, Mark Mancina, Patrick Doyle, James Newton Howard and Brian Tyler, to name a handful.
My all time favourite band is the Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl is my hero. I’ve only ever seen them live a couple of times, but I’ve got every single one of their albums and just love them. My taste is pretty eclectic and I also love Ladyhawke, Garbage, Muse (more of their earlier stuff), Metric, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Linkin Park, Queens of the Stoneage, No Doubt, The Black Keys, Flight of the Conchords, She & Him, Daft Punk, Bloc Party, The National, Wolfmother, The Prodigy and anything from the 80s! Thanks to my very good friend, Mel, I’ve been really getting into the likes of Ladytron, Nine Inch Nails and Bat for Lashes.
Where do you see yourself (personally, professionally, and bloggingly) in the next 5 years? (personal) (From Jen)
Personally – Happy, secure, hopefully near marriage! I know it’s a sad thing to say, but seriously, I’m getting old. And worried.
Professionally – Have a successful freelance web design company going strong. Strong enough that I don’t have to be working like a dog. I can dream!
Bloggingly – Love to still have this place where I can blog. I can’t imagine not blogging. But maybe, it’ll have a lick of paint in 5 years time.
Like Queen Latifah’s character in Last Holiday, if you found out that you only have three weeks to live, what would be your last holiday? (From Jen)
It’s funny you should ask this question because I think my last holiday would have to be Hawaii. I’ve wanted to go there for such a long time. It’s got everything I could ever want out of a holiday. Stunning beaches, rainforests and everyone speaks English! I’d want my last 3 weeks of life to be as full of life as possible.
If you could act in any movie, which movie and character would you be? (From Jen)
I’d love to be Mia Torretto (Jordana Brewster’s character) in the Fast & Furious franchise – just to get to drive the cars that she does! Or Rachel Weisz’s Evelyn in The Mummy. That one’s down to the whole action/adventure/Brendan Fraser aspect.
What regrets you have? If none, how do you live your life without it? (From Lisa)
I like to believe I have no regrets. More the fact that I don’t believe you should have any regrets in your life. There’s no point in having them because there’s nothing you can do about them.
Having regrets are reminders of mistakes you think you made. And honestly, life is too short to spent time thinking about them. Think of your regrets as mini learning curves. You did that then, learn from it and move on.
In reality though, it’s hard not to think, “What if…”.
Have you ever robbed a bank? (From Fogs)
Now that would be telling. But … as I have to. Nope. Possibly.
That’s all the questions answered. Hope I’ve answered them the way you hoped for me to.
I may even do another round of this some time in the future…