Towards the end of 2018, I discovered that I had a gluten sensitivity. I thought that this could possibly be interesting material for something. But what?
The lightbulb moment came when I hit upon on the idea of doing a vlog; the resulting series is called Trading Off. It should be said that this is a semi-regular series, as opposed to a daily vlog. Given how limited the potential food choices are, it could easily become very repetitive and boring to watch, and so the onus is on trying to give it as much variety as possible. All episodes will be posted to my Vimeo account.
Back in 2011, I was invited by the Outreach Representative at Current TV to pitch an idea for a commercial for the then-new Samsung Galaxy Tab. However, what I didn't know was that about two dozen other people had also been approached with the same offer.
But, the idea still stuck with me because a) if I do say so myself, it's a pretty good idea - and b) because I've always wanted to make a silent film. And so I did, the result being Kissproof, shot over a couple of days in various locations in and around north London.
The title actually came from an article I was reading about a Preston Sturges retrospective. Before getting into the discussions about his movies, it gave a brief overview of his early life and career. Before he went into theatre first, and then movies, it turns out Preston fancied himself something of an inventor, and in fact patented several inventions - one of which was something he called "kiss-proof lipstick".
And, as Billy Wilder once said: "If you're going to steal, steal from the best".