Premier of new trailer for Pritt Kalsi’s ‘Looking for the Perfect Beat’

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This is probably the most important post to date. For years many people know of me as a filmmaker. The man behind the King of the Beats series, The Turntable Trixters and the Paul C Film.

Before any of that, I started a project titled ‘The Men & Their Music’. This film got shelved. Years later after getting separated I embarked on a new journey, starting my project ‘Looking of the Perfect Beat’. I’ve counted already 9 trips to NYC just on this Project.

In 2015 I had completed a rough of the film that at the time I felt was ok, but after taking it to NYC a few of the artists I showed asked me to use some of the footage I filmed of them almost 20 years before.

I didn’t ever work in a conventional way. When I first started going to NYC I rolled up with a camera running around the city without much of plan. Over the years I had won and earned the respect of my peers in the states who understood what I was about and saw themselves my work ethic.

I didn’t ask for funding I never asked for help, but I remember clearly many people telling me I couldn’t do this. They felt I never had the skills. How’s this factory worker think he can make a movie. That motivated me, and because I knew that the artists believed in me that I would go make this film.

I funded this on factory wages in the midlands. I have fort through many battles internally and externally, lived on beans and toast for many years, deprived my self of holidays and weekends away determined to one day get this film done.

In 2013 I did release a trailer of what was the film at the time, but over the years it has changed dramatically.

For the last 16 years, I have been working 3 shifts in a factory. That I only get 2 weeks to leave I can book my self. So time for me is very precious. I would go to NYC to film.

We are now in 2020, and in this year we endure this COVID Pandemic. Like many of the Nation I was put on to Furlough. My first reaction was 2 weeks off I’m going to work on my film. This turned into 13 weeks, which then turned into a Redundancy.

Over the period I had no idea I would not be returning to work, So I buried my head into my film I would start editing from 4 am until about 7pm every day where discovering Zoom I would do sessions with the likes Jay King, Andy Higgs, Force, Coombes, Keith, Cutmaster Swift, A.dee, Xzibet Blak, Ray West, Dexter, and Luis Tineo ,the Legion,DJ Disk Johnny Juice, Cassandra, Donna She Rock, Gary Devastate, Sparkii, Rhettmatic, Neil Armstrong Marc Davis, Dug Infinate, Casanova Rud, Finley Bradford and a number of others where we would review the day’s edits or the film.

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We would discuss the scenes and how to improve the film. We identified what was missing and looked towards who needs to be contacted to give the film what it’s missing.

This went on every single day for a minimum of 9 weeks solid. To a point, I just continued my self whilst learning about me losing my job.

One of the questions that kept coming up was how is this film going to be released. There are over 20 years of film in it. I have made two parts both 2.5 hours long. I have considered turning it to episodes. Which in the past I was against but seeing how streaming has evolved especially in this period it logically makes perfect sense to make it into a series.

I had booked a ticket to NYC leaving May 1st. Which of course was canceled by the airline. So I have a credit on that ticket. Jazzy Jay reached out for a screening of the film after we discussed my situation and that both he and his wife Broadie’s got my back to return to NYC to tie up the film.

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In the period I also let it be known I was looking for someone to come in and do an audio mix. I’m very grateful to Elliot Vaughan for rising to the Task. He is a very experienced engineer who has worked on many broadcast projects in the past.

Within the first 3 weeks of the Covid period, I produced 2 new trailers. The day I completed the first trailer was the first day I began to hear of friends passing on. My dear friend Micheal Lewington who lived across the street from my parents who the first family we got to know when we arrived here. He was a man that put me onto so many good Jazz records. Also, Passing was the son of my good friend Grand Master Caz who is in my film. That was the beginning. In those 8 weeks I lost 3 family members, (RIP my mother in law Elana Antonio) and 5 friends including TY.

When that happens and it all happens at once. It only makes you question your own mortality. This Covid is serious and it can be any one of us. This is one of the main reasons I chose to put this trailer out. Time is very precious and I must get this film done and out just in case it’s my turn next. If I don’t do this then I would never have achieved what I wanted.

I had to get in contact with Grand Master Caz and Preemo to make sure they were on board and still remember me as they were filmed many years ago. Maybe they forgot me. I was delighted and overwhelmed that they still believed in me and remembered me. Granting me the permission to go ahead with the film.

I have gone through some battles to make this film but honestly, I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, close friends, and the many Artists who always supported me, although at times I feel alone. I would honestly not be here if it was not for you. For 2 years I woke up every morning wanting to die but having this, keeping myself busy making my music, helping others, working on my film does not give me the time to think of the bad things.

I would like to present one trailer. So that you can see what is in the making. Thank you to everyone that really supported my work.

I did not film the drone shots.  Id love to get them done though.

 

Producer – Director of the Cigar Cabin Shows with Des Hammond

Just prior to the Covid Pandemic I had reconnected with my old school chum Richard Hammond. As kids we met in High school. We very quickly became friends as we had a mutual love for Hip Hop Music.   We had come from two different Middle Schools and were both heavily into the music.

Although we haven’t spent much time together over the years the friendship has always been there. We bumped into each other in town. He spoke to me about something he wanted to put together. A web show where he reviewed Cigars. He acquired a love for smoking them over the years.

I asked him to do a photoshoot with me, to see how he looks on Camera. We drove over to the City and took some shots in Digbeth.   Looking at the pics I could see clearly the potential that he has on film.

Richard is also known as Des Told me that I had to see his Cabin where he wanted to film the show. So I went and had a look. Immediately after seeing the cabin offered to film and produce a show.

We filmed a few episodes to get comfortable working together. We had to fine-tune the show and think about a format of how we were going to present it. It took about 14 episodes to where I feel I’m happy with it.

We work as a good team, and that is what it takes. Everyone involved needs to be on board and serious about how we manage our time. Hopefully, as the show grows we can branch out on our travels.

If you are interested in putting together a show and would like me to help in directing and producing get in touch. I am available to film and direct.

2020 Exhibition of work in partnership with the National Trust – Attingham Park

 

 

I have not for years had the experience to enjoy nature and all it has to offer. I have never been for a walk in the country of cherished in the joys of walking round a manor home, not since a child for sure.

Last year I was approached by the National Trust and their team from Attingham Park.   I had never heard of the place or had any idea of what it was like. I had been recommended to them for a project that they felt I was a suitable candidate for.

They was looking for different type of photographer to capture some images for a project titled ‘Everybody needs Nature’. The park draws many visitors and they wanted to capture some images, photographs of people that enjoying their time at the park.

This was to lead towards an Exhibition which you can see right now. Prior to starting the project I went down to the Park to meet the team and take a walk around its grounds. This was a first for me. I am city person at heart. The Attingham reminded me of my childhood. Walking around woods. I really enjoyed. To sit on field where wild deer were only 50 ft away from me.

You get a sense of freedom and then realized what I had been missing. I need to give time to the outdoors.

I spent 2 days in October at Attingham taking pictures. Joined by the National Trusts very own Saraid who together we made a dynamic due, getting patrons to the park to join in with the project.

The plan was to exhibit the images throughout the home but because of the current Covid Pandemic with places slowly opening up. The work is now being exhibited in the courtyard. To comply with Social Distancing Practices.

If you would like to see the work, I believe the Exhibition will stay there until October 2020. Enjoy what Attingham has to offer. Wonderful grounds, friendly staff and great food.

I enjoyed the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and endure and take part in this project. It was a great experience for me.