I have recently started a bit of meditation and this week have felt that it may be worth something. Being from the North East, meditation was never really that popular (and still isn’t!) But here is where I urge all sceptics to have a seat, stick your, “Yer Rights” on hold and get ready to say “No Effing Way!”
I have had the immense pleasure of working on a new feature film with emerging talent Lloyd Eyre Morgan of LEM films, a writer/director who has vision beyond his years and the get up and go to get to the moon. He doesn’t idly sit by and wait and moan about the state of the industry and the funding needed, he simply packs up his camera, his crew and a group of super talented actors and knocks out film after film.
Wondering where the hell the meditation fits in yet? Well here goes
I was meditating on Monday evening, trying to open up my subconscious to improve my prosperity and success. I was thinking of how I could get to where I want to be in life and the odd fortune, as I am sure everyone would. When a voice said to me (YouTube Clip) “Your subconscious is such a powerful tool, if you learn to listen to it, it will lead you in directions you never felt possible. It will find people who will help you get closer to your goal and it will build confidence in your own self belief.”
The next morning Lloyd rang me and told me the news that the film we are working on “Celluloid” had been picked up by the Palm Springs Diverse Cinema Festival, the only British made Feature to be selected for this years event.
I didn’t hesitate for a second in saying I was going and now I am booking some US dates for some performances when I am out there. From my midnight mediation, to the US in just 12 hours, not bad hey?
Regardless of your thoughts on my meditation success, this is a real story of success for a film that is low on budget but not in story.
From my first viewing of the script to the sneak peek of the trailer, I knew this film would bring LLoyd the credit he deserved. An honest piece of film making that told a harrowing story with beauty and skill and injects just the right amount of humour to break your heart and split your sides in equal measures. With performances from Janet Bamford that should win awards and a debut screen performance from Olivia Sweeney that is difficult to believe. I was speechless after a recent viewing, they are mother and daughter and are outstanding in equal measures.
I am honoured to create the score on this project and have tried to inject my own emotion throughout, with themes of forgiveness and guilt, echoed in tracks like “Suus Non Culpa Tua”. Which is my pigeon latin composition, that repeats and repeats the phrase, which when translated means, “It’s not your fault”. The track is introduced in solo piano early in the film and slowly builds to the crescendo of confrontation between two characters in the closing stages.
I have loved the project from start to finish and I am looking forward to jetting off and supporting it in Palm Springs in September.
For more info go to www.facebook.com/theandyolivermusic where I will be posting regularly on info and more.
I am also thinking of releasing a new single to coincide with our trip and help to drum up some buzz around my debut album which will be released in October.
Thanks for all your support as always.