Author: DDS

My fascination with traditional Japanese artists

My fascination with traditional Japanese artists

My very first serious attempt at a video documentary was a 30-minute feature on well decorated but widely unknown bamboo artist named Tanaka Kyokusho. At the time I’d only recently decided to embark on a journey to become a journalist and the act of creating a documentary was enlightening, challenging and fascinating. The video – […]

Talks with Tank

Talks with Tank

“I hav Pancreatic Cancer Terminal case” It was 8:14am last Sunday. I’d received a message a minute earlier: “Got urgent news” I’d seen a Facebook call from him at 8:11am but I knew it it wouldn’t be a quick chat so I asked if he could send me a message instead. I met Tank during […]

Circling Mt Fuji on mamachari bikes

Circling Mt Fuji on mamachari bikes

I get on really well with my only brother. Joe is two years younger than me and we share a lot of interests. We’ve both lived in Japan and have invested considerable time and effort in learning the language. So we both jumped at the chance to have some kind of adventure when we learned […]

Vertical video: I bought a trampoline

Vertical video: I bought a trampoline

I used to run video workshops in regional newsrooms where I sternly told reporters never to shoot video vertically with their smartphones. Though I’d still encourage those particular reporter to shoot in landscape I’ve since changed my stance significantly. There’s certainly a place for vertical video now that a good chunk of online video content […]