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John Hicks
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DoP, filmmaker, photographer, educator and visual explorer inspired by a cinematic eye and a passion to always push the creative boundaries of my work
DoP, filmmaker, photographer, educator and visual explorer inspired by a cinematic eye and a passion to always push the creative boundaries of my work

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Lonely Are The Free

lonely are the free – photography by John Hicks from John Hicks on Vimeo. soundtrack exclusive copyright of Steve Earle|Musician|Singer|Songwriter

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ScrapYard Portraits - photography by John Hicks

   

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It’s always daunting taking on a project that’s totally outside your comfort zone. In truth I’ve never been asked to make a short film about ‘dealing with depression as unprocessed grief’ before and the idea of mourning our losses – personal, emotional…

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I feel humbled to have met this young man Charly Vandedrinck and to watch him grow, literally in front of me as he quietly set about following his dream to make film and pursue a career in it.
It means a lot to me that what he took from our time together was not technical 'know how' but an opportunity to open the eye, the mind and to challenge yourself on your own journey - whatever that may be.
As Charly says "producing this short film has been the most exhilarating, exciting and frustrating experience I've ever had. No words explain how grateful I am to have met and been able to work with such an inspirational person. This amazing opportunity has taught me some important technical tips, but this is not the main lesson I learned from this experience. I have gained a vision that I would never have achieved without having had this opportunity. I have learnt that filmmaking is not about the newest camera model, or about the best lens. The lens is simply, your eyes. The mind set and ideologies that I have gained are the things that will stay with me forever, throughout my whole entire career, and on several occasions, I will think back at how we stood on the top of a truck in the middle of a lonesome desert. Or how we struggled for hours, just to get a 3 second macro shot of an eye. Or the several laughs when recording the voice over......"
Cheers Charly I learnt a lot from you too - I learnt that I hated being in front of the camera and have renewed respect for those that do!!! I learnt that self doubt can be overcome by the enthusiasm and innocence of a fresh mind and I learnt that I am more proud of you and your achievement with this film than any part I played in it so go follow your heart and your dreams and always go for your shots!
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John Hicks 'The Image Hunter' by Charly Vandedrinck
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behind the scenes with John Hicks filming 'Dotty' - directed by Ben Charles Edwards, starring Sadie Frost and Rudy Law
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Never Give Up is a short artistic film that beautifully portrays, London 2012 Olympian and Professional Triathlete, Helle Frederiksen’s inspiring outlook on life.
In 2007 after suffering a discus prolapse at the age of 26, London 2012 Olympian Helle Frederiksen, was told to give up. Missing out on selection to the Beijing Olympics and having to complete a large part of her master degree from her sickbed, Helle’s decision made a decision not to give up. She stood by her own self-belief; gained comfort from those that believed in her and pursued her own path to success.
“I was told to give up, I was 26 and had a dream that I wanted to fulfill. I was not going to give up. I made a choice, sacrifices and a commitment to myself that I would succeed, not just in sport but in life.” – Helle Frederiksen
Today Helle Frederiksen continues on a path, a direction in life that she loves. Helle’s story is one of inspiration and a fine example of success through determination and self-belief.
“Life is what we make of it; we are wrong if we think success in life comes easily. Whether it is in sport, business or life in general success does not come without sacrifices, hard work and determination.” – Helle Frederiksen
Never Give Up portrays Helle’s outlook on life through a combination of powerful scenes, epic landscapes and perfectly composed music. Helle narrates the film herself, providing a very personal yet powerful message about life and decisions in life that have made her who she is today.
Here’s to an inspirational girl and her commitment to follow her dreams. May we all pursue this path and fulfill our promise in life.
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