My name's Alastair Tye Samson. I'm an independent filmmaker currently living in Auckland, New Zealand.

My background is as an Online Editor and motion picture workflow nerd specialising in operating Autodesk Smoke and Avid Symphony.

I'm currently the GM of Production at Country TV while I continue to independently develop short films and features with my collective Hybrid Motion Pictures.

This is a collection of my work, my photos, what I'm listening to and what is inspiring me.

My 2014 48Hours film just got through to the Auckland finals and I realised that I never posted my film from last year!  PARALYSIS won Best Cinematography and made it to the Grand Finals by way of being personally picked by Sir Peter Jackson as a wild card entry.  Thanks PJ :D

Compulsory elements…

Genre: Horror
Character: Vic Meyer, insomniac
Dialogue: “Did you hear that?”
Prop: Card

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2955320/

This is not a practice life.

— Brother Ali ft. Dr. Cornel West - “Letter To My Countrymen” 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_2cVUXcbFA

Four years ago (to the day tomorrow) we rolled cameras on our first feature film, JAKE.  Written and directed by Doug Dillaman and produced by Doug, myself and Anoushka Klaus, this has been a roller-coaster of an experience.  JAKE is completely self-funded and to describe its budget as “micro” would be too generous.  
Today we printed the final version of the film to tape.  Tomorrow it screens at the Academy Cinema to cast and crew plus some media types.  
I think the most poignant moment of watching the final version of the movie down in the various sound and picture finishing suites was seeing the number of names in the end credits.  None of them were paid a cent.   I don’t even really know how to begin expressing how grateful I am to all of them but I will do my best tomorrow at the screening.  
I’m extremely tired - this last month has been insane.  Film making is hard.  Anyone who says otherwise is lying or not doing it right.  But we did it.  JAKE exists.  And we’re not broken.   So cheers to my collaborators and cheers to the films that come next!   
It has all been worth it.  I can’t wait to do it all again.
For updates and lols as JAKE goes out into the public follow http://jakethemovie.tumblr.com 

Four years ago (to the day tomorrow) we rolled cameras on our first feature film, JAKE.  Written and directed by Doug Dillaman and produced by Doug, myself and Anoushka Klaus, this has been a roller-coaster of an experience.  JAKE is completely self-funded and to describe its budget as “micro” would be too generous.  

Today we printed the final version of the film to tape.  Tomorrow it screens at the Academy Cinema to cast and crew plus some media types.  

I think the most poignant moment of watching the final version of the movie down in the various sound and picture finishing suites was seeing the number of names in the end credits.  None of them were paid a cent.   I don’t even really know how to begin expressing how grateful I am to all of them but I will do my best tomorrow at the screening.  

I’m extremely tired - this last month has been insane.  Film making is hard.  Anyone who says otherwise is lying or not doing it right.  But we did it.  JAKE exists.  And we’re not broken.   So cheers to my collaborators and cheers to the films that come next!   

It has all been worth it.  I can’t wait to do it all again.

For updates and lols as JAKE goes out into the public follow http://jakethemovie.tumblr.com 

Joe Carolan, union organiser and Socialist activist, leads chants in protest of the National government’s plan to sell off state assets. 

Joe Carolan, union organiser and Socialist activist, leads chants in protest of the National government’s plan to sell off state assets. 

Dude, behind you! 

Dude, behind you! 

Way back in high school someone gave me a cassette tape of Bad Religion’s album All Ages.  As cliche as it might sound, that tape changed my life more than any other music ever had then or ever would again. 

The ferociously fast guitar melodies, the smart lyrics, the barbershop quartet backup vocals.  It was so unlike anything else I had heard and I loved it.  Obsessively.   

Their golden run of Suffer (1988), No Control (1989), Against The Grain (1990) and Generator (1992) is peerless, in my opinion.  

Then, after a string of pretty boring major-label albums in the late 90’s, they reinvented themselves in 2002 with The Process Of Belief.  One big part of that reinvention was the addition of drummer Brooks Wackerman (what a perfect name for a drummer!) arguably the first time the band had ever had a good drummer.  Another big part was the return of founding co-songwriter Brett Gurewitz, who had left to focus on his record label Epitaph Records while Bad Religion flirted with Sony.  The Process Of Belief was fresh and really exciting - was Bad Religion back on top form?

Unfortunately, after Process, came another string of mediocre albums.  Despite Gurewitz and Graffin being back writing songs together again and Wackerman’s continued presence in the band, Bad Religion fired out three albums that were fine.  Not bad.  Not Great.  Just.. you know… fine.  Nothing anyone got excited about.  Nothing as bad as their Sony streak, but certainly nothing coming close to their golden streak, either.

Enter 2013’s True North, one of the best Bad Religion albums, period.  I’m not sure why it’s come here and now, but I’m damn thankful it’s here.  A lot of the songs on True North would have been right at home on Suffer or No Control.   They’re short, stripped back and fast as hell.  I really can’t stress how taken aback I am by how awesome this record is.  

These guys are all over 50 now!  I hope I have that much energy in 20 years! 

If this isn’t my album of 2013 then holy crap, it’s going to be a good year for music.  Play this record to anyone who tries to tell you that punk rock isn’t relevant in 2013!    

(Source: Spotify)