With 2018 coming to an end and my workload/travel slowing down I figured it was a good time to have a little look back on how my 2018 panned out. I usually go through every piece of content I created, but this year I'm going to keep it to highlights / notable parts of my years.
moving to los angeles (january - april 2018)
In December 2017 I was offered a job with Team Liquid / 1UP Studios as a cinematographer, I took the position and a few weeks later I left Blackpool and moved to Los Angeles. This was quite a dream move for me personally - as a kid I had always wanted to move to the US and I was finally able to.
I spent 3-4 months at 1UP shooting content for the Team Liquid YouTube channel, working on a variety of games (LoL, Smash, CS:GO & Dota) - in the end I found working full-time in a studio environment was not for me, I decided I wanted to move back to England and start up my freelance career once again.
starting fresh freelance (april - august 2018)
April to August was a pretty rough time (career-wise) - I had lost all of my clients due to moving to the US, no work coming in, I spent the majority of the time emailing around with not much luck. Instead of sitting around, I decided to crack on with some personal video & photography projects that I had wanted to do for a while.
The time I spent away from working for clients really helped me in figuring out what kind of filmmaker I wanted to be, the kind of films I wanted to make and overall helped me re-evaluate my goals.
faceit major (september 2018)
This is where my year got a little hectic, I went from barely working to non-stop travel. I started with 12 days of editing and a small amount of shooting at the London CS:GO major (FACEIT).
denmark / steel series (september 2018)
A day after the CS:GO major I flew to Denmark, Copenhagen to shoot a short advert for a new mouse by SteelSeries. Not much to say about it, fun/short shoot, first time creating a product advert.
Turning point (october 2018)
At the end of September / beginning of October I was contacted to help shoot the CS:GO series 'Turning Point' - this was a 3 week trip that started in Russia > Texas > Denmark. It was probably one of the funnest shoots I've been able to work on. Visiting Moscow and Texas for the first time was pretty great too.
iceland (november 2018)
Mid-way through 2018, myself and my friend Gerald booked a long overdue trip to Iceland for dirt cheap. Our flight to Iceland was actually booked for the day after we arrived home from our 3 week trip shooting Turning Point. I'd be lying if I said I was excited for Iceland on the day of flying, I honestly just wanted to stay at home and have a break.
Once we arrived and sorted out our car hire etc, I was no longer dreading the trip, it was a fun 5 days or so exploring, Reykjavik is easily my favourite place I've visited in my short 25 years.
new york (november 2018)
Not much to say about this trip yet as the project is still being edited. I loved the small amount of NYC that I saw and I'm sure I'll be visiting again soon.
RIVAL FILMS - (december 2018)
For the past two years - maybe even longer, I'd thought about starting my own film production company, I'm not entirely sure why it took so long, probably a combination of not knowing where to start and being happy with my work as a freelancer. The hunger for bigger projects and running a business sparked a motivation in me to finally get Rival going. Things were pretty much a-go from the moment I announced the company. Feel free to check out what we've been working on here: www.rivalfilms.co.uk
PES league liverpool (december 2018)
December became hectic really fast. A day after arriving home from NYC I spent a week in Liverpool with the Rival crew. We shot/edited 10 or so videos over the space of 48 hours for the PES League broadcast. Fun as usual.
pes league argentina (december 2018)
36 hours after our PES League shoot in Liverpool, myself and a few from Rival flew to Argentina for 5 days of shooting/editing content for the broadcast, pretty similar stuff to Liverpool. Nothing is online yet so I can't post anything on here.
Argentina was crazy warm, which was weird with it being almost Christmas and all that. Their football fans were a bit mad too - it probably wasn't a good idea wearing my Liverpool shirt when shooting around the city.
Overall my year had ups/downs, I experienced a lot of new places, made new friends, grew as a filmmaker and as a person, finally plucked up the courage to start up my production company, Rival. I'm very much so looking forward to what 2019 has lined up for me, peace.
35mm photography by @GeraldBuckfield
Lewis Farley is a filmmaker & photographer specialising in documentary.