The Advantage of Digital Media with HOD TV

HOD TV is a service that I find myself fully behind, as a huge fan of horror and thriller and with plans to create work around this in 2020, this is something I can see being a positive move and the team have made huge strides in a short time giving the market something fresh (and a little dark) that will change how we view indie film. From a (lost) creative stance this is a perfect avenue for us to explore.

Part of this will be taking our partner concept of The Lost Creatives forward and setting things in motion with our other partners (more on this soon). Our primary focus will be on horror and thriller projects for commercial sale.

There is something about being scared that really appeals to people and the team behind HOD TV really tapped into this with a kind of glee and business savvy that I can appreciate and it has opened my eyes to the potential of being a part of the film industry again this time on my own terms as a filmmaker and makeup artist. Moving forward we are not just looking at the potential of this market for ourselves but for our fellow artists and creators.

To learn more about the HOD TV service as a filmmaker click here.

If you're interested in learning more about the HOD TV concept as a film aficionado then see:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hodtvHT/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hodtvht/

HODTV: https://hodtv.net/

HOD TV and The Lost Concept

When we started the Lost Project we had a very definitive vision in mind. That still stands but we are going adding to that narrative and building something bigger alongside our partners with plans in motion to expand on the creative process we have alongside the narrative we have currently running.

HOD TV and The Lost Concept

Our plan has always been to go down the production route creating TV and Film projects under the Lost banner. The Lost Project is still at the heart of this and we are now building something more in the background with The Lost Creatives being our collective name for the team members.

HOD TV when we found out about it, was an ideal fit for the biggest part of our vision. We all love Horror, thriller and dark movies. The creative process for this type of project is something we are all passionate about and finding that the team behind the HOD TV concept were focusing on this we immediately opened up a dialogue with them and we are now partners to the service (and very proud of it).

Over the course of September we will be launching our new site for Lost Creatives and revealing more of our plans for the future which will include: short films for the festival circuit to advance our company name, TV series, a feature film. We will of course be making full use of the Amazing brands and companies who have supported us to date such as Oh My Lash and brushwork cosmetics (promo code JamesC) . Stay tuned for more of the brands we use in our work and new names you need to look at…..

Additionally, we are planning to add more to our out of the box kit including Titanic FX brushes and some of the hurt boxes by Brian Kinney to augment our character alongside premade pieces from Buy and Apply (Aka Nimba Creations).

*We will be working to support British brands as much as we can no matter where we decide to shoot our projects.

To learn more about The Lost Creatives see The Lost Creatives Facebook Page. For more information on the HOD team and what they offer see the HOD TV Website.

A New Chapter is Being Written With The Lost Creatives

A New Chapter is Being Written With The Lost Creatives site being built and new work in development for the film and Internet TV sector. We love the direction that The Lost Project is taking as we become a go to for beauty writing with a series of PR agents across the UK and USA coming to the table looking for additional support.

the lost creatives

Over the month of September we will be shooting new content for both sites and making sure that all the I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed.

It is really exciting to be moving in this direction and we have already got our main social accounts up and running:

The Lost Creatives Facebook.

The Lost Creatives Instagram.

The Lost Creatives Twitter.

With a whole new set of goals and plans in motion it is a really exciting time and we do have the support of our various oversea’s contacts (including writers, distributors and actors) who are eager to be a part of the momentum we are creating and are ready to support us. Which is hugely gratifying.

To stay up to date with all the news and updates see our social accounts listed above.

Alfa Italia’s Tropea Pro Styler

There is something so about Ala Italia hair tools that makes you feel like you are buying not just the elegance and Italian style of the product but the whole professional realm that they embody so well from their consumer tools to the professional range they offer.

Alfa Italia’s Tropea Pro Styler

Alfa Italia’s Tropea Pro Styler

The new Alfa Italia Tropea Pro Styler, With three interchangeable barrels this new styler is a perfect addition to a weekend bag or a compact dressing table, offering maximum style and impact with minimal fuss. Ideally suited to travel (or as a gift for a beauty enthusiast) there is something special about the Alfa Italia styling tools range that is more than professional, it is a lifestyle. Looking closely at the styler we see the same professional elements we would expect in a salon down scaled and ready to use at home with the added benefits that only Alfa Italia can offer with style and grace that says Italy:

  • Titanium Barrels - fast becoming a go to option for professional stylists, this material offers superior heat conductivity and an ultra-smooth surface that makes for silky, shiny curls.

  • • MCH heater - emits far-infrared heat that instantly penetrates the cortex of the hair cuticle, heating from the inside outwards. The hair is heated evenly and in half the time of conventional heat, reducing the risk of damage.

  • Lightweight - titanium has the highest strength to weight ratio of any material used in professional styling tools.

  • Easy to use - the digital heat control interface allows for precise setting and monitoring of temperature from 121oc up to 232oc for consistently effective results. And auto shutoff means no more worrying if you’ve switched it off when you leave the house!

  • • Protect your digits - heat-resistant 3-fingered glove gives flexibility and more precise curling - without burning your fingers.

  • Agile - an easy grip, 9 foot 360° swivel cord made of heat-proof, up to 232oC, rubber and a professional

  • hook makes using and storing this tool super easy.

  • Dual Voltage 110–240 V – perfect for international travel.

  • 1-Year Alfa Italia Warranty - for extra protection and peace of mind.

To learn more about the Alfa Italia Range see:

Alfa Italia Website

Alfa Italia Instagram

Alfa Italia Facebook

Madame La La Bronzing Ball

The Madam La La Bronzing Ball is a quirky little product with a lot of punch. Designed to work with a wide range of skin tones it is the kind of quick fix that is a must have multi purpose product that will change your makeup and tanning game.

On first inspection we see a small pot with a clear lid revealing a warm, golden toned cream that is aesthetically pleasing. Taking off the lid we are greeted with the light perfume of coconut, strong enough to be noticed but not overpowering it does make you think tropical climes which given the tanning properties is an appropriate and welcome touch that makes the Bronzing Ball a definite must for fast and easy tanning with a touch of the tropics.

Madame La La Bronzing Ball

Madame La La Bronzing Ball

“Bronzing Ball is a 180°colour cosmetics twist-up cream bronzer for a precise glide on instant bronze – no makeup brushes needed! Bronzing Ball achieves an easy year round bronzed glow in effortless strokes – one shade suits all. Infused with Vitamin E & Coco Water hydrating properties the luminous and glimmering shade with a 180° dome applicator is easy to use for bronzing, contouring and highlighting the cheeks, lips and eyes.”

Testing the product is easy, the ball shape allows you to swipe the colour directly onto the skin with ease and it blends smoothly creating a warm even tan where applied. Minimal fuss and maximum impact when you build the colour up through layering.

*This would be a great addition to a working kit for fashion artists or anyone in the wedding sector.

From a media artist perspective this is a great little item to slip into a working kit for shoots where a touch of bronze is required or you are working TV/film/fashion projects it can be a major plus for the continuity side, quickly touching up a tan on a shoot or sculpting a models face with a few swipes of this beautiful cream verses heavy powders or ashy creams, adding depth and warmth to the face without hassle. A welcome addition to the beauty world the company deserves plaudits and applause for their innovative beauty and tanning line.

To learn more about the brand or the full range of products see:

Madame La La Website

Madame La La Instagram

Madame La La Facebook

Madame La La Twitter

Explaining the Lost Boys

The Lost Boys as a concept has a dark heart, its a patchwork of different aspects from the darker side of the Peter Pan story to the current social and political atmosphere where we see people such as Milo Yiannopoulos who has talked openly about the disenfranchisement of young men over the last decade.

Abandoned spaces (image for illustrative purposes only)

Abandoned spaces (image for illustrative purposes only)

Melding these elements together The Lost Boys became a sort of tongue in cheek reference to the way men are viewed and takes some of the “boy who never grew up” stories and expand on them with a touch of the grunge movement, American Gothic and the subversion of masculinity.

The images themselves will be built around derelict buildings, waste ground and a fractured symbolism of nature. Each model will have his own story that will hint at both the inspiration of Pans Lost Boys to the more dystopic visuals of the backdrop to fit with the “council estate boys" look of the models.

Additionally, to the clean makeup looks I have planned, there will be integration (slowly) of character makeup elements such as scarring and bruising to add depth to the characters to give a level of the cinematic and a harsher reality of the concept.

I am going to add extra kit soon and will release details on what goes into a lost shoot in terms of gear from the camera equipment to the makeup and brushes used which in-itself will be released as a blog or blogs.

While I appreciate this is a personal project it will be used to promote the Lost Project and give a voice to a different side of my own commercial/media background in makeup design taking a little of the narrative described above into projects that are currently being scripted with a view to building a stable of work.

Dismantling the Narrative of Support

I really do owe a debt of gratitude to the Scottish fashion community (and just as importantly the Scottish film community too). You really know how to un-person your own creative talent and destroy your own narrative about how important it is to support anything Scottish from fashion events YOU demand through to films that you have no clue how to sell or finance, they have to be supported because Scotland. It really is amazing to me that geography trumps business.

We had a realistic line in the sand over what our expectations for the pop-up show and what it would bring, it was being used as a stepping stone to create more and it was going to be difficult to push without support and without a huge amount of effort on our part. That we did. We spent money on ads, we spent hours contacting businesses from self employed buyer through to the Scottish fashion community and of course the press who’s client base was exactly the same as we needed at the event.

The outcome of this?

I see right through you

Well it was simple. Everyone, and I do mean everyone from the Enterkine Hotel through to the various fashion based individuals such as the bloggers, fashion index and calendar (all with the geographic tag of Scotland) declined or ignored the messages and attempts to reach out to them. So the people who were crying out for fashion shows, to be taken as seriously in the market as the rest of the UK, particularly London, all of them sat on their hands.

This was an absolutely insane move on all fronts, what could have and should have been an opportunity to promote Scotland as a viable entity in the market was ignored. What was an easy sell in London we knew would take a little more effort up here, and it was within the interest of all parties to make it work.

So why didn’t they? I have some theories on this:

We went outside the prescribed norms and did this without permission or consent from the cliques. By this I mean simply we didn’t approach any of the current “collective” teams of makeup artists, photographers and those who are “running” the social media groups for the “fashion industry in Scotland.”

Everyone sat and waited to be asked. A prime example of this was models. Scottish Agencies wanted between 10 and 100 times the going rate of London to provide models for a show, no negotiations, no information on what “industry standard” rate of pay they required would be, just that they wanted that for their models AND a consultation fee for last minute booking and arrangement. Oddly they were un-surprised at the details of the event and just asked for money with no clear definable boundary as to why the rate was set so high. Something I have noticed is the minute you mention budgets, no matter the skill level its automatically pay me industry rate, usually the top level rate for time served (eg senior rate for 10 year plus staff) to someone who has Zero experience or has never been paid for the various “indie” projects on their CV.

*In London, agencies will loan out new faces on request for shows and use it as a platform to create other business as they know that a successful show will generate look books, editorials (paid) and advertorials. So they generally accept expenses for the models on the understanding that its a trade test.

Expanding on the waiting to be asked notion, where were the creatives from makeup and photography? What was the issue? You will pay a small fortune to go to London and complain that Scotland should have professional shows that you can cover so why didn’t you step up and ask for info or try and get a foot in the door using the trade test logic or at least support it? What were you waiting for an engraved invitation? The networking potential was there but you didn’t take it. Does that trip to London generate business or are you just sending images on spec to papers and magazines (usually low end) in the hopes of getting published, why not do that for a Scottish show? You wanted it, we created it, you ignored it.

One thing that was said that still confounds me was the hotel, the Enterkine house hotel in Annbank near Ayr. When questioned on their lack of support for the show, the Owner begged me to do something to promote her hotel hence bringing London and international designers for a show, the manageress stated “we don’t promote outside events and anyway I had no idea how to promote a fashion event.” So the ticket link and details were not enough? You can’t work with social media? A simple share on your social accounts would have been a step in the right direction.

So with all this in mind, I want to again state my thanks to the Scottish fashion (and film/TV) circuit for opening my eyes to how the demand to be taken seriously in the industry only stretches as far as talk.

I will always be proud of my Scottish heritage but from here on, thats as far as it goes. I see right through the support Scottish creatives talk and know thats all it is. Talk.

Bustoire Lingerie comes to Scotland

Joyce Bustoire founder

Founded by Joyce Labinjo, Bustoire is a glamorous addition to the lingerie and nightwear market perfect for the woman with curves.

The inspiration for Bustoire began whilst on a lingerie shopping trip in Cambridge in the UK with a friend. My friend, who has a small cup size, had her pick of lingerie and nightwear in every shop we entered. When it came to finding nightwear to fit me I couldn’t find anything that fit a large cup size and was in natural fabrics like silk satin or chiffon. They simply didn’t exist.

Designed to meet the needs of the curvy, Bustoire has become a staple of the market with its simple philosophy of a bigger cup size doesn’t mean your plus size or that you don’t deserve to feel beautiful and glamorous.

Based in the heart of London, the entire range is British based and has its roots in glamour, giving that sense of luxury with the use of satin, silk and chiffon to create sumptuous garments that are feminine, practical and designed to meet the needs and wants of the modern woman without losing that touch of decadence that only truly beautiful nightwear can provide.

To learn more about the brand see:

The Bustoire website

The Bustoire Facebook

The Bustoire Instagram

For an opportunity to meet the designer Bustoire will be available at the Enterkine country House Hotel pop up show on the 21st of July alongside a range of other designers and stalls.

Little Green Street a Chaplin Homage

Little Green Street Film Poster

There is something about the short film Little Green Street that feels less homage to a legend and more a modern reworking of a lost script. Charlie being respected for his script writing, gags and creative capacity that could and frequently did, create more stories than was possible to film in the time he had, it does make you wonder about the possibility of this as a viewer, which is a hallmark of the films team who have created something that could easily be original to the man himself and deserves kudos on this level.

The silent era to some degree in its early days could and is often referred to as being the Chaplin era. With companies emulating and creating characters with both male and female actors playing the part heavily inspired by the Iconic Little tramp. and a little close scrutiny we can see this in the film, although it is artfully played to a point where you don’t notice it overtly.

Little Green Street has a similar vibe of this emulation but the hallmarks and clarity of the character is captured sympathetically and does (in my own case) leave me wondering was this a fresh film paying tribute to a legend or perhaps a lost Chaplin……The characters have all the same traits and signs that become synonymous with the Great Chaplin himself from the Keystone(esque) cop to the wilting woman who ensnares Charlie with her demur feminine whiles.

Created by Alexandra Queen is an actress/filmmaker based in London, UK. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama/Theatre Studies from the University of Huddersfield, England. Alexandra works as an actress/filmmaker for her own film production company, founded in 2015 when she decided to make her debut short film, ''DID''. She also works as a part-time assistant at a modern art gallery. She is currently developing the sequel to ''Little Green Street'', as well as adapting the short story ''Captain Bones'' by Eric Maple, based on folklore stories and urban legends. She is inspired by auteurs who have established their own vision and personal style in cinema history, such as Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock. Alexandra's great ambition is to establish her own distinctive style in film making, as well as in acting, that will inspire and influence other women filmmakers and actresses around the world.

Little Green Street is an interesting short that has the nostalgia angle well covered and gives a nod to a creative genius of yesteryear whilst still having a modern feel with the digital shoot, cleverly structured the overall feel of the film is pleasant and heartwarming a true tribute to the man behind the tramp and worthy of watching for the smile it will create in its simplicity.

To learn more about the team behind the film see their Facebook page for Little Green Street.