I followed Malik from training in the gym to a cage fight in Dubai. It's a piece that I've wanted to do for a while, as I know what it's like to fight (judo) in competition, and that it could make for an emotive, intense human-interest piece. I used to crap myself when i was a kid in a competition, and would probably have hated someone pointing a camera in my face, I was a shy child.
I tried some techniques that I hadn't before, and was inspired / ripped off a few from more accomplished film makers, in other words researched ideas on how to shoot it beforehand.
It is a video I am happy with, it took a long time to produce compared to most other shoots, finding the right music was a ballache, especially for the first half, which for a time stood as its own piece.
I met Malik after this was published and he was pleased with it, but said that everyone asked him why he was so sad, haha.
My two editors were helpful with suggestions before shooting the piece, I wouldn't have thought of taking the glidetrack with me otherwise which made for a couple of nice shots. And having a second pair of eyes for post-production ideas is invaluable.