Nick Frost: ‘When the end comes it’s horrible’

In this extract from his new memoir, Nick Frost recalls the day his family lost everything– and the night Simon Pegg changed his life.

Nick Frost

When I was 16, my dad went through a big change. He’d left the company he’d helped to build from the ground up and decided to start his own. It was the happiest I remembered him. My mum and dad turned the shed at the bottom of our garden in Redbridge into a workshop to make high-end office furniture. Dad was an amazing draughtsman. People went crazy for his designs, but that’s all they were at that point, just designs, pictures on a pad.

Once they had enough orders in, Mum and Dad set to work making the chairs themselves. All the individual pieces were manufactured off site then delivered and put together by them in the garage. Some nights they’d be down there until two or three in the morning putting together handmade chairs. After a couple of hours’ sleep, Dad would load up the van he had rented and deliver the things himself.

They got a big order from a major company to make chairs for its new HQ. This was it. Fulfil this order and we were laughing. We didn’t, and we weren’t laughing. I still don’t know all the whys and wherefores, but we failed. The order was just too big. The bank sent notices, the creditors circled and we were finished.

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The Screen Writing Mind Tricks of STAR WARS

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16 Digital Cinema Cameras put to the test by Radiant Images

Radiant Images put 16 of the latest digital cinema cameras to the test with the help of David Stump, ASC. Each camera was tested and evaluated for under exposure, over exposure, color rendition, green screen, and an extended low light test. Our comprehensive testing enables filmmakers to evaluate and choose cameras and lenses based on visual comparisons rather than technical specifications.

Cameras Tested:
Arri Alexa Mini (00:21)
Arri Amira (03:27)
Arri Alexa Pro Res (06:39)
Arri Alexa Arriraw (09:44)
Black Magic Ursa (12:26)
Canon C300 MKII (17:19)
Canon C500 (21:58)
Red Dragon (25:57)
Red Weapon Skin Tone OLPF (30:11)
Red Weapon Low Light OLPF (33:20)
Sony A7RII (36:48)
Sony A7S (39:41)
Sony F55 (43:23)
Sony F65 (47:53)
Sony FS7 (50:53)
Panasonic Varicam 35 (55:15)

Side by side (01:03:34)


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