We have Behance already

Klunk Creative on Behance

Greg’s just informed us that we already have a comunal Klunk Behance that we can link our LinkedIn accounts too, and more importantly add our new showreels also.

Printed Business Cards

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The shadow doesn’t make the serrated edges look good in this picture; however in real life they look very slick. Limited run and hand made. Costing £1.50 for 9 double sided cards was pretty sweet so the plan is to get on with some more next week.

Me Showreel

I wasn’t looking forward to this endeavour, but now its done Im feeling quite proud. Very odd to see an accumulation of 2.5 years worth of work in one, short segment. I would be happy to send this off as required for an Ma degree, but may get some feedback first to see if Ive missed anything.

Final Graphic Design Tweeks

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Above is the final designs for the business cards. there is a design for the back, but I was thinking of printing the same design backwards to give a strange effect. Cheap, easy and bit different. The idea is to do a limited press of them until we have had a sit down with Greg to discuss our future plans past uni. We decide to invert the color in order to get a better result with the end hand made product.

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Above is the new and improved C.V.. I need Greg to have a look tomorrow eve on his return. The font is too small and squeezed into the bottom right. It also has more private details on the top  which have been cut off, leaving the overall un-cropped document looking un-balanced, with too big a blank space on the left. Im sure Greg can sort it easily in 10 minutes. All the graphic design on both business cards and CV was produced By Greg Hardy. I submitted the relevant information and input on their design and layout.

Last 24hr check list

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The last 24hrs of available work time before final work is submitted. Feels strange.

oDesk

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Like all these accounts, I’ve only just set them up a few hours ago. Ive got the basics down with all of them, but they still all need profiles completing to 100%; some more than others. oDesk is one where I fully understand it all but need to spend a bit of time sorting it. Theres a test and quiz’s you have to take that are time consuming.

Out of all the new services Ive signed up to today, oDesk seems like the most useful in terms of actually getting work, the premise seems inviting and something I could get into.

The idea is that Danny, Michael and I all connect on this and start up a new agency?????

 

Billy Clay   Film Producer   Freelancer  United Kingdom   oDesk

 

Wiki :- oDesk is a global job marketplace with a series of tools targeted at businesses that intend to hire and manage remote workers. Based in redwood City, CA, oDesk was founded in 2005 by entrepreneurs Odysseas Tsatalos and Stratis Karamanlakis.

Online work industry??? Wiki also states…

Staffing Industry Analysts puts oDesk into a category of fast-growing staffing businesses that it refers to as “online staffing” platforms:

Online Staffing — A type of Talent Exchange consisting of an online platform where contingent workers, contractors, freelancers can offer their skills and services for limited projects or even on-going assignments and where organizations and individuals can post their requirements or put tasks/projects out to bid.” 

Staffing Industry Analysts estimated that the total global market for “online staffing” was approximately $1B:

Fifteen years ago, this industry segment did not exist. But today (after an acceleration starting around 2007) it generates about $1B+ in global revenues, consists of over 50 firms, and is growing at high double-digit growth rates. Six major players account for about half of the total industry segment revenues in 2012, but it can be expected that future market/industry expansion will also be based on now-smaller or not-yet-formed players.” 

While there is awareness of the largest players in this segment (oDesk, Elance, Freelancer.com), other players are developing often along evolutionary paths (e.g. Work Market, Workana, Onforce, NextCrew, et al).

In March 2013, Staffing Industry Analysts, projected that the “online staffing” segment would grow to $5B by 2018.

Online marketplaces often manage the payments and make money by charging membership fees and/or “marking up” on the billings of the contractors/freelancers. The mark-ups can range from 5 percent to 15 percent. In general, these mark-ups are significantly less than the mark-ups of traditional staffing firms, which usually—technically—enter into an employment relationship with their workers.

Behance

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Ive not signed up yet because Im negotiating a joint business account with Danny Cooper, need to source the correct material and what not. Still it looks like its a worthwhile networking tool so I recon we’ll have one up and running in the next month.

Online Portfolios on Behance

Wiki :- The Behance Network is an online portfolio platform for creative professionals across multiple industries, including photography, graphic design, illustration, and fashion. Organizations such as the AIGA, adweek, and  Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum have partnered with the Behance Network to create galleries of creative work. Behance powers online galleries for several art and design institutions, such as Art Center College of Design, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and School of Visual Arts (SVA). The company has also been vocal on the topic of crowd sourcing.

In July 2010, Behance announced a collaboration with LinkedIn to provide portfolio display capabilities on LinkedIn profiles.

In December 2012, Behance was acquired by Adobe.

CreativePool

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Recommended by Michael Dale.

Creativepool connects people through the things they make and the work they share.

We pride ourselves on understanding what makes the creative community tick, and invest in the ongoing development of new and useful tools and features to help creative professionals create, inspire and connect.

Billy Clay a Film Producer in Dog Kennel Hill

 

My account is setup. Its very minimal and I honest don’t exactly know what it does. Ive done some research and found near to nothing explain how it really works. I have worked that you make pools, creative ones ; connecting you with other like minded creatives or employers. Im going to ask Mr Dale for more info on this one.

 

 

LinkedIn like Avatar

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I did have one before, but never used it. Now is the time to start a fresh with some intention of actually using it. Ive made some connections and will make a load more over the next few days. LinkedIn gives you some sort ego boost with the beefed up digital CV vibe, its positive.

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Wiki :- LinkedIn (pron.: /ˌlɪŋkt.ˈɪn/) is a social networking website for people in professional occupations. Founded in December 2002 and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking. As of January 2013, LinkedIn reports more than 200 million acquired users in more than 200 countries and territories.

How to make a good showreel

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I have been gathering all my footage to make a showreel and thought before I put it all together I may aswell read up on what and what not to do. The below info sang home. http://ifsstech.wordpress.com/2009/07/21/12-tips-for-an-effective-showreel/

Best Material First
The person watching your showreel has waiting for an excuse to press STOP or FAST-FORWARD so your first set of images has to get them to sit-back and watch.

Forget building to a climax. Your first 30 seconds needs to be the best 10 seconds you have as it may be the only 10 seconds they watch.

Montages work well at the start of reels – immediate and quick visuals to signal a range of work and a reason to keep watching.

Tracking submissions
Log every showreel you send out and keep a database of Who What and When.

If you hand out a business card with your website on it make a note of Who and When.

When you update your showreel you’ll know who needs an updated version.

Be proactive about your career.  Time between gigs is not ‘down-time’, its time to work on your showreel, send out DVD’s and make some phone calls.

One size doesn’t fit all
Your showreel needs to not only show your skills but also how your skills match the particular jobs you’re after. No single showreel serves every need. It’s smart to have a bank of showreel items that you can flexibly swap in and out of a template.

Research the recipient of your showreel – producer, agency, production company, funding organization etc.. What are they looking for? Drama, doco, visuals, narrative, conservative or edgy? When you know the answer to some of these you’ll be able to select the best showreel assets you have that best match them and put them upfront.

This customizing of your showreel might be as simple as re-arranging the order of films or clips or it might be an entirely different showreel altogether. In either case  a showreel that knows who its audience is and plays to them will be far more effective.

Contact info
The single most important part of your showreel is your name and phone number!

Don’t hide it away or make people look for it. It should be clearly displayed on the DVD cover and on the main panel of the DVD menu.

Don’t put your phone number in the showreel video itself. If someone likes what they see in they will look on the cover or the DVD menu or the webpage for your number.

Short and sweet
Number 1 biggest mistake is a Showreel that’s too long. Have them want more rather than turn off early.

If your reel has a montage of clips to show cinematography or editing skills then 3-4mins is a good maximum length.

If the showreel is focused on Directing then you may want to also include whole short films to demonstrate narrative construction. But this should be in addition to a central showreel showing a range and you should stick to films that are short and sweet with perhaps trailers of longer works.

For Directors a montage of key scenes may also work well to convey your best work in the most efficient amount of time.

Music
Resist the temptation to use your favourite song on your showreel. Using a well known popular song looks amateur.

If the viewer doesn’t share your taste in music then you may put them off before you get a chance to impress.

Very often viewers of your showreel will mute the soundtrack so its good to aim for a showreel that works without, and doesn’t rely too heavily on, music.

Online Video Quality
Encode your showreel for the best possible visual quality whilst maintaining as much playback and download efficiency as possible.

Because YouTube is so massively popular it sets the ‘lowest common denominator’ benchmark for what people expect from web-video. So you HAVE to look better than YouTube to be seen as more than ‘Amateur’.

Learn how to get the best out of compression technologies such as H.264. And balance visual quality with playback performance and download speed.

Personal photo
People often forget names but less often faces.

Put your face on the DVD cover and on your website.

Breakdown
A Showreel is a collection of parts from a variety of projects;  include a breakdown that details the productions that make up the showreel.

The breakdown can be printed on the cover or included as a sub-menu on the DVD.

A separate page with your CV and Showreel breakdown should be included on your website.

Your showreel is You.
People will read your Showreel as an extension of you.

Regardless of content a professionally presented showreel will make you look like a professional.

Sending a client to your Showreel on YouTube suggests you aren’t serious.

Sending a client to your own Website says you’re a professional with a vision.

More than just a video montage
Think of your Showreel video as one part of a bigger picture

Your Showreel ‘package’ is a collection of materials, not just a video clip reel.

CV’s, Storyboards,  Vision statement, Cover letter, Drawings and Artworks, Scripts,
Writing Samples, Essays – your Showreel video is just one part of the bigger picture.

The Video may get their attention but it might be the extra stuff that gets you over the line.

There’s still a place for DVD
Online is King, you MUST have a website, but the humble DVD is still important.

The DVD is physical, sits on a desk and feel substantial.

DVD has a ‘shelf-life’; it has the opportunity to passively hang-around as opposed to online showreels which need the viewer to be proactive and immediate.

Always have a showreel with you. You should be ready to drive people to your showreel and sell yourself anywhere anytime.

Get a business card. A simple, uncluttered way to put your Name, Contacts and Website into the hands of an important contact.

Encode your showreel for keeping and displaying on your mobile phone. It will always be with you and ready to show to anyone.

To Do List

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If my calculations are correct, once this relatively short list is completed that will be the last submitted work I will have towards this course.

Website and Branding

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http://www.klunkcreative.co.uk

I am member of klunk. Theres three of us. We try and take on a range of media related jobs over the last few years we’ve acquired  quite a number. Greg on Graphics, Danny on Animation and myself on Film.

Here are our business card designs below. My role would now be Film Production.

KLUNK-BCARDS

 

Man like Michael Dale

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Mr Dale has taken Danny and I under his wing a bit. Numerous video meetings, telephone calls and emails have produced a a like minded business relationship.

For Michael, someone who has succes behind them to take intrest in both myself and Danny as potential is amazing. He has suggested that we go under his company Ignite.

http://www.enterignite.com

Michael is open to ideas and it could be that we start under a new name or possibly speak to Greg and see what his ideas are with Klunk.

New website recommendations 

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It has been suggested that we create accounts for these websites…

Creativepool.com

Odesk.com (a particular one that I need to start in regards to the new venture).

Behance.net

I will check these out and get back on with linkedin. No Facebook, bad for the soul.

The Result

Danny and I are happy with the result. More importantly so is Michael Dale. Its the intention to get Michael’s narration over the animation instead of my own; and some licensed music. This is to be completed upon my arrival to London in June.

Brief successful. Michael is so impressed with our work he wants us to come work for/with him on a new venture. What exactly? Were in the works of figuring that out now. I will blog into further detail…

 

 

A tad more streamlining and…

Our original idea was to make the animation with 3D and 2d assets, however after starting with 3D assets we realised quickly that it was going to take far too long in the open window we had to complete the project, so. We decided to go with a simpler text based animation. After showing some examples to Michael he was happy to give us the go ahead after we went through some of the core ideologies that Errand Boy focuses on. After another long brainstorming Skype video chat we came up with the final script…

 

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The original document is longer, too long for a blog post. All original docs will be found on my submitted PPP disk.

Errand Boy Animation

After few more emails and another long but productive video chat with Michael gave Danny and I gave a bigger insight into what exactly the Errand Boys wanted. The scribbles below are what notes I took during our meeting. later that evening we were working on some music and wine got knocked over them  😦  Can you decipher the Klunk code?..?

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Good job I typed most importnat of it up. After the original note, the document develops into our thought processes  and means of construction etc…

30 Second Animation – Errand Boy

 

A guy (symbol representing guy) as the main character; listed scenarios that clutter his day – Has to/Got to/Want to –

 

Something beautiful & honest

 

When your pleasing someone, your doing their thinking for them

 

Errand boy is not a service that lets people think less

 

Creating more space for people so that have more time to get on with what they used to do, live life and prosper.

 

Support and help, let people get on with their lives.

 

Letting people know that fucking up the end of the world – not shaming.

 

Giving people more time to be conscious  – creating more space for life

 

Space for the Wu to enter

 

Creating a window to be productive – giving richer life

 

All energies welcome

 

Life is changing all the time

 

Not putting down or shaming the person without the time to get stuff done..

 

Emphasizing that they’re here to help… Not being bullied into the service

 

Errand boy is the eye in the storm

 

We love you, know what you’re going through, we wanna help.

 

Fuck up’s happen to everyone, we wanna help out. Its ok to get help.

IDEAS

 

A guys wife leave him for the weekend with 2 kids. He’s been left with a massive to-do list. He’s flustered, and sweaty.

 

Even though he has kids and things to do the wife being away leaves potential for fun. i.e getting the lads round.

 

– Pick up the wifes dry cleaning

– Drop off bike

– Can’t get to the laundrette

– Can’t pick up pug from the dog salon

BUNNY – happy bunny & sad bunny – We could have a bunny meter in the top right of the screen. The Bunny’s face changes expression depending on the mood

Plot

 

A dude is walking through the park. He is walking his dog/rabbit (?). Its is a fine day. The sun is shining and everything is irie.

 

When a girl rides past on a bike it reminds him of an errand that he’s been putting off.

 

As his mood sinks bit by bit, the weather starts to get worse; the deeper his mood sinks, the gloomier the scene becomes.

 

He has plenty of other more important things to do. This gets him going. He starts thinking of the other pressing matters.

 

Go to the laundrette, pick up the dog food, order the tickets for his daughter etc.

 

This opens up a web of shit. Why is he is purchasing the tickets? Because its his daughters birthday…That means a cake too. Oh shit that means a present, what does she even like anymore?

 

Jobs begin to pop up around him, swirling round until they become a tornado spinning around him, its get faster and faster as more to-do’s and life issues swamp him.

 

Suddenly his nice day in the park has become a miserable, gloomy experience.

He is left lying on the floor, overwhelmed and confused. Hes been obliterated by everything he has to do.

 

Errand Boy come over and helps him from the ground. He gives him his hand, helping him up. As he stands up the weather converts back to its happy, sunny state.

 

The issues are no spinning around him, but in slo-mo. Errand boy stands with him and erases them out the sky by simply pointing at them.

 

Errand boy lets him know thats its ok, hes only human, that Its ok to ask for help.

 

All of his worries and chores, disappear, he is left with one he can actually do.

 

Errand boy bids him farewell and leaves him to walk the dog in the glorious sunshine. He is now a happy bunny.

Aesthetics

 

Using a mixture of 2D and 3D assets made in Cinema 4D and Illustrator.

Production assets

 

Human/Rabbit?

 

Errand Boy

 

Dog

 

Bench

 

Weather assets?

 

Tree

 

Tufts of grass

 

Flowers

Errand Boy Workings

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After the original brief as given to us, I started a creative relationship with Michael Dale (there will be a follow up blog on exactly who and what he does). We ended up emailing ideas constantly between ourselves and my Cousin Henry (business partners)…

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students.leeds art.ac.uk ERRAND BOY EMAILS

 

After quite a bit of chat and discussion we ended up cutting down the intended run length and going for something shorter and punchier. This was down to a few factors, one of them being time frames and project scale. It became apparent very soon that by myself , on top of FMP and my dissertation that there was not enough time to make a full fledged 3-5 min video; especially one they would be happy with.

After talking to Danny we decided to make it into a Klunk Project. He hadn’t found anything appropriate and I was a bit of wits end with finding some middle ground with the Errand Boys. With Danny on board we had another video chat with Michael and managed to get ideologies across into what could be represented by animation. I felt a bit safer with Danny onboard and also knew that we could have some thing respectable over to them by the deadline.

PPP Brief

The info below is from a the original Errand Brief for myself to work from.

Errand Boy Video Brief

 

February 2013

Billy, as discussed,

 

We would like you to come up with and produce, from start to finish, a comedic, viral video for our new venture Errand Boy. You are welcome to, if not advised to work in a team, including as much help you need from my business partner Michael, whom you have already been emailing.

 

HOW TO SHOOT

 

The short must be filled with great reactions. The footage must flow, yet be alive, it must connect with everyday life and people. We need to capture everyday, real, unexpected reactions.

FORMAT LENGTH

 

2 – 5 minutes,

 

With the ability to cut down to an ordinary advert style piece.

INTENDED USE

 

Online and social

CREATIVE CONSIDERATIONS

 

– Premise is to be set around a wedding day going horribly wrong. Groom forgets wedding dress, best man forgets/loses wedding ring etc. (story is open to ideas, as long as it applicable)

 

– Errand Boy Logo must be present, animated or on members of staff clothing, moped etc.

 

– An ending animation, explaining the service, possible cost, website, contact etc.

 

– The film should not hurt any religious sentiments, people of any colour, caste, or creed.

 

Porters

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After working with Sam Hudson for a couple of weeks doing the script for my FMP, he mentioned that he had a stage show on at the Uni and needed help with the light and sound. I gave a bit of thought, he was helping me out my project so it was only fair to help him out; plus I may learn something along the way.

There was two separate jobs, sound and light. At first I was in charge both then later got Danny Cooper involved who just did sound, leaving me to the lighting. You can see in the image above that what we were doing was on the big mixing desks, bringing audio and lights in and out at the correct times. Danny and I were quite used to using desks like them previously in regards to sound setups so it wasn’t too hard.

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We fluffed up in rehearsals a bit , but nailed it on the night. It was refreshing to do something slightly different but we also made some contacts too. It was hugely constructive to be doing this work whilst I was on the actors hunt for my FMP. We ended up using the manager from this show, Huw, as Allister in my short Higher Education.

Overall I’m very glad we did it.

The Screening

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Originally the plan was to just put some money behind a bar as a thank you for all the crew and actors. The general consensus was Hukaz just down the rd from me, not too big, good atmosphere etc…And then people started asking me when am I premiering it so it seemed like a good Idea just to show it there, it has a projector and sound system, why not.

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So far theres £80 behind the bar and we have music from Lestaz finest Denzel & VZA. Should be fun.

Final Cut Pro X Learnings

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I made it clear I wanted to use new software this project and I have with CeltX, Apples Compressor software, Adapter which is another video converter/compressor, Memory Clean (every 40 mins); but Instead of using Premiere Pro, which is something I would have liked to have dabbled with, I furthered my knowledge deeper into FCPX. Theres alot of haters but I’m a fan and it works for me.

A few new practices have been picked up this time round. Every time I do a project I seem to be getting better and better, which is just fantastic.

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Making compound clips isn’t new to me, but this time round its been used a lot more to get video and audio channels re-joined, making the screen creating less channels ti be used, keeping the working space tidier and more efficient, such as keeping audio and video synced up as its a real pain in the butt when they become separated or moved in any shape or form.

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The above two images show how the files were organised by colour coding, going through the rainbow in rough chronological order. This is then corresponding when importing into FCPX, therefore theres no extra, un-necessary importing, as the process effectively is duplicating all your data, something I realised after the last cloud computing video.

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For security, and the first time, I worked the project from an external HDD, the one you see above in its throne like docking station. Yes its amazing, yes you should get one for yourself @ about £12. All the original raw footage was also backed up on this, just in case. Currently the raw video and audio sits at 136 gb. Transferring and management has been painful, but approached and deployed successfully.

My poor not too old iMac is really starting to age 😦 A late Dual Core 3.06 ghz 2010 model, with upgraded 14 gb ram is now packing not much of a punch. To combat constant freezing, general twitchiness and slow response I have had to restart FCPX every 40 mins, the actual computer every 2 hours. The Ram Cleaner app has also been a huge help, thats been ran every 30 minutes. On top of all this I also put my fans manually on full blast as things were getting very hot, very quickly (see below). With all this tweaking and cufuful the iMac managed to stay at just before the critical tipping point most the time. I need a studio upgrade, a PC type upgrade.

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Who did what exactly?

Who Done It

 

Obviously there was some help involved. Main members of the team were myself on top, with Sam Hudson and James Pilgrim as my right & left hand men; Paisley Boyd also deserves a mention as Director of Photography. The rest of the crew were obviously a great help, everyone was amazing for putting up with me and working for free, however, the project would taken a different turn if they had not been involved.

……….

It has come to my attention that I am currently getting to deep into what should be my evaluation. Instead of clutching at hairs, or ‘blogging the dead donkey’ as our house refers too it, I’m not going to kid myself with more posts. What’s done is done, I’m proud of what I’ve done and there’s no need to fill the ‘possible’ gaps.

Critical feedback

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I wasn’t too happy with the feedback I got back, not that it was bad, it just wasn’t too useful. I had written on a document and let people know that I wanted feedback on the contents not the production, as final sound work, colour correction and final editorial nudges were to be completed for final hand in, as that’s when it could be done by people who know how.

The feedback I was looking for was what I could cut, and I did get some that by the afternoon session. All written feedback was either something to do with the sound or colour correction. The rest was opinion.

As I didn’t have a completely finished project, I am to blame also, I left the gap for people to point out the errors, however its the belief that it is the best that my myself could do in time for that crit.

The feedback gained in the afternoon was constructive and I have since had separate input and thoughts from other key members of the project.

 

How We Do

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I haven’t been producing as many blog posts this project but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working as much as previous productions. On the contrary. Roughly 7,500 words over about 20 documents have kept myself and other team members on track.

All of these documents will be on my submission disk, but I will give a little run down on what they are and why they were useful. After the name is the word count and then description…

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Final Critique – 76 – Made to inform people critiquing my work, including a script and general information about how I got to that edit.

Credits info – 139 – A document produced to give to Greg in graphics so he could get on with designing the credits etc.

Shot List – 2536 – An important document I put together with James listing shot after shot, exactly how we were going to tackle each scene. Missing scenes were done by James.

Filming schedule – 161 – Also a very important document that was heavily shared and edited.

Actors List – 273 – This took quite a while to put together, pity that so many people on this list were a massive waste of time; not due to acting efforts, more time wasting.

Crew List – 368 – Also took some time to get together, but a hugely constructive document that was essential to production.

Equipment List – 131 – Made so that we could work out exactly what we needed and when. This document kept Matt Burton happy.

$Monies$ – 38 – A half arsed effort from myself to try and keep track of costs, I kept some receipts but not all.

Character Sheet – 551 – This was made later on as a clear representation of the 4 main characters. A key part of the script making process.

Scene Details – 162 – Explaining technically what happens each i.e. length

Locations – 100 – Detailing locations in each scene, so we could work out what was happening & where.

Plot – 447 – This is what Sam and put together after forming the characters. It was a good way to get our story down and work with arch.

Initial Storyboard Plan – 185 – A document made For Hannah McCaan in Vis Com to give her a good view and idea of what I wanted from her.

Plot Thicker – 622 – Something started, but seemed to be not so important as getting on with the actual script.

Character List – 45 – So that Sam and Could work out who was doing what, what actors we needed.

Character sheet Original – 1631 – This was a very important document that the whole project started in. Ideas and concepts were conceived here.

Plus a few other specific documents such as questions to ask tutors and advice ‘to-do’s’ from tutors.

Monies

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When I was in a rush, which was most of time I just forgot about how much things cost, and a third of the time, receipts. I now know to get help with this one in the future. If it was one of my only jobs I could have done it fine, but on top of everything, no way. Overall it cost about £350-£400.  Roughly £500 once I’ve put some money behind the bar for the screening.

That’s how much I had planned it would cost, and it did, so in that respects; I’m happy. With a budget of any more I would have had to kept way better track. The budget we had whilst filming was sufficient and I’m also happy that we didn’t do anything too frivolous with it.

Clould Style

After my dissertation and last educational video on cloud computing stuff it only seemed right to keep going in that fashion.Right now, logically there doesn’t seem to be any other way.

For word documents, G docs is pretty seamless. Below is an image of how my drive looks, there is more HE stuff, but I couldn’t fit t all in to one screen shot.

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All the above documents were finished to a good standard, where I was happy enough to go into production anyway. I didn’t want to wing any of it. There was a plan for each shoot. Everybody should have had some knowledge of what to do and when with all the information made above.

Being able to share certain documents with certain people was highly constructive. Depending on what crew member or actor was doing they would added to certain documents. For example, the actors and crew list was available to myself and Sam Hudson, as it contained quite sensitiveness information like telephone numbers and other personal information like age, that people may not want broadcast over the web.

An issue I did find out quite late into pre-production is that not everyone I was adding to the documents could actually open them. No one told me about it for a good couple of weeks, which I found frustrating, but all part of the process. I’ll learn not to do it next time, make sure everyone has  Why doesn’t everyone have a Google account? Hate to say it but it does improve your life.

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This time round using Celtx instead of Adobe story was an interesting venture. The interface is more user friendly, generally sharper and easier to produce professional looking documents, how the free version of Celtx lacks cloud sharing capabilities. Adobe Story has it for free making it very simple to share and work on scripts simultaneously. This project making PDF’s of the script and then having to copy and past new dialogue in was a hassle that could have been avoided by using Story. Lesson learnt though.

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I also set up a mega account, that give’s you 50gb online storage for free. I shared the login deets with all the crew and actors. In there was recommended viewing that people could download, later we used the space to share, swap, audio and video. James (cinematographer) could grab footage and tamper with it then replace it. He could also review footage getting rid of anything unusable. We could do this simultaneously which was advantageous.

Final Calendar

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There wont be many more additions to this, no serious ones anyway. As planned this is actually how and when things happened and it worked pretty well. Its not much of a ghant chart but my main roles were tackled once at a time, other parts of production were tackled simultaneously by other members of the team. I have tried to streamline all the parts of production and bits have been overlapping in a positive way.

It was only a week into April that I had enough people (Actors and crew) confirmed to happily give the go ahead with filming. Parts of production have been very touch and go, which has been down to crew and actors availability. Having people work for free has been tough this project.

 

Capturing and holding Viewer attention

I found this on the Cyber College web site (http://www.cybercollege.com/tvp003.htm). 

This is info, in the most part, I already know, Ive never seen it as educational/informational literature so its good to know my ideologies match up with actual fact.

I have highlighted specific bits that shout at me.

It would be difficult to think of any business that’s more competitive than TV broadcasting. The average viewer in the United States has dozens of TV channels from which to choose.

Each year, the TV industry spends millions of dollars trying to make successful new TV shows. And each year most of these attempts don’t even make it to air (broadcast).

First, Get Their Attention!

>>The success of a TV show (and, therefore, your own professional success) will depend in large measure on your ability to effectively capture and hold an audience.

And, once you do, you’d better have something interesting to communicate or they’ll quickly go elsewhere — either tuning to another channel or just mentally tuning you out.

“But,” you say, “I don’t want to worry about all that; I just want to make TV shows that interest me.”

That’s great, but who’s going to pay for them?

Reality 101

>>Let’s take a quick look at our Reality 101 course notes.

TV productions cost a lot of money, especially today. To cite just one example, in 1966 the budget for each full episode of Star Trek was $100,000. In 2003, each episode ofEnterprise, which is similar in form, cost about $100,000 per minute to produce. Today, the cost would be much higher.

Before people put up that kind of money, they have to believe there will be some kind ofreturn on their investment.

Depending on the type of production, that return may be to communicate a corporate message effectively, to get viewers to understand a series of concepts or, in the case of commercial television, to generate profits by selling products.

Hit the Target (Audience)

>>As we’ve noted, we use the term target audience to indicate the specific segment target audienceof a potential audience we’re “aiming at.”

Regardless of the type of production, you must start with a clear understanding of the needs and interests of your specific target audience.

Advertisers spend millions of dollars determining these things.

Depending on the products they want to sell, advertisers will have certain ▲demographic preferences.

For designer jeans, for example, the target audience would be fairly affluent teenagers. The same advertisers wouldn’t be interested in sponsoring reruns of Murder, She Wrote, which appeals primarily to an older audience.

By the way, the principles of determining the needs and interests of your target audience also apply to something as simple as producing a video for your class. If only an instructor will be evaluating your video, you’ll probably take a different approach than if it’s intended for a graduation party. In either case, meeting the needs of your target audience is the key to success.

Let’s look at just a few of the issues involved.

Using Audience-Engaging Techniques

>>Audiences primarily react emotionally to program content.

Although people may want to believe they’re being completely logical in evaluating a program, their underlying emotional reaction most influences their evaluation. Even a logical, educational presentation evokes — for better or worse — an emotional response.

This is a key concept, which Benjamin Franklin (a noted persuader) put this way:

" If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect."

-Benjamin Franklin

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emotional content >> What types of production content are most apt to engage our interest and affect us emotionally?

First, we have an interest in other people, especially in “experiencing the experiences” of other people.

We’re interested in people who lead interesting (romantic, dangerous, wretched, or engrossingly spiritual) lives.

Part of this involves gaining new insights and being exposed to new points of view. This includes learning new things.

>>Here’s something else to keep in mind.

Viewers like content that reinforces their existing attitudes and, right or wrong, they tend to react against ideas that run contrary to their beliefs.

Production people, therefore, must be careful in presenting ideas that blatantly challenge widely held beliefs.

The trick is to know how far you can go without alienating an audience.

To cite a rather extreme example, a number of years ago an East Coast TV station did an exposé on a local police chief. An undercover reporter (one of my former students, in fact) put a camera in a lunch box and filmed the police chief clearly taking a bribe.

When the segment was broadcast, there was negative reaction — against the TV station.

It seems the police chief was popular with many influential people in the community and having the truth presented in this way challenged their commitment to this individual. This reaction on the part of many viewers was justified by cries of entrapment, a liberal media bias against a law-and-order official, etc.

This wasn’t the first time a messenger was blamed for the message.

The same negative anti-media reaction took place when former U.S. President Richard Nixon was forced to resign from office for engaging in illegal activities while in the White House. To see how this came about, rent the Academy Award winning feature-length film, All the President’s Men. The film represents an important piece of U.S. history presented in a dramatic and even exciting way. It also illustrates how two tenacious reporters faced down major high-level opposition to expose wrongdoing.

Eventually, this U.S. president had to resign. The reporters involved kept the identity of “Deep Throat,” the inside informer involved, secret for several decades.

" If a democracy is to be successful, the news media have asocial responsibility to bring truth to light — even though that truth may be unpopular."

>>Audiences also like to hear about things that are new and that generate excitement.story content

This is why mystery, sex, fear, violence, and horror do so well at the box office.

It also explains why we see so many car chases, explosions, and general instances of mayhem in our films and TV programs.

Such things stir our adrenaline and involve us emotionally. In short, they hold our attention.

>>This, of course, brings up the possibility of exploitation, presenting things that appeal to elements of human nature that — how shall we say this — aren’t the most positive.

Sometimes a rather blurry line exists between honestly presenting ideas and stories, and unduly emphasizing elements such as sex and violence just for the sake of grabbing and holding an audience.

Beyond a certain point, audiences will sense they’re being exploited and manipulated, and resent it.

And, keep in mind, the content of a production, good or bad, tends to rub off on the reputations of those who produce it — and even on the sponsors who support it.

With this general background on programming elements that appeal to audiences, we’ll next turn to the production sequence.

 

Target Audience

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When you type in target audience into Google, it comes up with info on products from businesses, and then goes into commercials when you look further into target audiences for television and film.

The basics are that a Target Audience is the intended buyers of a particular product that the advertisement strives to reach.

A good 99.9999999999…9% of the products that see a wide commercial release have one primary function: to make money. But they are not released blindly without knowledge of who might buy it. Even as the product is still in the conceptual phase, the marketing division researches who might buy it and how best to reach them. This is split up into Demographics.

To give an example of something built with this in mind, the Target Audience of Hannah Montana is 8-12 year old girls. Towards that end, they created a relatable protagonist, put her in a setting that mirrors everyday life, and offered an escapist fantasy of being an average kid at day, pop idol at night. They reached their target audience through advertisements in magazines and websites popular amongst young girls, branding items they are likely to buy, and running TV ads for both the show and its merchandising during other programs popular with them across the Disney-owned channels. Disney has an extensive SOP for rolling out new tween stars, which includes a mandatory appearance on an established show to introduce the new character to the audience. Various shows in the 80s managed to make profit off the idea that if kids watch a show and like it, they’re more likely to buy its merchandise.

A product having a Target Audience does not automatically mean it is Pandering to the Base, though. You know that artsy film that has all the critics speechless? It, too, has a Target Audience. Maybe the True Art audience isn’t very big, but it was targeted, nonetheless. To that end, even the rare few products that weren’t made with a specific audience in mind will have to target one to be a viable commercial release.

One thing is certain, though: if it’s advertised, it has a Target Audience.

(http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TargetAudience)

 

Keeping the camera steady

There isn’t many times Gizmondo come up with work specific stuff, and I hate to say it but this pretty ‘cool’.

From what Mike and Matt have told me there is a need for Steady Cam operators. Something I should be looking into.

The product is called MōVI, created by Freefly, longtime maker of crazy camera-drone equipment and stabilisers. LaForet is presenting a short film and behind-the-scenes video to illustrate its abilities, which consists of a completely custom-made gimbal and 3-axis gyroscope that digitally stabilises the camera (a Canon 1DC in this case). It looks to be very light and portable, a far cry from giant metal arms, vests, and weights that almost the entire camera support world is based on.

http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2013/04/this-new-camera-stabiliser-could-change-cinematography-forever/

Final Cut Pro X – FCP X – Shortcuts

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Instead of using a new piece of editing software, it was decided amongst myself, James some of the other crew that we should use FCP X as we were mostly all compliant with it. Only a couple of people used Adobe Premiere, plus we thought it would be safer using FC as we knew it and only have a limited time in post production.

Ive now got pretty quick of FCP X and not ashamed to be using it at all. I could now confidently say that I am good at using it; and getting better. It is the aim to dig even further into this software as from what I have noticed there is plenty tools secretly hiding under rocks all over this underrated treasure chest. 

The web link above, PremiumBeat.com also has lots of royalty free stuff with tonnes of tutorials and guides for all sorts of related software. Somewhere I should be hanging out.

Final Storyboards

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The final storyboards above are by Beata ‘Betty’ Czaplinska, and they are truly awesome. Having the storyboards is advantageous as they they let myself and others experiment with changes in the storyline to evoke more intrest. to visualize whats actually going on. A great filling between script and moving image.

What Betty has produced for us, has given us a clear view of what we are dealing with, and how to progress. Thank you.

Locations

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For the first scene, and exterior halls shots, we wanted to use this halls at Royal Park. It would have been perfect as its off the road, local and not too big in comparison to other halls. However I asked for permission and was declined. For what reason I don’t know, but they said to not even try as they are going to send out security on the days I asked to film. What bast*rds. I plan to call and find out why not. **UPDATE** check below..

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From the gist of this email it seemed like they really didn’t want us there. I asked why?…

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Great, thanks pal. I sent him another emailing asking about the specifics, to which he didn’t reply. I think that he may have thought that we were trying to get away with filming the halls interior too. What ever the reasoning was, Im not a fan.

Next time Ill give them details that are only necessary to that particular location. Giving them the whole script is probably a bit too mind blowing and leads to opinion that can come back and bite.

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The above photo is just outside the halls pictured above. This is where the boys will sit (infront of the posters), and where the bags gett nicked etc. I plan to park my car and Marks car where those cars currently are so we have the space to film on Sunday afternoon.

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I have permission from the owners to use this empty house above. It is perfect for the house viewing, plus very local.

Below are images taken at the Plaza, halls on the outskirts of town. Its reasonable for interior halls shots but the comunal areas, like most, are really small. Theres some more pictures in there for the student v

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Because Jazz’z halls were a tad too small she suggested that we try out her ex-boyfriends place, the Joseph Stone’s halls next to the BBC building.

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The outside was not applicable for the external halls shots but it seemed the interior was probably one of the biggest I was going to find. Pictures of the interior were taken but seem to have been lost in-between the task of emptying cards after filming. James and I felt that it would probably the biggest, therefore the best to shoot. The main area we plan to film in looks exactly the same as the kitchen above…only a bit bigger.

After being let don by the Royal Park manager, James and I went looking for a few other places. It was our prerogative to find  somewhere we weren’t going to attract any attention, preferably somewhere we didn’t need any permission.

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The 3 pictures above show a couple of promising possibilities but we thought that, as they weren’t directly student accommodation we could would most likely come up against some sort of bureaucracy, or un-friendly people/trolls. After James and I found the above we drove a little further up towards the back of the stadium. There was  dirt road and I thought we should have a butchers…

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At the end of the dirt track was this beauty. Out the way, the right size, parking, good street lighting; no one would care that we were there (*update* it was perfect).

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Above is the final scene location, Samantha’s house, which is actually Sonia. the script supervisors drum. The out side is also suitable for the final chase.

Below is the Housing office that we are using for the housing office scene. Very close to my house and they are my actual landlords, which was an advantage in getting the empty house for the house viewing scene.

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After un-successful applications for filming permissions it was agreed that we should go “Guerilla”.

Current actors list

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Tom – Simon Donohue

Some stuff with him above, Simon is a good friend of mine from Sheffield, sort of related. He’s studied method acting at The Brian Timoney Actors Studio and with Lorrie and Dianne Hull in Santa Monica, LA. Before studying the method I was a member at The Young Persons Theatre Company. he started when he was 20 and is now 26, a2 weeks younger than myself.

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Toms Mum – Carlene Reed (above)

Has actually played Simons mother before in a short. Also based in sheffield, Carlene is experienced in roleplay, forum theatre, improvisation, musical theatre, choral singing (10 years as 1st soprano with Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus), cabaret, jazz and folk singing.

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Jules – Mark Stanley, a friend of mine who lives in Leed, but also from Sheffield (just like the actors above). He’s not a really an actor, but I’ve pretty much written the character around him.  He’s outgoing and think will do well infront of the camera’s, all he has to do is be a bit more of a tw*t than he already is.

Hugo – ? hopefully  not myself

Alistair – Sams (AD) manager from his stageshow Porters, (get his name and contact).

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Kid 1 (bin kid) – Mohamed. I was having difficulties with getting an under 18’s ad up, due to the fact the that under 18’s HAVE TO BE PAID…??? Anyway, fed up with the internet I just went down Brudenell. Theres loads of Asian’s who have shops down there and usually all the ‘youngers’ are just hanging around. I asked one of my mates who works in the international supermarket if he had any younger cousins our brothers who act and he got me in touch with Mohamed above. he’s done some acting and seems perfect for the role. He is also getting a mate involved to play the second kid who nicks the bags.

Halls manager – In the works of sealing the deal with someone now.

Girl that walks past in scene 1 – ??? Possibly my brother Georges girlfriend, maybe sonia? Could be two girls? THIS COULD ALSO THE GIRL WHO POURS THE JUICE IN THE PUNCH???

Possible housemate – Sam (AD)

Samantha – Hopefully… Sophie Cheetham, an actor from 1st year Photography

Local milkshake crew – Gavin and myself

So right now as it stands, we are need of Hugo, Halls manager, and a grild that walks past in scene 1. Plus extras, which I think is sorted.

Where’s the script?

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Sam and myself have been working on the script for the last couple of weeks. As it currently stands the script is in its 2nd and a half draft. Its the 4th version I have PDF’d in my evidence folder.

The 1st version that goes to the 5th scene was written by Sam and I together, I dictated, he typed.

The 2nd and 3rd version was continued by Sam solo until the end at scene 11.

The fourth version is now my edit. I have changed some of the lingo, cut, edited, slimmed down, added and re-arranged. Theres a healthy mix of sams originality and my spin. There’s a few more things I have to have a play around with..

The House viewing – The script needs to be moulded a bit more to that particular house. No major cuts. Funny additions in regards to props plan to be introduced. Sex Dolls and Chippendales posters always get a cheap giggle.

The last scene needs a bit more ‘something, something’ in it. I don’t exactly know what, but something to liven it up a bit more. Maybe when James (DP) and I put the shot list together for it we can beef it up a bit…

Today with my Director of Photography, we have been together the Shot List. We got the first two scenes done in about 4.5 hrs. Its real time consuming. We plan to get alot of it done tomorrow. Below is an example of the script with the scene/shot numbers on the right.

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Below is what the corresponding Shot Plan looks like.

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Ive been trying to cram as many jokes possible in since Sam gave his complete version. Theres a book kept in close reach that gets lines of comedy and ideas scribbled in it. One of the only use’s a pen for anymore.

 

 

 

 

 

Props

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Prop List

Scene 1.

Car 1

bags

Belongings

 

Scene 2.

Toms room – half setup


Scene 3 & 4 & 5.

Part scene

Lights

Speakers

Punch Bowl

Drinks empty and full – bottles (variety of bottles) – booze and soft drinks

Fake tobacco  – greengo stuff

Fake drugs – powder – crystally

Contact lenses – wide pupils ??? eyedrops? drugs?

Plastic cups

smoking paraphernalia

WE NEED OUR OWN BRANDED DRINKS FOR SOME OF THE SHOTS I.E.DRUGS JUICE AND LIQUOR


Scene 6.

Office setting.

Fake sick?


Scene 7.

Bags

Car 2

Milkshake

Change of clothes for Jules – possibly really shit clothes for the rest of the day.

5 panel cap for Gavin?


Scene 8.

6 Wragthorne rd –

Make up living room/Kitchen

Make up one fake bedroom – ‘Martins room’

Posters (chippendales?)

Tv

Speakers

Stuff you would have in a house

Manakin / sexdoll

Wigs – ask mum

Mugs

Beans

Bathroom stuff


Scene 9.

Bags – just rucksacks, if that

Curly wurlys


Scene 10.

Guessing moist the stuff is already at Sonia’s, but need to go check and possibly find somewhere else altogether due to the bins scenario.

Cuts

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If there was a longer filming window and length wasn’t an issue…

We have decided to cut back on the script. It was going to be over ten minutes, and we needed to simply the situation for production purposes. Therefore we have cut out the the chicken shop, filming permission would have been tough and complicated. We cut out the estate agent, there was no real need for the part. The boys only now look round one house not two, finding a really dirty house, or un-finished was proving quite difficult. Taking it out didn’t harm the plot, like the cuts didn’t harm the plot. There would have been some extra funny moments but there enough time for everything, and there is already enough on the plate.

 

Initial Storyboards

Plan of action – The list below was made by myself so that Hannah had something to work from when making the initial storyboards

Scene 1. Exterior shot of halls, with car & mother maybe bags. See Royal Park Halls (1)

Scene 2. Unpacking, half done, Tom sat down, Subdued by Alister. (1)

Scene 3. Before and after of party (2)

Scene 4. Three of them getting bollocked by halls manager on office. Maybe with Alister in as well. (1)

Scene 5. Three of them sat on the rd. With bags piled up. Hugo smoking, Jules, arms in the air, and Tom pissed off. (1)

Scene 6. interior of chicken shop. angry chicken man, Jules looking at porn on computer at back, hugo with bacon. (1)

Scene 7. –

Scene 8. House 1. broken down, rotten, generally awful. Could get estate agent in here?

possibly just an exterior of a run down house with estate agent guiding them in. (1)

Scene 9. House 2. Fine normal ‘boys’ house, but with weirdo/s. Possibly a shrine to some obscure star in the corner (1)

Scene 10. simple picture of them quivering in the park in the rain. Hugos illuminated phone. (1)

Scene 11. Cosy in Samanthas house. (1)

Here’s what Hannah came up with …

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Calendar – Organisation

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Above is my calendar from February and April. As seen it was choc-a-block and still is. Without my G calendar I would have been completely lost, I far as I have seen there is no other way to keep organized.

Character List

I have done a character sheet for the 4 main characters, but here is a list of every role needed. So far I have Tom, Jules, possibly Allister (Sam’s main manager from his stage show?), estate agent should be Brain (another one of Sams crew), Creepy tenant will be Sam. Meaning I have to find… Hugo, Samantha, Bin kids, Mum, Housing Manager and chicken shop man (which I think we can use real chicken shop man).

– Jules

– Tom

– Hugo

– Allister

– Samantha

– Bin kid 1

– Bin kid 2

– Estate agent

– Creepy tenant

– Mum

– Housing manager

– Chicken shop man

Extras

10 extras ages 18 – 30 male and female

Characters

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Tom – The Protagonist

  • 20 yrs old
  • Raised in a small mundane village

  • Average looks

  • Musically inclined

  • Sporty

  • Into computer games / films etc.

  • Average build

  • Casual / average style clothing

  • Only man in the close family – two sisters

  • Unfortunate – sometimes caused by his own actions

  • Occasionally witty

  • Intelligent but makes stupid mistakes

  • Long-term girlfriend

  • Geology Bsc

What does he want?

  • Escape his mundane village life
  • Have a normal university life

  • Continue his passion for hockey, cricket YET EASILY EMBARRASSED ABOUT HIS ‘PASSION’

  • Remains in his relationship with his long-term girlfriend AND PROGRESS IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL

What has he got to lose?

  • His girlfriend
  • His mother’s trust
  • His expected university lifestyle

  • Well-being

  • His course

  • His plan for the next 3 years

 

Hugo

  • 22 years old
  • From a rich background but doesn’t like to be part of it

  • Generally not so wise

  • Has his moment of intelligence though

  • Sheltered upbringing from parent

  • Stubborn about his beliefs

  • Slow on the uptake

  • Selfish but not intentionally

  • No moral compass

  • Unaware of others feelings

  • Prolific drug-taker

  • Passively funny

  • Love spending his day on computer games, dossing

  • Hates being outside

What does he want?

  • To be nothing like his parents / family
  • To find a calling in life

  • To get laid

  • Constant money for little effort

What has he got to lose?

  • His drugs
  • His freedom to make his own choice

  • His safe haven (bedroom)

 

Jules

  • Fast paced
  • Thinks he’s cooler than he is

  • Been in a band but not successful

  • The umph behind the group
  • Witty and cheeky

  • Thinks he’s streetwise

  • More of a local

  • Confident

  • Loud / crude

  • Dominates Hugo

  • Handy at getting things done but doesn’t often work out in the long run

  • Gets a girl occasionally but never works / treats them like shit

  • Not a lot of money

  • On a music course

What does he want?

  • To be ‘The go to guy’
  • Attention

  • Wants his band to do well

  • Wants to be physically fit

  • Parents attention

What has he got to lose?

  • His ‘supposed’ street cred
  • His musical reputation

  • His musical equipment

 

Alister

  • Tries hard but still un-liked by everyone
  • Poncy

  • Thinks he’s gods gift to women (mankind)

  • Runs loads of societies, clubs

  • Intelligent but knows he is

  • Posh

  • Went to Catholic all boys school

  • Plays sports but rubbish

  • Awkward at times

  • Slightly Rick from the Young Ones (outbursts of loud nonsense)

  • Abides the rules, citizens arrest type of guy

  • Just a bit of a general twat

What does he want?

  • Superiority
  • Be in charge

  • To be liked by everyone

  • Everything to be his way

What does he have to lose?

  • The respect of his peers
  • Self imposed power

  • Control

PLOT

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Part 1 (2min30sec):

  • Scene 1 Halls Ext.: Tom is dropped off at halls by his mum, says good bye.
  • Scene 2 Toms Room: Tom is finishing unpacking when Alister comes in and introduces himself, Alister exits when he suspects uni rules being broken. (smoking)

  • Scene 3 Flat party: Tom approaches party and enters to see a crowded room. He spots Alister and is antagonised by him. Sees Jules and Hugo lighting up and goes to speak with them. Hugo puts MDMA in a bottle of juice.  Alister kicks off at the smoking indoors so they go outside smoke and converse. Back at the party someone adds the juice to the punch. The three head back and when they open the door, everyone has come up and the party is a mess.

Part 2 (2min30sec):

  • Scene 4 Housing office: The three of them are sat in front of housing officer being disciplined. Alister is in the corner on a come down. They get accused of prolific drug use etc. (with evidence). They are thrown out.
  • Scene 5 Streets: The boys are sat on the street with their belongings, a car comes past and throws something at them. They go off to get cleaned up. Hugo is left with the bags and ends up being robbed when 2 kids cleverly trick him. Tom and Jules return to discover the stolen bags.

Part 3 (2min30sec):

  • Scene 6 Chicken shop: Boys are discussing their options while eating some food. They use the internet at the back of the shop to book a few house viewings and then are quickly thrown for disruptive behaviour.
  • Scene 7 Estate agents: Tom speaks to the estate agent who tells him he can show him around just one house.

  • Scene 8 House Viewing 1: The boys are shown around the first house and it is a fucking shit hole in a rough area.

  • Scene 9 House Viewing 2: They arrive at the second house. The man who shows them in is a complete freak and it gets to the point where they have to bolt.

Part 4 (2min30sec):

  • Scene 10 Streets: The boys are getting desperate, it is late and their luck is running out. Hugo finds a number of a tenancy ad in his pocket. They go and check the place out.
  • Scene 11 Samantha House: They arrive at Sam’s house and she takes them in and looks after them. They get settled into the house when Hugo spots the kids who nicked their laptops out of the window. They rush out of the house to go and chase them down

NOW THINK OF LOGISTICS WHERE ARE THEY GOING, CAN WE FILM ALL THESE PLACES, AND IF SO WHICH PLACES ?

MAKE PROP LIST ASAP – NOW PAISLEY’S (Art Director’s Job)

Put all the characters into boxes, stylize, cliches innit

This plot is meant to span 10 minutes, and so far it seems like its going to go over. It takes me over ten minutes to explain the story so it is.

Again this was G Doc I have just copied and pasted into the blog. I am very happpy with it. To me it seems like a ‘real’ story, something you would usually see on television. The only problem is that this fits a 22 minute episode not 10.

Crew List

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Like the auditions It has taken nearly a term to get a crew together. Above is the Crew Information sheet that I had Greg make look nice. The original is a G Doc with a lot more information on it, that I dont see fit to post (telephone numbers, availability etc). Anyway it looks great and I sent it out to the crew to have a looksy and see what everyone else is doing. Every crew member I have spoken to since email me out has commented on how ‘cool’ it was so I guess it has worked motivating and informing the team. To get this crew together and to to this point of having a crew list nicely designed has taken two months. A lot of people who I originally had on the crew have dropped out due to having other stuff on.

I have filled all the main areas of production, however it will be the case that all ,members of the crew are not going to make every shoot. Therefore a I have a very important B-team, consisting of a few guys from 2nd year DFGA who will fill in for other people who cant make shoots. Still big roles.

Original Ideas

All notes in italics like this are blog notes and not part of the original document. Everything not in italics is the Google Document I used to envision the project.

All of the below is the original concepts of what Higher Education should be. What its like, what it relates to

Peep Show sets parameters for darkness and comedy. Something terrible happening then something hilarious happening – RESEARCH

Party hard, endless practical jokes. How students should be.

Loser slackers. Hoping life isn’t going to like this forever.

The above was an  ideology taken from workaholics,and adapted, it rang home well.

Whenever the good times are shown in regards to drugs, there must be the down times also, equally.

I think that this has to be in place, I, in no way want to be seen glamorizing drugs. There are always downs to the ups.

PLOT 16 minutes 2 x 8 minutes?

Should it 10 mins total? 2 x 5 mins?

Originally thought out to be two short webisodes, it seemed better to shorten to 2 x 5 mins, and now as it currently sits one 10 minute episode , with the likely chance of it being shortened even further in the near future.

1.Get into halls – get chucked out of halls

2.Desperately try and find somewhere to live. Someone gets something nicked, like a bag.

3.Find somewhere – but ends up in failure

4.Find somewhere out of chance or coincidence. How do you find a house by chance??????

After doing some research into story arch structuring, more re-affirming with pictures and graphs what I’d seen, heard and read for my entire life; I managed to come up with story above, which Sam (AD) was happy to work with.

The Protagonist…

TOM?

As far as he was concerned he was a nice guy. Did the occasional stupid/bad thing (to fill the void of mundane everyday) but kept up the pretenses of being a good person to everyone around him, family, friends.

He had a sheltered upbringing, in the stix. Kind of umbrella-d by my mother. The only man in the house after his father left. Has a younger and older sister.

He did well in school, just got on with everything. A bit of a talented inbetweener. Plays piano and other instrument, more classical. Never been in a ‘band’. Has a soft spot for old school hip-hop. Can be funny at times.

Started getting really bored of life at home by 17. Started acting out a bit. Girlfriend was getting worried about him. Smoked weed(!) a couple of times. She thought he was going of the rails a bit.

He’d been with his girlfriend since they were 15, and still hadn’t slept together. She was waiting for the right moment (or could be christian(marriage)).  He may have got a hand shandy once; but she fell asleep halfway through as she was pissed after after some sort of really tame meeting (church or young entrepreneurs meeting). Never happened again. She felt bad about it.

She ‘cheated’ on him once @ 17  (snogged a guy at the pub). He’s very scared of losing her but she knows that and uses it against him. Basically shes a real pain in the ass.

He’s down to earth but not particularly clued up or streetwise, but willing to learn.

Quite sporty – hockey – cricket – (other lads nick equipment and play with on the rd, fucking it all up.)

So bored of country life, he moves to Leeds for university. He’s now 20 years old and looking for fun.

Computer user, but massive gamer

What course does he do? – geology – research this….

BRING THIS TO THE PRESENT.

HUGO (a younger barry from Eastenders?)

Hugo and Jules like fantastic mr fox and the possum Kylie (with spinny eyes)

Parents won the lottery 10 years ago, not tonnes, but a few mill. Really un-stylish new money, fake tan etc. Instead of moving to a nice area they just bought the biggest house on the estate. Hugo kinda gets what he wants from them but doesn’t take the piss. Can see him wearing polo shirts always.

A really nice posh guy. well spoken. But likes to go against his upbringing, Quite a big weedsmoker ‘trustafarian’. Like the protagonist, up for a good time, and trying new things. Also quite sheltered by his rich parents and over top boarding school. Even though he doesn’t know any better, you still like him, hes learning. Every now and then makes out this world comment about his youth and growing up. Parents divorced. Hates his dad. quite slow at picking up on conversation, always gets it muddled and needs it repeating. Never really listens. In his own world. Gets a girl every now and then but no romeo. Doesn’t particularly care what people think of him, quite chauvinistic, without even knowing it. Says only very slight racist things every now then, just borderline stuff nothing offensive to the normal person. No real moral compass. Never tidies up, has to be asked to do everything. Just oblivious to it. Has moments of clarity.

His ideology can be harsh but true, rambled.

He doesn’t want to be anything like his parents. His dads a real dick and his mums a bit slow, a bit dappy but gives him money when he needs it. Dad thinks hes slow like mother.

Bit of  a lost cause, trying to find a calling in life.

Loves computer games and wasting time. Happy in his own world, needs his own space.

Got a good comfort zone… the house.

Yorkshire footwork scene?????

 

PLOT

 

Tom arrives at halls of residence. Dropped off by his parents, says his goodbyes and instantly clocks a girl in his flat. Later after unpacking, hears a knock at the door and its the girl from earlier. They make small chat and she lets him know of a party in the flat above that evening. As soon as the door closes, its knocks again. He thinks its her, he says come in and instantly Hector slightly repulses Tom. Barges his way in and sits down on the bed in front of Tom. Introduces himself as a general busybody (Flat, b-block rep???), also fellow geologist, find out loads of info about Tom off the representatives computer system. Ends up gnawing his ear off for ages, but suddenly stands up out his chair. Hector shouts “is that tobacco I can smell?” and jolts out the door screaming at the top of his voice.

 

Tom is left by himself with a can of bear in his new bedsit. Hes happy, for a second, then you see his phone starts buzzing, you see its his mum. He shakes his head, goes to pick it up and the shot fades out.

 

Then cuts to a night time outside shot of halls, mild background dance music thud. People laughing etc.

 

Goes to shot of Tom walking up stairs and opening flat door. As soon as it opens the music gets louder and clearer. He walks past a few people in the hall before getting apprehended by Hector. Hector lays into him straight away, talking about geology etc. Tom is alright with this at first; he doesn’t know anyone, but soon gets bored. Whilst looking round he clocks the girl he saw earlier. She waves, he follows suit and wanders over. They chat with smiles, general stuff, courses, hometowns etc. She suddenly gets distracted when her BF calls. She doesn’t seem very happy about it, and excuses herself. At this point Tom is by himself, surrounded by people he doesn’t know, bar Hector who he doesn’t really want to talk to.

 

Somehow his attention is brought to the two lads in the corner(Jules & Hugo). Maybe their skinning up and ask Tom for a light. Tom notices their skinning up straight away. He ignore Hector and just walks away from him mid sentence. Goes over the room to them. Starts talking He looks at the rolling and Jules asks,

 

“Do you smoke?”

 

TOM -“Yeah a bit. Its hard to get round my ways. Never really put any effort into it”

 

JULES – “Oh yeah? the opposite round here pal. The locals hand business cards out the car window as they drive past.”

 

HUGO  – “If they think you take drugs and that”

 

TOM – “Really? What for weed?”

 

JULES – “Everything. Int that right Hugo?”

 

HUGO – “Yeah. EVERYTHING”. His eyes broaden as he says ‘everything’ and then quite quickly goes to light his spliff.

 

As soon as any smoke appears hector comes storming into shot.

 

HECTOR -“You can’t do that in here! No smoking allowed (goes into some technical law talk)”

 

“But this isn’t tobacco” says Jules

 

“well what is it then?” inquisitively asks Hector

All three meet at a party in halls, all drawn together by weed. They do know each other, but all get along by the common love for cannabis, and later other drugs. They chat quickly and discover other common interests, gaming, women, music etc. Whilst chatting they decided to pull off a prank to ruin the rubbish halls party. Kind of against everyone in halls, the sheeple.

They all get chucked out of halls. kicked out. This could be a party or prank gone horrendously wrong. Has to happen in the first minute. Think panty raid.

 

WHAT DO THEY ACTUALLY DO?

 

They are the all out on the street with all their stuff. Too much for the bus or just to carry around.

 

Constant opposing force against them for a day. Someone stays with the bags – but when they get back their gone. Whilst waiting with the bags a local (chav) driver past (music blaring) and throws a milkshake all down one of the boys.

They send hugo off to the shops with some of the last money for essentials and he comes back with the most useless stuff. No ones very happy.

 

They end up with it in Popinas, discussing their future. What to do, where to go. Scouring the internet, thinking of prospective mates to stay with. Gumtree & phone books

 

They go stay with a weird mate, All three in the living room, sofa and floor. Something bad happens in the night. perhaps gay couple making loud noises.

 

WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENS? DOESN’T HAVE TO BE GAY COULD JUST BE WEIRDO

 

The next day they find somewhere better with a girl who has two rooms free, 2 boys have to share. Its doable, but not amazing

 

OR find a new place. Bit of a dive and the landlord is mental. (BUT HOW DO I GO ABOUT FINDING AN EMPTY PLACE?)

 

BUT WHATS THE ENDING?


Bin kids in the neighbourhood knocking down stuff making noise, always harass the boys after school.

Auditions

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Auditions are tomorrow night. To get to this point I sent out group emails to all appropriate local drama courses at the Met, Uni, City College, everyone at our college and Gumtree. I have also contacted a couple of people personally, friends and one guy I saw in my assistant directors stage show.

I have had plenty of intrest. Mostly girls which I why I have contacted a couple of acting friends. We have had the radical thought of just switching the boys for girls. It would make things interesting  but would it work? Are slaggy, drug girls funny? I know a couple in real life and the answer is sadly, no. There is still potential here. Sam (AD) and I will discuss further after auditions.

Inbox   wc69544 students.leeds art.ac.uk   Leeds College of Art Mail

I think I have about 10 people coming to auditions tomorrow. It has taken me about 100 emails to get this point, solely audition related. Finding and booking the rooms, keeping people updated and having deal with a couple of borderline special cases; plus the snazzy audition form above from Greg in Graphics. It will interesting to see who I get from gumtree.

Thinking out loud

monday

Currently with about 10 roles to my name I am inundated with stuff to do. My blogging has been slow but workload has been like no other module. Im worrying about everything, a lot of this is now out my hands.

I was worried about the brief I had set myself, as I said that I was going to research how write a script, and look into other areas of film production. I haven’t researched script writing, I wont research camera or lighting or sound very much. I have in a way produced a team whereby I dont need the highest technical knowledge in production roles. I have someone better than I am to do it for me. Leaving me to get on with my own job, currently producing, but soon Directing. This is what I need to do some research into.

Im worried that all I really need to research is role of director and putting the damn thing together. I physically cannot put huge research into everything else. By effectively producing I have managed to eradicate the need to do research into roles I will not be actually doing. BUT. It is of importance to have knowledge over the main areas of production to be able to effectively communicate with other team members, and in worse case scenario (that unpaid work can bring) fill in on that role.

Im working 7 days a week, normally 12 hr days on this project. Most of my time is taken up organising and planning. It has taken up to this point to get a crew of 16 people and organise auditions for tomorrow night. I pray that people turn up.

There is always an email to write, wether its letting uni know that the theatre isn’t needed anymore or explaining things to the actors. Its non stop.

I dont know how to be with crew members, do I put my foot down and risk losing people, or keep cool and end up with no turning up to shoots?

Things I need to do…

Actual mapping out of time realistically. SERIOUS GANTING? Find bestest software to do this. Got to make it look sick. Start to get Greg involved, he seems a bit bored : (

Maybe try and appropriately delegate. But what can I delegate?

Am I doing too much or is it appropriate to delegate, and if so to what level?

Realistically do work. Do the more important first, I can email people anytime.

The foreseeable future

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So I have pretty clear plan on what Ive got to do, and worked out how to blog what I have done so far. As you can see by the image above Ive screen shotted, Google drive is down. So even if you do have a good connection, service providers can let you down at their end too. Great, thats all my work in regards to FMP. If this was a hand in/presentation day I would be right up the creek with no paddle.

Todoist

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I started using this software on the last project and its becoming a valuable piece of kit. I cannot recommended it enough, works and syncs through everything. This and Google calendar are key to being organised.

Fool Proofing

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Yesterday I sent out a big group email to actors about auditions; today another big group email out to the production team (as seen in the post below). To make sure people actually read it, and know I mean business I have sent out group text messages alerting people that there is an important email for them that needs replaying to. If people still dont reply after all the alerts then they quite simply dont deserve to be on the team.

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Hold tight ALL CREW

The production crew is now complete 🙂

Ive sent this email out as an update…

Hello everyone.

This is an update on everything that’s happening so far….
The production crew is now complete at long last. There 15 of us and from what I’ve seen so far everyones got something totally rad to bring to the table.
I plan to start filming at the end of Easter, about the 8th (if we can?), and the week later, from the 15th of April. What are peoples availability on the weeks commencing from those dates?
I am trying arrange more evening shoots, but there will be some daytime stuff too. I am not planning on massive time consuming shoots, we are not making a nature doc for the BBC. Hopefully we can get it done over a few days, and I dont think shoots will go over 3/4 hrs at a time. I will be considerate in terms of peoples plans and general work load as some people here have full time jobs on top studies.
Sam (Assistant director) and myself have nearly finished the script and its looking great. If anyone on the crew wishes to come see where were at (plot, locations, props ets), your welcome over to pop into the studio anytime this Friday/weekend in Hyde Park.
To fund this project Im selling 500 of my records, which is kind of soul destroying but hopefully this proves how serious Im taking this. I cannot pay any of you, but hopefully we are all going to get something advantageous out of this. PLUS as a thank you I plan on putting a few hundred quid behind a bar for us all. A bit a wrap party at the end for us when the fucker is finished. Including the actors theres about 30 of us all together. 
 
Does anyone have any ideas? Queries?  Im all ears 24/7 
I will have a production pack out to you all soon. This will include details of everyone else on the crew, who they are, what they do, and contact details. 
 
Can Jaime, Phil, Chris, and Tom Stevens please send me a picture of themselves for the production pack, I have everyone else’s.
 
If anyone fancies casually discussing the project, then come meet me and some of the crew this Sunday afternoon for drinks around Hyde Park. 
 
I will email everyone soon with details on how to log into our production cloud account. Currently Im uploading some comedy gold for everyone to watch, and get inspired like. Later it will be used to transfer data efficiently between us.
 
Im very excited about this all and hope you guys are beginning to be too.
 
WATCH THIS SPACE,
 
Regards,
 
Billy Clay
 

Higher Eduction?????

venezuela-higher-ed

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1951140/?ref_=fn_al_tt_6

I want to call my short ‘Higher Education’, it works on many levels, doesn’t really need explaining. I did a bit of research and managed to find the above feature on IMDB. It did take me ages to find it and from what I can tell it must be 70 mins of pure trash. Sorry if Im offending anyone. It is kind of on the same idea which is a shame, but Im not letting it hold me back.

Keeping Actors up to date

Outlook   bill.clay hotmail.co.uk

 

To keep people on their toes and let them know something is happening soon I have sent out the above email to all the poepel who are interested in acting. Theres about 13 so far 14 including Sam the AD (assistant Director). Unless I get inundated with loads more I think that there will be a role for everyone.

I now need to get something like this over to everyone on the production crew. I need to get a pack of info done for them ASAP; which means finalising dates with key members of the team, also asap.

 

Finding the rest of the crew

Group email to fashion   wc69544 students.leeds art.ac.uk   Leeds College of Art Mail

Above is the message I have sent out to everyone on Fashion and below a poster I printed  (with my email on, but without the word been 😦 ) to get the attention of a particular girl i have only heard rumours about. Hopefully someone piece the puzzle together and get back to me.

Untitled document   Google Drive

I am still without a Storyboard Artist. i think ill put and add up on our DFGA forums and maybe group email to Vis-Com if need be.

*UPDATE*

14/03/13

No one has yet got back to me from fashion about being a stylist, har or make-up which is a shame. saying this I have about three girls on the production crew and I think every single one has told me that they want to do it, so I recon between them we have it covered.

THE ART DIRECTOR IS … Lydia Fothergill. I have met her today and I gather she does want a role but is busy herself. We are going to re-convine soon and try and work something out. She would like the role of Set Dresser.

 

Filming opportunities

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After todays tutorial, My ‘showreel to be’ was a point of focus. I have a good bit of footage but can always do with some more. I need to get as much filmed as possible over the next few months leading up to and into May.

When I see other course tutors in regards to finding the last couple of crew members for my FMP I can get my foot in the door with offering my services for students or tutors over the next few months when things become a bit busier, things that need filming.

 

Art Director & Story Boarder & Make up???


art-director dick

After my tutorial today with Anna Beth it has become apparent that an Art Director is needed. Anna suggested a girl in the 2nd year of Vis Com. However her name could not be remembered. To find her I can either email the Vis Com year group or I can try and find who she is from their course leader David Collins, who knows me from working on the Agua es Vida project.

I have been recommended by a !st year DFGA student, Jaime, who worked on my Cloud computing project, that a girl called Beaty Szwagierczak in his year is a pretty awesome at storyboarding. She’ll be getting an email after this post.

Beautiful Make Up

I also need someone for Hair/makeup/stylist role. For this Im going to send out emails to the fashion lot. Maybe it could be a good idea to get in touch with the lead tutor to se if they know of anyone in particular thats suited to the role. That way I know Im getting someone that hopefully wont let me down, plus when approaching someone for a role; I have found that it is advantageous in regards to getting them involved as they feel good about themselves when they know that they have been suggested or hand picked. In a way  motivational practice.

It has come to my attention that I should be maybe reaching out 1st and 2nd year students. From my own day to day life, it has been realised that when production is taking place for this project all 3rd years will be uber busy. There are plenty of worthy 1st and 2nd years who wont be as busy and willing to help on an FMP project.

Calling all actors

Actors Wanted   Student Sitcom in Leeds   Artists   theatres   Gumtree.com

As suggested by Sam, requests for actors were sent out to the relevant courses at Leeds UNI, Met and College; plus an ad was put on Gumtree as seen above. The layout of emails sent to educational establishments is below. I have also spammed our entire college, therefore every relevant course at the main local uni’s and colleges have been reached.

Outlook   bill.clay hotmail.co.uk

Goldsmiths?

My first choice in masters would be Film making at Goldsmiths. The open day is the 27th of March and the admissions details are below…

 

MA in Filmmaking  Goldsmiths  University of London

Fluffed up…Kinda

BBC Careers   Job Advert

 

2 weeks ago the Production Talent Pool opened up for admissions. I was on it straight away doing all the questionnaires. The last four questions were quite tricky with up to 500 words for each answer. I had filled them out and was waiting for my mate sonia to have a loom at them this eve to see if my english was at its correctist (lol). I hadn’t really been able to look at properly over the last week as I was down in london.

So gone to look at it today and the application closing date was yesterday 😦

I was only really applying to this for the sake of it and see if they would accept me, kind of a back up, or possibly defer it for a year. I would be really punching myself if this scheme hadn’t started in May, as that is when Im finishing up Uni. I had already told myself that this scheme was not plausible because of that, so I dont feel too bad; but there’s a lesson to be learnt that will come in handy when applying for more serious masters degrees….

DONT TAKE YOUR SWEET TIME OVER STUFF YOU CAN GET DONE SOONER

CHECK THE CLOSING DATES DUFUS

BVE 2013

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Managed to get a couple of the London crew to come BVE with me. Never been to an EXPO before  but seen many on TV and the internets, very exciting stuff. First off, I felt like a real filmaker. I had my little pass on with my name and company details. People displaying kit wanted to talk to me, everyone was in it for the love of filming and mad equipment. Even though me and my pals were more on the amateur side, we felt at home.

First off I did come across as a bit of a noob at points. People were asking me technical questions I simply didn’t have an answer to. This only happened twice, but it shouldn’t of happened at all. This is something I really need to work on. I need to know my 5D like the back of my hand. I dont want to be caught out with those types of questions in an interview.

SteadyCam gear is something I really need to research and look into. Full rigs for Big cameras  as well as smaller ones for my own DSLR. Theres an image above of one particular steady rig with a business card at the bottom of it, that also works as a monopod thats right up my street.

On a more fantastical level, the helicopter rigs were out of this world. On a More manageable level, pictures of the white one for the GoPro, is something attainable as we have a couple of go pros in the house. All the helis have also motivated me to try and get my brother on it. He has always been good with remote control anything. Hes just getting into film making and I can see him being a real G at heli filming.

Even though I want rid of all my Apple products asap, there were a few manufacturers including Rode and Manfrotto that had some really interesting add-ons for the iPhone. Pictured above is the Rode mic that clips onto the iPhone, with one of representatives saying it was better than the H4N zoom mic (!!?).

Overal it was a great experience. Getting hands on with kit I have only seen on the web. Finding out exactly what kit I need for my own rig and most importantly, it was super inspiring.

 

 

 

Workaholics

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The show was co-created and is largely written by its three stars, Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, Anders Holm. Frequent co-star Kyle Newacheck also directs most episodes, as well as being a fourth co-creator and serving as executive producer.

It has 3 main characters and 6 re-occurring.

Workaholics was ordered by Comedy Central in March 2010 after a Comedy Central executive saw a series of videos the group had posted on YouTube. The above video is their first. Which vcan be found on their Youtube channel, mailordercomedy. Another skit below…

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XAfC461kwQ&list=UUE6nir1yKUnKOMFnrN8Aekw&index=8%5D

For more insight there are more behind the scenes and interviews below…

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfho0E5BXes%5D [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u24juhD-oF4%5D

Influences

So far, people have been asking what are the influences to the comedy. how it will be produced and the type of comedy thats trying to be achieved. Two major influences must be the new US program Workaholics and the newish English comedy People Just do Nothing with hints of the Young Ones thrown in there.

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Picture to text = Rubbish

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Heads on the forums recommended mobile OCR and ImageToText for the iPhone. Gibberish like this comes out the end of both apps…

Characters
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of this book are only our opinions, bue^^^
experience* the term ‘Situation Comedv’ years of writing
snomer. What you’: aling with in the 1? bit of *
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your characters find themselves in are imp^^ **
l,ke location time period etc, but regardless of how coburfuU
… or how outlandish or fast paced a plot if *oui
characters have all the beUevability, warmth, charm, humour
and just plain personality of a soggy flannel … then who cares?

Also tried the OCR cloud service which was a bit better but still quite rubbish. Enough time has been wasted on this endeavor. Back to the scanner.

The New Team

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So far I have managed to get quite a team together…

Sam Hudson, an MA student at Leeds Uni doing MA Writing for Performance and Publication. I found this guy by putting out a group email to all the students on the course. So far I have met him a couple of times, and he really seems to know what hes on about. He will be jointly writing the script with me, may have a part in production, and will be assistant director.

Danny ‘Denzel’ Cooper, from our class. He will be in charge of sound, I will be assistant to him. He will most likely do all recording and some editing jointly with me. Danny will also be in charge of any animation, but this will be small, most likely just credits.

Tom Minton, who currently works at the BBC, will be great addition to the sound department.

Greg Hardy, like Danny Cooper, Greg is a member of Klunk who will be in charge of any graphic design.

Jaime McLoughlin, a current 1st year student on the course. He helped me on my last project and did a good job as a runner. His help would be very useful this time round also.

Sonia Darrington, with a masters in sociology, her linguistic skills have helped me on many projects before and will help on many in the future. Perfect for proof reading and script additions, plus having a ladies touch on a male dominated project is always a bonus.

James Pilgrim, a 3rd year photography student could also be our Cinematographer. This is yet to be confirmed though.

Kai, A mate of mine who is at the Met. Hopefully he will be in charge of Lighting.

there is also a group of people in the 2nd year of DFGA who Im waiting to hear back from. One who has confirmed a place on the team is Phil Jones.

More team members?

Mike has told me of a few people to get in touch with in the 2nd year about working on my production team. Tom bone, for DSLR work – also in group halls of residence flat. Plus Phil Jones, Yoni cohen, Tom Stevens. Heres the email I sent them below…

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I also went to see the photography tutors to see if they knew anyone on their course that was particularly good with video and they suggested James pilgrim in the 3rd year. I have also sent him an email…

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Finding actors

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Looking in the wrong place, obviously local talent will be doing Theatre. Sam has told me to look on…

Gumtree

Colleges –

Theater Groups @ city college next to or part of the met

Casting call pro

Open Theatre Society

Load of girls (in general), not too many dudes

Leeds Met theatre

Dramatic Structure

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After going over what Sam advised me to do with Anna Beth, she put me onto Dramatic structure, most notably Freytag’s Structure. Below ripped off Wiki…Above an example of this theory in regards to steven kings ‘Carrie’ and at the bottom ‘Halloween’ by John Carpenter. 

Freytag’s analysis

According to Freytag, a drama is divided into five parts, or acts,which some refer to as a dramatic arc: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and dénouement.

Although Freytag’s analysis of dramatic structure is based on five-act plays, it can be applied (sometimes in a modified manner) to short stories and novels as well. Nonetheless the pyramid is not always easy to use, especially in modern plays such as Alfred Uhry‘s “Driving Miss Daisy“, which is actually divided into 25 scenes without concrete acts.

Exposition or introduction

In the exposition, the setting is established, and the main characters are introduced. This is often done subtly without the reader knowing. It usually lasts around 2 to 3 minutes at the start of a play.

Rising action

In the rising action part, a related series of incidents build toward the point of greatest interest.

Climax

Main article: Climax (narrative)

The climax is the turning point, which marks a change, for the better or the worse, in the protagonist’s affairs. If the story is a comedy, things will have gone badly for the protagonist up to this point; now, the plot will begin to unfold in his or her favor, often requiring the protagonist to draw on hidden inner strengths. If the story is a tragedy, the opposite state of affairs will ensue, with things going from good to bad for the protagonist, often revealing the protagonist’s hidden weaknesses.

Falling action

During the falling action the conflict between the protagonist and the antagonist unravels, with the protagonist winning or losing against the antagonist. The falling action may contain a moment of final suspense, in which the final outcome of the conflict is in doubt.

Dénouement, resolution, or catastrophe

The dénouement (pronounced /deɪnuːˈmɑ̃ː/, /dˈnmɒn/, or US /deɪːnuˈmɑ̃ː/; French: [denuˈmɑ̃]) comprises events from the end of the falling action to the actual ending scene of the drama or narrative. Conflicts are resolved, creating normality for the characters and a sense ofcatharsis, or release of tension and anxiety, for the reader. Etymologically, the French word dénouement is derived from the Old French word desnouer, “to untie”, from nodus, Latin for “knot.” It is the unraveling or untying of the complexities of a plot.

The comedy ends with a dénouement (a conclusion) in which the protagonist is better off than at the story’s outset. The tragedy ends with a catastrophe in which the protagonist is worse off than at the beginning of the narrative. Exemplary of a comic dénouement is the final scene of Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It, in which couples marry, an evildoer repents, two disguised characters are revealed for all to see, and a ruler is restored to power. In Shakespeare’s tragedies, the dénouement is usually the death of one or more characters.

Modern works may have no dénouement, because of a quick or surprise ending.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dramatic_structure)

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Help with story and Characters

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Sam, my script writing pal gave me some pointers last night after I showed him what I had so far….

We need to know the characters, we cant backtrack, other wise script gets muddled, dialogue has to be the very last thing.

Keep cast to a minimum.

Every character, has a slightly conflicting characteristic. They cant be predictable. Two characteristics in one person.

Every story has an incident, the incident should happen early on in the episode.

Every character should have something to loose. Something they want and something to loose.

Series of obstacles for each character, each have get knocked back, then bounce back again.

A large build up to the ultimatum or last scenario.

Best endings are always open ended.

Each character should be a changed state to what they started in.

What would each character buy of they had 20 items in a supermarket?

Start with protagonist.

Dont give the character choices.

 

 

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Info-mercial scenarios

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Over the last few weeks I have been primarily  working on my dissertation. I have stayed in contact with Henry and Michael from Jogpost and they have given me some ideas to work with…

Henry has briefed you already but I’m just going to lay things out as I see them to give you as clear a picture as possible from my perspective.

 
We are going for that “YOU MUST SEE THIS” “OMG Hilarious!” “JOKES!!!!!” viral comedy video effect.
 
With the intention of slipping in brand awareness underneath. We want something REALLY funny.
 
These are 3 possible scenarios buzzing around my head at the moment. Just see them as a loose framework for your own expertise to unfold. 
 
I would love to hear about which scenario you think you could do the most damage with ie: get the most hits. 
 
And get the most out of production wise. 
 
Scenario 1:
The chain of events:
This all starts with the guy collecting the wrong wedding dress. (errandboy could have solved that)
Maybe his wedding shoes are both for the left foot so he’s walking around in socks (errandboy could have solved that)
The phone rings the best-man just remembered he gave the wedding ring to the stripper he fell in love with the night before when he asked her to marry him and it needs collecting. 
We’re basically just looking for a litany of hilarious comedic disasters.
Things just go from bad to worse and much worse etc etc. 
The groom is on his last nerve.
He locks the key inside his father in law  to be’s expensive car that he’s been lent (Errandboy could have collected the spare). 
He breaks into the car and the old lady across the road reports him.  
He ends up being pushed into a jail cell, with no shoes on. 
He turns to face camera with a bunch of really beefy dudes with funny homoerotic expressions on their faces standing behind him and the tag line comes up “we’ve got your back” 
implying he might get bummed or just beaten up depending on the state of the viewers mind. 
 
Scenario 1:
The wedding:
We base the whole thing around a wedding that’s about to go horribly wrong.
 
The bride gets the wrong dress.
The best man forgets the ring.
The bride’s father forgets his speech.
The vicar forgets his robes. 
The caterers forget the cake.
The groom wakes up naked on Brighton beach and he needs his tux delivered to the venue.  
ETC ETC
(Investing as much comedy value as possible.)
 
Then a couple of errand boy reps are seen laving as the whole thing goes off perfectly.
And we’ve got your back message hits you with a bang.  
 
Scenario 3:
The Diva:
(maybe a guy in drag doing a Lady Gaga impression) 
She wants all this unbelievably weird stuff.
Wardrobe forgot to pick up her lamb chop dress from the butchers.
Her favourite wig needs fetching from the airport flown in specially whatever. 
 
(My problem with this scenario is its funny but hard to relate to, the brand message may be lost)

As I have explained to them, I think that they all have possibilities but they should be moulded into one, especially scenario 1 & 2. Another issue I have bought up is cost. Having all the ‘costume’ and actors will cost monies. Saying this if they can accommodate for lots of people and source most of the costumes then it could be doable. Location is another issue that shouts at me straight away. They are currently editing a brief for me to work from.

BBC Academy – College of Production

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/collegeofproduction/

Trainee schemes – Production talent pool

Once you are a member of the PTP you will have the chance to apply for the BBC’s Production Trainee Scheme, an intensive 12 month paid traineeship. The PTP is now the only route into the Production Trainee Scheme.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/trainee-schemes/ptp-application-process

I can apply to get into the production talent pool by clicking a link the link above from the 18th of February.

The work starts as of May????

Most suited for myself will most likely be the…

Runner – Television
A Runner provides general support to a television or multiplatform production team. You might need to fetch props, deal with on-screen talent, assist in filming, or conduct basic research. You will need to possess great people skills and be organised, flexible and bursting with creative ideas. Runners generally aspire to move into creative roles, first as a researcher and then assistant producer.

General FAQs…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/trainee-schemes/ptp-faqs

 

How to get your first job in film

Mike put me on to this from the guardian…
Film director Christopher Nolan on the set of Batman

Think you’re the new Nolan? Secure your first job in film by following these top tips from First Light. Photograph: Warner Bro/Everett / Rex Features

Film is notoriously hard to break into, but with energy and perseverance, a career in the industry can be very rewarding. Here are seven tips from film company First Light, a UK-wide organisation that uses film and media production to develop skills in young people up to the age of 25.

1. Be positive

Have a positive and enthusiastic attitude, no matter how menial a task may seem. Many graduates think that being a runner and making the tea is beneath them, but this is the best way to get your foot in the door. Look at the positives:

• As a runner you have the opportunity to understand the wide range of roles out there, and how they fit together – this is a skill that will be useful when you are higher up the ranks

• Use it as an opportunity to network and make contacts in the industry. If you make a good impression, they might remember you the next time they need a pair of hands

• Use your initiative – see what needs doing without being asked first, and you’re more likely to work your way up the ladder faster

2. Make films

Want to be a script writer? Write scripts. Want to be a director? Get a group together and direct a short film. Industry bods are more likely to take you seriously if you can actually show that you’re passionate rather than just talking the talk.

3. Know yourself

When you’re networking or in an interview situation, you need to be able to explain, succinctly, what you’re about. Do you eventually want to work in the camera department, be a director, or write scripts? Are you passionate about documentaries, or dramas? What skills do you possess that would make you a valuable part of a team?

Have you heard of an elevator pitch, a scenario where you end up in a lift with an executive or studio head and have two minutes to pitch your idea to them? While it’s very unlikely this will happen (and lifts don’t often take a whole two minutes!) the point is that you could bump into someone important at any given time. Rather than bumbling away at them, have a brief and compelling pitch which could generate interest in your idea.

4. Work on your CV and covering letter

First impressions count, and often somebody’s first impression of you will be on a piece of paper sat on their desk. Your CV needs to be: easy to read, clean and simple, well-written (with no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors) and include only information relevant to the role at hand. Your covering letter is then a chance to expand upon some of the relevant points and spell out how you fit the person specification (if there is one) or what you think they are looking for.

5. Beware of exploitation

There is a lot of unpaid work around. While it may be a beneficial way of getting your foot in the door, many young people simply can’t afford it. If you are going to undertake unpaid work, make sure your employer doesn’t exploit you. We recommend that:

• Unpaid work should last no longer than four weeks – after this the employer should pay you at least minimum wage

• The employer should provide travel expenses

• You should expect to receive training, dedicated supervision and flexible hours

Arts Council England and Creative and Cultural Skills have published a guide to arts internships, highlighting the legal obligations for employers.

6. Network

It’s not as hard as you might think. Grab a drink and introduce yourself to someone. Make sure you ask questions about them as well. If you come away with a useful business card then follow it up and make contact, even if it’s just a note to say it was nice to meet them and to bear you in mind if any opportunities arise. Be careful not to pester people though because it might put them off.

7. Use social media

It’s more important now than ever before to interact online in order to find opportunities and jobs, engage with prospective employers, and generally keep up-to-date with the industry. Last-minute runner jobs are often posted on Twitter – so get involved.

Live Briefs



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After researching competition briefs I was underwhelmed. I understand that placing in one is great on a C.V. but producing something that is actually going to be used and help in one way or another seems to be more of an exciting venture.

I have contacted two relatively small companies (in comparison to the competition briefs), one I have no ties with, e-cigs uk, as I have just puchased one from them bet let down by the ammount vital information that cant be found on their website…

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The another my cousin Henry a young entrepreneur in London. His flyer company Jog Post @ http://www.leafletdistribution.co.uk/ was picked up on Dragons Den, so I’d thought I’d call him.

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After speaking it turns out he’s starting up something new, which is another sort of courier service. Hes given me a few details and would like an infomercial putting together. If e-cigs get in touch that can be another side project.

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Competition briefs

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Had a looksy at some of the briefs and not too excited 😦 The Absolut or Coke ones could be alright, but as a student I dont think I have to sell my soul just yet.

However there has been some more manageable and interesting ones on the DandAD site…

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This exercise one for the Department of Health is a main contender…

http://www.dandad.org/awards/student/2013/categories/8/make-your-mark

Putting the feelers out

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Sent an email out to MA Writing for performance & publication course at Leeds Uni. Very much looking forward to some replies.

Leeds Uni Links

First place to look for some local talent would be Leeds uni below is the link to the Theatre Performance degree. Guessing that the course admissions will be able to pass on the course administrators number to send out group emails on my behalf.

http://www.pci.leeds.ac.uk/ug/theatre-performance/

Once on the website I thought it maybe a good idea to find script writing related course…

I have never written a ‘proper’ script. It could be wise to use a script already written, or find someone like minded & in the know to co-lab with.

Below is the link to the MA Writing for Performance…

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/coursefinder/18288/MA_Writing_for_Performance_&_Publication

Comedy tips/rules from Sarah Morgan

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http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/sarah-morgan/comedy-writing-some-rules_b_973822.html

1) Hen is a funnier word than chicken.

Deeply controversial. I have a grand unifying theory of comedy that you can divide the world into two kinds of people, those who think ‘hen’ is a funny word, and those who favour ‘chicken’. Oh, chicken should be the funniest word, with its voiceless velar plosive (the ‘k’ sound so beloved of funny words – knickers, knackers, knockers etc. “Yakuza” is funnier than “Mafia” for exactly this reason.) But that’s why, to me, it isn’t as funny. Chickens cross the road and are stapled to punks, they’re part of the comedy bricks and mortar already, they’re lazy.

‘Hen’ is a good shaped word – its round and smooth, it sits in your mouth (or the mouth of the actors you are writing for) like a warm egg. I wrote a radio sketch with comedian Matt Kirshen about amateur butchers which contained the line “you came in here, with just a hammer and a hen…” I get dizzy just thinking about the words ‘hammer’ and ‘hen’ together.

But your mileage may vary. After the comedy panel, over Kev’s mum’s wonderfully moist pear and chocolate tart, I asked my peers, “So. Are you chicken, or hen men?” Paul Mayhew Archer said, “Chicken, of course” . Not in a mean way, but in the concerned, avuncular way God or Father Christmas would say ‘chicken, of course’. My heart withered like an apple core in a glove compartment. Paul Mayhew Archer has a finger in the most successful comedy pies of the 20th and 21st century. I am a tit who shops in the yellow-stickered reduced bit at Sainsburys.

Note: Most animals go through cycles of being funny. There was a dark time in the 90s when simply saying the word ‘badger’ was a thing. Never forget.

2) Some numbers are funnier than others.

Recently I went to see a lecture by Galton and Simpson, exquisitely-suited writers in their 80s who are better at comedy than you or I will ever be. A numerologist in the audience asked if there was mystical significance to Steptoe and Son living at 23 Oil Drum Lane. Alan Simpson looked politely baffled. He said: “I imagine we made it that because 23 is a funnier number than 20.” And IT IS. FACT.

Numbers go through comedy cycles too – a radio producer I work with, David Tyler, is so terrified of wasting any air-time with material that isn’t 100% joke substance, he insists all big numbers in a script are rounded up. The outcome of this is the writing team get quite snobby when we notice baroque, flowery numbers on other things.

“4573?” we say, loftily. “Talk about try-hard. What a massive needoid of a number.”

Five thousand is a funny number. “The deaths have been estimated at four or five thousand.” The sitcom Louie used the number “Seventeen million” to near-devastating effect in the episode ‘Moving’. Fractions may become fashionable again in our lifetime, but I doubt it. Needy. Fractions are the ‘Scunthorpe’ of numbers. If that sentence makes sense to you, go outside in the fresh air, and try and experience one moment of genuine wonder and sincerity today. Smell a baby’s head. Skip naked through a wheatfield. Something.

3) The devil is in the details/use all five senses.

A general useful tip for writing is ‘specificity is funnier than… not specificity’. Say Jujufruits instead of candy. Chocolate babka instead of cake. Big salad, instead of salad. (those are all from Seinfeld.) But also, just chucking the word “Ginsters” into your script does not make you the Alan Partridge writing team.

Words that trigger more than once sense are helpful to enrich your writing – I have ‘touch/taste/smell/hear/see’ on a post-it note over my desk as a constant reference. If you evoke more than one sense, in theory the audience doesn’t just hear/read a word, they taste/smell/feel it and lodge it in a different bit of their brain. You may have noticed I have peppered this blog with words that make you feel hungry – ‘cake’, ‘pear and chocolate tart’ ‘warm egg’. This is because I want you to like me, and feel a primal sense of something or other when you come across my work, and hopefully your mouth will involuntarily fill with spit when you meet me. Yeah. (See also: Chocolate-covered-cherries in Tootsie, the Bog of Eternal Stench in Labyrinth)

4) In these troubled times, warmth is as important as jokes.

The BBC have an edict that all modern sitcoms must contain “at least one scene where the cast are in a car singing along to a song the viewers are familiar with”.

5) The secret to modern comedy with women in is cupcakes. Bitches love cupcakes. It’s the double voiceless velar plosive, no doubt. Also the buttercream icing.

 

Reading all these tips re-mind me of what I already know but wouldn’t have thought of directly as a way to write. I just usually think of funnies in my head and forget them. If I write all these as notes and put them around me it should sink in.

British Comedy Guide

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http://www.sitcom.co.uk/writers/

Another place time should be spent. Advice, insight, books, consultation, directory etc.

Books I need

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Found some reviews on much needed books. These can go into my project rational, Heres the best of…

How to be a Sitcom Writer: Secrets from the Inside by Marc Blake

Writing Television Comedy by Jerry Rannow

Writing Sitcoms by John Byrne & Marcus Powell

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10 writing tips from will self

http://www.jungla.co.uk/2010/ten-writing-tips-from-british-author-will-self/

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1 Don’t look back until you’ve written an entire draft, just begin each day from the last sentence you wrote the preceeding day. This prevents those cringing feelings, and means that you have a substantial body of work before you get down to the real work which is all in . . .

The edit.

Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever.

4 Stop reading fiction – it’s all lies anyway, and it doesn’t have anything to tell you that you don’t know already (assuming, that is, you’ve read a great deal of fiction in the past; if you haven’t you have no business whatsoever being a writer of fiction).

5 You know that sickening feeling of inadequacy and over-exposure you feel when you look upon your own empurpled prose? Relax into the awareness that this ghastly sensation will never, ever leave you, no matter how successful and publicly lauded you become. It is intrinsic to the real business of writing and should be cherished.

Live life and write about life. Of the making of many books there is ­indeed no end, but there are more than enough books about books.

By the same token remember how much time people spend watching TV. If you’re writing a novel with a contemporary setting there need to be long passages where nothing happens save for TV watching: “Later, George watched Grand Designs while eating HobNobs. Later still he watched the shopping channel for a while . . .”

8 The writing life is essentially one of solitary confinement – if you can’t deal with this you needn’t apply.

Oh, and not forgetting the occasional beating administered by the sadistic guards of the imagination.

10 Regard yourself as a small corporation of one. Take yourself off on team-building exercises (long walks). Hold a Christmas party every year at which you stand in the corner of your writing room, shouting very loudly to yourself while drinking a bottle of white wine. Then masturbate under the desk. The following day you will feel a deep and cohering sense of embarrassment.

BBC – Writers Room

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From the post below I found the link to Writers Room by the BBC. It has plenty of guides and a library to look at other peoples. I need to be hanging here.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/

Writing Sketches

Written by Richard Herring, David Mitchell and robert Webb

You may be tempted to crack straight on with a sitcom, but start small. Containing an idea in a two-minute sketch will teach you about structure, establishing characters and how to write pithy, economical dialogue.

It is easy to put on a sketch show at your college, pub or on the internet. A producer will be happier to read a page or two rather than a whole script and there are radio and TV shows which are looking for shorter sketch material, which means you have a much better chance of selling your work.

I started my professional career writing topical sketches for the now defunct Radio 4 show Weekending. I actually pretty much loathed the programme, as it was rather formulaic and rarely biting. Yet I stayed for a year, serving an apprenticeship that taught me many skills: from the mundane business of how to format a script (for this and further advice see bbc.co.uk/writersroom) to technical tricks such as how to avoid clunky exposition like:

FX: Knock on door
MAN: You asked to see me Prime Minister!

This opening establishes location and characters artlessly. You need to look for more subtle ways to inform the listener or you will lose their interest and respect. Don’t treat them like they’re stupid.

I soon learned that even though we were paid by the minute, that it was foolish to write 5 minute sketches. The show was only 25 minutes, so longer skits would be binned, while lightening gags might fill a gap. It was economical to be economical.

Now I prefer to stretch an idea as far as it will go, then a little further. If you can learn to write a blistering 60-second skit with four laughs, a beginning, a middle and an end, then everything else will be easy.

While Weekending is no more, there are plenty of sketch shows on radio and TV that invite outside contributions. If there are lots of writers’ names in the credits, write a couple of sketches in an appropriate style (even if it’s not your particular sense of humour), send them to the producer and you will probably get feedback.

Or you can set up your own sketch group and take a show to the Edinburgh Fringe or film it for YouTube. Try to make your own material as original as possible. When Stewart Lee and I began writing together at university, we set rules about things we wouldn’t write about: celebrities, parodies of TV shows, political satire, all of which were in vogue. By limiting ourselves we came up with a lot of unusual ideas and created our own voice.

Sketch writing tips

· Keep an eye out for interesting real life characters. My driving instructor seemed overly critical of my inability to drive, given that that was the reason I was employing him, so I wrote a sketch about an instructor who berates his pupils for being non-driving idiots.

· Don’t start with a catchphrase. It will seem forced and probably end up with you creating a one joke persona. Create the character, write some sketches and a catchphrase might present itself. Look at Al Murray the Pub Landlord. It’s a multi-layered persona and the catchphrases “I was never confused”, “rules is rules” and “glass of white wine for the lady” come out of the character rather than vice versa.

· Starting with a simple premise and exploring the consequences can be better than trying to conceive something outlandish. Monty Python’s dead parrot sketch begins with the premise of a pet shop owner selling a customer a deceased bird. The genius is in the execution.

Exercises: Character comedy

Watch a whole morning of daytime telly. Look out for an interesting character and then try and write a sketch about them. Don’t try to parody the shows you have watched, just try to find a persona and then put them into a real life situation.

Many of the Little Britain characters were created this way.

Mitchell and Webb on writing sketches

Make sure you have an idea before you start. It’s no use sitting in front of a blank screen saying “right, it could be anything.” “Anything” isn’t a brief, it’s a mental wilderness. You need to decide what you’re going to write before you write it, and this is best done away from the winking cursor.

A sketch needs a premise, a core funny idea that is its reason to exist. As soon as a sketch begins, the audience looks for this premise and it needs to be apparent. Presenting a character? Make sure the funny thing about them is expressed early. Taking the piss out of some element of modern life? Present it at the beginning and quickly undermine it.

You need the element of surprise in comedy but, before that, you need to make people comfortable with where you are. There need to be, to quote the protesting philosophers from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, “rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty”. So establish the setting first, make it clear why it’s funny, throw in a surprise and get out. Ideally the last joke, or punchline, should be the best but the sad fact is there are more premises than punchlines. It’s a great argument against intelligent design.

Sketch comedy doesn’t benefit from the audience’s loyalty to characters, it’s only as funny as its last joke. But its advantage is that it can embrace any setting, subject or situation. Use these strengths by having lots of short and contrasting items. That way, if the audience doesn’t like one sketch, you soon get the chance to win them over with something else.

· David Mitchell and Robert Webb are the creators of TV series That Mitchell and Webb Look.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/sep/22/comedy2

Rationale for Project Proposal

I am a filmmaker. Currently in a broad sense as I have been been producing completely. Cameraman, sound recording, directing, editor, cinematographer etc. The whole shebang. It has become apparent that for me to produce successfully one needs to step back from pursuing all forms of filmmaking as there’s simply too much for one person to accomplish.

In this project I will be focusing on directing. I will be in charge of production but will delegate roles to more suited personnel. I will be looking to find a complete team to work with on the task in hand.

I will produce a short a film. It will be a situational comedy. Total run time will be between 15-20 minutes; but maybe split into two shorter shorts, episodes if you will. I will direct. This may only be one role but within it theres still plenty for one man to be getting on with. I will write the script, with supervision, edit and I will find the actors, I will have to make a good relationship with them; and hugely important I will find a solid team. I will be looking for a sound-man, most likely Danny Cooper, I would like a director of photography, a cameraman and someone for costume/makeup/consistency. Overall I see about 15 people working on this endeavour.

Comedy is a hard one to crack, especially as this will be my first fictional works; but I have the intention of getting it right, I’m pretty sure I can do it.

In terms of this project relating to my dissertation, there won’t be much between them. I will go out my way to use cloud services in production but there won’t be huge correlation. Instead, and this is something I need to go over with one of the tutors, I will be looking at further developing myself by trying to get on to a masters. This project would be my lead into getting a place, therefore, it must be professional and have breadth, worthy of being pre-masters material.

 

This is what I have so far. I remember not having a copy of this after submitting it for my last project. About half way through the project I had pretty much forgotten what I had written, so, to be safe I putting a copy here.

I need to find a relevant range of books, magazine, journals and web based sources that I anticipate using. Using the Harvard referencing system. Ive got a couple but I should ask about some more.

The British Society of Cinematographers

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The British Society of Cinematographers is a professional Society formed in 1949;  its prime objective being to promote and encourage the highest standards in the art and craft of cinematography.     Its membership is by invitation only and comprises talented and experienced Cinematographers, many of whom have received Academy Awards (Oscars & Baftas) and other accolades for their work.   It also encompasses experienced Camera Operators among its Associate Membership and distinguished friends and patrons from the film and television industry.

Membership is invitation only, but they do offer club member ship @ £120 a year and you get…

Benefits of being part of the BSC club include: Networking socials with BSC cinematographers and other Club Members in London. Free entrance to a series of exclusive events, from ‘in conversation’ screenings of classic and modern films plus state of the art technical discussions. Discounted subscription to the British Cinematographer magazine. Please note: BSC Club Membership is open to all in the industry and carries an annual donation of £100.00 in return for which members are invited to BSC screenings and many of the Society’s social events. BSC Club Members have no voting rights nor can they use the initials ‘BSC’ after their name.

They also provide training … http://www.bscine.com/information/training/   and have a publication which should be a good read.

Relevant to myself as one could do with some cine training, also it would be of importance to network with some of the best cinematographers in the country. Any advice issued would be of great help.

 

British Film Institute

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The British Film Institute (BFI) is a charitable organisation established by Royal Charter to:

Encourage the development of the arts of film, television and the moving image throughout the United Kingdom, to promote their use as a record of contemporary life and manners, to promote education about film, television and the moving image generally, and their impact on society, to promote access to and appreciation of the widest possible range of British and world cinema and to establish, care for and develop collections reflecting the moving image history and heritage of the United Kingdom.
The BFI became the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive.

We’ll connect audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema; preserve and restore the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations; champion emerging and world class filmmakers in the UK; invest in creative, distinctive and entertaining work; promote British film and talent to the world; and grow the next generation of filmmakers and audiences.

 

There isn’t a membership as such but aligning myself with their procedures and what they do have to offer is a no brainer. They offer funding and great help with locations and crew etc which is completely relevant to myself.

Documentary Film Makers Group

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The Documentary Filmmakers Group – DFG – is the national organisation working to promote documentary filmmaking talent and innovation in the UK.

A single aim links all our work: to encourage, stimulate, promote and support the growth of a strong community of documentary filmmakers and film audiences.

We have been running since 2001, operating as a non-profit organisation. Our presence, our activities and our community continue to expand, showing that there is real demand for a group dedicated to serving the needs of documentary film in all its aspects.

Through our unique partnership with the award-winning Mosaic Films, DFG provides a combined level of expertise that positions us to collaborate on a range of exciting training and film production initiatives in partnership with Channel 4, Five, and ITV, amongst other organisations. In keeping with our mission statement, these initiatives are designed either to promote talent, diversity and equal opportunities within the documentary filmmaking industry, or to promote innovation in a particular strand of documentary programming.

JOIN DFG AND YOU GET ACCESS TO:

  • Resources
  • Special Events
  • Advice
  • Discounts
  • Community

RESOURCES

Once signed up as a DFG Member, you can access exclusive information and resources online at thedfg.org, including:

  • Industry news and announcements
  • Contracts and downloadable templates
  • Tips and Guides
  • NEW: Access to the video archive of DFG events
  • Festival Listings including open Calls for Entry and Submission Deadlines

You can also submit your own events, share your own news and comment on the issues and opinions raised in our new range of industry-focussed editorial.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Starting with our first series of Doc Talks in March 2010, DFG is launching a new strand of professional development events aimed primarily towards meeting the needs of DFG Members, including a development of our increasingly popular Mini-Meetmarket initiative in partnership with Sheffield Doc/Fest.

You will be entitled to priority booking and – if a fee is payable at all – to a heavily discounted rate.

ADVICE

Doc Clinic is an advice surgery available exclusively to DFG Members, giving participants the opportunity to work through their specific issues with an industry professional in an intimate environment. Previous clinics have focussed on project and proposal development.

DISCOUNTS

As a member of DFG you can benefit from:

  • An exclusive discount on all DFG 1 and 2-day Short Courses;
  • A whopping great discount on passes to industry events like Sheffield Doc/Fest and Televisual’s Intelligent Factual Festival;
  • A discount on the EDN’s invaluable Financing Guide;
  • Special offers on cinema tickets, DVDs and books

COMMUNITY

When you join DFG, you don’t join a top-heavy organisation that tells you what’s best for you. As part of our commitment to strengthening the documentary filmmaking industry, we give all members the opportunity to join the DFG Steering Group: you can attend regular meetings, pitch suggestions and ideas, and even become a DFG Roving Ambassador in your country or region. It’s YOUR chance to shape DFG – and the documentary industry – for the better.

 

This relevant to myself as currently I don’t have access to any resources, advice or discounts in regards to documentary film making. Also a key part would be the access to the community, finding people in the same situation and networking.

Link to their website….

http://thedfg.org/homepage/page/280/about-us

How to get high views on Youtube?

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Ive been searching the internets for info on how to get a bucket load of views. Heres what Ive found…

  • Blogs: We reach out to individuals who run relevant blogs and actually pay them to post our embedded videos. Sounds a little bit like cheating/PayPerPost, but it’s effective and it’s not against any rules.
  • Forums: We start new threads and embed our videos. Sometimes, this means kickstarting the conversations by setting up multiple accounts on each forum and posting back and forth between a few different users. Yes, it’s tedious and time-consuming, but if we get enough people working on it, it can have a tremendous effect.
  • MySpace: Plenty of users allow you to embed YouTube videos right in the comments section of their MySpace pages. We take advantage of this.
  • Facebook: Share, share, share. We’ve taken Dave McClure’s advice and built a sizeable presence on Facebook, so sharing a video with our entire friends list can have a real impact. Other ideas include creating an event that announces the video launch and inviting friends, writing a note and tagging friends, or posting the video on Facebook Video with a link back to the original YouTube video.
  • Email lists: Send the video to an email list. Depending on the size of the list (and the recipients’ willingness to receive links to YouTube videos), this can be a very effective strategy.
  • Friends: Make sure everyone we know watches the video and try to get them to email it out to their friends, or at least share it on Facebook.

http://techcrunch.com/2007/11/22/the-secret-strategies-behind-many-viral-videos/

  • Add many keywords that describe your video to make it easier for people to find it when searching…  include synonyms (other words that mean the same thing) to the keywords that you selected…
  • Check out some videos with a similar topic to your videos… perhaps you can create a video response to their videos… it will help generate some traffic to your videos and perhaps increase your subscriber base.
  • Make sure you do not disable your EMBED code… If people like your video enough, this will allow them to post your video on their web pages or in email, thus generating views.

http://youtube-answers.blogspot.co.uk/2008/11/how-do-i-promote-myself-on-youtube.html

I really dont like this guy but he seems to know what hes talking about…

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmBqwkmRgck%5D

Optimize title with key words – what would you be searching for when looking for your video.

Description optimised – website address on first line of description – write it like a blog post, a lot of content as it goes through Google.

Optimize tags – key words people – find other key words by searching and checking what comes up.

Joint venture – Find relationships with other big users – partner ship – video interviews

Run Competitions – not going to happen

 

You can also pay for views. Seems semi legit?

http://500views.com/how-it-works/

Its quite cheap, from what Ive researched I think they get you the views by getting your vid on big blogs.

This link below is a lot more technical but seems to make sense…

http://www.reelseo.com/videos-ranking-universal-search-results-video-seo-study/#axzz2EEM6V42m

  • Upload the video to a prominent platform (I continue to be a fan of cross-posting on multiple platforms to maximize potential audience size and overall reach).
  • Do everything in your power to rank that video well on the platform’s own search results.
  • Avoid transactional keywords and phrases traditionally designed to trigger a sale, and instead focus on informational words for your title, tags, and even your script (captions).
  • Make great videos–this is not from aimClear’s study, but still seems like good advice to me. With universal SERP real estate being so valuable, I doubt Google or Bing are going to let it become infected with poor quality video anytime soon.

Automating Audio

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Because all the audio recording devices had different levels it was logical to level them out in logic. Now sounding much better but my copy logic 8 keeps stretching .aiff files which is a real annoyance as it means I have to convert audio, losing quality every time.

Accidental Deletion :(

Before I went out to re-film for the 3rd time earlier I deleted all of the audio files from the recorders 4gig memory card. What I didn’t realise is that the last audio was on there from filming the conclusion last night.

I nearly had a mental breakdown… until I found this bit of kit…MiniTool Mac data recovery, download link below…

http://download.cnet.com/MiniTool-Mac-Data-Recovery/3000-2094_4-11682994.html

Its completely free and with a bit of searching through a few directories, I had my audio back. Life saver.

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2nd edit

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This is the 2nd edit that was put together today.

It includes the footage from the 2nd shoot with improved audio. There is un-usable footage in there from 2 minutes 17 secs. I have been out today to shoot it for the third time. The new footage is usable and will be in the final edit.

Currently the animation is 3/4 done; and is all in the same After Effects file which is why there isn’t any in this edit.

From this edit to final edit I need to get rid of any audio from the camera, using only the Edirol clips. Some new narration needs adding. I need to get another screen cap of Metal Slug for the games section and put some simple credits in. I also need to stitch the HDR time-lapse together and stick it in if necessary, but it maybe the case that it is not needed, saying this it could go nicely on the end with the credits over the top.

Once all this is done I can put some extra sound/music there also.

Workprint Feedback

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I’ve shown the workprint to Matt Burton so that I could some pointers towards re-filming tomorrow.

First up, I need to change depth of field, as it is currently too shallow. I need to close the iris to get a deeper depth of field. This can be seen from scene 3.

When voxing (narrator asking questions to public), the subject needs to swap sides for each shot, filling the oposite space. One person right, one person left. To do this I need Gavin to move left and right of the camera so that the subject is looking at him.this can be seen from scene 7.

Gavin doesn’t need to type, if so, casually. scene 14.2 onwards.

Never film windows. to much distraction, makes it look over exposed. 14.2 onwards. INSTEAD… Use window light as EDGE LIGHT (research this).

Head room is also tight, stick to rule of thirds, put grid on camera.

Scene 17. over exposed, cannot see detail of head. Close iris.

Scene 19. too much headroom, keep to rule of 3rds. NOT ACTUALLY HEAD, check eye line not head line.

Scene 21. screen capture. Have him infront of computer then zzom into monitor, that is, the screen cap.

 

GENERAL

keep shutter @ 50-100

The iso will produce noise after 1000, try and keep at 200. DIGITAL BRIGHTNESS = NOISE

Get more depth of field by closing the iris.

BOOM.

 

 

 

Gavins ill!

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As Gavin is ill today…I will have to film tomorrow (Tuesday). This makes things even more frantic than they already are. It can be done, but its gong to be tuff.

Today I will have to get on with animating with Danny, if he can do it. Get the time-lapse done & try and get Gavin in later for narration. If not, all filming and narration will have be done tomorrow. I need to speak to Gavin later to arrange a full day of production for Tuesday.

Today I could also make the credits and find sound effects.

Post Workprint A/V Script

1. Opening animation – Klunk Title (An educational short by…)

2. Animated title – What is Cloud Computing?

3. Opening shot – presenter in town (@ Casa Mia? issues with water splash noise) test with Gavin’s mic.

4. Animation – explanation of the internet – needs new animation

5. Shot of presenter – same location as 3. (@ Casa Mia?)

6. Animated title – What exactly is Cloud Computing?

7. Voxing public – using around 5 answers

8 – 13 cut

14. Shot of presenter – same location as 7.

14.1 Animation – connected to the web – needs narrating

14.2 Back to presenter – new location @ cafe HP Corner

14.3 Screen capture – Google Docs – needs narration after capping (scripting?)

15. Back to presenter using computer @ HP Corner cafe

15.5 New angle of above ^

16. Animated title – What is cloud Storage?

16.1 Animation – explaining cloud storage – new narration needed

17. Back to narrator – in library @ Vernon St

18. New shot – next to computer @Vernon St

19. Presenter – outside Vernon st.

20. Animation – Pro’s & Con’s :-

20.1 Connectivity

20.2 Security

20.3 Ownership

20.4 Reduced Processor Stress

20.5 Extra HDD Space

20.6 Sharing – needs new narration

21. Screen Capture – Start of Pixlr – needs narrating

22. Cut – replaced previous 21.

23. Screen capture of Adobe Story – needs narrating

24. Cut – replaced previous 23.

25. Screen cap of games – needs narrating

26. Cut – replaced previous 25.

27. Final Round Up – presenter @ Hyde Park itself, sat on bench or by statue.

28. Credits

This is the updated A/V script for my final two days of production (Monday morning/afternoon & Tuesday morning). Post-production work will be completed Monday eve/night and Tuesday afternoon until finish.

From the above script, filming including screen caps will be done on monday, extra narration will be done on tuesday morning. Scripting for screen caps will also be needed for Tuesday morning.

Workprint draft

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This is the workprint I produced with all the footage I have filmed so far, plus narrations and some script for the gaps.

The reason I made this was so I had a rough copy of what was to come. It is a skeleton that I can build on and have ready for the addition new film and animation on Monday.

Making this workprint has made me feel that Friday wasn’t a completely wasted day. I now also know how long it is roughly going to be plus work on how to make the Visual side better.

Ive left notes throughout the workprint that highlight poor areas of production which need addressing for the re-shoot tomorrow.

Below is a screenshot of how it is sitting in FCPX.

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Workprint?

Im currently uploading my first ruff film draft to Youtube. Did a little research and found out that technically what Ive uploaded is a workprint.

 

workprint is a rough version of a motion picture, used by the film editor(s) during the editing process. Such copies generally contain original recorded sound that will later be re-dubbed, stock footage as placeholders for missing shots or special effects, and animation tests for in-production animated shots or sequences.[1][2][3][4]

For most of the first century of filmmaking, workprints were done using second-generation prints from the original camera negatives. After the editor and director approved of the final edit of the workprint, the same edits were made to the negative. With the conversion to digital editing, workprints are now generally created on a non-linear editing system using telecined footage from the original film or video sources (in contrast to a pirate “telecine“, which is made with a much higher-generation film print). Occasionally, early digital workprints of films have been bootlegged and made available on theInternet.[4][5][6]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workprint

First shots

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The first of many shots filmed on Friday. The sound quality is terrible as its recorded off the mic in the camera; because of this it all needs re-recording. In 1080p it is looking rather nice though.

Mono .aiff issues in FCPX

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After importing the narration audio in to FCPX there were issues with silent playback. I messed around for ages with converters and all sorts but couldn’t fix the issue. I then found this tutorial that shows you how to tackle the issues but separating the audio channels in FCPX.

http://www.larryjordan.biz/dual-channel-mono-audio-in-fcp-x/

Very helpful.

1st Graphics

Bill-Cloud-02Bill-Cloud-01Bill-Cloud-03The first graphics sent over Greg. Were going start animating tonight. Using these and making others as we go.

 

Over complicating

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I seem to be over complicating matters. Not biting off more than I can chew, but making things more difficult than they have to be. I have been ambitious with this project, which is not a bad thing, but now I need to streamline things in order to have it completed in time.

To do this Im keeping all the screen captures at the end narrated, they will not keep cutting back and forth between Gavin pretending to use the computer and the captures. This need narrating in the sound booth.

Im also going to make an edit of what material I have so far. This way I can see what else I have to get and have rough edit done to work around.

New Locations

The images I had taken of my new locations were all in .raw. As time is of the essence I needed them all converting to Jpeg as a batch process and didn’t know how. I found a tutorial on how to do it in photoshop here…

http://techfleece.com/2011/10/28/how-to-batch-convert-raw-files-to-jpeg-in-photoshop/

Heres what Photoshop spat out…

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The top were taken in the Greek cafe at Hyde Park corner. The one below were taken in the Moroccan themed place pretty much next door.

The Greek setup was pretty good, but on closer inspection the walls were pretty scuffed up and the Moroccan type place seemed like a cooler setting.

The Moroccan place was quirkier and seemed a bit more moody and a little less cheap.

This time I actually spoke to the real managers/owners and not some snotty assistant to get real permission.

The new location will be suitable for more scene’s like the introduction if the weather is shoddy also.

Fridays filming

On first impression, Fridays shoot went pretty well. We got most the footage we needed and looked pretty good. However…

The sound recorder only saved 4 files out of the entire day filming. The sound quality off the camera is too poor to use. So re-film Monday; but the weather is looking terrible and there might even be snow, see below…

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If the weather is bad I will have to use inside locations.

Overall Im very worked up this has happened as I definitely dont need this right now. Monday could be spent doing better things But I dont have a choice now. So instead of being hung up on the negatives Im going to focus on why it will be a positive endeavour.

Gavin was having trouble with script. There were quite a few takes done, and not all of the ones I was planning to use were perfect. This was also down to the small amount of time he had with script before shooting. An extra coule of days with it now will ease filming on Monday.

Sound in some locations was poor. Even if the the sound recorder had worked, there was still background music or people talking etc.

PLANS FOR MONDAY :

I college for 9am, renew equipment, and get help with sound recorder.

Print new Klunk release forms

Try and film at same locations in town(depending on weather), bar Nation of shopkeepers (The manager and myself dont know each other but remembered I that she was also at LCA, she treated me like a complete idiot and was being very difficult for no reason).

Adobe Story A/V board

 

Just finished the A/V script on Adobe Story. It was a real pain in the ass. No way near as good as the film script layout. Will not be using this again, saying this, It has ended up looking good and is informative, but there must be a better option out there. Maybe get Greg to do a Klunk vibey one.

Sonia’s Contribution

All the suggestions below have gone into the 4th draft script.

Hello I’m Gavin Mintus and I’m

here today with the Klunk
Creative team to explain what
cloud computing is.

If you wanna be informal, go for ‘hey’ or ‘hi’. He can’t he’s here with you unless you are on camera alongside him, try ‘I’ve been asked by the’ or ‘brought to you by the guys at’.

The term cloud computing can
mean various things and even
though most people use it, not
many of us know exactly what it
is.

Get rid of’and’ then end sentence. ‘Many of us actually use cloud computing everyday ((?) or regularly) without knowing it’

Hopefully though, by the end of
this video you’ll have a
better understanding of what
cloud computing is, why people
use it and the possible benefits
or downsides of using it.

Get rid of ‘hopefully though’ – where is your faith!? Go for ‘By the end of this video you should have…’. Also, end of paragraph is too wordy, for for ‘… and the pro’s and con’s of using it’.

 

It is made up by us, a global

system of interconnected

computer networks.

Not ‘by us’, try ‘of people in a…’

 

To put it simply…Tools we use
and data we produce are
accessible on the internet,
meaning they are available to us
wherever we are as long as we
have a connection to the web.

 

In comparison, traditional
desktop computing is where the
software applications and the
data that we use and create are
usually stored on a computer at
home.

Maybe swap the previous two paragraphs, with ‘To put it simply, traditional…’ followed by ‘In comparison, cloud computing is…’. It would flow better and be much more consise.

 

This is where all of your
email’s are stored, not on your
own computer but on a hard drive
in a big server tower owned by a
corporation somewhere, probably
a long way from where you
actually are.

(Hammer the point home)
THESE CAN BE ACCESSED BY YOU WHEREVER
YOU ARE

 

A lot of the big names in cloud
computing have had their
websites taken offline from
denial of service attacks; also
any sort of electronic account,
like email, is hackable.

COULD JUST MAKE A QUICK REF TO CYBER ATTACKS IN NEWS AT MO, ANONYMOUS ETC?

 

BIG THANK YOU SONIA!

 

 

 

Adobe Story screen capture

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I left it stationary either side to give space for editing. I should do this for future ones also.

4th draft

After the 1st draft was reviewed by Mat, Gavin and Sonia today there has been quite a few alterations and improvements.

Mat Clark and I simply changed some obvious errors and had little play around with some bits and bobs. This turned into the 2nd draft.

I started a 3rd draft this afternoon to split up the long segments of dialogue so that Gavin could more narration. This was done so that he had less lines to learn for tomorrows filming.

I then got a revision from Sonia which helped significantly in certain more technical areas, making up for my poor english skills. I really believe her input has stopped me making a bit of a tit out of myself. The next post will be her notes on my previous script.

Ive also found the notes tab on Story. It amazingly helpful. It should be particularly useful for taking the script into post production. See pick below.

Once again this script layout is slightly shifty in comparison to how seen on Story, my apologies.

 

1.Opening Scene – Animated title

Cloud computing for dummies

Or

What is cloud computing?

 

2.Second scene – klunk logo

 

3.Opening shot – gavin in town

 

Hi I’m Gavin Mintus and I’ve been asked by the Klunk Creative team to explain what cloud computing is.

 

The term cloud computing can mean various things and many of us actually use cloud services regularly without knowing it.

 

 

By the end of this video you should have a better understanding of what cloud computing is, plus the pro’s and con’s of using it.

 

First off, to make sure that we are all on the same page I’ll explain what the internet is.

 

4.Cuts to animation

Narrated

 

The internet is not a place and it doesn’t belong to anyone.

 

It is made up of people in a

global system of interconnected computer networks.

 

To be concise it is a network of networks that consists of millions of private, public, academic, business, and government networks, of local to global scope, that are linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless and optical networking technologies; such as you computer, phone or tablet.”

 

5.Goes back to shot of gavin

 

Now we have an idea of what the internet is we can gaze a little deeper into the cloud.

 

6.Cuts to title back drop ‘WHAT IS CLOUD COMPUTING?’

 

7 – 13.Next scene – gavin questioning public

Using around 5 answers

 

14.Cuts back to Gavin solo

 

Well that was a mixed bag of responses.(appropriately self script)

 

Even if I were to ask 10 different IT professionals for their definition of cloud computing, I would most likely get 10 different answers.

 

14.1 Cuts to animation

Narrated ££££

 

Traditional desktop computing is where the software applications and the data that we use and create are usually stored on a computer at home.

 

To put it simply…Tools we use and data we produce are accessible on the internet, meaning they are available to us wherever we are as long as we have a connection to the web.

 

 

So lets break this down…(TITLE ANIMATED)

 

14.2 BAck to gavin

 

With cloud computing the everyday tools that we use, like an app or a piece of software to do things such as photo editing,

 

word processing or maybe a bit of gaming isn’t processed on your device or computer.

 

The work load and strain of running the software is done by another computer over a network somewhere else.

14.3 Cuts to shot – photos/animations

 

Lets look at some examples of this…

 

First off I’ll start with something basic like word processing.

 

I’m going to use Google Doc’s which has been around for a few years now and is great in terms of productivity.

 

15.CUT TO GAVIN USING CHROMEBOOK. TYPING/BROWSING, EXPLAINING HOW IT WORKS.(Improvised)

 

 

Now as I am typing, the data that is produced when I press a key is sent all the way across one of the many oceans to a big warehouse of computers run by Google.

 

The data is then processed and saved by them on their own machines, which means that this task of word processing isn’t being done by my own computer….. but it doesn’t end there.

 

15.5 New angle

 

 

Typically when you save a file using any type of software it’s put on your local machine which takes up space on your computers hard drive.

 

This isn’t a big issue with text documents due to their small size but

it can be more of a problem with

larger files such as music and video…

 

But cloud based applications save your file to their own computers too.

 

This is called cloud storage…(more)

 

16.Cuts to title backdrop ‘what is cloud storage?’

Narrated

(cont’d)…Something you may already be using without knowing, like your email.

 

Most of the big email providers will give you a small amount of cloud storage free, around 5 giga bytes.

 

This is where all of your email’s are stored, not on your own computer but on a hard drive in a big server tower owned by a corporation somewhere, probably a long way from where you actually are.

 

17.Cuts back to gavin

 

So like cloud computing, cloud storage takes the stress away from your own machine to another via the internet.

 

I’m here now in a library and you may be wondering what this has to do with cloud computing? This libraries closed network is actually on the cloud.

 

18.Next shot of gavin using a computer

 

When I use a computer to search for a title it goes through the main database to find the item that I want. This database is not actually on this particular machine, its somewhere else in the building.

 

19.Next shot – Gavin in town

 

Now we’ve touched on different types of cloud computing I’m going to look at it’s benefits and downsides…

 

We’ll look at the negatives first.

 

20.Goes to animated scene

Narrated

CONNECTIVITY – The cloud isn’t accessible if your not connected to the web.

 

Without an internet connection you cant access any apps or files.

 

Saying this, its quite difficult to not find an internet connection somewhere in a developed country.

 

SECURITY – Malicious attacks happen to companies hosting Cloud Storage services.

 

A lot of the big names in cloud computing have had their websites taken offline from denial of service attacks; also any sort of electronic account, like email, is hackable.

 

This means any data you store in the cloud could be accessed and tampered with or simply deleted.

 

OWNERSHIP – In most cases with commercial cloud service providers any information that passes through their hands is automatically owned by them.

 

This means that any material you upload or create is now the property of the service provider.

 

For general files this isn’t a major issue, but can be a concern to digital creative’s when saving work to the cloud.

 

PRICE – Currently on demand cloud services can be a little pricey, but seem to be coming down as the technology develops over time.

 

 

Now the Positive side…

 

 

Reduced processor stress –

 

The workload on your computers processor is reduced when using cloud based applications.

 

Which means that your computers processor is free to do other tasks and also means you can get higher levels of productivity from cheaper devices that cant handle big applications, not to mention most cloud based applications are FREE!

 

Extra Hard drive space –

 

Cloud storage is a great way to free up storage on your local machine.

 

Backing up files to the cloud means that if you lose your computer or your a victim of theft then all your vital documents are available on the web.

 

Sharing –

 

Cloud services offer great ways to share files between work colleagues, family and friends.

 

Wether it be collaborative script writing or sharing your new track with the rest of the world.

 

 

Business –

 

The positive effects that cloud computing can bring to a business are endless.

 

Companies offer to take heavy processing power jobs like media encoding, and rendering that a standard household computer can’t accomplish.

 

Internal private cloud networks can also cut costs and improve productivity within businesses that use computer network systems.

 

 

The conclusion/round up

21.Shot of Gavin speaking

 

Now that we’ve investigated the various types of cloud computing as well as its pro’s and con’s, Im going to show you some great apps that can be used to help you with everyday tasks and some others just for fun.

 

First we’re going to have a little look at Pixlr editor…

22.Screen capture use of pixlr

Narrated

Here Im grabbing a picture that I would like to edit. I think it needs cropping and the brightness turning up.Now that’s looking better…I’m going to save it in the cloud and to my computer just to be safe.

 

(Ad lib all screen shots to necessary requirements)

23.Cut back to shot of gavin by computer

 

Now I’m going to move onto Adobe Story which is a application that lets you write scripts and much more.

 

24.Screen capture use of adobe story

NARRATED

 

 

The great thing about it is that because its cloud based, it means that lots of people can access it if wanted, which is amazing in terms of collaboration work.

 

In fact, much of the pre-production work that went into making this video was done using this piece of cloud software.

 

25.Returns to shot of gavin by computer

 

Now for a bit of fun we can look at some games that are great remedies for those bouts of boredom in the office.

26.Cuts to screen captures of games (sonic, c&c & another biggy)

(talks and laughs about the games being played)

 

 

27.Final round up

Cuts to Gavin doing something casual with Chromebook on display. He then talks to camera.

 

I hope this video has been informative and that it has broadened your understanding of life in the cloud.

 

I think that one thing to remember is that if your computer savvy then your already in the cloud maybe without even knowing it. From streaming video to game console saves, it is all cloud based stuff.

 

Overall I wouldn’t be worried about bad points to the cloud as there are constantly new providers setting up to combat issues such as security, ownership and cost; you have to remember that the cloud is a relativly new area of computing that is rapidly evolving.

 

The future looks bright for the cloud????

 

Id like to say a big thank you from myself and the Klunk Creative team for watching this video and hope you enjoyed it as much as we did making it. I’m Gavin Mintus, happy clouding!

 

Location Location Location

Here is a selection of locations I think will be good for filming Gavin explaining ish.

Theres a possibility that theres going to an issue with my lens. Heart breaking as it is, the manual focus could be an issue. Plus Framing. I also think it would have been better If I had A subject in shot. That would have cleared a few issues up; but on short notice and limited time frame I couldnt  find anyone. This mistake will not happen again. Saying this Im happy I got them.

An extra wide angle lens will be required tomorrow.

The 50mm will come in handy too. Theres some good arty shots to be had in Nation of Shop Keepers. Fancy like.

Pixlr screen capture

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IqT-i2imec%5D

As one of the apps that Gavin will be talking about is PIxlr editor I thought it best to have a demo of it in the video.

Heres the first one I managed to grab. Its two minutes long.

DO I SPEED IT UP OR EXTEND LENGTH OF VIDEO???

 

My first HDR time-lapse

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAQXm4c5eSg%5D

I wanted to shoot an HDR out my window but the weather was terrible and getting dark. So just to get familiar to the settings I set one up downstairs in our living room.

I know HDR’s aren’t meant to be done inside and rapidly moving objects shouldn’t be shot, but It was done simply as test to get my head around the process.

The outcome is mediocre; But have high hopes for the next ones I intend to use in the video. Just glad I know how to do it.

Release forms

I have found the above as standard release from for anyone which I may end up using for tomorrow; but I have also found plenty online for councils, schools, business’s etc. Im thinking I should get Greg to do a Klunk Creative version. It would be more professional and look good on our website.

This evenings to do list

 

Some of the above tasks have been started on but not finished.

1st draft script

What Is Cloud Computing?

(Title under revision)

Written By

William Clay

KLUNK CREATIVE

November 2012

OUDF 301

OPENING SCENE – ANIMATED TITLE

Cloud computing for dummies

Or

What is cloud computing?

 

SECOND SCENE – KLUNK LOGO

 

OPENING SHOT – GAVIN IN TOWN

 

Hello I’m Gavin Mintus and I’m
here today with the Klunk
Creative team to explain what
cloud computing is.
The term cloud computing can
mean various things and is
shrouded in a bit of mystery.
Hopefully though, by the end of
this video you have a
better understanding of what it
is, why people use it and the
pro’s and con’s.
First off, to make sure that we
are all on the same page I will
explain what the internet is.

 

CUTS TO ANIMATION

NARRATED

 

The internet is not a place and
it¬†doesn’t¬†belong to anyone.

 

It is made up by us, a global
system of interconnected
computer networks.

 

It is a network of networks that
consists of millions of private,
public, academic, business, and
government networks, of local to
global scope, that are linked by
a broad array of electronic,
wireless and optical networking
technologies; such as you
computer, phone or tablet.”
GOES BACK TO SHOT OF GAVIN

 

Now we have an idea of what the
internet is we can go a little
deeper and look into the cloud.
CUTS TO TITLE BACK DROP ‘WHAT IS CLOUD COMPUTING?’

 

NEXT SCENE – GAVIN QUESTIONING PUBLIC

Using around 5 answers

 

CUTS BACK TO GAVIN

 

Well that was a mixed bag of
responses.(appropriately self
script)

 

Even if I were to ask
10 different 
IT professionals what exactly
cloud computing is, I would get
10 different answers.
To put it simply…Tools we use
and data we produce are
accessible on the internet,
meaning they are available to us
wherever we are as long as we
have a connection to the web.

 

In comparison to traditional
desktop computing where
applications and data we use and
create are mostly stored and
kept on a single lone machine at
home.

 

So lets break this down…
The usual everyday tools we use,
like an app or piece of software
to do things like photo editing,

 

word processing or maybe a bit
of gaming,¬†isn’t¬†processed on
your device or computer.

 

The work load and strain of
running the software is done by
another computer over a network
somewhere else.
Lets look at some examples of
this…
First off I’ll start with
something basic like word
processing.

 

I’m going to use Google Doc’s
which has been around for a few
years now and is great in terms
of productivity.
CUT TO GAVIN USING CHROMEBOOK. TYPING/BROWSING, EXPLAINING
HOW IT WORKS.(Improvised)

Now as I am typing the data that
is produced when I press a key
is sent all the way across one
of the many oceans to a big
warehouse of computers run by
Google.

The data is then processed and
saved by them on their own
machines, which means that this
task of word

processing isn’t being done by
my own computer; but
it doesn’t end there.

 

Typically using any type of
software, when you save a file,
its put on your local machine
which takes up space on your
computers hard drive; not really
a big issue with text documents
due to their small file size but

it can be more of a problem with

larger files such as music and
film.

 

But in this case with cloud
based applications it generally
saves your file to their own
computers too.
This is called cloud
storage…(more)¬†
CUTS TO TITLE BACKDROP ‘WHAT IS CLOUD STORAGE?’

NARRATED

(cont’d)…Something you may
already be using without
knowing, like your email.

 

Most of the big email providers
will give you a small amount of
cloud storage free, around 5
giga bytes.

 

This is where all of your emails
are stored, not on your own
computer but on a hard drive in
a big server tower owned by a
corporation somewhere probably a
long way from where you actually
are. 

 

CUTS BACK TO GAVIN

 

So like cloud computing, cloud
storage takes the stress away
from your own machine to another
via the internet.

 

I’m here now in a library and
you may think what’s this got to
do with cloud computing? But
the libraries closed network is
actually on the cloud.
NEXT SHOT OF GAVIN USING A COMPUTER

When I use a computer to search

for a title it goes through the

main database to find what I
want. This database is not
actually on this particular
machine, its somewhere else in
the building.
NEXT SHOT…????

 

Now we’ve touched
on different types of cloud
computing I’m going to look at
the pro’s and con’s…

 

I’ll look at the negatives
first.
GOES TO ANIMATED SCENE

NARRATED

CONNECTIVITY – The
cloud isn’t accessible if your
not connected to the web.

 

Without an internet connection
you cant access any apps or
files.

 

Saying this, its quite difficult
to not find an internet
connection somewhere in a
developed country.
SECURITY – Malicious attacks
happen to companies hosting
Cloud Storage services.

 

A lot of the big names in cloud
computing have had their
websites taken offline from
denial of service attacks; also
any sort of electronic account,
like email, is hackable.

 

This means any data you store in

the cloud could be accessed and

tampered with or simply deleted.
OWNERSHIP – In most cases with
commercial cloud service
providers any information that
passes through their hands
is automatically owned by them.

 

This means that any material you
upload or create is now the
property of the service
provider.
For general files this isn’t a
major issue, but can be a
concern to digital creative’s
when saving work to the cloud.
PRICE – Currently on demand
cloud services can be a little
pricey, but seem to be coming
down as the technology develops
over time.

 

Now the Positive side…

Reduced processor stress –

The workload on your computers
processor is reduced when using
cloud based applications.

Which means that your

computers processor is free to
do other tasks and also
means you can get higher levels
of productivity from cheaper
devices that cant handle big
applications, not to mention
most cloud based applications
are FREE!

Extra Hard drive space –

Cloud storage is a great way to

free up storage on your local
machine.

Backing up files to the cloud

means that if you lose your
computer or your a victim of
theft then all your vital
documents are available on the
web.
Sharing –

 

Cloud services offer great ways
to share files between work
colleagues, family and friends.

 

Wether it be collaborative
script writing or sharing your
new track with the rest of the
world.

 

Business –

 

The positive effects that cloud
computing can bring to a
business are endless.

 

Companies offer to take heavy
processing power jobs like media
encoding, and rendering that a
standard household computer cant
accomplish.

 

Internal private cloud networks
can also cut costs and improve
productivity within businesses
that use computer network
systems.

 
THE CONCLUSION/ROUND UP

Shot of Gavin speaking

 

Now we’ve been through the
different types of cloud
computing plus its pro’s and
con’s, Im going to show you some
great apps that can help you
with everyday everyday tasks and
just for fun.

First we’re going to have a

little look at Pixlr editor…

SCREEN CAPTURE USE OF PIXLR

NARRATED

Here Im grabbing a picture that
I would like to edit. I think it
needs cropping and the
brightness turning up.Now thats
looking better…Im going to
save it in the cloud and to my
computer just to be safe.
(Ad lib all screen
shots to necessary
requirements)
CUT BACK TO SHOT OF GAVIN BY COMPUTER

 

Now Im going to move onto Adobe
Story which is a application
that lets you write scripts and
much more.
SCREEN CAPTURE USE OF ADOBE STORY

NARRATED

 

The great thing about it is that

because its cloud based, it
means that lots of people can
access it if wanted, which is
amazing in terms of
collaboration work.

In fact the alot of the

pre-production work that went
into making this video was done
using this piece of cloud
software.
RETURNS TO SHOT OF GAVIN BY COMPUTER

 

Now for a bit of fun we can look
at some games that are great for
those patches of boredom in the
office.

CUTS TO SCREEN CAPTURES OF GAMES (SONIC, C&C & ANOTHER
BIGGY)

(talks and laughs
about the games being
played)

 

FINAL ROUND UP

Cuts to Gavin doing something casual with Chromebook on
display. He then talks to camera.

 

Now I hope this video has been
informative and has cleared up
any mis-conceptions that you may
previously had about being in
the cloud.

 

I think that one thing to
remember is that if your
computer savvy then your already
in the cloud maybe without even
knowing, from streaming video to
game console saves, it is all
cloud based stuff.

 

Overall I wouldn’t be worried
about bad points to the cloud as
there are constantly new
providers setting up to combat
issues such as security,
ownership and cost; you have to
remember that the cloud is
relativly new area of computing
that is rapidly evolving.

 

The future looks bright for the
cloud????
Id like to say a big thank you
from myself and the Klunk
Creative team for watching this
video and hope you enjoyed it as
much as we did making it. I’m
Gavin Mintus and happy clouding!

 

The layout of the script is a bit weird after I had imported it from Story to the the blog. If I try editing it, gaps appear in the lines that I cant get rid of.

Anyway, below is a sample shot of Story and how it actually looks. 

 

 

 

 

 

Vernon St roof

 

It ended up being a great evening to do the HDR time-lapse. It was sooooo cold. Next time take gloves & more layers.

I should have started a bit earlier to get more of the sun traveling down to dusk. I started at 3.30pm and it was pretty much dark by 4pm. I finished by 5.15pm and I recon at least the last quarter of the images seem to be near to or completely black.

Ill see what the outcome is like tomorrow. The possibilities are that if it comes out pretty dud then Ill re-shoot; and if it came out mediocre or better then Ill try again with a possible bulb ramp.

above is an image I got around 3.45pm on my iphone. I had a mess around with it in Lightroom and made it look like a nuclear had gone off (below). Lightroom is great.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

 

In order to complete the final stages of the HDR time-lapse tutorial the images had to go through Premiere Pro. Im sure the process could have been completed in similar software, but as the tutorial went through software I’d use it. I had a copy in my CS6 master pack so thought I would use it for the first time.

Its definitely  something I can get my around as it seems like familiar Adobe settings; however on this occasion I couldn’t complete the final steps of the tutorial as I think the guy had a version of Premiere Pro before the I use. He had up a strange window in the top left that I  couldn’t find anywhere in my version. Below are a couple of highlighted windows in red that I couldn’t find in my newer copy. The one directly below being the ‘resources’ window.

 

 

 

Ive mentioned this to Matt Burton, and he has given me some alternative software choices and is going to give me a bit of guidance in college tomorrow. Apparently I should be using…

Ginger HDR  on 19lights.com – run merger, then batch merge on raw- 32 bit.

Then finishing it up in After Effects on Premiere.

 

 

The sending out of the script

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emails sent to :

Sonia Darrington – to proof read and possible ideas (as her skills from gaining a masters in sociology are always welcome to my scrawlings)

Coral Baker – As guidance for story board production

Gavin Mintus – For any ideas and tinkering, as the language is casual the words would be better coming from his head in certain cases.

Risk Assessment for Vernon St roof

As requested

 

*UPDATE* 29th nov

I felt the risk assessment should have some more detail into what I was actually doing…

 

Adobe Lightroom 4

 

 

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a photography software program developed by Adobe Systems for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows, designed to assist users in managing large quantities of digital images and doing post production work. Lightroom combines photo management and editing in one interface.[1]

It is not a file browser like Adobe Bridge, but rather an image management application database which helps in viewing, editing, and managing digital photos. Lightroom’s closest competitor is Apple‘s Aperture program which similarly provides photo management and non-destructive editing capabilities.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Photoshop_Lightroom

A great piece of software Im using in order to complete the HDR time lapse tutorial. This is another new best friend.

After the images came out the other end of Photomatix Pro they were incredibly dark, so bad I thought this test project was doomed; but with the help of Lightroom it was simple to get them bright again.

I went a tad mad with tinting and saturation simply because I could. Very happy with quick turn around.

The image below is 1st image taken after going through Photomatix Pro and Lightroom 4. Next its on to Adobe Premier Pro, of which I am a virgin.

Photomatix Pro

 

Wiki says – Photomatix Pro is photographic software developed by HDRsoft for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows and primarily designed to make the process of merging multiple photographs into high dynamic range images and then locally tone-mapping them back to LDR images, easier and more streamlined. By automatically blending multiple exposures of photos it has the ability to create 32-bcv cv vc it images and tone mapped images. These different exposures are best taken as three different RAW files. However, in some circumstances you can use one file and process the different exposures from this photography.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photomatix_Pro

Picked up this piece of software in order complete the HDR time-lapse video a few posts down. Seem to have it under control, even though a lot goes over my head. Pretty sure after Ive had a tinker with over the next few days Ill have it on lock down.

Initial Script

Bold is spoken word.

First the video should start with an introduction. Gavin should introduce himself and possibly say hes doing it for Klunk –

“Hello I’m Gavin Mintus and Im here today with the Klunk Creative team to explain what cloud computing is.

The term cloud computing can mean various things and is shrouded in a bit of mystery.

Hopefully though, by the end of this video you have a better understanding of what it is, why people use it and the pro’s and con’s.

First off, to make sure that we are all on the same page I will explain what the internet is.”

(goes to animation and narration of paragraph below. Animation will consist of Earth rotating with interconnecting lines or arrows to represent networks)

“The internet is not a place and it doesn’t belong to anyone. It is made up by us, a global system of interconnected computer networks. It is a network of networks that consists of millions of private, public, academic, business, and government networks, of local to global scope, that are linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless and optical networking technologies; such as you computer, phone or tablet.”

“Now we have an idea of what the internet is we can go a little deeper and look into the cloud.”

What is cloud computing?(title will appear on screen like a chapter)  Gavin will then ask members of the public in town to explain cloud computing. We will use around 5 answers.

After interviewing people Gavin will explain…

“Even if I were to ask 10 different  IT professionals what exactly cloud computing is, I would get 10 different answers.

To put it simply…Tools we use and data we produce are accessible on the internet, meaning they are available to us wherever we are as long as we have a connection to the web. In comparison to traditional desktop computing where applications and data we use and create are mostly stored and kept on a single lone machine at home.

So lets break this down…

The usual everyday tools we use, like an app or piece of software to do things like photo editing, word processing or maybe a bit of gaming, isn’t processed on your device or computer. The work load and strain of running the software is done by another computer over a network somewhere else. Lets look at some examples of this…

First of I’ll start with something basic like word processing. I’m going to use Google Doc’s which has been around for a few years now and is great in terms of productivity.”

Will then go to a shot of Gavin using my Chromebook, doing some simple typing and more importantly explaining how it works.

“Now as I am typing the data that is produced when I press a key is sent all the way across one of the many oceans to a big warehouse of computers run by Google. The data is then processed and saved by them on their own machines, which means that this task of word processing isn’t being done by my own computer; but it doesn’t end there.

Typically using any type of software, when you save a file, its put on your local machine which takes up space on your computers hard drive; not really a big issue with text documents due to their small file size but can it be more of a problem with larger files such as music and film. But in this case with cloud based applications it generally saves your file to their own computers too.

This is called cloud storage (goes to short animation, like another chapter, a basic explanatory visual), something you may already be using without even knowing it like your email.

Most of the big email providers will give you a small amount of cloud storage free, around 5 giga bytes. This is where all of your emails are stored, not on your own computer but on a hard drive in a big server tower owned by a corporation somewhere probably a long way from where you actually are. (this will also be explained with animated visuals like the statement above)

So like cloud computing, cloud storage takes the stress away from your own machine to another via the internet. (shot of Gavin talking)

Im here now in a library and you may think whats this got to do with cloud computing? But the libraries closed network is actually on the cloud. (misc shot of Gavin in library, showing book and such in background)

When I use a computer to search for a title it goes through the main database to find what I want. This database is not actually on this particular machine, its somewhere else in the building. (close up shot of Gavin on the computer.

Now we’ve touched on different types of cloud computing I’m going to look at the pro’s and con’s…I’ll look at the negatives first.

  • CONNECTIVITY – The cloud isn’t accessible if your not connected to the web. Without an internet connection you cant access any apps or files. Saying this its quite difficult to not find an internet connection somewhere in a developed countries.
  • SECURITY – Malicious attacks happen to companies hosting Cloud Storage. A lot of the big name in cloud computing have had their websites taken offline from denial of service attacks; also any sort of electronic account, like email, is hackable. This means any data you store in the cloud could be accessed and tampered with or simply deleted.
  • OWNERSHIP – In most cases with comercial cloud service providers any information that passes through their hands is automatically owned by them. This means that any material you upload or create is now the property of the service provider. For general files this isn’t a major issue, but can be a concern to digital creatives when saving work to the cloud.
  • PRICE – ??????

Now the Positive side…

  • The workload on your computers processor is reduced when using cloud based applications. Which means that your computers processor is free to do other tasks and also means you can get higher levels of productivity from cheaper devices that cant handle big applications, not to mention most cloud based applications are FREE!
  • Cloud storage is a great way to free up storage on your local machine. Backing up files to the cloud means that if you lose your computer or your a victim of theft then all your vital documents are available on the web.
  • Cloud services offer great ways to share files between work colleagues, family and friends. Wether it be collaborative script writing or sharing your new track with the rest of the world.
  • The positive effects that cloud computing can bring to a business is endless. Companies offer to take heavy processing power jobs like media encoding, and rendering that a standard household computer cant accomplish. Internal private cloud networks can also cut costs and improve productivity within businesses that use computer network systems.

 

 

Ive now got my head around Adobe Story. Im currently moving  this script into a more tangible format on the cloud; and continuing.

First HDR photo

The above 3 images are an HDR range. The top being the original and then under exposed and over exposed. The image below is the combination of the three as an HDR image. It seems grainy but hopefully I can get this out of full time lapse. Something I need to ask Matt burton about.

It gives a nice effect that I can now relate this type of photography to, but this etting isn’t the correct for its fully effect. It will work nicely on the cityscape though.

*UPDATE* 29th Nov

Here is the Magic lantern settings I used to create the above images….

Cloud computing security risks

 

 

I found this great article which goes into detail about cloud computing security issues. Some of the writings are a bit scary but we all have the same risk with own home computers.

http://www.networkcomputing.com/security/the-biggest-cloud-computing-security-ris/240005337

 

Tomorrows weather

 

Tomorrows weather is looking fine to shoot.

To do list

 

To Do List, a cloud based chrome application I have been using to keep on track with all the work that needs doing. Highly recommended.

Tagged , ,

Global internet infrastructure

In the first part of the video we will explain what the internet is and to do this we will need some animations. Below are some example images that myself and Greg can work off.

 

 

 

 

Below is a good example of animated an animated version. I will look for more…

 

 

Exposure Bracketing

Wiki says… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bracketing

In photographybracketing is the general technique of taking several shots of the same subject using different camera settings. Bracketing is useful and often recommended in situations that make it difficult to obtain a satisfactory image with a single shot, especially when a small variation in exposure parameters has a comparatively large effect on the resulting image. Autobracketing is automatic bracketing by using a setting on the camera to take several bracketed shots (in contrast to the photographer altering the settings by hand between each shot). Given the time it takes to accomplish multiple shots, it is typically, but not always, used for static subjects.

I’ve found some tutorials on Youtube below…

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_536623&feature=iv&src_vid=IjtDZdwbBdo&v=wp-6vUJwf0o%5D [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjtDZdwbBdo%5D

He says the videos were done two days apart but I recon he’s telling porkies.

Bulb Ramping

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41gDgHa2wj0%5D

Bulb ramping explained … (http://photo.stackexchange.com/questions/19007/what-is-bulb-ramping)

Bulb ramping, or bramping, is a means of automatically adjusting exposure settings to maintain a specific exposure value (EV) throughout the duration of a time-lapse sequence. Bulb ramping intervalometers can be simple and cheap, or complex and expensive, depending on the results they can provide. Cheaper ones, and many DIY projects that you can follow to build your own, tend to produce fairly apparent jumps when exposure settings are changed, resulting in less-than-ideal results when a time-lapse sequence is stitched together into a video. More expensive intervalometers that offer bulb ramping capabilities tend to produce much finer adjustments over more frames, greatly reducing or eliminating visible jumps in exposure value in the final video.

Its somewhat possible to achieve bulb ramping with a normal intervolometer and automatic settings in a camera body. Things like auto ISO and a priority mode will usually achieve some degree of bulb ramping…but the results are often unpredictable. Using automatic and priority modes sometimes limit your options as well…such as only outputting JPEG images, or being limited in how much “ramping” can occur, etc. If you want the best results, buying or building a high quality bramper that supports fine adjustments over the duration of a time-lapse sequence will be necessary.

 

The above video is an example of bul ramping on the same camera as mine. The description says…

This video was made from a Bulb Ramped Time-Lapse sequence made with Promote Control 2.47 beta and a Canon 5D Mark II camera. The images were shot in RAW and pre-processed with LRTimelapse for deflickering and smooth keyframed white balance ramping. Final production was done in Adobe After Effects.

Images were shot with 7″ intervals. The start exposure was metered at 1/40 @F11, ISO 200 (without ND filter). End exposure was 6″ with the same aperture and ISO. Promote Control suggested using ND filters and automatically ramped ISO to match exposure to the interval, giving enough time for images to be recorded to the memory card.

Combating time-lapse flicker

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4SzZXLiyvk&feature=channel&list=UL%5D [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_MG_29OrKc&feature=relmfu%5D

I found the above tutorials by LearnTimeLapsePhotography on Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/user/LearnTimeLapse/videos?view=0)

I think that my production techniques will differ as Im using Magic Lantern, but it still explains things in a constructive all-round fashion.

From what he has said I may have to get some de-flicker software.

Better forecasting – metoffice.gov.uk

It was suggested I try the Met-office website for more detailed info into the weeks weather forecast.

 

 

 

Wednesday is looking good but Thursday could be better as there maybe some sunshine around the time I want start. Hopefully giving some colour to the sunset apposed to a dull grey one.

 

Finding a time-lapse dolly

I remembered that Matt who was in the year above had made and programmed one himself. I have been trying to contact him, bu got his business card today. Sent him an email below…

This weeks weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BBC forecast gives you hourly intervals for the current day and one after. Tuesday is looking pretty bad as I want to be shooting around 3.30 onwards. Wednesday is looking better, but I dont have the hourly info until tomorrow.

It seems like I’ll be playing by ear but I’m going to aim for Wednesday if not Thursday.

 

HDR time-lapse

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmQTHnir6_k%5D

Following up Matt’s advice here is a tutorial on how to set up and do HDR time-lapse work with magic lantern.

Now need to get a tri-pod and try at home before going up to the roof.

*UPDATE*

I didn’t know how to even take a HDR photo so I watched and did the tutorial below.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-Hrlabj4UQ&feature=iv&annotation_id=annotation_368873%5D

Time-lapse advice from Mr Burton

Just had a chat with Matt Burton in order to get some advice on doing time-lapse work in town. Without going into too much detail he told me research into the topics listed below…

Bracketed exposure

HDR timelapse

Long exposure

Bulb ramping

Night to day timelapse

Day to night timelapse

Changing the ISO over time

From short exposure to long exposure

Vernon St roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I got access to the roof and had a bit of a look around. I think that its a good space and I can get the shots needed but I’ a bit worried about the weather.

Is it going to look rubbish even if its filmed well? Better check the weather for te next few days. Cannot afford rain if im up there for 3 hours.

I should also try and kill two birds with one stone by doing some street level shots later as Vernon closes at 9 pm.

The 2nd and 3rd photos are probably the best perspective to aim for.

Vernon st roof access

 

 

Here is the request email I have sent to the estates department in order to gain access to the Vernon St roof in order to get some cracking timelapses.

Moodboard for graphics department

 

 

Made this classy number for Greg in graphics. Hopefully he’ll have some basic graphics done in the next couple of days.

He is also in agreement that most of the above look dated and crass. Were going to go for something a bit more modern, keeping simple; saying this we may try the 3d looking, retro-ish style.

 

3d not 2nd

 

 

Instead of doing our normal 2d graphics it maybe better going 3d. The above is super slick with a great retro vibe. Danny mentioned the other day that we should go down this route. We can have a go and see what we get.

Idea stolen

 

Looks like someone already touched on my altitude version of cloud computing. Saying this I could make something better of it.

Cloud chart

 

A chart from 98, I think the info may have changed a bit since then, but still interesting.

The NIST definition of cloud computing

Just to be official. Ive found some relevant articles on Google scholar for my dissertation that inform me in regards to this project. One is the NIST definition of cloud computing found at the link below…

http://pre-developer.att.com/home/learn/enablingtechnologies/The_NIST_Definition_of_Cloud_Computing.pdf

Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. This cloud model promotes availability and is composed of five essential characteristics, three service
models, and four deployment models.

Essential Characteristics:

On-demand self-service. A consumer can unilaterally provision computing capabilities, such as server time and network storage, as needed automatically without requiring human interaction with each service’s provider.

Broad network access. Capabilities are available over the network and accessed through standard mechanisms that promote use by heterogeneous thin or thick client platforms (e.g., mobile phones, laptops, and PDAs).

Resource pooling. The provider’s computing resources are pooled to serve multiple consumers using a multi-tenant model, with different physical and virtual resources dynamically assigned and reassigned according to consumer demand. There is a sense of location independence in that the customer generally has no control or knowledge over the exact location of the provided resources but may be able to specify location at higher level of abstraction (e.g., country, state, or datacenter). Examples of resources include storage, processing, memory, network bandwidth, and virtual machines.

Rapid elasticity. Capabilities can be rapidly and elastically provisioned, in some cases automatically, to quickly scale out, and rapidly releasedto quickly scale in. To the consumer, the capabilities available for provisioning often appear to be unlimited and can be purchased in any quantity at any time.

Measured Service. Cloud systems automatically control and optimize resource use by leveraging a metering capabilityat some level of abstraction appropriate to the type of service (e.g.,storage, processing, bandwidth, and active user accounts). Resource usage can be monitored, controlled, and reported, providing transparency for both the provider and consumer of the utilized service.

 

Service Models:

Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS). The capability provided to the consumer is to use the
provider’s applications running on a cloud infrastructure. The applications are accessible
from various client devices through a thin client interface such as a web browser (e.g.,
web-based email). The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud
infrastructure including network, servers, operating systems, storage, or even individual
application capabilities, with the possible exception of limited user-specific application
configuration settings.
Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS). The capability provided to the consumer is to deploy onto
the cloud infrastructure consumer-created or acquired applications created using
programming languages and tools supported by the provider. The consumer does not
manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure including network, servers,
operating systems, or storage, but has control over the deployed applications and possibly
application hosting environment configurations.

Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The capability provided to the consumer is to provision processing, storage, networks, and other fundamental computing resources where the consumer is able to deploy and run arbitrary software, which can include operating systems and applications. The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure but has control over operating systems, storage, deployed applications, and possibly limited control of select networking components (e.g., host firewalls).

 

Deployment Models:

Private cloud. The cloud infrastructure is operated solely for an organization. It may be managed by the organization or a third party and may exist on premise or off premise.

Community cloud. The cloud infrastructure is shared by several organizations and supports a specific community that has shared concerns (e.g., mission, security requirements, policy,and compliance considerations). It may be managed by the organizations or a third party and may exist on premise or off premise.

Public cloud. The cloud infrastructure is made available to the general public or a large industry group and is owned by an organization selling cloud services.

Hybrid cloud. The cloud infrastructure is a composition of two or more clouds (private, community, or public) that remain unique entities but are bound together by standardized or proprietary technology that enables data and application portability (e.g., cloud bursting for load balancing between clouds).

Business in the cloud

 

After a bit of research this seems to be a good reference to why businesses should get up into the clouds.

Perfect for Public and Private Clouds

Three types of application workloads are ideal in a public or private cloud environment:

  • Unpredictable growth: Applications that have unknown growth prospects, such as social games, new SaaS applications, and marketing campaigns, are perfect for the on-demand nature of cloud infrastructure.
  • Cyclical: Applications with regular traffic fluctuations, such as daily financial market activity or seasonal e-commerce, benefit from auto-scaling to keep utilization high.
  • Easily parallelized: Applications such as media encoding, batch processing, and big data analytics that can be scaled horizontally to more servers rather than vertically to large servers

 

Better Off In a Private Cloud

While public clouds offer many advantages, several characteristics indicate that an application should be kept in a private cloud or a data center where you can control the hardware.

  • High disk I/O and low latency: Some proprietary databases and applications require very high I/O and consistent throughput, particularly for replication and clustering. Most public clouds cannot guarantee this level of consistent low latency and performance.
  • Legacy equipment: Applications that require specific proprietary or legacy equipment are not likely worth moving to a cloud environment.

 

http://www.rightscale.com/solutions/cloud-computing-uses/

Digital cloud altitude?

It would great if there was some way that you could represent the above cloud altitude chart into a relate-able cloud computing explanation. The different types of cloud could be different types of data or means of mode or usage.

It could be possible to not go into too much detail of altitude, but instead use various shapes of type shown above to represent different types of cloud computing usage, giving a bit more variety instead of using the same cloud shape over and over.

Another idea could be that the altitude height could represent cloud computing usage. For example (not fact)….

The highest usage of cloud computing would be the Cumulonimbus and lowest stratus/cumulus etc.

Animating exactly what cloud computing is

 

I have accumulated a lot of explanations I’ve found into one I think is easy to understand and hopefully animate in an orderly fashion that anyone can understand.

Cloud computing is…

Tools (such as word processing, photo editing and gaming)we use and data we produce (Facebook entries, emails, twitter feeds)  are accessible on the internet, meaning they are available to us wherever we are as long as we have a connection to the web. In comparison to traditional desktop computing where applications and data we use and create are mostly stored and kept on a single lone machine at home.

My next step is to have the above checked by a someone in the know. To make sure that it is correct and if it can be built upon.

If it is fine, which Im pretty sure it is, I then need to create a mood board of network diagrams to give to my graphic designer Greg to create a wide variety of icons to then animate. Icons include :-

Desktop computer

Laptop computer

Mobile phone

Tablet

Cloud (in various forms)

Console – could consist of – controller, console, iconic gaming symbol i.e. space invader

TV

Set top box

Servers – towers

Wires – data cables – arrows – rain (from cloud)

 

ICONS FOR DATA

Data itself – numbers – folder –

musical note

camera(picture)

File extensions .exe  – .dmg – .avi – .mkv – .doc – .pdf (look into most used file extensions)

Word processed documents

Company logos to represent uploading/feeds/comments – Twitter/Facebook etc.

Disk (cd-rom)

 

 

BBC – Rackspace announces UK start-up programme for 2013

 

Just doing my rounds on the BBC news page and found that Rackspace is entering the UK market in 2013. Article found here…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20425403

Most interesting points….

Cloud hosting firm Rackspace is to offer £12,000 of hosting and mentoring for start-ups on the programme.

A survey of more than 50,000 entrepreneurs ranked London as the seventh best city to launch a start-up.

Rackspace, whose start-up programme has aided more than 850 US start-ups in their early stages, said they felt the timing was right to launch its push in the UK.

“This feels a lot about how I saw Instagram for the first time – two guys sitting at a table coding like mad, two years later they’re worth a billion dollars. It has that feel to it.”

Rackspace is one of the world’s largest cloud hosting firms – second only to Amazon.

The cloud, as it is known, is a term given to storing data on servers in a variety of locations – rather than on a local machine.

Cloud hosting gives small companies flexibility when starting out. Rather than pay for the rental of dedicated servers, which can be expensive, it means start-ups can just pay for what they need.

Companies tipped to be likely IPO candidates in the new year include Mind Candy – creators of children’s social network Moshi Monsters – and online loans company Wonga.

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Book learnings and such via the clouds

Out of the 4 books I have purchased here is some of the more relevant data that I need to compile as info for my video….

I would have highlighted the main areas of interest but its all relevant.

In order to create this post I, scanned the books in uni, saved them to my google drive, then opened them at home on my Chromebook and then edited them using pixlr editor. A cloud heavy process. It worked fine, simply, and would have taken longer without using the cloud.