A New Project Approaches.

This is something I’ve been working with Conor in the background for quite a while now actually. Now anyone who knows me personally will vouch for me when I say the only medium I love as much as film is video games. Started on Super Mario Land on the Gameboy and just kinda never stopped. I also collect video games from the 90’s. With that in mind, it was only a matter of time before I made some kind of ‘Let’s Play’ channel. The official release date is early August. I’m still in the mists of editing all our many videos so have enough of a backlog to last us over the Summer. The plan is to release three videos a week to begin with and up that to five depending on how this all goes. Until then however, enjoy our logo designed by my friend Julie Anne Bell!

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Water Under The Bridge.

As per usual a new project brings a whole host of new problems to deal with. In a strange way that’s part of the fun really. My adaptation of ‘Lost At Sea’ was created for an editing module and my original idea was to have Rayleigh’s thoughts projected onto the car window she is staring out of. Thanks to the size of the car and my lack of green screen experience, the idea had to be cut. This left a project which was supposed to exhibit my editing skills, a little lacking in the After Effects sector. In a bizarre turn of events however, thanks to some noisy audio, I was forced to teach myself how to edit out background noise on Audition. So sometimes problems can actually be good! Who’d have thought it? As a side note, just managed to secure myself my first runner job!

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The Ever Changing Tides.

I haven’t forgotten! Honest! ‘The Bucket 2.0’ has finally entered the grading stage and should be realise by the end of this month. After re-watching the short for the first time in months, I realised how bad the audio is and how lucky I was that Harry could help me out on ‘Behind The Mask’. I like to think the longer I stay at Ravensbourne, the more people I’ll meet who can help me make even better stuff. As much as I try, it proves very hard to hold the boom steady, press record on the camera AND direct all at the same time! Speaking of which, just started a new project for university. It’s an adaptation of an exert of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel, ‘Lost at Sea’. Should be pretty awesome!

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Filmakers…. Assemble!

Another Film, another 48 Hour Challenge! I teamed up with a few other great minds to create a mock documentary. ‘Behind The Mask’ details the life of the ‘super’ hero ‘Mother Nature’ and her attempts to keep the city streets green. As you might have guessed for this challenge we had to make something around the theme of the environment along with a prop of a shovel (Which we use as Mother Nature’s weapon of choice). Unfortunately, the project kind of fell apart in the post production stage thanks to a rushed edit. So feel free to watch the rough edit to the side HOWEVER something a lot better is in the works… Trust me!

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Whats That Coming Over The Hill?

I’m very excited about this. Filming has just started for my latest project and already we have some great shots in the bag. ‘Monster!’ is a black comedy with a ‘twist’ ending. One of my favourite aspects of working on a new project is the opportunity to work with new people. Especially actor types. As a director I am always more than happy to meet with other people who do jobs along the same lines as I but nothing makes me more excited than actors. Of course I have my favourites I like to work with but I feel a new face (and new perspective) can really make a big difference on set.

 

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What The Buck(et).

What happens when you and your flatmates decide to enter a 48 hour film challenge at the last minute? This. For those not in the know, Ravensbourne likes to run a film festival…. but with a catch. All its entrants have only 48 hours to create a film and must include a line of dialogue and prop that is only given to them at the start of the event. This time the prop was a bucket and the line was ‘Put that away before somebody sees’. To the side you can see the video in its full 48 hour glory however we are working on a prettier version to come out at some point. Oh yeah did I mention we got nominated for best edit? Yeah, that’s a thing.

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Blooming Heck.

If you read my last post you’d know that my latest project has been a bit rocky to say the least. So saying that I really felt we managed to make something great out of almost nothing. What you see to the side isn’t the film in its ‘final state’. We have a mutual editor friend doing some crazy grading to it which should just make it that bit better! Post production to me is like Narnia. I mean I have what I would class as more than a basic knowledge with the Adobe suite however my editor pals never stop amazing me with what they can do (Which is great because then I can steal their techniques to improve my work!).

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Just Leaf it Out.

A few weeks back while working on ‘Balancing the Act’ I mentioned how problems in filming are something that occur and how no matter what happens you work your way around them. Flower (Or later to be known as Stalker) is such a project. This started off as a comedy called ‘Spy Vs Spy’ about a grocery store assistant that day dreamed that he was a James-Bond-esque spy beating up Russian bakers. None of this got past the pre production phase though thanks to a lack of interest from actors so ‘Stalker’ was born. Enjoy this lil ‘Jaws’ parody I made as a trailer and the real deal should be out by the end of the week!

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Balancing The Act.

Finally! It’s here! Balancing The Act was a project that really appealed to my love of satirical black comedy which people like Charlie Brooker are so famous for. (If you haven’t seen his ‘Black Mirror’ series seriously. You don’t know what you’re missing! ) I wasn’t sure if people would ‘get’ this if I’m brutally honest and when my lecturer decided to play ours first I was biting my nails a tad. I needn’t have worried though. Although the audio was a bit on the quiet side it seemed to go down really well! It just goes to show with a bit of polish and a witty script you don’t need a large budget and crazy action scenes. Eat your heart out Michael Bay!

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The Trials and Tribulations of Filming.

First of all. I love filming. Watching all those long hours of planning finally come together is such a joyous occasion. This process is only made more enjoyable when things come out as planned even if it’s had its fair share of hiccups (Let’s just say the Underground likes to keep us on our toes). We have one more day of shooting for our Science Fiction themed flick then finally we can start the Post Production phase! I’m excited (And you should be too). Plus I know how happy Justyn may look but I promise, that’s apple juice in the whiskey bottle!

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