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August 28, 2015
I am slowly crawling along making progress on a video piece. The audio is about a third of the way there (not included in the video below). I’ve started working on some processing scripts to do some generative art as part of the video, if it works out ok I might attempt to turn it into an interactive installation (and try and convince someone to let me install it somewhere). The video was edited in After Effects with footage shot on a GoPro.
Here’s a short work in progress of some of it. It’s way too fast because I lose all sense of time when editing.
August 20, 2015
Last winter I spent a while driving round with my GoPro strapped to my car sunroof to see what the result would be. The result was actually pretty cool, the wide angle on the lens gives a really lovely effect as the tops of trees expand and contract as they pass through the field of view.
I used a really sturdy window camera mount (click for page on Amazon), it’s sturdier than the photos make it look and it attaches solidly. I did find that initially the vibrations of the car caused the camera to bounce a little too much (you can see this in some of the footage) but got around this by opening the sunroof a little and lightly clamping the camera in the gap.
I have a fair amount of footage of the camera bouncing off my arm as it comes away from the sunroof, and a view of my face for an entire car journey when the GoPro landed in the passenger footwell. I will not be uploading this.
The video below is all the footage of the sky, with the bits of me sliced out, I’ve removed the audio as it was mostly me talking to myself or the new Doomtree album (which had just been released). Some of the footage is jittery and sick inducing but some of it came out really nicely and is quite calming to watch. I’m going to put together a video with the best bits and an appropriate audio track shortly.
I’m driving up to London tonight so will try and get some more.
August 5, 2015
I’ve been out practicing with the camera at Braywick Nature Centre on my lunch breaks (also I need to get some exercise before I can no longer fit in any of my clothes and I need some peace and quiet before I explode and take out most of Berkshire). It’s only a ten minute walk from my office in the centre of Maidenhead and it’s usually devoid of anyone other than the occasional dog walker.
There’s a beautiful array of wildflowers at this time of year and if you’re quiet you can see a whole host of wildlife, I’ve spotted herons, kingfishers, several armies of ducks, deer, rabbits, foxes, squirrels, weasels (I think) Green Woodpeckers and all the assorted wild birds and insects you would expect.
I’ve made a video slideshow of some of the pictures I’ve taken there recently along with an audio track recorded on the moorland there.
Here’s a few of the photos, you can see the rest on flickr.
You can read more about Braywick Nature Centre.
You can read about the Save Braywick Park campaign on Facebook.
Incidentally, I’m making more use of my Facebook page now, please pop over and give it a like for semi-regular updates and links to artists I like – Anxious Silence on Facebook.
March 11, 2015
I made this nearly a year ago then did nothing with it due to reasons. I finished it off a couple of weeks back and then decided I didn’t want anyone to see it, I’ve been prompted by friends to actually show people stuff I make.
It’s a video I made using some words Mark Rathmell wrote on my facebook page (he has a book out, it’s very good). I was learning basic video editing and motion graphics because I wanted to make a series of videos (indirectly inspired by Max Rael and his Slightly Disgusting Man series).
January 26, 2015
More arsing about with a go-pro and Adobe After Effects. I made a slightly creepy (with terrible spelling) birthday video for my friend Leigh:
also I made this because I can:
November 17, 2013
I’ve started vlogging. It’s like blogging with video. It’s the cool new thing that everyone else has been doing for about 200 years. Here’s the first one.
May 22, 2013
Once more I am grateful to the NHS in general and the staff at Wexham Park in particular. In a moment of terrifyingly bad parenting, following a long day I decided to have a quick blink at which moment Alexander opted to dive backwards off our garden bench onto the concrete floor. I’m not sure if it was hitting the floor or my sudden scream of “FUCKING HELL” which caused the most distress but we had to drive to A&E.
Everyone was lovely and spent the entire time repeatedly telling us that (a) we had done the right thing by bringing Alexander in, we were not wasting their time; and (b) it happens a lot, really a lot. I still feel intensely guilty for allowing momentary distraction but slightly better. Given he’s spent the evening breakdancing and demanding food I’m hoping all will be fine by the morning.
The biggest upset of the whole event was trying to leave the hospital as Alexander had grown very attached to the toy train in the waiting room and screamed “back back back” all the way to the door where he became instantly distracted by the ambulances and police cars outside.
Lessons learned today: Don’t blink EVER and if you want to get through A&E quickly try being a two year old. On a serious note, we are incredibly lucky to be living in a country with a health service and it should be protected at all costs.
I made some more stupid videos. Here are a couple from this week:
September 10, 2012
Facebook has made it far too easy to say a meaningless ‘Happy Birthday’ to your friends, more so than a cheap card, to combat this I like, when time and motivation allow, to do something a bit more personal for friends. I started out just drawing a picture for them and posting it on their wall. This then progressed to me recording a short birthday message with a webcam. After a while even this didn’t seem enough so I started recording short stupid videos mostly of my dancing badly to awful music for comedy value. Last week was David’s birthday. He is a lovely man who deserves a special message so I spent two hours recording clips and learning how to use Adobe Premiere Pro (using the awesome wonder that is Lynda.com) to come up with the abomination above. I’m concerned I may have set expectations for future birthday messages a little high now, but I’m not going to back down, I may just need to lose a few friends. The music is by Venetian Snares.
I have already had two complaints from friends that their birthday messages were not of a high enough standard! I am a fucking idiot.
May 11, 2008
A monotonous task captured for posterity?
Soooo…. an explanation: I had to package up 200 History of Guns CDs and send them out to reviewers. An exceptionally dull task, actually an exceptionally frustrating task as I kept running out of stuff (ink/envelopes/etc). For the most part this task takes the form of making great piles of stuff, doing something to each item in that pile then moving them onto the next pile (add address sticker -> move to next pile -> add airmail sticker -> move to next pile, etc etc). In the interests of making a boring job ever so slightly less boring, I stuck my camera on a tripod and took shots at random intervals. I then fed the pictures into Edit Studio, the result looked quite pleasant so I did a set of 3 credit sequences (Intro, middle, end) using the same technique, stitched it all together in Edit Studio and uploaded it to the web.
This was completely unplanned, no retakes, no colour correction, no lighting, just hacked up as I went along.
I used a Nikon D40X for all the shots. It worked well for the credits but not massively well for the actual time lapse as if you don’t use the remote mode for a couple of minutes it switches back to normal mode and you need to then use the shutter release on the body, which of course causes a little camera shake/position change. I assume I can adjust this but didn’t plan in advance.
The credits were done using printed A4 sheets taped to a cardboard box on the patio with me scribbling over the text with a marker in chunks, I gave myself unpleasantly sore elbows from lying on the concrete (lack of planning). I like the credits, I’d assumed the sunny day would have given more light than it did (lack of planning) but it’s all legible.
All editing was done in Edit Studio which I still adore, I still have not found the cash/motivation to pay Adobe for a video editing suite, although I have done a few bits of paid video editing lately, Edit Studio has managed nicely thankyouverymuch.
As this is the internet and anyone can comment (and probably will), I feel I must add that this was NOT a professional piece at all, it was a bit of fun to take the edge off a thankless task. There are many parts of it (all of it?) that could be done better/in a different manner but this was more about the process than the result.
It was never intended as an advert for History Of Guns or for public consumption but I’m fairly happy with the result (as far as unplanned noodling goes). I added the HOG bits as they seemed appropriate (and otherwise I’d have little to say on the credits). I’m a little disappointed I didn’t include the entire HOG press push, I’d already posted about 100 copies and had packaged about 60 copies before I started taking shots.
More soon, I appear to have a backlog of recent creative STUFF I’ve failed to upload. I keep feeling the desire to write articles about random subjects but trying to reign it in and focus on notes on my own creative works. May actually update the WP template at some point as well.
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