Fake news of 2009

Camera: Sony Z7
Editor: Pinnacle Studio

The purchase of a 13ft camera crane took shots to a higher level! Also, the purchase of a Sony Z7 allowed HD films to be made.

Genesis of a Time Lord
(2009 edit)

Warrington Computer Virtual Studios

Genesis of a Time Lord was re-edited with new titles and effects that weren’t achievable on the Aist MovieDV suite.

Warrington Computer Virtual Studios was an idea I put forward as a summer project with the Warrington Cine & Video Society and took a few weeks to make.

Hidden Camera Prank

Let’s Cook With Pete

Hidden Camera Prank was filmed in September.

Let’s Cook With Pete was created in December.

2008 – Dealing with the Supernatural

Camera: Sony CDD-V6000
Editor: Pinnacle Studio
Pinnacle Studio replaced Aist MovieDV.  This offered a better quality output of film making, more visual and sound effects, transitions, music and the ability to edit in HD.

Thames TV ident
(made on Pinnacle Studio)

It’s A Dog’s Life

Thames TV ident 2 was one of the first films I created on Pinnacle Studio as a way for me to familiarise myself with the edit suite.

It’s A Dogs Life was created in March to welcome Bramble & Holly into the family home.

Nomad Soul Trailer 1

Nomad Soul Trailer 2

Nomad Soul Trailer 3

Nomad Soul Trailer 4

Winning the Walter Last competition with Ghost Story encouraged a remake of the film under the title Nomad Soul. With an improved storyline and better special effects, this film was entered and came third in a North vs South competition in October. The working of the storyline for this version was inspired by Psycho (1960), Child’s Play (1988) and Ghost (1990).

Nomad Soul

Crossed Wires

Do You know What It Is Yet?

Crossed Wires was an idea I put forward as a summer project with the Warrington Cine & Video Society and took a few weeks to make.

In November Do you know what it is yet? was created and won a humour themed competition held at Warrington Cine & Video Society.

2007 – 10 years old

MyCam Studio Network logo

Genesis of a Time Lord
(2007 edit)

Sketchy Weather

Camera: Sony CDD-V6000
Editor: Aist MovieDV

Genesis of a Time Lord was finally edited after the purchase of Chroma-key software for the Aist MovieDV suite. This was the last film to use the original MyCam Studio Network logo.

A new logo was created to mark 10 years of MyCam Studio Network.

In May I became a member of Warrington Cine & Video Society. At one of the film evenings they held a “weather” themed night. For this Sketchy Weather was made.

SFX tests of 2005-2006

Camera: Sony CDD-V6000
Editor: Aist MovieDV

Opening of a Flower

BBC idents 1962-1985

Thames TV ident
(made on Aist MoveiDV)

The purchase of a second-hand Sony CDD-V6000 allowed time-lapse films to be made as demonstrated in Opening of a Flower.

Eastender Mock 1

Eastender Mock 2

Eastender Mock 3

Google Earth and stop motion animation meant that effects such as those seen in BBC Idents 1962-1985 and the Eastenders titles could be achieved.

The internet also offered a library of images that could be downloaded and used in filming making, which saved time having to construct original material for films such as the Thames TV Ident and Manha Manha.

Eastenders Closing Mock

Mahna Mahna

Mahna Manha
(the making of)

The Screenplay of 2003

Camera: Hi8 Samsung camcorder
Editor:  AIST MovieDV

Genesis of a Time Lord

GOAT Trailer – alternative ending 1

GOAT Trailer – alternative ending 2

A new custom-built PC meant the dawn of complete digital editing for MyCam Studio Network.

During the summer work commenced on a Doctor Who feature based on Cystic Fibrosis called Genesis of a Time Lord. This episode was loosely based on the book written in 1998.

This involved 9 months of work building a full-size Dalek with the help of blueprints downloaded from the internet and using Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre as a backdrop for the film.

A Rover Metro and Ford Fiesta were used as the TARDIS.

Editing is done using Aist MovieDV, a complete video editing system for the PC. Bringing together video editing, animation, and titling in one affordable program.

It included transitions, effects, and audio capabilities for making stunning videos. With its real-time preview, I could see results immediately without rendering. It featured a convenient storyboard interface for easy editing where I could simply drag and drop video clips into the storyboard, change order shots appeared, add transitions, and preview changes in real-time.

Chroma-key was another feature in Aist MovieDV, which took film making to another level making it possible to have the car fly through space. Although chroma-key was good for making animations, lack of room and lighting made it difficult to film live actors. Plans to make other episodes were shelved.

College films of 1998

Camera: Hi8 Samsung camcorder
Editor:  VHSC to VHS for video editing, and then audio was digitally edited and dubbed over the original audio on the VHS edit

Behind Covered Eyes

Peabodies In Space

Deja Vu

Development in filming techniques includes: filming the same scene from various angles, use of models for space ships and cities, creating the illusion a video conference is taking place, and creating the illusion of a victim being run over.

Although Behind Covered Eyes appears it was recorded using 3 camera, this was in fact recorded using 1 camera from 3 different angles.

Peabodies in Space used a variety of effects to create the illusion of fantasy lands and the “futuristic” world of the internet and video phone.

Script work on Deja Vu commenced, which used 2 camcorders to film scenes.

Deja Vu was the last film to be made for 4 years.

Writing commenced on the story, Genesis of a Time Lord (see The Screenplay of 2003 for more details).

Developments of 1997

Camera: Hi8 Samsung camcorder
Editor: In-camera editing, and then audio was edited as the film was transferred from VHSC to VHS tape

The Amstrad VMC200 stopped working and was replaced by the Hi8 Samsung camcorder.

The Samsung camcorder had similar features, but the picture quality was better and it had additional features such as the capability of adding titles and basic visual effects i.e. sepia, black and white, mosaic.

Ghost Story

MyCam Studio Network logo

Ghost Story was the first film created using this camera.  This won a competition in 2007 held at Warrington Cine & Video Society for the best film to fit one piece of music played through from beginning to end.

MyCam Studio Network logo was created. The name “MyCam” comes from “My Camera”.

The logo was hand-drawn and later in the year when a PC was bought, an animation was created in Powerpoint. Powerpoint was also used to create better quality titles. These were recorded onto video by pointing the camcorder at the computer monitor.

The use of a PC meant audio editing could be achieved using Goldwave. This resulted in a more precise and better quality edit of sound.

What A Mess!

In May 1997 a new VHS recorder was bought. By linking this to another VHS recorder, I was able to record basic video effects such as frame stills, slow motion and reverse play. The VHS recorder also allowed me to insert audio-only and/or video only over existing footage without losing quality. What A Mess was created as a test film to check the quality of footage when played in reverse.

FRANK advert

Also in May 1997 Lights, Camera, Action was formed at Orford Youth Base, Capesthorne Avenue as a pilot set up by Warrington Borough Council. The FRANK Advert was created and edited using equipment at Orford Youth Base.

Films of 1996

The Skates, The Bike & The Crash

The Stool

Ball Bother

Camera: Amstrad VMC200
Editor: In-camera editing, and then audio was edited as the film was transferred from VHSC to VHS tape

The above films were made during weekend breaks at Moor Lodge Holiday Park.

In-camera editing was done for the main part of the film. As the film was transferred from VHSC to VHS tape, music was dubbed over the original soundtrack using a Camlink Vision 200.

How it all began…

Founded in 1995

Camera: Amstrad VMC200
Editor: In-camera editing, including sound and effects.

My first camcorder was an Amstrad VMC200 given as a present from my grandparents.

The recording format for this was SD and tapes used were VHSC – a smaller version of the VHS tape. A VHS adaptor to playback through a VHS player.

My first year of film making was spent making test films, where I explored how the camera worked and its potential.

A collection of animations using Doctor Who figurines were made. Sadly none of these films exist.

With no access to an edit suite, in-camera editing was done.

In-camera editing is the technique in film-making and video production of shooting shots in the exact sequence that they will be seen on the movie theatre screen or television program. This means planning in advance what shots will tell the desired story and then shooting only those shots in that order, as opposed to the usual film-making technique of shooting multiple takes out of sequence, then editing them into order to tell the story.

For titles a ZX Spectrum was used.