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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
MyCam Studio Network logo 1997-2007
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.
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.
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.
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.