History
2017
It has been quite a busy year whilst waiting for new projects to develop.

In the mean time, an original render of the longest Sci Fi series title sequence for Doctor Who made using After Effects.

There's a hint of the 2005 version of the vortex and usage of theme music, plus the Jon Pertwee/Tom Baker era logo adding a small detail to the logo as you will see.

The idea of the titles moving through the vortex as seen in the 2005 sequence inspired for the motion of the titles to be taken one step further by adding a wiggle to show the titles are pushing their way through the turbulence of the vortex.

Creating the time vortex took about an hour to set up a further 8 hours for to render.

The additional effects work for making the titles was already done for a previous project and saved in an archive.

Hope you like and any constructive criticism is welcome.

2016
3 years after writing the script for Chrome, it was decided to make this film using what resources available. People who watched thought the acting was so good, the story behind Cystic Fibrosis being cured from the main character was believeable.

Chrome inspired the remake of a previous film project, Coronation Street - The French Lesson. This time all characters in this version were played by one actor.

Chrome and the Coronation Street remake saw a new way of making films for MyCam Studio Network should actors not be available.

2015
To mark 20 years of MyCam Studio Network, a small update to the ident was created.

2013
New year, new venture, and Earth is in one piece.

January saw test effect shot templates for future films created starting with "Goin' Down" and "Thames TV ident" (version 3) being made. Like with previous films, these were made with the help of tutorials from Video Copilot.

A teaser trailer for Chrome was made using tutorials from Video Copilot. Although a script was writen, the project was shelved due to lack of resources to make the film.

2012
The year opened with a program called Wirecast being put into use. This allows you to broadcast live studio based programs on the internet. You can also create CGI sets, whether preprogrammed in the software or self-built using 3D packages such as Google Sketchup.

An upgrade to Adobe Master Collection CS6 from CS3 took place, which would add top quality HD edits with blockbuster style effects.

Wheels, a short drama about a kart race. This film included karts being built from scratch and an opening title where the balls on the pool table are all CGI.

A journey home from Corwen, Wales, saw the making of Llangollen to Lymm in 5 minutes being filmed.

To coincide with 2012's top news story of the world ending, "Asteroid Hits Earth" was created using After Effects with the help of more tutorials on Video Copilot.

In July Ghost Watch, a documentary about a haunted house was created. It followed 5 psychics as they investigated various rooms of a house and exorcised them.

2011
During the summer work commenced on modernising the Dalek to make it easier to operate and also look better on camera.

To mark the finish of the Dalek's first modification, a short and explosive film, "Dalek's New Wheels" was made.

2010
The Sony Z7 had a busy time this year recording footage for Wheels.

Increased house space increased the potential use of green screen as seen in the recreation of "The Muppet Show" opening title and "Baby Face". Plus a behind the scenes of how green screen is made came to life under the title "Lights, Camera, Action".

Another new custom built computer was built to cope with Adobe Premier and After Effects (part of Adobe Master Collection CS3).  These took computer editing to a new level of CGI.  Tutorials on www.videocopilot.net helped with the creation of "Keep Your Eye on the Camera!" and "Why You Shouldn't Strain".

To mark 15 years of film making, another update of the MyCam Studio Network ident was created. The idea of this ident is that the viewer is looking directly down the light given off by a cine projector.

"15 Years of Film Making" was also made.

2009
Renovation work to the house brought a halt in film making. However it did not stop plans for future productions.

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.
"Let's Cook With Pete" was created in December.

2008
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.

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).

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

2007
To mark 10 years since the MyCam Studio Network title and ident were created, an up to date version of the logo was created (video left).
In May I became a member of Warrington Cine & Video Society. One of the film evenings they held a "weather" themed night.  For this "Sketchy Weather" was made.

2006
Google Earth and stop motion animation meant that effects such as those seen in "BBC Idents" and "Eastenders Mock 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 "Thames TV Ident" and "Manha Manha".

2005
The purchase of a second-hand Sony CDD-V6000 allowed time lapse films to be made as demonstrated in "Opening of a Flower".

2003
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 involved 9 months 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 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.

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

1999
A Camlink Vision 800 was bought for adding titles, fades and sound mixing. The only film making done during the "quiet" period of creativity were day trips out and holidays.

1998
Development in filming techniques include: 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 before writing commenced on "Genesis of a Time Lord".

1997
A Hi8 Samsung camcorder was purchased to replace Amstrad VMC200, which had stopped working.

This had similar features, but better quality picture and the additional feature of adding titles and basic visual effects i.e. sepia, black and white, mosaic.

"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 on 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.

The better quality recording from Camcorder to VHS meant that tape to tape editing could be achieved and sound later edited using the insert audio feature. However the picture quality wasn't good when using the reverse feature as demonstrated in "What A Mess".

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.<

1996
The Bike, The Skates & The Crash", "The Stool" and "Ball Bother" were filmed during weekend breaks at Moor Lodge Holiday Park.

A Camlink Vision 200 was given as a present, which allowed me to edit the sound in post production.

The audio was edited live, so like with in-camera editing efficiency was important.  An error meant having to start all over again.

1995
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 filmmaking and video production of shooting shots in the exact sequence that they will be seen on the movie theater 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 filmmaking technique of shooting multiple takes out of sequence, then editing them into order to tell the story.

For titles a ZX Spectrum was used.

1989
I had my first taste of operating a camcorder on 24 August.