History
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.
Films made:
The Bike, The Skates & The Crash
The Stool
Ball Bother

Camera: Amstrad VMC200
Editor: In-camera editing, and then audio was edited as 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, the sound was edited using a Camlink Vision 200.
Films made:
MyCam Studio Network 1997
Ghost Story
What A Mess!
FRANK advert

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

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.
Films made:
Behind Covered Eyes
Peabodies in Space
Deja Vu

Books written:
Genesis of a Time Lord

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

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.

Writing commenced on the story, Genesis of a Time Lord.
A Camlink Vision 500 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.
Films made:
Genesis of a Time Lord trailer
Genesis of a Time Lord trailer alternative ending 1
Genesis of a Time Lord trailer alternative ending 2

Camera: Hi8 Samsung camcorder
Editor: Aist MovieDV

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 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.

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.
Films made:
Opening of a Flower

Camera: Sony CDD-V6000
Editor: Aist MovieDV

The purchase of a second-hand Sony CDD-V6000 allowed time lapse films to be made as demonstrated in Opening of a Flower.
Films made:
BBC idents 1962-1985
Eastenders opening titles 1
Eastenders opening titles 2
Eastenders opening titles 3
Eastenders closing titles
Thames TV ident 1
Manha Manha
The making of 'Manha Manha'

Camera: Sony CDD-V6000
Editor: Aist MovieDV

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.
Films made:
MyCam Studio Network 2007
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.
Films made:
Thames TV ident 2
It's A Dogs Life
Nomad Soul trailer 1
Nomad Soul trailer 2
Nomad Soul trailer 3
Nomad Soul trailer 4
Nomad Soul
Crossed Wires
Do You Know What It Is Yet?

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 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.

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).

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.
Films made:
Genesis of a Time Lord (2009 edit)
Warrington Computer Virtual Studios
Hidden Camera Prank
Let's Cook With Pete

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 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 was filmed in September.

Let's Cook With Pete was created in December.
Films made:
MyCam Studio Network 2010
The Muppet Show opening title
Baby Face
Lights, Camera, Action
Keep Your Eye on the Camera!
Why You Shouldn't Strain
15 Years of Film Making
Coronation Street - The French Lesson

Camera: Sony Z7
Editor: Adobe Master Collection CS3

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.  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.

A new logo was created to mark 15 years of MyCam Studio Network. 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.

Coronation Street - The French Lesson was an idea I put forward as a summer project with the Warrington Cine & Video Society and took one evening to film and a couple of days to edit.
Films made:
Dalek's New Wheels

Camera: Sony Z7
Editor: Adobe Master Collection CS3

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.
Films made:
Wheels
Llangollen to Lymm in 5 minutes
Asteroid Hits Earth
Ghost Watch
LGBT Warrington ident
Warrington Pride 2012 promotion
LGBT Warrington info film
Warrington Pride 2012 vox pops

Camera: Sony Z7
Editor: Adobe Master Collection CS6

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 Sketch-up.

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.

In August and September a series of promotional films were made for a community group called LGBT Warrington.
Films made:
Goin' Down!
Thames TV ident 3
Chrome trailer

Camera: Sony Z7
Editor: Adobe Master Collection CS6

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 written, the project was shelved due to lack of resources to make the film.
Films made:
MyCam Studio Network 2015
Warrington version of Thames TV ident

Camera: Sony Z7
Editor: Adobe Master Collection CS6

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

Another Thames TV ident was created, this time the cityscape was themed around buildings in Warrington.
Films made:
Chrome
Coronation Street - The French Lesson (remake)
Green Screen Test
Behind the scenes of the 'Green Screen Test'
Granada TV ident
Radio City 96.7FM ident
Christmas Dalek
Dalek Hack

Camera: Sony Z7
Editor: Adobe Master Collection CS6

Three 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 believable.

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.

Using After Effects I did a Green Screen Test using the photo of the exterior of the Australian pub setting as seen in the Coronation Street remake, model shots of the TARDIS (exterior and interior), plus CGI rendition of the TARDIS wall. A behind the scenes was created to show the procedures to achieve the effect.

A 3D render of Granada TV was created and also a 3D render of the Radio City 96.7FM ident.

As a Christmas special, the Dalek became something of a story teller on Facebook in the form of Christmas Dalek and Dalek Hack, which sees a new look on the complete extermination of a human who was let loose with a sonic screwdriver.
Films made:
MyCam Studio Network 2017
Brynteg Part 1: Preparation for Renovation
Doctor Who title sequence
Screen Test for 'The Last Gourmand'
Brynteg Part 2: The Renovation (preview)

Camera: Sony Z7
Editor: Adobe Master Collection CS6

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 to render.

The additional effects for the titles were taken from a previous project.

The purchase of a cottage in Anglesey has given me the opportunity to document renovations being carried out. Brynteg Part 1: Preparation for Renovation was made.

To end the year, work on a screen play, The Last Gourmand based on a short story written by Donald Honig commenced with a screen test of one scene being quickly filmed. This was the first video to feature the new MyCam Studio Network logo.

Brynteg Part 2: The Renovation (preview) was also created for what is yet to come in 2018.
Films made:
The Last Gourmand (After Effects)
The Last Gourmand (still in the making)

Camera: Sony Z7
Editor: Adobe Master Collection CS6

A massive update of the MyCam Studio Network website was done to make browsing easier for the viewer.

In May filming commenced on The Last Gourmand. The opening and closing scenes took 5 hours to film and 2 days to edit. The film is set after dusk, so 'day for night' effects were used. Filming for the remainder of the film is scheduled for mid-June.

On 1 June 2018 a preview of The Last Gourmand was published. Instead of the traditional trailers that big film makers do prior to their film release, it was decided to give a before and after preview of some of the technical effects shots made for the film.