This is the final post for the Road to Relaunch campaign. With my degree completed I’ll soon be starting work full time (few minor complications pending due to health). I finished with a 2:1 altogether, exactly what I wanted.
With all that aside, now for the final film I want to share.
It’s called Broken. It’s an experimental short film inspired by the works of the Brothers Quay. It was made using a technique called Stop Motion, a process that involves taking pictures of an object several times and moving it slightly for each picture.
For this film I enlisted the help of the very talented Cinematographer Rob Moore. Together we managed to create a very stylised short film, that tells the story of how a lamp with a broken bulb goes on a journey to find a new replacement.
It’s Friday, which means that we’ve got another video from the Scruffy Mutt Archive.
This weeks video is an experimental short film. Now experimental films are not everyone’s cup of tea. I completely understand why too. They border between the outright weird and utterly pretentious at times. This short is probably no different to some people. Long and short of it, I had to make it as that was the Uni module goal. But, once I’d dug a little deeper into the genre of experimental film I found myself warming to it.
It has a colourful history going back to the aftermath of the First World War. It was a social movement above all else. Many people were at a loss to understand how things like art and culture had a place in the world when we were capable of so much destruction and death. This lead to the Dada movement, which its basic foundation is to take something, destroy it and make something new out of it. At least that’s how I took it to mean. For example a poet may take a news paper article, rip it up, place the bits in a bag then draw them at random to make a poem out of the shreds.
There is a lot more to the genre than that, but this isn’t a history lesson (although if you’d like some content on this type of thing do drop me a line and I may do something). The ideas of Dada and painters such as Jackson Pollock were the inspiration for this film. It has a theme of change and transformation (The bit with the feet then the car is a representation of change from people walking to inventing cars for example).
This weeks video is another video I did for University but it was also done for a very special project based in Doncaster. As part of the module I had to work with a client to make a factual video, in this case it was a promotional video for Project Doncaster 1914-18. The Project was launched as part of remembrance of the contribution of Doncaster and its surrounding boroughs during the First World War. The video more or less explains what it does and why, so without further ado…
This short film was made for my visual effects module. It’s a parody of a YouTube Gamer video and also a poke a the sheer amount of really bad, unfinished video games that are released. For the video I created a simple premise and then added the effects from their. The idea for the games itself was based on Games like Super Mario and Sonic.
In this weeks video I’m showing another first year Uni project. This was the first project I did at Uni. It’s a music video about a eccentric film-maker who is trying to make it big in the industry. The music is by the very talented Daniel Potts who created us a very unique sounding piece.
Moving on from the films and videos I made in college, this short is called Hidden Within.
It was my first year film that I made with a couple of other people on the course. It’s a horror thriller. It was a last-minute dash to the finish on this one due to locations falling through the day before shooting. We pulled together though and made the film we wanted with a few minor changes.
Altogether three cuts of this film exist, here is mine. I’ve also added a copy of the commentary for the film, which explains a few things. The commentary in itself sounded quite negative. That’s down to the fact that the commentary also had to double as a critical analysis. With that, I was encouraged to point out the issues and short comings rather than the positives.
Week 4 of the Road to Relaunch is another video I did back in college. The brief was to create an Ident that would be suitable for the channel E4. An Ident is like a short advert that shows a viewer your brand in a nutshell. It’s something that is aimed to make you memorable to an audience and also inform you this enjoyable content is on this channel, so come back again for more. All the major UK TV networks have them. The BBC had a variety of globes, 2’s that were fly-traps and bikes that went around a roundabout.
My Ident, meant for E4, was a simple concept. The characters world is black, white and bored at the lack of good TV. He loses his temper and everything turns purple and he discovers E4. The purple was to go with the branding of E4 as well as denote that the channel itself brings colour to an otherwise black and white world.
This wasn’t my original idea however. The original idea was to use a Rock ’em Sock ’em Robot set to and have them do an 8 bit video game inspired boxing match which would end with a giant E4 logo coming out of their heads. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a set for cheap enough or at all in my home town. Needless to say this was a rush job. But I was really happy with the end result and was introduced to the power of After Effects.
I love Idents. They are a brilliant tool for any company and are so much fun to create.
The Camera Test Film marks a significant step in my road to becoming a filmmaker for two reasons. The first reason is that it’s the first film I shot on my first DSLR camera. It was a gift from my Dad who got it for me so I could make better quality films. The camera was a Canon 700D, it came with a voucher for a lens too so I bought a 50mm Prime. I still have and use both now. To learn the basics I decided to capture some footage in the garden of my old home. Which leads me to the second reason.
Although the footage was meant to be a test of the camera and some editing software that was free, it became something more. These random bits of film were turned into a short film that represented the seasons. This is where I began my interest in capturing bits of random footage because it was just nice to look at and stick it together to make something from those unrelated sequences. I later learned this was know as Experimental Filmmaking.
I was a little late getting this one up due to some technical issues. Still, better late than never. Here’s this/last weeks DevBlog.
Patreon: Patreon has been set up and Launched. I did a post on it so you can read up on the how and the why here.
Patreon Widget: I’ve added a widget to Scruffy Mutt & Alchemy so people can easily access the Patreon page from anywhere on the site. Its the Orange button that says “support on Patreon”
Widgets Removed: I’ve removed some widgets that are no longer needed or weren’t needed in the first place. Comments, meta and a few others are now gone. This helps streamline the site.
Stock Images: I’ve created a set of new stock images to go with the new site branding. These will replace older images and be used for generic posts such as the devblog and posts of that nature.
RTR Videos: All the Road to Relaunch videos are now uploaded to YouTube and are scheduled to be released. They’ll come out every Friday.
Background Colour: The Background colour has been changed to white. This was done to make the site easier to read for anyone with reading issues (Such as Dyslexia).
Sidebar Colour: Now white as per the reasons for the Background colour.
Text Colour: All the text should now be black. This again is so most people should be able to read it without issue. I had a problem with the heading text being white but that should be resolved now.
Header Image: I’ve decided to keep it darker for now.
Tutorials: All the Tutorials have been taken down off of this site and are being redone to be put up on Alchemy. They are more fitting with the type of content that is being put up on that site.
Changes to Implement
Social Media: The branding for the most part is now done. Some pages like Google and some of the lesser used social media outlets need updating
Vimeo: Still looking into if its worth setting up at this time.
Daily Motion: Still need to set this account up.
RTG Videos: I have still have to write all the articles that go with the road to relaunch videos.
Patreon Scheduling: As a Patreon, one f the rewards is you can get videos early. Due to the way YouTube works I can’t leave a video Unlisted and make it Scheduled. Also if its unlisted it can be shared anyway so kinda defeats the point of it being exclusive for one set of people. Looking into how to sort this.