[Stop Motion] Broken

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.

[Music Video] The Process

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.

Enjoy!

[Short Film] Hidden Within

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.

So, without further ado, here is the film.

 

 

Road to Relaunch DevBlog #2

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.

Changes Made

  • 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.

Issues

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.

 

[Blog] Patreon is Now LIVE!

Over the weekend I set up and launched a Patreon account/page.

For those of who don’t know what Patreon is, it’s kinda like a subscription based Kick Starter. Basically, if someone likes a particular persons work, they can subscribe and donate money to them as an incentive to to carry on making content. These donations start from a US Dollar (80p) per month up to what ever an individual wants to pay.

For me and the various Divisions (Alchemy, JAG)  of Scruffy Mutt, Patreon is a way for us to recoup costs of running the sites, creating tutorials and other day to day costs (like coffee) that quickly add up. In time, Patreon will support my Ad free initiative. I don’t think anyone likes adverts popping up and generally being annoying. For people like me who are just starting up, they’re usually a necessary evil. I need the ad revenue to cover running costs of the website, the domain names and ironically advertising costs.

However, if I can get enough Patreon Subscribers then I don’t have to have any adverts.

As I’ve said, I’d love to run the sites and YouTube Channels without any ads or any begging for money. The Fact is though I’m trying to establish a business and setting up and running costs a lot of money. I endeavour to do everything for as cheap as possible. The Logo’s, site images and sites themselves are all designed and made by myself or by customising existing templates.  I usually spend 4 – 8 hours a day updating articles, creating ideas for new content, editing videos together etc. etc. This is as well as doing work for my studies, working on other peoples films and doing the whole family life thing too.

The idea for Scruffy Mutt Productions was never meant to just be a place to stick my films when they were completed. I didn’t set Alchemy Lighting & Design up to just go from set to set building props and lighting up subjects so they look good. I want to build a business that does that AND shows people how easy it can be to do it themselves. With more and more tutorials and guides coming along, we’re starting to achieve that.

I’ve always been a strong advocate for the idea of most things being Open Source and free. I also love showing people how to do things. I was very much brought up on the idea of “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime”. So I don’t want to just show you the films that I’ve made and you to like. I want you to go out there and make them yourself, if that’s what you want to do. I want film making to be something you can do with your kids. I want couples to be able to make their own honeymoon videos and holiday videos. I want teenagers to be able to express themselves creatively and not feel they have to join a gang or do drugs just because they want to fit in somewhere.

These ideals are being put into motion now. With the help of Patreon, we can realise these ideals together.