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.
Week 2 of the relaunch retrospective is the first film I ever made. I’d dabbled in making gaming videos before under the alias of Captain Jack Gumption (A channel that is still live to this day) but never written a script, used a proper video camera (the mighty Canon XM2) or anything to do with live action film.
The film was made for a College Project, the brief was to create a film that followed the guide lines for the Jameson Empire Done in 60 seconds competition. With that I created a 60 second version of Se7en. This film very rarely gets shown anywhere. Mainly because of my woeful acting (and questionable moustache). I’d like to thank everyone who I worked with on this. Pretty much all of my college cohort such as Jess, Dan, Reece and the rest of them. I’d also like to thank my tutors too, Dean Ayres and Oliver Reeve.
Without further ado here is Se7en: Done in 60 seconds
Welcome to the new Blog that will document the journey to the relaunch of the Mutt!
The idea of this Blog is similar to a DevBlog which are more commonly associated with Video Games but the purpose is perfect for what I want to do. A DevBlog gives users an update of what the Developers have done, what their planning to do next and any issues they may come across/been made aware of. So with that cleared up, here’s how it works for this site.
Every week or so, I’ll drop a quick post saying what’s been done, what’s still to do and what issues maybe about (such as fat fingers braking the site). It’ll be done in a bullet point style list which basically has the thing followed by a brief description. With that, here is the first instalment:
Major Website Overhaul: The site has had all its stock images (Headers, title cards, logos etc.) re-designed. The logo itself (Buster) has stayed the same but all the colours and back drops have been changed to make it stand out a little better, look brighter and cleaner.
Content Removal: The Services page has now been removed. This was done as the page needed too much work at this time in the form of redesign, rewording etc. and its redundant while the relaunch is happening. The Contact page is also gone for the moment. This got ditched due to the sheer amount of spam I was receiving from it. From bride proposals to generic “I remember when we…” to links saying they want to work with you but really its a YouTube video. At present, I think a page with an email address etc. will be placed on the site. When I get round to it I will have to find a contact form that can stop spammers or look it other plug-ins that do this. Until then contact me via social media outlets (Facebook & Twitter). The University Projects has been removed in conjunction with new weekly content releases. I felt individual posts under the video section would do them more justice and also give me a chance to write a little about them too. This change will also aid in streamlining the site.
About Page: the About Page has now been updated. It’s a lot more insightful now and it also has links to the other divisions of Scruffy Mutt.
New Content: As part of the relaunch a new series of content has been put into motion. Each week a new post with a new (old) video will be posted. I’ve already done a post on this so I’m not going to go into too much detail about it. Essentially I will be posting a video a week of my college and Uni Projects. I intend to do this every Monday and if possible I’m going to schedule the releases so they post automatically.
Facebook: The site has now been connected to the Facebook Page so it should automatically post their. The Facebook page has had the redesigned logos added too.
Monetization: The YouTube channel has now been approved for Monetization. This means I can now get ad revenue from the videos that are watched. I do hate having adverts on the videos, but the potential funding would help improve a lot of things. As it stands at the moment, I am NOT having the ads that pop up on the videos. The main purpose for the Mutt is to make and show films. Not adverts. I don’t mind pre-roll ads and ads at the side of the video but I draw the line at having ads that pop up half way through or are shown over the top of the video. We have principles damn it.
Menus: The menu bar has been changed to represent the changes in content.
Changes to Implement
Social Media : Apart from Facebook, all the Social Media Outlets need to be updated with the new branding.
Online Distribution Outlets re-branding: This is a fancy way of saying I still need to update all the branding for YouTube.
Vimeo Account: Considering starting a Vimeo account. Vimeo is essentially a site like YouTube except its considered more professional. It also costs to upload more than so much a month/week however so I may put this on hold for now.
Daily Motion Account: Yet another online streaming service. It’s not as big as either YouTube or Vimeo but it is a good service none the less and I’d like the Scruffy Mutt Brand represented on their.
Patreon: Patreon is a service that allows fans to contribute to YouTube channels. It works on a reward basis. Basically, I say if you pay X you’ll get something in return (like a Behind the Scenes exclusive video). I have registered the account, I just need to set it up.
Content Migration: Some of the content such as the tutorial articles are going to be moved to the Alchemy Site. This is because they are more in keeping with the theme of that site and as more content goes up, these article will look out-of-place on Scruffy Mutt.
New Contact Page: A new content page is going to be created that has basic contact details on it. This will replace the old Contact page.
Slightly Darker Header Image: I am aware that the header image is a little darker than the rest. This is because of my lack of understanding the finer details of Photoshop FX settings. It’s a satin affect applied to the rest of the branding but the bigger the image the bigger the shadow area. I’ll possibly fix this soon but I kinda like it the way it is.
It’s finally completed! Part one of my European Road Trip.
It’s taken a fair while to complete due to other projects I’ve been working on for University but the first part is finished and uploaded. I’ve also made a start on part 2 which with any look will be done in a week or so.
Its a busy time for me and the Mutt. I have a number of University projects happening such as an experimental film, a promotional video and a short film this semester as well as a bunch of theory based stuff on genre. I’m also moving house.
Last April I moved back into my dads so I could save some money etc. but now its time to get back out into the big old world of independence (Well co-dependence as I’ll be moving in with the lovely Miss Mutt). Although it means I’ve had to side track a couple of my own projects due to time restrictions, when we’re finally in it will present me with a whole new avenue of things I can do. The house has a lot of room which means I can have my own dedicated office for all my pre-production and editing needs and a workshop outside for all my making things needs, a massive change to say at the moment all of the above has been combined into a small bedroom.
In other news I have got a rough cut of the first episode of my Europe trip. It was a hard choice to decide to make it into episodes but because of the sheer amount of footage I think it will work best this way. The plan is to have each episode 10-15 minutes in length and no more than 10 episodes. Episode one shows the journey me and Miss Mutt took to Paris from home. Even though it needs a little polish I think it really captures the feeling of those few days we had together in such a beautiful city.
That’s all for now, hopefully come December I’ll be able to post something more substantial rather than another update post (No promises though).