“It’s the end. But the moment has been prepared for.”
That’s not actually a bible quote. It’s one of Tom Baker’s.
Regardless, it signals the end to my my time at New College Lanarkshire.
It was an interesting two and a half years, from Pathways to Film and Photography in January ’15 to finishing in the ’17 class of HND Television. In all honesty, I’ve had more during this period than I think I’ll ever have. While it was often times frustrating, difficult to get on with people, work was compromised and the fucking trains never ran on time, it will be an experience I’ll never forget.
To keep up with me in future endeavours, please feel free to follow my new website. But, as for this blog, it’s time to say farewell.
The documentary has been completed.
After many, many months of hard work, Young Man’s Old Man has been released to the public. Above, I have posted a teaser trailer I produced for social media platforms in order to draw in potential viewers, with the full production linked alongside.
Overall, I am proud of the work and what it achieves. It has already been viewed two hundred times through social media and I see no reason why the momentum will stop.
Friends and acquaintances have already proclaimed the documentary helped them gain a greater understanding of the current political scene and inspired them to find out more. If there’s any agenda to a documentary, surely, that’s what it should be.
I’d like to analyse what I consider to be a failure of a showreel. Dale McLean, who fancies himself as a jack-of-all-trades technician of the craft, presents a showreel which fails to capitalize on any of his supposed strengths. The first flaw is it takes you two minutes and three seconds before you learn which discipline he is advertising. He presents a very eye-catching opening logo but one which fails to state his name or occupation and is cut far too quickly into the following shot before the viewer has a chance to even fully read it.
It is only at the tail end of its length that Dale declares this a Cinematographer’s reel. I fail to see how it earns this status. The majority of it displays none of the typical set ups a cinematographer is involved in, but rather showcases public events and live interviews, set ups with minimal involvement from someone of this craft. Even the ‘music video’ category of his reel showcases one video which extremely bland natural lighting and another which, like the content before it, takes place on-location which would have been most likely handled by on-site staff.
I would have considered this more appropriate as a camera op’s showreel more than anything else, but I believe it is just important to analyse showreels of low quality to learn as a fellow creative.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
I’ve been working on a showreel. Not my own, but Cheryl’s! My fellow classmate called upon my talents to assist in producing footage for her showreel, along with a friend who is interested in the craft.
Terrifying candid picture taken by Cheryl.
Reprising my role of Terry Walker, better known as Theo, I acted as one half of an improve session with Adam, a friend of Cheryl’s.
Initially we were rather unsure of which direction to take, but soon enough we fell into a groove of Theo giving a lecture to students while Adam, playing a secretry character, constantly interrupts the would-be Christ figure.
“Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt.”
Yes, that is an actual bible passage. No, I don’t know what it means. They probably had a bit much salt themselves that day.
Young Man’s Old Man
Well, filming has now completely wrapped on my graded unit documentary, Young Man’s Old Man, a title which I am still misquoting and saying the wrong way round, so God knows how normal people are going to get it.
I carried out my Bowie-esque take on narration, resisting a satirical speech to introduce the documentary. I didn’t attempt the make-up as I felt the sight of my face in high definition was scary a sight enough.
It’s like something from your nightmares.
Speaking of prominent mugs, I have also been working on my Motion Graphics project, wherein the class is each design their own logo for a theoretical production company. Being an immense egotist, I capatilised on the pun potential of my name and settled on Devine Films.
Apparently, Devine Films only had it in the budget to light his eye.
Currently, the design is in the place holder stage, but should be finalised in the coming week.
See you then.
“Encourage one another and build each other up, just as you are doing.”
Old Man’s Young Man
This week, interviews wrapped on my documentary project, Old Man’s Young Man. I visited Helen James in Edinburgh to get her take on the Conservative government, Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn. She also lent a female voice to this project which was at risk of becoming a sausage fest.
I also plan on shooting narrative material, appearing as myself early on in the documentary in order to make clear its aims.
After much pondering, I was inspired by the photography of David Bowie’s Life on Mars video and its wonderfully weird extreme close-ups. At some point during my doc’s opening montage, my face is going slide on screen and explain the point of the project, then swiftly depart again.
It’ll be great.