Category Archives: General Waffles

Just my random blogs which haven’t got much to do with pre production, production or post production

My New Keyboard

I have recently been lucky enough to get an FCP keyboard cover for my MacBook and it’s working out very nicely!

Final Cut Pro Keyboard

I can use the keyboard like a piano whilst working with AVID but for some reason, with Final Cut Pro, the keys have never stuck.

However that will change now!

The best thing about it is that it’s not another piece of large kit you have to find another bag for in order to carry it around, like my mouse or external hard drives.

It simply fits nicely on your keyboard, doesn’t put any pressure on your laptop screen when closed and the rubber backing means it doesn’t move an inch either in transportation or during usage.

Wow! It seems I have been watching a little too much CNET.

Anyway, back to editing now. Stay tuned for another new blog out very soon.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Inspiring those Television types

As of the 1st July, it has been announced within the BBC that all television teams, or Linear as we in Multiplatform call them, have to deliver one clip per programme. This is to go on their APS website page.

As a result, there have been a number of ‘Masterclass’ sessions.

In one, they asked me to speak a little bit about the importance of a website and how it can be used to promote and keep the audience engaged.

I gave them the example of Big Brother. They use their website to release exclusive news, and by ‘exclusive news’ I don’t mean, “the housemates are in the garden”. I’m talking about the real juicy gossip that you would usually leave for the television programme.

For example, (and bare with me if you have nothing to do with BB11) even before Big Brothers Little Bother aired the news that Ben would be performing a stand up act in front of the eviction audience, Emma Willis did an exclusive video for the website! Click the flower below to see said video:

Big Brother 2010 flower logo

In my experience, that’s one of the best ways to use the web…to constantly remind people when a show is on, where to watch it, and what to expect…it’s like the new generation of Radio Times. But with moving pictures!

So here we are…to the future of Multiplatform. I hope a larger audience will understand the true potential of it!

The views and opinions in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

‘Summer’ Holidays

It appears that at the moment I am on a kind of summer holiday at work. I still have deadlines I have to meet, but I’m not working my usualy 10 hours a day!

So blogs about filming and shoots won’t be coming as thick and fast until September time.

Saying that, I have been thinking about what I could do and I shall be editing together a short video this weekend.

I’m calling it, my initiation into London Town…the things a northern lass should know about that London.

Until then, enjoy this picture of a London beetle I found! My finger is there to help show the scale of it.

A beetle taking a stroll in London

The thoughts and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

My Wordle Blog

For a little experiment I decided to see what a wordle of my blog would look like.

The results are below:

my blog wordle

Thanks to http://www.wordle.net/.

The views and opinions expressed in this artcle are that of my own and not my employer.

“How do I get into the Media?”

Z5 view finderHaving filmed the BBC Three Live Insight event last Thursday, I found most of the audience asked me about getting into the media industry.

The answer I gave to all is to apply for work experience at the company you want to work for.

Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula as you may have already read in a previous blog I wrote about how I got into the industry.

I too didn’t have any connections with people who already worked in the media industry.

But like many people who now work at the BBC, I applied for work experience and during that month of employment I spoke to Production Managers about possible runner jobs, either in the office or on set, coming up in the future.

Luckily, my ‘work experience’ contract kept getting extended. I think it was because I treated the experience as something that could end as quickly as it had started…and I was nice and cheap for the production ;o)

Whatever reason it was, I worked in Linear (TV) for a few months before applying for a job in Multiplatform. That’s how I managed to work for the BBC.

If you show passion and commitment, I don’t think you can go far wrong.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Eurovision has taken over my life!

Well, the official countdown to the Eurovision has begun. This time next week we’ll know who the 25 finalists are.

On Wednesday morning we filmed a brief challenge with Josh Dubovie during his rehearsals. He had to guess whether the songs he heard were winners or whether they scored nil points.

You can see how well he did on the Eurovision website.

Meanwhile, the linear team set off for Oslo on Thursday afternoon. Travelling by coach and ferry to avoid any disruption from strikes or ash clouds, they will arrive at their destination in the early hours of Saturday morning.

With the Senior Content Producer heading out to Oslo on Sunday with BA (hopefully!), it’ll mean I have a week of looking after the website. I’m really excited as it means I can get stuck into a bit of HTML, photoshop and publishing again.

Whenever I do anything like that, it reminds me of being in a spy film. You know those scenes I’m talking about. When the character is typing furiously on their laptops to ‘hack’ into a system of somekind. What can I say, it helps make the day go quicker.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

It’s the time for competition…

I have recently been lucky enough to be sent information about a few competitions that are taking place.

The first is the Twitter Contest being ran by the Met Film School.

Basically, you have to follow MetFilmSchool on Twitter and pitch them your idea in one single tweet! Then one winner will be rewarded with a free place on their Introduction to Screenwriting course!

What a fantastic way to use Twitter for an online competition. It’s great to see the different ways in which people are using Social Networking to reach a larger audience.

Also, the prize is fantastic and would really help anyone who took part in the Scriptwriting Frenzy!

Please note, the deadline is 18th May so get those thinking caps on!

The second challenge I have my eye on at the moment is the one ran by Framepool/LBBOnline/Fireflies. For this, you have to make a piece of work showing the meaning of the word ‘courage’. It can be from 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length and the winner will be the first to win this annual award!

Please note, the deadline is 20th May for this challenge.

It certainly appears that with the summer coming soon, the competitions are certainly surfacing.

In other news, I am busy editing together the Hero VT for our UK Eurovision hopeful. The video will be published the week before the live final.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Future of Filmmaking

I was recently sent this trailer which I think sums up exactly what I have been thinking about the future of filmmaking.

With the introduction of new technology which allows people to make their own productions and edit them together, the world of filmmaking is evolving and changing.

Being at the forefront of all this change, for me is so exciting!

It’s like the beginning of the space race all over again. But without the space.

Also, I have a feeling that in the future, the ‘celebrity’ as we know it will also change. Instead of the socialites and reality TV show graduates, the future of a ‘celeb’ will revolve much more around blogs and web feeds.

Who knows, the acclaimed 15 minutes of fame may turn in to more like 5!

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Saturday… Drug Bust in Birmingham

Saturday morning, another train journey this time to Birmingham for a meeting about a charity video.

While waiting at Birmingham New Street with Michelle, surrounded by police dogs, two men were stopped right in front on us and escorted away.

In the place where they had just been stopped I spotted a piece of tin foil on the floor. I turned to Michelle and suggested that it might be from the two men who had just been stopped. Needless to say, Michelle immediately notified the policeman on duty and when the dog got near it, it went crazy!

Having given our details we strolled out of the station to our meeting.

All in a days work!

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Friday… Manchester

This weekend has been quite the Virgin Trainline tour!

Friday Job interview
Friday morning, waking up at 5am was difficult but I managed to catch up on some sleep on the train up to sunny Manchester.

Manchester in all its glory

At the interview, I managed to answer all the questions. They also asked me the questions I had prepared only moments before in the foyer…great stuff!

After the interview it was back to rest before my Saturday drug bust…

Coming Soon… Drug Bust at Birmingham New Street

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.