RSS

Category Archives: Short Films

Anything can happen Tuesday- My Directorial debut!

Yes, I am doing more than directing traffic or kids in the dinner queue!  One of the things I’ve had at the back of my mind for a while is producing/directing short films, live action rather than just me or my nephews and puppets.

Confusions is a series of one-act plays and I’m directing Drinking Companions, an interesting if somewhat dialogue-heavy scene set in a bar. While quite static, the challenge has been to make it engaging and interesting, which the actors are bringing life to. So I’m glad the opportunity.  Next week will be the conclusion and I am eager to see how it all turns out.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confusions

It got me musing on what else can count- directing myself and the hiking Vlogs/diaries maybe? Tiglet’s shenanigans and Dr. RRr has made me a puppet-master (ish) but directing people is a great step forward. Then that got me thinking I have directed Cosplayers/models for photos, so it’s another thing to build on.anything-can-happen-tuesdays-1

We’ll just have to see how it goes!

Advertisements
 

The New Doctor’s got ‘The Look”!

“My Successor? It could even be a Woman. There’s no reason why The Doctor should always be a Man”

Tom Baker on his ‘retirement’ from the role of Doctor Who.

(Quoted from Regeneration- The Mystery of Ages. The Time Travellers Guide by Peter Haining. 1987. (1995 edition))

15th doctor JW

So I have finally posted the video I made shortly after the announcement of Jodie Whittaker being cast as the new Doctor.

I didn’t want to get into the whole argument of whether it’s a good move, but you know it is really, so just accept it.

Anyway, Regeneration 101 will go into the whole mechanics of how a sex-change Regeneration works, and there has been precedent, not just over the last couple of years but in the classic series too. Tom Baker himself said why not, and there’s even been a XenoRegeneration (Species-change) I’m also going to explain why the numbering is wrong and get into that as well, oh joy!

But for now, just enjoy my video and the hints of what’s to come in both Doctor Who and Infinite Whoniverses series 5! (Although, Independence is late by a month, with the FemDr and Elise, so that’s almost ready!)

Nanananaa, she’s got THE LOOK!

IW5COVER115nd4

 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

STAR WARS REBELS and the Snaggletooth Quest

4th alwaysMay The 25th be with you! Belatedly of course. Seems the 40th Anniversary of the release of Episode 4 a New Hope slipped through my fingers like Star Systems through Governor Tarkin’s, as Leia said it would!

 

Anyway, Rebels series 3 has just finished, following Ezra Bridger and the rag-tag crew of the Ghost, a Millennium Falcon-type ship that seems to be part setting up ANH and the New Trilogy and part product-placement for Disney toys.

So after the climatic finale Zero Hour I watched Rogue One and A New Hope back-to-back, which was a great watch, though the ending of R1 was a bit abrupt, but tied in well to the start of ANH.

I’m playing the first Star Wars Battlefront game on the ps2 again, so I may have to blog that at some point!

I also went to Warrington Market Comic Con at the weekend, which was okay, but saw more toys for sale. I bought an AST-5 for five pounds at For the love of Sci-Fi in December, so have been looking at other stuff. The price of original Kenner-edition toys are bloody ridiculous though, you would think Lucasfilm would just remake them, but a bit better, especially Darth Vader. I must have had about half a dozen headless Vaders- looked like some kind-of Robot without a head!

the snaggletooth quest1

Anyway, I’ve since come to the conclusion that all this ‘collectability’ nonsense is just that. Looking out for a red or blue Snaggletooth that costs at least £80 is a bit of a ripoff. So I’m giving that quest up and just going to enjoy whatever happens with Rebels and The Last Jedi, though it will probably be about Luke giving up the Light and the dark and being like the Bendu, be the one in the middle.

One thing I did like was watching Boogie Storm- the dancing Stormtroopers, complete with Meco’s 70’s Disco theme!

 

Time to get groovy and Feel the funkyside of the Force!!

 

 

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Anything can happen on a 360 shoot!

050Since Liverpool Comic Con, I have been trying to come up with a plan, a way of doing things differently than just going round taking random pictures and trying to edit everything into a semi-coherent video. In the end, I ended up with seven videos- The general walk around/’event’ vid, the Rwby shoot, the Star Wars shoot, My Superclark shoot, two versions of the Doctor Who shoot and three versions of the Cosplay Masquerade, plus Louise Brealey from Sherlock.

While moderately satisfied with the results, I did feel I needed to do something a bit different. I then remembered a guy at Ellesmere Port CC who shot a 360 degree video, which is like a composite of shots- I still don’t really understand how it works, but it got me thinking how could I achieve something similar?

Anime League and Rainbowdrop Cosplay organised another Big Geek Meet in Liverpool, which was my fourth in the two years I’ve been going to events/Cons/Meetups and so on. There was also a shoot in Southport, so I tried it out. Caitlin as Eren (mislabelled Levi) and me spinning round at BGM on the Saturday was okay, but doing individual shoots on Sunday worked much better, with about ten done.

I had to have a try myself to see how it worked, even though each shoot was only a minute or so, with added pictures and (mostly) relevant music. I am fairly happy with the results, so think I will carry on doing more of the same.

So, I guess Anything can Happen on a 360’ Shoot!

 

 

Tags: , , , , ,

5 REASONS TO GET EXCITED ABOUT- Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) Series 2!

20130617041535a0di52mlkhbv0psq“There is a wild fire inside you, burning desire you can’t extinguish

Your crimson arrow rips through the twilight; this is the moment for war!”

Guren No Yumiya- Attack on Titan theme- Linked Horizon/Hiroyuki Sawano- English lyrics by Ama Lee

 

Attack on Titan Series 2 is on! In Japanese- English dubs won’t be for a while.

Doctor Who is also back- but it’s AoT that I’m more excited about, which may seem strange from all the Who-related stuff I’ve been writing/filming/posting over the past few years.

Anyway, Tiglet joined the Survey Corp and came up with Five Reasons he’s excited about it-

 

5)-

WHY is there a Titan in The Wall?

The second biggest twist of the finale- a bit of wall coming loose and the face of another colossal Titan revealed. Another mystery.

 

4)-

What Happens to Annie?

She’s in a crystalline cocoon, deep underground. What will happen when she wakes up? Did she do that to protect the identities of the other Human Titans? I know who the Colossal and Armoured ones are, only because I looked up the Manga on Wikipedia and it gives ALL the details!

 

3)-

A Major Character dies.

Again, because of the Manga/Wikipedia I know who it is, but not how, so have deliberately not read that far ahead. Will the Second series have that in it?

 

2)-

Titans DEFENDING Humans/The Wall???

WHAT? Why might be a more pertinent question. That raises the question of who actually built it, it would have taken a very long time, as it encompasses most of Europe (even though the series is made in Japan, the setting is futuristic/post-apocalyptic Europe)

 

1)-

What’s in the basement of Erin’s House?

Something they set out to do, but never completed because of Annie, but the secret of Erin’s transformation and maybe how Human/Titan hybrids are made could be there. And since Erin’s Father has disappeared, he could be the one with all the answers, I just don’t know.

So there are a lot of questions that could get answered in the second series.

We’ll just have to wait and see won’t we?

 

“Song for the Reluctant Heroes,

Oh give me your strength,

our life is too short.

Song for the Reluctant Heroes.

I wanna be brave, like you.

From my Heart”-

Reluctant Heroes- Hiroyuki Sawano and MPI

 

 

 

Tags: , , , , ,

MCM Comic Con Liverpool- several shoots, a panel, and lots of walking round!

So I survived my first two-day Comic Con event last weekend, and worked on a few videos, even though with so much going on, I know I missed a few. Still, Doctor Who/Star Wars/RWBY and the Saturday Masquerade were all good, as well as my Superclark 3 shoot!

I also went for a drink with Darth Vader and few others on Saturday, which was a bit bizarre, but fun.

It was packed, crowded and a bit claustrophobic, especially the Sunday, so I left early, missing out on seeing the Attack On Titan cast, but ah well, another time perhaps. I’ve posted Doctor Who/Rwby/Sherlock and Star Wars on Youtube and might work on the other three. Oh and do the rest of the pictures too, if I get the chance!

050

 

Events- Liverpool MCM COMIC CON 2017- SUPERCLARK 3- Coming Soon!

DSCF0126So after two dozen Comic book Conventions/meetups and photoshoots last year, I’m off to the third event of 2017- MCM Comic Con-Liverpool, for BOTH days, not just one like last year.

Ellesmere Port Comic Con was great, I’m still working on photos, but getting EPCC and the Liverpool Cosplay Meet in January videos edited and uploaded was epic in itself. I made three versions of LCM with different music. The version uploaded featured Lindsey Stirling and Lzzy Hale from Halestorm and ‘Shatter me’. If that didn’t work, as backup I had Nami Kichi’s Cover versions of Brave Shine from Fate Stay/Night and Ignite from Sword Art Online 2.

For EPCC it was a general vid of the event and 360 shoot, then a video of the Cosplay Contest.

It was a comment off Ironman at EP that made me think I need to make another attempt at Superman/Clark Kent, so I have been planning a bit in advance, which makes a change from making things up as I go along like I normally do!

Anyway, that is the plan- Saturday Clark Kent, roving Reporter for the Daily Planet will be around, and then on Sunday I’ll need to find a Jimmy Olsen to film me doing my Super-thing!

Should be FUN!

Thanks also to Thomas Hulks as Professor Zoom/Reverse Flash!

 

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,