Online Collaborative Filmmaking – StarWars uncut

22 04 2010

Now this is a fan film. Amazingly, hundreds of people have been beavering away to remake Star Wars in their bedrooms. Each taking a 15 second chunk of the film, and remaking it in their own inimitable style. I’m not entirely sure how great or sad this is, but it looks like it has been a real labour of love for those involved. Watch the trailer to see what I mean.

The internet has allowed for some really interesting ideas to come to fruition. We are increasingly seeing collaborative efforts in all manner of moving image projects. Some seem like an excuse to avoid paying real artists for their time, but others like this – for an excuse to have a great laugh and be immortalised.

There are a few other projects that I have come across over the years, and as I remember them I will post links below.

But one that I have to hand is one frame of fame.

This is a viral music video for C-mon & Kypski – More is less.

A great idea, the band have shot a video with themselves performing, and are asking fans to recreate a frame of the action in front of their webcam. The image is taken and then inserted into the video to create a strobe-like series of images which looks really lovely. It is in great contrast to the straight footage which is on the rest of the video.

Obviously this is designed as a viral marketing campaign as well as music video, and I’m sure that many of the people featured are not real fans of the group, but who are now certainly aware of their existence.

See it by clicking on the picture below.


Creative Live

16 04 2010

Wow – free workshops from a new provider – Creative Live – seems like the deal is that you can watch them live, but have to pay if you miss the live session. Some great looking sessions though. This is certainly picking up momentum as a new way to learn, especially for people with full-time jobs who can’t afford the time otherwise. I’ve been a long time fan of fxphd who offer a great service – 10 week courses, forums, trial versions of the software, and a great community. Looks like creative live are offering some of the same.

2 courses I’m keen on are below – to give you a flavour.

HDDSLR Cinema with Vincent LaforetThe Creative Eye with Art Wolfe

Using an LCDVF with glasses.

11 04 2010

A while ago I started using an LCDVF. For those who are wondering, like I was, about the situation with using glasses with a viewfinder eyepiece like this. I can explain my own situation. I use glasses which are -4.75 strength, and are a reasonable size.  I was initially worried as before ordering I tried looking at the LCD panel on my camera from a short distance, approximately the same length as it would be when using the LCDVF, and found that I couldn’t focus clearly enough without taking off my glasses. However, upon using it I find the opposite to be the case – I can use my glasses easily, but not without. I have had absolutely no problems in using the glasses with it. It looks a little weird when first attached to the camera, as it sticks out a lot more than looks right with a small lens attached to the front, but it’s a marvellous device, certainly recommended by me, and used frequently.

It looks like the first step in rig expansion. Just look at what can happen if you have a few quid to play around with. Yum.

The Daily Mail Song

10 04 2010

Silly, funny, inventive. That’s good enough for me.

Another Great instalment in the Zacuto Shootout.

8 04 2010

I’ve been really impressed with these programmes by Zacuto. Absolutely gets me, a great mix of techy/ geeky versus the artist/ creative possibilities of Film and DSLR cameras. What is really nice to see is that these cheap (from £500 to £5000) cameras can really impress. Great as I can afford one of these, but not a 35mm film camera.

Click on the pictures to get to the episodes. Currently at episode 2.

Writing / Scriptwriting / Nottingham

7 04 2010

I thought I’d write a post collecting some information about scriptwriting. This should be useful to people in the Nottingham area, but also general stuff for people further afield

Celtx is a free scriptwriting tool and production organiser, and it’s free. A great start for people looking to get a well formatted script, it will also allow you to break it down into the production logistics required. Now you’ve just got to go and shoot it!

Screenlit is the Premiere UK Screenwriting festival, and is right here in Nottingham. I went last year, and it was absolutely great. On soon – the end of April! Thank crikey I was writing this entry, otherwise I’d have probably missed it. Make the effort to go and see great writers.

BBC Writers room is a great service where you can submit your masterpiece, and they’ll look over it for free. They will read the first 10 pages and if they really like it, read on and give you feedback, and possibly put you in touch with Producers

Rocliffe is working with BAFTA to develop writers and filmmakers, and runs a successful script submission scheme and runs events and forums. Only if you are really serious though.


WriteLion is a section of the Left Lion magazine Forums which deals with all types of writing. Hopefully you can find some friends there and chat about interesting things.



If you’re a writer, and you’re in the East midlands, then I’d guess that this is the place for you. As you might have guessed, I’m getting a little bored and I think I’ll make myself a nice drink and stop all this internet nonsense. Hope it helps someone.