Archive | October, 2011

Varsity Blues are so yesterday, here come the Derby Braves

28 Oct

Despite the fog and rain settling on Derby’s pitch, last nights training session was brilliant. I have to admit I didn’t think I’d get all of the two hours training on my flip, cuz I still had last weeks footage, and no-one at the time had a computer with them(thankfully someone had a apple where all footage was put after training). Though before training started everyone had to run up mounts and back down in four lines. My first thought was thank god thats not me, I’d probably fall on my ass if I was asked to do that.

Once training began I was walking, or rather russelling around the pitch wearing waterproofs, filming the various drills and the only question I had to ask myself was ‘where do I start’. As you can see on my latest post that I took a few pics showing the drills too, and while I’m talking about American footbal I have to say the games on SKY are so much better than Channel 4 showing. As well as filming I ended up playing football (English) during this time with one of the coaches sons, and I’m surprised I was able to score a few goals. Unfortunatley, I dont’ have any pics of these antics, though I really should add some pics of myself to my blogs, so people can put a name to a face.

The best part of the evening was at long last getting footage of a scrimmage. And I must say that they are seriously full on, and no-one holds back, never stand in the way of one, thats my advice.

So now its 9-10 days to go until the Derby Braves play Staffordshre Stallions, and I can’t wait to get it all on film. Its fun watching American football on TV, but its so much better seeing it live.

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The Director/ Editor who came in from the cold

22 Oct

Note to self now that it is getting colder, stock up on Long Johns and all manner of thermals. Well, only on the Thursday nights when filming in Derby at the University. So far I’ve captured a lot footage of the Braves, and boy its some stuff. Thankfully, Steven had his computer with him, so I could put what I got from the previous 2 weeks onto a hard-drive, and then delete it from my flip. Along with getting heaps of footage of different training groups. Matt also said to me that he, and the other coaches, want me to create a promo video of the Derby Braves’ website, which I am so on-board for. I have an idea in my head for a beginning and end, just have to figure out the middle and then I’m good to go. Once in my car I thought thank god for heating systems, so I think next week I may stretch to 3 pairs of socks, and more layers, but apart from that I am having a blast, and can’t wait to get my hands on Final Cut Pro software. As I’ve said a lot in previous posts I seriously need final cut pro experience. So all I have to do now is find out who wants to be in the promo, how its got to be and start writing a treatment for it, and then all systems go.

Jammin’ with ‘The Deli Mix’

17 Oct

Well, I hope to be in the next few weeks, along with the filming I’m doing with the Derby Braves. A few weeks ago a friend who went to schol with contacted me asking if I would help him make a promotional music video of his band, called ‘The Deli Mix’, to send to the US.

For those of you who have not heard of ‘The Deli Mix’, I guarantee you will soon, not just through me writing about them on my blog, but also through their music. But for the momoent here is a little info on the band, ‘The Deli Mix’ is a funk and cpsychedelic rock band, whose music, when heard, is gonna blow everyones minds.

The next thing I will be writing about this awesome band is when I’ll start filming their music video. I’m gonna be honest and say I’ve never shot a music video before, so it will be a first and great experience for me too.

Can’t wait to get started working with ‘The Deli Mix’. They ROCK!

Set, Hut

14 Oct

Well, this what was shouted a lot last night, obviously. Though before I went to the 3G Pitch, I decided to see if any of my lecturers were in the History department. Well, I certainly gave Ruth and Ian a surprise, as they didn’t expect to see me that night, so I explained why I was back at Derby uni, and that I would hopefully be seeing them when I’d be in either filming, or editing.

Made it to the pitch and was greeted by Adelie, someone on the sports committee, who came prepared for the cold weather, with a cup of coffee (and thats whose in this picture).

Managed to get some great footage of the practice session last night, though before practice everyone was warming up with stretches and one of the moves I’m gonna nickname is ‘the werewolf’. Reason for that is that everyone had their backs arched when stretching, and then the howling started, and on the night of a full moon too!

When I saw that my flip had a small amount of battery power, I thought I wouldn’t be getting anymore footage, thankfully flip cameras record when there is no battery life left, there is a god. One thing that surprised me was that I didn’t get in anyone’s way when they were training. One thing I discussed with Adelie was coming into the uni, to put the footage I have onto an apple mac. Thankfully, there are a lot of media people with the Derby Braves, and people on the sports committee who can help me out. A bonus is I also know the head of the media department, who maybe able to help me, so I just have to wait to hear what time on Thursday afternoon to go into the uni to add what I already have. So I am looking forward to getting to grips with Final cut pro, again. Stay tuned for next Thursdays tales, and howling.

When it rains, it certainly pours

10 Oct

Thats exactly what happened to me on Thursday night, in Derby. We were delayed by half an hour getting onto the pitch, because the footbal teams had their practice session extended to 7.30pm. So we ended up waiting in the pouring rain for the pitch and my god I was frozen. Eventually, when it stopped the wind started to blow and although my feet and fingers had turned to ice I was able to get some great footage to the Derby Braves training. I just have to find out about where the footage goes when I’ve got it?

So this has taught me a valuable lesson; pack waterproof clothing in the car, have hand-warmers at the ready and have extra socks and shoes for when you get drenched! I’ll also remember to check the weather forecast before I set off from now on.

GO DERBY BRAVES!

My First Quiz

5 Oct

The other day I randomly searching the WordPress website to see what I could do to make my blog more interesting, and attractive, so I thought why not try adding a quiz to the site.

This is the first time I have done this, so I don’t know how it will turn out. If it does work then feel free to try it out and leave me a comment, to tell me what you think.

My two days in editng

4 Oct

Because I seriously need some editing experience behind me I decided to get in contact with my local news station, to find out if I could work shadowing in their editing department. Luckily one of the editors said he could offer me two days unpaid work shadowing, which I took without hesitation.

One day I’ve already done, which was on the 23rd, and I had a blast. I spend the day with a guy called Mekael, who showed me round the ‘Inside Out’ department, and I spent the first part of the day in their editing suite looking and playing around with Final Cut Pro. Once that was done, the rest of the day was using software called Quantel, for News coverage and I learned how to sync sound and music wit hclips and something that lasts a minute and so many seconds takes nearly 5 hours to do (normally it doesn’t put with what I was observing, did). First day gone and I learned a lot within the space of 8 hours.

Second day was arranged for the 3rd Oct, and this time I was work shadowing someone called Peter, who showed me the news feed for tonight, and I got the chance to meet one of the producers who I’d meet before, Kevin, who was happy to see me again. After palying with numerous news stories and getting more hands on experience I spent part of the early evening making notes and obseriving all the shorts Peter was using. I have one thing to say, when you enjoy something the time goes by so fast, and for this day it did. Before leaving I decided to see if I could come back to BBC to continue to work shadow, and although Kevin said they were in the process of organising for some graduates to work shadow, hopefully in the next few weeks I maybe able to head back in. The best bit of parting news was that Kevin said he would see if it could be arranged and asked me to keep him posted on whats going on.

So I have now established a few useful contacts at my local BBC, which I will certainly hang on to and for the forseeable future.

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