I just bought a kindle, not because I wanted one (though it is of course very nice), but because it’s time to migrate the Guerilla Film Makers Handbooks onto digital platforms. This has been in the planning for some time now and I have just needed time to breathe to actually take steps to make [...]
Santa came a little early this year. My first generation BluRay player that I bought to test the Blu-ray of ‘Gone Fishing’ finally gave up the ghost last week. And so Lucia, my lovely girlfriend, bought a new Sony BDPS370 player for me. For Christmas. Unable to wait six weeks (I did after all discover [...]
As part of the London Screenwriters Festival we will be filming some of the sessions. How these sessions will be made available in the future is part of a wider plan that, for now at least, I can’t quite reveal (I will very soon though). In order to do this, we will need to able [...]
So my Avid blew up earlier this week. And I mean crash bang wallop blow up. Not just a simple software corruption, hard drive fail or dodgy cable. It’s not the first computer I have had that has failed catastrophically, but in the last decade, computers have become more reliable for sure. Aside from hard [...]
It’s that time of year again, when I look to the digital assets created in the last year, and consider the data archiving needed. I know from experience the utter terror and anguish caused by a data loss or a hard drive crash – I had a bad on in the late nineties, and since [...]
For some time now I have had a stack of DVD’s piling up on my desk, disks with clips on them that I need to rip and edit, usually from stuff from other festivals where I did some PR or the like. It’s just a big archiving job really. But getting the data of the [...]
One of the things I have always taught on my courses is that when it comes to technology, you can’t believe anyone. Especially when it comes to new technology. This is not because experts are mistaken or wrong, it’s because everything is so untested. There simply hasn’t been enough instances of it working out in [...]
As you can see, the blog has been given a facelift. For some time now, I have been meaning to do this, and as Cannes is looming, I knew I had to do it sooner rather than later. I plan to update the blog daily in Cannes, and hopefully with either some audio or even [...]
As part of my preparing for Cannes, I decided to make new ‘Gone Fishing’ business cards. It was cheap as chips to do at VistaPrint and done and dusted in under 30 minutes. I used one of the main images from the film, shot by DP Vernon Layton, and then mocked up a logo that [...]
So after being out on the road for a few days with my new Asus EEE ultra portable laptop, I can confirm that it's really a perfect balance between power and portability. I have started to get my head around the Linux Operating System (which the EEE comes with), which I still maintain, is NOT [...]
For years I have been in search of a portable computer. Powerful enough to do what I need, small enough (and tough enough) to carry in my bag without really noticing it. I have tried all kinds of devices in the past, and I just bought an Asus EEE – a tiny laptop that has [...]
I had an interesting mail today from another film maker complaining about Quicktime – apparently the trailer for Gone Fishing would not play on his computer. And this is not the first occurrence of this, so if you have had problems playing back the Quicktime trailer, drop me a line – it would be useful [...]
Now the trailer has been up for a little while, I thought I would let you know how it’s doing and how I managed the infrastructure. When we decided to put a trailer up, we wanted it be world class quality, which meant using the Apple trailers website as a template. In turn that meant [...]
Yesterday I completed the PAL DVD for ‘Gone Fishing’. This DVD is for showing to festival co-ordinators and people who may be interested in the new features I am writing. For now, it won’t be available to anyone else, not even my family! (as I explained on the blog before, we need to keep tight [...]
And in fact, proof of workflow too! Yes tonight, I burnt my very first BluRay test disk of a clip from ‘Gone Fishing’ – AND IT WORKED…! PROPELLOR HEAD ALERT! READ ONLY IF YOU ARE A GEEK LIKE ME! I can report that the high definition does in fact make a HUGE difference when viewed [...]
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