Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Exeter gets infested with Zombies

On Saturday the city centre was infested with zombies’ as part of a Halloween celebration. The event started in Exeter city centres bus station. It then proceeded down Sidwell Street, through Princesshay, The cathedral green, then onto The Phoenix Arts Centre. The event was organised by Exeter’s Phonic FM and The Phoenix.

People came to the march from all over Devon, one woman said “We did this last year and it was very fun. So we did it again. We travelled from Paignton, but it is so fun it is worth it.”
The march was publicised “by social media the event was promoted through social media, word of mouth and Phonic FM, we didn’t use posters around town. “. This was very much a safe, fun community event, a strange disease had not spread around the world nor was Exeter being used as a horror film set.

The people dressed up had some open sores, blood dripping down their faces, calling and moaning after fresh blood. Strange brides wandered the streets complete with dead flowers. Terrified teenage girls ran away from monsters squealing in fear. Many were dressed in strange ripped clothes. Some chased terrified shoppers through the town centre looking for fresh flesh to feed on. This frightening behaviour had spread from North American towns, and then spread to London and Bristol now Exeter was invaded by the zombie mob. The participants reached The Phoenix at around 5pm where they were then greeted with a live music event called “The Zombie Ball”.

This was a community event was organised by Mike James, Phonic FM’s DJ of The Rock show. Mike has caused quite a stir in the rock music community. Mike had talked to mega famous rocker Slash has talked on his shows. He has also been nominated for FM DJ of the year award. The event was inspired by events around the world. Zombies marched to the Phoenix arts centre for a family rock show; money made from the show is “keeping the station afloat. Last year we made it to the top 100 zombie walks in the world which is amazing considering were up against cities such as New York and London.”

Many families went on to the Zombie Ball and the mix of heavy rock and dressing up kept all generations happy. Prices for the show were recession friendly £10.00 in advance and £12.50 the door “ten bands played and will be playing against a packed house of over 300 people.” All profits went to Phonic FM.

These money making events and contributions are the only way the station keeps broadcasting. Many zombies appeared in a rock video for up and coming band Cambion, the event was partly to find zombies to appear in their video. Cambion had been supported by Phonic FM since they started out; [The Rock Show] had also supported the band”. Many other local heavy bands played such as Your Mums Beard, Flame Fracture and with the Famous Vampire Killers headlining.

The event was a great fun family day out and showcase for some great heavy local rock music. If you want to join in the fun keep posted to Mike James on social media platforms and of course, The Rock Show on Phonic FM. Next a heavy rock Christmas party is due to be hosted by the radio station. Look for the link for a massive collection of stills posted below.

By Ruth Barr and Merlin Spiers. Please visit the link below for high resolution photos taken by a professional camera. Please only use them for personal use, for uses contact merlspiers@gmail.com before hand.

tinyurl.com/zombiewalkexeterphotos

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Migrated blog from Wordpress

I apologize if some of the articles look incorrect. May I suggest you visit The wordpress version if you want to see the youtube embedded videos. Everything will be fine from now on.

If you want to move your blog from Wordpress then select export from the dashboard. Then goto wordpress2blogger.appspot.com and upload your export and then receive the converted file.

You then need to goto settings in blogger and import the file.

It doesn't export perfectly but acceptably enough to be worthwhile.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Media and culture

Today we literally analysed in depth newspapers. We took analysed the paper all things from price to the social demographics in relation to the news values.

We had handouts of an extract from a book on journalism, which helped.

We also had a handout of the papers jargon for each part.

Too much was analysed to fit into a blog post. It was an immense task.

Tv journalism journal planning a news programme

Today we put together a plan of action for a tv news programme production.

Firstly we looked at our target audience.

Having deciding that it was going to be aimed at students we looked at what features for the program.

We decided on two features lasting 8 mins each. The features were about local nightclubs and about outdoor adrenaline pursuits. We left 8 mins for a studio piece to satisfy the brief.

Having known from experience that it is hard to get a guest in to your schedule, I convinced the group to have a backup plan. In order to balance the program we are aiming to have a policeman discuss crime, we also decided that we should have a backup guest. We hoped to get a drugs support worker.

Having looked at our content we decided to call it "where it's @" in order to suit the local nature- our audience is aimed at students.

We then looked at schedule planning and allocated research roles to team members. The group decided research is due to be in two weeks.

We then allocated production roles starting with the studio. I will be working in the gallery doing the live edit.

The group nominated two female presenters, also someone to oversee the production schedule. The rest of us will be using the equipment to film features and script write for the presenters.

We decided that the format shall start in the studio to introduce the features and a live studio guest as previously mentioned.

During my lunch break I decided to contact Devon and Cornwalls PR department by phone. The outcome was a request in writing via an email address acquired on the phone. The police seemed polite and interested.

I also telephoned the Exeter Drugs Project and discussed the teams plans. I was given another email address which happened to be the directors. I was informed that she was a really busy person and that she might delegate it to a junior representative.

I was a little disheartened. Feeling that my email might not reach the representative I will follow up the emails and telephone numbers. Ultimately if we don't get these guests we need another backup plan. This has not yet been put the groups agenda. Still there is plenty of time for them to respond.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

The use of slow motion

In cinema nothing brings out the magic of a shot more than slow motion. Slow motion is used literally to show the audience what is happening a lot slower. If you want to check out another websites list of all time classic slow Motion scenes here is the link. Reservoir Dogs has a notoriously famous starting sequence in slow motion with the gangsters walking down the road like a pack of dogs. However this slow motion is just slowed down using regular filmed footage used to make the titles, it could perhaps be suggested that Tarantino used it as an after thought in slow motion- but hey it works! The type of slow motion that I am interested in demonstrated in number one on the list in The Fall by Tarsim Singh. The man who deserves absolute credit for this amazing piece of cinematography is Colin Watkinson, this undoubtedly is one of the best composed title pieces in history. The continuity throughout the speed of the slow motion works classically well and reflects that you don't need to constantly change the speed of the slow motion. Now I can't mention slow motion without mentioning the biggest piece of all time (which is not in the list of title slow motion pieces). 'The Epopt' scene of the baby in the pram falling down the "Odessa Steps" from the movie "The Battleship Potemkin", is the probably the most famous slow motion piece amongst movie critics. It has been replicated in a gangster film right through to comedy. This work is significant because it was a completely new concept, and people were left in suspense as to what was going to occur. View it for yourself[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps-v-kZzfec?rel=0&w=640&h=480] by Eisenstein in 1925. It's worth watching The Fall completely, but the slow motion sequence however random is central to the films story. Next I will be explaining what I want to do, I sadly do not have the budget of these films but I plan to make a really powerful montage of slow motion. In the next article I will explain how I am going to attempt to do it on a shoestring. Please note that technical language maybe used and I suggest you use google to define a word by using the following syntax define:word in the search bar. I will try my best to accommodate you. For my idea I will be planning to expand visually on the word "destruction" and most of my shots will be related to something being destroyed. I quite like Fatboy Slims Gangster Trippin's slow motion check it out below: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YNPzB1kEfw?rel=0&w=640&h=480] I plan to emphasise "destruction" in many different ways, in the next post we are going to get technical I need to work out how to do this mammoth task!.....

Mobile technology

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Nowadays it's a tough choice for developers in choosing what phones to develop applications for. So out of curiosity I thought I would start a poll. It's also to test Wordpress!

Moving the blog to a Raspberry PI

In-between my short my short movie project I will also be blogging about making a $25 Raspberry Pi LAMP server that will allow me to host Wordpress, and this blog.

The fact that Wordpress want to charge you $99 to receive advertisement revenue is damn right scandalous, so I shall be moving it to a dedicated server.

I want to use my Raspberry Pi but I think it might be a better idea to mirror the host on a paid server.

Once I have made the LAMP server I will release an image, at present there are no out of the box servers with blogging tools- so it will be interesting to see what the download statistics will be like.

I shall keep blogging here during the mean time until a solid host has been produced.

Basically I am a student and I could do with any advertisement revenue!

Merlin

The use of slow motion

In cinema nothing brings out the magic of a shot more than slow motion. Slow motion is used literally to show the audience what is happening a lot slower. If you want to check out another websites list of all time classic slow Motion scenes here is the link.

Reservoir Dogs has a notoriously famous starting sequence in slow motion with the gangsters walking down the road like a pack of dogs. However this slow motion is just slowed down using regular filmed footage used to make the titles, it could perhaps be suggested that Tarantino used it as an after thought in slow motion- but hey it works!

The type of slow motion that I am interested in demonstrated in number one on the list in The Fall by Tarsim Singh. The man who deserves absolute credit for this amazing piece of cinematography is Colin Watkinson, this undoubtedly is one of the best composed title pieces in history. The continuity throughout the speed of the slow motion works classically well and reflects that you don't need to constantly change the speed of the slow motion.

Now I can't mention slow motion without mentioning the biggest piece of all time (which is not in the list of title slow motion pieces). 'The Epopt' scene of the baby in the pram falling down the "Odessa Steps" from the movie "The Battleship Potemkin", is the probably the most famous slow motion piece amongst movie critics. It has been replicated in a gangster film right through to comedy. This work is significant because it was a completely new concept, and people were left in suspense as to what was going to occur. View it for yourself[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps-v-kZzfec?rel=0&w=640&h=480] by Eisenstein in 1925.

It's worth watching The Fall completely, but the slow motion sequence however random is central to the films story. Next I will be explaining what I want to do, I sadly do not have the budget of these films but I plan to make a really powerful montage of slow motion. In the next article I will explain how I am going to attempt to do it on a shoestring. Please note that technical language maybe used and I suggest you use google to define a word by using the following syntax define:word in the search bar. I will try my best to accommodate you.

For my idea I will be planning to expand visually on the word
"destruction" and most of my shots will be related to something being destroyed. I quite like Fatboy Slims Gangster Trippin's slow motion check it out below:
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YNPzB1kEfw?rel=0&w=640&h=480]

I plan to emphasise "destruction" in many different ways, in the next post we are going to get technical I need to work out how to do this mammoth task!.....

Improvised slow motion and FPS (Frames Per Second)

I have previously stated that I wanted to do a piece of work based on the word and concept of "destruction" all filmed at slow motion. The work has to have a unique piece of my own style. I do like what Fatboy Slim did in his Gangster Trippin' below:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3k1comdW1Ig?rel=0&w=640&h=480]

However I don't just want to have things exploding (I do not possess any high explosive). Crushing objects using bricks in slow motion is one way of which I can easily show destruction. I also have a couple of small pyrotechnic charges. I intend to put the pyrotechnics in glass bottles whilst filming light it then run, leaving the camera behind Perspex to protect it.

I also want to show the willingness for humans to destroy each other, I intend to go to a mixed martial arts training session and film them literally beating the crap out of each other. Hopefully this will be long enough for the backing of the piece (something to cut back to). I will also film small objects being crushed by vehicles. Perhaps even get to a scrap yard to film a car being destroyed or damaged at least.