The Price of Progress

August 31, 2010 at 2:31 pm (Writing) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Gotta spend money to make money!

Greetings blog-jockeys,

and thanks for peering once again into the tortured souls of myself and Liam… together we are Man Alive.

If you’ve been keeping an eye on our pod-casts (which are live on itunes, down-loadable for FREE), our blog, and our very own version of twitter, (where we find small animals, shave short, poignant messages into their fur, and chase them into densely populated areas, we call it ‘critter’), then you’ll know all about the Man Alive, weekly work schedule. 3 days – corporate, 2 days – entertainment focused.

Well we’re upping the game even further now. Because we are keen to make the most of our entertainment days and accomplish as much scripting as we can throughout the week, we have doubled the number of writing sessions, so that as well as the 3pm Tuesday and Thursday meetings, we are also taking time at 10am on Tuesdays and Thursdays to power on scene by scene, act by act.

Today was our first morning script-fest.

INT. TONIC – MORNING

LIAM
(apologetically)
Hey sorry I was late.

STU
No worries, you made it within
the 15 minute lateness buffer.

LIAM
Thank goodness for the buffer.

Writing went well. The Tonic owner was on hand to lend us his laptop charger when Liam discovered his was still at the office. Smooth move on his part, simple maths really. Keep us their for longer, more time to rack up the bill.

INT. TONIC – MORNING (CONT’D)

LIAM
Better either leave or order another drink.
Don’t think he’ll be happy about us sitting here
making our coffees last longer than a Dream Theatre
album.

STU
(concerned)
Ok, lets get one for the road. But lets rubber Brae’s
this avo, and write in the boardroom instead. We’re gonna
blow the whole budget on coffee before we’ve finished
the script.

Hopefully this has offered you insight into the delicate ecosystem that is Man Alive Studios. A multifaceted business, with each extension fulfilling a unique and essential purpose.
3 days corporate – working hard, making money; 2 days entertainment – spending every last penny on skinny, single-shot lattes. A perfectly balanced company.

Thanks for reading, stay tuned for more sketches, blogs, pod-casts and the much anticipated, feature film!

Love Stu x

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The Kenyan Invasion

August 17, 2010 at 3:52 pm (News) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So, it seems we’re about to enter, in the words of Disney’s Aladdin, “a whole new world”. A world in which “man ALIVE Studios” actually have some kind of marketing strategy, a world in which we actually make some moves towards achieving the things we’ve wanted to all along (that’s right, a statue of me in front of Dundee’s Caird Hall), a world in which we have to tidy up the office a bit.

It’s all go! Today we had a visit from our good Kenyan chum Judy Mbugua (hence the VERY mild office tidy). Judy has a masters in business and marketing. This beats Stu and I’s combined marketing experience of having sent out a couple of emails once. After I returned from a swell holiday in Vegas (ask no questions, I’ll tell you no lies), I suggested a wee meeting with the mighty Stulander and we have re-focused a bit. Our week is now split up so that for some of the time we work on the corporate side of our company, and the rest of the time we’re working towards making a feature film!

Judy is helping us to market the corporate side at the moment, and so far she’s exposed some glaring holes in our strategy.

Judy – “have you been into many businesses to offer your services?”
Me – “define many? is it more than none?”

We’ve started the script for our feature and have now created a film group on facebook for local (or semi-local) film-makers to sign up and get involved with. If you’re interested/involved in film-making in any way, please sign up and take part. If we work together we can make some awesome stuff! :)

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=148077518538510&v=app_2373072738&ref=ts#!/group.php?gid=148077518538510&ref=ts

That’s all my news for today. If you already heard our most recent podcast you already knew this stuff anyway. Clever you! :)

L.

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New Podcast, Screenwriting, and Racism in the Workplace

June 17, 2010 at 2:26 pm (News, Writing)

It has been brought to our attention by one of the only three or so people who read our blogs, that we ain’t done one in ages again (not counting the podcast one). Sadly, this is true! So here I am. Blogging.

News-wise, we’ve just started a new podcast, which you can find on iTunes by searching for “man ALIVE Studios” (or clicking the link in our last blog). Still working out some of the technical aspects of making a podcast, but turns out it’s not tooooo tricky. Once I’ve got it sussed, I’ll write a step-by-step guide for anyone who wants to hear it.

Why did we do one though?! Well, mainly because we’d both been listening to loads of podcasts and radio shows and really enjoying them, but also because anything which will help raise our profile is surely a good thing!

If you’ve not been following our youtube channel/twitter/facebook, etc. then SHAME ON YOU! Ha! But we have churned out a few sketches in the last wee while, so check ‘em out (http://www.youtube.com/manaliveblog). We’ve also been working hard on some scripts (I’m writing a feature, and Stu’s just finishing off another half-hour sitcom pilot), and picking up useful screenwriting tips from the “On the Page” podcast. If you’re interested in screenwriting, I recommend giving it a listen, especially since it’s FREE! :-)

That’s all for now though, folks. I’ll leave you with our informational sketch about racism in the workplace…

L.

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Podcast 1 – ManPod and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

June 11, 2010 at 10:43 am (Podcasts) (, , , , , , , , , )

This is our first ever attempt at a podcast. Hope it works and that you enjoy it!

http://ia360708.us.archive.org/23/items/ManAliveStudios-Podcast1codcastOfTheApocalypse/podcast1.mp3

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Happy New Year?!!!

April 22, 2010 at 10:44 am (News) (, , , , , , , , , )

Unbelievably, this is our first blog of 2010 and we’re already halfway through April! I know what question you’re all asking and dying to hear the answer to, so I won’t beat around the bush… no, we have not yet dominated the film and television industry with our work. I know, it’s a surprise to us too. Soon though, friends…soon.

In the meantime, some good news is that we finally finished our work with the Scottish Social Services Council. Feast your eyes and ears on one of the finished sketches below…

This is embedded from our new youtube channel that is dedicated to our more corporate, less entertaining stuff. If you want to know more, you can check it out at http://www.youtube.com/manalivefolio.

That’s all for today, but we’ll try to keep updating you with more interesting news, tips, rants and inspirational speeches (ripped off other people) as and when we can.

Peace!

L.

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“You Can Write, But You Can’t Edit… Edit… Edit…”

December 9, 2009 at 4:05 pm (Editing, Equipment/Resources, Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

That’s a lyric from a track by Regina Spektor, who is probably my favourite artist at the moment. She’s amazing! If you’ve never heard her before, you should check her out on spotify or something immediately. Here’s one of her songs on youtube…

See what I mean?

Anyways! The reason I’m going on about Regina is because Stu and I (and a few of our chums, including Phil “Nosferatu” Mcardle and Josh Liandu of Our Future Glory) went to see her live at the O2 Academy in Glasgow. She was phenomenal. Favourite songs on the night included “Apres Moi”, “Poor Little Rich Boy”, “Samson” and “Us”. To be honest though, she performed them all excellently, and her band (consisting of a drummer, violinist and cellist) were all top-notch musicians.

However, back to reality today in the office – we’re just editing a panto that we filmed for the Dundee Social Work the other night. We’ve filmed it the last three times so we’re pretty used to it by now. Okay, it’s not exactly living the Hollywood dream, but doing these kind of things is what keeps us going financially so we can’t complain! It’s an idea if you’re interested in film-making to have a go at filming live events for money. The experience of cutting things together afterwards can help you learn a lot about editing, which, if you’re making films on a low budget and doing everything yourself, is really going to come in handy. Also, the money can go towards important equipment/resources you’ll need for making your first few films.

That’s all I’ve got for you today! But stay tuned for some far more useful blogs in the near future…

L.

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Noble Pursuit

December 3, 2009 at 2:17 pm (News) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Hey out there!

How’s things? Been dragged forcibly into the Christmas spirit yet?
Things have been very busy for us here. We’ve been filming at a couple of fashion events as well as pulling together our entry for this year’s Comedy Smalls competition…

Sadly, we didn’t win this time, but here’s the vid for your viewing pleasure…

I think it was way better than our winning entry from last year, but feel free to give us constructive criticism, so long as it’s disguised by tons of flattery.

I promise I’ll get those last few notes from the BBC Writersroom seminar up soon too, but not today, as we’re getting ready to go film a panto tonight.

Take it easy for now!

L.

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Temporary Insanity

November 19, 2009 at 11:31 am (News) (, , , , , , , )

For the last couple of days, we’ve had a special visitor in the office. His name’s Stephen and here’s a few words on his experience with man ALIVE Studios!

“Well I’ve been lucky enough to have been at the office for Work Experience this week and it’s been brilliant! On the first day I made a slideshow for a fashion show called “Radiance” and Stuart helped me to animate a small “Radiance” intro movie. That turned out quite well I reckon and it was good practice since I’m interested in Stop-motion animation. On wednesday I got to see the guys interview people outside the Overgate and once I worked the microphone for them! I also got to help them find similar guys on Youtube to subscribe to. Today’s my last day but so far this has been a great Work Experience and I’ve seen a lot of how to edit films. I couldn’t really be here monday or friday sadly since I’ve got to travel to and from Glasgow. Man ALIVE studios is much better than school.”

Better than school, folks! You heard it here first. :-)
It’s been a pleasure having Stephen as one of the team.

L.

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We’ve Arrived!

November 12, 2009 at 12:50 pm (News) (, , , , , , , )

Hello out there, blog peeps!

We have finally made the switch over to wordpress after hearing some glowing reviews from a few of our chums.  So far I can’t get my head round it at all!  There seems to be way too much to take in all at once.  Even as I write this I’m getting distracted by seeing that I have the option to write an excerpt, or send trackbacks,  or post tags, or do something with “categories”.  Still, I’m sure we’ll get there eventually!

I’m going to transfer a bunch of our most recent blogs (from blogspot) over to this account, so if you think the content sounds very familiar, that’s (probably) why.  We’ll be posting some new material very shortly, but we have to get our vid for the latest Comedy Smalls competition done first!

Take it easy (but not too easy)!

L.

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The Adventures of Moonface and Torchboy

November 9, 2009 at 4:51 pm (Equipment/Resources, News) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Hello out there!

Today’s blog is just a cheeky wee one, as I’m just squeezing it in at the end of the day. This weekend’s been crazy busy – we’ve been filming some fun sketches for the Scottish Social Work peeps, as well as attending the premiere of “Terror ‘Neath the Tay” on Saturday night at the Dundee Odeon cinema.

We were invited to the premiere by one of our youtube chums, Kyle Titterton. He got in touch and asked us to make a fake trailer to be screened before his main feature (which was very entertaining, I have to say!). Along with our good chum, Alexander Bethune, we came up with this…

We were concerned it wasn’t going to be well-received on the night, but fortunately people were in a silly mood and we got a respectable number of giggles.

The best thing about it all though, was seeing the benefits of building relationships with other local film-makers and people in the “industry”. Our friend and mentor, Justyn Rowe, once told us that we should get to know as many other people in the same line of work as us, and not be afraid to help them out. They may be your competition, but they are also a powerful ally and resource!

Anyway, that’s all for now!

Have a great evening!

L.

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