Promises, Promises…

July 23, 2009 at 2:59 pm (Mis-Adventures, News) (, , , , , , , , , )

Well, well, well. I promised a blog every day didn’t I. Sorry about that, but we’ve been MAD busy! We’re in the middle of a major event in Dundee right now, called “LOVE DUNDEE”, and we’re doing a lot of music and video stuff for it.

In the meantime though, here’s a vid of me smacking myself in the face with a shovel. This is an out-take from the vid we made for this year’s Virgin Media Shorts competition. Please click the link below to view it on their official website, and register to rate/comment. It would be seriously appreciated! 🙂

‘Later!

L.

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"As God once said, and I think rightly…"

July 16, 2009 at 1:22 pm (Equipment/Resources, News) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

That’s a genuine Margaret Thatcher quote. Classic. I found it while I was searching for good quotes from famous people about life, religion, belief, etc.

You see, yesterday and today, we’ve been working on some videos for a big church event that’s happening in our city next week, called “Love Dundee”. I’ve been searching for quotes that could be used in one of the vids, while Stu’s been pulling together clips from classic, instantly-recognisable movies (like The Matrix, or Pirates of the Caribbean).

Many won’t know this already, but our office is actually in the vestry of a church on the Perth Road, Dundee. The church is called Gate Church International and both Stu and I are really involved in the work that goes on there. We’re both Christians (Shock! Horror! Please don’t run away screaming, atheists and liberals!) and can tell you why, but that’s for another blog.

The church use the vestry on Sundays as their room for live internet broadcast of services, and they have some cool computers and software. We made a deal with them, where we get to use the office rent-free, but have to make video announcements for them every week (plus the odd major event like this one coming up).

I’m telling you this, because it’s a really cool thing to think about if you’re starting out in film-making. What people or organisations do you know, or have links with, that have amazing equipment or studio space you could borrow/use/hire, etc.?

Think creatively! Not just about the content of your films, but how to get them made too! My band just finished a demo, and we managed to get some sweet recording time at Abertay University by offering the free use of our tracks in videos produced by their “Whitespace” team (which means we also got free advertising!!!).

A wise friend in business recently said to me that “money should never be an excuse not to do something”, and he was right. If you have a creative goal, don’t write it off just because it’s too expensive. There’s (nearly) always a way.

Peace.

L.

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Robo Boogie

July 14, 2009 at 11:00 am (News, Office Thoughts) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hello out there, blog fans (yes, Phil and Pavel, I’m talking to you)!

What a long time it’s been since our last blog! Never fear, a new wave of blog euphoria has swept the “man ALIVE” office and we intend to blast you with a barrage of blog-type ammunition every day for the foreseeable future. We’re even about to set up a new youtube channel that will provide little easter eggs for you, yes YOU, to check out as you read. Isn’t that special?

Today, Stu and I are deliberating over some ideas for our new project with the Scottish Social Work department. The aim is to communicate the Codes of Practice in an entertaining way, and we’ve finally all agreed that the best way to do this is to bring a very small robot into the mix. If you have any ideas for funny scenarios involving little robots, feel free to send them our way, although we’ll nick them and use them, so be warned!

One of the reasons we’ve taken so long to blog again is that we’ve been away in Poland, which was INCREDIBLE! If you’d like to hear about why, or you just want some banter, please add us on facebook (stu/liam) or twitter (stu/liam) or both, and send us a wee message.

In the meantime, here’s a couple of our most recent sketches to keep you occupied…

Much love!

Liam.

P.S. When you say someone is still “green”, you know, like a “rookie”, is it because bananas are green when they’re not ripe? curious…

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