“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…


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Wanna know how smart I am?

February 1, 2008 at 6:11 pm (News) (, , , , , , , , , )

Well folks, it’s been a strange week here at “man ALIVE Studios”.

Some sad (but also happy) news as James, our EXCELLENT animator, has taken up a full-time job as a concept artist elsewhere and as a result is unable to commit the same time to the business as Stu and myself. Fortunately James has resolved to keep as involved as he can, but the grief of loss has caused us to come out with some weird ideas this week! As an example, have a look at this video we used to promote our profile on myspace:

cup of blogs!

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Took us 15 minutes to make that little gem.

We also continued work on our entries for Empire’s “done in 60 seconds” competition, but without our animator we had to do the best we could for the CGI in “KING KONG”!


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Finally, I thought I should throw in this clip of Phil playing the part of Steve Buscemi in “Armageddon”, Stu’s entry to the competition;

Phil is Steve Buscemi!

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Haha! I love that guy. Er… in a purely platonic way of course…


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