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Old November 17th, 2009, 12:39 PM   #211
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Hi all:

Dale, I like your comment about life and learning. My dad used to have a sign in his office that read, "I lived half my life before I realized it is a do it yourself job!".

This morning dealing with the animals, I stumbled onto a Kodak moment. Meet Bob (the goat) and Peaches (the chicken).... enjoy.

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Old November 17th, 2009, 11:12 PM   #212
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Ah .. you see Cat - that's why he takes so long to get moving and to "get to bed" ... he sleeps during the day!!! Bet the chicken sneaks a shut-eye too when you're not looking. There's definitely a conspiracy going on there!

So glad five of you have managed to get your films up! I will scrape through with a movie but that's about it - will have no time to sit back and think about it - never mind tweak it. Boy what a week -so far no late nighters... but I daresay that's coming....:) Arn't you just so glad you're finished!? Sigh.......
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Old November 18th, 2009, 05:13 AM   #213
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Hey guys

Well done to all the finishers. Looking forward to watching the results and you really have accomplished something pretty special !

I'm toast! - Some of you will know I've been working on a film about the stag beetle for a few years and this has had to take precedence with film festivals deadlines looming.

As far as long form goes, I have interviews planned for this week and next and I have plans to produce this piece as a DVD all about wildlife gardening....so stay tuned.

Many thanks
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Old November 18th, 2009, 07:51 AM   #214
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Sense the end was moved to the 21st I am going to resubmit mine if I am allowed!!

I burnt a BR disc and found a couple major glitches I never saw on my computer, almost embarassing!!!





Mat,

Your beetle stuff is awesome, look forward to seeing the film festival version!!!
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Old November 18th, 2009, 02:58 PM   #215
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I'm toast!
Is that as in the underdone, squashy variety that breaks down when you butter it, or the incinerated carbon sink type?

Sorry to hear that fella, but knowing that the work will not have been wasted is good news....
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Old November 19th, 2009, 12:44 AM   #216
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Really sorry to hear that Mat. It is difficult trying to do one film, never mind two, at the level you are doing them. Best wishes for your stag beetle film - judging by the snippets we have had, I am sure it will do very well!
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Old November 19th, 2009, 08:25 AM   #217
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Go for it Mat!

You were considering the long form deadline as an inspiration to get a rough cut finished for future work. You don't need a rough cut deadline, you have your own inspiration and we all want to see the final work when you have it done.

Rob, forever the humorist in your comments... on top of a lung infection to boot!

Marj, I think you might have something there as far as the conspiracy thing! :-)

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Old November 24th, 2009, 04:30 AM   #218
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What I have learnt from the Long Form....

Never be worried about asking for help or advice.
Interviewing, filming and monitoring audio at the same time is not easy.
Train somebody to do sound.
Write questions down.
Write answers down.
Take wildlife guide in camera bag.
Wear sunscreen.
Plan stuff first, not last.
Think more about continuity of techniques throughout a piece.
Hornets aren't as scary as you think.
Wasps are still quite scary.
Weather is one of the biggest factors in filming outdoors.
Filming birds in woodland requires a lot more time and patience than you first think.
Find experts in their fields, and listen to them.
Research your subject - ask informed questions.
Don't eat the red mushrooms.
Fear of heights disappears when you're looking through a camera!
Record better atmos audio, all the time.
Ask heathrow airport to divert all flights somewhere else on filming days!!!
Nature is truly wonderful.
I can do it!

Looking forward to seeing all your films,

Cheers!

Rob
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Old November 24th, 2009, 08:58 AM   #219
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<<I can do it!>>

sweet music to my ears...
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Old November 24th, 2009, 09:31 AM   #220
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Well you guys!

As Mat put it so eloquently ... I'm toast! Everyone was able to achieve reasonable compression sizes and reasonable download times but me. I'm certain this disqualifies me from the get go.

All the best to the rest.

Cheers,

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Old November 24th, 2009, 09:40 AM   #221
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Bah! What's a few hundred mb's between friends?

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Old November 24th, 2009, 09:47 AM   #222
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Thanks Rob...

But if you phrase it, "what's 7 minutes versus 27 minutes between friends", it rings a bit differently.

It's the game we entered into, we have to be technically savvy as well as creative.

But thanks for the kind words anyway!

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Old November 24th, 2009, 10:48 AM   #223
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okay, I tried downloading again, and instead of 27 minutes, it indicated 12 minutes...

so it varies.

I'll just leave it alone and let the chips fall where they may.

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