Here are some of my early thoughts on covers for Northern Gorehouse.
Another look at my process. A little bit about how I’ve started tracking inspiration and research more thoroughly than I was before.
Another new Writer’s Life video. I went and had a look at the new version of the development that inspired the vampire tower in Zombies v Vampires/Northern Gorehouse.
Shortly after the service launched in Manchester, I took a Mobike hire bike out for a test ride. Whilst I was about it, I visited some of the locations of Northern Gorehouse (aka Zombies V Vampires). Here’s A Writer’s Life, episode 3.
Just a quick report on what I’m planning for future videos in the series.
First of what will hopefully be a regular series.
I went out for a ride in the sun last Sunday, and recorded this trip through the back streets of the Northern Quarter and Ancoats. I’ve sped it up, to suit the bounce of the soundtrack I found for it.
Music- EDM Detection Mode by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
I’m not one of life’s chanters, so I turn up to take photos and shoot video. This one is from the impromptu march on Monday in Manchester. I shot footage at Saturday’s as well, I’ll work on that one during the week.
I started Boom Town last year, put it aside for the Summer, and returned to it recently. Click on the image above for the full gallery.
I also did a walk around video, which is a little shaky and blurry. When it gets it right, my phone’s macro focus is great. But when I’m working on something so close, and moving around, it keeps getting confused.
Footage from the anti-fracking demo in Manchester on Saturday.
This video has been several months in the making. As mentioned, it started with a conversation in the pub, but that was back in January or February, and I only got to make the pie last weekend. Thanks to wonderful timing, my local butcher, after months of not having them, had lambs’ fry in again just in time for me to make the pie and take it along to a party where it could be sampled by my challenger.
Now I’m looking for other food related challenges to video. Any suggestions?
Last week, I was lucky enough to get a look around Todmorden, to see how the Incredible Edible group in the town has found ways to bring food and colour to its public spaces. Thanks to my action cam and a selfie stick, I was able to get a view of the project from the point of view of some of the insects it helps promote.
I got a clip on wide angle lens for the phone, which will be good for photos and timelapse, but upsets the autofocus when there’s too much movement. I’ll know better next time.
I really need to stop describing items as cool. I said “Which is cool.” far too many times whilst recording this. Which is not cool.
Rather shaky. It’s not easy cycling whilst filming with your phone.
For the first time in a few years, I went along to an auction earlier this week and picked up a couple of mixed lots. Yesterday, I filtered out a few of my favourite items and, as they’re all small enough, thought I’d share them on a video. The autofocus on my phone is easily confused when things are that close to it, so there are a couple of points where it struggles. I’ll look at ways of fixing that in future videos.
I can’t embed a link to my Zibbet store in the video, as they’re not yet an ‘approved’ merchandise site, but I’ve asked to have that fixed.
I did this interview for The Daily Rundown last month, and only just worked out where to find it. It’s a little segment on the inspiration for Sounds of Soldiers, and why it’s still relevant- maybe even more relevant- in the age of Trump.
I did the titles and some other bits of work on this. It’s not bad for something shot on a phone. Future videos will be flashier still, as I learn new tricks.
The crowdfunder for Wendy’s campaign is at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/salford-green-party-mayoral-candidate.
A flame throwing ukelele. Because.