Tuesday, August 21, 2007



No posts for ages... This isn't us, but it is cool.

Stop Frame Animation

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Attic - The Trailer

The idea of doing a trailer for a 4 and half minute movie does seem weird, but I thought it might be an interesting experiment. So here goes:

The music is by Muse in case you're interested and don't know.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Attic

Monday, April 23, 2007

Medium Roast

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Alien Overlords

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Lets Review

We have had our first review. It is of Detective Alberton: The 4 minute ReEdit and here it is:

This is pretty awful. The lighting is bad; the set is obviously a front room; and the music drowns out the dialogue. The American accents sound sub-Woody Allen. I'd guess that the actors are lower middle-class English kids; maybe undergraduates. The bartender delivers his lines with so little conviction that he seems ashamed to be there (an understandable emotion, in the circumstances).

He also chose to give it 1 star (the lowest you can go).

Well this review made me laugh a lot. Not least because the thought, "what's wrong with Woody Allen's American accent" flitted across my mind. But yes, it's a pretty funny review. I think we can take from it, "must try harder", and get ready for the next one!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Learning Aloud

One of the things that's been interesting for me during the Troy Road process so far has been the process of learning how to make films with no safety net. Whenever we make a film we stick it up on the internet to see how it goes.

Some might argue that it would be safer to practice in the quiet of privacy and wait until you were really happy with what you had before you unleashed it. But that I think is a mistake. This version of a strategy means that we can literally chart our progress. As we get better you will be able to see that and appreciate the leg work that went into that rather than seeing a finished work and thinking - hey that looks pretty easy.

In fact I'm pretty sure Nick and I thought that it would be easier than it actually is. Luckily it's also fun and something that we both have always wanted to do. But it is tricky, and massively time consuming. It probably works out at about a day a minute! (this is counting the detective drama at four minutes not twelve.) It's about a day of filming and then lots of grabbed hours in the editing booth.

It was only while editing some of the up coming film on Sunday that I really appreciated the time involved. And wondered why I hadn't remembered this from my film making exercises in my youth? But then as I thought back I did remember the long hours editing (with video tape back then) so why wasn't it imprinted on my brain? Well it was simple I was having fun and I didn't have a job. On those long summer holidays it didn't seem to matter if you needed to lock yourself in a room for a three day stretch. Now it's much more tricky but still just as worth it. Even if what's coming out seems a little raw. We've all got to learn somehow.