Tuesday 30 March 2010

First of Many

There is not much point in this post other than a bit of trumpet blowing. Anyone watching BBC 2 on Saturday may well have seen this. The first credit I've had Broadcast... Hopefully there will be a few more after this. Big thanks to Boomerang, Stephanie and Inge.

You can watch the programme here. It is a great insight into what happens to the children left behind when their parents are sent to prison narrated by Matt Lucas. It's been doubly interesting for me as I've seen lots of the material that was left out of the film, as well as lots of the footage that did make the cut.

All in all, a great way to kick start my TV production career! I am already working on some production ideas, so we shall see where the next one will be coming from.

Tuesday 23 March 2010


Unless you've only just discovered my site, you will probably have worked out that I'm a bit of a petrol head, and love cars. I particularly like filming them, and contrary to popular belief also have an interest in alternative energy supplies - particularly electric vehicles and hybrids. However this new energy supply does seem to be somewhat... um... drastic.

Still, good on them for giving it a go - Bang goes the Theory certainly seems to be a big success for the BBC and the Open University in bringing science and engineering to the masses. and stunts like this will only help to reinforce that position... Won't be converting my Peugeot or Polo to coffee power yet though...

Saturday 13 March 2010

More information

Utterly Ages ago I was asking about aircraft hangers next to Llandow Circuit. Well the answer has now come forth : They are for sale. Price unknown.

I wonder how much they cost, but selling the area as development land will almost certainly mean the end of a pair of WWII Hangers that at one point were full of Spitfires. And that would be a shame when you consider just what you can do with a great big hanger full of nothingness...

I'd love to use that area as a studio come exhibition centre come autotesting venue... but I think it's probably out of my price range somehow, and they do need a bit of work.

Anyone want to buy a pair of aircraft hangers? My birthday is coming up, would make a nice present!

That was a joke. Hah Hah. Fat Chance.

Wednesday 10 March 2010

From the makers of USF1Formula1.com

The Journal - Issue 1 - March 10, 2010 by Flood 1

We have compiled some of the blog posts into a turn-page magazine called "The Journal." The front cover is shown below. The link to the magazine is http://issuu.com/flood1/docs/the_journal_issue_1 . We plan to do this regularly just to group all the blogs together in an easy to read format. There is no content in this mag that is not already on the blog.
My suggestion is to click the full page button. The fonts are large and you should be able to read everything without zooming. Try the buttons at the top (they only appear when you hover the mouse at the top of the page) to discover the options available.
Note: Machines that do not use flash (iphones) will not work well with this format.

In case you're wondering, I write the WRC articles for this!

Thursday 4 March 2010

A design on the future?

Over to the left there is, or should be at any rate, a sneak preview of what the new website will look like. There's only one small problem : Now I've got it designed, what do I do with it!?

I know about HTML. That is straight forward enough, but what I'm not sure about is how you take a picture made with photoshop and make it work as a website. This project is going to run a bit I think.

Also as part of the new design you can see the new logo, which shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone. and there's fewer buttons. About Me is going to be a pretty simple profile about yours truely, Services is what I can do for your video production [it occurs to me that I've never actually said on my website what it is I can do or that I'm available to do it!], Portfolio is going to take over the numerous pages with the videos on and hopefully be a lot easier to mainatain, the Blog is not changing, and M&W will be all the stuff me and Ulrich have done over the last few years. It should be pretty good once it's all worked out and in place. I've got a seperate design for the M&W website so watch this space.
Some production news for you. On BBC 2 (once they've sorted out the digital switchover around here, there will be a programme which I worked on broadcast on the 20th of March (Saturday) at 11:30am called "My Life : Children of Prisoners". I spent a couple of weeks logging rushes for this programme with Boomerang in Cardiff, and I'm quite looking forward to seeing how the finished programme looks after it's all been edited. Oh yes, and it'll be nice to see my name on the end credits for the first time on broadcast! Other productions are currently rather thin on the ground, but there will be a new showreel going up soon once the new music is attached to it, and there's a couple of small test videos in the pipeline once I get a few moments to myself. There may even be some flying with the Air Cadets to show you, meaning that once again my DogCam gets called into action. Aviating Dogcams... whodathunkit?
And of course there will be some motorsport filmed this year, that's inevitable. I'm keen to hone my skills of filming on board cars and tracking. Prehaps I can use the Peugeot for that? Hmm...

Motorsport diary wise, it's a busy year for me and my orange romper suit. All kicks off later this month at Pembrey, then I spend my Birthday at Gurston Down hillclimb. Both Goodwoods are on the menu too, which is great, and I've even got a date at Donington. That is, if it's all been put back together after lots of well documented problems this year.

As Ever, Watch this space...