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Tintin – 90s version of the 2011 trailer…

Recently I was asked to display some examples of my video editing skills, and was reminded of this trailer I cut together in 2011.

A huge Tintin fan I was eagerly awaiting the Spielberg/Jackson film, and when the first trailers started appearing I was excited by how faithful to the source material the filmmakers were.  So to illustrate this (and just for my own amusement) I took the audio of the trailer and matched it with video clips sourced from the 1990s cartoon series.

My trailer went down really well with Tintin fans, and was soon shared on a number of websites (including io9.com, TheAwesomer.com & CartoonBrew.com), posted on the official Weta Workshop page and to date has had over 350,000 views.

As for the film itself, Ami and I saw it on opening night in our local cinema… and we were the only people at the screening!  So it was fun to have our own private viewing, and I really enjoyed the film in particular the amazing long take which followed a chase scene in the fictional city of Bagghar.

Still waiting for a sequel, though it seems Peter Jackson’s been a little busy in Middle Earth of late.

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Stepping into Mansun’s ‘Six’

When initially planning the Mansun Convention I started thinking about what would make a good photo op for fans.  For example at Star Wars celebrations you can pose with characters and sets from the movies, and I wanted to provide something similar at my event.

So I thought I’d have a go at recreating the album cover of Mansun’s second album, ‘Six’, as a life-size set piece for convention attendees to become part of.

Here’s the original album cover:

Mansun's Six

The idea I had was that fans sit in place of the central figure, surrounded by real books, against a backdrop featuring the rest of the artwork.  My first step, then, was to work on the banner.  I cut out the parts I wanted to remove.

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Then I printed this out, and used a pencil to sketch the parts that I needed to draw back in.

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I then scanned this back into photoshop and used this as a guide to recreate the tiles, lion, zebra, stairs, painting, bannister, back of the TV and the hem of the nun’s dress.

Six backdrop

Once completed I sent the artwork to www.bigartandbanners.com who did a cracking job of printing a 7 foot square banner for me.  It’s huge, and just about spreads out onto my kitchen floor!

10363958_10154296706575613_3966608617346943165_nThe next job was to recreate the books that are spread out on the table.  I picked up a selection of old hardback books and created new dust jackets for each of them, closely matching the look of each one on the original cover.

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All the books completed, along with my vinyl copy of the album:

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And the final job was to write out the lyrics of ‘Legacy’ for the subject to hold.

281858_10154347855335613_1268240876157941089_nFinally setting this up for a couple of test shots was a great experience, I’m glad to see that it looks impressive and the effect works.  I can’t wait to see people using this at the convention on August 23rd!

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There are just a handful of tickets left for the convention, to buy one click here: http://www.seetickets.com/event/mansun-convention/the-live-rooms/772971

 

 

Droppings Science Episode 43: We Got You Pegged

Droppings Science Episode 43: We Got You Pegged

Should Simon Pegg appear in a Star Wars movie? Find out in this episode of Droppings Science!
Also Andy has a chat with Corey Dee Williams at London Film and Comic Con whilst Nick and Vic report from Manchester Comic Con. In addition the gang chat about a female Thor, the Mansun Convention, recent movies, Star Wars, ghyll scrambling and more!

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Droppings Science Episode 43: We Got You Pegged

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Open Ferret Podcast 24/07/14


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Here’s the weekly ‘OpenFerret’ podcast, featuring highlights from the Open Mic night at The Ferret, Preston.

This weeks host is former cruise liner entertainer Frank Patterson, who brings a touch of class to the evening.  Also there’s poetry from Flora and music from Shaun, Sam Weaver, Josh Murrison, The Chaos Emeralds, The Jackpot Golden Boys (pictured), Michael Webster, Olly Taylor and Millie Weaver.

The Chaos Emeralds were a particular favourite, they’re a Sonic the Hedgehog tribute band and played note perfect renditions of some of the themes from the megadrive game.

Taxloss Lovers live at The Ferret

Taxloss Lovers play Convention Warm-up Gig

Taxloss Lovers gig advert
Taxloss Lovers gig advert

At the Mansun Convention I’m organising I’ll be performing with my own Mansun tribute act ‘Taxloss Lovers’.  We’ve been practicing hard over the last few months, and felt that we wanted to test out the set in front of a live audience.

I booked a night at The Ferret, and we played, supported by a solo set from lead singer Ric Birtill.

Ric Birtill opening the show with a highly entertaining solo set
Ric Birtill opening the show with a highly entertaining solo set

Despite the attendance of the stage invading ‘Preston Pete’ (one of Preston’s beloved locals who may as well have stepped out of that ‘Bounce by the Ounce’ video) we played to an otherwise enthusiastic crowd which included some die-hard Mansun fans.

I’ll not post the whole set list here (I want to retain some surprises for Convention ticket holders) though some highlights for me included Shotgun, Being a Girl and Taxloss.  I particularly loved playing Taxloss, it’s a song I used to play along with when I was practicing my playing as a 16 year old drummer!

Here’s a video, shot by Mat Birtill, of us performing Wide Open Space at the gig:

Simon 'Stove' Wright gets into character for the set
Simon ‘Stove’ Wright gets into character for the set

We had some great feedback on facebook after the show; Zvilnik‘s Bobby Gormley posted “Just been to see Taxloss Lovers play their Mansun Convention warm up gig. It was phenomenal, so many great Mansun songs that I thought I’d never see played live again. Cheers lads” whilst convention programme editor Kate Ressell posted “Taxloss Lovers were amazing tonight. Couldn’t fault it at all. Well done!”

Keith Roberts (who attended the gig wearing his own home-made Kleptomania T-Shirt) posted this review on the Mansun Convention facebook page:

TAXLO$$ LOVERS warm up gig.
Quick Review (Hopefully)

Its an outsider thing.

Cant make the Convention sadly so I was never going to miss this.
I Haven’t heard Mansun music sung live since I last saw them in 2002.

I only saw them twice and if I knew they would implode I would’ve been there for many many more gigs. Im sure you all agree.

I don’t know any real Mansun fans. It really is an outsider thing and I wasn’t expecting many people.
25-30 people I guess turned up at the Mad Ferret which was just about right.
I never saw anyone in a Mansun T- shirt though which made me feel very geeky considering I was wearing one (which I hand PAINTED!).

To the music…to hear Mansun tracks being played live…
It could never be real bad could it?
could it?

To be one of two or three cover acts you gotta do it right.

Did TAXL0$$ LOVERS do it right?

Yes, yes they did.
THEY NAILED IT!!
They were absolutely brilliant.
I was reallt gutted when they finished their set. I really would’ve listened to them all night.

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Taxloss Lovers perform live at The Ferret

The set list was spot on. Taxloss was a high(er) point.
Steven Whittle (Chad) was exceptiona!l.
It really was fantastic. Ric aka Paul was a fantastic singer who did a great job reaching the highs of Paul Draper. Also he did a great warm up gig of his own material which went down very well. Hopefully he will do more in Chester.( With Preston Pete maybe?)

Andy Lyth on the drums was equally brilliant. Simon (Stove) Wright was Excellent also.

When you see these guys in Chester you will be blown away.

For me it was brilliant to hear our hard work come together, Ric really does a fantastic job of emulating Paul Draper on stage, and the set was fantastic fun to play.  Roll on August 23rd!

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Nice Peter live in London

I think Nice Peter has played Preston more times than anywhere else in the UK.  My friend Ed first booked him for a gig upstairs at The Adelphi back in 2005 and since then Pete has returned each time he’s toured the UK.  As such, I’ve got to know him and even performed with him a few times.  He’s a great guy (as his name suggests) and one of the gentlemen behind the YouTube sensation ‘Epic Rap Battles of History‘.

Last year, in celebration of ERB Season 3 opener ‘Hitler vs Vader 3‘, I made Pete a couple of Star Wars figures which he loved (as you can see in this video), and I was keen to catch him on his latest tour.  Here are the figures, as posted on the ERB instagram channel.  The moustache on the Hitler figure was particularly tricky to paint!

However this year’s tour contained no Preston gig, and as I was unable to attend his Manchester show I decided to take a trip down to London to catch up with Pete, Ed and support band The Jackpot Golden Boys (also from Preston) as they played Bush Hall on July 19th.

The Jackpot Golden Boys going down a storm at Bush Hall.
The Jackpot Golden Boys going down a storm at Bush Hall.

The show was fantastic.  The Jackpots’ Jim and Alex have seemingly learned a heck of a lot since they’ve been touring the US with Pete and Dante (Pete’s drummer/beat-dropper).  The interaction Alex had with his audience from the very start was impressive, and the lads went down a storm in the packed venue.

Nice Peter’s performance was so entertaining; his well earned YouTube success meant that some of the audience members had come prepared (prompted by Pete on his facebook page), and before long attendees were being invited onto the stage to participate in their favourite rap battles.  He works hard to ensure that each member of the audience is engaged in the show, and he is effortlessly entertaining.  I’d not seen Dante before, and he’s an awesome drummer and also helped out with the rap battles if nerves got the better of some of the guest performers.

I had a great evening hanging out with everyone, if Nice Peter is playing anywhere near you, make sure you go out and see him!

Olly and Josh host The Ferret Open Mic

OPEN FERRET PODCAST, 16/07/14

This is the third episode of the Open Ferret Podcast, which this week was hosted by Olly Taylor and Josh Murrison.  This episode also features performers Ric Birtill, Michael Webster, Charlotte Newman, David Shurr, Millie Weaver, Oliver, Lewis and myself (I performed my cover of Elvis Costello’s ‘Indoor Fireworks’ which you can hear 13 minutes into the above show).

If you use iTunes you can subscribe to the podcast by clicking here.

The Ferret Open Mic happens every Wednesday at The Ferret in Preston, like us on Facebook to keep up with who’s hosting next and email me if you are interested in hosting or performing yourself.

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Open Ferret Podcast, 09/07/14

Here’s another edition of the Open Ferret podcast.  Hosted by Drunk Girls and during a semi-important football match (which we silently screened whilst performers each took to the stage), the podcast features performances from  Josh Murrison, Michael Webster, Liam and Aimee, 1.21 Jigawatts, Olly Taylor, SFA, Marcus and Jordan, Artur Lozowski and Kev.

I played cajon for Artur (after being persuaded to do so in a drunken conversation at GlastonFerret).

If you use iTunes you can subscribe to the podcast by clicking here.

The Ferret Open Mic happens every Wednesday at The Ferret in Preston, like us on Facebook to keep up with who’s hosting next and email me if you are interested in hosting or performing yourself.

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Open Ferret Podcast, 02/07/14

Every Wednesday I work behind the mixing desk of The Ferret’s open mic night, and it’s my pleasure to see a variety of performers each week, as well as selecting the night’s guest host. Last night I recorded the sets from the mixing desk and have compiled the best performances of the night in this podcast which you can hear here:

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Last night my friend Liam Blake was due to host, however he contacted me in the afternoon to explain that he’d been up all night with what can best be described as ‘man-flu’ so wouldn’t be performing. So instead I hosted, opening up the night with my version of folk standard ‘Long Black Veil’, which you can hear on the recording above.

Also featured on this weeks show are Josh Murrison, Olly Taylor, Sam Weaver, Michael Webster, Drunk Girls, Charlotte Newman and Frank Patterson, who closed the night with some jazz tunes accompanied by yours truly on the Cahon.

The Ferret Open Mic happens every Wednesday at The Ferret in Preston, like us on Facebook to keep up with who’s hosting next and email me if you are interested in hosting or performing yourself.

Vic and Nick at Wigan Comic Con

Wigan Comic Con 2014

Last week I had the opportunity of helping out Nick with his table at Wigan Comic Con.  The event was well organised and definitely well attended!

At the Convention I recorded a chat with my sister for a short episode of our podcast Droppings Science:

One of the highlights of the day was chatting with Jeremy Bulloch, who is well known to Star Wars fans as the actor who portrayed Boba Fett.  I’ve met Jeremy a few times now, and as Nick’s table was positioned directly opposite his we had the chance for a pre-show chat.  He’s one of the most approachable of the Star Wars actors, and his long queue throughout the day was testament to that.

I also met Femi Taylor for the first time (who is also a delight to chat to) and picked up her autograph for my collection.

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