I didn't realise it did this automatically now. LOL

Ain't no calculator

Well it's pretty normal actually, although I shall endeavour to reuse that post title when I do something worthy of it. In this instance I've just spent a few days on a corporate gig, shooting a few interviews and then cutting them together with a load more footage shot by myself and others, a load of photos and some funky music.

What's great about jobs like this is, you're working with friends in a reasonably relaxed, yet productive environment, and can end up in not the usual places for work, such as editing in a conference room (above).

It does seem a bit of a haphazard layout up there, and I did comment on the fact that the table looked more impressive the other day, but at least today everything was working pretty well.

Day 1 of edit, FCP sees the DSR-25 deck, but refuses to do anything with it.
Day 2 of edit, FCP refuses to acknowledge the existence of the replacement DSR-25.
Day 3 of edit, FCP happy in it's fluffy-comfort-blanket of the DSR-11 (Matt now happier knowing he can playout)

Surprisingly, the cheap 500Gb USB2 HDD that was used for this job (not my choice, but read on) held up pretty well (I think it's a Seagate), I was getting soooo angry with it to begin with, only mildly frustrated with it about 2/3 of the way through and slightly shameful about the remarks I made about it towards the end.

We've decided to rename it the "FTL Drive" (read:BSG) as I kept having to wait for it to 'spool up' all the time.

The other thing I realised is how badly I need to upgrade my PowerPC version of FCP to an Intel Native/Universal one, I'm sure half the performance issues would be solved by this (that and an 8-core MacPro maybe), the hobnobs made things slightly better tho ;)

The other thing that this editing setup has going for it, is despite cutting on my 1.83 Macbook with a USB HDD and a random assortment of other stuff, there's a projector in the room, which day's 1 & 2 (non-working decks) had the timeline and canvas on and day 3, had a projected output preview, NICE! (Although as there was no r/c for the deck we had to live with the timecode and DVCAM displayed on the screen, I think the client was ok with this)

Anyway, a good job, well done, now hopefully the AV guys will make it look all pretty when it's projected at the event. :)

Above you can see a picture of my current "office", you can also see that I need a new one, as the dining table is not the best place to be, although slightly more comfortable than being cramped upstairs in what I shall now affectionately call "the stationary cupboard".

Some points of note:-

  • Dirty MacBook, Twitteriffic and Pownce constantly open in the background (or foreground in this pic)
  • A Wafer Thin (in an Allo Allo French accent) ham and salad cream Petit Pain (roll)
  • Orange Squash
  • Losing lottery ticket (three "lucky" dips, one number circled)
  • Notepad, 2008/9 diary which doesn't start until June!, Accounts book
  • HMRC form for becoming Self Employed (did it online tho)
  • P45
  • Mobile phone (not ringing)
  • Confirmation letter for the "Becoming Self Employed" workshop at Horsham tax office
  • Some nasty nasty Potpourri stuff
This is what it's all about, living it up, cold calling, downloading PDF's (when the links on the HMRC site ACTUALLY WORK!), and figuring a game plan.

Pownce it! Pownce it!

Villareal gig

Just got back from a top notch Villareal gig at The Albert in Brighton, one of the songs played being "The 7th" which I did the video for ;)

Pownce it! Pownce it!

Today's lesson -

You can't afford to um and ah about taking jobs, cos someone else will have it.

Why was I umming and ahhing (!?)? Well because there was a potential job for Mon-Wed next week, I was free Mon & Tues, but got plans on the Weds, so i said, I'd check about weds and get back within the hour.

Checked about Weds, stuff was still on but I decided that I should really take the job if it was offered as I'm still building initial contacts, phoned back, around half hour later and the job's been given to someone else. Damn.

Fair enough, I'm not kicking off about losing the job, shit happens, but at the same time I think being a little more ruthless with my decision making is in order, especially at this stage, which brings me to the next point, why is everything cropping up at once?!? At the same time how worried would I be if *nothing* was coming my way!!

Pownce it! Pownce it!

(dum dum dum) Another on bites the dust.

Kinda (but unintentionally) following on from my previous post about Stage6, I received and email the other day about VideoEgg..

Dropping like flies eh? It seems, much like DivX behind Stage6, VideoEgg will continue to operate, producing online advertising content aimed at social networking and online communities, which actually sounds quite interesting. Although far too much to read right now as I've spent all morning reading up on how to sort out my tax and capital allowances, none of which is making a great deal of sense, but I'm buggered if I can afford an accountant at the mo!

Pownce it! Pownce it!

A simple bit of contact spring cleaning gone awry??

Really?!? Somehow I don't think I'll be pressing that Merge button! Why won't you show me the problems and let me select which ones I want merged? No because that would be FAR TOO CLEVER! What is this? WINDOWS?!?!?

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