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When he was a child Salman Rushdie’s father read to him ‘the great wonder tales of the East’ – the stories of Scheherazade from the Thousand and One Nights; the animal fables of the ancient Indian Panchatantra; ‘the marvels that poured like a waterfall from the Kathasaritsagara’, the famous 11th-century Sanskrit collection of myths; the ‘tales of the mighty heroes collected in the Hamzanama’ that tell of the legendary exploits of Amir Hamza, uncle to the Prophet Mohammed; and the ancient Persian classic, The Adventures of Hatim Tai. Rushdie’s father ‘told them and retold them and remade them and reinvented them in his own way’.
To grow up ‘steeped in these tellings’, Rushdie writes in his memoir Joseph Anton, ‘was to learn two unforgettable lessons’. First, that ‘stories were not true… but by being untrue they could make him feel and know truths that the…
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So it’s the start of another year and yet again I am resolving to Be More Organised. Will it finally happen? My main issue is Version Control. I’ve always been a bit lazy with computer organisation (Save to desktop? Check. Clear desktop into a new desktop folder of ‘Stuff’? Check.), and as my PhD drew to a close, it all went a bit wrong! I had files on my work PC, files on my home laptop, files in google drive, and a USB stick, all with slightly different versions and multiple annotated copies of the same bloody files!
ANYWAY, yesterday I organised all my video files, which was a small achievement, but today I’ve started with images, which is going to be a hideous task as I am someone who takes photos of something or other on a daily basis. Hey ho.
So going through files and folders I came across this, clearly a victim of my poor file management:
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This was my computer attempting speech recognition one evening – I think the cat walked over my laptop and switched it on, but interesting to see how skewiff it’s eavesdropping is! Made me think you could have some fun with virtual chinese whispers using generic untrained recognition systems ;)
Anyway, back to the organising – wonder what else I find…
So… I got a GoPro Hero 3+ for Christmas, which is pretty exciting. I’ve been after a camera I could use for timelapse for a while – nearly got a Necono before Christmas, but alas it was part of a defective batch, which was a shame as I really liked the idea of magnetic feet! However, a GoPro is pretty damn awesome compared to the Necono, and I really like the challenge of working without a viewfinder (til I fix my phone, at least).
Expect a trickle of videos as I get to grips with all the settings and the basics of editing… but am kicking off with some timelapses of sunsets, christmas dinner table antics, and making biscuits!
It’s an exciting time to be part of Fighting Badgers – sent the final cut to the composer last week, and just got the poster from our graphic artist yesterday – full steam ahead to get it finished and out there for you all to see!
As if Tesco didn’t earn enough money to start with. I’d like to think that I’m not alone when I don’t even comprehend what exactly you have to do to misidentify profits to the tune of a quarter of a billion pounds but I think it’s some kind of masterclass that id-iom needs to be taking a part of. Anyway, we racked our brains to see if we could possibly imagine what kind of fantastic device you would use to achieve such extravagant imaginary profits and here is the kind of apparatus I envisaged they were using at Tesco HQ to pump those profits up like a balloon. Like it says on the packaging:
“Please remember that overinflated profits can lead to the auditors being called in. People may get…
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I answered some questions about my time working with Fighting Badgers as producer and script supervisor on The Ipanema File…
Rosie Morland took time our from her science day job to get involved with Fighting Badgers, and ended up taking on a number of roles during production of The Ipanema File… producer, costume, ‘art department’, script supervisor…. and general Fat Controller of The Spreadsheets!
Favourite scene from The Ipanema File?
- It’s hard to pick! I really liked the interrogation scene, as it was amazing how we transformed the set, and also there was lots of fake blood… all the days with fake blood were pretty good! I also loved the visuals we got when filming a death scene by the sea, even we were racing against the tide on a chilly day in April, it was 100% worth it.
- There was an amazing moment when one of the actors accidentally let loose a “BAM” while shooting someone!
Thing you wouldn’t leave the house without during a shoot?
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