Chapter 40: Filming on a Budget.

So let’s talk about a Youtuber I have recently started following. D4Darious.

I found this guy while searching around on YouTube for budget movie making. In fact, he was pretty much the first video I clicked on.now I’m slowly working my way through his 160 videos.

I’m learning a lot from him, not just what equipment is worth looking at but also about finding locations, actors etc. The video I linked above gives a pretty in-depth look at filming on a budget. Even going as far as to show a short film he makes and examples of shots, shooting order, lighting, actors etc!

Please please check him out if you havee any interest in film making! Watching his videos has inspired me to bust out good old Microsoft word and to start writing again.

Chapter 32: A New Hope…?

Good actual evening!

Back in the old days of 2010, I had decided to create a video game podcast focusing on reviewing and news. At this point in time, I really don’t remember what it was called, but I did a lot of research on creating it, how to edit audio correctly, where to put the episode up so people could find it, etc. I even found a like-minded soul on a forum to co-host with me, things were looking up, I was finally going to create something where people could hear my voice and listen to what I had to say.

Flash forward to the release of the first episode, I get an email from someone who wants to join podcasts. See at the time people were only really recording and uploading them, but this guy, let’s call him Josh, was streaming the recording out to a website (not Twitch). Now, this was a good few years before streaming IRL (In Real Life) was a thing.

I was blown away with the idea, plus of course, having more co-hosts to talk to was a huge bonus to me. And so a new podcast was formed. I was finally able to say what I wanted to and laugh with people who had similar thoughts and ideas. It was fun!

Unfortunately life catches up to us all and in this case, it caught up incredibly fast. We only ended up airing about 4 episodes suddenly everyone was kind of hit with a whirlwind of problems. Hey, it happens and I enjoyed my time on the show and made some friends that I followed throughout the years.

Anyway, yesterday I get a message from Josh (Who I haven’t talked to since 2010) asking me if I was still interested in creating a podcast. Now, I don’t know if anyone reading this has gone back and read any of my posts but, hell yes, please, I want to make a podcast. I knew I was going to accept even if it was just as an audio editor or something, I wanted to be involved. An hour-long phone call later and I was convinced that this is something worth putting my time into.

See back in 2010, Josh put a lot of effort into the show but now… Well, now it has become a passion and a job for him. I believe Kevin Smith (The director & Podcaster) once said “Surround yourself with people that have the same push and drive for creating as you”, well it was something along those lines anyway.

So here I am, nervous but excited that I get to work with someone as talented as him and I get to fill in that desire to create and be heard.

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Chapter 22: Old Heroes

So, I remember being about 8 years old, sitting in my nan and grandads living room as they hand me a VHS tape of Spider-man the 1967 animated TV show, and getting so excited to get to watch it. I don’t remember what episodes were on it, although I do remember getting to watch the Spider-woman animated show, and I remember a house with a bunch of traps in it.

Anyway, I’ll always remember those times fondly and they’ve influenced my life. Granted, I’m not doing anything particularly heroic but I’m now a huge comic book /superhero fan. Even with other games I play I generally prefer playing as the hero, like in Dungeons & Dragons or Marvel Legendary.

Does anyone remember the TV show Monkey Magic? Based on the book Journey to the West? I loved staying up late at night and joining in on Monkeys adventures. I loved the character Monkey, almost every movie I’ve stumbled across based on that story I’ve watched. I even have the audiobook of the original book. I actually ended up getting a Monkey King tattoo last year. I should probably get a Spider-man tattoo too at some point.

Oh man, what about the 1960s Batman with the late great Adam West? One of the greatest (personally) depictions of Batman. Okay, yeah it was campy and silly but that’s great as a kid, even more so with the WHAM! and BAM! signs that appear. That show actually leads me onto finding out who Ralph Garmen is and now I listen to him talk on a weekly basis on Hollywood Babble-On.

I know this might seem like a word file kind of post but these shows, these actors playing my childhood heroes meant and still mean a lot to me. I’ll absolutely be showing these shows to my daughter when she’s slightly older and if recommend you giving them a viewing too.

Until next time!

Chapter 12: The New Doctor

My wife, daughter and I huddled around the living room tv at 6:45 pm to see the new season of Doctor Who with the very talented Jodie Whittaker staring as the first female Doctor.

We are pretty big Doctor Who fans, not like a ridiculous fan but we enjoy watching the show and do own a couple of the toy sonic screwdrivers. Anyways, the new Doctor! We absolutely loved her! The story established the characters well, the Doctors entrance was fun and it was satisfying to see the generic evil alien defeated. The cinematography was completely on point, felt at times as if watching something from a movie. In early pictures of the sonic screwdriver, it looked sort of, stupid? But seeing it in action, well its another toy we are going to have to go buy.

Jodie brings a breath of fresh air to the show and even drops a subtle message to fans, she says “Don’t be scared. All this is new to you and new can be scary“.

I’ve heard sort of an opposite review from a friend, some points he agreed on, others he didn’t but it is what it is. Not all of his opinion was negative though, which was surprising. I found myself happily watching Jodie running around building all sorts of gadgets, which seems kinda newish. Usually, the Doctor just repairs things but we got to see a more inventive side.

For the first time, I wish my daughter was older so she can enjoy seeing a badass female Doctor. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out. Also sorry I’m not great at reviewing.

Until next time!