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I used this character very successfully in France when developing my freelancing directing career.
‘J’ai la tete du Travail’ was the expression I used, ‘the head for the job’. I went on to work across the country for the French Ministry of Culture visiting every corner of the country, to work on a Saturday Night Variety Show, the haute couture and pret a porter fashion shows (video and vision mixing the live events) and agency work for international broadcasters.
From early 1982 to graduation in June 1984 I used a Sony Betamax kit to video undergraduate life at Oxford University.
The 18 tapes and some 40 hours of content I am digitizing includes:
- The Oxford Union Debating Society (featuring Hilali Noordeen) The day I was in the Union Chamber I was sitting next to Susanna White and Steve Garvey who were shooting a documentary about ‘Women in Oxford’.
- The Oxford Theatre Group at the Edinburgh Fringe (Featuring all the plays: 13 Clocks, The Hunger Artist, Edward II, Titus Alone directed by Patrick Harbinson, produced by Nicky King and the Oxford Review)
- I shot this over three weeks while helping out behind the scenes at St. Mary’s Street Hall (the OTG venue) and kipping in a Free Mason’s Lodge by the Castle. Nicky King and Matthew Faulk edited in my Balliol Room (now the Oxford Internet Institute) cum edit suite the following term.
- The Oxford Student Union elections.
- The Lightweights Boat Crew in training with David Foster et al (11th March 1983)
- Torpids (various)
- Romeo & Juliet (in which I played Mercutio and lost my pants during the fight scene)
- The Taming of the Shrew: an OUDS production (in which I played Baptista) And the rehearsals.
- Abigail’s Party (directed by Anthony Geffen)
- Various other plays and boat crews
- The May Day Celebrations 1982
- Training for the Oxford Students Union president
- Oxford Television News (Various episodes of OTN in which Hugo Dixon does a Jeremy Paxman and we are introduced to the Chicken Pal Society at the Gate of India + TCG, PWG and CJP) (9th May 1983)
- OTN. Visit of Prince Charles (18th May 1983) + ‘Exter guy in glasses’ or is this in fact a Jesus guy doing a ‘party political broadcast’.
- Oxford University Boxing
- A workshop on how to shoot video (10th February 1983)
- A corporate promotional film for the language school ‘Speakeasy’
- The Oxford & Cambridge Varsity Ski Trip to Wengen
- perhaps a play produced by Tessa Ross directed by Clive Brill
- perhaps Andrew Sullivan directed by Alex Ogilvie in ‘Another Country’
- and perhaps the Women’s Eight.
and various other antics around Balliol College and the university that will reveal themselves in the course of being downloaded, graded and digitized.
I believe my aim should be to use this as the foundation for a documentary.
I need to raise £2000 to digitize/archive this content and am therefore looking for backers.
P.S. It is six weeks since I was behind a camera. I may be about to shoot some swimmers for a swimming e-learning app but if you have anything immediate let me know.
As a Producer, Director and Writer working in corporate communications I have amassed substantial experience co-ordinating and leading all kinds of projects for Government and Blue Chip clients in the UK and France. My interests, as I return to my freelance career are best served in the IVCA, which I joined in its former incarnation as an undergraduate.
This is from a reconstruction of a traffic accident. The two victims are actors while the emergency services: fire, police and ambulance all joined in, gave their time. The production was offer to local broadcasters in two forms: edited with a separate sound track and as unedited shots. The BBC used the footage and created their own story while ITV played it out as their own item as provided.
Skills & experience embrace video, interactive CD & DVD, live TV and Live events, websites, webinars and social media.
I have cast and directed actors, reconstructed bank robberies and car accidents, shot multi-camera in studios and live on location, even from helicopters, inside the Sheer Cave of a nuclear power plant and at Paris Fashion shows.
This is my short film ‘Listening in’ which was bought by Channel 4. I’ve sold the rights to a distributor so as well as featured on YouTube at JJ27VV it’ll be sent to Smartphones.
Actively seeking new production opportunities with several fiction and factual projects to share too.
Future posts and my video career will be developed at www.JVTVCV.wordpress.com
CHAPTER 1 CREATIVITY (pp13-30)
What a fool. I always thought of business as boring.
I was a creative, an actor or performer, a writer or director, a visualiser. Yet beyond the antics of the undergraduate each of these can only happen in the context of a business: they have to be financed. Perhaps for too long I toyed unsuccessfully with the idea of being alone in a space with paints or pens (actually a MAC and a Wacom board).
I take notes, pen onto paper, while reading from an iPad. I will get home and find a box of books and will then read from paper and take notes on the iPad. My inclination is to have TWO tablets, one in my left hand to read (a Kindle if it will take the PDFs) the iPad under my right hand so that I can type in notes as I go along.
* developments so fast that they are unpredictable.
* expect the unexpected (Handy, 1991)
* increasing competition
* increasing pace of change
* need to add value through continual innovation
* creativity, knowledge & innovation over capital, labour & land
*growth in value of intangible assets
I can see that B822 complements H807 ‘Innovations in E-learning’.
In truth this already is closer to what I perceived H807 would be as there is substantial use of audio and video.
Table 1.0 Innovations with major impact on human history
I want to return to this, add to it and include images.
Plenty will be available under Creative Commons and Google Images.
How would I define creativity?
Innovative problem solving (business, technical, communications, aesthetic) with the outcome a product or artefact that is unique and possibly challenging or controversial.
WHAT ASSOCIATIONS DOES CREATIVITY HAVE FOR YOU?
The arts and media, from TV to film and music, theatre, art, books, ceramics and sculpture to creativity in commerce with advertising and architecture. Even putting up a pedestrian bridge can be a creative endeavour. Or making a sandcastle.
WRITE DOWN WORDS AND PHRASES THAT IT SUGGESTS TO YOU
ALSO THINK OF:
Problem solving (appropriate)
Novelty is relative
WHAT DO YO THINK CAUSES CREATIVITY, AND WHERE DO NEW IDEAS COME FROM?
In adverting a creative team, a copywriter and art doctor sit together to come up with ideas to sell a product based on a Creative Brief that answers the question ‘what is the problem?’ in this respect creativity is about solving problems, indeed movie producers and directors define film making as solving problems. Greyson Perry, the ceramicist, argues that ‘creativity is mistakes’, indeed creativity needs to be a challenge and a risk if the requisite innovation is to occur. For me creativity therefore comes from the desire to overcome a problem, which applies as much to composing a new song, writing copy or a book, designing a new machine, simplifying source code, drawing a sel-portrait, even making a meal with left-overs from the cupboard.
Creativity can be taught and engendered in everyone. The ‘genius’ is rarely born with a god-given gift, often a parent has pushed them to acquire and practice skills from a very early age. The successful ‘creative’ may well put in far more hours than Others, even possess a keener, more urgent desire and curiosity.
1950s an ability
1960s mental flexibility
1970s relevant experience
1980s intrinsic motivation
1990s work culture
(Engestrom’s ideas of activity systems are worth bringing in here).
Think about two or three people fro the worlds of:
Science: Prof. Brian Cox – his ability to communicate the complex in a clear and memorable way.
Art: Stephen Appleby – transvestite cartoonist. Caravagio, but perhaps not the Pre-Raphaelites. Jackson Pollock, Salvador Dali and Picaso.
Music: Bjork – weird and wonderful, Gary Neuman, David Bowie …
Business: Dyson – from the cyclone vacuum cleaner to the air-blade.
Sport: George Best – I don’t even follow football but at times his skill looks inventive, playful and in control. Some skiers and skaters.
Literature: Haruki Murakami – he has a voice of his own. Henry Miller, Will Self …
And any others: The Saatchis for their advertising in the 1980s; Terry Gilliam and the Monty Python Team.
Fashion: Jean-Paul Gaultier – how he dresses, what he design. Architects such as Richard Rogers and Zaha Hadid.
QQ. What do I think is creative about them or what they produce?
It can be outrageous, it works, it solves a problem, it leaves a lasting impression. They may be extrovert, outrageous self-publicists or introvert, even quite ‘normal’ like James Dyson, Terrance Conran or John Hegarty (Bartle Bogle, Hegarty). They persevere, they are confident or know no better than to be themselves writ large. They learnt their trade from the bottom up and stuck with it.
Think of someone creative people you know, and from work: a friend, relative or child.
What sort of people are they and how do they do thing?
They are observers and can be set apart. They can be egotistical and rubbish at time keeping and the everyday and mundane. They think a lot. They draw upon multiple references. They are highly intelligent. They may be troubled souls in conflict with themselves and the world. They care about their craft skills. Are they performers of sorts seeking cognition as well as reward for what they do? They are the first to do it? They are focused and goal driven.
But the truth, in a business setting might be quite different, with the ‘creative’ in this setting the good listener and team player?
Handy, C. (1991) ‘The Age of Unreason’ in Henry (1991)
Henry, J., Mayles, D., Bell, R., et al (2010) Book 1, Creativity, Cognition and Development.
Warner Bros and Facebook video deal is going to impact the market
By: NMK Created on: March 13th, 2011
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Brace yourself for Facebook video, says Eden Zoller, Ovum principal analyst.
By Eden Zoller
(Video on demand has been of interest to Warner Bros for some time … this looks like a global and winning deal. The Web 2.0 world continues to shift towards something else. Web 3.0?)
Warner Bros is testing a new video rental service on Facebook, the first time a major media player has done so with a social network, a deal we believe precedes a more concerted move by the social network into video services and web TV.
A Facebook video/ web TV service does not exist at the moment but it is likely to do so in the near future and is a logical next step in the network’s growing service portfolio. Facebook is rapidly evolving beyond its core communications focus to become a wider platform for distributing and consuming entertainment services, particularly in games. At the same time an increasing amount of online video viewing time is on social platforms, notably YouTube but also Facebook albeit to a lesser degree.
Facebook brings compelling attributes to video and web TV distributed on its platform. It would immediately mix the social and TV in a way that would be interactive and viral, drawing on its thriving developer community to enhance the proposition further with attractive applications.
Facebook is also building a strong mobile presence and this would inevitably inform a video and web TV offer from the company. Advertising has bedded down on Facebook but it also has a payment system in place for premium content thanks to the Facebook Credits virtual currency, which as per the Warner Bros deal, provides content partners with the option of premium services.
These factors combined with Facebook’s large, highly engaged user base of around 600 million members will make it a very attractive distribution platform for video and TV services. Warner Bros will be the first of many partners in this area. It will also no doubt give established online video rental and distribution platforms like Netflix cause for concern.
About the author and Ovum
Eden Zoller is principal analyst at Ovum, a company which provides clients with independent and objective analysis. Ovum’s research draws upon over 400,000 interviews a year with business and technology, telecoms and sourcing decision-makers. Ovum is part of the Datamonitor group.
Marshall McLuhan was talking twaddle in the 1970s (just as we know now that everything Freud said about dreams was wrong
I disagree with the premise that ‘The medium is the message’ or ever was.
The Word wasn’t the book … but the work, to think of it in terms of Bibles being printed 500 years ago. We have an inclination to hyperbole, today was we go all Internet, just as McLuhan did over TV. And every generation does whether its the train, car, telegraph, telephone or TV, pages, video-games or Smart-phones. Perhaps it is human-nature to crave and celebrate ‘advancement’ and ‘invention.’
The typo of message as ‘massage’ is apocryphal surely?
It was a time of social confusion … because everyone of McLuhan generation and cohort were taking LSD weren’t they?.
McLuhan is an elusive character best understood for the thoughts he provoked rather than as the source of a consistent and coherent body of ideas. He sound likes Marc Prensky of ‘Digital Natives’ infamy or Douglas Coupland and ‘Generation X’ now reborn as ‘Generation Y’ which I’d like to call ‘Generation Why not?’
‘The surge towards the future‘ (a hackneyed phrase) is not just associated with new digital technologies, such as Web 2.0. The ocean analogies continue with the ‘wave of analogue mass communications symbolised by television and the shrinking of the world into what McLuhan named ‘the global village’.’ Indeed, though more so than the 1970s the events of the last few days surely make us feel like a global village. I’ve switched from CNN to NHK a Japanese Channel that has a simultaneous feed in English … it could be local news. It is local news if we are thinking in terms of a global village. It has taken forty years to come about. TV takes the images from SmartPhones … though the Internet is getting much of this too.
Speaking Freely, hosted by Edwin Newman4 January 1971 by PBS-TV in the USA.
People suddenly want to be involved in more dynamic patterns.
If this was what was felt in 1971, why is it still the mantra today? It is wishful thinking. Of course people want things packaged. They want to be spoon fed, from several sources. They are greedy for the choices of packages …
I disagree, consumers were being empowered, whether they were influenced by advertising or not (they were), they were not the less making choices.
Intriguing that we want the audience to be the producer, but only in so much as the producer interprets what they want then package it as a TV show.
Instant replay isn’t participation.
It is editing, then playing back in slow motion. This any other trick is firmly at the fingertips of the producer and in 1971 that of the Gallery Vision Mixer.
Commentators cannot help but reflect publicly on what so many quickly accept as the norm, the younger the audience, the more likely they are to consider it the normal modus operandi.
I thought watching CNN coverage 24/7 of the Japanese earthquake had me ‘there.’
I kept inviting my 12 year old son who was watching better footage free of the CNN ads on YouTube. Different generations, different means of consumption.
Old World, New World; His World, My World.
Watching how CNN collated the edited the material looking for the highlights was interesting. How they pimped it up into the mother of all trailers for news on the event touched on the distasteful, treating the event like a series of events from the American Football Series along with graphics, EFX and music. The events in Japan constantly interlaced with adverts … many of them tourist destinations such as Turkey. Incongruent.
If the medium is the message then I’m tired of the message that comes from TV if news like the Japanese earthquakes has to be packaged with such incensitivity and commercialisation. Shame on CNN.
I’d no longer think of editing TV as an artistic process as putting the car into gear at the traffic lights.
In the US they allowed the sponsors to alter their Football game, an idea that never caught on in the old world. A soccer game of four quarters? It isn’t water-polo.
Hints at what we have with SmartPhones, though people are as likely to be watching the news, a cartoon series, a movie or their favourite music.
I simply don’t accept, as someone at school in the 1970s, that at any stage students thought they were gaining control or wanted to participation in the production of learning process.
Things are packaged by those who know better for a reason – they know better, they are supposed to be the teachers, supposed to be the subject matter experts, supposed to be, and can be the only ones who know their audience, their class and can respond accordingly.
Sesame Street does show ‘the entire learning process in action and in the best advertising style’. Advertising works, or they wouldn’t do it. People are persuaded … and people can be persuaded to learn. I wonder what Marshall McLuhan would make of ‘In the Night Garden’ and the ‘Teletubbies’ – learning as entertainment, that is engaging and vicarious rather than the teachery/evangelically and now very dated Sesame Street.
We like to listen, laugh at or be taken in by commentators like Marshall McLuhan, with have our own generation, who get themselves known, on TV, publishing books. I even help them by mentioning their names, from Malcolm Galdwell to Marc Prensky, they are the Athenian Oracle. We should learn to dismiss what they have to say, rather than accept it, to look at the facts … and if there aren’t any to go and do some research so we understand what is actually happening, not what we would like to happen or think is happening.