Watch this video…

May 15, 2010


http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=IE&hl=en-GB&v=u2B9U3KO65w

at first I thought this was a really well made ‘making of’ video of some event, it had some excellent techniques and interesting ways to show something about to take place.  Then for some time you are watching the actual event, the installation, the innovative use of falling water that I certainly have never seen before and works really well.  Then finally you get the actual message…

Solidarites International


Time Flies… (+ve or -ve)

March 20, 2010

So many things happening that I only have time for a quick +ve  or -ve update…

  • +ve visited my sister and family in Dunoon.
  • -ve had to pass through Gourock :-(
  • +ve went for a nice drive in the country
  • -ve my car is falling apart
  • +ve I get to go car-shopping soon
  • -ve I had a large ‘fry-up’ last night
  • +ve it included (in fact was caused by having) Charles Macleod’s Stornoway Black Pudding
  • +ve helped friend with video project that has worked out really well
  • +ve not stressed at all about Deeper this weekend
  • -ve probably forgotten something for Deeper this weekend
  • +ve attended an excellent reading and book signing by Simon Varwell of his book “Up the Creek Without a Mullet”
  • -ve I’ve already read it
  • +ve finally got hold of a CD of Seasick Steve (listening to it now – excellent!!!)
  • -ve sister’s been not well  :-(
  • +ve been in touch with a couple of other folk who do Worship VJing
  • -ve going to the dentist this week for the first time in many many years :-<
  • +ve was sunny today and I spent some time in a park sketching, then doing some guerrilla filming on Byres Rd.
  • +ve stuff I can’t blog about ;-)

OK, so to tally up…   11 +ve  /  7 -ve   …so all is well and good with the world.  So here is a photo of Jake and I relaxing during the morning service last week (sorry about the messy background, what can you do)!


2010

January 5, 2010

I thought of doing some resolutions but really what is the point?  By the 3rd I had already broken ‘no chocolate’, ‘no fried food’, ‘exercise every day’, and a few other default type resolutions so I’ve been thinking more about things I would like to aim for and work towards this year to be a thought now and something I can look back on at the end of the year and either laugh at myself or tick as achieved!

I would like to go to more movies! I always aim to go to see more films on the big screen but either I don’t organize to go with anyone or want to go but can’t be bothered with the idiots who you have to put up with, etc.  So now, if possible, I will only go to the Grosvenor or GFT to avoid the prats.  I was surprised to total up last year and see that I’ve only seen 6 movies at the cinema, so it should be easy to improve on. Also, I’ve been given a GFT membership which knocks £1 off admission and is just enough incentive to get me back into the habit.

Similarly, I would like to see more live music.  Live gigs are fantastic (but again you have to suffer the idiots who think that they will somehow get more out of the music if plastered)!  I already have tickets for a concert in May and plan to go to at least two gigs in Celtic Connections… but if anyone has suggestions for concerts they are looking for someone to go to then let me know.

Be able to play Bass with some confidence.  I started to learn electric bass guitar earlier this year and really haven’t put enough effort into it.  I have never been able to play any musical instrument or to read music or know anything about music theory and I don’t intend or aim to be a breath-taking musician.  However, even the little that I have learned has helped my VJing stuff simply by adding more attention to what is happening musically and not just following the words/tune.  So I would like to know more, practice more and be able to at least be a back up player for a church band by the end of the year.

VJing – I do enjoy VJing and Visualist work (which I define more widely as having an overall visual design for an event than VJing which is more about mixing videos during an event).  The main regular event for this is the Deeper services at St Silas, but I have done a couple of under-18 club nights this year, and worship events out with St Silas.  My aim for this year is to get better at the practicalities involved in this – we struggle a lot with the current software so may well change it, and also need to spend a lot more money on equipment so I need to find more paid-for gigs to build up a budget.  Lastly on this topic to post more on the Christian Visualist blog and try to make more contacts with the others I know doing the same sort of thing worldwide.

Use Time better – I need to make more effort to meet up with and keep touch with friends and family, by the end of the year I should really have gone to my sisters and even better if I manage to visit all the MacLeod clan in Lewis.  A proper holiday is always in the back of my mind but I really don’t think I will change enough about myself to make that happen.

Church & Faith – I have nothing to say about that for now, so perhaps the aim should be to have something more to say about it.


Guest Blog on Musicademy site

November 2, 2009

screengrabI’m a guest blogger on the Musicademy site today.

Musicademy provides training resources for worship musicians, worship leaders and churches.  Among the resources are instructional DVDs and recently I’ve been trying to learn Bass guitar using their Beginners Worship Bass DVD.  It has been slow going because of my irregular practice, complete lack of any background in music and not really liking worship music much, but I will persevere.

Anyway, it is a privilege to blog for them about my passion, the integration of video in worship. If you read it, do let me know what you think.


DeepRiver web site

October 19, 2009

After many months of neglect I have finally managed to redesign the Deep River web pages.  These now reflect much more what we do with DeepRiver, rather than selling video, photos, DVD’s, etc. we are better placed to actually go along to a church or event and run the visuals for them or train them how to integrate visuals into what they do.

Deep River web page

Also, just wrote up a little about how we used an overhead camera at St Silas this weekend on my “Christian Visualist” blog.


how did they do this?

December 21, 2008

Love this video from the klip collective who do large scale and archidectural video installations.  This is all done with one projector using video maping to lay video down on the different 3D shapes.


video of Carol Service

December 15, 2008

I have finally managed to get a short video of the carol service uploaded to Youtube.  I blame youtube for this, they have made a number of changes recently and for some reason this video just kept timing out every time I tried to upload it, then when I tried again today it went no problem at all.

Anyway, this was filmed using a static camera at the rear of church and is intended for my own notes of the visual design and implementation of the Carol Service this year, which is why the video cuts to different sections of the event while the audio simply runs through ‘Joy to the World’.  So it is really just for my own use and so that I can write up the event over on my other blog, but I thought it might be of interest to others.

also, here is another short video during a rehersal when we quickly ran through some of the colour settings and roof projections.


Antmusic collaboration on T4

September 7, 2008

So live on T4 Transmission, September 5, 2008 The Charlatans and Dirty Pretty Things perform Antmusic.  But is it just me who would like to actually see this?  The camera work / direction in this bit of video is shocking!

If you’ve watched it already, did you spot that there was more than one drummer?  Adam Ant had various incarnation of ‘the ants’, from early punk through the new-romantic 80s to going solo, but the best known line up had two drummers Chris “Merrick” Hughes and Terry Lee Miall.   It looks to me that both are playing in this collaboration along with Dirty Pretty Things drummer Gary Powell.  But there are only a couple of shots that you can see there are THREE drummers!

Not only does whoever is calling the shots decide not to show much of the only two members of the original band being paid tribute to here, or a fairly unusual visual impact of having three drummers but for some reason at 1:28, they again at 2:28 we get the camera to sweep past a set of step ladders that has been left on the side of the stage!?  The second time this is done it lasts for the duration of a drum solo only for the camera to cut away when the camera finally arrives at the drummers – what’s going on, what is the director trying to show or is it simply that they have a programmed flying camera that can do that sweep, so might as well use it whether it fits or not.

OK, so visual rant over, the version of Antmusic is fun, the singers have dressed up for the part and it is a good track.  Shame you can see so little of it in this video.

Visually this version is fantastic, but it is more famous famous because they are so obviously miming and at around 2 min in the bassist guitar strap breaks and he starts messing around like an idiot, it isn’t hard to see how pissed of Adam is (skip to 5:45ish if you don’t want to watch it all).  Kevin Mooney was sacked shortly after this Royal Variety Performance in 1981.

and just for the hell of it, here’s Robbie Williams version of antmusic from 1998


08082008

August 8, 2008

Some say the world will end today because it’s the 8th of Aug 2008

Some say it is a good day to start the Olympics (but I’ve decided to boycot the opening ceremony as it is too far away, so I’ll only watch it on TV).

However, 8th of 8th 2008 has reminded me of this long forgotten song from my formative years (1980 in fact)….

It is Hazel O’Connor singing Eighth Day from the movie Breaking Glass (not a very good movie if I remember, right up there with Jubilee in the Post-Punk-apocalyptic-homegrown-British move stakes – or DON’T WATCH!!)

I distinctly remember listening the a 12″ vinyl single version of this over and over, probably with the words ripped out of Smash Hits, ahh the days before internet and mp3s :-)

Have a nice 8th Day!


The Ting Tings at QMU Glasgow 24 May 2008

May 27, 2008

So, I finally got youtube to stop messing around and managed to get the video montage from The Ting Ting’s gig up. I uploaded it to VIMEO as well as YouTube just to try out this place, to be honest I’m not to happy with either site.  Vimeo is a much easier site to use and has some nice features but the playback always stutters during playback.  Youtube drastically degrades the quality of the video, however as many more people use and search youtube, this has to be the place to keep videos, also although the embeding code for both Vimeo and Youtube are below I’m fairly sure you will only be able to see one.

The Ting Tings at QMU Glasgow 24 May 2008 (46) from Grayza on Vimeo.

As for the gig itself – it was fantastic, lots of energy and really different and fun sound.  It was short, but as Poppadom commented  “I thought it was a good gig, it was fun though short… but they only have one album so I don’t know what else they could’ve done. Better a show that’s short and good than a longer one with dull fillers”

Also, to answer the question about the support group Modernaire – I only caught the last couple of songs and they didn’t really grab my attention much though, I thought it sounded a bit ‘Cassio Keyboard’ for my taste though I was intrigued by the sudden appearances of a chello – and the two girls vocals sounded good.