It’s been a couple of months since my last post, so I thought I should bring my blog up-to-date with stuff that’s been going on.
The big project we worked on at the end of last year was ‘The Vicar Of Dibley’s Greatest & Top 40 Moments’, made by Tiger Aspect for UK Gold.
We did the titles, interview background graphics and studio backdrops, plus the animated stings to appear before each clip as they counted down – basically anything graphical in the two 90-minute shows! Our work got a really good reaction, and UKTV said the show was one of their highest rating original programmes which was good to hear. And the show was repeated loads over Christmas, so it’s sure to have been seen by a lot of people! And we should have another show from Tiger Aspect to work on from March – this time a series for ITV, so a busy time ahead!
Also before Christmas, I spent a lot of time working with Rob editing the Cannonball 8000 programme. It was a pretty big job because we had to deliver an hour long episode for ITV1 and ITV4, as well as re-cutting it all into 4 half hour episodes to go out on the Extreme channel later this year. There were a lot of late nights, and I was even editing on Christmas Day and Boxing Day!
Then, at the beginning of this month, we had to produce 2 commercials for Channel M which are running on Granada this week. It was a crazy turnaround time, with us doing the recee in between Christmas and New Year, and then we shot one of the commercials in James’ house, and the other one we made using clips from the news programme, with specially recorded pieces-to-cameras from the reporters.
Both the commercials we produced came out really well I think, and Tim did one for music which also looked great – especially in the time we all had! I think they should also be running again in a few months time, so watch out for them if you miss them this week!
The final bit of work news is that we’ve found ourselves an office! It’s in an old converted mill in Stockport, and we’re going to be renting one of the units on the top floor. The plan is to move in sometime next month, and we want to try and build an enclosed edit suite in the space, so we need to try and find time to do that before we move all our kit there!
Other news – I forgot to mention on here before that my sister Vikky (and her husband Damien of course!) are expecting twins! She’s due in March, and when I was down in Tamworth just after New Year, her bump looked pretty big! I think it was a bit of a shock when everyone first found out they were having two babies – it’s going to be a busy time for them when they’re born! Also, James and Helen are expecting a baby this year – in May – so we need to try and make sure we don’t have any major jobs happening when theirs comes along! I’ve offered my services for babysitting, but I’m not sure I’ll have the time with all the work we have! I think we need to make sure James trains the baby up in Avid and After Effects as soon as they’re born!