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Monday, May 22, 2017

Ramble about video in Exeter

This is background for the previous post about the hustings at Boat Shed. I welcome policy about government support, funding, education etc. but also wonder about how video is done with limited resources.

Previously there were the Dark Times. Bike Shed Theatre and Bar on loan to Phonic FM for a few days in August 2015. The lighting was terrible.



Recently I asked the Standup Philosopher about a new show and he told me about exeter Visual Arts as a venue. I enquired about a space to store a tripod and if they would invest in a green screen. But then a handheld approach turned out ok and I found a green door on the quay opposite the Boat Shed.








Over the summer the daylight should be ok for video. Sound may have to be recorded again in studio of Phonic FM. Guests welcome on Wild Show Thursday 10 -12 and @wenotno Tue 12 - 2.

What makes the Boat Shed a studio for video / radio ? to be continued

Cultural Hustings at Boat Shed continued

I do not know much detail but there will be another hustings at the Boat Shed tomorrow evening. Part of the general election.

Previously I did some  clips from the Devon County Council hustings and put them in a playlist.

My plan is to bring a camera again and hope to get permission to upload some new clips.

Arguably this is a news event so permission could be assumed but the Boat shed policy seems to be to regard everything as a performance. works ok so far but I am trying to get some clearance ahead of time so things can work more like news.

Background issue is how the Boat Shed can work as a video studio. Can any kit be stored? I have already found out that the green doors just across the river work ok as a green screen. But what else is possible?





Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Playlists, Performance promo, DCC Cultural Hustings

Each of the clips from the Devon county council Cultural Hustings is now uploaded to YouTube, including the full session and there is a playlist. The playlist can be added to before the election so suggestions are welcome. Liberal Democrat for example as Vanessa Newcombe was ill at the time.

I will also look at other playlists that show what is possible with video to promote and relate to cultural events. Joseph Parsons has extended his 2017 tour from 2016 but still seems to be based in Topsham and Launceston. Sound of the Sirens are at the Phoenix soon and there is an excellent recent video from the Exeter Cathedral.

With Tubers now in Exeter there is increased interest in how online video can work. At a low level the issues are just about lighting and sound. The hustings video clips were with a hand held camera relying on the excellent sound and lighting provided. The Boat Shed could be a good base for more interviews and performances over the summer. Maybe there could be a space to store a tripod and other resources.

Issues that came up include access to broadband. Perhaps we should just accept that in Devon this happens at different rates. We have a very wide variety of acccess. But this could result in an interesting situation for amending content into different formats.

The clips are all with Creative Commons so they can be reused. Could there be more content like this? Content marketing is another aspect but the theory depends on actual content.

Mainstream media now supply clips to YouTube and other outlets. Newspapers also work with video. So there is a wide variety of content available. News and culture reporting can be part of the same developments. So much to discuss in how Devon as a locality can relate.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Reboot of blog ahead of Culture Hustings at Boat Shed

As far as I can remember this blog is fairly neutral from politics point of view. I will try to be balanced in covering the Hustings at Boat shed in Exeter for Devon County Council elections. Seems a good time to look at how content and cloud can work out as local media. I know the Bike shed Theatre plan to try out a building near the Quay over the summer so I guess the Hustings are a stage towards this.

Topics that interest me still include Creative Commons and local cable. When Exeter TV was proposed the model was USA law that any TV cable has to have a local option. Jeremy hunt was genuinely enthusiastic about this but not much seems to have happened. TV still important so an update would be interesting.  Creative Commons is still not well understood. If chosen as an option on YouTube for example than the clip can be mixed with something else.

I hope to find enough content to start a playlist on YouTube. If Creative Commons then there can be an edit with highlights. This clip from the Phoenix a while ago.



Also found a phone vid, other link suggestions welcome.




I guess video will be allowed at the hustings. Suggest tags are announced so that it can all be found together.

Meanwhile the Tubers studio is a great resource for Exeter. I am still working on how to combine the green screen and the area around the river and canal where soon the sun will provide lighting and video production will be quite cheap. The Boat Shed could be a useful resource as a place to store a tripod . Maybe even more production resource, not sure what they have in mind. With Jon Mahy I did some clips in the Bike Shed the last two summers. Lighting is an issue so the outdoors may solve this but some resource still needed as backup.

Video link suggestions welcome, especially to expand scope towards balance.