Monday, 14 January 2013

Jimmy Egan's Boxing Academy Show Promo

This video is something I whipped up for my dad yesterday. It roughly took me six hours to complete. I think it can do with some more tweaking, but my dad wanted this out into the public a.s.a.p, as the date for the event is drawing nearer.

Show Promo Saturday 2nd Feb 2013 from Catherine Egan on Vimeo.

I made it because in our area, some people have been tearing down the posters my dad and uncle stuck up.
They've been concerned about it and wondered how else they could promote the gym's events without there being issues. So I thought I'd have a go at this. This post will in-turn hopefully promote the cause.

The clip is a bit of an experiment really. We're hoping it'll draw in more people to the show and make them want to return to future events. At least this way, word will get round one way or another, be it posters or viral.
I'm also interested to see what the feedback of people will be over this. It's gotten a few likes and shares on facebook, but no critical or connective comments yet.

For more information about the event or us, visit:

The only issues I've had promoting this in terms of video is the copy-right issues of the song choice: 'Standing in the Hall of Fame' by The Script.
I should have thought carefully about this, but I did finish it at 3:30 am in the morning. So for the day, my analytical skills were not as sharp as they usually are. The issue didn't occur to me until Facebook told me off for it, so I had to take it off there and YouTube.
Thankfully, I've replaced the track with another made by my cousin's' band 'Coldside'. I've applied the changes to the Facebook and YouTube clips, but the Vimeo clip above has the original track. I've credited The Script on it though in both the piece and in the information that follows it. It also doesn't feature the entire song, so I'm hoping should anyone who overviews copy-right issues and has seen this will be more lenient in their decision towards this. But if I'm told it must go, I will remove it.

[This is the same video but with the replaced track, 'Sink So Low' by Manchester's 'Coldside'.]

That's something new I've learned. Be careful what content you re-use in your own work.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Xmas Research:

Over the Christmas holiday, we were assigned to do some research for our major project.
In my case, I wanted to do a trailer for a film, but partially base it on the classic tale Red Riding Hood.
The Christmas task is asking us to be spontaneous and improvise when it comes to our research. This is so we aren't stuck for ideas when it comes down to doing the ground work for the next 16 weeks or so.

I'm struggling to string up the ending of my story at the moment. So I figured it couldn't hurt to refer to some other films and books.
I'm still reading that book 'Directing the Story' by Francis Glebas. In fact, it was reading that book that actually birthed my idea in the first place!
When Glebas talks of the three little pigs and directing their story in storyboards, I began thinking of the fabled tales and started stitching them up in my mind. Like the wolf could possibly be connected or very well be the same wolf in Red Riding Hood. Why not I thought. The idea just tuck of from there.

My research has been dabbling in a lot of different areas, I hope so anyway when it comes to evidencing it.
I've been playing with the idea of Red being a princess of some sort. At least making her one of the main characters in the trailer. Perhaps even a heroine.

Whilst on youtube, I accidentally came across this talk, Tales of Passion by Isabel Allende.
She mentions some points I think my characters can relate to or learn from. Allende almost seems to go through the structure of what a story is and does when explaining them.
Not so surprising though when I found out she's a writer too.

Some of the points Allende mentions are:
  • Themes: Justice, Loyalty, Violence, Death, Political and Social Issues, Freedom. The very things that drive our actions, motives, etc.
  • 'What matters most, more than training or luck is the heart. Only a fearless and determined heart will get the gold medal. It's all about passion.' - 2:55
  •  'Heart is what drives us and determines our fate. That is what I need for my characters in my books. A passionate heart. I need matherics, dissidents, adventurerers, outsiders and rebels, who ask questions, bend the rules, and take risks. People like all of you in this room. Nice people with common sense do not make interesting characters.' - 3:20
  • Talks about real life accounts of women still suffering in developing countries, over the rule of empowered and corrupt men. These accounts describing how these few women were forced to endure cruel and harsh times, and were made into heroines in their darkest hours.

I don't want to go too deep with some of these ideals, as I want to show my trailer to a young/family audience, and I want to show issues and dangers within the safe boundaries of a fable.
But Allende's first three points have stayed with me since I've watch this.
Interesting characters have problems that need resolving.

Which reminds me of this a little. 'The Girl Who Leapt Through Time' film