Friday, 28 December 2012

The RDA - best of week 3...

Uploading/blogging all compilation eps from The RDA with John Gordillo, over xmas just so they're out there.

Need to get a better quality transfer, but you get the jist...


The RDA with John Gordillo - S1E15Pt1 - Comp Show



Includes ALEX COX 'Moviedrome'-style intro,
Dawson's Creek titles,
'Who's At The TV Centre Entrance',
(with live commentary by show researcher VJ Anderson)
Live focus group (Scottish Pensioners)
Anniversary of Thomas Edison's first recording of the human voice
Huw Edwards leaving the building,
John's Classical Break,
The live focus group-focus group

The RDA with John Gordillo - S1E15Pt2 - Compilation Show

THE RECOMMENDED DAILY ALLOWANCE WITH JOHN GORDILLO - Season 1 Ep 15 - End of week 3 compilation.

Includes: "What time does host of the Six O' Clock News, Huw Edwards, leave the building?" sweepstake
Guests, The League Against Tedium (Simon Munnery), Jim Davidson (returning to the show after wandering into his studio on an earlier show), the entirely deaf studio audience, teen pop sensation Daphne & Celeste ("Ooh Stick You")sing "School's Out" to Huw Edwards as he leaves Television Centre, and a visit to the BBC shop with music legend Suzanne Vega.


The RDA with John Gordillo - S1E15Pt3 - Compilation Show

Includes the final "What Time Does Huw Edwards Leave The Building"
HUW EDWARDS Interview
GARETH DAVIES & PETER JONES "I doubt"
The live focus group-focus group


Full Series - all the episodes of The RDA here


NEXT: The Great Disruption --->
HOME
<--- PREVIOUS: Xmas RDA - first week comp show from The Recommended Daily Allowance with John Gordillo
Click here for the latest post

Here's why I'm doing all this, and how to follow me

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Xmas RDA - first week comp show from The Recommended Daily Allowance with John Gordillo


So for the quiet days through the Christmas shutdown, going to upload and link to The Recommended Daily Allowance, just so they're out there.

Sporadically get comments and messages asking if there's any more eps, so here's the lot - every compilation show I can manage - over the next few days...

(S1E20 looks a bit corrupted... so that might not come out, yet or ever)

The RDA with John Gordillo S1E05Pt1 - Recommended Daily Allowance



The RDA with John Gordillo S1E05Pt2



Standup comedian Paul Foot "I have a sore throat"
Sally Gray "I have no idea who you are" - man humping the ground on BBC Record Breakers, most press ups in one minute,
Britt Eckland, and the Jim Davidson Generation Game audience
Discussion of word battyman, what is boring
Lets go to their studio. "If you were Jay Leno, you could do that"
Television Centre corridors, wave with Jim Davidson
Playground Insult Update with teachers live from Cardiff, Liverpool and Bristol
- You fat bap, you donut / doughnut, muppet, nugget, Sly, shady, slack, off key, being extra, facety, extra, mild, your bret stinks, you need a haircut, your mum followed by anything. Your mums a ho.
Jingles night from radio stations. Radio Shropshire full jingle theme with images from todays world news. (Oswestry to Ellesmere)
Credits.

Full Series - all the episodes of The RDA here


NEXT: Second week from The Recommended Daily Allowance --->
HOME
<--- PREVIOUS: FRIDAY NIGHT TODDLER ART GALLERY - Pencil No Food
Click here for the latest post

Here's why I'm doing all this, and how to follow me

Friday, 21 December 2012

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Frank Butcher explains a steadicam

Added this to "The best steadicam shot in the world ever" post:

Mike Reid hosting the Southern Television kids show Runaround, explaining how a steadicam works...



Link to the video here - love how to illustrate it they use a clip from... The Omen


Here's the full Best Steadicam Shot In The World Ever post:

Fave TV #2 The Best Steadicam Shot In The World Ever


27 seconds of GOLD. From Eurovision 2009.




...and this is how Karsten Jacobsen did it:

Crash a handlebar-less segway into the stage while holding your steadicam...

but just remember to keep on running...




UPDATE -- 27 Dec 2011

This is what happens when it goes wrong... (via @fieldproducer)





UPDATE -- 27 Aug 2012

DIY Steadicam - Flying Camera Support

Garret Brown's original Steadicam® is an icon that revolutionized filmmaking. Being the first and the best, it naturally and justifiably commands a premium price. It is for this reason that homemade DIY Flying Camera Supports have been around since at least 1977, just one short year after Mr. Brown's invention.


Full top 100 fave TV clips list here

#3 This is how I answer the phone - Fave TV: Some Mothers Do Ave Em -->

<-- #1 Fave TV: Control Rooms and production galleries

NEXT: RASTAMOUSE SUBTITLE OF THE WEEK - dozed off --->
HOME
<--- PREVIOUS: Worst infographic of 2012 - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

Here's why I'm doing all this, and how to subscribe to these posts direct by email

Click here for the latest post

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Orange and Teal - favourite things on the web...


Just added this link to my favourite posts on the web:

Teal and Orange - Hollywood, Please Stop the Madness



Having read this post by Todd Miro, I can't stop spotting this in film and TV drama... to paraphrase:
"Those of you who watch a lot of Hollywood movies may have noticed a certain trend that has consumed the industry in the last few years. It is one of the most insidious and heinous practices that has ever overwhelmed the industry.

I speak of course, of THE COLOR GRADING VIRUS THAT IS TEAL & ORANGE!!!"
He explains it, in full, brilliantly here
http://theabyssgazes.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/teal-and-orange-hollywood-please-stop.html


There's even a Part 2 here
http://theabyssgazes.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/teal-and-orange-part-2.html


It's everywhere - checkout the redheads in the icy blue cold outdoors



All my other favourite posts from the web



(Including the worst showbiz autobiography ever
and how a train crash helped save lives)
are banked here...


NEXT: Reflexology Rudeness - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS --->
HOME
<--- PREVIOUS: 100 Hates, numbers 6-10 - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

Here's why I'm doing all this, and how to follow me

Click here for the latest post

Monday, 10 December 2012

100 Hates, numbers 6-10 - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

Putting my list of 100 things I hate here...

...and here is the second batch... Numbers 6 - 10:

6
Hate cleaning round the back of a Breville sandwich maker.



7
Hate still getting post for my Ex.

8
Hate Sunday trading laws.

"Keep Sunday Special".

Having to get shopping done by 4pm or be gouged feels really Special.

9
Hate when people say “take care”.
Like it puts the onus of responsibility onto me for my well-being.

9A
And I hate the word onus.

10
Hate self-fulfilling prophesy:
Like
“Don’t let me forget. I’ve put the beers in the freezer.”


Click here for all my Loves

Click here for all my Hates


NEXT: Orange and Teal - favourite things on the web... --->
HOME
<--- PREVIOUS: Andrew Marr Show Drinking Game - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS


Click here for the latest post

Here's why I'm doing all this, and how to follow me

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Andrew Marr Show Drinking Game - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS - Andrew Marr Show Drinking Game -



#marrdrinkinggame #marr
So scoring below for the Andrew Marr Show Drinking game:

(NB These rules can also be played on ITV News, most of Sky News, and of course BBC News Channel output).


"Let me be clear..." = 1 point

"Difficult/Tough choices" = 1 point

"It is the right thing to do..." = 1 point

Politician hand-jiving or air karate = 1 point per 10 'chops'

"We take this very seriously" = 1 point

"What's really important is. . ." = 1 point

"...back to the table" = 1 point

"What the [insert nationality] people want" = 1 point

"Let me just make my point..." = 1 point

"tough economic environment/climate/year ahead" = 1 point

"Our research shows..." = 1 point


BONUS
Anything prefixed by "Look. . . " = 1 bonus point

COMPANY SPOKES MOUTHS
Company spokes-gob verbally referencing their own company more than once = 1 point

(Known affectionately as The Barclays Rule in honour of Antony Jenkins, Barclays Chief Executive of Barclays who managed to get the word Barclays into the Barclays interview an impressive Barclays number of Barclays times. Barclays.)

BIG THANKS TO
@noseybassa
@Patrixmyth
@Nomiomiomio

(CLICK HERE FOR COMMENTS & CREDITS - ANY MORE SCORECARD SUGGESTIONS?)

SCORECARD
David Cameron - 17 points (11.5.14)
Nick Clegg - 15 points (18.5.14)
Barclays Spokes Mouth - 5 points (11.5.14)
Nicola Sturgeon - 1 point (18.5.14)

Click here for all my Dad Lessons For My Kids


NEXT: 100 Hates, numbers 6-10 - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS --->
HOME
<--- PREVIOUS: TISWAS - MY FAVE TV #20

Click here for the latest post

Saturday, 8 December 2012

TISWAS - MY FAVE TV #20


FAVE TV #20 - TISWAS

Haven't done a favourite 100 TV moments post for a while
(CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LIST)


But it's Saturday - and this morning for my toddlers I recreated the bountiful TV entertainment that my sister and I would have to create for ourselves.

In a world without Milkshake or CBBC, on a Saturday morning, we would have to wait for television to start.



We'd put the cushions in two arcs, making a drum kit each, and wait for LWT to start.

LWT startup November 1982


And then start drumming furiously along with the music.
(I've got a whole other post on ITV startup sequences here)

But the buildup would continue through that Sesame Street band of bleakness (Why the obsession with New York SANITATION trucks? We didn't know it was New York...)

...to get to this:-

Tiswas Titles & Clips









#21 clip might appear here -->

<<--- #19 The Cinema Ads
#18 Mystery Science Theater 3000
#17 Space Ghost, Coast To Coast
#16 The Adverts
#15 Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation
#14 LE TOUR DE FRANCE
#13 Engelbert Humperdinck on the BBC VT Xmas tape 1979
#12 My favourite clip about writing TV sitcoms
#11 Pipkins
#10 The Best Action Scene Ever, Ever, Ever


DON'T MISS A THING - FREE UPDATES FROM ME BY EMAIL

NEXT: Andrew Marr Show Drinking Game - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS --->
HOME
<--- PREVIOUS: FRIDAY NIGHT TODDLER ART GALLERY - Crayon Mirror

Click here for the latest post

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Top 10 Upsides Of Recovering From A Boris Bike Crash - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

Originally posted this last year. So for the 1 year anniversary...

DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS
- Top 10 Upsides Of Recovering From A Boris Bike Crash -



10
Face looks like a themed Google logo. Changes by the day.

9
Being known to a handful of healthcare professionals affectionately as ‘that bloke who had the Boris Bike crash’.

8
Talking like Louis Spence.



7
Chunks falling off face like an maxillofacial advent calendar. Festive.

6
Patronising kids in the supermarket who stare to ‘always wear a bike helmet’, like some kind of deranged 1950s superhero.

5
Looking like a vagrant whose stuff never gets touched. Also festive.



4
Hours spent concussed equals hours not spent hearing about Eurozone crisis.

3
Drinking through a straw makes 2 year old son feel superior.

2
Finally being able to look my hero Erik Estrada in the eye.
We both know what this is like.


1
Looking like a Hitler cat.
Or the bloke from Sparks.
Or Blakey from On The Buses.





Click here for all my Dad Lessons For My Kids

Or, better, why not follow me for free by email, by clicking here. It's completely safe, from my own email address, you can unsubscribe at any time, and it helps encourage me to keep on posting. Thanks!


NEXT: The influence of Carry On - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS --->
HOME
<--- PREVIOUS: Santander Hat - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

Click here for the latest post

Monday, 3 December 2012

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Thursday, 29 November 2012

The Classified Ad Break - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

These are my Dad Lessons For My Kids - to browse at their leisure.
And then ignore.

- The Classified Ad Break -

Life in 2012:
We have a thing called Local Papers, which have a section called The Classified Ads.

Here's a Classified Ad Break...



(...from a show I made with John Gordillo called The Recommended Daily Allowance - full series here.).

Here are some of the ads, with more added.



PORTALOO plus melamine crockery, very cheap.



Furniture for sale. £95 Per item.



IN BOX. good condition. £10.



Grave for sale. Offers.



Drop side cot with mattress. Easy erection and storage for grandparents visitors.



I'M SELLING a Sanyo TV. Or 3.



Language course.



Writing Desk.
For
w r i t i n g.
(VIA @Caroline_Gold THANKS!)



Large stocks of Sellotape. it has hundreds of uses.



Lady required to groom and look after horses. In return for riding.



Very comfy sofa for £30. No... wait, £40, YES £40.



PAPER CLIPS. (got anything like this in your local rag?)



Ahhhh. Never been worn wedding dress.


Click here for all my Dad Lessons For My Kids

Or... get these direct by email - details on how to subscribe are here

NEXT: FRIDAY NIGHT TODDLER ART GALLERY - Sunset Media Horizon --->
HOME
<--- PREVIOUS: The Gayest Place In The Universe - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS


Click here for the latest post

Monday, 26 November 2012

Why Mummy banned Fireman Sam (Americanisms in UK Kids TV shows) - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS


DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS - Why Mummy banned Fireman Sam -



Mummy banned Fireman Sam, because one too many times our son called mummy "MAM".

We are not Welsh.

Or, as she put it: "I'm not Norman Price's Mum"

(Source)

Being a cartoon script editor working on American co-productions, a lot of time's spent trying to tone down Americanisms in the dialogue (sorry, dialog).

Trying to purge words like Math, 911, Fall season, smores, Mac n Cheese, or my personal worst: candy.

But when parents (like myself) moan about US dominance in English language shows, we forget about the other regional phrases and idioms:

Look at this one, the way every episode of ME TOO! is introduced:



Come away in with you.

What does that even mean?

Who cares? Kids get what she's saying.

So maybe complaints about Americanisms risk being about all kids shows sounding correct in Southern England.

That'd be a foine day in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia etc. etc. etc.


Click here for all my Dad Lessons For My Kids

SIGN UP TO GET THESE POSTS FOR FREE BY EMAIL!


NEXT: Argos Optimism - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS --->
HOME
<--- PREVIOUS: Women saying goodbye to each other - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS


Click here for the latest post

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Women saying goodbye to each other - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS

DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS - Women saying goodbye to each other -



When women say goodbye to each other,
it's usually the start of about 10-25 minutes of the exact opposite.

Bye
See you
Thanks for a lovely time
We must do this again some time
Yes, let's.
You must come round to ours
We mustn't make it so long next time
I'll call you later
That'd be lovely
Bye
See you
Ooh you've forgotten your card
I'll get it next time
Let's make that soon
That's nice, take care
Drive safely
We will, you get in now, you'll get cold
Bye
Take care
See you

etc.

Men are so rude.

UPDATE/COMMENTS
@curtainqueen Like a courtship ritual, without the end result. Men just rattle their keys & leave. This is why us wimmins need our friends :-)


Click here for all my Dad Lessons For My Kids


I've got 9 email subscribers! (and couldn't be prouder).
Click here to sign up and become my 10th!



NEXT: Why Mummy banned Fireman Sam (Americanisms in UK Kids TV shows) - DAD LESSONS FOR MY KIDS --->
HOME
<--- PREVIOUS: When Legacy Media is a bit rubbish

Click here for the latest post

Saturday, 24 November 2012

When Legacy Media is a bit rubbish

When Legacy Media is a bit rubbish

Legacy media (everything that's not digital) has a problem with changing things once they've been released.

Digital content tends to best lend itself to works-in-progress and not being entirely correct or closed or 'finished'. "Always in beta".

Legacy media has been about transmitting ideas in a one-way direction - from the creator to the audience.
(Creators might be film directors, an ad agencies, TV broadcasters, magazines etc...)

Bad ads

UK fan is stabbed in Rome.

Probably not the best bit of media buying by British Airways in the Evening Standard...





#WaitroseReasons

Some say this is an example of social media gone bad.

What if it's a great example of social media being good and pass-on-able - and a legacy PR line that's probably disconnected from the first thing most people think.

That Waitrose seems a bit pricey and posh.

Who knows best - the PR effort or The Crowd?




The answer probably doesn't matter... so let's ask The Crowd to join in with your PR effort... (PS haven't checked any of the below...)

@waitrose
Finish the sentence: "I shop at Waitrose because ________." #WaitroseReasons

@inkognitoh
I shop at Waitrose because Tesco doesn't stock Unicorn food #waitrosereasons

@JoeBradbury1991
I shop at Waitrose because the M&S "2 dine for £10" attracts the proles. #waitrosereasons

@TheAuracl3
I shop at Waitrose bcuz itz where I cn link al de fit wimmenz, innit #WaitroseReasons

‏@AlteredCourse
I shop at Waitrose because I can wear chinos and still feel like a peasant. #WaitroseReasons

@undercoverman
I shop at Waitrose because I like watching Daily Mail readers support neo-socialist institutions #WaitroseReasons

‏@jonhickman
I shop at Waitrose because I'm a social media commentator working on a rather pedestrian critique of the #WaitroseReasons fail for my blog

‏@Martin_Carr
I shop at Waitrose because all the other supermarkets are full of povs and stainers. #WaitroseReasons

@parapism
I shop at Waitrose because darling, Harrods is just too much of a trek mid-week. #waitrosereasons

@scaryduck
@waitrose "I shop at Waitrose because..." you say "Ten items or fewer" not "Ten items or less", which is important #WaitroseReasons

Here are thousands of articles about #WaitroseReasons

But here are a load of the actual tweets



Click here for a great explanation of The Great Disruption


Click here for digital places being a bit rubbish


Here's how to get these posts direct by email

NEXT: post --->
HOME
<--- PREVIOUS: FRIDAY NIGHT TODDLER ART GALLERY - Biro On Sofa

Click here for the latest post