New Animated Title Designs for KQEK.com’s podcasts (2014)

New Animated Title Designs for KQEK.com’s podcasts (2014)

  After upgrading KQEK.com’s website from an olde HTML site to a fancy-schmancy WordPress theme with a new logo, it made sense to extend the branding of the site (and my for-hire skills) to the latest wave of podcasts for 2014, and although it’s been in the planning stages for a while, I finally finished up on redesigning the intros for the site’s podcasts from a static title card with the old logo to something more animated (and maybe a […]

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From the Mouth of Mayor Bozo: She Did Not Make the Crack

From the Mouth of Mayor Bozo: She Did Not Make the Crack

A sly parody of Mayor Bozo’s 2013 admission of doing crack is reworked into a variant. She did not make the crack, and yet…     The National Post has a short interview with the video’s unmasked director.   – MRH

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Wandel’s [extract] (2014)

Wandel’s [extract] (2014)

  Although not made as a bonus supplement to accompany my review of the CBC’s recent adaptation of Terry Fallis’ novel Best Laid Plans, you could say Wandel’s is tied to the show by geography. I know it’s a stretch – just because both were filmed in & around the Gatineau region doesn’t mean they’re connected, but in their own way each reveals the beauty of the Ottawa region during its prettiest summer-ish days. This blog’s actually quite brief because […]

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Camera Test #102: GBC-CTC-5X + Flesh Tones

Camera Test #102: GBC-CTC-5X + Flesh Tones

  Since the basic details of the GBC CTC-5X video camera are covered in Camera Test #102, I’ll keep things a bit more brisk that in the prior Camera Test blog. If the facts start reading a wee bit dry, just skip down to the end where the YouTube + Vimeo links are located. Now then. From what I’ve managed to find in print and picture online, GBC was a U.S. company specializing in industrial-level video cameras during the late sixties […]

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A Short-Short Film: “The Magic Beta Case”

A Short-Short Film: “The Magic Beta Case”

  The production of this short-short film was purely spontaneous: I wanted some extra tie-in between my reviews of the 2013 doc Rewind This!  about VHS collecting and the history of home video, and my watching a Betamax tape of the 1987 film No Man’s Land – not the critically acclaimed 2001 Bosnian war film, but the 1987 Charlie Sheen-D.B. Sweeney suspense flick about Porsche stealers. The idea also stemmed from me preferring to make a demo video done in the antiquated […]

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“So for now, don’t give up your VCR”

“So for now, don’t give up your VCR”

  Back in 1992, Buffalo’s WGRZ aired a piece on the return of the laserdisc which had won a small war against rival disc format CED, but lost out to VHS and Betamax because of the latter’s recording capabilities. With material sourced from Consumers Reports, the news piece goes through laserdisc’s pros & cons, but suggests it may not be the new big thing. History proved them right – it didn’t exceed tape because of an inability to record and […]

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Recent Media + Productions

  • Camera Test #101: The Sharp QC-54 (1985)

    Camera Test #101: The Sharp QC-54 (1985)

      I thought the best way to start the New Year is with a video, if not one that reflects the kind of material that’ll be appearing on this site in 2014. I’ve previously posted short tests of various trippy effects-styled videos, but one type I’m keen on adding – for now, at irregular intervals – deals with test runs of vintage cameras. You can find assorted test videos on YouTube easily, but in many cases they’re zoom-happy, out of […]

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  • Editor’s Pick: Robert J. Sawyer on Paying the Price

    Editor’s Pick: Robert J. Sawyer on Paying the Price

      Interesting chat between author Robert J. Sawyer and TVO’s Steve Paiken regarding the lack / virtual reduction of remuneration for authors, and the peculiar expectation of media streams where artists should be pleased to perform gratis. (Thanks to Herr Kelp for the alert.)     – MRH

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  • The Cosmos… by Shanks FX

    Proof that the Cosmos wasn’t created by a religious force or a cataclysmic kaboom. We’re indebted to milk, as explained in this brilliant vignette on lo-fi techniques to create 2001 beauties.

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  • BSV 1172, Chapter 4: Making the Teaser Trailer

    BSV 1172, Chapter 4: Making the Teaser Trailer

    . When I was shooting the doc at the video store, I made a point of getting material for an assortment of promotional materials, including behind-the-scenes footage of the gear being set up (the Canon VC-50 Pro looks especially deadly when a fat telephoto lens is locked onto its front, seemingly screaming to anyone in the environs to ‘Get the hell out of my way!’), some minutia, and a few quick shots of specific scenes being filmed – all of […]

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  • BSV 1172, Chapter 3: The Preamble and the Teaser Trailer

    BSV 1172, Chapter 3: The Preamble and the Teaser Trailer

      Before I get into the details of the teaser trailer for my short experimental doc, some backstory and perspective is needed, given the subject matter – the independent / neighbourhood video store – has been in a state of flux as the home video rental & sales business has undergone many upheavals during the last decade. There are significant generations of filmgoers whose interests, tastes, and careers in the media were influenced by weekly visits to the local video […]

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  • Frizzi to Fulci: the 2013 Concert and a Career Discussion, Part 2

    Frizzi to Fulci: the 2013 Concert and a Career Discussion, Part 2

    In Part 2 of a lengthy career & industry discussion, Fabio Frizzi discusses “Frizzi to Fulci,” his first concert in London, England, at Union Chapel on Oct. 31, 2013; the superb sound engineering of classic 70s and 80s Italian soundtrack albums; and the effects of evolving technologies on film composing. Special thanks to Fabio Frizzi for a lively discussion, and Stuart Kirkham at Fifth Avenue PR for facilitating the interview. “Frizzi to Fulci” is presented by Death Waltz Records and […]

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