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A SECOND PAIR OF EYES

Video editing can be a solitary experience, which is why when carrying out a big edit, it is important to get a second pair of eyes on it after the rough edit stage. I really love the magic of [...]

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CAPTURING A FREAK GOAL

I never expected this freak goal. It’s New Year’s Day. We’re at Treyew Road covering Truro City’s Vanarama National League South fixture against Poole Town. The game is into the second [...]

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HOW TO MAKE PROFESSIONAL GRAPHIC OVERLAYS

One problem that I have wrestled with for far too long is how to produce professional graphic overlays for my football videos. Adobe Photoshop scares me.  I reached out to a number of non league [...]

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BACK WITH TRURO CITY FC

After a couple of months of planning and negotiation I was back yesterday at Treyew Road, the home of Truro City FC, filming their Vanarama National League South fixture against Gloucester City [...]

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WHY I DON’T FILM MANY WEDDINGS THESE DAYS

Over the past decade and more I have filmed numerous weddings in Cornwall. Each one was unique and very special. It is always a great privilege and  immense pleasure to  be entrusted with such a [...]

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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PRE-PRODUCTION MEETING

I have always subscribed to the old adage “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This is no more true than in the making of promotional films for the corporate market. So I am a great [...]

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THE MAGIC OF B ROLL

The magic of painting pictures (B Roll) over a subject talking to camera hit me recently. I was working on a project with Pencalenick School, Truro. It consisted of three days of filming, [...]

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HOW TO EDIT A FOOTBALL MATCH SHOT ON VIDEO

This time last week I was reaching the end of the long, tortuous 10 hour coach journey from Truro to Margate. I was traveling with the Cornwall U. 18s and all geared up to film and edit a [...]

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Putting my Cinemecanix C.1 Pro Rig through its paces

  A few weeks ago I had the opportunity of putting my newly purchased Cinemecanix C.1 Pro Rig through its paces on a commission. The weather may have posed major problems but the rig did [...]

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YOU LEARN FAR MORE FROM YOUR FAILURES THAN YOU DO YOUR SUCCESSES

I was reminded of this old adage last night after I was forced to abandon my plans to shoot a “Behind the scenes video” of Glynn Hooper and Cornwall U 18s down at Porthleven FC. My aim was to try [...]

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Reading Around the Subject

In the days when I was a school teacher, I used to issue course textbooks – especially to my A Level Ethics students – and I’d encourage them to read around the subject and make notes [...]

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A Work in Progress

Are you like me, a work in progress?  Have you ever attended an evening class or done a Open University Course?  Perhaps you’ve done some online tutorials. Five years ago, back in 2012, [...]

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Beth on Work Experience

This past week has been by far the best working week since I gave up teaching exactly a year ago. I feel that both personally, and the business as well, have turned a big corner. Before this week [...]

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Remembering the FA Vase Final of 2007

“Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today And then one day you find ten years have got behind you No one [...]

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Filming at Dawn

Hands up how many of you have learned a skill or art form intuitively and then subsequently gone on to take some classes in it? It could have been golf, flower arranging or any number of pursuits [...]

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Feedback from BBC Spotlight

Some of my video footage recently appeared on two editions of BBC Spotlight. Ever since I agreed with Glynn Hooper and the Cornish FA to film the county U18s football team, I have been keen to [...]

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7 TAKEAWAYS FROM BVE 2017

I have been to BVE (Broadcasting Video Expo) many times, but this year’s event exceeded and surpassed all others. BVE is a well estabished UK based Entertainment and Media Tech event. It is  [...]

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ALL CHANGE AT PIRAN FILMS

My daughter Melody officially became my business partner at Piran Films last week. Trying to teach and, at the same time, run the company as a business venture has not been easy for me. It is [...]

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EDEN PROJECT

One of the great delights about living in Cornwall is seeing our beautiful county through the eyes of a visitor. When we moved into the Duchy in 2003 this was a very common event in the early [...]

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GETTING BETTER AUDIO FOR YOUR MONEY

It is often said that when watching video footage the general public is more forgiving of inferior visuals than of poor sound. And there is more than a grain of truth in this. In this day and age [...]

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