Monday, 31 December 2007

For people that are interested...

Which would be me looking at this blog 62 times, maybe the lovely Charles if he hasn't got bored.

Things are happening. A few days ago me and George stayed up till 4 drinking and making a supercool DVD of the Cellars film, with far more on it than is reasonable to assume. Though we won't be sending it off to professional printers, we will be selling it for the cost of the DVD itself, and obviously people who worked on it will get a free copy if they email me. We are also planning the first vaguely proper screening of the film somewhere in London.

I'm also currently working on cool new film things as well. Cool, secret film things, involving a green screen, a rough draft of which must be finished by August. Also there's that 2012 film to finish. And another of those Fusion explodey things to do for my next term, somewhere around March I guess. But it's the secret things that are most interesting. To me and my 61 clones, anyhow.

Will.

2 articles about me in university publications, one of them written by me, I am superstar

O hi! Look! I'm so great, I wrote an article about it!

It is in Bad Taste, a student magazine at York University, which I go to. The pictures are by Matthew Grum, who is an awesome nearly professional level photographer, we all chipped in ideas and it was surprisingly fun. There are some really good pictures where he messed around with the wide angle lens, but sadly he didn't upload them for some reason. Anyway yes, me and a lady called Nic Carter wrote articles about ourselves. These are the scans. Click on anything to see it full size.

Page 1 (Nicola's page, the capitalization mistakes aren't her fault, also certainly not uploaded for her deferential comments about me no siree bob):



Page 2 (my page):



They cut quite a bit of my article out, I'll have it at the bottom of this entry. So this would be Bad Taste Issue 3, Autumn 2007, pages 34-35.

I was also given a sort of good review by another student paper, Nouse:



Nouse, 20/11/2007, page M19? They change the page numbers half way through for some reason.

I didn't have anything to do with the rest of the play, but I filmed and edited the projections, and the reviewing person seemed to like them. So that's good. Woo!

My unedited article for Bad Taste:

"Gimpy though it sounds, I can pinpoint the moment I wanted to make films. I was about thirteen, channel surfing Sky Movies, and I stopped on a film called Baron Munchausen. Specifically the most beautiful film scene ever made. A gigantic shell rises in the middle of a fountain in a Baroque drawing room, it opens up and Uma Thurman is standing there semi-naked, not in a cheap titillating way but just like that painting of ‘The Birth of Venus’, angels flying around her. I later discovered that this film was one of Hollywood’s biggest financial failures ever made, certainly the greatest flop out of director Terry Gilliam’s impressive roster. Right then all I knew was that it was the most amazing, clever, weird and generally gorgeous things I’d ever seen, and it involved Uma Thurman with her clothes off. I wanted to make stuff like this.

Unfortunately no-one else around me at the time did. This was the hard part. My friends were either uninterested or lazy bastards. So I searched for courses and film clubs. I started going to a little club at a local church, ran by two people who had apparently decided they could charge money to teach ten-to-eighteen-year-olds how to make films purely because they owned one small home movie camera between them. It was here I was roped into making a short film with some bloke a couple of years older than me, who I was later informed was mentally unbalanced. The film involved me and the other early adolescents filming him and his friend sitting in a half-demolished house while they pretending to be Guantanamo Bay prisoners, painting on the walls with the buckets of fake blood that he made in his spare time. It was quite a horrible introduction to no budget film-making. I never saw the finished film as he severed all contact with the club as soon as he decided it was done.

After that I decided to try and write my own short films, based on whatever I could get: my brand new rubbish video camera, iMovie, two and a half people to help, and maybe my unenthusiastic girlfriend. I wrote a silly short film based around my new house and psychotic clowns, sometimes while drunk, sometimes giggling softly and rocking backwards and forwards. At the same time I found a new film club, this time based around likeable men between twenty and fifty who saw pubs and tea breaks as important parts of the filmmaking process. I went on proper film courses, I even almost set up my own shot with a proper film camera until the teacher said it was rubbish. I did lots of runner jobs, getting up at seven to make people tea till ten at night, no pay obviously. But, really bizarrely, I managed to get people interested in my stupid, badly written demonic clown-based movie. This film student called George at the film club somehow got hold of the script and kept turning up at my house to do ‘test shots’ with his shiny camera and weird devices he’d made himself, like a tracking shot buggy made out of an old pram. A professional photographer from one of the film courses turned up with lights larger than a large cat. People from the course got their semi-professional actor friends to come along, when I’d written parts with people who really didn’t want to act in mind. One of the editing teachers from the course helped me edit it. We made a vaguely presentable short film. This was not what I was expecting at all.

After that, George went to Bournemouth Arts Institute. He got into a nightclub free one night in exchange for filming the band playing, a Camden hip hop group called Ndubz. Afterwards the manager approached him and asked if he’d make a music video for them in a week, mainly just following them around. He did, and the manager liked him. The manager, Byron, then went away and bought a load of film equipment, and asked George to make a bigger video with whatever crew he wanted, which included a load of his university mates and me. Byron was a wonderful person. The first time I met him he was talking about the video having flaming barrels of fire and dancing midgets, while George smiled and looked worried. We didn’t get either of those, but the video we did make managed to stay number one on Channel U for about five months, as did the second Ndubz video. It is genuinely weird thinking about it, we edited them in a tiny council flat with a poodle running around our legs, we filmed bits of them in my house while my mum sat next door doing her tax returns, and they actually went somewhere.

After that I went to university, and as it takes 5 hours to get to London it’s a bit harder to work on the videos. But I’ve been teaching myself stop motion and some basic effects, weird little experiments that take ages and may or may not look good. There’s this thing, I tried filming some stuff and then printing every individual frame on pieces of paper, then messed around with them, then filmed the paper again. It took a lonely, antisocial week in my room to do about five seconds, but it looked damn good. There’s probably an easier way to do stuff like this. If there is I wish someone would tell me. Then again if it was easy to do maybe it wouldn’t be worth doing it. I dunno. One day I’d like to be able to make something like Baron Munchausen (or Brazil), even if it does fail miserably. In short, I rock at self-publicising."

I can see why they cut it down.

Will.

Monday, 17 December 2007

The London 2012 Olympics Logo (unfinished)

This has been taking up too much time. I made a silly thing about the London 2012 Olympics that I thought I'd have edited in a weekend, but it's taken 6 months. I shot it in HDV, which was bloody stupid. Every time I moved a clip around it needed rendering for 10 minutes. Anyway I'm going to dump what I've done here until I've got time to finish it completely. In fact this thing has a nifty 'upload video' button, let's see if it works.

Oh. It doesn't. Well that sucks.

Click here then.

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Mindswap

Which is a film that George made that I very vaguely helped with and also appear in it briefly and you can watch it by clicking on this sentence right here, this one, look, over here.

My profile views have gone up to a whopping 49, which made me excited, but then I realised that every time I look at it counts as a view. I refreshed the page and suddenly I had 50 views. At this rate my profile could have seven million views by the end of the week.

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Steven Fry started a blog the same month I started a blog.

It's true. Look. He even has photos of himself in the process of writing about the things in the blog. He writes about as wide ranging topics as fame and modern technology, revealing himself to be well informed about the history of user interfaces and computer design ideology. I only skim read it but still giggled at his observations and discovered things I didn't know about the Battle of Agincourt.

This is just the sort of petty behaviour I've come to expect from Steven Fry. I start a blog, he has to start a blog too. I attempt to work on a series of small films filmed on digital cameras, he has to have a career spanning over twenty years as an award-winning actor, writer and comedian, becoming generally accepted as a national treasure and the most intelligent man on UK television. It's just typical of his childish one-upmanship. Bet he'll be on here next, winning Nobel Prizes for his criticisms of my spelling and grammar, and designing a Flash interface based on the teachings of Copernicus. It's like he's pissing in my face.

Man, it's fine knowing there are people who are better than you at basically everything, but knowing their parallel blogs is just nasty.

Saturday, 29 September 2007

WHY I DON'T LIKE CELLARS IS ONLINE!


^this happy!

After two years of fiddling about with it, so many lonely nights and pushing people's favour barriers to ridiculous limits, Why I Don't Like Cellars, almost the first short film I ever made, is finally online. It was the first time I worked with George, and the first time I met Ben. For N Dubz I Swear, you can see the cellar set again, as well as some of the tracking shots, and that shot of someone looking into the cupboard. Please watch it, we put so much effort into it even if it is silly and cheesy and things go wrong sometimes.

PART 1:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iet8Qu9jBpY

or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PjayQaYSqg

PART 2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZgxTsd3ErM

or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDmc15Q4c5o

or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq5ecQ1fGvI

You may also be interested in the photo album (thanks for taking them Ben!) which can be found here.

Thanks so much to everyone who had a hand in this, to Ben, Rudey, Carly, Nicholas, Nick, Al, Louisa, Rebecca, Fred, and my mum. Thanks to Josh for lending me a surgical gown and his really nice coat for over a year, and getting up and dressing as a zombie in a tutu on a cold morning while Emily and Chris and Lucy threw tomatoes at you (Christ this film has actually been in post-production longer than several relationships). without you it would have been appalling. It would have been, like, 2 hours long, on a phone-quality camera, with nothing but me filming myself kind of staring at people. Seriously.

Thanks especially to George, who believed in this enough to chase me up after somehow getting hold of the script (Chirst knows how he got it, I don't remember giving it to him), who stopped me making it with my terrible home video camera and two people who really didn't want to be actors, who was always incredibly enthusiastic and imaginative - the man cannibalised a bike and his childhood pram to create tracking devices. Even in the editing he would step in and suggest stuff that would take weeks to fix (like those goddamn flashing eyes), but made it ten times of awesome. Oh and he found the best way to upload it. Oh and he provided his own way better camera. So yeah. I can't thank him enough really.

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Letters not published yet

Which sucks. Don't they have to publish them?

Editing a corporate video, orgasmically exciting.

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

The Independent blames me for the decline of Western Society - part 2

Just wrote this a minute ago but blogger deleted it, bastards.

The article:


which can be read here.


Incredibly stupid picture of me.

Again, video can be seen here.

My mum emailed this to the letters page yesterday, so it might be in today's:

"Dear Sir

I was amused to see my 20 year-old son Will Tribble’s picture in Media Independent (24 Sept, Should grime clean up its act?). He was playing a ‘rich kid’ being beaten up by a rapper from N-Dubz.

He is a student and edited this film, currently no 1 on Channel U, and stepped in to play the ‘rich kid’.

The article claimed that the video would encourage street violence.

The writer Amol Rajan quoted a senior Hackney policeman blaming videos for spreading anger and aggression amongst those who are minded to be violent.

I was punched in the face in Hackney, in front of my two younger children, by the passenger of a car which reversed into me.

The local police refused to interview or arrest the perpetrators of this crime, despite having a picture of the girl punching me, which I took as her fist gave me a black eye, plus the photo, name and address of the driver (who also tried to make an insurance claim in a different name against me!).

A Hackney policeman said, 'No one takes photos of people around here unless they want trouble' and that I was unwise.

They could not arrest the driver or his passenger, they told me, as the driver's mother, who answered his front door, said she did not know his whereabouts. Hackney's Police Head told me and my MP Paul Burstow that he felt they had acted correctly.

It seems to me that it is the casual attitude of Hackney Police which is firmly to blame for the 'lawlessness' on the Hackney streets and not any video.

Yours faithfully,

[My mum. ]"

I emailed this to them this afternoon:

"Dear Sir

I was surprised to open the Independent yesterday
(Media, p.14, September 24) to find an article
claiming that I am responsible for criminal behaviour.
Hello, my name is Will, I’m twenty years old, and I
helped edit the video for “Love for My Slum”. I also
appear in it, being mock-attacked. It was suggested
that, because of this scene, the video encouraged
violent behaviour, and it could not be broadcast on
television.

Firstly, that cut of the video has been on television,
several times. It is number one on Channel U’s
satellite channel at the time of writing. Secondly, it
seems odd to suggest that a two second video clip from
a rap video is responsible for violent crime. Like
many other scenes of violence in the media, it is
clearly fictional – I even pop up doing silly dances a
bit later. There are also several more violent, and
more high profile videos from other genres of music
that seem unaccountably ignored. The Wombat’s ‘Kill
The Director’ features mass shootings. Lordi’s ‘Hard
Rock Hallelujah’ advocates the slaughter of
cheerleaders, and they won Eurovision. Why are there
no claims that indie should ‘clean up its act’? Why
not blame criminal behaviour on hard rock and
prosthetics? I feel that the acts of criminal violence
caused by the Eurovision song contest have been
ignored for far too long. If the worry is more over
YouTube featuring violent video clips, perhaps it is
justified. After a brief search I found scenes of
vicious gangland stabbings from productions of Romeo
and Juliet. Frankly I was disgusted. It should be
banned.

"Should Grime Clean Up Its Act?" seemed a rather
half-hearted rehash of criticisms at least twenty
years old – that rappers advocate street violence by
confirming that it exists. It is interesting that the
focus is on an extremely brief instance of a white
middle-class man being threatened, in a video
primarily about the harshness of life in the council
estates of London . If the video only featured poor
living conditions, would you have noticed it?

Will Tribble
London.
[note: if photographs are required to prove that I am
the person in this video, I can attach them]"


What will happen next? Can I be bothered to find out?

The Independent blames me for the decline of Western Society.

Know it's a bit late, but Monday's Independent has an article about how I incite violence and should be banned. Or, more specifically, the scene with me being punched in this video. Will try and scan the article later, as it has some lovely blurry stills, but until then you can read it here. It's the best publicity I've ever personally had. Perhaps next week I'll be accused of crimes against humanity, then I'll be well known enough to have a successful Cafe Press t-shirt page.

In other news Cellars is technically uploaded, but is a bit squished. We're working on it.

Saturday, 22 September 2007

Oh I saw it.

It is here.

Okay I guess. They are very enthusiastic about the power of mime.

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Does anyone know where the new N-Dubz video can be seen?

Polydor got N-Dubz to do a re-release of Better Not Waste My Time, with a shiny remix and a flashier video on film and stuff with an established production company, who have something they call a 'budget'. I'm not quite sure what this strange thing is, but it's the first video that we've not been involved with in any way (well, first one George hasn't been involved in, think it's like the fourth one I haven't been involved with), and I'd quite like to see it.

I haven't got channel U and can't find it on youtube, but I've been told it's released. If anyone knows where it is on the internet can they post the link in the comments?

Only problem with asking this is that only 27 people have ever seen my blog, and I suspect 26 of them are me. Ah well.

N-Dubz won the MOBOs apparently.

Sunday, 9 September 2007

S is for SATAN, Lord of Misgiving

Disguised as a TRACTOR to frighten the living

Friday, 7 September 2007

READ THIS POST FIRST

Hi! I make films. You should watch them. I'll help.

FILM STUFF I'VE MADE:


(In order of makingthemness)













































































- I've also done a load of stuff for York Fusion, a dance show that happens at my University. I edited a lot the footage of their live shows, which is hard and tedious, but also did little intro videos for their shows. This is the one for 2007:




The one in 2008 has footage of children from the charity they were sponsoring, which means I can't upload it. They also wanted lots of minivideo things, clips from movies that were interspersed throughout the show, and I did one of those:




SOME FILM STUFF I'VE WORKED ON:

I've helped out on a lot of N-Dubz videos. They were fun!

- Co-edited Ouch by N-Dubz, March 2008, directed by George Burt. It looks like this:



- Was a runner on a short film called Shame, directed by Paul Makkar, August 2007.


- Did various things on Love for My Slums by N-Dubz, directed by Zack, July 2007. Mainly editing stuff, but also did colour correction, bleeped out the swearings, blurred out the smokings and hand swearings (there's more than you'd think, sometimes people's faces disappear and it's surprisingly hard to notice), filmed a tiny bit of it and was also in it doing stupid dancing and looking stupid and being punched in the face. For some reason The Independent wrote an article about that last one, but more of that later. The video looks like this:




- Was a runner on a short film called Aisha and Nadeem, directed by Kothai Kanthan, April 2006.

- Worked on I Swear by N-Dubz, directed by George Burt, October-November 2007. Those were the days. I found locations like the lovely room and the cellar, sourced props (like the belt buckle), made props (like those goddamned heart pants, one time when a guy's running away he's wearing heart pants, goddamn I spent a whole day making those heart pants and you barely see them, they've got too much fabric paint on to wear as conventional pants so what the hell do I do with these heart pants), helped out during the actual shoot (including some dolly stuff), and co-edited it afterwards. It looks like this:



- Worked on the original video for N-Dubz's Better Not Waste My Time, directed by George Burt on February 2006. Found some locations for it (including the tank), set up tracks and pushed dollies around, focus pulled for the bit with the car, filmed one of the crowd bits, set up the shot for the chain bit, blew smoke at people in hot tubs, and helped edit it all together. It's the only one I managed to stick on my youtube channel, and it looks like this:




(By the way, just because I've worked on hip hop things doesn't mean that's all I want to do, I really like indie and electronic and all kinds of stuff.)


- Bleh. There was some other runner work before 2006, but it's not particularly interesting. I've also worked on other student films, here are two of my favourites.

Bella Isola



Scarlett Obsession (NSFW)






You can see my youtube account at http://youtube.com/user/whycantihavespaces. It's called that because youtube wouldn't let me have spaces and I was distracted and confused by this. My mum thought it was because I was unhappy with life. I am not unhappy with life.

Also my Myspace is http://www.myspace.com/willtribble.

I'm not very good at selling myself but the point is that I'm trying. Is this what you're meant to do, or is this ridiculous? Have I lost by asking? If anyone is interested in the things I have made it would be nice.

Will.

PS - MEDIA CLIPPINGS

[Added on the last day of 2007.]

Although the only published article directly about my films is written by me, they have been referenced by papers occasionally. The Independent blamed a scene I'm in in a music video (which I also helped film and edit) for inciting general violence. It was a clich├ęd article, and they completely ignored my letter back to them. You can read more about that at http://willtribble.blogspot.com/2007/09/independent-article-part-2.html .

On another occasion, one of my university papers wrote a really bad review of a student play, but said nice things about the film projections I made for it. Which was super. You can read that, and an article I wrote about film stuff, both from university publications, at http://willtribble.blogspot.com/2007/12/2-articles-about-me-in-university.html .

I drew a picture of an elf and put it on the internet



It doesn't have a name, it's kind of a standard elf.

First Post

Hello there. This is a blog. I am Will, I am 20, which is five years younger than Steven Spielberg was when he made Duel, six years younger than Orson Welles was when he made Citizen Kane, and allegedly four years older than Peter Cook when he wrote that One Leg Too Few sketch.

Hopefully this online diary entry-like state will only last until I make myself a proper website, or guilt trip someone else into making me a proper website.

Later I will draw a picture of an elf and put it on the internet.