Tuesday, 11 March 2014



What are you still doing here? Didn't you see the dancing robot? Didn't you see the polite but insistent instructions? I have a website now! It's way cooler than this one. This isn't a website! It's not even a blog! You're not even on the internet right now! Stop daydreaming! Sit up straight! Go to my website!

It has lists of films I've made and descriptions of stuff I've done that weren't all written in 2007. It has a nice neat layout and contact details and links to my YouTube channel and my Director's page at Indy8

Did you know I was represented as a director by Indy8? Well now you do. See? This website will teach you things. This website will bring us together. As a family. This website will save our marriage.

More importantly than that, 







Ever since 1997 it has been my firm belief that every website should have as many animated gifs as humanly possible. And also MIDI musical covers of classic 1980s dance numbers, speed metal, and/or hardcore gangsta rap. Unfortunately, it turns out Apple computers have made it very hard to play MIDI music in browsers these days, because the whole Apple expansion and popularity increase was just an elaborate plan to crush people's dreams. But at least I've managed to make half of this grand vision come true by filling the page with animated gifs of films I've written, directed and/or edited. Hope you like them! Feel free to make the noises you'd imagine they'd make if they were making a noise. 

It was built in Wordpress, which is a much harder method of constructing a website than a heavily recommended website building thing in 2014 should really be. You have to go and retype bits of code when things go wrong, and things go wrong a lot. At one point I found an option in the administrative interface that, if changed, would instantly break the administrative interface, and the only way it could be fixed was to go into all the background data files, copypaste some code into a section that says "DO NOT WRITE NEW CODE HERE", refresh the site a few times, then delete the new code and hope it wouldn't have any long lasting effects. Making it do anything nice is like trying to carve a statue out of stone while you're carrying it up a flight of stairs. I still haven't worked out how to get rid of the Wordpress URLS, or make the website description "Will Tribble" rather than "Willtribble.co.uk" (without adding extra ugly text to the front page), or put a little thingy with my contact details in the top right hand corner. I originally tried to do it in iWeb, which is a lovely and easy thing to use, but it seems that Apple have pretty much stopped supporting it and using it is not encouraged. (see: dream crushing, above). But that's all grumbling, FORGET EVERYTHING I JUST WROTE.

(That last one's not from a film I made/edited.)

- Will.

PS the clouds behind the main site logo come from Horse Heaven! Nice link back to 2008! Don't read this blog any more please.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Lottelo Me

Hello blog! It's nice to see you again. I actually feel dusty writing this.

Main bit

I've recently uploaded some TV and internet ads we made for an Austrian lottery company called Lottelo back in 2009. Check it out!

Me and the other folks who made the One Minute One Take films were hired by The Viral Factory to make a wide variety of films that were both imaginative and designed to look user generated. 

Longer bit

I may be forgetting some of the technical details of how Lottelo actually worked, but the jist was that the people starring in each ad were trying to get people to ring them, and the more people rung them the bigger chance they'd have of winning this lottery. So they were either trying to charm them or giving reasons why they want to win the lottery - "I want to see the world!" "I want to live the high life!" etc. The numbers they give out were real Austrian phone numbers, and for a few weeks actors were on hand to chat with anyone who called.

It was a bit of an oddity, and not just because we were pretending to be Austrian. We had a sort of scattergun approach of being given a few ideas to develop, along with pitching our own ideas, then being given a bit of budget, then basically heading out and doing whatever with minimal supervision. Then we'd come back in a week's time and present what we'd done. We went through this process twice over for two straight weeks and ended up with about - hang on, I'll do a rough count - holy crap, twenty films, all very short but each with a totally different set up. And then I had a nice long sleep.

Actually we spent a bit more time on the stop motion. We did a simpler version in the first week then remade it, spending more time on collecting together props and building things and animating it. Geoff got involved and helped light it. The extra time we put into it shows, I think. There's a difference between making things look home made because you have to and making things look home made because you want to.

A lot of the films were made at my house (again), with the art design being handled partly by Laura Archer (who stars in the stop motion film), partly by my dad, the only person who could make number-shaped moulds that would produce little number-shaped chunks of ice that didn't instantly fall apart when you take them out and stand them upright. Try it yourself, it's hard. George Burt, Jake Lunt and my mum were brought in as producers after a few days of more things falling over than films being made.

These are just the highlights. One of my lesser favourites was something I randomly decided to make one day, a "party helmet" that was a cardboard box covered in those tonguey noisemaker things all connected by taped together party straws. I made a demo, TVF liked it. So somehow I ended up having to operate a shinier version of this Party Helmet for another one of these videos, looking as aggressive as someone who isn't an actor and knows that the damn thing would only hold together for thirty seconds before needing a complete duct tape repair job/rebuilding and we only have five party poppers left would probably look.

It was an interesting experience. I didn't make these that long ago, but looking at them again bring up a lot of memories, some good, some not worth talking about. There are a lot of nice ideas in there and I'm glad we got the chance to make it. Not sure I'd do another shoot like it though. Well, not for the same budget anyway.


PS the guy in the giant top hat was Harry Hill's Steve Benham