Doncha know this mashup brings all the cats to your yard

Classic DJ Schmolli mashup ‘Don’t Cha Rock My Milk Shakes’ (Zoe vs Pussycat Dolls vs Kelis) which sure I’ve played on the podcast or out before, but given the Aristocats treatment ;-) Might’ve even posted this before, but it deserves a pearoast if so. Found via Crumplebangers page – click the ;-(!

Tim makes a showreel

Usually promoting other people’s work – or sometimes mine in musical form. But finally got round to doing a showreel – a highlights reel more accurately. Just thought some of you might be interested what I do for a sort-of day job…

It includes everything from my video mashups to idents, stings, apps, tube adverts and animation for online. That included After Effects post-production (tracking, keying, matting, Expressions, titling etc) and animation from flat artwork/scratch, Premiere and Avid editing, design/artwork creation, grading/Looks, pseudo-3D animation, sound design and edit (the mashup in the backing track was my production also), sourcing and even some DSLR shoot in there for my own work ;-)

It relies rather heavily on the mashup work for several reasons: one, sadly I don’t have copies of everything I’ve worked on commercially, and lost some in a disk corruption. Two – I only really like to put up the interesting work, there is a lot of graduate videos and corporate video, which I’ve dropped the odd clip from but endless lower thirds != exciting video. Three – credit: I know of people who are strangely happy to claim other’s work including mine, but I only like to put stuff in if I did the majority of the work – but a contractor’s lot is quite often to polish the turd end product, and so it gets fuzzy who did what. But the mashup work I’ve done everything, usually as an exercise to explore some technique or show my editing and post-production skills – so it’s all me, well apart from the original source material, but that’s the general lot with editing, you usually don’t shoot it too (I have done that too, Modern renaissance man, me.)

Also – how exactly DO you show editing skills in a showreel, apart from the reel itself? I’m sure many people think “Ooh, nice jump cut there! I really love that fade! I love your A/B edit skills!” err, probably not…hence why it’s mainly the shiny stuff here.

Well anyway, now I’ve enticed you with candy, GIS’ A JOB! Weddings, bar mitzvahs, openings, closings…

Trunk TV – old BBC intros

Lovely journey back in time to see rare TV title sequences from the BBC courtesy of Jonny Trunk. They don’t make ‘em like that anymore….partly because the program would be over before the titles finished…long, much? Still better than the current ‘shrink em down and talk over them’ approach, that must be depressing for those who spend hours creating them…(via ben soundhog)

God was doing a new thing

…and it involved really bad Christian rap and terrible dancing. Yeah, that’ll work!

Move over Justin Bieber for Michael Clancy! Who seemed quite cool when this blew up a few years back…

To give him credit, the starting material wasn’t that good, and I prefer his version to the original. It’s a cover of song by DC Talk, a christian rap group, who’s video and style remind you of a whiter, straighter less funky Vanilla Ice, and yes that is amazingly possible.

I’ve said before about christian rap, rock or metal just are a complete trainwreck collision of contradiction, a bit like the gluten and wheat-free options always taste of disappointment and bitter tears and never as good as the originals. I still stand by that statement on this evidence, the Devil \m/ \m/ doesn’t need to be in any music, but neither does any religious message (or if it does the music is nearly always subservient to the message, a bit like most political songs fail at being good tunes)…

Also quite funny is someone pointing out the sampling in this track. Hmm, not very Christian to steal is it? ;-)

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