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Interview Online Writing

Jason Isaacs interview

In February 2011 I was invited onto the rather stormy set of BBC Scotland’s latest drama, Case Histories, the Edinburgh-based series based on the bestselling novels by Kate Atkinson.

My interview with lead actor Jason Isaacs is now up on ReelScotland. He talks at length about the character of Jackson Brodie, the detective genre and the future of television drama.

Updated 4 June: I’ve now uploaded 10 minutes of the Jason Isaacs interview onto YouTube as an audio slideshow. I wasn’t able to publish it earlier in the week due to a BBC embargo but it helps give a flavour of the chat we had in that wind-blown trailer in Grangemouth…

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg3VKpBlD_E]

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Film Filming Online

Videos from Glasgow Film Festival 2011

Ten days. Eleven videos. One rather tired vlogger. That was the end result of my time at the 2011 Glasgow Film Festival, where I was hired to film interviews with as many actors, directors and producers as possible for the official YouTube site.

Commuting back and forth from Edinburgh, I filmed, edited and uploaded videos as fast as possible, sometimes within a 4-5 hour period (getting the train added time to my schedule). The downside was that I didn’t quite see as many films as I wanted to, but when you’re getting the chance to speak to some fascinating people it makes it all worthwhile.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will be looking for more opportunities to shoot some quick and simple videos for clients in the coming months.

One surprise was the success of the Colin Morgan video, which currently sits at almost 4000 views. I was also given the opportunity to interview one of my favourite actors, Anthony LaPaglia: the video below was shot on my camera but a longer version was filmed by local students who will hopefully publish it online soon:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXXUb9JsfgY]

I’ve added all the videos into a Glasgow Film Festival 2011 playlist on my YouTube account and have embedded two of my favourites below.

Angela Allen was continuity girl on The African Queen and also worked on my favourite film, The Third Man:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmBxG3b2ANg]

For this video, I grabbed Mark Millar and Frank Quitely for a quick chat about breaking into comics:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRJT_P37LPs]

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Broadcasting Film Online

Vlogging from the Glasgow Film Festival

For the next ten days I’ll be making my way back and forth to Glasgow to cover the 2011 Glasgow Film Festival as their official vlogger.

For anyone a bit unsure of that terminology, vlogger is short for “video blogger”, or “bloke with handy pocket camera roaming the corridors of the Glasgow Film Theatre and Cineworld in search of good video content” – vlogger is just a bit easier to say.

The brief here is to keep things short and sweet, with the more complex filming being handled by a veritable army of camerapeople between 17 and 27 February. This way the Festival can get something online quickly and with little fuss.

My first video is now online and features comics creator, Mark Millar, and GFF Co-director, Allan Hunter, in discussion about what people can expect from the event.

You can see the rest of my videos over on the Glasgow Film Festival YouTube channel.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBFEGJJWKTQ]

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Talk

New talk: the benefits of audioboo

Social Media Academy

I recently mentioned that I’ll be talking about, well, talking online in a few weeks as part of the AmbITion Webinar series, but I should also note that this coming Thursday I’ll be talking about, well, talking again (there’s a theme emerging here) at the JCI Social Media Academy.

JCI Edinburgh is an off-shoot of the Junior Chamber International, all tied in to the Edinburgh Chambers of Commerce, and they hold a number of introductory sessions on various elements of social media.

My talk is part of the Youtube & Podcast – Broadcast Your Business session on Thursday 7 October, and I’ll be discussing the benefits of audioboo to individuals and organisations, while Blether Media’s Chris Connick will focus on YouTube and podcasting.

I’ve used audioboo a fair bit over the last year or so, most recently for my work on Scottish film website, ReelScotland, and you can hear my latest recordings over on the ReelScotland audioboo site.