2012-05-11 11:52:25 by Neo-Egyptian

Hello there! It has just occurred to me that I haven't updated my account in 6 months, so let's rectify that RIGHT NOW:

In my last post I talked about me leaving my job at Aardman. For those of you who are new to my sporadic blog, I spent last year working on Aardman's latest feature film The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists (or Band of Misfits if you're American). It was a lot of fun to work on and back in March I went to the premiere, which included drinking free booze and hanging out in the VIP section with Hugh Grant. This is probably the closest I will ever get to being famous!

Given that I was living the life of a millionaire showbiz socialite (this is a lie) you might be wondering why I quit my job. Well, I was contacted by the BBC and offered a job as an edit assistant. I've always wanted to edit and the BBC is an incredible company, so I said farewell to the team on Pirates and abandoned ship (sorry).

Since then, I've worked on a variety of shows (kids, wildlife, archive etc) and am now employed on Hidden Kingdoms, a big BBC1 natural history series that's going to involve a lot of RED footage, high-speed stuff, stereoscopic 3D - you name it, we're probably going to use it! I'm not really allowed to say what it's about, but it's going to be a big technical challenge and a lot of fun. Other than that, I cut a promo in my own time for Planet Earth, which the BBC actually decided to use for their Collections website - how cool is that? You can check it out right here.

Aside from all the awesome stuff, as you can imagine I've had to get my head around a huge amount of technical information. Everything from learning AVID 6 and making time-lapse sequences in Motion to figuring out how to configure a 1400 deck and work with S3D footage has been covered - I feel like my brain is exploding! Speaking of the latter, filming and working with stereo 3D footage is a massive undertaking. I've had to learn what terms like interaxial distance, depth budget, and parallax mean, and how you control them. Don't worry if you have no idea what any of this means, because I didn't have a clue about any of it two weeks ago!

So there you go! As always, if you have any questions just fire away in the comments and I'll do my best to answer.

ps. don't forget that The Pirates! is in cinemas right now, so instead of watching The Avengers for the fifth time, go and see my film instead!


You must be logged in to comment on this post.


2012-05-11 14:10:58

Congrats on the job :)


2012-05-11 18:39:16

It's great to see someone doing so well, congratulations!


2012-05-11 20:46:51

The Planet Earth promo is a fantastic bit of editing. Not surprised they used it. Good job.

Neo-Egyptian responds:

Thanks, really glad you like it! When I started at the BBC I kept asking one of the teams to let me use their machines after work, and after a few days they gave me access to their Macs and the PE footage. It just goes to show what can happen if you're obnoxiously enthusiastic and keep pestering people!