Doctor Whittaker

Doctor Whittaker

To celebrate the news that the next Doctor Who is Jodie Whittaker, I’ve extended what I did back in 2014 and have produced my version of the Doctor Who titles….

More exterior shots

More exterior shots

Here are some more exterior shots with a brief explanation of how they came to be. POSTSCRIPT: This week, the end of Colwyn Bay pier collapsed into the sea. Eerily…

Its hour will come.

Its hour will come.

Things may seem shut down and deserted round here but the caretaker is still around! Just no-one knows where

Four Men in a Pub – Twilight Movie Diary

Four Men in a Pub – Twilight Movie Diary

Since becoming a dad, the Twilight Ballrooms project has ground to a halt. That’s parenthood, there’s just no time to engage in the work required. So to sate your appetite…

Count Arthur Strong

Count Arthur Strong

A little reason why you shouldn’t miss the great comedy from Steve Delaney and Graham Linehan that is “Count Arthur Strong”

PramCam is here!

PramCam is here!

At the start of this year I became a father! As any parent will tell you, the new responsibility is a full time job. And that’s as well as the…

Sad day for Eastbourne

Sad day for Eastbourne

I visited Eastbourne for a photoshoot back in 2011 – for the Twilight Ballrooms project. I took many photos including many of the historic and famous Victorian pier. Sadly the…

Doctor Who time tunnel

Doctor Who time tunnel

My first attempt at a Doctor Who time tunnel

Solar Flares

Solar Flares

My effort from the latest tutorial from Video Copilot.

New arrival

New arrival

This short clip that I posted on Facebook seems to have gone down really well with the viewing public. Don’t know why? 😉

Post Office Tower Time Lapse

Post Office Tower Time Lapse

I do believe I put this time-lapse on Facebook but for some reason completely missed the blog, which T-Base fans, really won’t do!

Creating a spooky theatre

Creating a spooky theatre

An experiment with Rotascoping. Also this was originally shot just using an iPhone5s. Not bad quality, huh? One can make movies so cheaply these days!

True to form

True to form

A little experiment with particles and the demo of Red Giants’s Form software.

What if…?

What if…?

Have entertained the notion recently that the Twilight would look like a pavilion and it and the Rubicon rollercoaster, essential parts of the film, would be on a rotting pier rather than on the edge of a cliff.

Doesn’t rain but it pours

Doesn’t rain but it pours

We have recently had a heatwave in London and along with the great weather comes other extremes, namely thunderstorms. Having not posted much of late, I thought I’d try and win favour back from my readers with a freebie. Here is a royalty free clip (not for resale) of it raining heavily to add to your sound library.

Every great day has its end!

Every great day has its end!

Check out my fantastic time-lapse of a sunset in the Maldives taken earlier this year. You can tell it’s on the equator by the fact that the sun sinks absolutely vertically.

New Pope elected – Exclusive!!

New Pope elected – Exclusive!!

As excitement builds with the election of a new pope this week, Tranquility Base Presents exclusive behind the scenes footage of this historic moment.

Happy 10th Anniversary

Happy 10th Anniversary

Happy New Year, but also Happy Anniversary. Yes can you believe it, 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of Tranquility Base Presents. To mark this milestone, I’ve put together a short film documenting the slow but steady evolution of this, my film making website! From the first ever shots with a webcam up to todays experiments with computer graphics and post production and the bits in between! Plus some previously unseen footage (lucky you!) I’d like to dedicate this film to all those who have got involved with the projects! Enjoy and Happy 2013!

Let it snow!

Let it snow!

Some great things happen by accident. Here, I turned a bit of footage into a winter scene by simply keying out a random colour from the grass and placing a white solid background behind. Not only does is get a snow effect but great frosting too.

Twilight Movie Diary – E05

Twilight Movie Diary – E05

Recently got into a new site called Pinterest. I found the app version and downloaded to me iPad. Now I’m hooked. It allows to pin most (more or less) pictures on the internet into a folder on Pinterest. So if, you’re doing some compositing on FOG (see below) you can collect a folder of other peoples images to inspire you. Just inspire mind, no stealing! And I was inspired, though it’s your decision whether I actually got a decent foggy composite, rather than just a bleached effect!

Experiment in 3d Importing

Experiment in 3d Importing

Quick experiment using the 3d import function in a demo version of Photoshop. Could be useful tools for compositing?

What Time Is On Their Minds?

What Time Is On Their Minds?

What happens when you mix the music/lyrics of Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice with samples from the KLF’s “What Time Is Love?”

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from Tranquility Base Presents, plus a video of my day trip to my favourite spooky film location!

10th Birthday in 2013

10th Birthday in 2013

Next year Tranquility Base will celebrate it’s 10th Birthday! So if I find anything of historical value from the archives I shall stick it on the site. First up is…

Twilight Movie Diary – E03

Twilight Movie Diary – E03

Enjoy this clip. Oh and if you’re stuck, the answer is here

Pro Tools

Pro Tools

Have been playing with the 30 day demo for Pro Tools. Alas, all good things must come to an end. I do hope to raise the cash to buy this…

Artwork finally makes it home

Artwork finally makes it home

The day has finally come! Now the works have finished in my flat I could finally collect and hang the picture I purchased earlier this year from Uli Meyer, pride…

First ever make up test

First ever make up test

The lead character in this movie will be played by yours truly naturally. Have taken time to start creating the character in the flesh and this included a trip yesterday…

Twilight Movie Diary – E02

Twilight Movie Diary – E02

Tranquility Wifi

Tranquility Wifi

Nothing excites me more than that feeling of realisation that you can do something and it’s much simpler than you think. One such things I discovered last night. Using my…

Uli Meyer Studios

Uli Meyer Studios

Today I had the privilege of being given a personal tour round the animation studios of Uli Meyer, a local based artist here in Camden Town. He has worked with…

Time Flies!

Time Flies!

Anyone who doesn’t know, my flat is undergoing extensive repairs since a flood last November… and yes, it’s STILL going on. So I’ve been quite preoccupied with that on what…

Laugh at others failure

Laugh at others failure

Have been busy starting working on some new websites including one for a midwife. Have also started work on the prologue to the Twilight which is taking much longer than…

The Rubicon

The Rubicon

    The latest picture of the Rubicon rollercoaster. If you don’t know the history of the Twilight Ballrooms and the dreadful accident that happened involving this rollercoaster on Saturday…

Seasons Greetings

Seasons Greetings

Wishing you all a very wonderful Christmas holiday. This pic was taken in practical darkness using an 8 second exposure. The bright orange glow in the background is the light…

Twilight Movie Diary – E01

Twilight Movie Diary – E01

Pre-production photo shoot

Pre-production photo shoot

Had a marvellous few days in Eastbourne. Fought off the temptation to spend my time at tea dances and instead headed off across the South Downs taking in Beachy Head…

2011 – More than a dream!

2011 – More than a dream!

I have been working hard, honest. The thing about pre-production and/or learning anything new is that at the end of the day, you don’t really have anything to show for…

New character, new video!

New character, new video!

I’ve had a new video released today on David Garland Jones’ YouTube channel. The video features a new character called Scott Mowbray – Actor/Electrician. Watch as he pontificates on such…

Latest from Wits End

Latest from Wits End

Pre-production on the Twilight project has now taken half a year and may take another year or so at this rate. It’s slow but I’m learning so much. However, I…

My first cover version!

Check out this cover of the song I wrote for David Garland Jones! They’ve even written some new lyrics!

Another Vanishing Point experiment

Visited my dad today and was browsing some old photos. This one is of the road I grew up in, though taken long before I was born I might add….

New dates for The Twilight Ballrooms (LIVE)

New dates for The Twilight Ballrooms (LIVE)

Whilst this movie project is called The Twilight Ballrooms, there is also a LIVE show with the same name. This is also written by me but is completely different storyline…

Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point

Experimented today with something called “Vanishing Point”. There is much you can do with this Photoshop filter which helps you edit a 2d photo in a 3d environment. One of…

If anyone can…..

If anyone can…..

Today was a bit of a Red Letter Day for Tranquility Base Presents in general. After months of research and general umming and erring, I finally bought a new video…

The Devil’s in the detail

The Devil’s in the detail

Have completed this 3d model as part of the local village store. The sweet wrapper images were a real bonus and are courtesy of Jason Liebig from Flickr! Many thanks…

All quiet on Base

Things are temporarily quite at Tranquility Base whilst I’m at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane teching “Shrek – The Musical”. The first preview was last night and the audience seemed…

Panarup!

Panarup!

So the last few weeks have been a mixture of different Twilight related projects. Lots of 3d drawing, notably the top of the Twilight tower which has now been added…

Ray of Light (uncompleted)

Found this little gem from the Tranquility Base Archive. Kylie Vilcins plays “Adelaide” in the rather weird monologue shot around the same time as Starmaker (in which she can also…

Softbox lighting

Softbox lighting

Bought 2x85W softbox lights and stands to use with my green screen from Amazon. There is a slight problem with fluorescent flicker but at the moment I’m putting that down…

Old clips

Well, I have finally purchased dedicated web-space for this website and have spent most of the week moving files. Like any move you find items that you’d completely forgotten about….

Greyscale Gorilla & C4 Cafe

A blog worthy of mention, Greyscale Gorilla This one covers all my favourite subjects on Post Production, namely After Effects, Cinema 4d, Photoshop and others. Some great video tutorials (video…

Draft complete

Draft complete

Well, the Twilight script has now completed it’s first draft and is being re-written and tweaked as we speak. Am now exploring the feasibility of various things I would like…

Photoshop tutorials

This year I hope to be able to incorporate mattes into my videos, especially with the Twilight project. For this I realise I will need to swot up on Photoshop…

New domain

An impulse find led me to purchasing the domain www.actormusician.co.uk Not really got any use for it at the moment other than I thought it was a bargain for £6….

Blink and you’ll miss it

There was a picture of me on the telly tonight. My girlfriend spotted the blink and you’ll miss it moment. It was on BBC2 doc celebrating 25 years of Les…

…and the lovely Rita!

…and the lovely Rita!

Richard Leigh’s production of the live show wot I wrote “The Twilight Ballrooms” had a successful run at Jermyn Street last month and there is more to come in 2011….

Blowin in the Wind

Blowin in the Wind

Had a little learn and play with the Daylight System in 3ds-Max today. Made a little weathervane from scratch to render in it that I imagine would probably sit well…

Adobe Audition for Mac

I used to have an excellent piece of software called “Cool Edit Pro” which was sound editing software by a company called Syntrillium Software. It was considered to be the best,…

Red Giant Software

Not only a great selection of post-production software and add-ons, the website also has a great selection of videos and tutorials on how to get the best out of these…

End of the World

Took a break from scriptwriting this afternoon and played with a picture I took (with just a camera-phone) last year whilst in the Big Apple. Would usually have just deleted…

Movie Poster Font

Movie Poster Font

Give your movie poster a touch of class by using that font Hollywood uses on the base of all of its posters. Download it free from www.abstractfonts.com The small credits…

Mailchimp

Get visitors to your site to subscribe to your mailing list. This is a great and FREE site. Mailchimp is the answer to your mailing list needs. It can help…

The Illuminati

Did this spoof trailer to take a break from web designing and also to revise what I’ve learnt so far with post-production. And also for a bit of fun! Thanks…

DGJ Remix

Just a small remix of a song originally posted on June 2010 blog. Congratulations to Welsh actor David Garland Jones who was booed off the stage at Goldie Lookin Chain’s…

Best film of 2010

“Four Lions” If you missed it at the cinema, buy it now from the link below. Chris Morris presents his first full feature film. It’s been a long time coming…

Everything on HOLD!

And I mean everything. Had to dismantle all my equipment to deal with a burst radiator pipe in the wall. Dust and debris everywhere. And during the repair process, the…

New look website

New look website

Time is flying by. So much to do. And I’m doing it! The webbuilding is progressing with the development of three new websites for False Impressions, Actor CV and –…

False Impressions Website

Have completed Richard Leighs new website Brand new logo, site layout and improved media features. Check it out – and buy a ticket!

Look familiar?

Look familiar?

Went to Brighton last month to see the Pet Shop Boys. Took a picture of what remains of the West Pier. Reminded me of another picture…. What d’ya think?

Luck of the Welsh!

Working very hard on a few things. Have been redesigning Richard Leigh’s False Impressions website and still, yes still, been working on the the new Twilight site. I’m very pleased…

The Ballrooms

The Ballrooms

In working on the new Twilight website, the topography of the Twilight had to be devised. Here is an early blueprint of the front structure of the building.

Adobe launches CS5

If you’re wondering why this could be good news then you probably have no reason to be on this website. It’s fantastic news. Actually, it’s better than that.Yes, for nerds…

Sad news.

Christpoher Cazenove passed away last month. I was priviledged to have worked with him, albeit 25 years ago on the American TV miniseries “Kane & Abel”. I featured the clip…

Stop press…

Stop press…

Richard Leigh has persuaded “Malcolm Marvelle – Master of Mystery and the lovely Rita” to return to Jermyn Street Theatre this November 2010. Ticket information will soon be available on…

Insomnia – Episode V

Thanks to all those who watched the latest episode of “Insomnia” and for the nice comments. If you’ve not seen it yet….then here it is, in glorious HD!

Aeronautic Pictures

You’ll probably find that concorde shot here, but they do have plenty of other categories too. Previewing shots, despite a watermark, are disappointingly small and the site could benefit from…

Artbeats

I’m still quite new to this site but it’s an impressive catalogue of stuff, much shot on Red and showcased well with good quality Quicktime streams. Register and you even…

Pond 5

A great selection of royalty-free stock video, sound effects and music. Plus you can also sell your own files through them. They have an extensive category listing and in each…

meebo

I have recently added this clever live chat widget to my webdesign site Actor CV – allowing people to ask me questions live when I am online. You can even…

Creative Cow

What this site hasn’t got for the serious movie maker isn’t worth knowing. It certainly has a comprehensive collection of external tutorials covering a wide array of categories, including many…

Free CG software – Blender

Have you ever wanted to create your own CGI graphics but thought it out of your price range and ability? Think again. Ever heard of Blender? What?! It’s been round…

tutsplus.com

Tutorials for photoshop, webdesign, after effects, vector graphics, cg, audio and much more. Regularly updated, the tutorials are either on video or on well illustrated instructions. They are also in…

Dream House!

Dream House!

In the mid-nineties, central Europe was gripped by the biggest thing in music since Michael Cretu’s “Enigma” stormed the charts in 1990. Swiss-born Robert Miles released “Children” – a style…

Happy New Year!

Have started learning the basics of 3ds Max and there’s still the new look Blender 2.5 Alpha version to learn. I’m in geek heaven. Production is currently underway also for…

Site of the Year – Video Copilot

Video FX guru Andrew Kramer and his team run this website that sells their own VFX products and After Effects plugins including Action Essentials 2, ProScores, Twitter, Optical Flares, Riot…

Blast from the past.

This should raise a smile. This is me in 1985 in the American mini-series “Kane & Abel”. And look out for a German General in the opening titles. That’ll be…

Mr Rock n Remix

This clip shows my recent experiment with a Vocoder. It basically takes an input such a vocal wave and sends it through the modulator of a synthesiser. Then when you…

Edinburgh Fringe 2009

Good luck to Sue Colgrave, Darryl Goodwin and the Italia Conti Ensemble as they perform “The Overcoat” at the Edinburgh Festival this month. The musical based on Gogols short classic…