The end of the year signals a time for reflection on the year that has passed. The media loves compiling lists at the end of each year so it was very little wonder that I created a year-in-review video for APN. Oh, 2012 was such an eventful year. We had Julian Assange holed up in the Ecuador’s London embassy, Gangnam Style hit the interwebs, Kony 2012 did the social media rounds and much more. It was quite a difficult task knowing that I’ll be condemned for neglecting certain events. In any case, I had to create something for regional Australian audiences based largely in coastal Queensland and northern New South Wales.
Outlanders take a stroll through the streets of Osaka after a recording session. (L-R Phil, Craig, Adam, Kevin and Mike)
About five years ago when I was living in Osaka some of my workmates were in a band and recording a few original songs. I think the deal was that another bloke paid for their studio time in return for recording a couple of songs that he had penned lyrics for. They had a few catchy numbers that I liked. So when I heard that the Outlanders were heading into the studio I was keen to shoot the whole event with the tiny 3CCD Panasonic consumer-grade camcorder I was using at the time. For some reason I never got around to cutting a video together and I almost completely forgot that I had the tapes until the drummer, Craig (second from left), visited me last week. I promised him that I’d edit a video together. So here it is.
And below is the catchy number titled “Kiseichu” – Japanese for parasite – which refers to grown-up children who still live with their parents and leech off them.
I’d been eagerly awaiting the second series of Lowdown – the sitcom based around the misadventures tabloid journalist Alex Burchill – ever since the first series aired a couple of years back. Sure, there’s a journalistic link, but the unique brand of humour also appeals to me.
So when the first episode of the new series aired, I was there fully attentive and ready to laugh away. What I wasn’t ready for, however, was a reference to something I’d been discussing with some work colleagues earlier that day.
We had been talking about some classic journalistic mistakes – in particular one example that had got one of our mastheads in a little hot water. Anyway, this video I made will explain how the sitcom and the mistake came together.
I received that advice and have tried to stick to it. But I’ll play by my own rules in the DDS*Mediasphere.
I’ve avoided taking my video camera outside in the past week because of the inclement weather. I did, however, take it out for some fresh air last Monday when I visited the recycling plant in Chinderah, Tweed. There were some pretty awesome features like the magnets that repelled aluminium but let plastics pass while throwing soft drink cans into another chute. Very impressive! So, watch the video and read more about it here.