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It was the Moles that Done it , Guv

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It Was The Moles That Done It, Guv

That’s a stretch by anybody’s imagination but as far I’m concerned the smashed window in my conservatory is down to our friend Talpidae otherwise known as the mole.

I always thought moles were those cute short sighted little bundles of fur that popped up in animations or cute stories but was I ever wrong. I wouldn’t say that I’m now transferred into Bill Murray’s  gopher hating Carl Spackler from Caddyshack . But that’s it for me and the moles.

I left them living in peace in my back garden even thought they were creating sprawling micro mountain moles ranges. I would push the mounds down and a few hours later they would pop up. Live and let live, I thought. They’re not really bothering me that much. Okay they were ruining my lawn and making an awful mess but, hey, they deserve a little bit of space, a place to find themselves, and a time to enjoy their summer.

This changed for me this afternoon, as the stone cracked into my window. No, they didn’t have a catapult or slingshot they had a lawnmower. Well, the lawnmower had been brought out of hibernation by a family member (who shall remain nameless) and was just warming up when it picked up a stone from a stray mole mound in its spinning blade and shot out my window.

I was inside hunched over the keyboard catching up on an edit from one our recent corporate film shoots, and for a moment I thought I’d put the wrong audio on the timeline. (We’d also been working on a World War II archive film complete with sounds of battle.)  If only I’d put the wrong audio on I wouldn’t be now looking at getting my window replaced.  I turned round to see a shattered window, and hear this strange cracking sound as the window began to expand into a series of cracks albeit quite attractive spider web like cracks.

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Now gone is the idea of mutual co-existence. I don’t like the options seen online for getting rid of moles but I don’t like the options for leaving these moles running amok in my back garden either. That’s it something would have to be done.  Perhaps I should have done something before but it was just an inconvenience wasn’t it? No real harm done, right?

It’s amazing how you can kick along putting up with the little inconveniences, those irritating things that crop up in life and business that you’re just not bothered about. You know should do something but it’s only an inconvenience, right?

We all have these inconveniences, and we leave them. Then we wonder why we didn’t do something before. Perhaps we didn’t like the options to deal with those little irritations but we all know that those irritations can become more than an inconvenience and grow into an expensive problem.

So have I learned my lesson? Am I going to be mumbling proverbs merrily like a stitch in time saves nine or prevention is better than cure, as I exchange my cardio workout for raking out stones and relaying turf? Maybe I will. But as we all know proverbs, aphorisms, and motivational speeches are great but they’re even greater when you combine them with actions.

 

 

 

 

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Film Museums short films

Lights, Camera, Legacy

 

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Let’s thank all those camera persons, editors, sound recorders and anybody else that has been in the thick of action and kept their camera or recorder running. It must take some nerve to level that tripod, check that exposure and get that audio while the bullets or bombs are coming down.

Incredibly, there’s so much of this footage on public domain sites for free usage.

We’ve just been using some of this archive footage from Pond 5 for a Montage Sequence that our main character Maz watches on television. It’s a pivotal sequence in our upcoming short film Like Father Like Son, and one where things could have been so tough but weren’t.  Just a matter of having a healthy internet connection and enough storage for the abundance of archive footage that is available on their site for free download.

What could have been an incredibly frustrating time consuming and expensive element of the production was just downloaded. Of course there was editing to do, sound mixers to test, colours to consider but overall the montage went really well.  We had to rescale some of the footage as the ratio didn’t match our production, and the loss of resolution was inevitable as was the difference in grain, colour, and exposure.

At King Street Images we also make films in the heritage, legacy and cultural sector and think what great resources these downloadable archives are for students studying the conflicts, and events of the past.  Now that basic editing is even an option on someone’s phone what better time to actually explore these archives whether as student, curator, historian, or just because making a film out of the past can really bring the past to life.

So next time you’re at the museum, memorial, or legacy location perhaps stay out of the gift shop, leave the postcards in the rack and  consider what footage you could download and create your own version of history.

And if you’re lucky enough to own archive footage as part of an institution, gallery, museum, or legacy building what better way to appeal to a new audience or even re-connect with the existing one than to produce a video of some of your archive.

Here’s ours, please take a look: Archive Montage from Like Father Like Son

Like Father Like Son will be available later in the year.

At King Street Images we are always happy to edit your archive footage into new content. We can also produce new films and content for your organisation.

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