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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

It's taken me a fortnight to get around to it, but I've finally edited together a bit of badger footage and produced a black & white movie. I've essentially fused 'Patio Badger' with 'Fantastic Mr Fox' and come up with 'In the Night Garden'. Or possibly 'In the Night Gardner'. The result is unique amongst feature films, in that it's much better than it looked in the trailer. Which, admittedly, wasn't a hard thing to achieve.

Anyway, it's almost seven minutes long, so I've added some gratuitous sound effects to stop people falling asleep. The crunching, however, is 100% real. Unfortunately there was a bit of a technical glitch at the mixing desk, so the beetle who arrives after three minutes has his footsteps cruelly cut off halfway through. I didn't realise there was a problem until I'd uploaded it to YouTube, and frankly I couldn't be bothered to re-do it at that point. Spielberg was the same with E.T..

So here it is. I like to think of it as David Attenborough meets Richard Attenborough in Band of Brothers. I mean Badgers. Whatever...


Personally I think he only moved the camera after five and a half minutes to give us a better view of the fox. I can't stand actors who think they're directors.

But on the subject of decent views, it's come to my attention that the new blog layout you're currently looking at, may not appear quite as dandy to some people as others. Here's how the title at the top of this page appears to me, and to most people living in the 21st century...

True Colours
And here's the top of the sidebar on the right...

Archive FootageUnfortunately, having consulted with certain individuals living in bygone times (Hello Mum), I've discovered that a lot of internet users don't have those fonts installed on their computers. To them, the renaissance of this blog is just something that happened to other people. Anyone with Word 2007 or Windows Vista will be seeing things as they really are (I think), but for a lot of other people it'll be like trying to get High Definition on a black & white portable.

Obviously I could revert back to generic, widely-used fonts for the sake of my visitors, but let's face it, this place looks great from where I'm sitting, and since when has this blog been about anyone else but me? Well ok, it's more about Amelie these days, but it looks fine to her too. And she only really watches the videos.

So if the fonts at the top appear badly positioned and dull, look at these screenshots and use your imagination. And then go out and buy a new computer.

6 comments:

BS6 said...

Hi Phil, new layout look proper HD down here in the sticks. 

Liked the badger and fox night activities video, and hugely relieved that after it YouTube's intelligence offered links to tame videos including Phil Collins In the Air Tonight... 

Phil said...

It's good to hear that their 'related videos' feature is working well.

And thanks for the feedback. I'm glad the new layout looks fine for some people. You should see it on an NHS computer with Internet Exlplorer 6. It's like an explosion in a print-setters.

A passer-by said...

You shouldn't be rude about my Sinclair Spectrum computer.

Phil's Mum said...

Where are the credits on the video - especially to the provider of the food?

'old' friend said...

Talking of food....were you expecting an army of wildlife?!  A standard tin of dog food used to last us 4 nights!  Hope there's plenty of water around after consuming all that food. I reckon if he keeps it up he'll be one very fat badger!!  :) Poor fox had very meagre pickings.

Font's fine on my NHS pc - just takes forever to download.

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