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10th August 2018

Just posted a quick list of my favourite TV programmes of 2018 (so far) here.

Haven't re-started video editing yet, the Summer has been a long sunny hot one so it can wait. Have eaten lots of ice cream instead. Now on an ice cream break.

Just sat on my noise cancelling headphones so I've ordered a new pair for tomorrow. Bummer.

Can't think of anything else to say.


14th July 2018

Am gonna get down to editing me next video, Portmeirion 2003 before too long. As with Portmeirion 1989 this was filmed by friend James Spence during our visit there all those years ago. Thanks go to James for letting me edit this one, I do love Portmeirion. I've got as far as going through the footage once and I have a reasonable idea of how it will end up, it will be a short video most likely, say 10 minutes or so.

Re-visiting Cala Bona is still on the cards for later in the year, still debating whether to film it again although ideas are beginning to come to me. It's hard to think of another way of doing it the same but different but a different camera can make all the difference so we'll see.

Well done England for doing so well in this year's World Cup, coming 4th which is very impressive. They played well and it'll be good to see them in action again.


4th July 2018

Been a hectic few weeks what with quitting my day-job of over 30 years and playing with house stuff along the way but all is beginning to settle down now. Have even ordered a new bed to boot. It's not an expensive bed but it's a bed. The last one was well past its lifespan so am looking forward to a slightly more comfortable one.

I'm almost at the point where I might start editing videos again, maybe within the next two weeks or, as this is the hottest sunniest Summer I can remember since 1976 maybe I'll just spend Summer eating ice cream, we'll see.


20th May 2018

Am pretty much putting video editing and everything else on hold while I get on with a bigger task, there's quite a lot going on in other directions at the moment :)

Nice wedding yesterday, it seemed a different kind of Royal Wedding and one of the few I haven't channel-hopped through. Well done Harry and Meghan.


12th May 2018

Portmeirion 1989 now on YouTube

This is a video of the first trip made to Portmeirion (Wales) by my friend James Spence and myself in 1989. James filmed the footage on a Panasonic M7 camera over three days in August and we both had designs on editing this footage ever since but usually found ourselves side-tracked onto other projects. For 29 years.

James' footage had a mild fantasy element to parts of it and I've expanded on his idea with this edit.

There's footage of the Dome in its green livery prior to being replaced and also snippets of footage of The Prisoner Shop as it was then. There's also footage of a brass band and many general views of this wonderful place.

Full credit to James Spence for this footage.

The font used for the titles is titled 'Village' and many thanks go to The Prisoner Online for this. Thank you.

The Prisoner and any related symbols that appear in the video are very much the province of ITC to whom we're forever indebted, for this and for many other fantastic series. Thank you.

Music and sound effects used are from the YouTube Audio Library and to them also we say thank you.

Clicking on the following link will take you to the video (will open in YouTube): Portmeirion 1989

Running time: 35 mins 39seconds

Portmeirion 1989 Cover Poster


8th May 2018 - Portmeirion Video Update

The editing of the video seems to be going well in spite of a few technical teething troubles. It's at the stage where I'm down to making odd adjustments here and there so looks like it will be ready in the next week or two, ahead of schedule. It'll be around 36 minutes long and it's been great fun to edit. I've absolutely loved it actually; it was a great first visit to the most wonderful of places. One person other than myself has today seen a version (MK2) of the edited video (I'm on MK4 at the moment) and I think it's shaping up okay.

Below are four stills taken from the edited video.

Portmeirion 1989 Stills 003Portmeirion 1989 Stills 004

Portmeirion 1989 Stills 002Portmeirion 1989 Stills 001


3rd May 2018

New Portmeirion Video On The Way

Last weekend I started editing footage that my friend James Spence took on our first trip to Portmeirion in 1989. Filmed on a Panasonic M7 camera this footage hasn't been seen before in public. The edited version will likely be around half an hour in length with the aim that it will be posted to YouTube. This is an editing project that has been on and off the shelf several times since 1989 with either James or myself taking on the role of editor and then getting side-tracked onto something else.

I've had several ideas over that time as to how it should be edited, and true to form I've come up with yet another idea and this is the one I'm running with now. I really like James' footage and it lovingly shows Portmeirion as it was back then. The place may be the same but some of the details are different. A time when the dome was green and The Prisoner Shop existed.

James is unable to edit the video himself now but I asked him last week if he'd be happy for me to take the editing back on and I was pleased when he gave an enthusiastic positive response. I am highly enthusiastic about this particular project myself.

It's possible that the video could be ready by the end of May 2018 and I'll update this page with a link to it once ready. I'll also post to Twitter (a link is above) so if you follow me on there you'll hopefully see the post.

Later on I may begin editing the 2003 footage which James also took. Then onto footage from 2004, 2005 and 2006 which I took.


21st April 2018

I've posted three new Cala Bona themed videos to YouTube today, all short and hopefully sweet. I think these will be the last Cala Bona videos I produce this year. The following links will take you to them (opens up in YouTube):

Cala Bona and Beyond (19 mins 40 seconds)

My first trip there with Adam and his family in 2008. Wonderful place. This video is poor resolution but hey ho, it mostly features days out to other places but has bits of Cala Bona here and there.

Cala Bona Nights (10 mins 21 seconds)

A compilation of acts I filmed in 2013, 2014 and 2016. I don't seem to have filmed any acts in 2015. The acts from 2017 appear in Welcome to Cala Bona (link further down the page). The acts include Maritim who are popular on the island of Majorca as well as the indomitable Sundaes who recently appeared as worthy finalists on BBC One Show All Together Now and who remain a highly entertaining act. Would like to see more of them.

Cala Bona Views (6 mins 5 seconds)

This is a small companion piece to Welcome to Cala Bona as it features footage taken from the same time period (Sept / Oct 2017) and which didn't make it into that video. This generally comprises video taken from 'bat angles' with other bits included that I particularly like.

Adam and his grandad in Porto Cristo, Majorca 2008

8th April 2018

I've added an archive of previous posts going back to the beginning of this website: 1999 to 2008    2009 to 2014    2015    2016

Today I started looking at the photos / footage I took the first time I went to Majorca, in 2008. The footage is blurry but I think it's just about got interesting enough to edit into a small video. Cala Bona rocks.

One photo of myself that I liked but couldn't find has finally turned up, I've looked for this one a few times. It was taken by Adam in the old fort, Cyprus, 2009. I really like this photo but had misremembered where it had been taken hence it took me a while to find.

Tim Harris at the old fort, Pathos, Cyprus May 2009Adam and his grandad in Porto Cristo, Majorca 2008

Above left: photo from Pathos 2009                  Above right: Porto Cristo, Majorca 2008, part of my next editing project


Xonus 2018 Poster

Above: Faux poster thrown together for the arrival of Xonus to the internet


1st April 2018

Xonus

After many years of languishing nowhere here's my 1995 video slightly spruced up and mildly modified from the original. Anything I've added or altered for this version is what I'd really wanted back then and couldn't achieve.

Premise: A man wakes up with no memory and is held in a house along with his double. In finding out answers to questions the man has to question himself.

Containing a sequence filmed in Portmeirion (Wales) and with main filming taking place at a house in Oxford.

It was shot on standard VHS video tapes and edited with basic animation produced on an Amiga A1200. Now slightly restored using digital software. Relatively unseen since it's initial low-key release back in 1995 I've attempted to make this more 'watchable' than it was back then and have faded a few (now irritating to me) swear words.
A retro feel to non-professionally produced videos, prior to digital software revolutionizing everything.

Featuring an atmospheric soundtrack by Laurence Williams and Phil Young.

Running time: 31 mins 17 seconds


Welcome To Cala Bona Poster

Above: Faux poster thrown together for the arrival of Welcome To Cala Bona to the internet


30th March 2018

Welcome To Cala Bona

The follow-up video to last year's video This Is Cala Bona with friend Adam wandering around various places in Cala Bona, Cala Millor, Son Servera and Porto Cristo.

Running time: 1 hr 26 mins 38 seconds


26th March 2018

Me follow-up to This Is Cala Bona looks set to appear on YouTube as of Friday 30th March 10:00am (approx!). Although this will be the edit as it currently stands I've already noticed at least 3 changes I would now make but over all I like it.

It's a lengthy 1 hr 26 mins 38 seconds long so it's twice as long as its predecessor and before editing began I thought it would be at least May before it went up: I gained ground once I updated the software. In recent weeks I then thought it would be ready by 18th March but technical issues prevented that so Good Friday it is. Am pleased with it and if anyone else likes it that's a nice bonus. I have to thank everybody who appears in the video, especially Adam who appears throughout. I am grateful to everyone who appears.

10th March 2018

Today I've posted My Top TV Programmes of 2017 which of course is important only to myself but I do like to keep a record of what I like watching :)

Editing of the next Cala Bona video is going well and I'm enjoying it. I had to upgrade to the newest version of Premiere though as my existing version refused to work one day. I'd started to have issues with it in late January and finally refused to work at all on 9th Feb so that was the day I upgraded. My concern was that I would then have to start the editing all over again but thankfully after a couple of hours the new software had converted the old project files to new ones. I wished I'd upgraded sooner as the software is brilliant and would have saved me a lot of time.

At one point the video looked like it was going to be a whopping 1 hr 44 mins which I doubt anybody including myself would have watched so have been chopping away at it. It's currently down to 1 hr 33 mins which is still too long so will chopping away further at it. I was hoping to have the video up by Easter (1st April) but it may be late April now. Hey ho. Am having a break from editing today and may do a bit of editing tomorrow.


7th January 2018

Where's this year going??? Flying by already!

I've been playing with the next Cala Bona video recently having...

  • Sifted through the footage to sort it into themes
  • Ran through first pass to rule out footage I wasn't going to use
  • Converted the remaining footage into a format I could actually edit

..and as of Friday 5th January actually started to edit footage together. I did minimal work that day as my new phone turned up and I spent hours on that instead. The following day I spent a few hours editing the video and really enjoyed it. I shall do a bit more today.

My aim for this video in relation to the previous Cala Bona video is to make it the same but different but the same. I don't want to make a complete replica of the previous one but I don't want to make it so different that it jars with that one so I want to try to keep the spirit of the original.

When in Cala Bona last time Adam and myself had a number of people come up to us saying how much they'd enjoyed This Is Cala Bona and this was both unexpected and just very very nice. I'm glad people seem to have liked it, I enjoyed editing that one a lot and I've watched it a few times myself. When editing that one I had to choose who the target audience was, was it the world at large, was it people who loved Cala Bona (and surrounding areas) or was I going to make sure I simply liked it myself? In the end I decided to use myself as the target audience because there was no way of knowing if anybody would be interested enough to watch the video let alone like it other than myself so it had to please me. If I liked it and if others liked it so much the better.

Each weekend I worked on it I would first review what I had done up to that point i.e. watch the video as it stood at that time. I would then see if I was happy or not with the footage, whether anything was too long, too short or plain unnecessary. The video was tightened up as a result. Looking at it again as I did recently there are likely sequences I would have edited differently if I were doing those now but I find it a relaxing video to watch and it brings back good memories. YouTube stats suggest the video has been viewed in over 70 countries which is staggering to me and this one video has likely been seen by more people than all my previous 79 video projects put together. Wow. That's both surprising and humbling.

When editing This Is Cala Bona I noticed that at least one bit of footage I'd taken (and had wanted to use) had disappeared, somehow accidentally deleted. This omission plus other details I felt I hadn't captured or captured well before is what helped me decide to film and edit a second video. Originally I was just going to film those parts and edit a short video together but once back in Cala Bona I couldn't help filming as much as I did: 11 and a half hours of footage. This is 3 hours more than I took for the previous video so will take me longer to edit, but I'm so happy, I just love that place. Watching footage is the only compensation for not actually being there.

I started editing the new video with the view that it would not start the same way as the first, I had three ideas in mind of how to do that and it's now evolving slowly but surely. By the time of the final edit it may be completely changed from how it is now (I'm already having a re-think) but that's what I like, there are many ways to edit this one just as there was with the first one. 100s of ways.

The editing, along with a few beers along the way, should make the next few months whiz by.


Posts Archive:

1999 to 2008    2009 to 2014    2015    2016    2017


My Online Videos

These will open in YouTube

This Is Cala Bona

Holiday video showing how nice Cala Bona, Mallorca (Majorca) is from the scenery to the people to the atmosphere. Edited using footage mostly from 2016 with bits from previous years. It's as much a holiday video as it is about the place and as such features other places visited during that holiday; Son Servera, Bar Playa (Costa De Los Pinos), Porto Cristo, & Palma. Cala Bona is next to Cala Millor and this wonderful place (with Cafe Del Sol) also features.

Length: 42 mins 53 seconds

This Is Cala Bona Poster
Rain in Cala Bona

A very short video of footage shot from the balcony of a ground floor apartment on a day that it hammered down with rain in Cala Bona, Mallorca / Majorca. The footage is from 1st October 2016 and I've literally just edited it today. It will appear on the forthcoming DVD containing all the 2016 holiday videos.

Length: 1 minute 2 seconds

Rain In Cala Bona Cover

Taking What's Mine

Largely unseen in the year of its release 1998 or since, this is the film / music project I worked on with Phil Young, Laurence Williams & Nickely Burke. The basic plot is that a man wakes up as a prisoner of aggressive people and who then spends as much time trying to get away from them whilst heading towards... something.

Length: 31 mins 16 seconds

Taking What's Mine Poster

More of my videos can be found on YouTube


Below: books containing acknowledgements to me by Andrew O'Day


The Language of Doctor Who - Book Cover

The Language of Doctor Who: From Shakespeare to Alien Tongues (Science Fiction Television) [Hardcover]

by Jason Barr, Camille D. G. Mustachio

With a chapter (and Bad Wolf-related joke) written by Andrew O'Day.

May 16, 2014

Hardcover: 304 pages

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

1442234806     978-1442234802

Order from Amazon.co.uk

Order from Amazon.com

Contains my two favourite words in print: Tim Harris


Below: four must-buy books for any occasion:              

Doctor Who - The Eleventh Hour     

Doctor Who The Eleventh Hour

Edited with an Introduction by Andrew O'Day.     Chapters by Richard Hewett, Frank Collins, Matthew Kilburn, Dee Amy-Chinn, David Budgen, Simone Knox, Jonathan Bignell, Piers D. Britton, Vasco Hexel, Matt Hills, Brigid Cherry, Neil Perryman, and Ross P. Garner

Order from Amazon.co.uk

Order the paperback or hardcover from Amazon.com

 

Contains those all important words in print: Tim Harris.

New Dimensions of Doctor Who 'Doctor Who in Time and Space' edited by Gillian I Leitch. Book cover featuring Billie Piper and Christopher Eccleston'Terry Nation' published book cover


1 New Dimensions of Doctor Who

Order from Amazon.co.uk          (Pre-order from Amazon.com)

  Edited by Matt Mills with a chapter written by Andrew O'Day

An all-important book in that it features those two favourite words of mine in print: Tim Harris.


2 Doctor Who in Time and Space

Order from Amazon.co.uk          Kindle edition: Amazon.co.uk

Order from Amazon.com            Kindle edition: Amazon.com

  Edited by Gillian I Leitch with two chapters written by Andrew O'Day

Much more importantly, this book contains a few uses of my two favourite words in print, Tim Harris. Not only this but there are quotes from myself which unquestioningly make this book automatically even more important (to me anyway). It also contains quotes from James Spence.

If you can afford the price tag this is the book to buy; leave 50 Shades of Grey on the shelf where it belongs.


3 Terry Nation Order from Amazon.co.uk          Order from Amazon.com
  Written by Jonathan Bignell and Andrew O'Day.

This book features stills provided by myself and features those all important words: Tim Harris.


Other Links

Just For You Photography The web site for my brother Andrew's professional  company.
Andrew O'Day Profile Page This is the fully-authorised profile page for the author / editor / actor / teacher.
James Spence Profile Page This is a brief profile page of the scientist / actor / editor / producer / keen film-maker.
Phil Young's Photography Site Phil is a prolific photographer and this site shows a small sample of his work.

Andrew O'Day and Guests Logo

Andrew O'Day and Guests: Andrew pictured with cult TV figures. Cobbled together by yours truly.


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