Well It’s that time that comes only once every 4 years and that is The World Cup, of course at this time It’s over half way through, but I aim to give my review of it so far, not only of the football, but the coverage and the cultural effect that the competition brings with it every time it pops it’s head around.
I’d like to start by commenting that I am a big football fan, I support Manchester United (I’m aware some of you may call that contradictory) and my home country of England. However I have found the majority of this world cup to be very dull, combined that with the dreadful sound of the god-awful Vuvuzelas and some truly awful coverage (ITV HD viewers can certainly comment on that) and I’ve found myself watching a lot less of the football this year than I would have thought a month or so ago. Of course the world cup has had some spectacular moments bringing with it it’s usual highs and lows, I still am shocked at the fact that Italy and France (The two finalists at the last World Cup) are out already, in fact they both finished bottom of their groups against teams which ‘on paper’ should have been walkovers, I could spend an entire post talking about the French Collapse on it’s own, but I’ll leave you to Google search another blogger to give a much better representation of it, because I’m sure you could find a lot of them.
One thing I feel I can comment on is the English football team, now I’m not going to say who should and shouldn’t be in the squad and say that I could do a better job myself, but I’m sure if you are an English native you have met a number of people in the last few days that would have done just that. One thing I love and Hate about any major sporting competition (European Championships, Wimbledon,etc…) is the national ‘Pride’ that comes with it.
Just before the world cup started the nation changed, You can’t go anywhere without spotting English flags on the side of windows in shops and houses and I love it (even if i think the car flags look a bit stupid) I’m all for people flying their nations flags and showing their support for their country (although why is it only when a sporting event comes up?) however with that comes the negative aspect of that…According to the daily bulls**t (A.K.A ‘The Sun’) many pubs were going to ban England shirts from being worn in the premises and this bought the usual, racist, nationalistic and narrow-minded questionings and hatred of anyone but the English that I almost think the sun wanted to bring up (I mean come on, Controversy sells papers) You only need to look at the stupid comments on the many facebook groups setup against this supposed action to see some of the negatives that national ‘pride’ can bring to the country.
National ‘Pride’ also seems to mean destroying taste, particularly musical taste, now i’ve never felt that the Top 40 is ever filled with ‘good’ songs, but at the moment it’s just filled with frankly terrible England football songs, every man and his dog seems to have released a world cup song, including ‘Comedian’ (?) James Corden & Rapper Dizzie Rascal, Russel Brand and Robbie Williams, Former England Manager Terry Veneables (Why? Seriously) Coventry band ‘Pint Shot Riot’, Rik Mayall, A ‘Come On Eileen’ cover imaginatively called ‘Come On England’ and even a quickly written song performed as a one off by We Are scientists. As well as these we are seeing the return of John Barnes rapping his so-bad-it’s good rap in the New Order song ‘World In Motion’ in the latest ‘Mars’ adverts. Most of these ‘songs’ are quite frankly terrible and If I was a tourist visiting England for the first time during the World Cup, I’d probably leave thinking that the English were all tone-death idiots who’d buy anything that is marketed to them (‘…Wait a minute in the case of the general record buying public I do think that’) but imagaine being an american watching your first game of football and hearing the english fans singing along to Terry Flaming Veneables.
Speaking of The U.S I am currently listening to them get beaten by Ghana, This may of course change by the time I post this but I am hoping for a Ghanaian victory (literally as I typed that the U.S got a penalty, Damn Karma) but I’d like to congratulate the US in this World Cup, not only on their ‘Victory’ against the english, but on the fact that The U.S now seem to finally be interested in the beautiful game 17.1 Million Americans tuned in to the USA-England game and on average viewing figures are up 68% from the previous World Cup, It’d be nice for them to accept ‘football’ into their culture and also while they’re at it if they could stop trying to sell us their running advert disguised as a sport which they also call ‘football’
I’d like to end this post on a few things, one is that because I am not watching as much football as I thought I would I can say that the removal of such characters from TV Broadcasts would help me to watch more ‘non-english’ matches:
- Adrain Chiles (Please, Please, Please)
- Mick McCarthy (Although his commentary did make me switch to Chris Moyles’ alternative commentary which was entertaining)
- James Corden (Not watched his WC show, don’t want to, his adverts on ITV are bad enough)
- Emmanuel Adebayor
- Robbie Earle (Oh Wait…Link)
So this has been my not very well organized rant and thoughts on the World Cup So Far, I don’t believe that England have had the best of starts but A win against Germany will quickly solve any problems tomorrow in my opinion and thank god Wimbledon is a secondary story this year 🙂 despite some moans I hope you understand I love the World Cup and will miss it when it is finished but every good thing has it’s bad points and fortunately I am now going to devote my full attention to a very entertaining Football match between USA and Ghana.
This is a Romanian film that a friend shown me recently that I had never heard of before, I had no idea who any of the actors were in the film or indeed what the film would be about so I had no expectations when sitting down to watch this.
What I did get was a genuinely funny romantic comedy about one man’s desperation to get out of his current way of life, Ovidiu is a teacher in his mid 40’s that has just published a series of short stories that is not selling very well, one day he asks to speak to a disruptive students parents, but the boy instead sends in his highly attractive sister ‘Diana’ He convinces her to go out on a date with him but finds her tastes to be very expensive, he then takes on a second ‘job’ to gain money for his love life and this is where the film gets intresting.
Ovidiu joins the Filantropica foundation which expertises in organised begging, The beggars leader Paval works essentially as Ovidiu’s marketing agent giving him a story to sell…
Without going much further into detail and spoiling the story, I highly recommend this movie if you don’t mind reading subtitles (or can speak fluent Romanian) there are plenty of twists and turns, the only real negative I can give speaking as a foreign viewer is that some of the humour didn’t make sense to me but I suppose it wasn’t made for a 19 year old British student, but it certainly doesn’t spoil the rest of the film and this is speaking as somebody who highly dislikes 95% of romantic comedies
Love Exposure (2008)
Now this was a film I had high expectations for; I had heard from a number of people that this was the best film Japan had made in decades.
Now be fore-warned this is a film you need to set aside for a completely free evening because it’s running time stands at a long 237 minutes however the original version of the film was 6 hours long (which I now really want to see) but I’m going to set the scene for the rest of this review: The time flies by.
The story follows Yu, A young teenage catholic who is trying to live life in a decent manner, His father Tetsu has become a devoted catholic priest following the death of Yu’s mother. Tetsu sets up confessional with Yu very often and as time progresses Tetsu aims to find out every sin his son is commiting, Yu believing he is not doing much wrong begins to lie to his father about commiting sins, but he sees right through it, Yu feels his only alternative is to commit sins so he can have something to talk about in confessional.
the above is only setting the scene for the first half hour or so and for the first 2 hours it is a very funny film with a lot of wacky OTT moments (including: A karate film inspired montage of Yu learning how to take stealth photos of woman’s panties and a hilarious secret love story between Tetsu and a converted catholic woman among others) but once you get beyond that, I’m pleased to say that things get even wackier.
there is littererly something for everyone here, I haven’t even begun to talk about the main love interest Yoko yet or cult ‘church zero’ member Aya yet, who form a huge part of the rest of the story, the story becomes a love story between Yu and Yoko, Yu loves Yoko but Yoko hates every man on the planet apart from ‘Kurt Cobain’ Yoko develops a crush for ‘Sasori’ who is really…in fact, I’m giving away too much plot…just go see this film, the strength and depths of the characters is really quite something and while a lot of the time it seems not of this earth and some scenes look less like a film and more like a student piece, it has a certain charm that will just leave you wanting more at the end, even with the 4 hour running time.
I just made this post apocalyptic scene using one of my holiday pictures
The final show is availbe via this link
Whilst having out presentations today I thought about how we could distribute this. The best way I feel would be online like we have via Dailymotion, if possible I would like to put it on iTunes as a podcast, but how could this be marketed?
Well first, we’ve started off quite well with a website and a twitter page, this would help promote our show and let people know that it exists but we would also have to advertise it well in more traditional methods, perhaps an ad in a newspaper or a plug on a television show of some sort, as well as that we would have to work on our image, especially if we were to charge for downloads as people want to see that they are paying for quality and anything that looks cheap won’t be paid for, I noted that most covers for podcasts on iTunes are more like traditional CD covers rather than DVD’s (i.e square not rectangle) with this in mind I quickly created a podcast cover for our show, if it where available to download as part of podcast service.
I wanted to give the image a dark feel but at the same time make it quite bright and lively,without it looking cheap. Comments would be great as I am still trying out new ideas in photoshop, but I wanted to try and link the work in 113 MC to the photo editing skills I am developing outside the course,
On the day of the filming shoot I was instructed just before I left my house by our producer Jake to get some blank discs from the city centre on the way to the shoot so we could burn the music loops which can be heard at points in the finished product, I met up with our camera operator Sam Davies and we searched through the town to get some discs for the job (not actually as easy as it sounds all the usual places had sold out of them) we then met up with our group at the ellen terry building where they had just booked out the equipment and were fireproofing the set ready for the amazing G’s wallet trick. (you know just in case)
We then started to build the set, I helped by bringing in one of the couches and then mainly passing pins and other such items to the people putting the wallpaper up, at the end i pretty much did the same roles dismantiling the set except this time i was on the ladder bringing the wallpaper down.
I was impressed with how quickly we managed to sort the set out this time, it was easily the fastest run through we had, once I sat down at my desk I asked emma to put up the first graphic so I could take out the blue ready for the first take, I made one error at this setup however, I forgot to turn the dial which controls the crossfade to zero it was instead set to two seconds, which creates a nice fade effect but not what I wanted for the initial shots. (although to be fair to everyone the first take was more of a test run anyways)
We were accompanied in the gallery by Bex, Karen and Karen’s son, I found this at times to be a bit distracting particularly during segments where I had to do several things at once, Also our last take was quite easily our best and this was when we were left to do it ourselves so I believe I’m not the only one that was able to work better with just us there.
As mentioned above, our last take was our best and is the one that we handed in for marking but we did have a couple of problems including camera 2 jumping whilst the programme monitor had the image up, but all in all everyone seemed to be at thier best for the last shoot.
Here is the running order of the show and what I had to do for each segment.
- Show Menu (00:50) – chroma blue out of graphic and then place it over camera 2’s shot then remove the image and fade into VT
- Title VT (00:10) – fade into intro to ice skating VT
- Intro to Ice Skating VT (00:50) – switch cameras so that they were on the person talking and then to camera 2 as they introduced the piece then fade to VT
- Ice Skating VT (03:35) – at end fade to studio
- Interview with Mike Smith and Disco (02:30) – again switch between discussing cast and also make sure the scene opened with the jib shots and also to chroma in mike smiths graphic when he sat down. then fade into VT
- Voxpops VT (00:50) – fade into next piece
- Football Vs Rugby debate (01:00) – same technique as the interview – the graphic
- Introduce man up challenge (00:30) – fade out to Vt
- Man up challenge VT (02:30) – fade back to studio at end
- VT disco/agony aunt – (01:30) – This was a fairly easy part as it required little camera changes
- Competition Plug (00:30) – I placed the competition GFX on after she started the question and then faded into the two male presenters
- Introduce G (00:15) – Made sure the camera was right at the fade and stuck with it until they actually introduced G
- Magic Tricks (02:00) – Chromoerd graphic and constantly switched camera
- Presenters join in (02:00) lots of camera switching again
- Wrap up (00:40) chromored out blue from VT (not as easy) and stuck with camera 2 for the ending then faded to black.
after all this we cleared up and we celebrated a job well done.
Because the group was set to private I am unable to show you the page, but here are some print screens of the Gents Show page.
This is footage our presenter Natalie filmed for us while we were setting up the set.
she has other videos but please note that while the Gents Show is pre-watershed some of her videos certainly are not.