I’m ready for my close up now…

I’m ready for my close up now…

I ran another one day ‘Introduction to Video Production’ workshop at work today. This was similar to the initial training I’ve given to undergraduate students on the ‘Recording the Past‘ module. Today however the class was mostly made up of budding filmmakers from the ranks of staff and postgraduate students. The session was organised with Mhairi Stewart, the University’s Public Engagement Officer as part of her initiative to offer a variety of engagement related skills training to staff and postgraduates.

Thanks especially to Daryl Haynes from Media Services for his invaluable assistance in class, and to Mike Mulreany for his cameo as ‘the man from Auntie’, but most of all to Mhairi, Iain, Vincent, Jess, Alina, Ona, and Will for taking part – it was lovely to see you all for what was a very enjoyable workshop.

Renaissance Death Star?

Renaissance Death Star?

Cool stuff from the desktop of my friend and colleague, sculptor Cavan Convery today.

Cavan has been building this fascinating paper model from the designs of Venetian Renaissance genius Daniele Barbaro. It’s being made as part of a short video I’m making for Laura Moretti about her success in developing an exciting book exhibition following her work on this pioneering figure.

OK, it’s not a ‘death star’ but one of Barbaro’s many explorations of how to realise three dimensional forms.  And the finished model will be about 23cm (9″) in diameter, rather than something south of 150km.  But still, it is real, and it is a physical realisation of a design made about four-hundred-and-fifty years ago – as far as I know it may be the first – and, to my eyes at least, a thing of beauty!

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High Speed Portrait

High Speed Portrait

Prof Vincent Janik is now the Director of the Scottish Oceans Institute at the East Sands in St Andrews. The job brings plenty of responsibilities along with it, but also some exciting new opportunities.  I noticed when I was looking at his profile the other day that the portrait image had obviously been selected in something of a hurry, so I suggested I should pop down to the East Sands and quickly shoot something a little more human.

Very quick shoot, not much time to guddle about. Grey day, so fill-in flash with a shoot-through,  50mm prime.  Don’t think I took more than ten or fifteen minutes out of Vincent’s busy day.  Result – not high art (not called for), but human, I hope!

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