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Tuesday 19 October 2010

‘Television has become the enemy of creativity’

Ken Loach made the keynote speech at the 54th BFI London Film Festival. He said television has become the ‘enemy of creativity’.

Filed under: The media,TV & film — GS @ 11:28 pm
Saturday 10 April 2010

Hell Is A City – the 50th anniversary of the Manchester-based crime thriller

Fifty years ago today, on 10th April 1960, the premiere of the film Hell Is A City took place at the Apollo cinema in Ardwick. (more…)

Filed under: Manchester,TV & film — GS @ 1:36 am
Tuesday 14 April 2009

The highs and lows of film-making and why relatively few good videos get made

Watching the G20 protests on TV it seemed that every other person had a camera. Yet only two video clips of the Ian Tomlinson incident have come to light so far. One was shot by a member of the public, the other by a broadcast news team and despite professional cameras being outnumbered by ‘activist’ cameras to the tune of hundreds to one.

A fluke? I suggest not. (more…)

Filed under: Net & technology,Personal,Photography,Video-making — GS @ 2:29 pm
Sunday 19 October 2008

Time is fast running out to transfer precious Video8 and Hi8 camcorder recordings

If you have a stack of camcorder tapes from the 1980’s and 1990’s (and hopefully the camcorder to play them on) time is running out to preserve that footage for the future, by making a copy.


Filed under: Video-making — GS @ 7:22 am
Wednesday 16 May 2007

Photographer loses image library in fire — how safe is your audio and visual data?

As a photographer myself, I broke out into a cold sweat reading how this poor man lost most of his image library in the Lever Street fire. Equipment can be replaced but unique transparencies, negatives and digital images can’t be.


Filed under: History,Manchester,Photography,TV & film,Video-making — GS @ 9:59 am
Thursday 26 April 2007

Check out the Basement Cafe and Social Centre in Manchester city centre

It comes as a breath of fresh air to realise that there are still good people around in Manchester who are not focused on relieving you of as much cash as possible.


Filed under: Food & cookery,Manchester — GS @ 1:43 am
Monday 16 April 2007

Film of ‘The Avengers’ on location in 1966

The British Pathe website has some film of Diana Rigg and Patrick Macnee filming The Avengers, on location at Beaulieu, Hampshire, in 1966.


Filed under: TV & film — GS @ 3:27 am
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