Gotta video?

Having filled up my phone with video footage from our recent trip to the North Yorks Moors Railway I thought I better do something with it rather than just leave it pretty much never to be seen again. This is something I have been wrestling with for some time and something I’m sure that is not unique to me. I want to go though my whole image collection and sort out something that would be manageable and interesting to the family to see and maybe for future generations but before I get all morbid.. It is also fun looking back at ones snaps.

Anyway I digress and back to the topic in hand. iMovie on the Mac has been around for ages and was definitely a go to app for video creation but as time has gone on and the app matured it received several updates that took it away from it’s original simple and easy to use format to what seems a far more complicated interface and mode of use. I personally just want to be able to plop a bunch of clips together with maybe some fades and titles to make a simple video. One of the things I hadn’t noticed was the amount of disk space iMovie now gobbles up so anything that keeps the workflow simple and light is a good thing.

Step forward Shotcut, an open source video editing app. I came across it when looking at animation software but at the time was still using iMovie for everything. It is a very easy to use app and does everything that I want it to do and there are tutorial vids on youtube and best of all it’s free and cross platform. So now I can bore the world with my home videos ­čÖé

Films – Hail, Caesar!

Tonight after an early meal I set off with family friend to see the latest Coen brothers film and I really enjoyed it apart from a rather annoying person who explained everything loudly to his wife and loudly laughed most of if not all the way through the film. Now my friends who say cinemas are rubbish would hold up this example of why they don’t go anymore and why others shouldn’t bother. I however although somewhat infuriated still love the experience. So the simple solution was to move as the screen was relatively empty and actually ended up being a better position and let others around ass put up with it.

For me it was Josh Brolin and Ralph Fiennes who made the film for me and strangely George Clooney seemed to be not as prominent as I suspected. However the rest of the film have many laugh out loud moments from Brolin’s character cagging a cigarette from the cops, the musical number and the cameo of Frances McDormand but enough of the spoilers. I would rate as a great evenings entertainment but maybe not on my desert island list.

A sidestep

In an fortuitous turn of events last night I went to the local cinema with a unexpected visitor┬álast night which was a one off showing in a tiny, compact and bijou screen. Not quite on the same scale as one of my favourite cinemas in London but on a par. What was the film I hear you ask, well it was the 2004 sleeper hit of Sideways. Having seen the film a number of times on DVD and in fact seeing it for the first time at home on a pokey TV it was a joy to see it finally on the big screen. Many have said much more and better things about this film but I heartily recommend it if you have never seen it and if it’s been a long time dig out and dust off that DVD or download it. For me the characters and story are really well played out, the cinematography and scenery are also is partly the star of the film. There’s even a phrase that has entered the social vocabulary that makes me laugh every time but I’m sure wine growers around the world must have been furious. For me a film that I can watch repeatedly with sufficient breaks between is a sign of quality. Yes it’s all subjective and many may not agree but to me its a funny, real and a ultimately sort of heart warming tale that doesn’t have a too Hollywood ending.

Films – Dad’s Army

On Tuesday evening; 20:15pm showing and way past my bed time, we went to see Dad’s Army at our local cinema although unbeknownst to me I was coming down with a stinker of a┬áheavy cold. However I have to say though I really enjoyed it. Having not really watched the original TV series as I was too young or we were TV starved kids not allowed to watch such things, I did have memories of seeing it when I was very young though┬ánot really understanding it. The movies new cast were very well chosen and Toby Jones (I have written elsewhere about The Detectorists) is a top actor in my view and carried off the main role convincingly. The slap stick comedy was there as in the previous TV shows but in an understated way that fitted in well with the rest of the film, not swamping it into becoming farce. There had been a lot of publicity before about how ‘they’ will never be able to repeat the show and that they shouldn’t but now released and the public have seen it certainly from the comments coming out of the cinema were very flattering and not all those were silver haired cinema goers.

One of my pet peeves is proclamations by critics as to whether a film is good or bad, I would rather make up my own mind thanks.