Tuesday, 24 November 2009

NEW Hostile Environment Training

A new training course is up and running. Crossfire Media Hostile Environment Training trains media and journalism students and professionals to deal with what they're likely to find while working within the Media sector in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa.

Check out Chew TV's video of when they took the course...

Saturday, 24 October 2009

YouTube is 4 years old

With the world's biggest video sharing site nearing it's official fourth birthday we look at how YouTube took the world by storm. YouTube is the fourth most visited website on the Internet and has changed the way people ingest media and watch videos. It's shot the unlikeliest of candidates to stardom, and allowed videos of rare, wonderful,scary, creative and plain stupid things to be seen and shared by millions of users around the world.

YouTube invested millions into the users of their site and it paid off. YouTube didn't need to wait long before the users took control of the video site and made it their own. Crazes began to pop up over the web and as people around the world got better understanding of the video sharing concept it became the number one dumping ground for digital footage. Now at 4 years from it's official launch in November 2005 it's stronger than ever. Now that Google own the Video giant surely the success can only grow.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Kanye West and Spike Jonze Team Up

American hip-hop singer Kanye West screened his 11-minute short film, entitled We Were Once a Fairytale and directed by American director Spike Jonze, on his blog October 18.

Adding to the long list of American rappers who have tried their hand at acting, Kanye West can be commended for his acting role in We Were Once a Fairytale. But in usual Kanye style, he has done things slightly different by creating a non-mainstream short that challenges audiences to look a little deeper. The storyline follows Mr. West as he stumbles around a club dancing to his own song 'See you in my nightmares' from his last album '808's and Heartbreak'. From here it begins to become more of the fairytale (if you can call it that) that lends itself to the title of the film.

We Were Once a Fairytale was filmed in Los Angeles, California, over a two-day period in January 2009 . The short will eventually be made available for sale on iTunes (though no date has yet been set); Kanye West has since removed the video from his blog. The collaboration has been shown only once before, during the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 24.

From an audience point of view and a fan of short films and music I liked what I see and I think it's a positive thing that famous stars are working with directors to create something fresh rather than churning out the stereotypical 'get rich or die tryin' narrative. Although these style films are often biographical I think there is definitely room for more short films and full length feature films that take a different angle and engage the audience in a new way. Unfortunately for reasons unknown Kanye has removed the video from his Official Website but hopefully the film will be more widely available in HQ for fans.

Friday, 18 September 2009

deconstruct – a stereoscopic experiment by Tina Braun

Just wanted to share this great video with you... Best watched with 3D glasses (if you have some lying around)

The video is by an artist called Tina Braun who won the 3D Stereo Short Film Challenge with this piece

deconstruct – a stereoscopic experiment from Tina Braun on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

The iPod of HD Video

Check out this new toy that allows you to record 2 hours of Ultra High Definition Footage. It couldn't be simpler...

1. Point and Shoot your footage with the Ultra HD Flip Mino which retails between £120 - £149
2. Play your footage back on the device using the simple buttons
3. Capture your footage by simply plugging the device in using the flip out USB 2.0 function and use the simple software to create HD MPEG's compatible with Final Cut Pro, Quicktime and many other popular Video software applications.

For someone who wants to point and shoot some cool footage and get their hands on it quickly this is a perfect gadget. I recently used one at a filmmaking workshop. We were able to loan the cameras out and then capture all the footage in minutes, then import with ease into Final Cut Pro to edit the HD footage (which looked great).

Small and very easy to use
2 hour of HD footage
USB 2.0 for drag and drop capture
FlipShare software is free and easy to use (once upgrade from website has been downloaded)
Files easily compatible with most video apps
Pre-purchase branding available

Fairly small screen (but once on computer footage looks great)
No still image function (yet!)
Software that comes with HD Mino is flakey (although free upgrade removes this issue)

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Chew TV on Facebook

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Think about it. Do you really want a 720p camera in your phone?

Think about it. Do you really want a 720p camera in your phone?

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Wednesday, 1 July 2009


Monday, 29 June 2009

Inspiration to Conception

Young animation student from University College Falmouth created Chew TV a great sting. The sting will be featured on certain Chew TV content and also screened far and wide on the BBC Big Screens including Glastonbury Festival Village.

This was the inspiration according to the Facebook page dedicated to creating the video;

and this was the final product from the talented animator; A brilliant final piece also successfully incorporating the famous Chew TV logo.

Being Your Own Film Critic

Kevin Maynard gives good advice about critiquing your own films.

Film Critic: Being Your Own Film Critic

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Best Adverts of June

A select few of my favourite adverts for your viewing pleasure. I want to believe the Phones 4 U advert is real, I really do.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Martin Scorsese and DiCaprio team up AGAIN - Shutter Island

Looking ahead to the next big films of this year, the one that caught my eye and kept my attention is Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Shutter Island, based on Dennis Lahane's book of the same name. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo as well as Ben Kinglsey who is a favourite in any movie. It's only once or twice a year normally that you get films of this calibre released and although the film is yet to be reviewed I can foresee Oscar nominations next year. DiCaprio is yet to win an Oscar despite being nominated 3 times and Scorsese has only been awarded Hollywood's most sought after award once for The Departed (Best Director), also starring Leo DiCaprio. Although both men have come under some criticism by some I truley rate both artists work as a film fan.Hopefully Leo and Martin will get the credit they deserve with this release.

It's 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He's been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn't been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister. Teddy's shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals "escape" in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything - his memory, his partner, even his own sanity. Synopsis written by alfiehitchie (imbd.com)

Friday, 19 June 2009

Super Cool Unique Cameras

Hmmm, which one to get? I wish I had that option but unfortunately this credit crunch won't allow me such luxuries. But if your looking or just interested, these new cameras are the Daddy's!

Other helmet cameras have been featured before, none of which captured such sweet-looking high definition video. The ContourHD records in a 1280 x 720 pixel, widescreen format at 30 or 60 frames per second and records up to 8 hours of video and audio.

ProTrack Handheld Audio Recorder for iPod

Infrared Flashlight Video Recorder

Sometimes journalism takes you to some dark and mysterious places. You can use your regular camera's onboard light or just use this handheld flashlight that doubles as a video camera. The flashlight records up to 15 seconds of video at 30 frames per second or 500 photos at 640 x 480 resolution with its 128MB of built-in memory. All the footage shot is downloadable via your computer's USB port.

Turn your iPod or iPod Touch into a powerful recording machine with this cool add-on. The ProTrack has a built-in stereo microphone and requires no cords, but also has an XLR input for connecting external mics. The recorder also comes with a headphone jack and — for 20 bucks more — a nifty tripod.

($159 | B&H Photo)

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Thursday, 18 June 2009

Crazy graffiti Animation...and genuine!

Brilliant animation created by filming the progression of graffiti on public walls. This sort of stuff I can respect and the artists clearly has alot of talent and creativity... not to mention patience probably. Check out his site here although it hasn't been updated in while there are some stills from the project. Out.

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Really Clever Stop Motion from Post-Its

I love this. The sheer amount of time it must have taken is commitment enough but it also looks great.

Monday, 15 June 2009

We're looking for young, emerging talent in digital media!

Are you interested in working in the creative industries?

Do you want to work on exciting projects with prolific clients?

Do you have a creative spark that stands out from the rest?

If so, Chew TV would like to hear from you now. Chew TV is currently building a database of young, emerging talented individuals in the following areas of work;

Animation, Illustration, 2D Design, 3D Design, Web/CSS Design, Editing, DVD Creation, Camera Operation and Music.

We are also looking for enthusiastic young practitioners to get involved in running workshops in various areas including film and mobile video.

Chew TV is a fast expanding online TV Channel run by and for young people so if you think this is for you, and you enjoy working on creative projects and have good communication skills please contact Dan for more information.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Salute Your Shorts: Pixar - The Early Years - Part 1

Salute Your Shorts is a weekly column from Paste that looks at short films, music videos, commercials or any other short form visual media that generally gets ignored.

"No doubt much of the applause for “Luxo Jr.” was due to sheer technical brilliance. Unlike almost any other computer imagery from the time, including some by Pixar, the short still looks good today."

TO read the full story visit Click Here

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Tuesday, 9 June 2009

10 Filmmakers to follow on Twitter


By Josh Jackson of www.pastemagazine.com.

As potent as they can be, our interactions with our favorite filmmakers generally only come once every couple of years and last for a scant two hours. What are they doing when they're not sharing their brilliant narrative visions with us? Well, at least some of them are sharing the decidedly less dramatic narratives of their life via Twitter (Greg Mottola: "i'm equally ambivalent on the green chili. Like the taste okay -- don't love the heartburn"). We've selected 10 of the most interesting filmmaker Twitterers for your following pleasure

Here are the filmmakers:

10. Robert Rodriguez - RobertRdz
The Sin City director just joined the world of Twitter (unless this is a fake) a couple of weeks ago when he gave the commencement speech to his fellow University of Texas graduates.
Best recent tweet: Just made my own "white noise" to sleep using 28 distinct tracks from my movie sound effects library.

9. Paul Feig - paulfeig
Feig directed I Am David and nearly all of my favorite TV shows (Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Mad Men, Weeds, The Office, Freaks and Geeks).
Best recent tweet: Hot dog martinis! Boil two hot dogs 10 minutes, remove hot dogs, discard, pour hot dog water into glass, top with gin, drink, vomit, repeat.
Runner-up: In assoc. with American Girl, I'm announcing the opening of American Man, which will sell dolls of men in various stages of alcoholic decay.

8. David Lynch - DAVID_LYNCH
If you ever want to know the weather in L.A., Dave's your guy.
Best recent tweet: Thought of the Day: The ocean of consciousness within shining brightly is calling.
Runner-up: Hi everyone. Here's today's thought of the day: Find something that will whisper the full value of life.

7. Jon Favreau - Jon_Favreau
Since his days as Monica's boyfriend on Friends, Favreau has gone onto better things—like directing Iron Man 2 and Tweeting about it.
Best recent tweet: Scarlett kicked ass yesterday. All of her preparation has really paid off. She has a great work ethic. A real pro.
Runner-up: Mickey Rourke just did a marketing photo shoot. It's the first time I saw him in full costume. I can't wait for the images to be released.

6. Lee Unkrich - leeunkrich
The Pixar director (Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo) talks us through the creation of Toy Story 3 and tells us about sneaking in a Toy Story logo onto one of the baloons in Up.
Best recent tweet: Last night I dreamt I was hanging out with Orson Welles, who was advocating the use of one's own saliva as a facial lotion. Analysis?
Runner-up: Just had another in an amazing series of recording sessions with Tom Hanks. I think this guy'll go far in this business...

5. Greg Mottola - GregMottola
The director of Superbad and Adventureland is shooting a new film called Paul with Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg, Bill Hader, Jane Lynch, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Nick Frost and (according to his Twitter feed) Sigourney Weaver. Holy crap. He's also diggin' him some Iron & Wine.
Best recent tweet: after a NYC weekend visit, back in the Land of Enchantment (and Altitude Sickness and Meth)
Runner-up: Gillian Welch & Conor Oberst sing me to sleep with 'Lua', favorite sad song at the moment...

4. Errol Morris - errolmorris
The director of Fog of War and The Thin Blue Line packs a lot of substance into 140 characters like mini-ruminations on truth vs. narrative consistency.
Best recent tweet: RECOMMENDED GREAT (AMERICAN) AMPUTATION MOVIES: King's Row (1942), noir before noir, congenital insanity, sadism, what more could you want?
Runner-up: Why can't blog-posts be essays? And why can't tweets be haiku? Or better yet, short essays. Do you really care what I had for lunch?

3. Rian Johnson - rcjohnso
The director of Brick and The Brothers Bloom answers all the Tweets directed at him. The down-side is that gives his feed a pretty low signal-to-noise ratio. But it's also pretty cool that he responds to just about any question.
Best recent tweet: @EDouglasWW You have no idea the extent to which I am totally like the Jonas Brothers.
Runner-up: I plan on spending the entire q&a stroking a small piece of felt and saying phonetic variations of the word "Bertolucci"

2. David Wain - davidwain
The prolific writer/actor/director/blogger is also a prolific Twitterer.
Best recent tweet: Went to brunch on this rainy day and considered trading up on umbrellas on the way out. But ethics prevailed! A thread of hope for mankind!
Runner-up: Holiday morning and Manhattan is empty. Great chance to walk the streets, sack out. It's like, "hey my eyes are up here!"

1. Kevin Smith - ThatKevinSmith
He's in the middle of shooting a movie called "A Couple of Dicks" with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, so the number of penis puns is um... huge.
Best recent tweet: Wrapped Day One on A COUPLE OF DICKS without being one or sucking one. Bruce & Tracy are so good together, you'd think this was the sequel.
Runner-up: No sleep in 42 hours. Woke, shot, edited, showered, shot (film, not load in shower), back to edit, now finally some sleep. So far, so good.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Budget 360 degree panoramic camera setup

Don’t have the money to get yourself a Gigapan system, and don’t want to spend the time stitching together pictures from your regular point-and-shoot? Japan has a solution for you. The great thing is, it’s so simple I don’t have to explain it. Actually, that trigger bit looks kind of complicated, but I’m sure you’ll figure something out.

But seriously, if you want to do panoramic photos, get Hugin. The solution pictured is ingenious, though.

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Friday, 5 June 2009

Witty Internet Mockery

A series of videos I found funny mainly due to the truth behind them. It opens the door to so many questions regarding the Internet's importance in people's lives. Why do some people contribute so much to the Internet and gain nothing in return? Why do some people take more time than ever to be spiteful, malicious and nasty? I definitely wish I had thought about this topic when writing my dissertation because although I won't bang on about it all now, there are so many things to discuss and look at.

The internet holds it's own economic, political, social, and psychological climate with no one really taking responsibility or control for it. Will there ever be a single governing body for the Internet, is it even possible now? So many questions, so little time.

Social Networking: How To Speak Geek

Internet: Useful Tips: How To Behave On An Internet Forum

Social Networking: How To Upgrade Your Webslang To Web 2.0

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Wednesday, 3 June 2009


This is an amazing opportunity for any young filmmaker! Whether you live in Cornwall or have just been there on holiday, make a film and you could be at the premier surf music festival in the UK filming and covering it with Chew TV.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Great Advice on Distributing Your Indie Film

Some good advice on making sure you don't get ripped off when it comes to distributing your films.

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Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Taking 'behind the scenes' to the extreme. Real or Fake???

An interesting and shocking example of filmmaking being used for propaganda in an extreme instance..
Part 2 of 2 - A video from Break.com. Palastinians use Hollywood FX to gather their sympathy.

EMBED-Part 2 of 2 What really goes on behind the scenes! - Watch more free videos

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Saturday, 9 May 2009

How to get brighter colours on your film in 30 seconds

Check out his video tutorials for even more cool tricks and techniques.

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Friday, 8 May 2009

MINI'S Cool New Viral Advert Campaign

Mini has just launched a new viral video for the Mini Clubman. This video pokes fun at the current practice of exposing fake viral videos (not actually officially approved by the company that is being advertised), which are abundant all over the Internet. Indeed, most advertising today is fixed. Mini is setting itself apart from other companies by taking a humoristic approach to a problem many companies face: fake unauthorized advertisements.

This new car in the Mini line is racking up points thanks to this clever campaign, as it is attracting the expected buzz. The video is admirable due to it’s great 3D animation, created by two buzz experts. Finally, it is a great way to transmit the message on fakes in a different and more memorable way. Excellent idea!

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Great Advice For Distributing Your Film Online

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Friday, 20 March 2009

Got a digital camera but want that 35mm effect?

Great tips on how to give your film that Hollywood look courtesy of 4 Minute Film School.

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Thursday, 19 March 2009

Wise Words About Filmmaking And The Internet

Erick Hachenburg of MetaCafe and Lance Podell of Next New Networks discuss the impact of the Internet on film makers, old and new.

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