[33/365] Thirty Seconds: Beats with Eddie

Oh Edward, Eddie, oh my heart, you handsome, handsome man!

We looked after Eddie in his flat in Bristol and completely fell head over heels in love.

It didn’t take long for him to charm us with his good looks and charisma, but mostly it was his tail swooshing that had us swooning for days.

I challenge you to find a cooler cat.

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Score: Garageband

Editing: Final Cut Pro

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[31+32/365] Thirty Seconds: Festive AF

31 DAYS!  A calendar month of videos!  930 seconds!  And then some, because I always go a little over!

This said, The Thirty Second Project has now officially been underway since October 18th, and today is December 17th, so yeah… a little behind schedule, but I’m still proud of myself!  I’m taking the 4 twenty-something hour flights and time in Oz without an instrument into account, and giving myself a little leeway.  I want to be disciplined but also reasonable with myself, otherwise I’m more likely to just give up.

ANYWAY.

Jess is the star of this film.  Jess was born in Oz but her parents are English and she’s been living in London for years, so she’s well British by now.

She hosted a Christmas party in London and everyone got drunk and ate meat, except me, I ate potato chips and filmed everyone getting drunk.  It was fantastic.  And I shot so much footage that I had to make it a double.

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Score: Garageband using edited midi files from christmasgifts.com

Editing: Final Cut Pro

 

 

[30/365] Thirty Seconds: Wollongong, Australia

I shot this footage in the Wollongong suburb of Windang, as my Dad and I were walking through the bush towards the sea, on the 2nd of December, my last day in Oz.

I kept thinking to myself what an ancient place Australia is.  I’ve been in the UK for 6 months now, and it is full of visible history – all around you, there are old pubs, churches, and cobblestone streets, that have been walked on for hundreds of years… but Australia’s history is different and less tangible.

It’s spiritual, somehow connected to the land.  You can feel it all around you, and as a white person, it’s strange, because there is a lot of shame and regret attached your Australian identity and the actions of your ancestors (and the ongoing actions of racist Australians who don’t acknowledge responsibility for what we’ve done to Aboriginal people).

I’ve always loved the sounds and smells of the bush.  When I’m walking through nature in Australia, I feel a quietness and a stillness, and I think about the Aboriginal people and their incredible connection to the earth.

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Score: Garageband

Editing: Final Cut Pro

Ocean sounds: Freesound.org

[29/365] Thirty Seconds: Maggie

Maggie was the first cat we looked after in England.  A little Scottish Fold with the sweetest and most inquisitive personality.

We later found out that Maggie passed away unexpectedly, from a heart attack.

I was so devastated, I cried and cried.  It only takes a moment for me to fall in love with an animal, and we had Maggie for days.  I can only imagine what a loss it must have been for her poor parents.

Rest in peace, darling Maggie, and sorry I was so shaky when I filmed you, you were just too cute.  It was a privilege to know you, and I will remember you always.

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Score: Garageband

Editing: Final Cut Pro

[28/365] Thirty Seconds: The Bear Pit

Ahh, Bristol. Yet another one of my temporary homes (for 10 days in December) and I truly love it. It’s a vibrant, progressive city, it’s close to the ocean, and there are some gorgeous parks and woods thrown in. Not to mention it’s the home of Wallace and Gromit, Banksy, and apparently RIBENA.

While I was in Bristol I photographed a bunch of LGBT couples, and it turns out, they were all really cool people, which probably also adds to Bristol’s good vibes. One of the couples suggested we shoot at the Bear Pit, because of the awesome night lighting, so I arrived early and filmed a few different angles.  Turns out it was a full moon, too!

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Basically, the Bear Pit is a strange, urban, sunken roundabout, which looks like this from above:

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Photo appears on http://www.bristolpost.co.uk because you guys I don’t own a drone.

The Bear Pit is apparently quite controversial, with an interesting history… there’s plenty on the internet if you’re interested in reading more.

Upon review of the footage, it seems I have unintentionally filmed someone asleep in one of the tunnels.  I have chosen not to cut this footage out, because I feel it is a true representation of the Bear Pit, and also, it doesn’t appear to breach the person’s privacy.

Score: Garageband

Editing: Final Cut Pro

Traffic sounds: Freesound.org

[27/365] Thirty Seconds: 5pm in Chippenham

On the outskirts of Chippenham, Wiltshire, I saw a lovely old church and some cows eating their dinner.  The sky was a beautiful colour, and there were little birds chirping.

I think for many years, working as a lawyer, I didn’t pay as much attention to the little things as I could have.  I was too busy.  I was always late.  Always rushing.

5pm had a different feeling, then.

Now, the little things are what I look for.  And I spend a significant portion of my time trying to capture them with my camera, and then find songs in my fingers to match.

Life is good.  I am so very fortunate.

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Score: Garageband

Editing: Final Cut Pro

[26/365] Thirty Seconds: Kali’s Beach Mission

This is my Dad’s dog, Kali.

We believe Kali is a Labradoodle, but she could also be part sheep.  Regardless of her pedigree, she is my Dad’s BFF.

She’s my furry (or not so furry in this film – Dad just sheared her) sister, and going to Australia was a good chance for me to include her in the Thirty Second Project.

As you can see, Kali is on a mission to enjoy EVERYTHING about the beach – the sunshine, the sand, the waves, the wind, and the smelly-dead-ocean-things amongst the washed-up seaweed that she can roll in.  LOVES IT.

I played around with some banjo and guitar loops for the score… I was initially thinking ‘fun outdoorsy acoustic guitar sounds’… but ultimately I combined a few different dramatic orchestral Apple loops, and I think the result is totally cinematic.

Because this face is worthy of a FULL ORCHESTRA.

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Score: Garageband

Editing: Final Cut Pro