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June 22, 2005



Post some of your favourite memories below.

mine are:

-A strange trip to a closed reservoir in the early hours

-Filming all of the Vorn/Bhan/Vawn/Vaughn films.




-Xmas party

-12 hour editing with Richard

-many many more!

April 28, 2005

The Vaughn Supremacy

There is a trailer and the main film for the third and last film in the Vaughan Trilogy. It is available for download at DC++ along with the other Vaughan efforts.

You may notice a stark difference in quality in this film compared to those in the previous films, this is due (in part) to the money earned following the public screenings of the first two films.

Thanks for your time

Owen Hughes (Camera-man, Director of Photography and Editor[along with Ricardo])

and all the Vaughn Supremacy's cast and crew.


April 03, 2005

Cos Jack & Jules Did This

Writing about Cos everyone's doing it…..apparently from 1 in a million, 2 is a crowd, 3 is company, 4's not allowed

After seeing it on Jack's blog I did one. I kept changing my mind though, Hot Water Music have too many songs dag nam it:

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How do you feel about yourself:Paper Thin
Describe your ex girlfriend/boyfriend:A Flight And A Crash
Describe your current girlfriend/boyfriend:When I Hear Her Name
Describe where you want to be:Where We Belong
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March 11, 2005


"It's over it's over it's over" As I sit here in Samuel W. Brassington's clothes it feels as though a great weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Our 'Medea' practical assessment is complete!

We arrived at 9 o'clock this morning and I began minor alterations to the set as well as a general tidy up of the acting circle as it was covered in brick dust. After this we had to wait a moment or two for the chorus to finish with their makeup and so on before we could begin a run through and a tech. I took this moment to label the lighting desk as to which channel did what, this was because the other group had already set some channels up (although the didnt tell us which ones, we hope we didnt change anything) and I wanted to make sure those channels werent lit up accidently .

The first run through was more than satisfactory as it was our 1st ever run through. Some brief changes regarding positioning and lighting (as well as projector modifications) were made to add an extra level of shine to the whole thing. The problem with our performance is it relied heavily on audience positioning that was impossible to forsee so we knew some improvisations would have to be performed for the actual performance.

I feel I wasnt as helpful to the group as I could have been during the performance as I had the 'sheet thrower' job. It was nice to get a birds eye view of the whole thing but I feel I didn't pull my weight enough during the performance, although I hope my work on the film and the whole teching side of things will tilt the scales to neutral.

In the final minutes before the performance, everything (as usual) went wrong, one of the sheets on the top of the booths fell off so I got the ladder and made running repairs, at the excact same time, two of the chorus' masks broke so I ran to Kate's office to make last minute repairs, reulting in a staple all the way in my finger (yes it hurt, but the show must go on) but I pulled it out and ran to position.

The performance itself went very well, despite a few audience misplacements (i.e. Our own Geraldine Cousin standing too far forward and missing the whole shadow show) This however was an unforeseen planning error and nobody's fault in particular, the whole of the chorus and the chaperones Ian and Hannah C. Tovey did very well to recover the situation by moving the audience to where they wanted them to be. Apart from Ricardo's accidental dropping of the lens cap (onto a girl may I add, inkeeping with the whole piece) the whole thing ran smoothly and I feel it was a successful piece of theatre.

From this experience I learnt that it is possible to make theatre with a large group of people by breaking up into smaller groups. I was worried that the seperation would result in a cluttered and unorganised piece of theatre but this was far from the case. Can I thank everybody in the cast, it has been a complete pleasure. There has been a band amongst brothers (but not sisters as that wasnt the point of the piece) formed, and I'm proud with what we made.

Also a special thanks to Hugh Denard for the total creative freedom given to us, and also I would like to thank Nick and Sam (2nd year) for their help with the editing, without them we'd still be scratching our heads at the computer.


March 10, 2005

medea session 8

Now we start counting the hours!

Tomorrow, we are perfoming at 12 and I think we're nearly sorted. We have a few hours tomorrow morning to get everything straight then we're done. We are yet to run the whole thing in sequence, but as our production isnt really a performance I dont see this as a problem We basically spent all of today setting everything up. We were in for the later session so we decided to set up the studio for tomorrows performance as we are performing 1st. We, however did not realise the other group were going to be coming back in at 1 and we feel this may have caused a bit of tension, but hopefully we are all adults and can simply see this as a break down in communications rather than an evil act of sabotage, we are all the same class afteral, and I hope nobody forgets this.

Anyway, during the time when the ther group were practicing, myself and ricardo decided we didnt need lunch (lunch is for girls ;) haha! inkeeping with our theme) and tried to somehow get Ian and Rhys' video onto a DVD with ours. Ian then joined us and despite a few foul ups we got it sorted.

After this we went back into the studio to finish setting it up, and it is VERY impressive (pictures below). It is nice to be given such creative freedom and freedom to resources. Something I feel we havent been given in the past with other aspects of practice work.

The other groups work is looking brilliant too and I am eagerly awaiting seeing it performed as I hope they are with ours

here are some pictures:

March 06, 2005

Medea Session 7

YES! It's finally done! After a 12 hour session with Ricardo in the editing suite on Thursday, not to mention my midnight-4.30 run at trying to get it to work on my computer, I finally sorted it at about 2 on Friday. I went into the editing suite at about 11.30 on Friday, making the amount of time I spent on editing the film (not including filming it) about 20 hours and judging by people's responses I think it was worth it. The 3 and a half minutes of video has made me and Ricardo very proud.

We went into the editing suite completely clueless as to how to use the avid editing machines and came out 12 hours later as semi-pros (thanks to help from Nick and Sam 2nd year mainly) I think myself and Ricardo created a band amongst brothers during that 12 hour stint and I believe(d) we were on the same wave length. However those dreams were shattered on Friday when Ricardo told me he believe the Coen brothers (my heroes) were "over-rated". All of that bonding on Thursday was gone.

Anyway. On Friday we had a big meeting with our group and allocated all the little jobs that needed to be done. The art-work and the masks are now looking awesome(pictured below) and the whole thing is really coming together nicely. I am excited and confident that we will have a successful piece of drama come Friday.

So here are some pictures from Thursday and Friday:

Ricardo hard at work:

Artwork 1:

Artwork 2:


On a completely seperate note, my lovely camera XL2 will be coming on Saturday! SGORIO!

P.S It has been brought to my attention that I have failed to credit the rest of the film group: Roth, Sophie, Sarah and Zoe. This wasn't a delibrate scorning attempt more of a careless omission. Sorry, if I have offended anybody. I wasn't taking anything away from you all, I was just saying how proud myself and Ricardo were when it was finished. To quote the greatest thing ever made "this tragedy effects us all" hahaha! So to conclude: Sorry, I'm a forgetful fool :(

March 03, 2005

Medea,session 6. Candle eating and the like

It's 20.30, i'm in the editing suite, and i've been here since 11.30! Myself and Ricardo have succesfully edited the film for our prac, but now things have gone…well I'm not going to dress it up, "tits up". It doesnt want to put its self in a format viewable on any exising media player, which is helpful.

I, in protest have eaten a candle and ricardo has resorted to…i dont know what to call it, basically hes balancing a chair on hishead and is doing pushing his head back and forth in an attempt to lose the "gullet" he thinks hes developed after looking at a photo on hanah clapham's blog.

I predict we will have to wait for Tim to come on tuesday until this will succesfully work, but in the meantime i feel an allnighter looks iminent.

Come save us please!!!

March 01, 2005


Right, due to constant abuse from Ricardo about how much I talk about the new camcorder I'm going to be buying I decided to 'blog it' in an attempt to flush the plugging of it from my system.

Anyway. I currently own a Samsung VP-D20:

It is highly insufficiant and its one colour chip doesnt do it any favours. Don't get me wrong, it was a good first camera for me, but the one colour chip means that dealing with smokey or dark atmospheres results in a loss of focus or image, also colours come out bland and monotonous with it.

So, unsurprisingly, I decided it was time for an upgrade to this bad boy:

It is a Canon XL2, replacing the now aged Canon XL1s and XL1. It has 3 1/3" CCDs meaning its image is sharp and crystal clear and easily broadcast quality.

Now I can hear a lot of you camera-buffs asking why I dont get the new High Def Sony HDR FX1. Well I have to admit I was tempted, but the fact that High Def isn't compatible with about 80% of UK televisions and I can't really think of anything I'd like to shoot that would need to be in HD. And the DV recording on the FX1 is ever so slightly worse than that of the XL2. Basically I think that High Def is in too early a stage now for me to buy a camera that will easily be outdated and the HD-quality will be poor compared to the HD quality in the future, that's my prediction anyway.

So yes, I soon (probably over Easter, or maybe Summer) will be the proud owner of a Canon-XL2. I can't wait.


February 25, 2005

Medea. Session 3

On Wednesday of this week, the film and performance group went out to film a test reel on my little 1CCD camcorder just to get a general idea of what locations would work and how.

This achieved several objectives. Mainly it enabled myself, Ricardo and Rothwell to story board the film project so that all we had to do Thursday was get the equipment [the departments very nice Panasonic DVX100 and 700 series Manfrotto tripod with if I'm not mistaken a 501 Manfrotto head] and just go out and film. We did this very succesfully and despite a few scenes we are done. We need to book studio time next week for the dialogue scenes and then next Thursday we will crack on with the editing on the very nice Avid Editing Machines they have in the dept's editing suite.

The group were a coherant and well oiled unit I felt during the filming process, I do feel however I may have been slightly over bearing as a cameraman as I have a passion and knowledge of camera operation. But I think everybody who wanted to had a chance to be involved in both technical and peformance aspects of the film making process. If I offended anybody in my group by 'taking control' I sincerely apologise.

Before we went out filming on thursday, we had a discussion about the possibilities of a Male Vs Female theme throughout our piece and both groups [male group and a female group] made up lists of things about the opposite sex that annoyed them. The results were both heated and interesting. And we strived to incorporate the finding into our film.

February 20, 2005

Medea. Session 2

Medea. Session 2

I'm saying sorry for the delay in posting this, but it was due to an unexpected error in accessing the Warwick Blog.

Anyhow, we began today's session with a whole group meeting in an attempt to give some direction to the whole project. This was due (in part) to growing worry that the different groups (within our group) will contradict each other. The general and deliberately vague theme we have chosen is Gender. The other choice was the Myth I have discussed in my last blog entry.

Film and Performance

Some of the separate groups within our groups are working directly with each other [I.E. The Film and Performance element]. It was decided that we wanted to contemporise the original play. This is to show a relevence between Medea (the play) and a modern day audience. One of the main ideas we wanted to use to depict this are transitions between Medea (the character) and Jason as well as any other characters. The way we play on doing this is by for example:

Long shot Medea smoking a cigarette <short transition> Profile Hand holding a cigarette <short transition> Long shot Jason smoking a cigarette etc.

This does not apply exclusively to the characters I have mentioned. I also like the idea of simply using members of the public in an attempt to bring an element of relevance to the piece. The rough foundations for this idea came from a comparison to the videos played at Alton Towers whilst waiting to ride 'The Oblivion'. There is a video of a man speaking and then a brief flash and a different person replaces them.

Macro Shots and Chiascuro Lighting

Whilst discussing various ways of filming and mood we wanted to create, one common ground we kept returning to was the macro shots employed in Darren Aronofsky's Requiem For a Dream. For those of you who haven't seen the film or who aren't aware of what macro shots are, they are a series of short shots which represent a certain action that could take a long time. In Requiem For a Dream, the cinematographer Matthew Libatique uses a series of shorts to represent drug use (i.e. heroin boiling on a spoon, pupils dilating etc.) Matthew Libatique also incorporates very pronounced noises so that it is a very rhythmic experience. We are thinking of using this technique especially during the murder scenes that we will incorporate in the film.

We are also considering using a chiascuro lighting effect as used within the film noir genre. This is an effective tactic to show short snippets of light and action. This will hopefully be effective and helpful as we are working with a very small budget.

Location searching

Myself, Rothwell and Ricardo went location hunting after Friday's session, paying particular attention to the maths building and university house as both buildings have pillars but are both very modern. This in our opinion would be ideal for contemporising a Greek play as there is the suggestion of Greek society with the pillars however the structures are very modern.

The photos from the location search have been uploaded to my blog gallery entitled 'Location
give me a few minutes to upload them though


January 28, 2005


VAWN AGAIN is now available for download on DC++. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the original 'Bhan Vorn', 'Vawn Again' is the natural progression for a sequel and is full to the brim with chase scenes as well as public performance pieces. A must see.

A film described as a "Masterpiece", not my words, the words of Vaughan Jacob.

So download and enjoy my darlings.

The presentation of 'Vawn Again' is brought to you by Owen W. Hughes productions and contains such household names as Samuel W. Brassington, Gethin W. Jones and Jack W. Howson.

October 29, 2004

Old King Cole's Fresco work

Writing about Frescos from The Green Flower Gang

A very vague answer in a delibrate attempt to avoid work. I think Old King Cole is a very compitent individual and thus means his standard should be a lot higher. He has however made several good comments, some in relation to the texts and that is the only saving grace of this poor attempt. Also his structure is questionable…he has inserted images in half way through some of the answers resulting in great confusion whilst trying to decipher the answers.


October 18, 2004

No Choice…but to question.

Writing about web page http://www.thenewestindustry.com

5 out of 5 stars

THE ESSENTIAL PUNK ALBUM! Cardiff veterans No Choice release their first album in over 5 years on Cardiff's Newest Industry record label…[run from Monk Dave's basement in his house] inkeeping with the DIY ethic of Punk Rock.

To describe No Choice I don't know where to begin…I suppose you could compare them to Strike Anywhere and Trial By Fire but there is much more melody in No Choice's tunes and the amazing rumbling yet melodic bass lines means you can't listen to them sitting down. There is very much a political hardline message throughout the album, the first thing you hear is George W. Bush saying "nobody likes war in America, we're a peaceful nation, nobody wants there to be war"
I've had the pleasure of opening for these guys with my band a few times and my guitarist Mowgli had the pleasure of touring the US with them as their guitarist, Ada had other commitments he couldn't leave. The tour was with legends within the field of Against Me!, Planes Mistaken for Stars and many more. No Choice have also released a 7" split with the female fronted Canadian melodic punks Fifth Hour Hero with 2 new and slightly different tracks…worth a buy for sure.

Go and buy it at Newest Industry

October 16, 2004

What's Hugh's favouriote food?

October 15, 2004

Web Evaluation

A good evaluation contains:


  • Clear division
    Easy to follow and understand by use of spacing and bold/italic fonts.
  • Fact and opinion
    A combination of facts taken from the given links and deciphered and interpreted by the author
  • Link to relevant web page
    Easy access to mentioned web site
  • Images
    Makes the whole review a lot more interesting and easier to use


Review of Marie's SST1 Histography work

  • Good structure and well laid out
    Easy to follow with good use of spacing
  • Combination of bold, italic and standard font
    Makes the layout look a whole lot more interesting and easier to follow
  • Personal opinion and actual fact
    A balanced combination of her own personal opinion and actual fact taken from the web sites
  • Clear and concise language
    Gives a formal tone to the review and also adds clarity [If one understands the words]
  • Links given
    The links given are accurate however they are not active [clickable] links

Review of Hannah Clapham's SST1 Histography work

  • Structure fairly basic
    The structure is fairly basic although the information within is accurate, it is not easy on the eye
  • Use of Italic font
    There is use of italic font within the review however it is scarce. This makes the review quite hard to follow as it is all monotone.
  • Personal opinion and actual fact
    Good combination of both aspects of opinion and fact.
  • Clear and concise language
    Very understandable and basic language however the spacing can make it feel a long, drawn out affair.
  • Links given
    One active link is given however the majority are unactive links and require copying and pasting which is far too much effort ;)

Review of Kate's SST1 Histography

Very well made! Great use of pictures and active links to provide a brilliant easy to follow review… WELL DONE, KATE!

October 14, 2004

The man, the myth, the legend…

Whilst being roudy students last night [Wednesday] we [myself, Gethin, Jack, James, Hannah, Julia and Laura] were playing a guessing game involving people's names and we have come accross the best name in history........Ladies and gentlemen, please be upstanding for... drumroll ......... GLYN COSTELLO

We are not worthy!

October 13, 2004

Welsh people take note!

4 out of 5 stars

Anybody who's from South Wales, or in and around the Swansea area needs to see this film if they haven't already! An all star Welsh cast with Rhys Ifans[Notting Hill,Little Nicky] , Llyr Evans, Morgan Hopkins[Very Annie Mary] as well as nearly anybody who's ever been on Pobl y Cwm and Pam Fi Duw?. Not to forget Dougray Scott [MissionImpossible2, Deep Impact] playing the dodgy Copper, Terry Walsh.

It's an accurate portrayal of life in the South Wales valleys, filmed in Swansea, Port Talbot and Neath it's a must see for anybody with ties to the area and is bizarre watching a film and knowing where they are.

It's a story of drug use, murder, revenge, prostitution, rugby and karaoke.

Classic Quote:

Ifans: Why is it a 2 litre bottle of coke costs 27p?
Evans: Super-duper deal
Ifans: Aye, but a 1 litre bottle costs 37p?
Evans: That's f***ing weird, cos you's paying less for more like
Ifans: I knows
Evans: Why's that then?
Ifans: I don't know, it's really f***ing weird!

A must see for anybody!

Wakey Wakey…Elliott Smith's here

5 out of 5 stars

OH HE'S GOOD!!! He's been waking me up every morning with this corker of an album…the lovely acoustic intro in 'son of Sam' is perfect for a nice gentle wake up, and keeps you interested enough so you don't fall back asleep. My favourite track is number 4 -Everything Reminds Me of Her, brilliant…just brilliant.

Undoubtedly one of the obvious songwriting talents of the modern era, his combintion of instruments and his husky yet melodic vocals combine an interesting blend of everything I like about music. He's the reason I picked up a guitar and his untimely suicide earlier this year was tragic.

Check him out.

October 12, 2004

SST1– Historiography 1.


A. Perseus Atlas

Provides a basic map of Greece and is very helpful in providing a greater understanding of Greek geography. However, I did find the site fairly tricky to negotiate and would be quite time consuming on a slow network connection such as dial-up as the images are fairly large. It would be of some help to a theatre historian, as it would provide a clearer understanding of the distances travelled by the Demes at the Great Dionysia in Athens.

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B. Greek Architecture

A vast selection of images of Greek architecture, however there is little or no information as regards building dates or purpose in many cases. For a theatre historian this website would have little if any use other than to provide aesthetic pleasure. There are some very impressive images however of the Theatre Epidauros but provides nothing but a better understanding of how Greek theatres looked:

however, i somehow doubt that the metal structure to the right of the original stonework was there in 360BCE

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C. Ancient Greece and Rome

Many breathtaking images but similarly to point B, general information is limited or hard to find. It would be of better use to a theatre historian if facts were provided about the images however I believe this website was created by a photographer and not an ancient Greek theatre expert.

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D. Ancient Theatre

This website provides a "better map"http://www.whitman.edu/theatre/theatretour/Greekmaps/Greekmap.htm of Greece than the one linked in point A, however it doesn't provide any further information about these theatrons other than their location. Every ancient Greek theatre is listed however they are not links and provides no other information than their name and location, which in itself would be of some use. Also it gives information on other ancient theatres and not just those in Greece, this can install a more general understanding of the theatre.

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I believe that D. Ancient Theatre is the most useful of the websites listed as it gives an understanding of locations within ancient Greece which would not be common knowledge to new theatre students or historians. It helps one to understand more of the references to foreign lands and cities within Greek plays. Also it provides a broader range of theatres outside of Greece, but still within a similar time context.

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C. The following website click here should be added to Ancient Greece and Rome as it has a vast range of information as regards ancient Rome and ancient Greece with specified links to documents regarding Greek Theat*ER* images are provided as well as articles, but it is all easily digestible and provides a simple yet valuable directory for most fields of interest as regards ancient Greece and Rome.

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"Classical tragedy, Greek and Roman : 8 plays in authoritative modern translations accompanied by critical essays / edited by Robert W. Corrigan."

Is not available at present but is due to be returned on the 14–10-04 and the 22–10-04. And can be found on shelf PA 3626.A2