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Below are films made since 1995.

To start with, here are the MyCam Studio Network logos used over the years.

MyCam Studio Network logo
1997-2007
MyCam Studio Network logo
2007-2010
MyCam Studio Network logo
2010-2015
MyCam Studio Network logo
2015-2017
MyCam Studio Network logo
2017-2019
MyCam Studio Network logo
2019-present

The following versions of the Thames TV ident show the difference in the quality of digital effects and quality editing between the edit suites used over the years.

Thames TV ident
(made on Aist MovieDV, which was
used from 2003 to 2007)
Thames TV ident
(made on Pinnacle Studio, which was
used from 2008 to 2009)
Thames TV ident
(made on After Effects
used from 2010 onwards)
Warrington version of
Thames TV ident

The following idents were made using Google programs, Google Maps and Google Earth, to capture the graphics that were later processed through the edit suite to get the end product.

Radio City 96.7FM ident
(made on SketchUp)
Granadad Television ident
(made on SketchUp)
BBC idents 1962-85
(made on Pinnacle Studio)

The Last Gourmand was a film that had been in the making since 1999 based on a short story written by Donald Honig. The main reason for not making the film back in 1999 was a lack of good quality editing facilities to create the effects required in the film.

The Last Gourmand
Screen Test
The Last Gourmand
Before & After Effects
The Last Gourmand

Here is a series about the renovation of Brynteg, a cottage in the Isle of Anglesey.

Brynteg Part 1: Preparation for Renovation
Brynteg Part 2: Preview

Here is a collection of Doctor Who related special effects tests. Followed by a trailer short film based on the story, Genesis of a Time Lord.

Trailer: Genesis of a Time Lord
GOAT Trailer – alternative ending 1
GOAT Trailer – alternative ending 2
Genesis of a Time Lord
(2007 edit)
Genesis of a Time Lord
(2009 edit)
Doctor Who title sequence
Christmas Dalek
Dalek Hack
Green Screen Test
Green Screen Test – Behind the Scenes

Chrome was loosely based on The Bodysnatchers with the format of film making being similar to Cloverfield.

The original story opened with the main character giving a broadcast about the invasion and as he sends it, his doppelganger burst into the room to kill him. This would follow with the broadcast travelling through space before opening up on an unknown monitor where the viewer watches the full video sequence of the same character starting his story about the alien invasion, which would have been illustrated by a series of news clips of the invasion unfolding.

When the video concluded as seen at the beginning, the viewer’s voice would be heard saying the captives have been found, which would conclude the story.

However, due to lack of resources and actors, this short version was made.

Chrome trailer
Chrome

During 2012 LGBT Warrington formed and organised Warrington’s first Warrington Pride event. Here are some simple film promotions for the group and event.

LGBT Warrington ident
LGBT Warrington Promotion
Warrington Pride Promotion
Warrington Pride Feedback

To mark 50 years of Coronation Street, the scene, The French Lesson, was made in 2010 with Warrington Cine & Video Society members playing the role of Ken and Raquel.

The film was remade in 2016 using one actor who played all the parts. This was made as a film test to see if a one-man-band could play all parts and set up the shots.

Coronation Street – The French Lesson
(2010 version)
Coronation Street – The French Lesson
(2016 version)

Here are a collection of After Effects test films made with the help of video tutorials from www.videocopilot.net.

Keep Your ‘Eye’ On The Camera!
Why You Shouldn’t Strain
Goin’ Down!
Asteroid Hits Earth

In 2012 spiritualists visited a house near Warrington Town Centre to exorcise some spirits that were disturbing the lives of the homeowners. Ghost Watch is the full video diary of what went on during the exorcism.

In Llangollen, there was another opportunity to create a video diary of further spiritual activity. However, no audio was recorded due to the microphone being switched off by error prior to recording. Although the footage was of no use, the travel back to Warrington opened an opportunity to create a time-lapse of the journey.

Ghost Watch
Llangollen to Lymm in 15 minutes

The film Wheels was the first big film project made using the Sony Z7 and After Effects.

15 Years of Film Making
Wheels

Here is a selection of Muppet Magic where CGI sets were created for the films with a behind the scenes documentary of how they were created.

The Muppet Show
opening sequence
Baby Face
Lights, Camera, Action
Green Screen
Mahna Mahna
Mahna Mahna
(the making of)

2009 saw Let’s Cook With Pete being the first film made using the new Sony Z7 camera.

Warrington Computer Virtual Studios was a fictional news program made by members of the Warrington Cine & Video Society. Groups were made where each was given a topic to film, which was later put together with the newsreader giving an introduction to each story.

During the making of this film, one of the crew members died suddenly from a heart attack. His footage for the studio work was lost, so a second newsreader was written into the film using the idea taken from Max Headroom, whereby he was a CGI character that malfunctioned halfway through the news program.

Let’s Cook With Pete
Warrington Computer Virtual Studios
Hidden Camera Prank

In 2008 Crossed Wires was made to test the potential of the green screen at Warrington Cine & Video Society. That year Do You Know What It Is Yet won a competition whereby a film was to be created to a piece of music.

Finally, to welcome home 2 puppy cocker spaniel sisters, Bramble and Holly, It’s A Dog’s Life was made to mark the occasion. This was the first film that was edited in the new Pinnacle Studio edit suite.

Crossed Wires
Do You Know What It Is Yet?
It’s A Dog’s Life

2008 saw Nomad Soul, a film about a jealous man who used the power of astral travel to stalk his ex-girlfriend.

Filming started in the spring and concluded in the autumn. During this time the house was being renovated, which meant tight camera angles in the lounge were used to hide the sudden change of layout of the room as a result of the renovation.

By the time the scene featuring Bramble was recorded, her training was developed enough so I could get her to do the actions in her scenes.

Nomad Soul Trailer 1
Nomad Soul Trailer 2
Nomad Soul Trailer 3
Nomad Soul Trailer 4
Nomad Soul

These films were made as a bit of fun and to test the potential of the Sony V6000 camera’s time-lapse and also editing features of Aist MovieDV.

Opening of a Flower
Sketchy Weather
Eastenders Mock 1
Eastenders Mock 2
Eastenders Mock 3
Eastenders Closing Mock

The spring of 1998 saw a sequence of films that were scripted and time spent planning the shots for the scenes.

Like with Ghost Story and What A Mess, Behind Covered Eyes and Peabodies In Space were experimental films to test the potential of filming techniques.

Deja Vu was created at the film group, Lights, Camera, Action that took place at Orford Youth Centre. A lot of planning for the car accident stunt that was put together using a series of shots that gave the illusion of someone being run over.

Behind Covered Eyes
Peabodies In Space
Deja Vu

The spring of 1997 saw a sequence of films made using the ‘new’ Hi8 Samsung camcorder. These were lightly scripted.

Ghost Story and What A Mess were experimental films to test the potential of the camcorder and video player features. FRANK advert was created at the film group, Lights, Camera, Action that took place at Orford Youth Centre.

Ghost Story
!!!What A Mess!!!
FRANK advert

The spring of 1996 saw a sequence of films made during weekends away at the caravan in Wetherby. The idea behind these films was to make a short feature based around a particular object. There was no script. They were fully improvised and all editing was done using the in-camera editing technique. Music was added when transferred to VHS and later when transferred to a computer, other sounds and visual effects were added.

The Bike, The Skates & The Crash
The Stool
Ball Bother
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