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Preparations for the VIDEO SHOOT for the new Christmas song continue APACE. Now that I've got myself a webcam, a light HOTTER THAN THE SUN, and stop motion animation software I thought it might be a good idea to see if it would ACTUALLY WORK, and so spent a merry half an hour or so yesterday making a Christmas Robin jump out of a Christmas card and then scamper across a table.

Not LITERALLy, obviously. Animated.

It worked really well, much to my relief, and after the aforesaid half hour i had a whole five seconds worth of FOOTAGE. Excellent! The final video's going to feature quite a bit of Actual ME doing some singing, and it isn't THAT long a song, so it'll be quite a bit of work to to it ALL but not, hopefully, too much.

In order to make it as NOT GHASTLY as possible I then retired to the kitchen table armed with Pritt Stick, Scissors, crayons and some light card in order to get CRAFTY. Earlier I'd had a BRAINSTORM with The Frames In My Film about what the STORY of the video would be and now sat down to start making some PROPS. The first of these were little stands for the eventual characters to be stuck onto, which was surprisingly a) easy b) SATISFYING c) fun. Emboldened by the success of this I made two little PROPS - a minature telly and same scale computer desk. These look LOVELY and I must admit I have several times crept up on them to have a bit of a PLAY. They're ACE!

Priority NOW is to properly formalise the SCRIPT. The only person ON SET when I film it (tentatively scheduled for Sunday morning) will be ME, but I know from experience that having it all worked out BEFORE I start will make it all a WHOLE lot easier. I'm rather excited about it all though, especially now that I've proven it's DO-ABLE. I'm not sure it's going to be as JOYOUS and WONDERFUL as last year's was, but I'm going to do my best to make it so!

posted 4/11/2010 by MJ Hibbett

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