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Sunday, 9 July 2006

birth and video

Baby Lucy - Beth's second surrogate birthWell, if you're not already aware, Beth had another record labour (although the paperwork doesn't do her justice - it was certainly less than an hour and a half!) with an early morning drive to the hospital at half-past six on Friday morning, and she called me less than an hour later saying that she was OK, and so was Lucy, who'd arrived shortly before she phoned me!

Suffice it to say, the parents hadn't even finished packing the car, let alone started the four-hour journey down, having been alerted just before we left the house - but they made it without too many problems, and were overjoyed to see their newborn daughter.

Despite a fairly straightforward labour, Beth had to stay in overnight, so Saturday started with me having the children to myself - breakfast was accompanied with My Little Pony videos on YouTube.

It wasn't long before we discovered the hilarious www.mylittletransformer.com - a primitively animated (and voiced!) fusion of both Christopher's and Lenni's favourite toys. Their favourite episode is the rather slapstick "It's-A-Me!", causing Lenni to shout "It's-A-Me, Mario!" at various intervals during the rest of the day.

When I told Christopher than anyone could submit a video to YouTube, he was inspired. His idea was to combine Transformers with Lego, and we worked on a short storyline. I explained that the video was made up of 'scenes' and, after the hassle of installing a driver for Beth's old Quickcam Messenger and putting together a makeshift tripod using bits of a pair of microphone stands (and blu-tak!), we captured the various shots on the fine VirtualDub.

After lunch, we recorded the sound effects in the studio, and I pieced it all together, with a rather appalling bit of PaintShop Pro animation at the beginning and the end (sorry!) - the results of Christopher's first ever video short are below. Very 'six year old' I'm sure you'll agree!


Click for bigger!

It's been an enjoyable weekend... I'm off until Friday next week, to aid Beth's recovery, so maybe I can make some music! "We'll see" as my Dad used to say; some things never change..

Posted by james at July 9, 2006 6:42 PM


 
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