I wrote a post last month about filming our very own Furze Platt Sixth Form take on the popular Harlem Shake video phenomenon that is sweeping the web.
Here, just briefly, is how we did it.
We had a twenty-minute window to get the footage we needed. Given it was, after all, only going to result in 30 seconds’ worth of screen time, that may sound like a lot. It wasn’t. Not when you have to brief the scores of excitable participants, remove all clues of the mock-anarchy that is soon to descend on the common room, and politely explain to a teacher why it isn’t necessarily that easy to “honestly just really quickly” get a coffee from the machine right next to our camera. Factor in the need to fix a technical fault with the loudspeakers that would play the music track, and include also the time needed to get changed and reset for the second shot, and it becomes a miracle to think that we got what we needed in time. Read the rest of this entry
Scroll down or click here for my video of the event.
As is traditional in towns and cities across the UK, today saw Maidenhead’s annual Christmas Lights Switch-On event take place in front of the Town Hall. At 6:00pm, from the balcony of the Mayor’s parlour, a young girl who won a competition run by the Maidenhead Advertiser flicked the all-important switch. Hundreds of fireworks were detonated, and the High Street’s hanging decorations were illuminated. Mayor Asghar Majeed helped with the proceedings, fresh from carrying out the same duty in Windsor last week.
Below, for your viewing pleasure, my video of today’s switch-on event.
When I first found out that Norden Lights, the organisation which provides drama classes at Norden Farm, had been allocated a one-hour slot on the main stage for this year’s Maidenhead Carnival, I couldn’t wait to find out how artistic director Dave Farey was going to organise over 100 children into one performance.