Sunday, July 23, 2017

Topics around video for next week

The Storyteller is still on tour so I continue with the Drama Hour before the Wild Show on  Thursday. I now have a digital copy of one of the plays from the radio evening at Boat Shed. So can link around this to talk about content marketing, clips and promo.

I may use an extract on Tuesday for @wenotno show. Previously we played a lot of Laurence Jones from video recorded when he supported Vintage Trouble. Maybe worked as promo for his own headline performance. No stats available. But fits as a topic for show. Theatre not so much content marketing though there are trailers.

Tuesday evening is Tubers / Digital Exeter so I will check out what they say. The scope is video for business in general but music is an area where video has been tried out for a while.

There may be some places still available meetup.com/Digital-Exeter/events/241716277/

Radio 1 Academy last year was about "visual radio" - low level video by TV standards. Still not sure how this works. As promo in some sort of loop with events. Continues as "Management Theory At Work In Radio" during August, including question of why buildings are needed.

Futurelearn / OU case Study in Disruption?

Radio clearly is in a disruption situation. Streaming now viable for music distribution and FM only part of a marketing mix.

Education could appear as obvious a case over time. Recently I have found it difficult to raise the question. But in the autumn I will try a draft article in the way I worked on for OhmyNews a while ago. They require a news event at the beginning but I found that bits of blog could be copied in once the event was established. My guess is that BETT in January will have something announced or discussed that shows things are moving with UK universities. This year Futurelearn concentrated on how their resources could be used in schools but universities are now attending in larger numbers. Students now have expectations about technology so universities are closer to where schools are at.

One question is when the budgets will change so that education spends relatively more on tech and less on buildings. On the Exeter campus it seems that iconic architecture is still a priority. Could be the same for the arts in general. Boat Shed in Exeter has plans for the building but I am not sure about a video studio or support for social media content.

Not sure if the Goethe Institut MOOC will be repeated this summer on managing the arts. This clip is from 2015, still relevant but not sure if his claim is accurate about what is happening. I am linking this to any building that might be partly a gallery or studio.



By chance the Observer today has story about the offices that tech companies are building. No evidence there that online is enough.

Also I am looking forward to the Lancaster Spine as a location. Just not sure that all these buildings are the best use of funds.

Anyway back on topic the OU is making major moves. So far most reporting has been on the loss of jobs, closure of sites. But the digital direction is definite. Futurelearn is in the top five of global platforms. ( Later story will have more on whether this matters. Should academics worry about this sort of thing / language? Valuation of the top two may be another crash about to happen. Still works as a case study)

There are now some examples of courses that are charged for, full online degrees. Futurelearn is well placed to encourage students to consider this progression. OU as much as others.

More later.  Confidence level of some verifiable facts ahead of BETT? Quite high.



Low Level Video Production Continues

So far not much happening with mtwr or RGB2. See previous posts for the idea that the current YouTube channel is too limited to low budget methods. RGB2 is intended for improved video local to near Exeter, mtwr for Management Theory at Work in Radio. But both assumed that YouTube RED would be available in the UK. Advertising gets more annoying so the subscription option has to be there, especially for a professional / academic situation. Meanwhile options such as Adobe Spark allow some reasonable content in the mix. Also I am able to get good sound from the Phonic FM studio. Lighting still an issue so making use of daylight over the summer.

Management Theory at Work in Radio is an idea that could well be happening somewhere else. It came out of an attempt to do a social media advance on another face to face conference in the series Management Theory at Work. There have been two so far in Lancaster, a mix of theory and practice. see previously for more on the Spine, currently being updated. Video playlists could link content in a context based on a walk. But the Spine is a building site until early next year. Production budget depends on available tech at that time. Linking video better with a tripod, steadycam, edit budget etc but possible with a few stills.

Meanwhile "Having A Wonderful Time" is working out ok. I am sitting in for the Storyteller in the slot before my usual time for the Wild Show. A radio play based on a short story can also be a situation / outside broadcast. Content needs development but we have got to a location and back within scheduled time for the show. So same approach could well work with a Spine walk. I have realised the script / design needs to be vague enough to be able to work anywhere. "Vague" is wrong word maybe, outline better. Details can change if the audience already knows the plot from previous info. Also things turn up that can be linked to.

YouTube seems to be turning out more like a mainstream broadcaster than social media as I have understood it. They are dropping the online video editor in September and now suggest that the Creative Commons approach can work if you direct message to ask for a copy of the file. So no download option or way to just edit a version online. In the USA they expand the number of urban areas with cable that includes YouTube RED. So the better funded content is probably going to come from those same sort of locations. I will be looking out for clips to put in a playlist. We can add some comment and links in the UK but the delay on YouTube RED is a definite problem.

Management Theory at Work in Radio has been a low level event as face to face. Part of Dark Times in 2015, space donated by Bike Shed Theatre in August pause. YouTube RED then a rumour but the potential was indicated. 2016 we rented some lighting and tested the bar. Worked ok but still no Youtube RED in UK. This year the base is just sound, some clips possible as part of Wild Show or @wenotno on @PhonicFM . Some issues relate to arts centres or education, see next post.


Saturday, July 08, 2017

The "Not Making Of" Option

Thinking about video situations for the next month or so. July / August is a holiday phase so mostly notes mode and as basis for future versions. There may be actual news in September or soon after as people return to offices. Only time pressure is that the Storyteller is away on tour. Most weeks he is in the Phonic FM time slot before the Wild Show so I have got to know his situation quite well. I will be trying to get in an hour early for the next three weeks. This started at a time of a Phonicon event linked to News From The Sun as visual art. I found a radio version on the internet archive. Then the continuity announcer stated that next week it would be Having A Wonderful Time. So I played that and thought it could be the basis for another set of events. Holiday culture days out or holidays as containment for social pressures. So I return to this to explore.

Should be week two but it turns out JD is on holiday soon so we will make the trip to the Canal Basin / Boat Shed this next week. And fit in the News From the Sun from the archive. In the short story the holiday makers never come back from the package. Equivalent could be a basement for creative activities from which nobody returns. Details yet to be worked out but there may be an escape route assuming people then spend the rest of the day away from the Phoenix. Boat Shed one option so that bit may be recorded next week.

Recorded as in bits of sound or video and some stills. Sound can be mixed in studio later. Backgrounds maybe for video mix when we work out the script a bit better. The Phonic FM studio is definitely ok for sound, not sure about the rest of it. So it may turn out to be a "making of" sort of collection or a "not making of" if there is never a final edit.

All Creative Commons as the radio plays are such from the Internet Archive and it should make things easier. If someone would try a similar idea then it could go in the mix. Starting with text in this blog. The basis is the location that becomes a sort of set. I am also working on a Walk along the spine on Lancaster university campus. This will be for next year when the spine is completed. The idea is to use the route as continuity for discussion on digital disruption and education. Spots for tech vision, critique and business planning, library and bookshop response, views from humanities and social science.

Meanwhile there will be an update on Management Theory at Work in Radio. This has been tried out the last couple of summers. The Bike Shed Theatre was available for Dark Times, then we tried out rented lighting. Should be easier in daylight at Boat Shed or nearby. Earlier Management Theory at Work was the title for two conferences at Lancaster. There was also a social media version of a third one that morphed into a sound version. The content could be the basis for another conference if this makes more sense at a future time.

On YouTube the videos will be part of playlists. There are some already that may change in scope. The Exeter campus could be used for tests of discussions for the Spine Walk. There is news of online courses to be launched next year so some real base for discussion. No change in the campus so far butb this may be a question to ask.

The Storyteller informs me that the Bad Blood performance will be repeated at Exeter Visual Art in the autumn. This is located at the end of the Alphin Brook  so could connect with a walk along the river and canal. Not sure how this fits but the sequences will need some definition on occasions. The "not making of" approach can only go so far and needs links to somewhere else.