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Jimmyson

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A Decade of Gallery Works

Every now and then over the last 10 years, I’ve have taken the opportunity to post and share work and creations I undertook in my spare time. The last several years have been relatively quite due to my own life commitments taking time away from undertaking further developments and improvements. Some projects were very ambitious and sadly little was ever made, whilst others I took time to tweak the design and add a little uniqueness to the work.

Over the years, the threads became stale and many of the images lost to Image Hosting platforms, and with myself being concerned about data, I also removed links to videos which further showcased the work. The closing of the TV Forum site as made me question my past decisions, and why I struggled to showcase my work and accept the criticisms.

This time, I want to take ownership of my work, and showcase some work that was also not released.

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ABC News 2010 Graphics

This project was intended to be an ambitious project undertaken in 2013. The ABC launched their News Channel, and a wholesale change was made to the graphics package. At the time I was boarding in Melbourne and some housemates were wanting to stretch their creative works, and wanted to create News Bulletin updates similar to what was broadcast on TV. Mentioning the work I was undertaking, I made efforts to recreate the ABC News Graphics package.

I had no forehand knowledge about the design cues and concepts, and could only work with what I saw. Sliding Boxes and segmented pictures looked to be the design language, and often, the photos would be replaced depending on the programme. One thing I found lacking was how blurred the graphics looked, even under 720p High Definition, and there were too many static images for my own liking.

I set my challenged to combine these issues and reattempt the design.

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I also took the challenge of recreating the Promo Boards and make a Backdrop Template for presenters, where an image can be placed behind the overlays and re-rendered. Taking advantages of After Effect’s Dynamic Layering features.

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Lastly, there was the footer banner. It was always a static image, and I wanted to give it some life.
I never returned to this project and 2014 was the last year it was touched.



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BBC World Service Breakfiller

Stumbling around David Lowe’s old Member’s Area (Some TVF users may remember that), I came across a shared piece of work called the “Breakdown Music”. It was intended to be played out over the radio if there were ever internal disruptions to broadcasting, and music needed to be played to avoid dead air. Something akin to the Breakdown animations played on BBC World and News 24.

Listening to the music, I observed that the song was broken into music motifs and styles as it played, and reminded myself of the breakfiller Pre-"Dynamic Junctions". Jumping straight into After Effects, I cobbled together a background loop which spanned the length of the song, then started creating Composition templates where I could write up content for each.

The background, I was hoping for the use of the Cat’s Cradle, but could not attempt it at the time, but it sufficed with a dark blue tint, representative of the World Service logo at the time.
At the time, during 2012 I had originally shared by work with the TV Forum community, and got some nice ideas, and managed to incorporate them into the work. The long render times ended up exhausting me and I dropped the work. I have since managed to re-render the work.

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BBC Four News

I really don’t remember much about this project. It was undertaken in late 2011, and I was finishing my final year. Gosh I am old. This work is probably my earliest that I ever retained related to TV content, suitable for TV Forum consumption.

It was a take on BBC Four News from 2002. Intending to use the 4 as the symbol of choice for astons and the opening titles. Probably more suitable for Channel 4 rather than BBC Four.

I had the design patterned down, I just struggled to find suitable images, and the footage was too low quality for my liking. Plus it is super taxing on my computer when rendering, even today, as my version of After Effects doesn’t register later versions of OpenGL, nor does it take advantage of GPU processing.

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Ten News 1994 in HD

This is more of a recent activity. Stumbling across some old News recordings of Ten News, I had the iconic drum build up I am familiar with, but I never recall the design language, though I found it very interesting, and was reminded was past work. The use of box (all be it on angles), and drop shadows, I knew I could recreate this, and have it up-scaled to High Definition.

This was a fun reattempt. Finding the correct font was not, as something is up with that “E” character, even in the old VHS footage. Where I knew I would struggle with is anything that is 3D, and rendered externally. I can leverage Blender, but having footage super imposed in Blender is a nightmare. So I sufficed for simple shapes in 3D space. Looks not-great, but it’s fine for concept.

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Odd and Ends

A friend of mine requested a Old-Timey News Summary sting.


I really do like the 2019 BBC News Regions. Maybe I can make it fit the ABC News styling. They seem to be using some upward-sliding panels too.
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…and finally

Oh no! That explains some of the Gallery Threads I've seen.... Shocked

I really don't know how to take this on board. I'm don't contribute much (plus many of my past contributions have ended up disappearing over the years....).

First I should give my condolences to @Asa. Mate, thanks for your 20 years of captaincy of TV Forum. I don't know much of the history, but that's almost an unbeatable innings for a community run website. Being on literally the other side of the world, I would not have aware of community forums, thanks to limited Dial-Up usage times back in the late 90s and through the early 2000s. I would not even fathom the time and effort you would have put into maintaining a Discussion forum in those early days of the web. You should be proud of that.

To the larger community at hand, and to the regulars who have been around, thank you for being such an engaging and expressive community. I had discovered TV Forum around the beginning of the 2010s, and it was during my time when I was beginning to delve deeper into what the Internet offered with communities. At the time, I knew I was attentive to News Broadcasting and presentation. Listening to the themes of ABC Australia, National Nine News, Sky News Australia, and Ten News, along with watching presenters and journalists express their authenticity and deliverance to the news and events of the day.

My biggest draw-card was Countdown Music, something Sky News Australia was beginning to showcase in 2007, but little did I know about the BBC's countdowns until I stumbled through YouTube and the TV-Ark website. I can't remember much, but knew that I found TV Forum, and a place I could start showcasing (my then poor quality exports for Adobe Premier Pro) into the Forum.
I also managed to join the Australia equivalent of TV Forum; MediaSpy but haven't engaged as much their, and didn't follow up with a new account when they migrated their servers back in 2015, but I still look around from time-to-time, watching the changes in Australian TV Presentation.
In my own time, I learnt what After Effects was and began improving my own work quality. I'm certainly no artist, but I've learnt a little more about TV Broadcasting Standards and some information gleamed from the Forums, it genuinely has been helpful.

Over the years since, I spectated almost everyday, watching commentary on the BBC's migration to NBH, and the history of TVC. I've also built a little (maybe too large) of a collection of BBC News tunes and still jam to it everyday. What a disaster it turned into. It had the best intentions, but people got too greedy.

Upon reflection, I seemed to have my corner where I wanted to achieve big things, and grab what I could with the right attitude, but I think my concern and fear got the better of me at times, and things never eventuated, and much of my work is no longer visible. Which really is a shame on my part, and I wish I could undo some of the erasing that I did.

One take-away that TV Forum has enabled me is to try a hand a streaming, and thinking about how it works. Watching the News 24 galleries, I feel like I can emulate what they can do, and given I have spent years volunteering for AV teams at Churches and Schools, I could see myself in a backup career if Software Development ever falls by the way-side. Razz

Finally, I want to give a shout out to the following members; Bail, Mike W, rob, itsrobert, SomeRandomStuff, mdtaUK, DTV, FactorFiles, VMPhil, PATV Scunthorpe . You guys are amazing. I am in awe of your talent and knowledge. You have helped create inspiration, and your engagement has been like a good mentor. Engaging critiques and insight into the past operations. Mind workings with your talented Presentation Mocks and your sense and respect towards others. I will really, truly miss you.
Many of you are based in the UK, and one in my neck of the woods, but I do hope we may cross paths again, either in-person (if I ever fly to the United Kingdom), or virtually with streaming and social media communications.

God-speed my friends, and may this final March, be our strongest transmission.

~~ This is James "Jimmyson" Crawford, reporting from Melbourne, Australia, for TV Forum ~~