Here’s a clip from the improvised BBC2 sitcom The Trip.
Directed by Michael Winterbottom, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play “loose versions of themselves” as they travel around the Peak District, Lake District, Scotland, Lancashire, and the Yorkshire Dales writing food reviews for a national newspaper. Read more about it here.
I watched a great episode of Horizon last night – asking the biggest questions that science can possibly ask: where did everything in our universe come from? How did it all begin? What followed was a dizzying exploration of cosmic bounces, rips and multiple universes. If you like that sort of stuff I can’t recommend it highly enough. Proper BBC documentary film making.
BBC iPlayer – Horizon: 2010-2011: What Happened Before the Big Bang?
I saw this at the weekend for the Winter Olympics.. and loved it.
BBC Sport – Winter Olympics Animation 2010
Marc Craste was briefed by agency RKCR/Y&R to create a film based around a legendary quest, where an Inuit hero retrieves a spiritual stone that has been stolen from a mystical totem by a giant bear. While performing his mission, our hero reveals some pretty nifty sporting skills that would prove useful at the Olympics, including skiing, snowboarding, and curling. The film was commissioned via Red Bee Media, agency: RKCR/Y&R, prod co: Studio AKA, director Marc Craste.
The beeb have a habit of commissioning smart promos for these kind of big events. Remember these?
Delia Derbyshire was born in Coventry, England, in 1937. Educated at Coventry Grammar School and Girton College, Cambridge, where she was awarded a degree in mathematics and music.
In 1959, on approaching Decca records, Delia was told that the company did not employ women in their recording studios, so she went to work for the UN in Geneva before returning to London to work for music publishers Boosey & Hawkes.
In 1960 Delia joined the BBC as a trainee studio manager. She excelled in this field, but when it became apparent that the fledgling Radiophonic Workshop was under the same operational umbrella, she asked for an attachment there – an unheard of request, but one which was, nonetheless, granted.
Delia remained ‘temporarily attached’ for years, regularly deputising for the Head, and influencing many of her trainee colleagues.
A recent Guardian article called her ‘the unsung heroine of British electronic music’, probably because of the way her infectious enthusiasm subtly cross-pollinated the minds of many creative people.
She had exploratory encounters with Paul McCartney, Karlheinz Stockhausen, George Martin, Pink Floyd, Brian Jones, Anthony Newley, Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson.
Britain from Above will make use of technology to create stunning images of Britain from above.
Using aerial and satellite photography, groundbreaking filming technology, data mapping, and exclusive archive Britain from Above will look at varied issues from how four million people move around Greater London each day and how football crowds move to why ‘phantom’ traffic jams inexplicably appear on motorways.
422 South created ground breaking CGI sequences revealing never seen before patterns of life in modern Britain. Starting with GPS data mapping the movements of London taxi cabs, commercial aircraft, Channel shipping, refuse trucks and schoolchildren, 422 MD and senior programmer Craig Howarth translated lists of raw numeric co-ordinates sampled at regular time intervals, into coherent animated paths. 422′s VFX team, led by Art Director Dave Corfield and VFX supervisor Andy Howell visualised the resulting paths in Maya and composited them with satellite imagery of the UK using Shake. The result is simultaneously beautiful, surprising and informative.
The BBC also teamed up with Jason Hawkes Aerial Photography who have specialised in creating aerial photography since 1991.
Britain from Above will be aired on BBC One, Two and Four and available online through the iPlayer and this website where you can also rewind through time at 20 sites around the country.
The first episode is this Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.
The BBC are to offer their online service for free through The Cloud Wi-Fi network. This follows an annoucement that from O2 that the iPhone will be given free usage of the same hotspots, although the highly unclear “fair usage” policy applies to the iPhone.
The BBC also confirmed that Mac users will be able to use its iPlayer TV catch-up service from the end of the year. Interestingly though, the official annoucement added that “The broadcaster has signed a deal with Adobe to provide Flash video for the whole of the BBC’s video services, including a streaming version of its iPlayer.”
So hopefully that’s a final goodbye to Microsoft DRM and the wobbly RealPlayer technology. As Flash Player adds new codecs and keeps improving quality surely a cross-platform solution was the only way to go.