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Fat Club - Issue #6

Fat Club
Hi there,
It’s Neil writing this week.
If there’s one good thing about a pandemic (and we all know there isn’t much), it’s that businesses have embraced and normalised the concept of working from home.
Well, I’d like to normalise one more activity that was born out of covid-times…phoning it in. You saw it on BBC news, then other TV shows, then documentaries, then absolutely-bloody-everywhere. It was socially distanced, lockdown-friendly and cost-effective. It made sense.
The thing I’d like to normalise, however, is that phoning it in doesn’t have to be the inferior sibling of a real crew. To me, it’s just another creative option. Even though film crews can now venture out into the world and point a camera in people’s faces, I still think creative approaches with phone or webcam contributors can be a really bloody good option.
Why? I hear you not ask.
Well, despite the convenience during a pandemic. I think it brings a fascinating tone that can be powerful. It’s intimate, chatty, relaxed and familiar. It lets stories come through without the gloss and upright posture of an actual film set. It lets people speak without using their “phone voice” if you know what I mean
Here are some examples
Microsoft Hololens
I’ve shared this before, but it’s so beautiful it’s getting one last dance. Telling a story purely through a phone call and vividly immersive animation

Vimeo Record: video messaging for teams Vimeo Create: quick and easy video-maker
Vimeo Record: video messaging for teams Vimeo Create: quick and easy video-maker
The Karman Project
This example shows how you can embrace the low-resolution aesthetic and build an entire art style around it.
Vimeo Record: video messaging for teams Vimeo Create: quick and easy video-maker
Vimeo Record: video messaging for teams Vimeo Create: quick and easy video-maker
Nike Running
Zoom calls don’t dilute the impact if you weave it in with confidence and creativity.
Vimeo Record: video messaging for teams Vimeo Create: quick and easy video-maker
Vimeo Record: video messaging for teams Vimeo Create: quick and easy video-maker
ABRSM - What’s the point of music theory?
Here’s one that we made too, recorded in the depths of the first lockdown.
Vimeo Record: video messaging for teams Vimeo Create: quick and easy video-maker
Vimeo Record: video messaging for teams Vimeo Create: quick and easy video-maker
We posted a (sanitised) microphone to our key contributor, and recorded the whole thing over Google meet.
…and here are some really useful tools.
Making video with contributors over the internet can be littered with technical troubles, so here are some tools that can help get the job done without risk or nightmares.
Recording video
Whilst Zoom or Google Meet is perfectly capable of recording video, the chances are you’ll be spending most of your time setting it up, testing it, troubleshooting and then being utterly disappointed with the results. So skip zoom altogether and make use of a dedicated tool like GetWedler or Riverside.fm
Recording Audio
The problem with most audio online isn’t always the microphone you use, but the compression of the audio itself. Using a tool like CleanFeed (which is free) can let you link up a contributor with the best possible audio quality. A good microphone can always help, but this will make sure you’ve got the best quality feed from whatever kit you have.
Stuff we liked this week
Here’s a bunch of inspiring stuff we’ve loved this week…
☞ I really liked this video that takes you on a tour of the different styles of lenses that are used across film and video
☞ Pixar is well known for its attention to detail, and this breakdown of the hand movement in their latest film is fascinating
☞ I tend to think Apple events don’t have the gravitas they once had whilst Steve Jobs was at the helm, which means I missed some quite incredibly creative moments in their recent events, here’s a compilation
☞ I stumbled across this new product called RGKitPlay, which allows makers/animators/film people to rig some quite inventive moves
☞ I always thought the Barbican in London had such an unnerving and un-inviting design. Turns out it was all intentional.
☞ This is a handy tool from Adobe for quickly removing the background from photos, all in a browser.
☞ And another handy tool for creating colour pallettes/gradients
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