Friday, March 29, 2013

My video of Welsh artists

Last year I filmed 2 artists creating waymarkers for walkers and mountain bikers up in the Welsh Valleys around Afan.

I produced a short video for Neath Port Talbot council and they have just put a write up, photos and my video online.
Watch and read more here


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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Daily Mail and Undercurrents

After reading numerous accounts of the Daily Mail taking peoples photographs and using them for their own website without paying, I wasn't too hopeful of getting a positive result when the Daily Mail grabbed our images from our video to use for their own video report.

However this story has a happy ending.This week the Video Editor at the Daily Mail, Melanie Edgar took Undercurrents images without our permission and used them in her own report for the Daily Mail on March 26th 2013 (see picture for how it was presented with the title 'Explore the home that Charlie and Megan have created')

To compliment her article on an eco-home that is being threatened with demolition she wanted to use clips from an Undercurrents video report so contacted us stating-

'I assume we are OK to download this and use it to illustrate the content? 
Let me know if not or if there are any queries '

She never mentioned that she was from the Daily Mail and Undercurrents replied within 2 hours stating-

'If you are not-for-profit, it will be fine to reproduce as long as it is unedited and attributed'

She replied-
'Its the Daily Mail website so I suppose it is for profit but there is not really anything I can do to change that. '

To her credit she engaged with us and following some emails and a phone call, we engaged in bit of bartering. She stated that the Daily Mail usual rate for licensing video for online use is normally £50-£80.

We wanted more like £500 (approx £100 per minute) but we finally settled upon £300 plus VAT.

A pleasant outcome especially since I expected a protracted argument involving legal departments. The story is one which needs airing and it is great that our footage is helping promote it. Finally it is a relief to find a decent journalist in the Daily Mail.

Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New York had the hair, London had the trousers but Belfast had the reason.

Once in a while a movies comes along and gives you belief again in the power of a good story well told. I have just watched Good Vibrations at its West Midlands premiere at flatpack film festival.

A movie with Punk as a colourful backdrop it follows
Terri Hooley's life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene.

New York had the hair, London had the trousers but Belfast had the reason.

The movie is on release on March 29th. See it and give it the oxygen of publicity.



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Living in the Future- the online series of ecovillages



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Welsh low impact home threatened with demolition

Would you say this Welsh home is an eyesore?
Pembrokeshire County Council think it is and want to demolish it.

Undercurrents have been reporting the saga around the low impact home (watch here)

Charlie, Meg and baby Eli live near Lammas ecovillage in West Wales and have been inspired to make a stunning roundhouse. The home has the turf roof, straw bale insulation and lime render which are fast becoming the vernacular in low impact building in Wales.

"Lammas  turned up very close to us and we started seeing what they were doing- building with natural material, low cost housing, very well insulated. It seemed to make sense."

APPEAL FOR HELP
The house was built on Charlie's family's land but without planning permission and Pembrokeshire County Council are now threatening action. Charlie and Meg are asking for public support to enable them to get retrospective planning permission for their home. You can complete an online form offering your support
The address you need to quote is : Trecnwc, Glandwr, Whitland, Pembs, SA340YD; in the section for Role Code, select "interested party" and for Nature of Response, put "support". You will need to attach a document sating your support, and we suggest something like:
"Dear Claire John, Case Officer, We would like to support the retrospective planning permission application for this home. It is an inspiring example of a beautiful natural building and of how young people may address the shortage of available homes."

Pembrokeshire County Council's enforcement notice says the property is, "harmful to the rural character of the locality" and must be demolished. This is a view of the rural character close to Charlie's home on Google Street View. Charlie needs your support for his retrospective planning application. If you feel you can help Charlie and his young family please fill in your name and address details on this online form for 12/1070/PA.

 The Western Telegraph have published an article about the house and Charlie and Meg's appeal.


Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

Monday, March 25, 2013

£500,000 Global Impact Award


Google today launched the Global Impact Challenge, inviting British non-profits to
tell them how they would use technology to transform lives. The top four submissions
will each receive a £500,000 Global Impact Award, as well as mentoring and support
to help make their project a reality. We’re delighted to be supporting this
initiative, and encourage you to apply. 

Applications open today and you may apply online by 17 April 2013 at:
g.co/impactchallenge. A team from Google will review applications and announce ten
finalists in mid May. The public will then be invited to learn more about the top
ten finalists, cast a vote for their favourite and donate directly to any project
they wish to support.

The final event, to take place in early June, will feature a judging panel made up
of Sir Richard Branson, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Jilly Forster, Matt Brittin and
Jacquelline Fuller, who will select three awardees. The fourth awardee, based on
online votes from the public, will also be revealed.
 http://globalimpactchallenge.withgoogle.com/

Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

Presenter wanted for online Cannabis Seed Channel

Work will involve traveling to Spain in April 2013
Presenter wanted for videos about the Cannabis Industry in Spain

Undercurrents is seeking a presenter for a new and exciting video channel about the cannabis industry.

What's Required?
We are seeking a presenter for a new and exciting video channel about the cannabis industry. No experience is needed as enthusiasm and on-screen friendliness is far more important.
Your role will be to interview top cannabis seedbanks, seed breeders, and industry experts about their seeds during international trade events. You will be working under the direction of an experienced director and film maker. You must be available to travel to Spain to work with us from the 18th - 22nd April 2013.
You will, obviously, need a valid passport!

You will be representing Freedom Seeds, a new UK-based seedbank. Rest assured that our business, and everything we sell, is 100% legal. Learn more about this business by visiting www.freedomseeds.com. To see an example of the one of our videos from Spannabis 2013 earlier this year please see below.


How Do I Apply?
Send us your showreel video or get in front of a camcorder or video phone and tell us why you want to be a presenter for Freedom Seeds Upload to YouTube etc and send the url link to paulo@undercurrents.org

Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Balanced reporting of Hugo Chavez?

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The Corporate Media Bury Hugo Chávez

By David Edwards
Following the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez on March 5, the BBC reported from the funeral:
'More than 30 world leaders attended the ceremony, including Cuban President Raul Castro, Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus.
'A message was read out from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.'
A rogues' gallery of the West's 'bad guys', in other words. To the side of the main article, the BBC quietly noted that, in fact, 'Most Latin American and Caribbean Presidents' attended the funeral, not just the Bond villains.
Following the same theme, a BBC article appeared beneath a grim photo montage of Osama bin Laden, Chávez, Kim Jong-il, Muammar Gaddafi, Fidel Castro and Saddam Hussein. The report asked: 'Is the era of the anti-American bogeymen at an end?'
Like many independent nationalists, Chávez was not 'anti-American', although he was anti-empire. US foreign policy, on the other hand, was certainly anti-Chávez, 'variously portrayed as a six-times elected champion of the people or a constitution-fiddling demagogue', the BBC piece noted.

Similar 'balance' was offered by the Guardian's Rory Carroll, lead author of the newspaper's Venezuelan coverage between 2006-2012:
'To the millions who revered him – a third of the country, according to some polls – a messiah has fallen, and their grief will be visceral. To the millions who detested him as a thug and charlatan, it will be occasion to bid, vocally or discreetly, good riddance.'
Fair comment, one might think, until we try to imagine a UK journalist writing anything comparable to the second sentence in response to the death of a US president or UK prime minister.
And yet, unlike so many US and UK leaders of recent times, Chávez did not invade nations, overthrow governments, commit mass murder, mass torture, or mass starvation through sanctions. Indeed, in his years as president from 1999-2013 he was not credibly accused of a single political murder.
If it is to be considered fair, condemnation of Chávez should be proportionate to the extent of his alleged crimes and consistent with the level of condemnation directed at US-UK leaders' far worse crimes. If Chávez gets much more for doing far less, we are in the realm of propaganda, not journalism.
To be consistent, then, a senior Guardian journalist should respond to the death of George H.W. or George W. Bush, for example, with something along these lines:
'To the tens or hundreds of millions who detested him as a mass murdering and torturing thug, war criminal and charlatan, it will be occasion to bid, vocally or discreetly, good riddance.'

 View full article online here



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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

citizen journalism mobile phone challenge!

BETWEEN THE LINES & TRUTHLOADER LAUNCH CITIZEN JOURNALISM CHALLENGE! 

Between the Lines and Truthloader have joined forces to launch a citizen journalism mobile phone challenge! Whether you're a seasoned documentarian or journalist, an amateur filmmaker or there is simply an issue you feel needs reporting, pick up your mobile phone now and get filming!

THE CHALLENGE
What are you passionate about? What gets your goat? What does the mainstream media miss? What's your perspective?

Make a film on your mobile phone on a topic you care about or a subject you want to investigate. Whether you want to highlight an issue, give someone else a voice or tell a story that's personal to you, this is your chance to say it in your way.

WANT SOME INSPIRATION?
The Truthloader YouTube channel is home to hundreds of videos from citizen journalists around the world. See their Top 20 Videos here and subscribe to Truthloader to watch new citizen journalism every day!

THE RULES
- Entries must be between 1 minute and 5 minutes in length
- Entries must be filmed solely on a mobile phone
- Entries must be received by 12th April 2013
We're looking for entrants of all ages from all around the country. 

HOW TO ENTER
Enter your film by self-publishing it online and then letting us know. All films must be uploaded to YouTube. Once your film is online, send us the link one of two ways:
- Either email the link to info@dochouse.org with the subject 'Citizen Journalism Challenge'
- Or tweet the link to @BTLfest with the hashtag #BTLcitizenjournalism.
More on dochouse.org
WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Tuesday 30th April 2013
 
The top five entries will each be featured on the Truthloader Youtube site in May 2013. The overall winner will receive an Iphone5 handset and the latest three DVDs from documentary distributor Dogwoof!
Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

Off Grid Documentary


Cinematographer - Apply
Minimum experience: two broadcast documentaries. Able to cover every shot needed in tight situations with characters who are not going to repeat themselves endlessly. Can work fast with no or lo lighting. The first shoot is a pilot for broadcasters

Is position paid: Yes
Pay rate: Up to £300 per day


Sound Recordist - Apply
Minimum experience: 2 broadcast documentaries. Spanish speaking an advantage but not essential. Able to work in unusual conditions, away from mains power

Is position paid: Yes
Pay rate: Up to £200 per day


About the project:

OFF THE GRID AND ON THE CLOUD - More info
Feature length documentary about living off the grid in style and comfort, thanks to modern tecnologies

Shoot Date: 1st Apr 2013 - 4th Apr 2013
Project link: http://www.off-grid.net
Shoot Location: Spain
Is this a student project: No
Production Company: Vivum Intelligent Media Ltd
Budget: Up to £10,000
Genre: Documentary
Form: Feature
Is project insured: Yes
 

Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Funding for your movie

 The Wellcome Trust Development Awards Pitch is your chance to apply for the chance to pitch a broadcast, gaming or film idea to a judging panel. The ideas need to engage the audience with contemporary or historical biomedical science, in an innovative and accessible way. Awards of up to £10,000 are available. Applications can be made via this link.  Deadline for entering is Friday 26 April.


Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org