Well it’s May and it’s wet

2010: Month 03, week2 post @ Mellor TV

Hello all and welcome to The Mellormedia Blog.

Well it’s May and it’s wet… here in the UK anyway. People often think us Brits talk a lot about the weather so taking a break from the norm … I’ll leave it there.

So what’s been happening since the last post?

The football season is all but over. My beloved Boro [MFC] finished mid-table in the Championship. They also recently advertised some vacancies in their media department which is an opportunity not to be missed so I’ll apply for a post there after completing this post here…

Our kitchen has been decorated [mainly by the wife 🙂 …. with my supervision …. though she didn’t see it that way]. Looking good girl.

Also, the Reallusion ‘Animation At Work’ event has drawn to a close and thankfully we managed to complete our entry in time, hurrah.

As an educational piece to help early learners utilise ICLT for their story telling needs, it features my 2 young children [Charlie 9 & Hattie 7] in their first roles as voice actors, which they both took to like ducks to water. Hope you enjoy it.

Hattie is now expanding her skills by creating ‘Stickman’ animations as part of her school work with Pivot Animator so it wont be long before she is mastering CTA and iClone 😉 Watch this space…

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Virgin Soldiers have recently released a video for their latest project ‘The Dreamers’. In the year that commemorates 100 years since the beginning of the First World War, Runner Bean Ltd. and the Assembly Hall Theatre, in association with Stars Foundation for Cerebral Palsy bring The Dreamers to Tunbridge Wells. A brand new production in the style of War Of The Worlds it will be performed live by Virgin Soldiers and an ensemble of 25 young men and women.

The Dreamers Anthem Single is out on 19th May. All profits received by Virgin Soldiers will be split between Stars Foundation for Cerebral Palsy & military charity Never Such Innocence (http://www.neversuchinnocence.com/)

Good luck with the show!

Well that’s about all I have time to post today, got to go and cook the dinner for me and the wife.

Until next time, be seeing ya, MMM

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Yahoo announces original TV series

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Yahoo announces original TV series http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27200479

Well how original for Yahoo to enter the digital entertainment streaming arena, along with the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix and others. I wonder if any of them will commission Mellormedia to create a series of animated shorts for the viewing public and give us a platform to entertain the masses, not likely 🙂 YouTube will have to do for now. More to follow, DT.
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Happy Easter Post

2010: Month 03, week2 post @ Mellor TV

Happy Easter cyber travellers!

I hope you are able to enjoy the holidays and all the goodness that chocolate eggs, hot crossed buns and family time brings. I found myself doing some last minute spring cleaning in the kitchen, tidying out all the cupboards, finding items once thought lost or very out of date …..

Anyway, just a quick post to update that ‘The Animated Adventures Of Charlie Dave & Hattie Rose’ has now been complied and entered into the Reallusion ‘Animation At Work’ event.

Our entry has been submitted to the ‘Business & Training’ category, aimed at the education sector for KS1/KS2 students to partake and enjoy their learning whilst utilising ICLT in their story telling experience and journey.

Featuring my 2 young children [KS2 pupils – Charlie aged 9 and Hattie aged 7] in their first venture as voice actors, please like, share and enjoy the following:-

Thanks again for dropping by, call back again and catch up soon with more goings on and project updates.

Tat ta for now, MMM

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New for spring 2014

2010: Month 03, week2 post @ Mellor TV

Hello cyber traveller and welcome to The Mellormedia blog.

Whilst  taking a short sabbatical through February and the opening weeks of March, mAD  mELLOR mAN  has arisen from slumber and once more is to resume his place in the Mellormedia R&D zone.

A new project to focus on this spring will be to create a short piece for the Reallusion ” Animation @ Work’ event.

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With various ideas in mind bashing the innards of my cranium, I’ll hope to get a piece polished off for the beginning of May.

One of our earlier features created with  CTA is the clip below, made for educational purposes at a PRU that I previously worked for. Enjoy ‘Theme Of The Week – Space’.

Also new for spring 2014 is the eagerly awaited release of the ‘Love Strock’ EP from Virgin Soldiers,  available now via a certain, well branded digital download outlet.

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Good luck with the release guys an’ gals, keep Strockin’…..

After a few minor glitches over at Mellor TV, it is good to report that the site is up and running again, jam packed with tutorial playlists, iClone animations, archived Spotlight Studio footage, music videos and more.  What do you think? Helpful or fun?

Stay tuned and sign up for more development news and madness, cheers until next time, MMM

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Downloads, tutorials, music and more:

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Howdy visitors and welcome to The MellorMedia Blog.

This weeks post will feature articles on Reallusion Software, the Hitfilm freebie and Virgin Soldiers ‘Lovestrock’.

Hmmm.

It suddenly dawned on me that in less than a week I’ll turn 43… still rather young in the mental aspect of life however..

One ‘constant’ over the past 10 years at least has been the attachment with Reallusion software. Back then it was Effect3D Studio, It’s Me & CrazyTalk 1…

And now, this years evolvement of iClone [from It’s Me] to version 6, which is to feature a Brand-new Dockable QT User Interface, Big Quality Upgrade from Software Rendering, Natural Soft Cloth and more, I really can’t wait to get my hands on that bundle of treats.

The new instalment of CrazyTalk Animator [version 2] looks to be a universe away from it’s predecessor [CrazyTalk V1.0] that we started with back in the Spotlight Studio.

Can we even begin to compare Effect3D Studio to what has been achieved with the iClone 3DXchange pipeline bundle…. I dare not. 🙂

If, like me, you your good self would like to have an input as to the development route that Reallusion are taking, they’d love to hear your views and recommendations via this brief survey form, available here.

Further information about software development at Reallusion can be found here:

http://forum.reallusion.com/FindPost174586.aspx

10 years ago I wasn’t a parent… just a newly wed.

Now my 7 year old daughter is the boss of the house and ‘the sidekick’ [her brother narrowly edged it before the cat], my 9 year old son has decided to ‘move on’ from violin to ‘explore other avenues of music’.. in between wearing the PS3 to breaking point along with other “you wouldn’t understand things“… I think there’s going to be some changes as to who holds on to the TV remotes too. All in good fun, really….

Musically, I hope my kids follow the route of ‘Virgin Soldiers’, with their ‘Strock’ sound, gotta love it. Their website features news on the release of the #Lovestrock EP

My favourite tune for the time been is ‘Safer Ground’ – because it brings back memories of my days at The Spotlight MiniFarm. 🙂

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Good luck guys n gals, great sound.

Have any of you cyber surfers toyed with the ‘Hitfilm’ editing software?

For a limited time only, the producers of the visual effects / compositing / video editing program are giving it away for free. That’s right, Hitfilm Express for FREE

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Grab a bargain whilst you can!!!! Offer ends 4th February 2014.

Well, got to catch up on some housework, until next time, signing off for now.

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New for 2014

2010: Month 03, week2 post @ Mellor TV

Greetings cyber folks and welcome to the first post of 2014 at The MellorMedia Blog.

Featuring CTA2, updates to MellorTV and The MellorMedia website plus something else… maybe.. when I remember.

So what’s new for you? New for MellorMedia in 2014 is CrazyTalk Animator 2

The latest release of the Reallusion 2D Animation package will have us occupied here for the short term future, learning the new features and also transferring over CTA1 projects for reworks.

So to help us in our learning, a playlist featuring Tutorials from Reallusion has been put together over at MellorTV

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Meanwhile… over at the MellorMedia website we’ve added a ‘social’ page where a live Facebook feed and other such social network apps can be viewed and interacted with, go on, knock yourself out and pay a quick visit and check us out on Google+, Twitter or even one of our ScoopIt pages 🙂

So to end with on this post, let us look forward. What are we hoping for this year? World Peace? Slimmer waistline? A new desktop computer that doesn’t crash halfway through a render? The return of an old friend?

Make it so and create that future starting today, signing off, MMM

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Last post of 2013 featuring James Arthur

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Howdy Cyber Travellers and a Happy New Year to you all 🙂

Some of you may well be into 2014 whilst others are just uncorking, so to say.

I hope time treats you well.

Catch up soon with development updates, new project ideas, music from Mass Force Records and some possible interviews from the realms of iClonia.

A big THANK YOU to all whom have helped others before themselves, safe journey.

And now to help someone who it seems can’t help himself lately, a James Arthur video with no expletives 🙂

Well, you gotta laugh, right? Enjoy the free publicity Mr Arthur and the community of Saltburn, Cleveland, UK.

About time for me to sign off and enjoy the remainder of the year.

All the best from Guisborough, TS14,

MMM

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