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Posted by Tim Ireland at July 23, 2007

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects

We’re on the lookout for a vocal impressionist (or two). Range will probably count for more than accuracy.

See Colin for details.

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 2, 2007

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects, Tony 'King Blair

My Way (The Blair Version)

I really should be thinking about a farewell gift myself, but this will do for now.

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 9, 2007

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects

Finally, someone spots the ringers in the Bullingdon Club game!

But they’re not from Duran Duran… they’re from A Flock of Seagulls.


Posted by Tim Ireland at March 7, 2007

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects

Bullingdon Club: Matching Pairs

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 2, 2006

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects

The latest New Tory Labour video is now online:

New Tory Labour Transmission #2 – Delivering Promises

And, just in case there’s any confusion among those who wish to one day make the tea (and perhaps be caught unawares by a film crew when doing so)….

This is a broadcast.
This is a weblog.
Many of these are also weblogs.
This is a broadcast.
This is a weblog.
This is a broadcast.
This is not a weblog.

Got that? Good. Mine’s a black tea with one sugar… and two milk-chocolate digestives, thanks.

Posted by Tim Ireland at September 22, 2006

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects

I’ve been promising you some Flash fun (of the political and non-political variety) for some time now. The non-political material is right around the corner… the first version of the new political material goes live today:

Click here to see the first New Tory Labour flash-video that I’ve produced for the Liberal Democrats.

The Liberal Democrats initially approached me about doing a music video along the lines of the stuff I created for Backing Blair with a primary focus on Tory/Labour policies and promises on the environment.

Early ideas I floated included:

1. A new song politely-titled: ‘Forget you and your first class ticket to nowhere’.

2. Another new song; a lilting, boppy Caribbean-influenced summery number that was pro-warming, on the basis that we’ll all be able to enjoy many summery days in our new seaside homes… in the Scottish Highlands.

3. A re-recording of ‘Up, Up And Away’ by Fifth Dimension with an animation tracking the ascent of man and climate change throughout this period. This had a nifty punchline at the end, where you could ‘play again’ or ‘play again with nuclear waste’. If you clicked the latter, the video would re-play with modern nuclear waste buried under The Great Pyramid of Giza… and staying radioactive up until the present day and well beyond.

[Psst! during music research for this project, a new idea for an independent video occurred… more on that later.]

But the strongest idea departed from a one-off model, and instead presented the Liberal Democrats with something serialised and versatile:

New Tory Labour - Teh HeroThe Concept

Instead of a song, I would commission a jingle, with a strong intro, 60-second instrumental and a sting at the tail. During the instrumental, a central character would put the case for ‘action’ on the environment from a Tory/Labour perspective. This would allow the Lib Dems to take matters issue by issue (or absurdity by absurdity) *and* have room to expand beyond the environment if they chose to do so.

The Character

The ‘hero’ of the piece is a cheesy (and really quite scary) Frankenstein creation made up from bits of David Cameron, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

The mouth is based on the eerily-named Preston Blair phoneme series by Gary C. Martin.

Mouth movements have been enhanced by further manipulation of the chin, cheeks, eyes and eyebrows (right down to a tell-tale twitch that occurs whenever our hero tries to maintain his cheesy grin for more than 3.5 seconds).

The Setting

I began with a blackboard in the background, but the ‘roll-down’ method allowed for faster (and more dramatic) use of images.

All images are drawn by hand, eliminating the need to get permission for use of photos etc.

The Jingle

The choice of tune for the jingle was obvious (New Tory Labour = Shave and a Hair Cut) and Nicolas Bulostin delivered just the right level of cheese.

The use of a simple piano arrangement for the ‘sting’ was an accident; I used this to time the final animation while waiting for the finished sting and fell in love with it.

New Tory Labour - Teh LogoThe Branding

Initial logos (you can see some rejects here) started out with mixes of blue and red, including many early treatments playing on the Conservatives’ pre-broccoli attempts to take control of the magic squares.

The chosen logo represents New Tory Labour (or, if you prefer e-stylee; ‘newtorylabour’) aiming for that precious centre ground.

The Execution

There’s very little tweening or automation involved; the core of each animation is built frame-by-frame, beginning with the head (lip-synch and expressions) and then expanding on body/graphic movements.

Yes, it’s a lot of work… but it’s fun work and it delivers a tasty result.

[Psst! And, as an added bonus, local smear-merchants Dennis Paul and Mike Chambers are going to go totally spare about it, despite my making the following ab-so-lute-ly clear at the time; “I have done creative/production work for the Liberal Democrats in the past (and plan to do more)…”]

Search Engines

There’s a focused search engine strategy on the first video especially; most people who are in the know (i.e. not including certain Google “maximisers”) will be able to spot it. It’s a tall order, but I’m hoping for results comparable to that for ‘leo blair’.

So, that’s about it… here’s that link again:

Click here to see the first New Tory Labour flash-video that I’ve produced for the Liberal Democrats.

Remember folks; if you like it; share it.

The more you share it, the more likely it is that I’ll be asked to do another… and another… and another.

Cheers all.

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 31, 2006

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects

Sweet FAA few short months ago, I heard for the first time Sweet FA’s I Am An England Fan – the one and only single that truly deserves to be this year’s unofficial World Cup Anthem.

I immediately volunteered to get involved. That visual genius mushybees agreed to do the music video and we were well on our way to chart domination… or so we thought.

As it turns out, the many music publishing peeps we talked to thought Crazy Frog, Mike Read and Neil & Christine Bloody Hamilton had the game all wrapped up, so – after months of bashing our head against a brick-headed wall (in which time the single enjoyed many successful outings on radio and TV – including The Box and The Hits) we’ve decided to go it alone.

When you hear this song for the first time, you may – like us – begin to suspect that the music publishers of this country have deliberately conspired against us in order to stop this song from infecting the nation’s pubs and school-yards (which would be a bit rich, considering the many heinous crimes they have perpetrated against the music-buying populace this past decade).

WARNING – Before you click any of these links, please be aware of the following: once this song gets into your head, you will have great difficulty getting it out again.

Click here for the main Sweet FA website.

Click here to hear the song and see the video.

Click here to buy the video/single online.

UPDATE – Tune into More4 this evening (Wed 31st May at the tail end of the 8.00pm news) to see the music video in its full broadcast-quality glory… and stand by to vote for us!

The Roses of Success (3.5MB w/sound)

4 days late nights work. Driven by anxious mind. Mouse hand hurts. Back sometime use words proper soon. Promise. Sleep now.

PS – We have to sort these bastards out… and soon. (I love the idea that Jack Straw got demoted because he ruled out nuking Iran. Makes me feel warm extra-crispy all over.)

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 22, 2006

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects, Photoshopping

I’ve been sitting on this treat for a while, and have just sorted the last tiny little bugs out.

Are you ready?

No, are you really ready?

Very well, then let us proceed:

The Star Wars Photoshopping Project – Special Edition

Turn those speakers up, sit back, and enjoy.


(Cheers to for the music.)

Posted by Tim Ireland at January 16, 2006

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects

Pandora: The creeping Blunticisation of Britain continues, and woe betide anybody who tries to stand in its way. The powers behind James Blunt’s ubiquitous ditty, “You’re Beautiful”, have moved to stop a small web company from running a parody of the song at “It was a reaction to the Emperor’s New Clothes thing,” its writer, Tim Gillespie, tells me. Bucks Music Group has written to Gillespie, explaining: “It has come to our attention that… you have made an unauthorised parodied adaptation of ‘You’re Beautiful’ entitled ‘You’re Gullible’ (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Unauthorised Adaptation’)…” Unless the website desists forthwith, the music publisher will be left “with no alternative but to consider seeking a court order”. The music has been removed from the site, but fans can still throw tomatoes at Blunt’s cartoon image, above right, and read Gillespie’s spoof lyrics. But there is evidence that Blunt, left, is complicit in breaching his own copyright. On his official website, weeks before the spoof was removed, his messageboard administrator wrote: “James was throwing tomatoes at himself on that site yesterday.” Naughty boy.

You can read the relevant entry here on the James Blunt messageboard.

What’s left of the animation can been seen here.

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