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Posted by Tim Ireland at January 28, 2013

Category: Christ..., Video

The late Barry Smith was a tireless preacher of evangelist/conspiracy rhetoric, and I can tell you now that he sure knew how to spin a yarn and hold an audience.

I have here a special treat for Barry Smith enthusiasts; a 2 hour lecture by Barry that was unavailable online until today:

Barry Smith Lecture: The Occult

You may think that you don’t have the patience to listen to over 120 minutes of fire, brimstone and assorted argle-bargle, but I can assure you there will be plenty of envelope-pushing to pique your interest, pretty much from the outset.

The audio is a bit shaky (the volume was very high and muddy on the VHS source) but from about 90 seconds in you’re going to start to forget about all of that, and be transported by Barry’s many insights and certainties about signs of the Occult, and indications that the End Times are upon us. Enjoy.

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 16, 2011

Category: Tories! Tories! Tories!, Video

I’m working on a puppet version of Michael Gove for Conservative Change Channel. How’s it looking?

Michael Gove puppet

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 23, 2011

Category: Old Media, Page 3 - News in Briefs, Video

#Lolitics is a project by Chris Coltrane inviting comedians and campaigner/activists to step out of their comfort zones for a little chat about politics. Stand-ups are invited to engage with more political material, and people like me are invited to bring what they know to a stand-up audience.

It is a nurturing environment. There is cake. I’d been to an earlier event and was blown away by an entire set about Nadine Dorries from Nadia Kamil.

Encouraged by Chris, I brought these good people what I knew about Page 3. The following is an audio recording of the exchange, along with the relevant slides (old-skooled onto cardboard for this event, but pixelled in glorious web colour here for you).

If you would like to share this video with others in Twitter, please use the link (because it will send sweet, sweet link-love to the main project page, where this video will headline from today).

Page 3: Propaganda [sfw] from Tim Ireland on Vimeo.

Posted by Tim Ireland at November 8, 2010

Category: Video

Guy Fawkes Night Bonfire Camera III (2010) – 3 cameras above the fire

After a last year’s failure to get off the ground using helium, this year I sought to get above the fire using a (10 metre high) Clark PU 10 Telescopic Mast roughly 40m away from the fire. Footage from all three cameras was then sped up digitally and set to Mercury, the Winged Messenger (The Planets, Op. 32) by Gustav Holst.

It’s very pretty, if not as dramatic as Year One (more).

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 3, 2010

Category: Tories! Tories! Tories!, Video

Thank you to everybody who responded to my request for ‘head on a stick’ footage.

Here’s what I did with it.

David Cameron Met a Black Man (soundtrack: ‘Common People’)

Of course, this is an Art, and subsequently I am forbidden by law to explain any of it outside of a wine and cheese party, but I will provide some production background for the ‘DVD extras’ crowd.

Cheers all.

I know there are already campaign videos with this song in it (even one with this cover by Ben Folds, Joe Jackson and William Shatner from the album Has Been), but I stuck with my original* choice of soundtrack as there wasn’t anything fresh on the field that conveyed the emotional intensity of the original. I’m hoping that now there is.

(*When I say ‘original’, I should mention that this project started off with me wanting to mask up and freak you out with ‘Just Dropped In’ by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition.)

Below is a picture of the device that made most of the footage uniquely freaky; the camerambulator (or, if you prefer, ‘wobblecam’).

The Camerambulator

The document box attached to the special extended shaft (steady!) contains the hands-free mask used for most action shots, which allowed me to drop in and out of disguise very quickly (making things like the supermarket shot possible). The teeny tiny camera no bigger than my thumb that captures up to 40 minutes of 640×480 .AVI and dances so delightfully on the end of the 8mm sq. pine upright is a Micro Digital Video Camera from Maplins; car’s convex ‘blindspot’ mirror served as a proxy viewfinder.

Most of the special effects in the video (aside from the speed, direction, a basic zoom and two minor incidental effects) are organic special effects that are a direct result of the camera’s software attempting to interpret anything from vibrations from ridged/rough surfaces to a range of wobble types (that were easily prompted and controlled, especially when the unit was strapped to my waist… it’s all in the hips, baby).

The ‘walkabout’ footage was shot in London with the help of Soho Politico using a Samsung VP-MX10 with monopod.

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 23, 2010

Category: Teh Interwebs, Video

#freefilm is a project designed to prompt discussion of the Digital Economy Act 2010 [#deact] and politics in general

Members of the public are invited to join the project by editing their own campaign videos using the following as kit pieces (should you not have the time/resources to make your own material):

Music: This moneyed mix comes to us from (and is available via) Alastair Cameron:
Download the music here

The choice of music is quite deliberate, and could be defended any number of ways as fair use, if the system didn’t favour the moneyed studios to such an absurd degree. But that’s kind of the point.

Video: You can access all sorts of public domain footage at the Prelinger archives. My video features footage from Yesterday’s Over Your Shoulder (1940) and Master Hands: Part I (1936), and I’m really liking the look of Despotism (1946) for a possible follow-up.

All of this video footage is in the public domain, but you interpret fair use on the music at your own risk. I advise against trying it with YouTube, who fold faster than Superman on laundry day… but if you wish to assert your rights there, I can’t stop you. Rupert Murdoch could squash you like a bug with no grounds for doing so, but again we stray toward the point.

So that’s it, really. Use the materials and play with the formula as you please.

I’ve made the following film to kick things off. It tells the story of little grey men who just don’t get the web, but tinker on regardless with expert guidance from the good people in the showbusiness. I hope you like it.

The Minister for the Internets :: a #freefilm about #deact from Tim Ireland on Vimeo.

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 16, 2010

Category: Tories! Tories! Tories!, Video

David Cameron’s head on a stick! Daaaavid Cameron’s head on a stick!


Hello, you.

If you’re new here and don’t know me from Adam, you may want to check out some of my past videos at ‘Backing Blair’, on YouTube, or on Vimeo.

In the past I’ve made my share of videos about Tony Blair (and this one is my very favourite). I’m quite busy at the moment, but I’ll be damned if that’s going to stop me from making a video or two in time for the next General Election.

Hopefully, you can chip in with some much-needed footage featuring you, some mates if you like, and David Cameron’s head on a stick.


Download your mask* here.

1. Make mask(s)
2. Film yourself using mask(s)
3. Send your clips to tim [at] bloggerheads [dot] com

– Only short clips, please (30 seconds, max.)
– No emails/files above 25 megabytes (MB) in size
– AVI, MPG, MP4, MOV, WMV files only

(*Yes, there may be more faces later, but I want to get David Cameron done first. I have to put his Big Giant Head to music, so the circle is complete.)


– Like most of my past projects, this is a music video project, but I’m keeping the soundtrack(s) to myself at the moment.

– Yes, I am serious about compulsory nudity, but ONLY if you film yourself using a webcam. Yes, you may get naked anyway if you don’t own a webcam. Yes, I do plan to use the nude clips, if there’s enough variety to warrant a separate video. No, this one probably won’t be hosted on YouTube.

– If you don’t use a webcam, you don’t have to ne naked, and how/where you film yourself using your mask(s) is entirely up to you.

– Yes, you can send in clips of more than one person using more than one mask. But no real faces if you can avoid it, please. real faces complicate matters and dilute the creepiness. I want to build a virtual world populated with Cameron clones, and set it to music.

– Certain parties are banned from participating on the grounds that they are sock-puppeting gits (and have therefore done more than their fair share of prancing about behind a mask). They know who they are, and 99.9999% of the population can safely ignore this message.

– Yes, you will retain copyright for your raw footage, but by submitting it you give me permission to use it as a component of a larger, transformative work, and once it’s installed/live, there’s no going back.

Updates to follow. Cheers all.

Posted by Tim Ireland at December 16, 2009

Category: The Political Weblog Movement, Tories! Tories! Tories!, Video

Conservative Change Channel – Rupert Murdoch and other great Australians

There’s a new character on Conservative Change Channel by the name of Dougal Blimey. I hope you enjoy meeting him as much as I enjoyed creating him.

Incidentally, I was working on Dougal’s back story last night and was delighted to learn that there is already a firm using the name ‘Godwins Law’.

Posted by Tim Ireland at September 21, 2009

Category: Tories! Tories! Tories!, Video

Big-ups to Jamie Sport (script) Daniel Hoffmann-Gill (voice and script) who did so much to help bring Conservative Change Channel into being:

Conservative Change Channel: Nadine Dorries & Andy Coulson are innocent!

I’m sure you’ll be delighted to hear that – even before the first broadcast – Tory Muppet has provoked not one but two humourless* outbursts from the two biggest sock-puppeting gits in the country, both of whom would love to accuse me of the same thing, but seem unable to recognise a joke when they see one (and/or are simply unwilling to do the in-depth research required to read a damn user profile). Bless.

(*Obviously, I’m being unfair; sometimes it hard to properly appreciate a joke when you’re likely to be the butt of it. Oh, and the less said about the ‘loon’ comment, the better, but Harry Cole is to be commended for persisting with this particular brand of personal attack well past its use-by date.)

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 3, 2009

Category: Tolerance, Video

A bit rushed this one, but it’s from the heart. Don’t forget to vote, folks!

Billy Brit III (the BNP are Nazi wankers)

Warning: this video may contain language that “the majority of people in this country find a bit strong*”

(*According to the chap that Iain Dale has hired as his lawyer, who is slightly xenophobic and/or having himself on a bit.)

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