Monthly Archive for July, 2007

Quoting a Movie Extra.

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Movie Extra, part of the Movie Network available on subscription television is the channel that “dares you to expand your view with compelling and diverse movies and television series that will stay with you long after the movie ends.”

These short idents created (and supplied to me) by Tactic visualise the quotes of some of Hollywood’s famous, specially Britney, Christina, Tarintino, Ebert and McGregor. Tactic also did some stuff for the Comedy Channel not too long ago.

Top Gear goes to the pole.

Update: Read what the producer has to say about this episode here.

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Top Gear is back! A special race episode from Canada to the North Pole goes to air in the UK on Wednesday night. And while its probably going to take a lot to top the insanity of the American road trip episode I can’t wait to see what they get up to racing each other to the top of the world.

In other Top Gear news, another American version has been scrapped for now.

- Thanks for the video Graham.

Floodwatch 2007: A video essay in news coverage.

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There’s nothing quite like a natural disaster to compare news broadcasters, and with the flooding going on in the UK, and journalists standing knee deep in water all over the country, it seemed like a good time.

Above is the coverage from the BBC, Channel 4, Sky News and ITV.

- Thanks Craig for the videos.

Melbourne Lives on the ABC.

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Sydney isn’t the capital of Australia?! No, its actually my home town Canberra. And feeling good about where you live is a nice thing. That is probably part of the motivation behind this “Melbourne Lives” campaign running on the ABC in Victoria.

Melbourne, always playing second fiddle to Sydney must get tiring, but the ABC isn’t having a bar of it, instead promoting all the great stuff that Melbourne does for the national broadcaster.

The song is “Light My Way” by Al Harding, which you can read all about here.

- Thanks for the video Tim.

New(ish) look Neighbours.

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Neighbours, the great Australian soap, got a revamp today. Ratings were dropping, and with the BBC not willing to pay £300m for an eight year contract I guess they decided it was time something was done.

The new look has a few new faces, loses a few old faces, will tone down the crazy storylines, and hopefully start to “look” a lot better now that its all being shot in HD.

If breakfast cereal ran a television station.

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Weetabix, a British cereal (Weetbix for the Australian readers) has just launched a new campaign were it positions itself more as a television station then a snack food.

The ads are designed to resemble television idents, and asks the viewer “whats on Weetabix?” while recommending various toppings. See more of the campaign on the official website at weetabix.tv.

While this isn’t an official ident for any station, I recently featured a Cadbury’s ad being played on SBS that comes pretty close.

Cross platform music on your ABC.

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The ABC has you covered when it comes to new music. With Rage, JTV, and Triple J coming at you online, over the airwaves, and in your downloads.

Music joins the rest of the zspace created “Cross Platform” idents here.

4 more interruptions from Channel 4.

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Four more videos from Channel 4′s “interrupted” series. Check out the whole collection here.

The Stepford Wives of the new BBC One ident.

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The suburbs of Britain, and the well dressed women who mow its lawns are the focus of the latest ident release from BBC One. See the rest from this series right here.

Opening Sequence Monday: Enough Rope

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Enough Rope with Andrew Denton has been on the ABC since 2003, and with every new season comes a new opening sequence. Produced by Hackett Films the newspaper-cartoon-bobble-head titles distill down a year of pop culture, news and politics into 45 seconds. Check out the 2005 and 2006 openers here.