Category Archives: Filming While Walking

This is film taken as I walk along. Something I started to do quite a lot of. I enjoy the company of viewers on long walks to lose weight, and usually I engage in rambling monologues which oddly some of you seem to enjoy! At the same time there is the dimension of seeing a different place, a real-life moving canvas and the occasional interactions with people on the way. It’s one of my favorite formats and certainly among the easiest and least time-consuming to do as I would be walking anyway!

Snippets of Warsaw


Original YT playout date: 10 November 2009
Duration: 14:50

Here are a few odd bits that didn’t really belong anywhere else, that only had in common that they are from Warsaw. The first snow in Warsaw this year, cockroach infested Que Huong restaurant which cannot be bothered to let you know it is having a closed party until you come right up the staircase to it, the stupidly named Samsung Corby, and the ludicrous new trend in Mentos advertising. These are just some of the odd bits in this here fillum.
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A few random scenes from London


Original YT playout date: 15 October 2009
Duration: 7:11

I take a few moments from a recent visit to explore some bookshops on Charing Cross Road and discuss the value of not buying on impulse.
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Prague Vlog #4 – Alphabet Man Golem


Original YT playout date: 11 July 2009
Duration: 1:08:53

“The result of walking in the wrong direction to where I thought I was going. This film contains some mistaken information, for which I blame imprecision in the guide book I bought: the Golem is not supposed to be resting in the place claimed in this film, but actually about 500m closer to the centre.

I encoded this at a higher level than I usually encode hour long films, and I hope it isn’t too slow coming through. If you do get what people in the industry call “”boofering””, then just press the paws button with one of your pause and go get an indeclinable coffee, or some tea with a soft semi-vowel stem, and it should be all right when you get back.

Featured in this film is the alphabet man sculpture outside the Rudolftherednosinum. If you should see on the current google satellite map the location of this, namely

geo:lat=50.08910985946328
geo:lon=14.415116608142852
(or, to make MsLoreley77 happy, that’s http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=50.089082,14.41505&spn=0.001583,0.004726&t=h&z=18 )

then you’ll probably just see a poor attempt at making a yin and yang sign from assorted greenery. This is because the scuplture is new – for the Czech presidency of the EU. How long it will remain after I do not know, but hopefully it will stand the test of time. After all, the Eye-full tower in Paris was only supposed to be up a while, and they still haven’t taken that down.

I’m not an expert on the Czech Republic as it is my new country, and so I’m grateful for any local people who would like to comment on the films. Any Prague based youtubers wishing to appear in one of my Prague films are also welcome to declare themselves.” Read the rest of this entry

Zizkov TV tower – Prague Vlog #2


Original YT playout date: 14 June 2009
Duration: 52:54

This time we walk up Seifertova street, and find our way to the Zizkov TV tower.
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Tczewing it over


Original YT playout date: 9 May 2009
Duration: 13:24

“I thought of “”Tczew revisited”” for the title of this, but I already had several other town videos named “”Name-of-town Revisited”” and I can’t go overdoing that just because Brideshead Revisited, that good in parts novel by Evelyn Waugh, has recently hit the silver screen.

So I just had to go and think of another outrageous piece of interlingual wordplay for the title here, but basically what is going on is a look back at Tczew one year on from the old Tczew videos. This was done in a single take, without switching the Vado off even once, and with no cuts at all in postproduction either.

Unfortunately the new gallery which looked so promising on my last visit was nowhere to be seen.”
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A view of Gdansk – Oliwa


Original YT playout date: 3 May 2009
Duration: 25:53

“Are we human?” asks the well-known popular song, “…or are we Gdanskers?” In this video we see the human geography and the natural beauty blend perfectly in this overview of Gdansk Oliwa from the old German army watchtower point, and then wandering around the Oliwa Park, and finally walking it (7 kms) to the shore of the Baltic Sea. At the end you can see some shots from a wonderful Mexican restaurant I ended up in. The food was tremendous, the decor and service impeccable, so I can definitely recommend that.
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Secret War…saw


Original YT playout date: 26 April 2009
Duration: 9:15

This tongue-in-cheek footage shows some of the darker side of Warsaw research establishment, which is waiting to unleash its unprecented technology on the world and enslave us all…
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A Walk Around the East of Hemel Hempstead Redux


 

Original YT playout date: 25 April 2009
Duration: 58:59

Which is precisely what it says on the tin, whatever that means. See our marvellous industrial estate, Grove Hill, Highfield and Adeyfield as well as Leverstock Green, a place so posh it sets your accent back three hundred years.

This version has has part of the sound track of the original version replaced following a copyright claim by WMG. Although that copyright claim affected only 2 minutes of this hour long programme, containing numerous original observations about life in contemporary Britain and the history of the region being treated, it was considered sufficient to blank out all the other 58 minutes of audio also. The available option of audioswapping (which I do use on occasion) was not suitable as I would have lost the speechlines here, and there is also no available audioswap for a film lasting nearly an hour.

Thankfully I was able to re-edit the saved copy of the first film – it’s not seamless, but it’s better than the alternative, and I can keep the series whole.

The use of a handful of Telegraph frames I believe is fair use, as no account of Hemel Hempstead would be complete without a few words on the Buncefield explosion – the largest explosion in peace time Europe. I am happy to acknowledge the Telegraph website as the source of these images. I endorse it as the best UK newspaper site and look at it nearly every day.”
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Only a Winter’s Tail


Original YT playout date: 15 April 2009
Duration: 10:06

The title will set all the music robots springing into action to see if I’ve “stolen” the David Essex song, but I assure you it’s not in there. This is in fact the tail end of a Warsaw winter. With me musing in the falling snow about a couple of subjects and in that way utilising a short walk to keep in company with you!
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Namysłów


Original YT playout date: 11 April 2009
Duration: 13:47

This is the first part of a client visit to South Poland. We’ll see also some of the roads around here, Amber, Krapkowice and other parts of Lower Silesia and the Opole region in later films.
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I love the night Lviv! (Ukraine series #4/10)


Original YT playout date: 27 March 2009
Duration: 15:07

Lviv at night – the drive to Cupola restaurant, the meal, the walk back by one of the oldest Universities in the world and the old world opulence of the accommodation at the Grand Hotel
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Reckless Roof Clearing in Warsaw


Original YT playout date: 21 March 2009
Duration: 7:27

“There is a safety requirement to clear the snow off roofs, and so ironically, some people perform that activity with scant regard for the safety of people below. Here was one such case I witnessed.

I’ll leave it for the authorities to take appropriate action. Which they won’t of course. It would be too much like actually earning their money.”
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