Archive for the ‘Making of’ Category

Hoorspel / Film

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Arno Peeters aan het werk. Audiomontage.
Op het scherm kijkt Akbar Simonse aka Pictureman toe.

Uitleg: Tijdens de audiomontage van het hoorspel checken we zo nu en dan alvast hoe de geluiden gaan combineren met de filmpjes en foto’s uit de Media Me pool. Officiele beeldmontage doet Niels Dekker.
Nu het hoorspel bijna klaar is, wordt er gezocht naar een geschikte uitzendtijd en plaats.
Geschatte Previewdatum film: december 2010.
Wordt vervolgd.

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Michael Krass

Monday, 21 June 2010

Michael Krass speelt Andy.

De cast is rond. Volgende week maandag, 28 juni, vinden de opnames plaats. The story continues…

Opname

Friday, 28 May 2010

Arno Peeters (l, sounddesign) en Frank Sheppard (r, voice-over) bestuderen Akbar Simonse aka Pictureman (screen) voor een opnamesessie.

Bonnie Williams

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Bonnie Williams en zoon.

Bonnie speelt de stem van Machine in Media Me.

Frank Sheppard

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Arno Peeters

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Dit is Arno Peeters. Hij gaat de sounddesign doen van Media Me, you’re in my story.
Op dit moment werkt hij aan een documentaire over podiumangst.
Uitzending: Holland Doc Radio, aanstaande zondag 21 maart om 21.00, Radio 1.

Meedoen?

Monday, 15 March 2010

Vandaag lang met collega Kitty Arends (webredactrice) getelefoneerd. We zijn Media Me op de site van de RVU aan het zetten. Gepraat over nieuwe headers, nieuwe indeling, aanvullingen, toegankelijkheid, FAQ’s etc.
Ga je nog twitteren, vraagt Kitty.
Ik denk het wel, zeg ik. Op de Facebookfanpage hebben we honderd fans.
En hoe zit het met de fotopool op Flickr?
Die groeit nog steeds. Hart van het project. Straks, als het hoorspel af is en we aan de film beginnen, zal er uit die pool geselecteerd worden.
Dus iedereen kan nog meedoen?
Jazeker. We hebben heel veel foto’s nodig.
En de acteurs? Heb je al stemmen gevonden?
Nog niet, zeg ik. Wat ik zoek is blijkbaar moeilijk. Ze mogen niet teveel acteren, het moet heel naturel klinken. Een oude man, een jongeman en een vrouw van middelbare leeftijd, niet te jong in ieder geval.

Wordt vervolgd…

Mediafonds says yes to Media Me!

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Very good news! It means a new phase in the production has started: Casting, recording, editing etc. Who will play Pictureman, Andy and Machines voices?

To be continued…

Paint me

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Schilderij gemaakt door Martijn de Boer.

Het script van Media Me, you’re in my story ligt op dit moment ter beoordeling bij het Mediafonds Nederlandse Culturele Omroepprodukties.

Uitslag: 15 februari 2010.  To be continued…

New. News. NPOX.

Monday, 16 November 2009

New scenes waiting for publication. Soon.

New deadline Mediafonds: 15 december. Script for soundtrack.

News: Monday November 16, during a work in progress session at the NPOX festival, I will talk about the process so far. Studio Beng 13.30-14.00. Beeld en Geluid, Hilversum.

Hier enkele punten en steekwoorden ter voorbereiding op dit log. Maximum spreektijd een half uur, inclusief vragen. Akbar Simonse en Marco Habanero zullen ook aanwezig zijn.

– Precies een jaar geleden tijdens het NPOX festival ben ik door een jury uitgeroepen tot de verpersoonlijking van een nieuwe manier van werken bij de publieke omroep.
(…) “Dat zijn projecten zelf het hedendaagse mediagebruik tot onderwerp hebben, verleent zijn activiteiten een grote urgentie voor zowel het publiek als zijn collega’s bij de Publieke Omroep.”

Een jaar later. Wat is er allemaal gebeurd? Nog steeds een verpersoonlijking? Nog steeds urgent?

Media Me pool op Flickr groeit. Kloppend hart van het project. Doel project: de Digitale Revolutie dramatiseren op een poëtische en reflectieve manier. Groep administratoren groeide tot 17. Aantal leden boven de 500.

– Een website werd ontwikkelend met steun van ontwikkelingssubsidie eCulture, Mediafonds. Een site waarop gebruikers materiaal konden uploaden en mixen tot een scène, die tezamen een film zouden vormen over De Digitale Revolutie.
Lang, intens, complex proces. Ondertussen vond meeste activiteit op social platforms plaats: Flickr, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter en dit werklog. Urgente vraag: Waarom een nieuwe website bouwen? Waarom niet bestaande websites gebruiken? “Daar zijn waar je publiek is.”

– Veel congressen, festivals etc bezocht. Vaak hetzelfde verhaal gehoord: Luisteren naar publiek. Publiek centraal stellen. Publiek mee laten doen. Etc. Kras in de plaat. Vraag: hoe? Antwoord: doen! (Theorie vs praktijk.)

– Ontwikkelingen bijgehouden op dit werklog.

– Nieuwe koers: ver-per-soonlijken van het onderwerp, de Digitale Revolutie.
Akbar Simonse twee maanden gevolgd en gefilmd. Korte stille scènes online gezet. YouTube en werklog. Portret van een man met zijn computer en zijn camera. (All comments can be used.)

– Nav het verzamelde beeldmateriaal een radioscript schrijven (online publiceren). Audio first. Sounddesign: Arno Peeters. Muziek: Barbara Okma. Daarna beelden monteren. (Werkwijze Flick Radio.)

– Ondertussen Media Me twitterzinnen faven. Materiaal voor script en koor.

– Dramatiseren: Dialoog. Verhaal. Onderwerp terugbrengen tot twee (drie) personen. Akbar Simonse medialiseren, ster maken, inzoomen. Werken zonder script.

– Photoshoot met Marco Habanero. Akbar Simonse in verschillende “versies”. (Kalender.)

– Favoriete quote: “Iedereen kent het moment waarop het internet je grijpt, waarop het je dag, je week of misschien zelfs je leven bepaalt, waarop het internet een ervaring wordt.” Vraag: Hoe kan je zo’n ervaring creëren? Hoe kan oude media nieuwe media interessanter, leuker en mooier maken? Hoe kan je je publiek raken, betrekken? Hoe kan je er een verhaal van maken?

About A and B

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

photo from the Media Me pool: Robert in Toronto.

Next to the voice of Pictureman there are two other voices talking.
I call them A and B.
They’re like commenters, sitting in an editroom, surrounded by lots of machines.

I wrote this ten days ago on this workblog.
In ten days anonymous voices can become true characters. As long as you keep on writing, they become persons. Invisible, but still.

Today A stands for Andy, a young men who’s lying in bed. Tired, not ill.
He likes to be on the sideline of things. An observer, a curious lurker‘.
Andy is in a constant dialogue with B, who started talking like a Machine more and more over the last week.
That’s why B’s official name is now: Machine.

Machine has the voice of a young woman. Warm, gentle and emphatic, but also very demanding and straightforward.
She’s in charge of the conversation. She knows everything and sets the rules. A superdirector.
The dialogue between Andy and Machine sounds like a telephone conversation in the middle of the night.
(Note: They’re not in the same room anymore.)

Machine has her own manners.
She invites Andy into the world of Media Me and introduces him to Pictureman in nine steps.
“You’re my model”, she says to the old man.
Andy comments: “I don’t think I’m ready for this. What are you doing? Who is he?”
Pictureman is in between the two of them, just being himself. The official narrator.

Preview of the first pages of the audioscript can be found here: at Imagine me, where it starts.

Pictureman is alive

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Akbar Simonse.

We sat in quiet restaurant, near the Central Station in Amsterdam.
Coffee and sandwiches with chicken, bacon and mayonaise.
Very unhealthy but tasteful.
He’s on a diet.
After the photoshoot with Marco Habanero he stopped smoking, just like that.
He rides his bike now every day for two hours.
His doctor told him he had to make drastic changes in his eating, drinking and smoking habits, otherwise things could go bad.
I mean really bad.
That would have made Media Media interesting, he laughed. Very dramatic: A dead narrator.
Yes, I said, the project would become historically interesting immediately.
I prefer Pictureman alive, he said.
Me too, I said.
But it would be interesting, right?
Of course, I said.
We talked about accounts of dead people. Very weird. Digital cemeteries. What happens with your digital life when you’re dead? Does someone else takes it over?
We’re all creating our own personal paradise online. Who wants to live in hell? Todays uploads are tomorrows archives.

I needed more stories for the script, so we talked about his experiences on Flickr, his on and offline friends, religion, youth, concerns about the future, ideals, poetry, miracles and memories.
Everything you say can be used, I said.
I know, he said, you’re collecting material.

After our meeting I made a first rough sequence of the videoclips so far.
They are listed now in the category: Nine Scenes, 1 t/m 9.
New text fragments will appear under these clips.
Comments can be used.

Version two

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Pictureman visiting the Mediapark in Hilversum. Center of old media productions.

Camera and edit: Ronnie Griens.

This is the second edit. Version one, by Matthijs Treurniet, is here.

Worklogs

Thursday, 1 October 2009

plantsoen
made by Roel1943.

Since this worklog is on the frontpage of the new RVU website, here’s an update on Media Me, you’re in my story.

On this Media Me worklog visitors can take a look at video’s, pictures and texts, which will be used in a new film to be made: Media Me, you’re in my story. Sound, music and voice-overs will be added to the video’s in a later stadium. (So there’s nothing wrong with your computer. These are all half products you’re looking at so far; fragments, non-lineair.)

The film is about The Digital Revolution and what it does to us. Where will it bring us and how will it affect us?
The narrator of the film is called Pictureman and is played by Akbar Simonse, a streetphotographer from The Hague. I met him on Flickr. We just finished a photoshoot and now I’m working on an radioproof audioscript, inspired by the videoclips we made so far. The Media Me photopool on Flickr, where it all started, is still growing. At this moment it counts 5317 pictures and 537 members.

“I’m trying to put some things together right now.”

About worklogs.
When I start working on a new project, I start a new worklog.
I document the workproces in sound, image and text. Visitors can leave comments or come up with inspiring links, suggestions, poems, requests, questions, etc. All comments can be used in the script. That’s the deal.
Some visitors participate in an active way by getting involved as a related person, others just read and watch. When the program is finished and broadcasted, I publish it. Then the long-tale starts.

I used to write and direct radiodrama. I still do, but since the internet entered my work I have direct access to images and video’s as well. This inspires and fascinates me. I’m a Flickr fan. Next to that I use Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for creative and practical purposes. As a mediamaker from Hilversum I have to reach masses, on my log and platforms I can reach persons. For connecting is the core business on the internet, communication in all kinds of forms and variations has become one of my main themes. My specialty is drama and fiction.

First worklog was about an iPod soundwalk for two persons in Amsterdam, Screened.
Second one: Flick Radio, from weblog, to radiodrama to tv-film.
Third one, about a trip to Poland: Een homo in Polen (about gays in Poland).
All projects are still online and downloadable. My radioarchive is here.

So as a programmaker I use the internet as a communication- and researchtool, as a stage and workplace at the same time.
I write in English, because we’re on the internet and Media Me wants to be an international project in which many universal themes will be explored and dramatised.

Without cameras

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Akbar Simonse and Marco Habanero after the exposition in Leiden.

Last Saturday we met again in the same building as where the photoshoot took place, one month ago.
Now there was an audience. Young, old. They entered the exhibtionroom and looked at the pictures, displayed on a big table.
We sat in a corner of the room and watched them carefully.
Did they like what they saw?
Some of them looked at Akbar.
Is it him?
Yes, that’s him, definitely.

We went outside and talked about the script.
It has to become a radioproof soundtrackscript, I said, but therefore I need more information from both of you.
I don’t want to make things up in this script. All ingredients have to be as real as possible. So how about another interview?
Both Akbar Simonse and Marco Habanero agreed.
We’ll make new appointments soon, without cameras.

New word: Pancake-English.

Expositie

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Announcement of an exhibition of the Pictureman portraits of Akbar Simonse by photographer Marco Habanero.

Zaterdag en zondag aanstaande exposeert Marco Habanero negen Media Me portretten aan de Haagweg 4 in Leiden tijdens de Kunstroute 09.

Marco fotografeerde tijdens de fotoshoot met Akbar Simonse niet alleen digitaal, maar ook met film. Deze ‘echte’ foto’s zullen geëxposeerd worden.

Marco Habanero: “They will be small, but strong, 20×30 on foam.”

Pictureman says

Friday, 25 September 2009

Camera and edit: Matthijs Treurniet.

Texts for voice-over Pictureman, based on an interview with Akbar Simonse.

Sometimes I feel lonely.
But not when I’m behind my computer.
A picture can be company, you know.

Writing comments.
Being social.
Making connections.
I know them.
I’ve met them.
They know me.
So that’s it.
When I freez, I socialize.

I like documentaries.
And… the Simpsons.
But that’s personal.
I almost never look at movies.
I hate dramaseries and soaps, I don’t care.
I don’t understand.
Games and shows are not for me.
Don’t even talk about it.
I just don’t understand that kind of fun.
I never watch television on my computer.
I need a big screen.
My eyes are getting tired very often.

I’m a very tolerant person.
The only thing I hate are intolerant people.
It would be a nightmare for me, if my pictures would be used for something I can not identify with.
Identification is important.
I love my pictures.
I love people.

I love to learn.
But I hate manuals.
I never read them.
When I bought my camera, I read the first twenty pages.
Then I stopped.
I thought: when I need something, I’ll look it up.

When something goes wrong with my computer, I call someone to help me.
Technique has to be easy.
Technique should make me feel comfortable.
Most of the time it makes me feel stupid.
I don’t want to feel stupid.
It has to be simple.

Look at me.
Just an old man with a camera and a hat.
This is how I look, late at night.
This is me.
I never try to look like someone who isn’t me.
These are all parts of me.

Privacy doesn’t exist anymore nowadays.
Not in this society.
Don’t touch the internet, they say, for it will touch you.
But I don’t want to stay at home all the time.
Why should I?
The moment you walk the street, you lose part of your privacy.
There it starts.
I don’t care.

I have a mobile phone.
I call and sms.
That’s it.
Once I took a picture with my phone, but I don’t know where it is right now.
It’s gone.
I have my camera, so why should I take pictures with my phone?
Internet on my phone? I don’t think so.

I will become an old, maybe a bit worried man.
I’m not very enthousiastic about my own health.
My health bothers me.
Being alone bothers me.

How did it change me?
Did it change me?
It’s hard to say.
(Silence)
I have to think about that.
(Silence)
Well, I look things up.
If I want to know something, I look it up.
I’m in charge.

I read newspapers.
I watch the news.
But I never search for news on the internet.
I don’t have to know everything.
Most of the time it doesn’t interest me.
Maybe it will interest me in a few years.
I can wait.
I’m not in a hurry.
I don’t want to be informed about anything.
I just de-connect from information.
I’m glad I’m not a news addict.
I’m addicted to people.

I like comments.
Sometimes it becomes a story.
I upload a picture, give it a title, and people start to comment, just like that.
They start to interpret.
Sometimes they see things I didn’t see.
It makes me laugh.

Sometimes I love to be offline.
As if it is not there.
Time flies when you’re online.
I also love to stop.
A few days, a week.
And now something completely different.

I consider it a world.
Strange, yet common after a while.
It’s all about how quick you get used to certain habits.

The making of King Pictureman

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Photographer: Marco Habanero.
Akbar Simonse
as Pictureman / King
Camera and edit: Ronnie Griens.

The making of Superman

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Photographer: Marco Habanero.
Akbar Simonse
as Superman with iPhone.
Camera and edit: Ronnie Griens.

The making of Astronaut

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Photographer: Marco Habanero.
Akbar Simonse
as Pictureman / Astronaut
Camera and edit: Ronnie Griens.