Old dog, new (vid) tricks

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In this brave new world of multimedia, having additional strings in your bow is a pretty important trait. Admittedly, most of these traits I’ve not so much acquired so much as they have been bodged up in a panicked moment of requirement, so improving them where opportunity presents is a given.

I’m a late starter in the world of video – I only recorded my first proper piece to camera four or five years ago. I’m here to tell you it ain’t easy! To wit; this caravan review from 2012. Cringe alert… it’s flatter than a flat thing that’s been flattened by something very heavy.

I’ve slowly improved over time, though, by recording more vids and by watching the great work of others. I’ve also dabbled in the black art of editing my own vision, which is time consuming but particularly rewarding.

Today, I was lucky enough to join a class with my new (slash old) colleagues at Carsguide at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School run by famed Australian journalist Tracey Spicer, learning the finer points of video composition and execution.

Intonation, hand positions, dramatic arcs… it was an eye-opening day for this vid rookie. With Carsguide really ramping up its video content output, I’m really looking forward to taking my new-found skills in a non-Ricky Bobby way…

 

MOTOR magazine PCOTY wrap

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Yeah, yeah, sure… it’s been a while. But I’ve been busy, okay?

The crew at MOTOR run Performance Car of the Year every… well, year, and it has always been one of the most fun things I ever did mit pants on. A guernsey to return to the fold for another crack? Yes please, where do I sign and so on.

In short, a hilarious week of smashing about in other people’s hot rods was had. The guys at MOTOR have chronicled it all here, and there’s lots of vids of me and the other judges talking complete wibble about fast cars.

I dragged the cameras down and got some footage from onboard some hot rigs, too…

I promise I will keep things more up to date here from now on. Pinky swears. Here are some more more cool pics to say soz.

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032Media in the news!

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And no, it’s not what you think… recently, ABC News 24 put out the call for an automotive expert for a quick chat on the 12pm news bulletin. That day. It was already 1030 and I was still in Wollongong…

One change of clothes that Superman would be proud of later, and I fire into ABC’s sprawling Ultimo studios for a live (ulp) interview with the lovely Ros Charles.

Apols for the sketchy quality of this vid – I’ll pop a better one up later.

The festive season…

Manic – that’s a way to describe the last few weeks. Jobs for a host of clients, including Outdoor, GoAuto, Top Gear, Motor, Evo and others in places as varied as Goulburn, Tasmania, Spain and Thredbo kept me absolutely on the limiter right up to the beginning of this week.

Corralling two awesome cars and one Stig for a Top Gear vid at Goulburn proved awesome fun; a huge thanks to my good friend John Boston at trackschool.com.au for his help with that one!

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Next was a quick dash to Tassie to drive a range of Renault Sports. Mmm, Sports… You’ll see that story in the next issue of Evo Australia magazine.

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Then a dash to Thredbo, NSW, to climb to the top of Australia – before riding back down! A great weekend with the crew from Thredbo Resort and ace shooter Mark Watson of Incite Images for Australian Geographic/Outdoor magazine.

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Finally, a mad-cap dash to Valencia, Spain, to drive Volkswagen’s new Polo GTI for a variety of Aussie auto outlets, including Top Gear and GoAuto. We were on the ground in Spain for exactly 25 hours…

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Then home, a quick day at the V8 Supercar races with Volvo, a dash to Melbourne to drive a Ford Kuga, and finally I’m looking down the barrel of my last official gig for 2014 – a drive of Mitsubishi’s Safari Rally Outlander PHEV.

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It’s been crazy, it’s been tough in spots, but it’s been rewarding and exciting. Ain’t no one else in charge of 032Media’s destiny, and I’m genuinely thrilled at the outcomes we’re achieving. There’s loads more to come, though – this game is all about the hustle!

Keeping busy

I’m pleased to say I can slow down for at least two days this month. Maybe. With the Great Cycle Challenge happening all through October, things were getting pretty dern crazy there for a while. All for a bloody good cause, though! As I write this, the charity has raised more than $1 million for kid’s cancer research, and pretty much all of it goes to where it needs to. Love your work, team!

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Me, in my GCC jersey at the Mont 24 Hour

Work-wise, 032Media is keeping me busy! Online stuff for Top Gear Australia, mag features for MOTOR, AG/Outdoor, Top Gear and Bike, online news and reviews for GoAuto… it’s coming thick and fast!

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Getting used to freelance life is interesting – today, for example, has been a 17-hour epic, but next week is looking decidedly light-on. A good chance to rip everything out of the garage and redesign it with a video-ready mechanic’s area, a spot for a photo backdrop and a new way of stashing the bike collection, maybe?

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More to come soon, with new clients on the go and more new to reveal!

The Great Cycle Challenge – riding for the best cause of all

Over the month of October, more than fifty Australian kids will be diagnosed with some form of cancer. We’ll lose about 12. Awful stats… but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Research has given cancer kids a better-than-80% chance of survival in the modern age, and the oncology profession’s leading lights suggest that the end of childhood cancer is closer than we think.

The least I can do, as the father of a thriving childhood cancer survivor, is join the gang at the Great Cycle Challenge and raise valuable funds for this research to continue.

I’ve nominated to ride 1500km over the month and to personally raise $1500 – in its first year, the Great Cycle Challenge raised over $1 million, and there’s already $140,000 in the kitty for 2014!

Your support is appreciated, and you can just click on my link to go straight to my donations page; https://greatcyclechallenge.com.au/Riders/theolcrank

Thank you.

Malaysia bound!

My favourite kind of packing… race boots and cameras! The Michelin Experience trip is go, and I’m off late Sunday night.  Colour me excited… any day you can spend at a race track is a good one, and even more so if it’s a pukka F1 track.

I’ve actually driven on the track before – ironically on a Pirelli day back in 2000. I’ve still got stories from that day, too. The best one involves a car-load of wayward Chinese journos in a Camry dropping it right in front of me (and my terrified passenger) on the fastest corner on the track. Having survived that scare, the lads proceeded to bin it properly on the very next lap…

Another big week here at 032Media, signing up a (super secret!) client for a run of really interesting and challenging work, and there’s another couple of opportunities to finalise when I get back from Malaysia next week.

I’m really amazed and humbled by the messages of support and assistance from people I’ve known for a long time – not least the loving support here at home! Thank you all! Have a great weekend, everyone./Robbo

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