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1985 I took hours of Return to Eden 'behind the scenes' video. I cut this short bit for a talk some time, (the first shot is silent for an intro). There's some great stuff that someday I promise to compile, the real melodrama behind Australian TV 'drama' c.1985. Because I was around the sets and locations so much, always with the VHS video camera, after a while everyone would talk to me, with the camera to my eye.
The Wrap shot of Return to Eden -Windows
Real Media Version
of the early video here comes from old U-matic, VHS or S-VHS copies and
from varying quality dubbs. Some of the longer ones I've saved in Real
Video format where the quality doesn't really matter, but others are
fairly high quality Microsoft Windows Media. The selection has been
based a lot on nostalgia, some items are here just because they're the
only ones left of that time of my life, others of social interest. (Try
writing your life in iron oxide
in a house full of magnets).
I'm sure copyright isn't an issue so use them how you
will, please drop me an email if
you're linking to them.
What were toy commercials like in the early 80's?
Pretty much like now, only with a much slower cutting pace. I must have made a hundred of them. These Mattel commercials were from my advertising producer days at Clemenger. The budgets were so tight (about $4,000 each at 80's prices) we had to make them in-house. Of course the agency made its money from the media commissions. I shot many in 16mm, operating the camera, with Arthur Sturgess (Head of TV Dept., then my boss) directing, Then we used video when tape started to be accessible (Ray Hughes' Iloura tape house was downstairs at the 416 St Kilda Rd. office..
Remote Command Jeep
(an Annette Ringrose set) Radio control was pretty cool then.
Tippee Toes (one of about 6 new doll spots we did each year, all just variations)
Tuff Stuff. Tougher than the kids who love 'em'. Check the prices on the end frame.
(At first I was just producing and then also directing,
these are some of them. The
best looking were with John Finn (now Batey Singapore) as art director. Looking
back now what stands out are Andy Willson's soundtracks, again done for
a pittance, recorded in batches to save voice over and studio cost.
The games here were Shark,Shark, B-17 Bomber (It Talks!), and Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. I don't think anyone at the agency had ever played the real RPG but we'd seen Indiana Jones! The simple graphics were shot from the monitor screen complete with moiré patterns.
We did a few commercials for Mattel Electronics (where are they now?) I've still got a Mattel asteroids type hand held game, and some of the Battlestar Gallactia toys, but I don't remember seeing the add-on computer and keyboard, mentioned in this commercial, onsale (the commercial super says, 'available November 1983'). The product we used here was a wooden mockup (I think) and we faked the onscreen display using an Atari.
Launch TVC (Christmas 1982) Windows Media
Launch TVC as Real Media 380k
1994 After years of using low end
equipment for image capture and desktop video systems to pre-plan
effects commercials, I decided to set up a business doing just that. fREDGREENBLUE
was born in the front room of our house in Malvern. I purchased a
FAST VideoMachine edit system, some S-VHS decks. Then I hung out this
VHS sales shingle around town
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