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post #31 of 72
I liked the pattern matching video.
post #32 of 72
No idea who he is, but regarding Polo clip topcoat, am I wrong in assuming that it's too big for him?

Not so much the long sleeves which are fine by me, but when you see him slightly bend his arms the shoulder pads pop out a lot.

Maybe he has a suit under? But even then aren't the shoulders (and probably entire coat) too large for him?
post #33 of 72
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Tweed in the City is a totally dead blog. I mean, what kind of jackass keeps a live link in his sig to a blog that is never updated?

Apparently, both the tallest and shortest members of the forum. We should combine our efforts. I for one think "Cooking in Tweed" could really go somewhere.
post #34 of 72
Thank you for the comments and criticism regarding dresswithstyle.com.

Lefty, I am experimenting with an external mic and hopefully the sound quality will improve. Your comments on framing the shots are also helpful. When it comes to filming and interviewing craftsmen I think seeing them in their workplace is the most authentic method. However, it is often inconvenient and noisy.

Upcoming episodes will include visits with A&S, Huntsman, and Smith Woollens.

Mafoofan, I look forward to reading some more Tweed in the City...

Cheers

Michael Alden
www.dresswithstyle.com
post #35 of 72
Michael, a more directional microphone will help you cut out the ambient noise around you. You often see mics like this labeled as "shotgun", because they capture sound from mostly in front of them, like a shotgun blast.

The Rode VideoMic is a good, inexpensive shotgun that will work out of the box with most consumer camcorders. I'd get the mono version --- no need for the stereo version.

--Andre
post #36 of 72
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I think Mike looks great in the videos. He's an articulate, charming guy, which contributes a lot to his style.

Did you use {pause} drum roll {point at the camera} YOUR VERY OWN EYES to make that assessment?
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post #37 of 72
Why is Alden calling out Uncle Manty in the pattern matching vid?

post #38 of 72
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Originally Posted by M. Alden View Post
Thank you for the comments and criticism regarding dresswithstyle.com.

Lefty, I am experimenting with an external mic and hopefully the sound quality will improve. Your comments on framing the shots are also helpful. When it comes to filming and interviewing craftsmen I think seeing them in their workplace is the most authentic method. However, it is often inconvenient and noisy.
A lavalier mic would really help for exterior locations. You can tape it to yourself under your shirt which will also help to kill the wind. Just watch for excessive cloth rustling.

A shotgun mic would be an improvement over the built-in mic, but would still be fairly noisy on a city street. If you do use a shotgun, be sure and get a furry zeppelin to block the wind.
post #39 of 72
His donegal tweed polo coat is pretty rakish and awesome. It looks 10x better than the traditional camel hair with peaked lapels.
post #40 of 72
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Why is Alden calling out Uncle Manty in the pattern matching bid?
I didn't notice that. Not sure that he was.
post #41 of 72
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Originally Posted by iammatt View Post
I didn't notice that. Not sure that he was.

edited for clarity
post #42 of 72
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Originally Posted by iammatt View Post
I liked the pattern matching video.

I found this one useless in that it didn't really help anyone who needed advice on pattern matching.
post #43 of 72
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Originally Posted by M. Alden View Post
Thank you for the comments and criticism regarding dresswithstyle.com.

Lefty, I am experimenting with an external mic and hopefully the sound quality will improve. Your comments on framing the shots are also helpful. When it comes to filming and interviewing craftsmen I think seeing them in their workplace is the most authentic method. However, it is often inconvenient and noisy.

Upcoming episodes will include visits with A&S, Huntsman, and Smith Woollens.

Mafoofan, I look forward to reading some more Tweed in the City...

Cheers

Michael Alden
www.dresswithstyle.com

Michael,

as starcrash said, you may want to look into a lav which should solve all your sound issues.

You'll get a better feel for a well composed frame the more you shoot, but just be aware of what's around you. What I found frustrating was that in many cases I wanted to see what was going on outside of the frame. The Bates piece is a good example - I really wanted to see inside the case behind you. You have a fine voice and laying over a shot of hundred year old hat blocks will add texture to both. The more footage you grab the easier your job will be when you edit.

Good example of a "artisan" video with a nice attention to the details is the Greenfield clip here:

http://www.vimeo.com/1213401?pg=embed&sec=1213401

It's a bigger project but it was done by three guys in a day and a half.

Good luck,

lefty
post #44 of 72
A lavalier with a pop shield (foam cover) for outside work, otherwise wind noise will dominate.
post #45 of 72
Michael, I think you guys got it wrong with the LL tie. The picture of Gary Cooper shows him wearing what appears to be a shepherd check, while you had it recreated as some faux pois pattern... Maybe if that pattern you used had been turned 45 degrees from how it appears on Mr. Colban, it would have stood a chance of bearing a passing resemblance to Cooper's tie. Look at Cooper's: the black/dark color forms diagonal lines while the on the LL club tie, you get vertical and horizontal lines (dark areas).
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