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Music

Posted by: Sally

Tags: production, Video sharing, Voyeurism

It’s not every day a musician has to play live to images of Hal in the bathroom. Hats off to the brave men and women who put together our fabulous musical score under the direction of composer Phil Strong!

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From the vlogs

Posted by: Sally

Tags: production, Video sharing, Voyeurism

So I’ve been ploughing through a bunch of Hal’s vlog archives and will be posting them in the coming days. Very few of these vlogs ever made it to the big screen - they’re way too long. (Ironically it was next to impossible to represent Hal’s online experience in the film in any real-time way because “real life” just doesn’t translate to television. It’s too dull!)

Here’s the first excerpt from the vaults: Hal’s ongoing discussion about whether or not to have a second child. He makes multiple attempts to do the same blog and I’m not sure if he was ever satisfied.

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Christmas from Hell and the birth of a new mess-y-ah!

Posted by: Sally

Tags: production, Video sharing, Voyeurism

Christmas holidays were a total washout. It all went south with a lost slab of fois gras – our only contribution to the big Christmas dinner with my French in-laws. Emmanuel, my “companion/petit ami/copain/” (really hard to find a word for somebody you live with but aren’t exactly married to) scoured Paris looking for the perfect specimen, which he eventually found – made from goose fat, not duck fat, which apparently makes all the difference. It cost a whopping €80 and to make a long story short we lost it somewhere between the taxi and the train. My guess is a pick pocket with a taste for good paté. Our in-laws were not impressed. I tried to make it up with home made mince pies and bottle of sherry but somehow this didn’t score me any brownie points. I guess French people don’t actually DRINK sherry, they just cook with it. Or use it to clean their toilets. Speaking of which, my MIL then went completely bananas over the state of our bathroom. “Quel état!” she moaned over breakfast. I guess she was referring to the tube of toothpaste I had inadvertently left on the sink because other than that it was show-room perfect. Anyway, you can see where all of this is going – directly into the trash can called ‘Christmas Spirit of 2010’.

Then we got the call that an old friend of Emmanuel’s had died.   We trekked to Charente Maritime for the funeral which was very sad. Our 8 month old son was with us and of course chose this moment to have a paralytic fit in the church. What is crying-baby-funeral-etiquette????? I didn’t want to leave the service but eventually it got so bad I figured we had to give the priest some airtime. So we made a spectacularly noisy and public exit and then played in the graveyard to kill time.

Driving back from the wake the car in front of us suddenly hit a chevreuil – small deer – and Emmanuel swerved to the side of the road. The poor thing was in the process of dying. I thought Emmanuel was trying to save it but oh no, he couldn’t have been happier. Before I knew it I was sharing the back seat with a deer in its death throws. We got back to the friend’s place where we were staying and Emmanuel skinned and butchered the deer and we ate its hind legs for New Year’s Day. Hind legs that were connected by buttocks. So in other words we ushered in 2011 with a juicy plate of ass.

As you can tell, I didn’t grow up in the country. Where I come from dead animals on the highway are called ‘roadkill’ not dinner. It’s all part of my life as an ex-pat marooned in Paris. I love it really, but there are times when I feel like a deer caught in the headlights. This time last year I was sitting in my cozy editing room in Toronto, heavily pregnant and “finishing” the doc, then called ‘Peep Me’ and now called ‘Peep Culture’. A full year later we are only just putting the finishing touches on the music and sound mix. There’s nothing like having a baby and moving to France to completely destroy your post production schedule.

Speaking of which, here’s said baby in question, on the train back from the Christmas from Hell. His name is Dashiell but we call him ‘Dash’. This is just one of the tens of thousands of images of this person that will be taken over the course of his lifetime, whether he knows it or not, whether he likes it or not. Currently he seems to love it! Welcome to Peep Culture son.

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Eddy the Man

Posted by: Sally

Tags: production, Video sharing, Voyeurism

So we finally got the peepcast working! It was kind of touch and go there for a while because the original plan to simultaneously upload the peepcast and download high quality images using DLink cameras didn’t work. It was a mad scramble to try and come up with a workable fix so what we ended up doing was using webcams for the peepcast and installing surveillance cameras just underneath the webcams to capture a similar looking image to a device known as a Digital Video Recorder (DVR). Stepping into the breach to hook us up with the surveillance equipment was Eddy Stevens at Security Stores in Concord, Ontario.

Eddy was awesome and basically dropped everything to source the cameras, DVRs and motion control devices that lets us record when the action is happening. Technically speaking, we can record all of Hal’s movements for the next two weeks and never even change the drive (size of a small book).

Eddy is a total pro. His expertise has been used on the sets of reality based TV shows such as Global’s “The Office Temps” and Debbie Travis’ “From the Ground Up”. He’s been obsessed with electronics since he was an 11 year old bumming around his dad’s basement workroom. In 1999 Eddy’s company got into the Guiness Book of Record for creating the “smallest video transmitter in the world”.

Well, we didn’t use the smallest camera for this production but we certainly used Eddy’s experience. If you ever need anything in the surveillance camera vein, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend these guys!

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Cottage peep experience

Posted by: Sally

Tags: production, Video sharing, Voyeurism

My boyfriend and I recently organized an apartment/cottage swap for the summer and ventured up to Bancroft, Ontario for the first time last weekend to survey our summery home. It was beautiful…but that’s not the point of this blog.

Our guide was John Grant, father of Maggie Grant who owned the cottage. He met us at the lake marina, showed us how to operate Maggie’s pepto bismol pink boat and took us over to the cottage where he helped us turn everything on etc.. He was a jolly fellow, 70 years old with silvery white hair and a twinkle in his eye. I discovered we hailed from the same home town - neon Niagara Falls - where he was a high school principal (he had that kind of teachery habit of describing everything in minute detail). I kind of assumed I knew everything there was to know about John in the first five minutes of meeting him, which is always a bad idea, and in this case I was wrong again. Turns out that John is also an avid surfer and kite boarder and absolutely addicted to Facebook. He is constantly taking pictures of his surfing antics and his peeping activities turned into a website with a dedicated fanbase: http://www.windinsight.com For J.ohn, peeping about riding the waves provides him with a whole new layer of social activity and support that he wouldn’t have otherwise and it just goes to show how cross-generational peep really is.

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Sally Blake

Sally Blake has 12 years of experience in the radio and television industry as a writer, director, editor and producer.

She cut her filmmaking teeth in the bizarre world of professional wrestling, co-producing the Gemini-award winning documentary feature, “HITMAN HART, wrestling with shadows” and the A&E Biography follow-up “The Life and Death of Owen Hart”. Blake continues to make films exploring day to day life from extreme and unusual perspectives, including “Offstage”, a Guffmanesque peek inside the world of amateur theatre, and “The Disciples”, a revealing behind-the-scenes tale of power and profit in the world of Christian rock ‘n’ roll. Two years ago Sally took a mule across the Italian alps to re-trace Leonardo Da Vinci’s epic voyage to France, the subject of her upcoming documentary “Leonardo’s Last Journey”. Currently she is directing the documentary/interactive cross-over project Peep Me an examination of society’s changing attitudes towards identity and privacy in the world of reality TV, YouTube and Facebook.

Sally Blake is 35 years old and lives in Toronto.  Her unrequited ambition is to land the role of a kung fu fighting Bond Girl – a role she is hopelessly unqualified for.

 

 

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