Last week, my friend, colleague and regularly Gonzo weekly contributor Mr Biffo released his 17 minute epic movie The Trojan Arse Project, Project, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AegZz2NxjOc which is the tumultuous climax to his massively entertaining, and highly recommended, webTV show, Mr Biffo’s Found Footage. It wasn’t quite as good as episode 4 (which had me in it), if only for one reason (it didn’t have me in it) and millions mourned. But it was hugely entertaining, and amongst other things put me in the mood to stretch my cinematic wings a little further than they had ever been stretched before.
Some years ago, I invested the takings from a particularly successful Weird Weekend in a large, professional green screen set up, so that I could use it on CFZ videos. And, embarrassingly, apart from a stupid video featuring Graham as David Cameron, and a pair of dancing badgers, I have never used it. But this week, all that changed!
I am really getting quite ambitious with our monthly webTV show. And, this week, I finally ended up using the green screen in an elaborate sequence which we filmed last Wednesday afternoon, and which will be the opening sequence to the November episode of On The Track.
We are making a conscious effort to make the production values on this new series as good as we possibly can, partly so we can be seen as real contenders in the global media marketplace, and partly for our own satisfaction.
Sadly, my beautiful garden looks like something like the aftermath of the battle of the Somme as a result of heavy rain, scratting chickens, falling leaves, and the large dog that looks like a pigmy hippo galumphing around the place, but as you can see from these pictures, it makes a perfect film set for my cinematographic ambitions.
Forgive me for banging on about our webTV show, but it matters a lot to me, and I would be grateful for an many people as possible to see it, and spread the tidings of it far and wide:
But now, here is the news:
COMING THIS WEEKEND
DAVE BROCK IN THE NEWS
RICK SPRINGFIELD IN THE NEWS
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: KATE WESTBROOK GOODBY...
Gonzo Weekly #255-6
THE A IS FOR APPLE ISSUE
We meet the legendary Judge Smith and talk about his new film, The Garden of Fifi Chamoix, and still in a horticultural mood Alan visits an Apples and Art exhibit which sounds cracking fun. Richard presents the second part of his critique of Steve Kimock, Jon muses about Cat Stevens and Liam Gallagher, and Biffo causes ructions in the Lord of the Rings gaming community.
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Canterbury sans Frontieres and Friday Night Progressive. Strange Fruit, is taking a week off, but will be back soon. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who have books to peruse (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have been to the library, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
This issue features:
Liam Gallagher, Yusuf Islam, Nile Rodgers, 200Fish, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Love Theatre, Rolling Stones, Queen, Small Faces, Bono, Prince, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Jerry Jan Ross, Skip Haynes, Walter "Bunny" Sigler, Jan Arvid Johansen, Jimmy Beaumont, Grady Bernard Tate, Dave Bry, Iain Shedden, Sean Hughes, Roy Dotrice, OBE, Grape-kun, Gordon Edgar Downie CM, Mary Hopkin, Man, Arthur Brown, Tony Ashton and Jon Lord, Martin Springett, Third Ear Band, Benjamin Britten, Judge Smith, Alan Dearling, Dave Watson, Morag Eaton, Graham Bell, Richard Foreman, Steve Kimock, Kev Rowland, Alunah, Atomic Rooster, Rick Wakeman, Made in Cuba, Steve Howe, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Sammy Davis Jr, Bob Marley, Elvis, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael Jackson, Neil Nixon, Preston Epps
Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
Issue 252 (Cropredy)
Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
Issue 250 (Jamms)
Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
Issue 248 (The Selecter)
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
Issue 243 (Galahad)
Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
Issue 236 (Manchester)
Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
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