Video Production

I’ve been making innovative drama, documentary and comedy since 2008. Now let me help tell your story. I’m an Irish media professional offering video production, audio recording and editing services. I also provide podcast consultancy and creation, and offer workshops on podcasting and storytelling. I’m tied into a rich network of creative professionals, artists and musicians. Ask how I can help you or your business tell its story today.

  • Music Videos
  • Short Promotional Videos
  • Social Media Video (Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat)
  • Event Recording
  • Theatre Productions
  • Film sound recording / Booming
  • Podcast Creation
  • Workshops – Podcasting, Writing for Radio, Storytelling Through Sound
  • Screen Writing / Editing

Check out my competitive rates for 2018.

Here’s a detailed explanation of the costs of my services.

My client agreement helps explain how I work, what I provide to, and ask from my clients.

You can check out a complete list of my work and credits – here.

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Background

Gareth Stack, started Ireland’s first online TV show while attending university. The show ran for over forty episodes, amassing hundreds of thousands of downloads, and gaining coverage in the Irish Times and national television. Gareth also served as station manager / senior producer at college station Trinity FM. Later he began producing radio programmes, packages and podcasts for leading Irish stations like RTE Lyric, RTE Radio One, and Newstalk. Starting in 2010 he produced a variety of short comic films and performed comedy and talks at events like Electric Picnic. He’s developed surround sound drama for podcast and live cinematic events. He’s written and directed several stage plays, radio dramas and documentaries. In 2016, Gareth returned to education, retraining as a video professional in IADT’s Broadcast Production masters degree. He has written for numerous magazines including Analogue, Blue Ireland, and Piraña! Today he brings over thirteen years worth of production experience, across video, radio, print and podcast.

Gareth has worked with talented creators like directors Bob Gallagher, Daniel Butler and Dathai Keane, broadcasters like Dave Fanning, Roger Gregg, and Colette Kinsella, and production companies from Shoot Cut Grade to Dublin Digital Radio and Bonne Pioche.

“Specialisation is for insects”, Robert Heinlein.

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The World You Think You Live In

A couple of years back I gave an ignite talk at the Mindfield’s festival, all about creativity and the ‘nuts and bolts of making stuff up’. Alas despite years of trying I haven’t been able to pry the video of that talk from the organisers, so last month I took some of the research / writing – which ended up developing into a short story, and a bunch of other stuff, and turned it into the strange poem / mashup video you see below.

Lawrence Lessig on the criminalisation of culture

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Lawrence Lessig has consistently been one of the most important figures in the debate over copyright reform, ‘piracy’, and remix culture over the last decade. He’s recently switched his energies to battling the corrupting effect of PACs, lobbyists and outright bribery in the US political system, so it’s rare these days to hear him talk about how the law is prohibiting the development of culture, criminalising creativity and creating and extremism on both sides of the debate. A development that Lessig argues, has led to the social normalisation of copyright infringement on one side, and to the legal persecution of thousands of otherwise law abiding citizens on the other.

Arguably, Lessig stands to the right of most of this generations creative community, but compared to the current legal prohibitions in place around the world, from the DMCA to the EUCD, he’s a leftist loon; and that’s how he’s frequently been portrayed in the media.

In these three video interviews with San Francisco’s ‘Booksmith‘, Lessig briefly outlines the moderate copyright reform position he advocates in his book ‘Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy’ .

More Lawrence Lessig videos..

TED 2007, How creativity is being strangled by the law
Google Lecture

Trip to Barcelona

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A few weeks ago I travelled to Barcelona, capitol of the Spanish province of Catalonia. On the last day, I cycled through the city and took a few low quality videos with my phone. These were too shoddy to post anywhere, so I had a play with them in final cut. The track is ‘The Weight of My Words’, by King of Convenience. Remixed by Fourtet. Most of these videos were taken in the cities oldest quarter, the Barri Gotic.

Cheated by the DMCA

Social media, user generated content, folksonomies, Web 2.0. Geeks usually view these emerging phenomena in a glowing light – as ways for individuals and groups to co-operatively contribute to the generation of technology, culture and information. To cynics such buzzwords define methods for private companies and corporations to build products and databases without needing to pay for the work involved. Either way, social media has become ubiquitous online, with topic specific social networks connecting the audiences of most major websites, while user generated content (from Facebook posts, to Google Maps mashups) add value for users and content owners alike. This year sees user generated content spill over into interactive entertainment in a big way, with games like Will Wright’s ‘Spore‘, and Media Molecule’s ‘Little Big Planet‘ gaining appeal through thousands of user made creatures and levels; content produced for free by people contributing their creative energies and time.

The downside of user generated content is that creators, coders, artists, and authors – the ones producing the content – are engaging in a one sided relationship. Their work, once contributed, can become wholly owned and controlled by the company they provide it to. If the creative work becomes part of a larger whole then this non reciprocal relationship means that while the website, book, or games they’ve added to can freely use their contributions, the opposite is not true.

My friends and I experienced the flip side of social media this week. Two years ago we entered a contest to be part of a video by the punk group ‘Yeah Yeah Yeahs’. The collaboration asked fans to dress up like the band and film themselves dancing around to the song ‘Cheated Hearts’, a track from the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s second LP ‘Show Your Bones’.

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It wasn’t an original idea, the Welsh indie group Feeder had done pretty much the same thing almost five years before, with their fantastic video ‘Just a Day“; but we liked the band, we liked the song, and it looked like fun.

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My friends and I duly spent an evening getting dressed up in ludicrous costumes and makeup, and filming ourselves in various states of confusion. Afterwards, we ripped our tapes to computer and sent the originals, along with a release providing the band and their representatives with ownership of “all worldwide rights in the material submitted”. This rather lunatic agreement is pretty standard as far as user generated content goes, and though we didn’t like it, it was required to contribute.

A few months later we received a notice from the band, to the effect that our performance was to be included in the final video, and that we would receive a prize for our contribution. Shortly afterwards the band sent us a token bunch of signed pictures, stickers, patches and the like.

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Finally the Cheated Hearts video was released. Rather than being exclusively fan made, it intermixed contributions from fans and a second official band video.

Despite being flattered (and embarrassed!) at be flashed across MTV around the world, we were a little disappointed that our contribution (it’s at the 3.04 mark) was a just 3 seconds long. So we took our footage, synced it to the song and uploaded our own fan edit video, as did a variety of other folks [1], [2], [3], [4], [5]. It was something to email our friends about, Continue reading

How to Edit YouTube Videos

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I spent about eight hours yesterday working out how to do this. A working method was surprisingly hard to come by, so hopefully this will be of use to someone. Luckily it’s really easy once you know how. This technique should work not just for YouTube, but any other flash video site, like Google Video, DailyMotion etc.

 

Caveats

You should be aware before you start that posting remixed video online (if you don’t own the copyright to your source video) could theoretically get you into legal trouble.

These instructions are for Windows. Here are some simpler instructions for the Mac. Let’s face it, video stuff is faster and easier with a Mac, if you can afford one.

It’s also important to note before you begin, that uncompressed video files are enormous. You’ll likely need at least 1 free Gigabyte per 5 minutes of video you plan to convert, and much more to do editing later.

If anything goes wrong, I disclaim all responsibility. These instructions are provided as is.

All that said, here’s how to do it..

Download the video

There are lots of ways to download a video from YouTube. Here are a couple.

Throw the address of the video you want into one of these sites
Keep It Simple, Video Downloader 2.0, KeepVid.

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Install Firefox, GreaseMonkey, and one of the these scripts.

Once the file has downloaded, you’ll have to convert it before Movie Maker or Adobe Premier Pro 1.5 (haven’t tried this with more recent versions) will open it.

Download Super

The free program ‘Super’ will convert almost any multimedia file to almost any format.

Download Super. The link is difficult to find on the horrendously designed site, but keep looking, it is there!

Convert the File

  1. Install and Run Super
  2. Find the file you’ve downloaded, and drag it into Super.
  3. Along the top of Super, set the settings like so [Image]
    • Output Container: avi
    • Output Video Codec: huffYUV
    • Output Audio Codec: WAV -(pcm U8)
  4. Right click anywhere in Super, and click ‘Specify the Output Folder Destination’. [Image]
  5. Select the folder where you’d like to put your finished file and click ‘Save Changes’
  6. You may wish to increase the size of the output video (by default Youtube’s resolution is 320*240). To do this simply change the Video Scale Size setting (e.g.: 640*480) [Image]
  7. Your finished settings should looks something like this [Image]
  8. Now click Encode. After a few seconds the video should start to encode [Image].
    In a few minutes (depending on video length), the process will finish.

That’s it!

You should now have a video that most video editors can import and edit without glitches. Happy remixing!