The Drift raises £1000 for charity

April 1, 2015

Daz giving the donation to the RAF Waddington Charities FundThe money raised by The Drift has been donated to the RAF Waddington Charities Fund. Thanks to everyone has taken part in the project, and everyone that has bought DVDs, posters and watched online! Making the movie a success was a huge achievement in itself, but it’s great to see money going to good causes as a result, too.

You can read about it in the Lincolnshire Echo.

Speaking on behalf of the charities committee, Flight Lieutenant Guy Roscoe said: “We are delighted to accept an out of this world £1,000 donation from Squadron Leader Darren Scales and his Movie The Drift.”

Canadian Lancaster Vulcan fly past Thumper Vera XH558 – 21 August 2014

August 21, 2014

Canadian Lancaster Vulcan fly past Thumper Vera XH558 – 21 August 2014

A quick fly past of the last flying Vulcan in formation with the last flying Lancasters in the World! Flew right passed my house! A good day! [Read more]

Super Mario Ben – Dance

January 22, 2014

Super Mario Ben – Dance

Our little SUPER MARIO BEN is dancing to MARIO DANCE but all from his head! ….No video, no music to guide him! SUPER MARIO SUPER DANCE rocks! Big thanks to Nathan Barnatt!!!! ENJOY!!! [Read more]

Thanks Sir Patrick Moore – A tribute from Backyard Productions UK

December 9, 2012

Thanks Sir Patrick Moore – A tribute from Backyard Productions UK

Today, Sir Patrick Moore passed away, but not before one cheeky little sketch for us here at Backyard Productions. Filmed in 2010, a big thank you to the genius that was Patrick Moore. [Read more]

One year of Drift Diaries

September 12, 2012

The Drift Diary for 26 August 2012 marks the one-year anniversary of the very first Drift Diary!

Darren’s been talking for about The Drift a whole lot, and the latest diary includes an inset showing all 21 hours of Daz chatting compressed to 8 minutes.

Top Tips from the Drift Diaries!

With over 100 Drift Diaries covering the production, Daz has shortlisted the ones any budding Backyard Producers might find useful for when making their own movies…. Enjoy the laughter and tears (mostly tears) as Daz tells you like it is!

Tribute to Neil Armstrong

August 27, 2012

Tribute to Neil Armstrong

This is a tribute to the inspiration given to us by Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon. This video is an excerpt of our 2009 Celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Moon landings. Thanks Neil, you will never be forgotten [Read more]

Filming of The Drift has begun

March 1, 2012

Here’s a small selection of photos from the first weekend of filming of The Drift.

A progress update from Producer Daz “The shots are looking great. We have the makings of a FANTASTIC movie – thanks to the Drifters!”

Curious Camerman – November 5….

November 25, 2011

Curious Camerman – November 5….

Big Phill asked the Curious Cameraman to film is back garden Firework display… [Read more]

Delusions of Grandeur

Delusions of Grandeur

June 23, 2010

Palpatine’s heart is palpitating with the prospect of fame and fortune after being asked for his autograph by an online fan. It has been a number of years since the second Star Wars spoof was completed but many people are still watching it online. They have been leaving comments as they do. One of them […] [Read more]

The Box of Now

November 10, 2009

Here’s an expanded account of the 24 hour ad challenge experience.

On the morning of the 7th November 2009, the team did not know what to expect. This was going to be one of biggest challenges they had ever faced: to make a 60-second advert on a unknown theme in just 24 hours…

The competition was organised by Johnnie Oddball, the loveable eclectic with his famous ten rules of guerrilla filmmaking. Four years since first conceived, the competition began: make an advert for the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) on the theme of “now”.

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Pre-planning was paramount. They had arranged to use Johnnie’s Movieum as a base, but with no idea what for. Peter managed to get a permit to film at Canary Wharf, which Darren trumped by making arrangements for a helicopter. In the end, they never went to Canary Wharf, needed no helicopter and actually spent less than three hours at the Movieum.

As the briefing closed, there was an explosion of people onto Golden Square. Some went off immediately and others huddled into groups among the benches. Team 2 took a different approach and stayed in the building mulling. First they had to define now.

Peter and Kevin went to find a book called “Now”. Kenny, of the Philosophy department at Foyles took them on a journey through now and Peter texted it back. Matt, Ash and Josh went out to ask people ‘what is now’ and film them doing something spontaneous. Once the concept was finalised, not much time was left. Runners were dispatched to get a large white gift box. Having picked up red ribbon from a shop that Caroline knew, Peter retrieved the cardboard from a skip on a side street.

“60 seconds in 24 hours”

They moved on to the Movieum. Ed, Caroline, Steve and Nyall got to work on building the box, as the rest tried to borrow what they could from Johnnie. They had to work fast as it was already three and the November dusk was closing in. It was clear they needed a back-up.

Peter and Kevin were sent through the labyrinthine corridors lined with everything from storm troopers to giant spray cans to get some props for a mad professor sketch. Josh and Mark worked on getting the script together, and with the help of Johnnie and the resourceful Joanne they found a flip chart and collection of old-fashioned jackets which Peter tried on. But they were not needed, as the rest were ready to go.

They headed out towards the South Bank to find the right place for the box of now. It was positioned on the lively promenade and they waited to see what happened. Most people, wrapped up against the winter, rushed straight past. Those that even noticed were unaware of the man facing the other way, crouched behind a low wall, cradling a rather large TV camera. Ashley filmed the HD, Josh recorded sound samples and Ed did the time lapse. At one point he was standing on his own with the camera on the floor in front of him, yet strangely inconspicuous.

“The Present is Now”

09-11-07-24-Hour-Ad-Challenge-6168Not everyone was oblivious to the huge white box on the quickly darkening streets. Once, Darren had to maintain a conversation with security so they could shoot what was needed. And he does not do small talk. Some touched it, some picked it up and some kicked it. Nyall had to call out to stop three women sitting on it and Ed had to stop a man taking it away altogether; it made the final cut.

As night fell, they needed to find light, but they found the perfect spot, against a dark background of feet. The box visited the entrance to Chinatown, a staircase, a lift, a busy street corner in Soho and a West End theatre, taking the tube to get there. Matt meticulously tweeted on its journey.

Back at base, it was time for post production. There seemed to be discussions going on in every room along the corridor all night as everyone got coffee’d up, punctuated by Josh’s time signal.

“Three hours to go!”

There were screens everywhere, for reviewing dailies, time lapse and music. Mark reviewed samples and took on Nyall’s suggestion to tweak one. As the night wore on and coffee turned into beer, two and half hours of stock became 60 seconds. Steve and Nyall worked with Ed on wording and Darren put it all together.

“Don’t Pass it By”

09-11-07-24-Hour-Ad-Challenge-6156The morning after, they took the tube, now boxless, to the ICA to see all entries screened. In a room stuffed with insomnia, each entry was played in turn, with the Backyard present shown second. It was interesting to see how many different interpretations there were. One team was having technical problems, but there was consensus throughout the room that if it could be shown, it should be shown and it was.

When the judges went up on the stage to announce the short list there was bleary-eyed tension in the stalls. They read out the first number:

“Team 2. The Present”

They all breathed in and tension heightened. They had made it to the final five. Would it win? Could it win? As the judges mentioned it was something less conventional, a static image, they knew it wasn’t them and the tension released. The judges had unanimously decided on Team 13.

Their version showed a single shot of man staring into the city nightscape, the lights of passing cars subtly reflected on his face, before he breathed in and the logo was displayed. Everyone applauded, they explained their inspiration, and when it was all over, they went to home to bed.

By Kevin Harper