Into The Valley makes the shortlist for Scotlands Greatest Album
New Skids Facebook Group now up and running
Stuart Adamson memorial bench dedication ceremony
Richard Jobson latest movie to premiere at BFI London Film Festival
The Singles Collection 1978-1981
The Skids - Masquerade (PSST Remix 2011)
Location for The Stuart Adamson Memorial Bench has been decided

Update on Stuart Adamson memorial bench fund

4 sets of lyrics have been choosen for the Stuart Adamson memorial bench. These have been choosen from a poll voted for by facebook bc fans. These are as follows:
1) Here is strength for us to find, to turn the old to new and wipe our eyes of misty years and see the future through
2) Your name will never die; this time will be forever
3) In a big country dreams stay with you like a lover's vioce fires the mountainside Stay Alive !
4) Some days will stay a thousand years some pass like the flash of a spark who knows where all our days go !
This fund is less than £100 short of its mark, please help by making a donation by following the link below

Punk rock star shoots latest movie in Bedford

Original article from the Bedford Today website
Thanks to Justin from Bedford for pointing this out

A FILM crew has been stationed at various locations in Bedford shooting a movie that is set to be released at cinemas nationwide next year.
Former singer of The Skids, Richard Jobson, who is now a successful filmmaker, is the writer and director behind the film called The Somnambulists, which tells the story of 15 soldiers who died in the Iraq war, and what they left behind.
Filming has been taking place in different locations in Bedford for the last several weeks, and on the last day of filming the Times & Citizen were given exclusive access to the crew on location.
The film tells the testimonials of 15 soldiers who lost their lives in the Iraq conflict, and delves into the lives they lost.
Mr Jobson, who lives in Toddington, decided to shoot a number of scenes in Bedford as he regularly visits the town with his son, who attends Bedford Modern School.
He said: “I have a real fondness for Bedford, my son attends school here and we regularly come here at the weekend to the market and the river. I was going to shoot the scenes in Scotland, but I realised that Bedford has all of the things that Scotland has to offer.
“I felt very angry about the Iraq war and this is a reflection of that. People just seem to have forgotten all about it, we were sleepwalked into that war.
“People will probably think its the characters that are the somnambulists, but it’s actually the audience.
On Friday the crew finished its filming in Bedford at Michael R Peters in Tavistock Street, The Piazza, a council flat and Harrowden Middle School.
Managing director at Michael R Peters Paul Mead said: “They only approached us a couple of days ago with the idea of shooting outside the shop. It’s quite exciting for us and a great chance for us to get our name out there. It’s a great opportunity for Bedford as well.”

Fans Memorial for Stuart Adamson

stuart-adamson-memorial-fundA memorial fund and project to get a bench and plaque in Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline in memory of local legend Stuart Adamson is underway.
Spearheaded by Gwenda Matthews there is now a Facebook campaign to raise awareness and support for the memorial fund project
Fans can visit the Facebook page using the link below
Gwenda has said “On my recent visit to Dunfermline I was shocked to find not a mention or recollection of Stuart Adamsons existance he was such a truly talented and amazing guy he deserves to be recognised and we as fan’s want to pay our respects to him ! Please help our cause by contributing to this page and let our voices be heard !!”
“This Year Being the 10th Anniversary of this mans passing, It Seems The Time is More Than Right To Give This Music LEGEND A Memorial in His Hometown of Dunfermline, So That His Fans, Friends & Peers all around the world Can Remember Him….”
A Paypal fund has also been set up so that fans can contribute to the £1,000 pounds to make this happen.
If you would like to donat to the fund, please follow the link below.

Skids Live 2010 DVD Special Edition now only £12

The Skids Live 2010 DVD is now available as a special offer and discounted price.skids-live-dvd-special-offer

The Special Edition DVD with Promo CD is available to buy direct from Richard Jobson and is now only £12 including postage and packaging.

The Skids Live 2010 DVD is Region 2 PAL (UK) so this disc may not be suitable for playing in other countries and is not a multi-region or region free disc.

You DO NOT need a Paypal account to order, Paypal will accept all major credit cards and debit cards.

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The Skids Live 2010 DVD contains the following tracks: Animation, Of One Skin, Melancholy Soldiers, Thanatos, Yankee Dollar, The Saints Are Coming, Scared To Dance, Charles, The Olympian, Hurry On Boys, Charade, A Woman In Winter, Circus Games, Masquerade, Into The Valley, Fields.

The DVD also includes interviews with Richard and also footage from the Fifer Festival 2010

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The Skids on BBC Radio 6 - The Live Music Hour

The Skids concert recorded at Rock Goes To College in London 1981 will be played on the BBC6 series called The Live Music Hour.

The BBC6 Radio series has already featured some classic gigs and on Tuesday 8th March this Rock Goes To College concert from The Skids will feature alongside other BBC sessions from Hatfield And The North (19/03/1974) and Help Stamp Out Loneliness (16/11/2009).

You can visit the BBC6 website Live Music Hour by clicking this link and check out the revious programmes.

Follow this link to see whats coming up next on The Live Music Hour, including The Skids

Skids frontman to host film and acting workshops

The Skids frontman is to host acting and filming workshops at the next digital cinema event.Richard Jobson Film Workshops at Converge Point Three

Converge.3 at the NFT on March 1st and 2nd brings together the leading lights of the HDSLR world. From Philip Bloomʼs expansive and ground breaking images to the ground breaking award winning documentary world of Danfung Dennis, the two day festival is a mixture of inspirational talks and workshops. Festival organisers James Stoneley and Sol Rogers, say that “The Convergence movement is a gathering storm that neither the cinema and or photography world can ignore. People like Kevin Shahinian have invented a new genre of docu-drama that is setting standards we never knew were possible. “

The workshops will contain everything from creative lens work with the likes of Feature Film DOP Simon Dennis to learning how to take Final Cut Pro to a new level.

Director, Richard Jobson will hold an acting workshop breaking down a scene and showing how he would film it.

He says “Convergence is freedom to control and create a new type of narrative. Convergence is changing the face of how we all think and work and those who apply the technology to their ambition will be the ones who succeed the most. Convergence is the answer.”

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The Skids Live – Multi-Clip Editing in FCP

Steve Sander on December 1, 2010

original source article
Thanks to KAMDude for posting.
Richard Jobson’s film of The Skids performing at the Alhambra theatre in Dunfermline was an excellent opportunity to utilise the capabilities of the Canon 5D MkII camera with Apple’s Final Cut Pro 7 software. I was tasked with editing 6 cameras into one seamless record of the live gig, capturing the energy of The Skids’ live performance.

The Canon cameras lent themselves beautifully to capturing stunning images in low light without distracting the band with bulky equipment, cables and additional lighting. Indeed Richard commented that while performing he completely forgot the cameras where even there. It was also beneficial for the audience whose attention stayed on the band.
The cameramen shot long takes focusing on specific aspects of the performance. One camera followed Richard, another the lead guitarist and another the base player. A static camera was trained on the drummer.
My task in the edit suite was to transcode the footage and then sync the cameras to each song as a multi-camera clip. I transcoded the footage using the free software download, MPEG Streamclip, which quickly converted the H.264 files into Apple ProRes files. I believe that there is nothing to be gained in transcoding to the ProRes HQ codec from the 5D, although some professional colourists tell me that HQ would be better. From all the tests I’ve done, I haven’t personally found a generational loss of image quality when conducting any reasonable amount of colour correcting. The H.264 codec is already heavily compressed and transcoding to an intermediate codec like ProRes HQ will not provide a boost in quality. The only benefit I can see is if you are combining 5D footage with graphics and animation work encoded at a higher data rate. It was also apparent in the case of The Skids edit that when editing multiple clips in the timeline, smaller file sizes and data rates were going to be more convenient.

Setting up multi-clips in FCP was easy. I marked the same ‘in’ point for each camera angle of a particular song and then made a multi-clip from all of the angles (syncing the clips to the ‘in’ point). I then opened the new muliti-clip in the viewing window and edited in real time, making sure to take the audio from just one camera.

Editing in real time was a joy as it enabled me to quickly put a rough edit of the track together, reacting to the music as if doing a live mix. This enabled me initially to react to the performances rather than going for a more clinical assembly. I was then able to go back and fine tune my rough edit selecting alternative angles where necessary or indeed alternative moments from different parts of the song, like a crowd reaction. In this way the live music sections from the film were edited together quickly over two days and retained, I hope, the energy from the original live performance.

There is no doubt that shooting with the Canon 5D MkII and doing a multi-clip edit streamlined the whole process and from an editorial point of view enabled me to react creatively and instinctively to the material.