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"I sent Schwar a selection of photos," Simon recalls, "to use for the video tutorial pages. Some of which were more serious than others. Of course, he picked the silliest ones."
When he first heard of CSB-Digital in early 2001, Simon never thought that he would one day adorn the main community page, let alone work for the company. "I first heard of CSB when I was researching the latest editing cards. The very first version of AlamDV was mentioned in a magazine article. Except, of course, the weblink was spelt wrong." Still a student at the University of East Anglia, studying Film and English, it was not until several months later that Simon stumbled across the name CSB-Digital again. "A friend on my degree course mentioned a special effects software company that was based here in Norwich, and that the company founders had studied at UEA. It was only a vague rumour at the time."
The connection between the magazine article and the rumour came in October of that year, when Simon noticed a poster calling for actors and crew to help film a trailer for a company called...CSB-Digital. A few days later the AlamDV2 trailer was filmed on and around the university campus, directed by James Armstrong and featuring Simon in a tiny part as an ill-fated vampire.
A year later Simon found himself working at the company, having provided some freelance assistance with the AlamDV2 manual whilst finishing his degree. His work varies from day-to-day. "The great thing is that I'm always doing something different," he explains. "Sometimes I'll be writing a press release, then I'll be working on the manual for Chromanator or doing a video tutorial for DigiGrade, and sometimes I even get to write Spotlight articles about myself."
Currently Simon is hard at work on the manuals and other material relating to the upcoming releases of AlamDV3, Chromanator and DigiGrade, not to mention some of the content for Malone's new website design.
Of course, eagle-eyed visitors to these parts might have noticed Simon's job description on the CSB-Digital website as being 'Film & Media Development'; hardly in keeping with the duties described above. "One of the first things you realise when you join CSB," says Simon, "is that for every four or five things that people know we're working on, there's about ten other things that are top secret." So what is he allowed to tell us? "Ah, film and media development tends to be in the 'top secret' category. My lips are sealed."