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Spotlight: Tarn, CSB-Digital writer

Posted: Mon, 10th Mar 2003, 3:54pm

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When Simon Jones (aka Tarn) joined CSB-Digital in September 2002, he thought he knew what he was getting into. He knew that the job would be by turns fun, exciting, stressful and difficult - sometimes all of those at once. What he didn't know was that his gurning face would be plastered all over AlamDV.com.

"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."

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Posted: Mon, 10th Mar 2003, 4:00pm

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Great spotlight.

Didn't know anything about him until now. Apart from the fact he gave me a link to one of the best pieces of composes soundtrack music ever.

Nice one Tarn.

Love to hear about these, 'Secret Projects'.

Woah, imagine what CSB are going to be like in ten years?

Have their own operating system wink

Again, nice spotlight! biggrin
Posted: Mon, 10th Mar 2003, 4:02pm

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Great spotlight and as erno said "I want to know about the top seceret projects"
Posted: Mon, 10th Mar 2003, 4:09pm

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lol... great picture "mean man"... smile

Nice to see you in a spotlight too!



And great to know there are secret projects... *calling my secret agent* smile
Posted: Mon, 10th Mar 2003, 4:55pm

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Looking at Tarn's photo here has cemented my belief that the CSB crew is in actuality a boyband. I could've sworn they toured with N'Sync. That must've been their secret project lol
Posted: Mon, 10th Mar 2003, 5:53pm

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TARN it up man, the funk soul brother !
Posted: Mon, 10th Mar 2003, 6:06pm

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i'm still a little sad that we never got more muffy films.
I could see his 3d work was improving each film.

Tarn your still a top man, wink
Posted: Mon, 10th Mar 2003, 6:19pm

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Yeah, one thing that's annoying me generally at the moment is that I haven't done any actual filmmaking for far too long. Typically, as soon as I start working for a company that aids filmmaking, I no longer have time myself! crazy

Perhaps once our schedules ease off a little I'll be able to knock something together.

Watched Close Encounters again last night, which kind of inspired me...surprised there aren't more Close Encounters films in the cinema, actually - the style of effects would be incredibly easy to do in AlamDV.
Posted: Mon, 10th Mar 2003, 6:22pm

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Let's make a fan film to M & J biggrin
Posted: Mon, 10th Mar 2003, 6:22pm

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Are you going to be doing some cool example movies for the new apps?
Posted: Mon, 10th Mar 2003, 6:23pm

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Just give the order, boss.
Posted: Mon, 10th Mar 2003, 6:26pm

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Steak and chips please...
Posted: Mon, 10th Mar 2003, 6:36pm

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So THAT'S what Tarn looks like!

I was wondering who that dirty ape was on all of the other pics. lol wink

Nice spotlight...keep them secret projects, uh...secret i guess... confused
Posted: Mon, 10th Mar 2003, 8:07pm

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Ah, very interesting! Never understood how Tarn met CSB before.. now i know! Good spotlight, and keep up the good work Tarn!

I WONDER WHAT THE *TOP SECRET* PROJECT IS
Posted: Tue, 11th Mar 2003, 7:59pm

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I KNOW WHAT THE TOP SECRET IS!!! YOU CAN"T OPPRESS ME FOR LONG!!!!
Posted: Tue, 11th Mar 2003, 9:20pm

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Does it begin with an "S" and end with "Torm"???
Posted: Tue, 11th Mar 2003, 9:22pm

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No, it doesn't.
Posted: Tue, 11th Mar 2003, 9:39pm

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Or does it?
Posted: Wed, 12th Mar 2003, 1:52am

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Congrats Tarn. So what was it like spotlighting one's self? lol

Cheers, and keep up the cool spotlights. IT is good to know more about members of the community beyond their forum profiles

Misinformation is the best protection sidey and mecha twisted lol
Posted: Wed, 19th Mar 2003, 7:47pm

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^^ They arn't really a boy band. Pic by Hajiku Flip
Posted: Wed, 9th Apr 2003, 12:20pm

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Congratulations, you are a celebrity - now give your fans what they want: Muffy and Jebediah 3 biggrin !