Conclusive review and Epilogue of Gloriana

Conclusive review


What did I achieve in the making of Gloriana?

  • The lowest points I had ever faced in my life during the making of Gloriana, has made me a more stronger, creative and confident person.
  • I have developed a network of talented and reliable people, who I am fortunate to call friends and I feel I am more social then I ever did before in making new friends.
  • I may not have found my favourite genres or type of music I like to write in, but that is a good thing, I feel I like all genres and styles as I see the individual uniqueness that can be utilised to deliver the right immersive atmosphere I feel the history/story used can be told accurately and creatively.
  • I have learned that I can write music faster with the aid of researching the topic, and inspired from personnel events increase my drive to new heights.
  • I have learned how to create music videos. Also how to make storyboards, and Adobe premiere and After effects.
  • I now have gained knowledge on how to make DVDs in a professional manner.
  • I am a better studio engineer then I was before, utilising my equipment newly obtained or had before to meet the demands for recording an array of instruments and voices.
  • I believe I might I found an answer to my future career where I can be part of the music industry out of university and hopefully make a decent living from it.


What could I do to improve Gloriana if I could change anything?


At the time of making Gloriana especially the very beginning, what I had undertaken did certainly provided me a 1st of many experiances and achievements that I had discovered, which I did not previously obtained.  Although thanks to the battle I had with Cancer, I had time to look think a lot about Gloriana, I really in truth, probably had the same amount of time work on the project as I would now, I started to work of the 4th year’s Creative Ventures project. A year and 4 months. Before saying anything to improve Gloriana, I am really happy how it turn out in the end.

In the ideal world, I guess it would have been nice to achieve what I originally sort to achieve, 10 songs to cover the whole of Elizabeth’s reign. Although this would have taken double or even triple the time I had with my knowledge and experience at the time.

I think would be worth noting for the next Animated Music Production I make, I would do the following to improve my methods since making Gloriana:

  • Make a wider stage (to make it wide screen for filming standards) with better control and more intricacies of the characters.
  • Maybe invest in a film camera myself, so I have the freedom of filming when I like and learn how to use the camera better.
  • Make the storyboards earlier after the making of the songs.
  • Make more contacts earlier to be onboard so that I can ensure more is done earlier.
  • I think it would be worth to Monetise the project.
  • Improve my laptop to allow portable recording sessions to work far more easier.




With the feedback so far, although it has not been an enormous response, it is not a worry, as the few who have and will soon respond to me are important to me, the content of feedback I have got so far, has been great, warm and amazed on what as been achieved against all odds.

I had to address one of the performers from the creative decision made due to lack of materials to use but also to share and use the efforts on the other performer who have given their time too.

I guess I will never please everyone which I am sure I will counter as I progress my career, but if it is important for it to be right to you before it is right with other people. Something I hope I can handle, but I like to think I have obtained a thick skin from the many other experiences I have, and my understandings will counter and ignore these incidents in the future.

I went with my father to the Swansea waterfront museum, my dad was telling them about Gloriana, and they were talking about it as a great idea and something I could do with them to cover Wales’ industial revolution and for example the Copper works that made Swansea the place it is today. This may work greatly in my favour as an avenue that I could make money from with it. Although from first impressions it may not the most exciting topic in history to me, but perhaps by researching into it, I would be intrigued by learning about it, and It might lead me onto working on other historical topics I can cover.

The mark and the feedback will be the ultimate verdict that will address me the full success of Gloriana, but the regardless of the marks and feedback, I know I am happy with what I had created. I know that I have gain a great deal, something that cannot be taken away.

Something that I will always remember and think back, with positive thoughts, always.


The Gloriana DVDs


Figure 1: Gloriana DVD front view

Figure 2: Gloriana DVD Side view
Figure 3: Gloriana DVD back view
Figure 4. Gloriana DVD inside view

Figure 5. Libretto sheet that is included inside the Gloriana DVD
Why I had made them?

I wanted to create DVDs not only that it will promote Gloriana in another professional, and something to learn too, but because there are some people I intend to show to and/or who have collaborated on the project who might not have access to YouTube.


How did I had made them?

When creating the Video files,  the DVDs I thought would need a DVD menu selecting screen.  Which is what every professional  DVD had, so originally I was looking to use Adobe’s DVD menu building software Encore to achieve this. However, Adobe Encore was not updated into the CC packages as the demand for DVD’s are no longer as high it is was 20 or 12 years ago.

So through a bit of research, I came across ‘DeeVeeDee’, which did do what I wanted, but it was not very user friendly at all, while search on one of my parents computers hearing about a DVD burning software, which was good but did not provide me the menu selector building feature I was looking for.

In the end, on my own computer I had ‘Windows DVD maker’, initially it was not accepting MP4s, which was annoying, later learning that the encoder for this to function was missing, instead, I used Adobe media encoder to copy and convert both the Gloriana full version and the four individual music videos.

Testing before hand with the Gloriana Teaser, which I already had different formats to try out. What proved successful was the Windows media audio/videos (WMVs) which not only was compatible, it seem to not render the music videos adequately.

Once loaded into the software, I designed a custom background picture with Photoshop, and using the camera and cinema template theme, as the  primary loading screen style (limitation to this was I had to choose preset loading screens). It was nice despite I did not have a lot of choice.

The burning process of the 1st disc was very slow, it did not help that I was sort my blog out while it was burning with the internet open.

However after the burning of the first disc, the next 25 were significantly faster to burn.

The covers were designed by my parents using combination of elements from Gloriana’s artwork, and behind the scenes pictures.

Using a picture of myself on the front cover would make people know that I had created it, unfortunately I was hoping to use pictures of the performers and the other collaboratees, which understandably I did not think about this at the time when working and with them. So I decided instead to show pictures of the behind the scenes of the stage production and the filming.

I have included a Gloriana dialogue, lyrics and narration sheet inside so people with the DVDs will know what has been said/sung.


Ideas after Gloriana for the Future

First thing that would be important to do is to get reviews of it done and to see what the general public think of it.

After that, I will be thinking of doing a another animated musical production. What I would like to be doing is one that has 6 songs instead of 4, more radical musical genres, and a different period/theme of history.

It is important, first and foremost is to research into what I want it to be about, and the rest will come into place once a theme/period and story is picked.

Timelapse footage of the filming process

With my Tec Bean action camera, I have done three timelapse footage of my parents and I in the filming process, here are the links to each one.


Timelapse video 1 (Early filming trial):-


Timelapse video 2 (part of the filming of Ascension complete):-


Timelapse video 3 (Part of  the filming of Bull versus Lioness):-

Final additions

While compiling the filming with the music, adding the blackout sections and a the effects to add at certain scenes.

I thought to myself about how I was going to present Gloriana on YouTube in comparison when I do the DVD, I believe that it is a good idea to have all four songs as a single music video/film, for Youtube as everyone will enjoy it as if it was like watching it in the Cinema.

The DVD will have both the full version and as well as the music videos desperately.

In order maybe to make the full version to work, I though of making intermission scenes, which in a real theatre, they would have intermissions as breaks for the audiences, making as if the performers are getting themselves ready the stage for the next song.

They are designed as a bit of fun, providing breaks from the seriousness of the music for both the audience and the viewers.

Intermission Scene 1:

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Figure 1. Intermission scene 1:  Showing The Caretaker acting and speaking like a support presenter or ‘MC’ for William Byrd. While having his mates, ‘The Y’olde Beatles’ performing.


Much like a supporting act to a main event, having a medieval band would of helped keep the audience (and the viewers!) entertained while the stage was being set up. Though other inspiration I have found, a medieval band which we could make as if they a medieval versions of the Beatles as a bit of fun.

I had made a short bit of music to last for the 20 to 30 seconds for what ‘The Y’olde Beatles would be playing.

The music I made is meant to be traditional medieval music (Through listening to William Byrd’s and other contemporary music of the time) as best as I can, comprising of a Acoustic guitar part (to represent a Lute) and a Violin (similar to the instrument shown). Also used a very low pitch piccolo sounds to replicate a Crumhorn, and a Church organ as use a traditional musical glue.

The music is in the Mixolydian mode of C to add a more medieval flavour, playing mostly bare (fifths or fourths) chords, with counter melodies though the short tune.

The bloke bending backwards would be athletic dancer to add to the act (no street dancing!).


Intermission scene 2:

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Figure 2. Intermission scene 2: A man dressed up as a soldier with a sword smacking a costumed creature suit containing to people acting like a minstrel centaur.

After the 2nd song, audience may fancy a laugh, so an act like this would have provided entertainment to looking for Slap stick comedic fun.


Intermission scene 3:

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Figure 3. Intermission scene 3: A game is presented to the audience, called who can withstand the smell the longest, consisting of farting Bull and a audience member, armed with a shield and sword with blunt edge with a cup around to place a lid over the bulls rear!

With all theatre and especially pantomimes, not much would top the previous acts without audience participation involved. Even the caretaker can’t stomach the fumes, which he decides to end the game quickly  to make way for the fourth and final song to begin.