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ITV Work Experience Pool

I just got accepted into the ITV Work Experience Pool! Very exciting. Still not quite sure what it is haha but I am now officially in the pool so I can apply for any of their work experience opportunities and I don’t think there are limits so I stay in the pool as long as I want to. This is very exciting! Just need to fill out some forms and send them back to ITV then wait to find out if I can get anything this summer. Which would be amazing.

Also recently I volunteered for Sheffield doc/fest which was a lot of fun. Learnt a lot about festivals and met some great people and we’re all planning to stay in touch and meet up again, which is nice. We were on the registration desk so we could to talk with all the fancy delegates who had come from all over the world and all seemed very important. And we got to watch the films and go to the parties so even though it was volunteering it was definitely worth it.

That’s it for now. I love Summer 2012.

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Blog – Multiple Lives doc uploaded + other happenings

Here is the documentary we made in the second half of our second year; Multiple Lives. It is a humourous look into the lives of families who have twins or triplets and how this affects their day-to-day life.

I had the role of editor for this and am very happy with how it turned out. It was one of the best production experiences I’ve had so far. Everything went smoothly and the contributors were so nice. I like the warm, uplifting tone of it and how it has a nice message about individuality. Hopefully you all like it.

We also finished our fiction film recently and I should have a copy of that up soon. We’re actually almost done for the year, we have one more presentation and one more portfolio/essay to do then we’re done for the second year. It’s gone by so fast!

Have some exciting things coming up over the summer though:

– I’m still involved in The Big Sofa as a trainee conversationalist, it’s been really interesting even though it’s not that often at the moment. Excited that it’s my first paid work in the industry though.
– My application for Sheffield Documentary Festival was accepted and I am going to be working at front of house. Should be good work experience and will teach me a lot about the ways festival works so that will be useful.
– What I’m most excited about is that I got through to the next round of the ITV Work Experience program. I’m attending an audition/workshop day in June. Doing well there gives me a good chance of getting some work experience and training from ITV, which would be amazing. I hear they get a lot of future employees from this program, so definitely looking forward to that.

Other than that I’m just starting to look for other work experience over the summer, trying to get in touch with different production companies from the north. Hopefully something can come from that too.

I’ll be uploading the film ‘The Digital Dynamic’ soon so watch this space.

Blog Post – 2012 so far

There is my documentary, Behind The Illusion. It’s been done for quite a while now and I did post it up on the social media but forgot to place it on here, but here it is. Would love to get people’s thoughts on it, I’m very happy with it. Currently having to write a critical portfolio about it, which gets marked for my degree.

Speaking of my degree, I recently chose my final year modules. I chose to study Fiction in both semesters, which will leave me with a “Film Production” degree. Most people seem to be mixing and matching with their modules but I really want the opportunity to focus on this as it is what I’m most passionate about and what brought me here, because I love films. I’ve really been enjoying documentary but I now feel confident that I could make them now if the oppertunity arose, I’m not sure how much more I would learn about them from the course.

So, new projects. Unfortunately my university has decided that we shouldn’t take part in side projects during term time, so my short film for the short competition, which was set in a video game world, has had to be postponed. It’s a shame because we were all getting excited about the idea and we had a complete treatment done which was pretty much ready to be a script. It is sort of ridiculous as they advertised the oppertunity to undertake side projects as an advantage of the course, but oh well. We have thrown around the idea of taking the project on once the terms end, so that is an option.

Our next documentary starts filming next week. I’m working on a documentary all about twins and triplets and I’m going to be the editor. It’s basically about people’s perceptions of multiples and how they actually all are different, independent people as well as the difficulties in bringing up multiples. It’s exciting because I’ve realised I really enjoy editing and am learning some tricks to make it a lot easier in our technical workshops, which is good. Have some good ideas about title effects and some 24-style split screen things going on. I don’t think we have an official title yet, but I’m liking ‘Multiple Minds.’ Catchy.

As well as that, things are moving on the film that we will be filming after Easter. I’m production designer for that. The film involves online dating, so I will have the chance to play around on computers making up profiles and messages, should be fun.

The Big Sofa

Outside of university, I have an exciting new opportunity next week. There’s a thing called The Big Sofa and a woman involved in it, Diane Myers, came into university to do a guest lecture. She left information on how to apply to work on The Big Sofa, and I did. It’s basically a really interesting project where you can log into the website, search for anything and it will provide you with footage of somebody being interviewed that subject and you can take clips of that for yourself, perfect for presentations or just for the knowledge itself. I’ve applied to be one of the conversationalists as I have experience interviewing people. They have invited me to a training day in Leeds next Friday and also to filming next weekend in Manchester. I would mainly be observing and helping gather people on the streets, but if I do well they say they will invite me back for more training and I could even get payed for it. Very exciting. I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

Also because I’m pretty sad I’m also sad about the Oscars which isn’t far off now. Supporting The Artist all the way! Such a good movie. I also wish Bridesmaids would get a little love.

The Artist

BLOG – Behind The Illusion complete, uploading later this week.

As the title says, my documentary about young mentalist Chris Rawlins is complete and has been screened at my university. The tutors didn’t offer much feedback, so I’m choosing to take that as a good sign. I wanted to upload it straight away but I kept forgetting my memory stick so it will have to wait til I get back to York. I can hopefully get it up on friday, I know Chris is excited to see it. I would love it if people could take a look at it once it’s up. I’m really happy with it, although the post-production experience wasn’t as stress-free as it could have been, but I think I’m coming to realise there’s always going to be a lot of stress in this job, but I think I can just deal with it, it’s so worth it when you get to work on projects that you love.

Now my focus is shifting to my next project, a film I’m directing separate from my university ones. We have a great concept and a good team assembled. It’s probably the film that’s closest to the kind of films I enjoy and always dreamed of making. The basic idea focuses on getting into the head of a video game character and hearing their shock an confusion at being controlled by an outside force. It’s going to be set in a fantasy kind of video game like Fable or Oblivion, so it should be fun for me and my production designer, who is also my housemate. Unfortunately we have no budget for this as it is completely independent, so this should definitely be interesting. It’s in the early stages, the script is being written up and we’re currently looking for actors.

It’s being made for a short film competition and has to have a running time of less than 3 minutes! Not long at all. But we have a nice little complete story with a nice punchline at the end. I’m excited for this ball to start rolling!

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My first short film – The House

It could have done with a little bit longer in the sound edit, but we had a tight university deadline. Let me know what you think, and if you like it subscribe to my channel for upcoming films, including the mind-reading documentary ‘Behind The Illusion.’

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An Update On My Life Right Now

Well, I’ve been very very very busy lately. So much going on in my life!

My film ‘The House’ is shooting in 11 days! I’m very very excited. It’s all coming together finally, even if it is cutting it very close! We have a script that is short enough and that I really, really like and I am so excited about my vision of the whole thing. So many cool things that I have planned for this movie, I just hope the rest of the crew is as motivated as me into making something really moving and engaging. I haven’t really explained the film, it’s called The House because it is set mainly a house where a mother and her son live. He is the carer for her, as she is suffering from MS. As her situation worsens, and Ben gives up more and more of his own life and future to look after her, the story takes a surprising turn which raises many ethical dilemmas in the audiences mind. It’s pretty heavy for our first main project, and my first time directing actors. But I’m going to do my best.

(My house, the one we’re going to use the exterior of.)

We have pretty much cast the main role of Ben, the teenage boy who is dealing with his mother’s MS, and we have our final audition for the mother tomorrow. Then we will decide and have officially cast the film. I feel like I’m judging the X Factor or something. It’s great. I was nervous about holding auditions for the first time but I soon got into the swing of things. We’ll be having some intense scheduling and rehearsing next week before the big shoot for the last 2 weeks of October. Then into the editing suite!

And on top of all this excitement, I’ve just found out that my documentary idea has been picked up as well. Which means I’m most likely directing 2 projects! Pretty much at the same time. It’s a lot of work but I’m so excited about both. I still need to pitch it to the tutors and get approved but there’s 4 getting approved out of the 5 that got chosen, so I’m feeling pretty confident, especially because of my tutor’s very positive feedback. It is a documentary about the illusionist/mind-reader Chris Rawlins. I’m thinking of calling it ‘Behind The Illusion.’ Like it?

Also on the hunt for a short story to turn into a script for our screen-writing module, so if you have any favourites that you think would be good, send them my way.

But yes, I’ll try and blog more with the details of what’s going down and how we’re making these projects happen!

Also I’m still very new to wordpress, going to try and find some similar themed blogs and get chatting to people, then maybe some more people will see this.