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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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Blog Post – Exciting New Projects

Hi all, lots going on!

Main focus is finishing up on filming my documentary ‘Behind The Illusion’ focusing on Mind-Reader Chris Rawlins. We have filmed a lot of footage already, all that’s left is filming one of Chris’ performance. This is taking place on Thursday at York St John and everybody is welcome to come along. Find all the details here on the facebook event.

We’re starting editing the project on Monday, can’t wait to see the footage. We have a lot of options, but I definitely know the frameworks that I want, and it should be a very entertaining doc. It will be up on here and my youtube once the new year rolls around. We have somebody composing some music specifically for the project, and they will likely be working on that over Christmas.

The next thing I’m most excited about is a Short Film Competition that I found on twitter. Ironically I found it in a lecture all about using twitter and other forms of New Media to seek out opportunities. But yeah, all the details are here, and it’s very exciting. 3 minute short film on the theme of The Boss, with some amazing prizes! I’ve contacted a group of people from my course to form a crew that I would really like to lead. I’m going to direct the project. Should be good fun, and we have quite a decent chunk of time to make something good, the deadline is the end of March. It was ironic because I had just been saying that I want to start up an independent project, and also talking to some of my friends about working on something together. I’m struggling to think of a concept for it, but hopefully as a team we can come up with a good one.

I’m spending the next week working as a runner on a third year project called Isn’t It Romantic? which is a romantic comedy all about an actress who stars in romantic comedies. I really like the idea, and it came up at a time where I was hoping to work on something much more light-hearted, especially after my first short film The House. I enjoy being a runner, getting to work on a set without any real responsibilities or worries is nice, and you can learn a lot if you try. Hopefully going to learn a lot about lighting from the Director of Photography, as that is my weakest area that I find really intimidating. I’m just going to be annoying and ask loads of questions, unless they seem really mean.

Writing this blog is really making me realise how much I have going on at the moment. Oh well, I can take it.

I need to write a script over Christmas for our screen-writing module. There’s 3 of us writing scripts based on somebody else’s treatment. The film idea comes from Woody Allen’s short story, The Kugelmass Episode, which is all about a middle-aged man seeking an affair to spice up his life who encounters a magician who can send him into novels, where he has an affair with the character Emma out of Madame Bovary. It’s pretty wacky. We basically need to take the general idea as inspiration and write whatever we think would be best. I’m keeping a similar character and the idea of an iconic character appearing appeals to me, but I’m throwing in a sort of Disney villain twist. Our tutor told us not to worry about copywright or budgeting for the project, so I’m just going to go crazy with it. I don’t know if these projects are going to get made or not, like the last scripts were, but I’m not going to worry about that.

Finally, we got given a film challenge by the director of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, Mark Herman. He always takes interest in the graduates work, but I don’t know if this has ever happened before. We basically have a series of things that must be included in our film. The scariest thing about this project is that it is a very intensive schedule. VERY intensive. I think it is 3 days shooting and 2 days editing. Mental!

We’re in the same crews as we were for The House, but we can’t have the same roles. We are going to arrange the roles on monday as well as pitch our ideas for the concept, which need to be based on this weeks news and have the theme of injustice. I really can’t find anything! I imagine there might be some clashes over people wanting the same roles, as always, but as always it will sort itself out. I’m pushing myself as producer for it as I believe I am extremely organised. But we’ll see how it plays out.

Side note, I went to see My Week With Marilyn this week and thought it was amazing. My friend hated it and said nothing happened, but I thought it was beautifully shot and really interesting. And it had Hermione in it! Maybe a film just for film buffs? If anyone has seen it let me know what you think.

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