Friday, 27 January 2012

WORKING FOR MONEY


Well, I have to say that after being employed by my own school to film the school musical, GCSE exams and A-Level exams, I was thrilled.
This was a brilliant opportunity to develop my camera work and editing skills. It turned out, it was the perfect experience to learn about everything that could go wrong with making DVDs. And I mean EVERYTHING! But it meant I could make all the mistakes there are and learn from them. 
I have now finished the Sweeney Todd DVDs and have learnt:
  • What DVDs not to use.
  • How not to compress footage.
  • How to batch produce on a MacBook Pro. 
  • The best program to edit on.
  • How to capture and overcome errors in codecs.
  • etc..
Although it was a lot of work, it was great, because now when I film the Exams I will be able to do it more efficiently, time and cost wise, and hopefully build on the quality of these first ones.

Monday, 23 January 2012

OUR FIRST PROJECT


Today I met Anna-Maria again. 
Since the first time we met, we have tried to keep meeting around once a week to develop projects that we are keen on doing. Today, after going through each other’s writing and discussing shared interests and such, we now have our first project!
We are taking a scene from a previous script I wrote and I will be developing that into a short film, roughly five minutes long. This project is more focused on getting some good footage for my showreel as I am desperate for more dialogue to be added. 
The original scene, however, is more focused on the male character who has most of the screen time and dialogue, so my task is to use the scene as stimulus but create a film that battles with who is leading the scenes and therefore giving both actors an equal chance to shine. 
Watch this space and I am sure I will have further developments soon! 

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

THEY'VE DONE IT AGAIN!


Earthfall are offering another 8 weeks of dance development classes. 
Of course, after all I learnt from the last block of classes, I have signed up for this block as well. 
Today was the first session - and it was brilliant. 
As with the last block, they have used their most recent show to inspire the classes and routines. I loved the opportunity to learn routines from The Factory and, now, learning routines from At Swim Two Boys is really exciting. 
The lesson structure has changed a bit but still really fun. I look forward to seeing how much I can learn from these classes!

Monday, 9 January 2012

HONG KONG


I have landed! I am back home after an amazing trip to Hong Kong, and what a place it is! 
It is such a different world compared to Britain or South Africa. The architecture, the people, everything was different. But great. One of the aspects that I really loved, was that you had the best of both worlds when it came to the city and country. The city is buzzing, rich of culture and people from everywhere. The markets are really something to experience and a huge contrast to being right next to brand spankin’ new shopping malls filled with designer gear.
And then, just off the coast, you have some of the most beautiful islands, filled with beautiful hikes and beaches. Both, the city and the islands, have some stunning temples, including Lantau Island, with the big Buddha. It was a brilliant place for some meditation and soul searching. It was a brilliant place to clear my head and sort out what my plans for the future are and the next steps to take! =] 

Monday, 2 January 2012

PLANS FOR THE NEW YEAR


Happy New Year everyone! 
Right, so, the start of the new year means that I have to really get my shiz together. 
What I need to do is:
  1. Find an agent!
  2. Get Jamboree Productions set up.
  3. Set up a few projects with Anna-Maria.
  4. Finish my script!
Hopefully, I shall be able to reach these goals!