I found this wee game a while ago and I think it’s really fun – maybe not relevant, but I really like this game and I want to share it. (And I have been playing it when I’ve been taking breaks, so that must matter for something, right? …Right?)
Hello! Welcome back to MOWM. It’s been a fair while since I’ve posted anything on here, so I thought I should post a quick status update on where I’m at.
TBH, I’ve not done anything.
Seriously, I have done nothing. It has been a frustrating and hectic couple of weeks, and it’s felt like songwriting has not been at the forefront of my head for quite some time. I’ve been working a lot on a one-woman show for my degree. I’m on a contemporary performance degree and I am taking part in a festival in January as part of this. I’m in charge of pretty much my entire artistic process, with some technical support from the production team, but I am also liaising with members of my class, watching their work, giving feedback, creating advertising materials for my piece, figuring out a schedule for the rehearsals room we all share, plus figuring out how to do my choice modules in between this. When I’m not doing that, I’m eating and sleeping.
Tl;dr, I’m really busy.
I guess my learning at this point is that songwriting/music creation doesn’t just happen; you need to make space for it and you need to have a clear head. There’s no point trying to write something when your head’s full of shopping lists and other tasks. You’ll end up writing about your shopping list or other tasks, which can be perfectly valid (And can be quite funny if you spin it properly) but probably isn’t that good as an overall songwriting style.
I have decided to set myself some homework; at some point this week (Probably later today, but I’m not committing myself to that just in case) I am going to clear my head, take some time to myself and try to write something new. I’ll put the results up on here and reflect on it afterwards.
So, I’ll see you at some point (If not later today :P) for the results of my experiment!
Post-production is the part of the production process that I was most excited about. I had mixed reactions when I found out we were working on Avid; I’d worked on it before in Film Lab 1, so it was familiar, but because it needs a fair amount of precision it was going to take some time to re-learn. At times Avid was a bit frustrating for my group (Emma, Julie and I), but we asked others in the class for help when needed and once we got the hang of Avid we made quick work of the edit.
We had a practical approach; we began by playing back the edits to see which shots we wanted to use. We also talked about specific moments we remembered from the shoot that we thought would be effective in the edit.
We started by working on the dialogue scene, being careful of continuity; there were some takes where either Stef or Matt would be sitting back or leaning forward, and we had to do a couple of sneaky cuts to make this natural. We made sure to make the intro funny and to establish Andy for later.
We chose four shots of the band playing and spliced them in as separate layers of video. We would then play back each shot and choose which to cut to in the edit. We made sure to sync the clips to the track as we went, making sure the lip-sync and playing were in time. Once we had the lip-sync matched up, we started to splice in shots of Andy in drag and clips of the band in drag in the final chorus.
Overall, the post-production process was smooth; my group had equal say on the cut and we were all happy with the end result.
Before production I had never been on an official shoot – I had made some films as part of my course, but they were filmed on a camcorder in my flat. I felt out of my depth given the sheer amount of equipment, but I was keen to learn what I could during production. I spent a lot of the session observing, but beforehand I dressed the set and transported props from the store. On my course we work with different materials in the space but we never work with actual set, so it was a really cool experience to dress a set. It was also interesting to see which posters we placed directly behind the couch, as these would be the ones we would definitely see in frame. The more we did to the set the easier it was to consider potential shots for the session.
On the day of the shoot Shaw talked me through working with the boom mic – particularly keeping my hands still at all times to prevent noise during filming. It seems common sense now, but I also learned to move the mic towards whoever was speaking in the shot. In retrospect, it now makes a lot of sense because it prevents the dialogue from sounding echoey or uneven during playback.
I found it interesting how careful and exact filming is – we had to cut a couple of times when people made noise or jolted the camera. I now see why film shoots take so long – the need to re-take shots in case of file corruption or sound/light errors makes total sense, and I’ll take that forward for future work.
While I wasn’t necessarily the most useful on the shoot, I feel that I learned a lot from the experience that I can use in future.
One idea I’ve been toying with for a while is a blog for parents.
This might seem ridiculous since I’m not a parent and have no intention of becoming a parent in the near future. However, I’m fascinated with how they interact with their children and the media their children are interested in – do they watch a movie before showing it to their kids? Do they look up the synopsis of a game before they let their kids play? Do they even discuss what they’re playing, watching or doing?
I suppose this is kind of a proposal; my tentative title is ‘Your Kids Are Alright’ – or ‘Aren’t’ if the material doesn’t suit kids at all. My aim is to debunk the ever-present idea that all cartoons/anime/video games/media is for kids, and to explain precisely why, while also showing that not everything with a ‘different’ or potentially dark theme is inappropriate. I have no idea how this would be received, but I think it’s important to address this stuff.
I’m not going to claim I’m a genius or an expert on parenting; I’m not giving advice on how to raise kids. I’m stating facts about certain media or things that parents might be worried about and letting them decide what’s right for their sons or daughters. When I say ‘kids’, I’m not referring to age; my one disclaimer would be that every child is different and has different levels on which they can cope. I’ll make a suggestion, but it’s up to the parent to make an educated guess after reading the facts and thinking about their kids.
So far my ideas include horror movies in general, subcultures, particularly goth, geek and brony subcultures and some animation such as Felidae and When The Wind Blows. I’m open to suggestions for topics too.
I’ll be looking to post the first of this series sometime this week, alongside the second half of my The Wolf Among Us Ramble – homework’s kicking my ass right now, so this is just a quick update, but it is on its way 😀
Let me know what you think about this. Catch you later!
Hey everyone! Welcome to my blog, and thanks for checking it out.
Some quick introductions; my name is Tammy, I’m 21 and I’m studying Contemporary Performance Practice. What’s that? Haha, it’s hard to explain. Basically performance-art meets politics meets insanity 😛 It’s a lot of fun.
This blog is a place for random rants, silly banter and thoughts that pop into my head willy-nilly. I’ll try and make it funny, but my jokes suck, so bear with me 😛
I’m aiming to put my first posts up soon, so watch this space!
Catch you later!