Monday, January 25, 2010

Make A Short Film - Part 1

If I'm ever going to get round to making this short film, then I thought I'd better start and learn a few basics on the art of film making, so I spent an interesting afternoon yesterday at the Broadway Media Centre, on a beginners film making course. Interesting from the start really. I mean who, as an icebreaker, gets people to draw a picture of the tutor, write down a question, then turn the paper into a dart shape and threw it at them? And it only got better.
Setting up a film camera is a really tedious task, for any of those out there that are budding film makers, should know. Our tutor's humour helped us through those tedious moments and then onto filming a few set pieces and finally the editing process. Before we knew it, three hours had passed and I now knew the basics and enough to realise that film making is not for me, I still prefer the more creative side of writing.
Although I haven't got the software they have (Final Cut around £300), I think I picked up enough tips to have a stab at making this short film, just need to arrange with my wonderful friend to film him!
To be continued...

Friday, January 15, 2010

Radio Nottingham

Radio appearance was a bit pants today. For some reason I got a bit tongue tied during the initial run up to the paper review (God know why I've done it so many times before!) and was really cross with myself afterwards for doing it. Thankfully they didn't cancel my next appearance, so I guess they are probably used to it (to be honest I've been in the studio when the presenters and newsreaders have been a bit pants too) Hopefully my next appearance will mean I would have completed at least another task by then. Guess that's my cue to go and read some more of my Learn to play Chess book...

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Just to prove that I mean business this year, as well as reading my Chess for beginners book, I've just booked an introduction to film making at the Broadway Media Centre in Nottingham for the end of January. Hopefully this will help with my short film task and other future plans I may have to be a multi award winning film director...

Sunday, January 3, 2010


Well New Year wasn't quite as expected. Here I was all geared up for a wonderful celebration and motivating myself that the start of 2010 will be greatness itself, when it turned out to be a bit of a damp squid really. I somehow developed a severe allergic reaction and spent New Years Eve dabbed in calamine lotion and drinking copious measures of lucozade, as the bottle of Moet sat in quiet celebration by itself in the fridge.
Now ordinarily something like this would throw me completely off kilter and all my so called plans would be just thrown in the air, but I'm determined that 2010 will be a great year and no matter what happens, then I'm going to enjoy it and more importantly complete some more tasks off my list.
It's now just under 2 years before I hit the magic number, so this year has got to count in clearing those tasks down. So spare a thought for me whilst you are watching Celebrity Big Brother (yes don't deny it, I know you will be watching it!) and I'm reading up on the rules of how to play chess - my first task of 2010!