A Year

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I’m covering a few topics here so feel free to skip to the bits you’re interested in:

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Two full days of organised chaos! Very interesting; some of the mini-events that Sam (a friend from primary school – no, stop what you’re thinking! He’s not attending primary school now, we are the same age) and I most enjoyed were the podcasts and Let’s Plays.

Comedy

There’s an old-style comedy club ‘Mostly Comedy‘ in the town where I lived during my teenage years. It’s been growing in popularity since then, mainly due to the sheer hard work of comedy duo Doggett and Ephgrave. They’ve been attracting well-known comedians, such as (take a deep breath): Reginald D Hunter, Mark Watson, Hal Cruttenden, Arthur Smith, Ardal O’Hanlon, Rory Bremner, Aisling Bea, Nish Kumar, Stewart Lee, Henning Wehn, Norman Lovett and Hattie Hayridge (both played Holly in Red Dwarf), Sean Hughes (tragically recently deceased, R.I.P.) and, two years ago, the late Paul Daniels with Debbie McGee… to name but a few!

Upcoming shows this year with Katy Brand, Arthur Smith, Phil Wang and Jack Dee, are sold out. Tickets for Jack Dee went on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday and were gone in 14 minutes! (I was lucky – got mine at 9.08 a.m.)*&**
*Not so lucky, it’s been cancelled 😦
**Oh wait! It’s back on again, yay! 🙂

Jobs Update

Dreams are for those who sleep… a line from a 1970 song.

My dreams of having riches, fame and adulation handed to me on a plate are on hold as I struggle to get a single interview for any of the jobs I’ve applied for. £30,000+ spent on higher education is clearly a scam but ranting isn’t going to help me in my quest.

I’ve now applied for several jobs where I match at least 80% of the criteria. I haven’t yet been invited for a single interview. In fact, apart from some automated replies, I haven’t even heard from any of the companies or agencies I’ve contacted***. This is the real world, people.
***Update: I had one rejection letter two days after publishing this post – maybe they read it?

So… Where do we go from here? Which is the way that’s clear? (Another song from the ’70s, Def Leppard released their cover version in 2006).

Summary of experience, skills, etc. – film, gaming, media.
Hire me!

I can write and edit scripts and I can shoot and edit film shorts but I do it best in a small team of people with complementary skills. My major focus during five years of higher education was studying films then making films. I learned that specialising in one small element of filmmaking (e.g. focus puller, gaffer, best boy) wasn’t for me. I liked scriptwriting and editing, enjoyed analysing films and video editing (I invested in Final Cut Pro, as recommended on the courses and used by leading film makers, yet all but one of the jobs I’ve considered applying for have required Adobe Premiere Pro experience). This is an interesting link about the ‘best video editing software’.

As a gaming enthusiast, I can evaluate video games and share my opinions via written articles and social media.

My part-time, ad-hoc job has been assisting with ‘internet presence’ for small businesses. Various tasks have included blogging, photography and video shoots, social media posts, updating website content and some graphic design.

I don’t drive therefore I’ve been looking for jobs in London or the towns I can access by train (anywhere north from Kings Cross, though maybe Edinburgh’s a bit far for a daily commute – and I’d have to earn a lot of money just to cover the train ticket). I’m also willing to relocate if it’s part of the package – Edinburgh, Paris, New York, etc.

Looking forward to hearing from all those employers, directors and producers who follow my blog… Ciao!

The Art of Editing

The cutting room floor” is one of those phrases that is mostly out-dated in this digital age. Editing is possibly the most significant area where digital has had an impact. Imagine working with reels of photographic images and physically cutting and joining them – no wonder it took so long after shooting a film for it to reach the cinemas.

Usually working with the Director, an Editor’s role is to create the final film. It involves watching hours of video to select the various cuts to edit together, ensuring that the dialogue fits, adding seamless layers of background sounds, selecting music, etc., and the story has to be well-paced within the targeted running time. The Coen Brothers like to ‘own’ a film in the sense that they will write, direct and edit it themselves so that the end result is exactly what they wanted to achieve.


I am currently working with digital film editing software. In many cases, actual photographic film is still shot and archived but the traditional and digital processes require different skills.

I’ve been assigned ‘second edit’ twice recently, which is probably more fun than the role of main editor, as you can try some less conventional ideas with the storyline and sound. The results have met with approval from my peers but the academy rules that second edit is merely an exercise that doesn’t see the light of day so you will just have to take my word for it that my cuts were awesome!

When I was completing an edit of a terrible short film that shall remain nameless, our MasterClass Tutor for post-production sound, Colin Miller, was complimentary about my work. You can check his credentials on IMDB and the BFI website. I enjoyed chatting to him later about the films he’d worked on and the people he’s met over the many years he’s been working in the film industry. It was the highlight of my day.


The above image features a few of the films Colin Miller has worked on plus a couple of people he’s worked with.