Back to School: Final Project Presentation

This blog has been neglected for a while. I don't think I have ever needed a holiday so much. Over the Christmas break I got up late, painted and sketched, watched films and in general...did nothing. I forced myself to do no university work until after New Years day.

Final Project Presentation

I had my Final Project Presentation yesterday at 9.30 a.m. I had practised the other day in front of my parents and my husband, which is a lot more intimidating then doing it in front of lecturers and fellow students. Family see right through you. Yesterdays presentation went well. From where I was standing it did anyway. I think I said everything I wanted to and I felt able to answer the questions afterwards. My video was in the wrong format for the PC I was presenting on so it didn't play. I'm hoping we don't get marked down for technical issues though. I did test a lot. Just forgot about PC-Mac hatred.

Will only know once the mark is back I suppose. Warren and Mick made the environment very friendly and relaxed so that helped. Warren even brought in posh chocolates.

Careers Advice

Today we had our MIM 3 lecture which was all about careers advice. I enjoyed the lecture. Well, I say I enjoyed it, I did, it was a very informative, helpful lecture on how to look for a job and what we should be doing now leading up to graduation. The problem is, I just don't have that career drive that everyone else seems to.

I want to write and direct films, yes. At least I'm pretty sure I still do. I just don't want a career. I don't want to climb the ladder. I don't want to be able to say I work for ITV or Channel 4 or the BBC. I want to earn enough to live off when I need to and hopefully earn that by doing the things I enjoy doing., being creative, storytelling, making films. At the risk of sounding like a wandering artist, I just want to express myself.

Over the last couple of years, with the help of university I have come to the conclusion that the media industry is not something I want to dive headfirst into. I'd rather hover on the outskirts, doing my thing. Freelancing possibly, maybe starting up my own company.

Today in the lecture we were asked to think about what questions we would ask someone in a high position in the media industry if we had the opportunity of networking with them. Some of the typical questions were, "How did you start out?" "What do you wish you had done differently?" "How do you go about hiring people?"

I thought about what I would like to ask that person. "How much time do you have during the week for your family?" "Have you made compromises for your job you wish you hadn't?" "Are you happy?" "Does this company respect the importance of family?" "Are you still in the job you always wanted to be in?" "Do you ever regret taking that promotion?"

Maybe I want to be the next Michael Parkinson.

But those are a few questions I would be interested to know the answer to.

Dissertation

The current issues essay is also going well. I had another spurt of energy in writing it the other day. It just needs a bit more restructuring and citing references.

In 5 months all this will be over.

Only problem is I have a short film to shoot, edit and submit during those 5 months...

Final Film

I have started the storyboarding process. It's going slow but steady. I'm also just trying to figure out ways of making the shooting less complicated location wise and casting is proving slightly difficult. There are not many English speaking Turkish guys in their early 20s hanging around Middlesbrough.