I thought, why don’t I make a video with my achievements for 2013. Then I could share it with my friends online. It could be a new tradition.
Then I realised I don’t have enough time!
So, here is the new tradition. The reflection on a year gone by.
Co-Produced and 1st ADd two films with Shiftwork Productions which were shot in December but completed in 2013 (‘Now Wash Your Hands’, ‘Don’t Do It’)
1st ADd & Co-Produced ‘The P.A.’ with This Big Productions
Started Production Managing/1st ADing/Co-Producing ‘All I Do Is Dream’
Had four films entered in the Virgin Media Shorts Competition (‘The P.A.’, ‘Now Wash Your Hands’, ‘Don’t Do It’, ‘Tragedia’)
Screened ‘Tragedia’ at Whirlygig Cinema’s Making Tracks (My first Q+A)
Screened ‘Tragedia’ at KinoLondon #57
Had a second interview with Adelaide Screenwriter published online
Co-Produced / 1st ADd ‘The Estate Agent’ with Shiftwork Productions
Produced and Directed ‘Dead Letter’ with Shiftwork Productions
DPd ‘The Meeting Place’
DPd my first feature film. Got fired from the same feature film. Learnt a lot from the experience, including who not to work with, research who you’re working with, and don’t assume that people who are making a feature have gained experience from shorts or other projects.
‘Copper’ completed with an update. ‘A Party For Me’ is very very close to completion. Starting entering these into festivals.
Took part in the inaugural Action On The Side in July 2013. Produced ‘Elle Fatale’.
Started helping James to run Action On The Side. Helped run Action On The Side in November 2013. Produced and wrote ‘WhosApp’; 1st AD’d & Co-Produced ‘Facetracker’.
Production Managed and 1st AD’d (pick-ups) of ‘NightStrike’ with This Big Pictures
Worked on the London Film London Calling application for ‘
Attended the BAFTA New Filmmakers Market and the Screen Film Summit.
Attended networking events and met loads of filmmakers.
Started teaching (see Career below)
Performed with the Arab Quarterly at the Hoxton Hall (London Belly Dance Debut)
Took Teachers Training Workshops and Dance Performance workshops with Elis Pinheiro
Took weekly classes with Farah Nasri
Performed with Farah’s class at the Bellydance Trophies
Joined and performed with the London Algerian Ballet
Completed a Performance Development Course with Ozgen
Took numerous workshops and attended numerous performances
Went to the Global Powwow in Dubai
Attended the CAMS Conference in St Louis
Filmed a friend’s wedding in Bristol
Returned to New Zealand for a week. Sorted things out at the house and with films; caught up with friends and family.
Spent Christmas with friends in Inverness
Attended the Global Powwow in Dubai and the CAMS Conference in St Louis
Scheduled the entire 2013-14 Academic Calendar before registration for FA2013
Promoted to Registrar of the Undergraduate Program
Got a new Assistant Registrar
Successfully implemented Online Registration for FA2013 (200+ students in September, 700+ students in November/December). Included running training sessions for students and staff, my team creating statuses and uploading worksheets for all 700+ students.
Started teaching: taught one Independent Study on Film Production Assisting and one Independent Study on Scriptwriting.
Hired to teach a course on Practical Film Producing in Winter.
So often on social media, we all promote our best times and fail to mention our worst. From the outside, our lives are awesome. But some people had a crappy 2013 and just want it to be over. I think it is important to reflect on the crappy as well. Our lives aren’t all perfect, and it is important to talk about the bad stuff too. So, a few of of the downers.
Got fired from my first feature: this was a major learning experience. The Producer still owes me over £600 for the days I worked. Never trust people who want you to work without giving you a contract.
I filmed too much stuff that I have not had the time to edit. I unfortunately still do not have the time to edit it, or the money to pay someone to edit it.
I picked up too many projects: I hit my limit towards the end of the year, and have been declining projects until I finish a few.
There are some people I will not be working with again or at least for a while.
Didn’t get to see enough movies. Am especially gutted for not supporting the Independent Film Industry enough by seeing Indie Films at the cinema.
I still haven’t worked out my work/life balance. I have had a few too many nights working till 8pm/9pm/10pm/11pm with the day job, due to short-staffing and over-work. I work long hours at the day job without a break, then do a dance class then a production meeting. The way I see it is I am building my careers.
I spent too much time on tumblr and not enough time exercising. Man I wish I kept up doing yoga or pilates every morning.
I ran late and took too long to do things too often.
Here’s what I’m looking forward to in 2014
Teaching my Practical Film Producing course in WI2014. Producing a short alongside the course.
I’ve just finished Saint Punch, and I was an extra in a short film.
This has been one of those periods where I’m too busy to keep the blog up-to-date.
I’ve just finished ‘Saint Punch‘, my friend Gregor’s Masters project. It is an intertextual play with puppetry, Comedia Dell’Arte Carnivale stage work, and live mixed green screen. The story has 3 vignettes: Gilles de Rey and Jeanne D’Arc (Joan of Arc); Bluebeard and Judith; Punch and Judy. The 4 performances were from Wednesday 08 to Saturday 11 June at Old Drama House, 93 KP.
I was doing the Sound Design for the play. It was my first experience doing tech for theatre. I’m sure most sound designers for plays don’t get into it as organically as I did, as I was involved from Gregor’s first workshop. For that I am extremely thankful.
It was lovely working with the cast and crew. I’ll see if I can pilfer some photos to put up here.
On another note, I was an extra in a short film this weekend: ‘Lovebloom’, directed by Daniel Gonzalez. I got to be a party-goer. I must admit I’ve only read the first 10 pages of the script, so I’m really looking forward to the final product.
Right, enough of that. I’ve got to get to the Victoria 300-level FILM Production screening this evening, where my friend Amy’s film is being screened.
[SIC], which I did sound for, has been nominated for six awards in the Deaf Short Film Festival.
The day after 3 days of principal photography for The Lake, and I get some fantastic news from Jared Flitcroft, Director of [SIC], the short deaf film for which I did sound recording and sound editing. [SIC] has been nominated for six awards in the Deaf Short Film Festival: Best Director, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Editing.
Congratulations to Jared; the Producer, Nadia; and the rest of the cast and crew. Fantastic news! The awards are on 07 May. I look forward to hearing the outcome of the awards, and hopefully hearing that [SIC] has won all of the awards it was nominated for.
My friend Dan’s Blog, The Try Hard, is getting 60 hits an hour because New Young Pony Club tweeted his review. He’s writing a review for each of his top 20 albums of 2010. The blog is at http://www.thetryhard.blogspot.com/
My friend Andrew Savage has a blog about songwriting called The Ghost I Know. He writes about the background on some of the songs he’s written, his thoughts on songwriting, and all about bands and music and stuff. Check it out at http://theghostiknow.blogspot.com/
And another friend called Andy has a blog called Rockets and Robots. He does reviews of all the films he sees, and writes about the 16mm film course that we’re doing together. He’s writing reviews of all the Wellington Film Society screenings as well: perfect reading for when I’m too busy to see the films I want to or to get to the Film Society. I just read Andy’s blog. You can too, at http://rockets-and-robots.blogspot.com/
Lots on at the moment. A breakdown (of what’s on. Not in me. Not just yet. I don’t have time to breakdown).
There aren’t enough hours in the day. I suppose to make my blog more interesting, I should have done more regular posts on each of the things below. I simply don’t have time. So this is what I’m working on now…
My friend Chris’ poetry is featured in the AUP New Poets book. The book release is on Thursday 17 March. I can’t go, so you all should.
My friend Chris Tse has been published in a book of poetry by the Auckland University Press (AUP). Very exciting! You can read his blog, The Asiatic League, here.
AUP New Poets 4, featuring Chris Tse
VicBooks and The Victoria University Library presents The AUP New Poets Launch – Thursday 17 March at Te Taratara a Kae, Victoria University Library, Rankine Brown Building, Kelburn Campus – 5-7pm.
I can’t go, so you all should.
The popular AUP New Poets series, which brings fresh new poetry to a wider audience, began in 1999 and has launched the careers of well-known poets such as Anna Jackson, Sonja Yelich and Stu Bagby. This fourth volume showcases the work of three distinct new voices: Chris Tse, Erin Scudder and Harry Jones. Chris Tse is a Wellington writer whose work draws on his family history and Chinese heritage. Canadian born Erin Scudder writes sophisticated, dark, and flavoursome poetry with close attention to the sound and shape of words. Tauranga based Harry Jones writes poems in which appearances deceive. On the surface plain, even easy, his poems open on depths of insight and feeling.
You can also hear one of Chris’ poems, The Family Village, on SoundCloud.
Last night I filmed The Seductobot, and tonight I’m going to see Porcelain Toy.
I’m taking a quick break from auditions for The Bonzai Tree to check emails and write a quick post. Last night I filmed the penultimate show for The Seductobot. The show is a blast, heightened with a full audience, laughing at the jokes and clapping at the end of each number. The last show is TONIGHT – 8pm Saturday 5 March at Perrett’s Corner (corner Manners and Willis Streets). Tickets can be bought on the door, so do get along.