(Nasrin’s photography 16th March 2013)
Sorry I keep on doing this, really I should write about stuff as soon as I’ve done whatever it is! Well I have 30mins to write stuff up before I head off to bed. So I’ve been incredibly busy at university like most students although I feel like I’ve got more of a workload then anyone else at the moment – stress! No, it’s been a great term and I’ve only got 7 weeks and then I’m done! On a 4/5-month break which is lovely because I’ll hopefully be working on set, film festivals, working on a new short psychological thriller, looking forward to just going back into art and seeing my friends. I rarely see them and if I do we tend to revise together, pretty lame right.
I’ve just finished working on a module on media, culture and society; I loved every single bit of it! Major eye opener although I can’t help but feel a little sad about the media industry as a whole. I know I still want to go into it but I feel like I’ll be contributing to this ‘capitalist society’. I don’t know, I’d love to work on a few indie projects! So that’s what I’ll be doing in the near by future (hopefully) erm at the moment I’ve just been working on and off on different productions. Literally just watching because I got invited to just come on set and watch really! I still have a bunch of contacts from BVE to email; I’ll be sending out my CV late April just to let everyone know I’m here and FREE TO WORK lol. No any kind of experience would be wonderful. Even if I have to make tea all day.. I ran on a project a few months ago, it was amazing but I can’t really talk about it /: I was super scared though, I didn’t really know what I was doing for the first three days but I finally got into it. Key thing is to just be confident, be outgoing and have that just do it kind of attitude.
Oh it’s my birthday but when I post this on my blog it’ll be the day after, I’m 19 years old! It’s crazy, my last teen year. I’m just hoping it’s a good year and I’ll carry on working but it’s going crazy fast. And cineworld have upgraded me so I have a new black card, I sound silly but I love having a black card and its super useful because I can watch 3D films so when Jurassic Park comes out again I can watch it over and over and over again! Super cool, as we’re talking about films I watched tons recently! It’s a great year for film and we’re only three months in! The last film I watched was side effects, I loved it and I recommend people to watch it, what a great twist. So from today I promise to start writing reviews again and respect my blog a little more. It’s so unloved at the moment and my other blog just gets so much attention ahah. Okay that’s me so far really in a nutshell! Good night x
With hundreds of people attending the BVE broadcast and production technology event, I met some interesting people in the industry! I attended two seminars in particular held by female speakers. The first seminar I attended was about ‘How will the 21st century brain work? Implications for consumers and companies’ headed by Baroness Susan Greenfield; she is a Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford University and a neuroscientist, writer, and broadcaster. I’m sure many would agree she’s an amazing woman and her talk at BVE was incredibly helpful. She spoke of the dangers of digital mediums on our intellectual brain function, again I really hope people can catch this on YouTube or the BVE website soon! However my friend and I left the talk feeling inspired especially because she was a minority in a massive room filled with men. So good on her and as young females I think we considerably feel motivated!
The second talk was about something I’m not too familiar with ‘Filming abroad – A practical, legal and financial overview’ again it was good to just go and have listen. Previously I hadn’t thought about filming outside of the UK or the legal and financial side but I could now say I actually understand it all and know what to do in certain situations. Tenerife Film Commission helps producers and directors to find perfect locations for their shoot. I spoke to a few of the guys from their team; they were so helpful and wonderful! I don’t know about others but as a young filmmaker I’ve never thought about contacting a certain company to find locations and it’s just perfect! This is their website! If you have any further questions do contact them! http://www.webtenerife.com/tenerifefilm/
So this year I was lucky enough to be one of BVEs official bloggers, it was great just walking around and meeting new people, loads of fun festival people and tons of digital media people! It was the perfect opportunity for professionals from all areas in production to learn and network with leading people. There was over 220 hours of free education by expert practitioners from the worlds of TV, film, advertising and digital media. What more could you ask for? From what I’ve seen BVE has been pretty hot on twitter and instagram – I’ve seen some fantastic pictures!
The Canon camera ice sculpture and some freaky creations made in Scotland.
The hair is finally growing. And I’m quite a fan of Instagram (‘:
You don't do much on here anymore? do you post anywhere else x
yeah I have two blogs, this ones just about media and work I’ve done! But it needs updating (:
Hey guys! If you haven’t heard about BVE it’s a great opportunity for undergraduates in particular. It’s a massive broadcast and production technology event with tons of seminars and workshops. http://www.bvexpo.com/ I believe it’ll give you guys and myself a hands on experience. I’m in my first year so thankfully I’ve been chosen to be one of the official bloggers for BVE, which is exciting news! I literally can’t wait for the event. I’ll be mainly concentrating on women in the industry and attending seminars with guest speakers like Ana Lima and Baroness Susan Greenfield. As a young female I would personally like to talk about other influential females in the industry, so look out for that! I definitely think it’s a great event and it’s a brilliant way to make contacts too!
Just look at them, they are so beautiful!
Women making Argan oil
Mother and daughter
Morocco – My own pictures.
(I do not own this image)
Django Unchained – written and directed by the award winning Quentin Tarantino. This violent but brilliant western revenge story left me feeling a little sick but super happy for Django! Throughout most of the film it was based around the humorous double act Django (Jamie Foxx) and Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) it was set among the slave plantation a dark pre-civil war America.
Jamie Foxx played a slave in 1858 called Django, walking in the cold night with only a dirty throw over his shoulders and an old pair of trousers. Soon a mysterious white man comes along called Dr. King Schultz, he speaks in an elaborate code with an eccentric attitude played by Christoph Waltz. They grow to become this double act, both going around killing deviant individuals for money. – Bounty hunters. I personally really enjoyed the film, I thought the soundtrack was beautiful and the cinematography was just incredible! However the Doctor gave Django a taste of freedom “riding a horse like a white man”. Of course this is a fictional story and slaves were treated a lot worse then. That didn’t come across in the film nonetheless I understand it was a spaghetti western with a bit of humour, it wasn’t a political film. To an extent it was a love story too because Django wanted to free his wife, he wasn’t out there to save every black person unfortunately.
This plays on him being free, I think Django became free when he set Broomhilde free; his heart wasn’t free until she was free and when he took revenge on her oppressors. Therefore his soul will never be unchained if she isn’t free. Which is a beautiful thing and in all the film was lovely including all the blood and shooting, the edits were amazing!
I personally believe it was PG rated compared to what really happened but I understand the audience would probably be traumatized by it however I think it would have been interesting to go that that extreme. At the end of the day the protagonist in this film was Django a free black man who fought the antagonists who were the racist white men. Tarantino did say he ‘wanted to give African American’s a hero’ so he did and a fictional hero he is.
Oh yes! Leonardo DiCaprio in the film as Mr Candie, well didn’t you just feel sick? I hated his character; he was so horrible and brutal. But I think he played Mr Candie amazingly because I hate the character so it’s a good thing! As well as Samuel L Jackson as Stephen, he was such a house black guy, I really disliked the character but I felt sorry for him too especially because he couldn’t see what his own people were going through. It was quite upsetting and I really hoped he’d change but he was still bitter even when he was dying. Overall 9/10
A tiny bit of the article! ‘What could have been’ isn’t just set in a hospital yes it was an important part of the film but there’s so much more. I think the title says it all really. I can’t wait for the film to be finished, it’s in production at the moment.
Like I said earlier the press do tend to make mistakes! No offence to her, she was lovely /:
I’m so sorry I haven’t reviewed or wrote about working in ages! I’ve literally been so busy with university and work and I just got back from Germany (two weeks ago!). It was nice to get away for a bit and see some friends and completely chill out. I had some amazing ‘film moments’ I’ve spoken about my trip on my other blog so I wont go on lol.
Films I’ve watched in the cinema this year:
- Les Miserables
- Gangster Squad
- The Impossible
- Django Unchained
- Life of Pi – again!
So I’ll be reviewing Django unchained, it’s a must and Life of Pi because I enjoyed it so much and the cinematography in the film was just beautiful. I do want to talk about The Impossible, it was a good film but there were so many flaws, disappointing to be honest /: however Gangster Squad was super enjoyable, loads of violence and shooting strangers. It was quite flash and pretty though it wasn’t a dark gangster film. The soundtrack was amazing and the costumes in the film were superb. Les Miserables – so it was a good musical drama film, they had some great actors in it and it was a great watch but it kind of dragged on a bit for me. Although the opening was beautiful to watch and not forgetting the music, yeah it was lovely but I wouldn’t watch it again but I’ve glad I’ve watched it!
Cinema related - a task for me this year is to watch more international films. I’m quite a fan of British independent films but I really want to watch more Spanish films, Asian films and just a bit of everything really! I recently watched Oldboy the other day it’s a South Korean thriller film and I have to say it was a fantastic film, a really good twist but I wouldn’t watch it again! Pretty disturbing.
In terms of University I am super happy to say I got a first in media and I still don’t know about film but I don’t think I did as well because I found it harder to relate to and it was completely new to me. But I’m working my arse off so hopefully the outcome will be good! I’ve been looking at film right from the beginning so early cinema like the Lumiere brothers and Méliès to New Hollywood and world cinema so a bit of everything. I’m glad I’ve looked into it all and I’ve watched all these new films and I know so much more about film history but it hasn’t been the most exciting journey in terms of what I did last term. So this term I’m looking at forms of cinema! On the other hand I have loved News Media it’s opened my eyes to so much and I feel like I’ve grown with this subject it’s different because not only have I learnt but I have also changed and I have become less passive, that’s why I love Media and Culture. So that’s university so far!
Work – I’ve been working on the Damilola Taylor Film Project but we’re on a break at the moment due to the crew being really busy. Obviously we have to priorities as university students we can’t just take on tons of projects and go to university, it’s just not possible. But that’s going really well and we’ve had some press for it although there’s loads of incorrect information but that’s press for you, you tell them something they write something else. I just want to point out we have been funded by Awards for all working with DDT.
Only a few days of running bit it was worth it and I love working with new people and working in different locations but it’s nice to bump into old crew members but it was just a bunch of fresh faces and I guess I’m one of them cos I’m new to it all! I still get really nervous making the crew cups of tea even though it shouldn’t matter however I’ve never had a compliant :P and it’s all a bit nervy when your running around working with different departments and you don’t wanna do anything wrong but it’s all worth it in the end and I just love being there! I’m looking for summer productions at the moment! So if anyone wants me I’m free! My cousins and I are planning to make a short this summer too, at the moment we’re giving up an hour each week to talk about the film and plan really. We’re in the early stages of pre-production at the moment!
That’s me so far! Happy New year.
do you think female pop stars set a good example to young people?
I don’t think a lot of them do but then again I don’t think young people should be looking up to pop stars because they’re just living their lives and throughout their lives they’re gonna make mistakes and do stupid things and unfortunately for them it’ll be in the press. So no not really but it’s up to the individual.
how many films do you watch a week?
Two or three not much!
yes, ivans xtc is well worth checking out.
Thanks, I’ll check it out! (‘: