Towards the finish line (and what I’ve been up to)

Well, it’s just over a week until my final major project is handed in and I’m imagining that my classmates share the same tension and stress of perfecting our final scripts for the deadline. Since moving back to Hertfordshire I’ve had a very busy summer and finding some time to relax and work on my script has been a challenge but it’s still my number one priority of course.

A few weeks ago I went to Germany and Amsterdam for sights, scenes and sounds. And beer of course. Although a small holiday isn’t always the best time to do some writing, I found some time to work on my script on the train journey between Cologne and Amsterdam which was about 4 hours and in a first class cabin which was pretty special. I find writing on a train very unwinding and it’s when my mind is most creative as I don’t have to concentrate on anything else so it’s the ideal time to scribble down ideas or even write a full story. Also, first class in Germany is ridiculously cheap so why not, eh?

I’ve also found employment as a writer for a local company doing articles and guides to entice viewers to the website. It’s great to get a job doing something you love and even though it’s not creative writing its experience and practice which may be very useful later on. Still, after a long day of constant writing it can sometimes be a bit tiring to have to write more at home but sometimes you just have to power through.

As for Lemonhead itself, I’m at a good stage where I’m happy with the story and confident I can hand in a well written script. I’ve had new ideas and scenes each day that I add in and change but as a whole I’m satisfied with the general narrative and plot. Having done a Skype tutorial with Wyn recently I was able to discuss the fatal flaw of Jamie in detail which is something I’ve struggled to emphasise in my script but now I believe it’s quite clear from the moment we meet Jamie and learn of his shortcomings and story.

So right now it’s just pressing on and completing the first three episodes of Lemonhead. Then a day later I’m off to Switzerland where, if I get the time I may even attempt the next three episodes. If my girlfriend lets me anyway, but when you’re in a secluded location with views like this then the inspiration can only flow.

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A Tribute to Ian Bell

A few weeks ago I learnt of some upsetting news that my tutor at West Herts College passed away in an unfortunate accident whilst hiking in Scotland. Ian was my first tutor in media production and taught me a lot about all things film, TV and media production. He was very supportive and always brought a lot of fun and interesting moments to our lectures and lessons. I think it’s a fair statement to say that if it weren’t for Ian I’m not sure I’d have gone as far as I did in media production so he played a huge part in my education and career. He will be missed and my condolences go out to his family and friends in this upsetting time. May he rest in peace. I