Life Experience, University

A Guide for Freshers

I’ve just spent the last couple of days entertaining my baby sister who came to stay with me in York and it’s been great – we’ve done loads of shopping, eaten some quality food, watched a film or two and had some worthy discussions. Except, she’s not my baby sister anymore. She’s 19 and about to go to uni in two weeks in Liverpool. That’s far.. It got me thinking about how scared I was before I went to uni and how many emotional breakdowns I had before I even got there. It’s a really, really stressful and daunting experience and I’m afraid that there’s no one out there who can tell you what it’s going to be like. No one has the exact same experience at university and unfortunately there isn’t a rule book or a guide telling you what’s going to happen or what to do. What I have managed, however (and I’ll be passing this onto Mols) is a vague guide of what to generally expect and what opportunities to jump at. This is the director’s cut of the original list that I ended up writing:

  • Always carry an umbrella and some change
  • If you have a 3 hour class at 4pm, take a can of energy drink – you’ll really need it
  • Sometimes you’ll be in the library til it closes (or until the sun rises if it’s 24 hour) and that’s okay, you’ll feel great
  • Get to know at least one tutor well
  • Absolutely no one cares how you are dressed in lectures
  • Sometimes the syllabus says you need to buy a textbook and the tutor says you don’t – check before you buy! (also, it’s probz in the library)
  • Having a 2am – 11am sleep schedule is okay
  • Don’t take drinks from random people
  • Take notes by hand – it sinks in better
  • Always keep an emergency stash of loo roll in your room for your use only
  • Jump at every opportunity to do something fun – don’t leave yourself out, you deserve the fun
  • Go to every event with free food
  • Stay up talking til the sun rises
  • Take lots of pictures
  • Be yourself

I know there’s lots of people around the country, around the world at this moment still shopping for uni supplies, still stressing about making friends and I wish I could tell you exactly how it’s going to pan out, but you are the only person who can take this journey and you will be the only person who affects your university experience at first. When friends come along, things change and you’ll watch each other develop into functional adults (even though it doesn’t feel like it).

I sometimes wish I could start university all over again, but when I remember how much I was dreading it and how scared I was, I’m glad I’ve already done that. I wouldn’t change any of it for the world, though. University has made me who I am and has given me the friends that I need. Best decision I ever made to go, hands down.

Entertainment, Film, University

A Murder of Crows is Coming Soon!

Remember A Murder of Crows? The steampunk webseries that I have the privilege of directing? Yes? No? Maybe? Anyway, regardless of Day 9 (7)whether you do know of it or not, we are almost finished with it! It’s been a long time coming, since the idea was born last summer in fact and now it’s almost a reality! We are just in the editing stages which means me and the editor spending hours in a tiny edit suite scrutinizing everything we did when we were filming. Fun times! No, but really. If you’re lucky you might get to see the finished product and wouldn’t that just be amazing?? Especially if you’re into steampunk (and who isn’t these days?) but also if you are partial to a good old detective mystery story. Bliss. Keep your eyes peeled for the first part of the episode to be uploaded, I’ll definitely be sure to tell you. Can’t wait!

Entertainment, Film, Television, University

LISTEN HERE

Guys, guys, guys! I have exciting news!

I’m directing a pilot for a web series this semester (which also happens to be my last, sob sob) and the theme ladies and gentlemen, is STEAMPUNK. Yes! For those of you who are unsure as to what it is, allow me to enlighten you to my take on it, as there are quite a few different opinions floating around out there. Imagine a world where steam has been used to develop technology, only steam. There’s no industrial revolution, no mobile phones, no cars. But there are airships and rayguns (big maybe) and women are equal to men in every way. It’s like the world is stuck in the Victorian age but are more advanced in some things simultaneously. And it’s so cool! It’s seen more of as an alternate reality and doesn’t really rely on legitimacy. Better not do anyway because I’m planning on doing this my way ha.

Essentially, this story is something like Sherlock Holmes, of course, but with a female lead called Gwendolyn Carrioncrow. She’s smart, she’s feisty and she’s fearless; she’ll stop at nothing to solve a case and she’ll do virtually anything to get what she wants. No, not like that! You disgust me. She’s very self assured but refuses to get close to people, after her parents died when she was just twelve and was forced to live with her elderly (and senile) aunt.

But enough of her! Let’s get down to business! Of course, similar to the last project, we are setting up a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds. We are also hopefully holding a fund raiser which will include a bun sale and a quiz in York because steampunk, my friends, is NOT cheap. It’s all in the detail you see and it’s going to be a lot of hard work and money to make it look right. All I ask is that when the Kickstarter is live, please at least take a look at it (I will link it of course) and if you can, donate something, anything. We would be so grateful. I just want this film made so badly, it’s my last ever semester at university and I really want it to go well.

Now, I’m sure you’re tired of me banging on so I will bid you adieu for now and munch on a biscuit or something. Farewell, and I’ll update you later on in the project 🙂

Brittany

Entertainment, Film, Life Experience, University, World

Camerimage Film Festival, Bydgoszcz

After five nights of an ungodly low amount of sleep, six days of films and one hundred pounds, I am now back in York and it is bloody freezing. I have just been on a trip with uni to Bydgoszcz in Poland to visit the Camerimage Film Festival which celebrates the talents and the career of cinematographers. It’s a week filled with seminars and screenings and people from all nationalities and it was truly fascinating. As well as getting to see lots of cultural films that we wouldn’t normally think twice about we also got to sample authentic Polish cuisine and nightlife and let me tell you, it’s a very different way of life to the British.

We saw lots of amazing films, including a very French one called Augustine which had lots of naked lady bodies in it. We also got to see the new Coen Brothers film called Inside Llewyn Davis which is about a folk singer/guitarist who just can’t make it in the business. I really enjoyed this one and it was so beautiful to look at. Which you would hope because it’s a cinematography festival… Other films included Wicked Blood, the first film to be shot in Sony 4K about a girl whose family is involved in the drug business and she is trying to find a way to escape becoming one of them. We also got the chance to watch the music video competition including videos from 30 Seconds to Mars which was great, although we had to sit on the stairs because apparently the festival organisers had limited concern for fire health and safety. Sometimes it was manic. Sometimes people were sitting in the aisles and on the stairs and on the stage. Shaking my head.

Every night when we weren’t watching films we found the time to go for dinner in lots of different restaurants and I tell you now, the food in Poland is cheap. Approx. £6 for a massive pizza that would cost you £12 in England. All of the food was amazing, there wasn’t a meal that I didn’t enjoy; however, it seemed that the food didn’t agree with me at all and unfortunately I was poorly for a good portion of the holiday. Not as poorly as those who went on the lash and rolled into the hotel at 8am, just in time for breakfast.

The city of Bydgoszcz in itself is a very industrial place with a strange part known as the old town that is pretty and picturesque. It’s strange to see the two contrasting sides of it; you literally walk over a bridge and the whole atmosphere of the city changes. It’s just not a tourist area, which is a shame, because not many people there understand English and you kind of have to be local to know where to go and what to do. Unless you want to go to a museum about the history of soap and dirt which is quite well advertised.

Overall, it’s been a great trip and I may put some photos up which I should ideally put on this post but I’m getting sleepy and the words aren’t really making sense to me anymore; I just wanted you to know that I had a great time, however, I am very, very glad to be home! Yorkshire will always be my home and it’s wonderful here. You should visit York, not Bydgoszcz. Jokes.

Latez.

image

Entertainment, Film, University

Crazy Mad

Looking back through old posts is insanely weird. I just read one from two years ago, talking about having a fun day with my housemates. By housemates I mean those from first year who I now no longer speak to or can even bear thinking about without getting crazy mad. Sparing you of the deets, it’s just weird how you can go from being someone’s best friend to their worst enemy (usually without doing anything…#lol) and just forget their existence. Now I have a completely different circle of friends and a wonderful guy who is super duper ace and lovely. I’ll venture away from the gooey now.

image

We’re almost ready to start shooting our first third year film and it’s getting pretty stressful. I don’t know if you’ve been reading my Perks of Being a Sound Designer blog (link in the post below) but we’re doing really well and even though it’s hard, it’s a lot of fun. Also, next Monday I’m off on a trip to Poland with uni which is going to be awesome 😀 in case you’re wondering it’s to the Camerimage Film Festival in Bygod…Bygozdc…By-something and I am excited 🙂

Also, it’s my birthday on Friday. Gonna be 21. Olddddd. But yeah, looking forward to the next couple of weeks ^_^

Life Experience, University

Student Ambassador!

Yesterday I had my very first shift as a student ambassador at an open day at my uni and first impressions? It’s bloody exhausting! I don’t think I’ve ever been as tired in my life, it felt worse than the jet lag I experienced travelling to Australia. I was really nervous to start with, I didn’t know what to expect which is one of the things that I really hate. I like to know what I’m doing, I hate going into something not knowing exactly what’s going to happen, which is mostly why I don’t like the theatre.

I started out helping around with putting up signs and banners and I was then put on my first post greeting peeps and pointing them in the right direction. By this point it was raining – great – but it wasn’t normal rain, it was very fine and light and horrible. After chatting to one of my tutors for a while about how I’d been awake since 6 and was wishing for better weather, I was put onto my second post which was a little ginnel between two of the accommodation sites. It was my job to run between these two sites making sure people weren’t getting lost on their way to each place. This meant doing lots of dashing about and chatting and smiling to people. It’s a lot of hard work. No, really. But it was an awesome experience talking to prospective students and their lovely parents. I found out that one of them plays cricket in my home village. Crazy small world.

It really was a great day, as shattered as I was, it was great to meet new ambassadors, New students, parents and a couple of tutors. I love talking to new people and even though I was a bit nervous about it, I found it really easy. Definitely looking forward to Wednesday’s shift now…well maybe not the early start. It’ll be worth it. I’ll probably just crash at Sam’s afterwards, sounds about right 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my actual like-a-blog-blog-post today, first time I’ve written about anything worthwhile haha.

🙂

Entertainment, Film, University

Film Pals, I Need You

I’m in third year now – yes, scary, I know this – and we’re well on our way with the pre-production stage of making our film! It has to be said it’s very ambitious as a student project but I think it will be achieved through lots of hard work. This is where you lovely guys and gals come in. I believe that we are setting up a Kickstarter project, which, if you haven’t heard of it, is a website that supports crowd funding. Essentially you post a project and a target and people can pledge money to you, as little or as much as they like, and in return you give them rewards such as merchandise or even a credit. The page isn’t online yet but I shall be posting the details as soon as. Guys, I’m not asking for much, but I really love this course and I would love to do the best with it that it can achieve. I’d love you forever. Not that I don’t anyway, you sexy beast 😉

And now you’re probably wondering what this film will actually be about. Well, let’s just say for now that it’s set in the not too distant future and it’ll be cool as balls. Details will follow, I promise.

And for your time reading this, here’s a cute little hedgehog.

Entertainment, Film, Life Experience, University

If You Put Your Mind To It…

Well hasn’t this been an interesting week! Essentially, I’ve finished my first year of university – at about 4:30am last Friday morning to be completely precise when I handed in my final essay – and I’m sitting here thinking where the hell has the time gone?! It’s safe to say that I’ve made some amazing friends, lost some amazing friends and miss some – mainly those from home who I don’t see all that much any more. This will change over the summer, I’ve decided to dedicate myself to keeping up with everyone that I love because I don’t want them to think that I’ve forgotten them. This isn’t to say that university is all about making friends, oh no. I’ve realised this lately. University is – would you believe it – a period of three years in which to gain the knowledge and skills that you’ll need in your future career. Not for making friends. Sure, this is a perk of uni and all that, but it hit me in the face the other day that as everyone’s going home at the moment, back to their real lives in their real homes, they’ll probably forget about each other for a time and things will go relatively back to how they were before uni. And then this led me to think: well what happens after uni? We’ll all go off, searching for our different callings in life and make yet more friends. And forget about some of the ones we made here. And then, we’ll get different jobs. Life is constantly about leaving people you love behind. Sure, you’ll never completely forget them, but they won’t be present in your life forever. It’s hard to understand if you’ve been out of school for a good few years, but you don’t realise until your very last year of school that you’re most likely not going to interact with any of these people again that you’ve spent at least 5 years with. And here I am, getting all ‘down in the dumps’ (really not) about growing up, but then I think to myself that life is going to be full of opportunities and that I can do anything I want in life. Anyone can.. And this is when good ol’ Marty McFly comes into it: “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything”. I’m all happy now.. might have to go watch Back to the Future. That’ll top it off. You should do the same. Yes

Entertainment, Music, University

First Year’s Final Moments

I gotta say, this first year of uni has gone ridiculously well…and so fast that it actually frightens me. I’m literally now counting down the weeks to when I have to move out of good ol’ shitty Limes Court. Well, it’s not that bad. To some extent. I’m a bit miffed actually that uni’s going this fast, I mean, people did tell me it’d fly by but I didn’t expect it to go fast THIS quickly. No, I know I’m not exactly at the end of my third year – yet – but it’s fast approaching. And it’s still sad. I won’t see a lot of people for a couple of months over summer, which is why I’m staying here for as long as possible. Might try to get a job here…I’ve been looking, but I can’t find it in me to actually apply for one haha.

I won’t go into a lot, as you know I never write much in these posts.. I don’t feel like people want to sit there and read about my life too much…and I can’t be bothered writing pages of rants about how amazing uni is or how unorganised my particular uni seems to be. So instead, here’s Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ which is adored by practically everyone I know… I totally understand why…