Turn To Stone

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Immortalized in Stone.”

Your personal sculptor is carving a person, thing or event from the last year of your life. What’s the statue of and what makes it so significant?

This question first seemed really easy to answer but actually I’m not entirely sure. I graduated from university this year which is obviously a very significant life event so that is the first thing that comes to mind. But really, I wouldn’t want a statue of me in my graduation cap and gown. Yes I was proud that day and yes I loved my dress and looked good. When it came to the professional photograph however, I look terrible. Strange, when every other photo from that day I looked nice. But no, the one photo that will be shown to all my family, that will be displayed for decades to come, is the one bad photograph from that day. And I just feel like maybe my fictitious personal sculptor would choose that awful picture as a guide.

But really I think the most significant event was our graduation film screening a couple of months before actual graduation. All assignments were finally handed in and we got to show our hard work from the past year at the cinema. And there was a big relief to finally be finished, as much as I loved the work. I’m proud of the time I spent at film school and the work I did on my graduation film. Some people say film school is a waste of time but I found it educational, enjoyable and I’ve made great friends and contacts out of it. Yes, it may still take me a fair bit of time to eventually break into the film industry, but it takes time for everyone.

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God Help The Girl

Last night I watch the film God Help The Girl (2014) written and directed by Stuart Murdoch (of Belle & Sebastian fame) and starring Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, A Series Of Unfortunate Events), Olly Alexander (from the band Years & Years) and Hannah Murray (Skins). I had heard of this film when it was released but have only just got round to seeing it.

The musical drama tells the story of Eve, a girl struggling to overcome mental health issues. She finds solace in music and song writing. Over the course of the film we see her summer as she makes friends, forms a band and explore Scotland through day trips.

There’s a definite indie “hipster” feel to the film. The stylised retro aspects of the production design were visually great and agreed with the style of pop music that the character’s were making. How I would love some of those outfits. It has some interesting cinematography and editing styles reminiscent of old early music videos. However, while the sudden brief occasions of 35mm film shots and retro filters fit with this type of aesthetic, their was something not quite right with it within the film in my opinion.

If I had seen this back in 2009 when I was 15 it would have been brilliant in my eyes. Back then I was in love with 500 Days Of Summer and with vintage styles becoming more popular. I was just beginning to discover indie music, and this film does have a great soundtrack that works well within the narrative. It was a watch-able film but there was something missing. I personally feel like parts of the plot weren’t strong enough, there were a few sections of the film where I didn’t feel that interested.

Good film, I enjoyed it but I probably won’t be re-watching it. At least not for a while.
I will be listening to the soundtrack again though. If you like indie pop music, vintage styles and coming of age dramas this might be for you.

God Help The Girl

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This is my new blog.
As an aspiring filmmaker I decided I would create a blog to showcase myself as well as my thoughts on films, tv shows and other topics. I would like this little part of the internet to be a place where I can express my thoughts as well as sharing some interesting things I like.
I have recently graduated from university (studying film production) and thought keeping a little blog would be beneficial while I look for work and gain experience. At the moment my main career goal is to become a film or television editor and I know this is going to take a lot of hard work, dedication and years to get there. This is my main interest and I really want it. But in the meantime I will edit in my spare time, work hard on whatever projects and opportunities come my way and explore the world.
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