Blast. I lost the footage of Imperial’s International Night, something I’d been meaning to edit and put up online for ages, but kept delaying due to forgetting / unsure of how to edit and upload / no time. What little remains, I’ll put up on Youtube as soon as I get to grips with Final Cut film editing program again. I’m really annoyed about it, though… there were some excellent performances that night, and I was glad I’d managed to capture it on tape. I was hoping to get the footage online or in DVD format sometime… Oh, dear, massive fail for me as an independent filmmaker!
I’ll blame it on procrastination, that swamp of no return. If something is put off for tomorrow, a week from now, or a month from now, when it could be done sooner, the chances of actually getting round to doing that thing diminish markedly. To any students who would like to dabble in film, make some useful CV material for themselves in media, or just want something different to do, I’d recommend you join Stoic TV or hey, sign up for the MSc in Science Media Production / Science Communication. Once you’re in, you can borrow the cameras any time, time permitting, and film any of the events that happen to happen at Imperial. There’s always that glamour about a camera, as well as it’s intrusiveness… most societies or college goings-on are happy for their events to be filmed. I wish now I had done more filming during term time- in all honesty, though, this course has been a busy one, and I’d like to think I haven’t wasted too much time that could have been spent usefully.
Still working on the project-documentary…. no updates about that yet A challenge that I think we’re all facing is how to work together with our docu-partners!
I have been trying to make myself face the question of what I’ll do once the course has finished. This is, naturally, a big question that can be only partly answered… most decisions about what the future will be like can’t really be answered, you just find out as you go along, muddling through a multitude of small choices that lead you here and there along the general pathway of your own life. I’ve been very disheartened by the bad-work-experience-placement experience, and somewhat wryly disheartened by a few of the seminars we had in June. We were both encouraged to strive for media work after the course, while being warned that it was going to be very competitive, particularly difficult given the recession, and that we may spend a lot of time doing unpaid work experience, or simply bashing out our own independent projects while being unemployed. I’ve been toying with the prospect that I won’t stay in London, that I might go abroad and work on print media projects more, or that I’ll even end up studying more while trying to produce media stuff on the side. Still, losing the footage made me think that I do like to film, photograph, write, think, produce. I should think there are worse things to do than to work at that, in any way I can, over the next year… even if I don’t do it as part of a production company. Which might be a bold sounding but irrelevant statement, mind, as most people working for companies seem to be freelance anyway, except for the top dogs.
Something I particularly value is sharing the company of other like-minded, interesting, or just friendly people on this course.