I'm sorry to say I've been neglecting my blog over the last six months. There are reasons to this, mainly because there was four months of summer thrown in the middle and I didn't do all that much; then I started third year of uni, when the workload suddenly spiked. This is basically an update of what I've been up to since April.
While I might not have been updating my blog, I have been doing stuff to my website. It's undergone a total redesign and is now close to what I was originally aiming for. It was originally set up for an assessment for a module, and I didn't have the time to work on it as I'd have liked. I've since had the chance to do that, so the whole website looks a lot cleaner and better structured now. If anyone's interested, the picture below show the CSS code that I've had to inject to get it looking how I want. It's a load of meaningless letters to anyone who doesn't understand coding.
Summer was relatively uneventful. I spent some time working on the above improvements to the site, but generally I was pretty free. I worked at Wimbledon Tennis to earn a bit of extra money, then immediately spent that money on beer. My parents went away and left me at home to look after the cat, so I had a couple of weeks where I could just do my own thing. Aside from that, I played some games (completed the Mass Effect Trilogy for the second time), and drank some alcohol. Oh yeah, and GTA V was released. Almost forgot about that. Check out my review of it here.
Now that I'm back at uni, we've got four modules to be working on. Two are major films that last the entire year, one documentary and a drama. There are two other modules that are specific to this term, Advanced Post Production and FMP Pilot.
The Pilot is designed to test the viability of our Final Year Project by way of a short sequence and presentation to the rest of the class. Since I'm working on a documentary (more on that soon), we've already got about 15 hours of footage shot, which will make up the first 15-20 minutes, so we can conceivably show anything we want. The problem is deciding what to show. Aside from that, we're entirely on track with both the Pilot and FYP.
Our Post Production film is a heist film. We're still in the process of working out the script, but the story is fairly well locked down. The biggest problem is deciding on the length of it. At the moment there is the heist as the main plot, and also a side story with the protagonist's girlfriend (essentially the moral centre of the film), and another sub plot about his brother. We're trying to condense it down to 10-12 pages, but I question if that is possible with the number of stories that are going on. Personally, I think something has to be lost, or we make a longer film (the latter of which I have no issues with; with the former I think we risk compromising the story).
Finally is Advanced Post Production. This is the one I am most excited about because it has given me the chance to do something I have been wanting to do for a long time. I don't really want to say too much about it at the moment, but here is a screenshot of what I've been working on for it. (It's pretty cool!!!)
I'm going to be a series of blogs over the next few weeks about each of my films since there's too much to talk about them all in just the one blog. I've also got a few more plans for my website, but don't expect those to be finished this side of Christmas. I'm probably going to start working on stuff as soon as possible, then have a big reveal at the beginning of 2014 when I've had a few weeks to work on it.