The Hilarity of Witty Observations: “The Elevator” by Greg Glienna

I came across this video by Greg Glienna (creator of Meet the Parents) which completely orbits around my sense of humour. The witty observation within the concept of the short film targets what I’m pretty sure is a large percentage of us, a situation we can all relate to. Topped off with a pinch of irony and a helping of karma, this film not only hits home to my humour central, but reminds me of my own typical, bad-luck orientated life!

The direction and camera-work co-ordinate perfectly to make you feel enclosed and squashed, placing you in the situation yourself, targeting those flashbacks from your personal experiences within elevators!

It’s just a ridiculously perfect, quirky and witty piece of work, amazing that a story narrative can be so perfectly told within just 3 and a half minutes, skill! Worth a watch!

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Warning: May tug on your “HeartStrings”- Short Experimental Music Video

My short experimental film piece combining film footage and stop motion which acts as a music video for the song “Us” by Regina Spektor. Its a simply refreshing and uplifting short piece which contains its own stylised vintage feel.

“Heartstrings” was perhaps one of my most successful short pieces made at University with a couple of fantastic group members. It managed to be featured in “The Ritz” Short film festival in Lincoln earlier this year, and it was for this reason I decided to make the main character my little representative at Aimee Marie Media, re-newly named as “Doodle”.

Our lovely short piece was also awarded with a 1st Level at as part of a University degree.

My Roles for this piece were: Assistant Producer, Editor, Prop Maker, Actor “The Girl”, Sound Ambience Recorder.

Enjoy! If you like it, why not share it (: Ta!

Iron Man 3: The Unseen title sqeuences

Iron Man 3: The Unseen title sqeuences

It’s mind-blowing how much work goes into the smallest components of a film. Even the 2 minutes and 49 seconds of title sequence spent hours and days of developing, hours and days of designing and making concepts which didn’t even make it onto the big screen! Every small concept and every little idea form into stepping stones called a development process, which although discarded, still intertwine to make an amazing end result. 

This article shows an interview with Danny Yount (Creative Director of Iron Man 3) explaining to long step by step process of the final product with unseen titles sequences which although not made it on to the big screen, are still worth a watch! Check it out by clicking the blue title of the post. Enjoy!

How To Stay Creative- Sharing Some Wisdom

“The answer is simple. Never grow up.” (Ricky Gervais, 2013)

Ricky Gervais can be criticised for being controversial and egocentric, but undeniably.. that man know’s his stuff, and if anything he should be applauded for his train of thought and ability to engage with creativity and humour so effectively. Whilst scouting his blog I came across this interesting and pretty blooming inspiring post:

“Scientific studies of creativity have basically concluded that it can’t be taught, as it is a “facility” rather than a learned skill. Putting it very crudely, creativity is the ability to play. And, to be able to turn that facility on and off when necessary. This makes perfect sense to me. Everything I’ve ever written, created or discovered artistically has come out of playing.

Stephen Nachmanovitch said that, “Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one’s chosen form.” Basically mucking about with the stuff you have in front of you. Experimenting with it, seeing what happens, and keeping the stuff you like I guess. In fact Scott Adams said, “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

You have to let yourself go to be creative. Children possess this quality but then seem to lose it as they are told, “it’s not the done thing”. Pablo Picasso summed it up well; “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”.

The answer is simple. Never grow up. I don’t mean don’t become an adult with responsibility and the weight of the world on your shoulders. I simply mean if you’re writing or directing give yourself enough time to play. Play the fool. Goad. Shock. Laugh. Trip over something that isn’t there. Try something. And never be afraid to fail. That failure is useful too. It’s just another building block.”

Taken from Ricky Gervais, 2013, “Week Two-Hundred and Fifty Seven”. Full post can be found at:

http://www.rickygervais.com/thissideofthetruth.php

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Thought of the Day

My thought of the day: “The most interesting type of people are weird, If we were all the same, who would be unique?”

The idea of cementing my face into a permanent, downwards “succumbing to gravity” style frown like the generic girls in Made in Chelsea makes me feel nauseous. My philosophy is to make the most of life, not to be reserved and to enjoy ourselves while we can. I don’t feel restricted to my generic “girly” activities, sure I enjoy the occasional shopping trips and plastering make up on my face the thickness of wall paint, but I also enjoy gaming on my Xbox, no… not on Hello Kitty Island Adventure, but GTA and Skyrim. I also enjoy male dominated audience programmes such as Family Guy, and films which DON’T revolve around the concept of corny love. Its my variety of interest which makes me unique and defines who I am, it would be illogical to defy who I am in order to fit in
a generic gender.

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