If you know me you’ll know that I adore London. You’ll also know that I adore films (as well as books and the theatre!). Well, luckily for me I had the opportunity to mix those two adorations together and spent a month down in the fogs of London taking part in a practical filmmaking course run by the MET film school.
Not only was this an incredible time in regards to learning about everything to do with filmmaking, but also it meant I could get to know the city a bit better before I made the move down here for Uni: a feat I have now completed! I met some amazing people on this course too, which helped infinitely, and meant that I didn’t spend every evening stuck in my hotel room rotating between Netflix and YouTube. In fact I actually managed to do quite a lot; I saw a few films, a few plays, and a few landmarks whilst I was at it. And naturally I had to record my August spent in London, so here is the result of that. Enjoy, and be sure to let me know what you think of the video!
I mentioned in my ‘New Years Resolutions’ post that I wanted to use my blog as a sort of diary – a place to share thoughts, reviews, stories, recommendations and more – and so that is what I’m doing! This isn’t going to be an especially long, interesting, or inspirational post but I thought it would be nice to talk about my experience with the Met Film School as winner of the Brexit Storytelling competition!
So I guess it all began on the 23rd of June when Britain voted to leave the EU. Personally, as I wanted to stay, I was disappointed by this. But something that especially struck me was that the government had refused to lower the voting age to 16, despite the importance of this Referendum and the fact that we wouldn’t be able to just wait another 4 years to express our views and potentially change the outcome. Some of my friends wanted to stay, some to leave, but we all wished we could have had a say in the matter. All we could do to show our frustration and our views was to retweet and share posts. Then, around two months later, when I was in Paris for my birthday I found out about the Brexit Storytelling Competition run by the Met Film School; immediately I thought Continue reading
Just a simple little video today capturing my lazy and Autumnal Sunday dog walk. For me Autumn in the best time of the year to go wandering, with or without dogs, because even though there is a chill running through the air, the sun shines and heats you up. It’s also the perfect weather to go sit in a park drinking mochas and reading, so that’s definitely a bonus!
I thought you deserved a bit of an explanation regarding my sort-of withdrawal from blogging, reading and the like. However as I also wanted to share with you the 5 books that I’m super excited to read and have been helping me to persevere through school recently, this mashup video was born! Also to everybody going through exams of any kind at the moment, keep doing what you’re doing and I wish you all the best!
This video is a little bit different to my normal ones so please let me know what you think by commenting, liking, or let me know via Twitter!
I really wanted to try doing a Stop Motion Video and thought this would be a nice way to share with you the enormity which is my TBR (to be read) Pile(s) whilst getting some much needed filming practise! I’ve never done anything like this before so it is far from brilliant, let me know what you think!
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The reason there are various different piles is because that’s how they’re arranged around my room. I like to keep them in stacks to organise things like genre -if you look closely you’ll notice there’s are a couple of YA piles, a Crime pile and a Classics pile- and also immediacy.
With some incredible book to movie adaptations winning various different awards at the Oscars, Baftas, and the like – such as Room by Emma Donoghue and The Revenant by Michael Punke, which my mum and I are reading respectively before going to the cinema – I thought it’d be nice to share with you my Top Five Adaptations!
Let me know some of yours in the comments!
YouTube as a platform for content creating has expanded incredibly over the past few years. The best thing to come from this has to be the web series that are being made by some amazing people. I’d absolutely love to be able to get involved in making a web series but for now I’m satisfied just watching them. So I thought I would share my top five web series that you really need to watch!
I only actually came across Carmilla yesterday and I binge-watched the entire 36 episodes. Most ones are only 3 minutes long – with the exception of a couple 6 minutes episodes – so there’s no excuse not to watch them. And what’s even better than that is that the story is so compelling! Based on the book of the same name (which I also bought yesterday) it follows a student called Laura who takes it upon herself to investigate the disappearance of her roommate, when the mysterious Carmilla becomes her new roomie. I loved this so much; the characters are brilliant and relatable and it manages to be so funny as well as exciting and mysterious!
Aww what can I say about The New Adventures of Peter + Wendy…it’s just wonderful. I have always loved Peter Pan and this adaption is just perfect. Filmed by Tink herself as well as Wendy’s Darling Videos the series is just magical and heartwarming. The characters are exactly how you’d want them to be; everything is a lot of fun but with some twists and turns along the way you may potentially be left in tears. Be sure to watch this one!
The only web series I’ve watched that hasn’t been based on a book happens to be about living life as if in a book. Classic Alice is a ‘documentary’ of a student called -you guessed it- Alice who decides to live her life according to classic novels and gets caught up in a load of crazy stuff along the way. I love how this is filmed but it’s the story that really stands out for me. Alice is just this adorable bubbly character who loves her books and her writing (just as I do) and you really feel for her and almost come to see her as a friend. And of course there’s a potential love interest involved and he just makes everything better! Watch and share this series, it really deserves it.
Frankenstein, MD is so intense!! Seriously!! I somehow found this series just before the final episode came out. This lead to me staying up all night watching all the episodes and then frantically waiting a whole week for the finale which was definitely worth waiting for – even though I almost cried. As you can guess from the title this series is a modern adaptation of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I can’t sum up how much I love this web series. It’s beautifully filmed but the story is so tragic and argh. Love it. Just love it! I even had my haircut inspired by Victoria’s!
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice – which you probably guessed already. This is the first web series I watched and just like most of these I watched them all in one go. The show uses costume drama in the videos which helps to show more of the story without having to move the camera around. It’s great fun but can go deadly serious and emotional when it wants to. What I and many others love about this serious is that it really helps show some of the ideas that the book and other adaptions struggle to show; other characters offer different perspectives on different situations which helps the viewer see all sides of the story! Also, Jane’s style is second-to-none!
What are you waiting for? Get watching!
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