Past Experiences

Me and friend Richard made this video for Edexcel extended project, at first this was not our first choice, the first choice was a terrible script we wrote with another group member but once the other group member left I decided to scrap the script and start a new so I came in on my days off to write the script and mess around with ideas and generally just play around in my own head to come up with ideas and also past experiences to help me out, once i wrote the main arc of the story and where it was going my partner looked at it corrected all my spelling and grammar (Which took him a while, i am really shit at that stuff, if you can’t tell during this blog) he also added ideas and his own twists to what will become… and i quote “The best script Merthyr College has ever seen” (We didn’t let this get to our heads *cough* multi award winning) but after working so hard to try and get the locations and actors to film this on what was a non existent budget and everyones enemy time fighting us we had to put our baby on the back shelve for another day.

So with all our energy wasted on something that was not going to happen our tutor sent us outside what was a loud hectic classroom at times to the pace and quite of the college’s library, here we we wrote the video you see above in two days (It was basically us just pissing around and saying “f*ck thats not a bad idea stick it in”) it was filled with references to classic and our favourite films (as you will see) the day came to film and my partner slept late so it wasn’t a great start but he came in and since it was suppose to be both of us staring in the video (which wasn’t what we wanted but hey…nailed it!) he refused to act so this was a problem we solved by bringing in our fellow classmate Arwyn who played Richard and me as myself.

As we had one day to get this filmed we time at our throats so we powered through completing what was a great day filming (where me and Richard shared directing and him doing all the camera work) with the brilliant rocky montage and the Indiana Jones fight scene, we also had a chance to improvise such as the 180 line (which is rule you must not break otherwise the whole of the media world will hate you, so generally we took the piss) and some other little bits such as the hands on the key board and the throwing the ball around (also spitting of the water).

Once the filming was complete we then moved on to editing which Richard done excellently well accompanied by my great advice. we run into a look of problems and we hit them like a wall, following the rendering time which added had to be over 3 hours (a rough estimate) during this time we took lunch breaks and romantic walks alongside the river. The problem that brought out Richards inner editor was when we found out that we had to censor (which was no surprise) which in time took a long time but in time it was done and our rushed project turned out better than we ever imagined (And would won plenty of awards at the annual Merthyr Tydfil College awards…if they didn’t scrap our categories!).


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