It’s been ages since I’ve written on this blog. The last time was early March, and I covered that post in Doge memes. My body clock is hugely screwed up at the moment, so this bit you’re reading now, I am typing at 3:15am, while I have a marathon run of The Simpsons.
I’m not staying up because I’m working, or have a deadline looming, it’s because I’m bored. My last ever deadline was on Friday. That means I’m finished. First year, is over.
…and I’m scared.
Sounds stupid, right? This is me I’m writing about here. King of the unorthodox, and also of the nerds. Being at Uni is all work, work, work, and that’s why I like it. So being away from this new norm I love is the scary bit. Some people on my course think differently, and not just moan when they make yet another mountain of a script-writing task molehill.
If you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.
That’s how people need to think when they decide what to do. I did, and that’s why I’m here, and just finished my first year of BA Media Production. Anyway, before I trail off and moan about the people you get on any course, let’s reminisce.
I’m going to save everything I’ve made this year (in terms of film and probably incorporate Musical Theatre too into my next vlog). That’s right, they’re back. I now own a Samsung NX300, and it is both beautiful, and takes beautiful photos too. Just in case you’re intrigued, I’ve re-jigged my Flickr page, so I’m now getting back into Photography. You can either click on my face up there, or click on these magical words with a line underneath them.
It’s been eye opening, this first year. Not just in terms of the course, and what I’ve done on it, but the people I’ve met, the things I’ve seen, and the times I’ve thrown myself in the deep end. Firstly, there are the fantastic people I’ve met. I would list all of them, but that’d be ridiculous. So instead, I’ll just boil it down to those who are the awesome-est. Amy, Tom, Suzie, Benny, Sophie, and George. These are the guys and gals I’ve been spending a lot of time with, and it’s time well spent. Amy especially. We met at a Musical Theatre karaoke night, and began talking after discovering we had a mutual love for McBusted. Then we talked, and talked, and now we’re together. Joy. Nah, I joke, she’s an idiot. -and that’s why I like her. She does Photography, so she can teach me about using my new camera properly, Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, all that nonsense. “But Rich, surely you’ve learned about that on your course?” Well, yes, but having only two separate hours on it at least a term apart, sharing a Nikon D90 between four people doesn’t really teach you much. Enough moaning about your course, Rich!
This is how close I was to McBusted, without zooming in.
Speaking of things I’ve seen, I mean it in the sense of shows, films, plays etc. Y’know, literally seen. Firstly, in March, I saw The Overtones in Nottingham, and they were phenomenal. A hugely talented bunch, and we got to meet them afterwards. By meet, I mean get pushed along a line, clutching my £5 piece of card, for them to sign, and to exchange a mere sentence of pleasantries to each of the boys. They did however, compliment my dress sense, and that, coming from the five classiest guys in the crumbling modern music industry, put me one above cloud nine. I also got the chance to see McBusted, and I was close to tears with the nostalgia, as I was a mere metre or two from Danny, as I received OMFG Zone tickets for Christmas. I was also spat on by both Danny and James, and managed to grab Matt’s plectrum as he threw it into the audience, much to the disgust of many rather attractive girls. I wasn’t letting that baby go. Next, I got the once in a lifetime chance to go and see The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London. It didn’t half live up to the hype. It was by far the best musical I have ever seen, and you’ve seen how much I love Billy Elliot. I cannot stop singing the songs, and I am desperate to perform any song from it. I would suggest it for MTS, but you can’t get the rights for the entire thing. Finally, I was going to see A Great Big World with Amy, but the date has been moved to October. That was disappointing. But as I keep saying to Amy, we are going to see them eventually.
Finally, the deep end. There’s not masses here, but it’s enough. I’ve been brushing up on my Photoshop skills, and I’ve been working on programmes for various productions my friends have been in for Theatre and Professional Practice course purposes. Including doing a programme for Benny’s devised production, Syrian Nights, Tom’s devised production, Anonymous, a third-year FMP’s (Final Major Project) programme, Lost and Curious, a play I was brought into last-minute to play both Peter Pan’s shadow and an eerie Tube Attendant, and also for the Musical Theatre Society’s production of Guys and Dolls, in which I played ‘Harry the Horse.’ On the topic of deep end, I auditioned for one of the two male leads in the musical, to be called back for the character ‘Nathan Detroit,’ only to be cast as the MC, due to the original show dates clashing with McBusted. Come on, which would you do? Anyway, long story short, I then took on the role of Harry the Horse, and the show was fantastic. As for Lost and Curious, the FMP, it inspired me to audition for an FMP next year, as the auditions are open, and not just for Theatre students. Sweet. Also, I am going to set myself the task of creating my own documentary, sparked by one of the assignments from my course this past year. Rather than bore you with more words on this post, I’ll bore you with words on another one of my posts. Click here to read more about Are They? Below, take a look at the stuff I designed across the year, as well as the poster for Are They?:
This was a bitch to craft, but it ended up looking fantastic.
Honestly, I had barely any artistic direction thrown my way for this, so I went with the first thing which popped into my head. Thankfully, it looked great.
As I didn’t design the front cover, here’s the fanciest page in the programme, featuring our lovely faces.
I didn’t want to make it camp like the usual ‘Guys and Dolls’ aesthetic. Thankfully, everyone loved it.
Unfortunately, my poster was unused. Bit of a kick in the balls, as you can probably see, it took me hours. I did see the final production though, and it was utterly brilliant.
The revised poster for my upcoming short YouTube-esque documentary.
Now to wrap everything up. It’s been an inspiring year, and I believe I’m on a good 2:1. Awesome. As for career-based reflection, the walls I set are narrowing, so I’m seeing more direction in where I’d like to go. Not in terms of institution, but profession. In terms of personal development, I’m more confident, yet more relaxed. I have fantastic people both here at home, and there at home. In other words, whether I’m in urban Coventry, or back in the Shire, I’ll always be with the people I love. Be it my blood family, or my all singing, all dancing, all drunken family. I love you all.
That’s a wrap.