10 years too Late?

Hello, today I’m discussing why we commit to some projects and not others. In 2010 I wrote my first blog post but it never went online. Then, in 2012, I started a blog about filmmaking, as clearly the world needed another one of those. This morphed into a blog all about ‘Green’ media production, however, that didn’t last. In 2015-16 I wrote on a couple of different company blogs as part of a media package I was offering, and during this time I learnt different formats and aspects of blogging, but still struggled with a personal connection. Yet now, 10…

Consumerism vs Creativity

Nicki Lisa Cole, in her article, What does Consumerism Mean, states: While consumption is an activity people engage in, sociologists understand consumerism to be a powerful ideology characteristic of Western society that frames our worldview, values, relationships, identities, and behaviour. Consumer culture drives us to seek happiness and fulfilment through mindless consumption and serves as a necessary component of capitalist society, which demands mass production and unending sales growth. Most people would agree with this definition of consumerism and how it fits within a capitalist society. What may upset some is the phrase, ‘mindless consumption’, because while we like to…

New Year Resolutions 2020

December’s first 3 blogs were all about reflection, taking stock of goals I had achieved in 2019 and reflecting on goals I hadn’t committed to, and why. I worked through a number of reflection exercises to fully take stock, some of those are in December Part 1 and Part 2. So here I am again, thinking about the new year ahead. Looking back on those goals that were not started, or not completed, I’ve realised that some weren’t right for me, so crossing them off for this year is a great feeling. Now I’ve made a new list, most are…

Film Lover

Selecting the movement. Careful, careful, as you pick your way, Flickering shadows, Across the face, like Times Square. A common Scene. Hush. We missed the beginning – Settling, absorbing, trying to catch up. Crisps and ice-creams. Wine and chocolate. Then the moment of time unravels, sprawls out next to you. Hugs you, tosses and turns, You are with another. Larger than life. They are you, and you are them. Their eyes. Their mouth. Their momentum. A conflict, a decision, a path is laid out – or is it? Another, another, Then – just in time. Film Lover. This is just…

December Reflection (Part Three – all about Failure)

As stated in the heading, part 3 of this reflection is mainly about the idea of failure. When we reflect and when we create a list of goals, failure is always part of the mix. You may not think about it in that way, but of course with success in anything there is always failure. If you have ever succeeded in something straight away you have actually skipped over the failure part, however, the possibility of it was always there. When I first began studying I was getting low marks even though I was reading everything, doing all the activities,…

December Reflection (Part Two)

This blog is a bit personal, as I’m using examples from my own life, and it is also, a bit of a ramble. Hopefully you will get the idea that I’m still working through reflections of 2019, and thinking about goals for 2020. I really want to set up goals that challenge me, but are also achievable and creative. As you will see below I’ve started working on the issue of my commute, using some of the listing techniques I mentioned in last week’s blog. (My issue is whether to continue with my long journey each day to work, on…

December Reflection: (Part One)

December is a great month to start reflecting on the year. It’s also, in my experience, an extremely busy month, with more pressures on us than usual. There are often a lot of events to attend, work parties, and other end of year activities, plus any holidays or celebrations to participate in. So taking stock and spending some time amongst all this noise is actually very beneficial. For me, it is easy to become very passive in my life, to let the day to day activities drive my life rather than working to have control; this often looks like indecision….

The Mind needs to Create

Have you ever watched children play with Lego? Their minds are open to endless possibilities for what these square and rectangle primary colored blocks could become. It could be a skate-park, a moon-base, a sports stadium… whatever it is, their mind has travelled further than the limitations of those blocks. Their imaginations have filled in gaps, fixed potential failures and pushed the scope of Lego to ‘infinity and beyond’. When I’m teaching filmmaking to students, most, when they first arrive, want to know how exactly it is done. They want the steps, the process from A to B to Z…

7 days to get Creative

Monday Well, seven days of creativity have started. I wrote a poem today, not a great poem, just a poem. I made the task easier for myself as I decided to write it for someone, so that helped my motivation. It’s for my partner’s mother, as her birthday is coming up, so I will write it in her card. It was a really cute activity, and only took about 15 minutes in my lunch-break – I kinda feel happy about it – more than I expected. Not sure if this excitement is more to do with the whole week, or…

Without Photoshop

The last 4 weeks I have regularly uploaded my newly formed blog. All excitement! But then week 5 hit, and lacking in energy, stressed by work, time-poor, (all the things) – I thought possibly I wouldn’t get there. Nothing on my list of possible subjects jumped out at me. My week ahead was already full. I just sat at my desk immobilised at thought of making a decision. And, I guess it was this situation that gave me the idea for this post. Life is a strange thing, and we seem to live in very strange times. I, like most…