Monday, 30 March 2009
So to fill you in on what I've been upto, the week before last was spent in sunny sunny (but freezing cold) Berlin, which was amazing. I came back feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world (lets hope that feeling lasts) with the sites and sounds of Berlin still buzzing in my head.
Last week was spent trying to get a big dent into my dissertation. I'm at around 1200+ words now most of which is my introduction, But I'm hoping by the end of today to have got to the 2000 word mark. (wish me luck) By the end of this week I aim to have atleast 3500 words and then get the rest of it written next week so that I can spend the remaining weeks touching it up, adjusting the layout and focusing on my project.
As for the project side of things, I'm still working away getting the set ready for filming, which will hopefully be next week provided I can get camera equipment booked in time. Not a lot more to show you right now but I'll get pictures up as soon as theres something interesting to see.
Friday, 13 March 2009
2nd Guitar stand (it needs a lick of paint)
Microphone (need to get leads for all the instruments, hmm..)
Mic and stand
Finished effect, along with the fretboard added and some other detail stencilled on the body.
Finished Guitar (so far) it still needs a lick of varnish to add shine and some more detail added to the fret board and body. It also needs a strap.
Today's plan is to sort the above mentioned issues and find a subtle way to get a wood effect on the head and necks of all three guitars and also start working on back drop number one. May also paint my stage (if I have time)
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
"paint" ( just fancy patterned paper)
scratch plate (metal effect card)
just some personalised detail :p (what can I say the girl likes butterflies)
adding the frets (sticker set from rejects)
adding the bridge (same sticker set as above)
almost complete (welllll bar the wood and strings)
putting it together
adding deffinition with yet more "funky foam"
with some buttons (sorry for the crappy quality, light was stupidly bright for some reason :S)
The top part was made entirely from "funky foam" (yey) the whole thing painted black and the front panel silver.
The full set so far
....and since I was waffling about avi's here they are :P enjoy!
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
So tomorrow is going to be spent making the other two guitars, and farting about doing stuff for the Degree show. I'll get some better pics of things up tomorrow :)
Preparing to give it "paint"
Woooo thats starting to look like a guitar.
yep. thats a guitar.
Ooooo and a stand too. :P
Guitar on its stand :)
Another close up.
Monday, 9 March 2009
A group of friends mysteriously turn into sock puppet alter egos of themselves and have to fight to keep their individuality as real life hands try to control them, eventually persuading them to perform as a mini tribute band (despite the fact they have no idea how to play any of the instruments).
I also went and bought lots of shiny materials for building my props at the weekend, below are just some of them :) Sadly it looks like I'll be buying a lot more.... My poor wallet.
Closer up pretty XD
starting to look a bit more drum like, no?
How about now?
More cymbals :)
close up XD
Now THAT looks kinda drum like to me! :P
Any comments or advice would be fantastic :) And thanks for all the support last week, can't tell you how much it helped :)
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
After spending the last two months working hard contacting various people to book and get permissions in place for filming at all the locations last weekend, and trying everything under the sun to keep the band informed of where and when things would be happening, spending a small fortune on props and tapes (and locations), Saturday came and two of the Band members didn't turn up (one of them the crucial singer who was meant to be getting kidnapped by sydney) I was forced on the spot to completely revamp my script (with terrible results) and come Sunday for day two of filming I was so tired and disheartened that when the band member who we where meant to be working with on that day didn't turn up I just called of the rest of the days filming and set my crew home.
To put it bluntly the rest of that morning was a pretty bad one for me, For the last few months I have been solely dedicated to this project, I had put a lot of passion and energy into it and despite trying to be as organised as possible everything had fallen apart, not because of anything I had done wrong but because of people letting me down.
However. Come the afternoon, and knowing that my crit was coming up, I made a decision. I was not going to let this take me down! And so I began to consider options to move forward. I made a strong choice to ensure that my new plans would involve less people management and would mean I only (for most of the time anyway) had myself to rely on.
That in mind I knew I needed a fresh idea and storyline that would give me more control over my project. I knew that while shit happens to everyone, the people that stand out are the ones that can take that shit and turn it into gold. So with that I spoke to Paul for guidance and went into my crit yesterday ready not say how terrible things had gone, but instead to present a positive plan of how I was going to move ahead despite the stream of black fluff that had been sent my way at the weekend.
I don't want to give to much away about the new script until I have some stuff to show you guys, but hopefully by next week I'll have the script fleshed out and some cool images to put up...so watch this space. :)