As someone who regularly works from home (WFH), I can certainly appreciate some of the benefits – I live where I want to live, I have no commute and I don’t have germ-ridden co-workers getting me sick. These are all good things for sure, but after doing the WFH lifestyle now for several years, I’m beginning to experience what I think might be some side-effects. For example:
I have a lovely wardrobe of house pants, comfy socks, flip-flops and slippers, but my career attire seems to be lacking or no longer fits, which brings me to #2.
I’m starting to get a muffin-top, but didn’t really start noticing (thanks to the elasticity of my house pants) until I tried to squeeze myself into jeans and then…there it was…spilling over…Mr. muffin-top. Very reminiscent of my life as a lady of leisure with a flourishing muffin top.
Here’s some exciting news for local Filmmakers. Bokeh Yeah! is soon to launch another round of theTimeline Poem Film Challenge and are looking for DSLR filmmakers to get on board. This year, we have teamed up with Carcanet Press, Flapjack Press and Commonword who will be offering a wide range of works to choose from by published poets they are working with. The final screening of the films will be at at HOME in February 2016 will be in conjunction with The Manchester Literature Festival and there is an opportunity to win a £300 cash prize.
All the poems submitted have been previously published in print so this is a fabulous opportunity to create a film for your slate. Previous films created with Bokeh Yeah! have been chosen to screen at international film festivals, including those specifically featuring poem films. We will again be promoting films created for this challenge to those festivals.
How can I get involved? If you’re asking yourself this question, well I have some good news for you. On Tuesday 7th July Bokeh Yeah! will be holding a ‘Meet the Publishers’ event. CarcanetPress, Flapjack Press and Commonword will be at this session to introduce themselves and explain about the choice of poems on offer. The meeting will take place at MadLab (36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN) on Tuesday July 7 from 7pm. We will present some of the poems here for you to have sneak preview of before our official launch on 4th August ( same time, same place).
Please note that as Bokeh Yeah! is an unfunded community organisation there is no budget for these films but there is a cash prize of £300 for the winning film, which will be judged by an independent panel of film and literature specialists. These will be confirmed nearer to the final screening event. This prize will be equally shared between the winning filmmaker and poet.
Not strictly a film work this but a marketing video I was asked to review and update, by Paul Coulthard (Head of School) whilst working at The School of Dentistry at Manchester University. This was a side project during office temp work that I’m doing which came my way because they found out I did a spot of film making in my spare time and was interested in media production. It was pretty much like putting a jigsaw puzzle together. I was reworking a piece put together on aftereffects 3 years ago with a whole batch of new photographs taken by a freelance photographer the school had hired. My task was to develop the wording to give the film more impact and select appropriate imagery to bring it all to life. It was a piece of work I wrote and directed and was put together by Mandy Tootill in their Graphics Support Unit. This video is now being used at conferences to market the School of Dentistry. Hoping this is the start of more media/communications projects there.
While working at Manchester University’s School of Dentistry I have been asked to design some exhibition stands that they will be taking out to conferences. These are three Pop Up Exhibition Stands which will replace three older ones that they are currently using.
Working with Stuart Alexander Rees on his film Sea of Dreams then led to me working with Sarah Sayeed, who is a wonderfully talented musician and actor, and now director. Stuart was happy with the work I’d done on his film and recommended me to Sarah who was looking for an editor. Sarah and I worked together over 3 four hour sessions on this piece, she had a fairly clear vision of what she wanted to achieve and was really organised which was enormously helpful in getting the piece together. I feel that this is the best work I have done for someone else so far.
In 2013 I started attending Filmonik Kabarets. If you’re keen to get into making film (in any capacity), think you have skills you’d like to develop in this area or already working in film and TV this is a great place to meet and work with like minded people, test your skills and ideas, try new things you’ve not had the opportunity to do before and try new things you’ve not even considered in a very short space of time (4 days is usual). Filmonik has allowed me to start directing and writing for short film and edit other people’s films. Stuart Alexander Rees was one of the first people that I edited for. The film is a short poem film which was wholly created at the summer 2013 kabaret. It was really interesting for me to sit with a director and bring their ideas to life.
Spreading my wings in the wonderful world of social media!