Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Sonic Mania

Anyone who knows me knows that I love playing Mario games. I grew up playing his adventures and running around in his shoes, relishing every second. Anyone who really knows me however, knows that I loved Sonic the Hedgehog before I was even introduced to the Italian plumber.

Perhaps more than anything else, the games of Sonic the Hedgehog, and the Sega Megadrive as a whole, taps into my very earliest memories of playing video games in the attic with my Dad. Of all the games we owned then, Sonic was easily in my favourites and over the years I have found myself returning to his games over and over, each time rekindling warm memories of my very early years. And as cheesy as it sounds, those old Sonic games really do have a special place in my heart.

It was remarkable then, for Sonic Mania, a game released today, in 2017, to give me the same feeling as the Sonic classics. Its such a faithful and energetic reimagining of the Sonic games, its impossible not to get totally swept away if you have any fondness for the older games. I got up early to play this one, and I don't regret it at all. So perhaps I'm a little biased, but Sonic Mania had me smiling all the way through and brought back some of the long forgotten love I had for Sonic.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Winton is Memory Lane

Rebecca and I had a little mince around Winton highstreet, which has literally transformed to memory lane for us both. We pointed out our favourite take-aways and tried to remember all the shops that had now closed down, exchanging our experiences of our time there. Of course, no trip to Winston would be complete without popping into G&T's to admire the tat. I think I found the Holy Grail too:

While it's not the most tasteless gnome I've ever seen, the visual image of it just makes me cringe and chuckle at the same time. Who honestly thought this was a good idea, because I absolutely love it.

Rebecca had to shoot of back to Bristol, but I'm sticking around in Bournemouth for a spell longer though as its always nice to spend some holiday time with the fam.

Sunday, 13 August 2017


Trekker down to Bournemouth and ended the night watching Okja, Netflix's proudest feature film to date. Its a film with a loaded environmental message about a Korean girl and her hybrid wonder pig, its being threatened to get taken away and she fights for it to come back home, rather than heading to the slaughterhouse.

On a bad day, I would probably say the film targeted the core Netflix audience of millenials from the beginning and was preachy for the sake of sounding intelligent. In reality, it didn't add anything new to the conversation of animal rights, gave a quick spit shine the subject.

Several character were also irritating and badly written. Jake Gyllenhaal, I love you man, but your character here was diabolical. At least he looked like he was having fun.

On a good day though, I would say the relationship between the girl and the pig did eventually win me over, but it took a long time for that to happen. Hard time really recommending this one unless it really sounds like your cuppa.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Harper's BBQ

Went over to the Harper's house for a mega chill birthday party / BBQ. Ended up having a few drinks while playing a bit of rounders - a game I haven't played in a fair few years. Since the Harper's are a friendly bunch, there was a decent crowd playing so it didn't matter so much when I was terrible at batting, which was all the time. Sung happy birthday and tucked into some amazing cake baked by Mikey's fiancé, perfect way to end a Saturday evening.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Back From Bagnol

After just over a week of eating baguettes and drinking wine, I have returned to the significantly colder country I call home, but what an amazing trip. I've been kayaking under the bridge on the 5 euro note, went 121 meters down into a gorgeous cave and made a delicious selection of macrons with a local baker. And all the while I got to hang out with the excellent Youth for Europe lot.

Today was my recovery day as I decided against sleeping on the final night and just decided to muscle through and sleep on the plane. Suffice to say, the tiredness caught up with me very quickly, but I'm feeling a lot fresher now than I did yesterday after we flew back.

I'll be doing a big old write up of the whole trip in the next week or so, plus I'm still waiting for people to dump their pictures onto Facebook for me to use. For now though, enjoy this one of me holding up a finished batch of macrons while my face wasn't quite ready for the photo.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Packed for France!

After a fair bit of running around, I think I'm all about packed up and ready to go to France. Louis and Sam are camping out in our living room tonight so we can collectively travel to the airport at an hour that isn't awful, but I won't get as much sleep as I would like.

Blog updates might be a bit more intermittent until the 10th of August just as a quick heads up, but expect a big write up in a few weeks time.


Although my head felt a little fuzzy when I woke up, I ended up having a very socially productive day thanks to Rebecca as we went out for a dinner / board game night with some of her old work colleges. Played a game called codewords where you work in teams, I went along with Rebecca and we had the most spectacular loosing moment, frankly that scar will take a while to properly heal. Had a great night otherwise though, really lovely to hang out with some if the wicked new friends that Rebecca has made.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Happy Birthday Winlow

Last night Rebecca, a friend and I all drove down to London so we could spend today with Mr Matt Winlow on his birthday. For those of you that don't know, he was a huge driving force in the organization of both of my third year filming projects, and frankly, without him, they would have struggled to exist in their current state. Kids a legend and a real trooper, so it was a pleasure to head into Central and have a few beers, and later cocktails, with him.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Fancy New OS

Hooked my phone up with a brand new operating system after doing the mother of all back-ups. Although, I did forget to copy over all of my contacts so I'm missing a lot of phone numbers. Trade off is, my phone almost feels like new. Everything is suddenly more responsive and it carries itself a little better.

In between the update, I continued planning bits and pieces surrounding our trip to France. Been re-reading a few of the emails and came to the conclusion, that a PowerPoint about Newbury is really going to be requested at some point... Guess what I'm doing tomorrow in other words?

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Choo Choo, Away from Theo

Most cliche thing happened at the train station as I was traveling down to Newbury. Ran down to the platform so I could hit my change and the train pulls away just as I'm running towards it. Arrived home very hungry and demolished a quick and easy sandwich using whatever I could find in the fridge - mostly some slightly suspicious looking cheddar and some chutney.

Got a chance to give my room a proper tidy. I was especially motivated as Louis decided to use it as a sort of dumping ground, I took one look at it all and committed to a good 90 minute clean. Following that, Louis and I rustled up some burritos for Mum and Dad, made for quite a photogenic spread as it turns out:

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Job Blazer

Muscled through a lot of the busy-work I spent all of last week putting off doing. I literally made a list and just powered through all my jobs. Mostly I was doing my expenses for my travel and some groceries I had ot buy for last week's shoot. Had a bit of difficulty logging into the TFL website to check my Oyster card history, so I had to call them up. As much as I think TFL exist to exclusively rip the money from my paws, I will say that their customer service was on point. After that I tidied the house, re-arranged my new pen pot (very important) and captured some game footage for me to take away to Newbury with me, as I'll be heading down there tomorrow morning to check on the fam, and get some work done.

Someone on Facebook got round to posting a great crew photo of the shoot I was on last week. Real pleasure to work alongside the wickedly talented Peter Bowles and Sylvia Syms, and of course, the rest of the crew who were absolute legends.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Back to Game Talk

Started back on writing for my other blog with the intention of making a new video. Got about halfway through the write up which isn't as much as I'd like to get done, but I was still getting back in the groove of writing. Doesn't help that I picked a fairly abstract game to talk about - makes it a bit tricky to set up at the beginning.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Brioche Burgers

Sat down and watched The Shining with Rebecca since she had never seen it before. Its funny because I still don't know who was pushing to see it more, her or me - frankly that just added to the creepiness. I hadn't actually seen it for a very long time, and this viewing I saw just how crafted the entire film was. Everything is done to mess with your perception of space and reality, even the laws of filmmaking are broken at points to make you feel uneasy. The music is the real winner here though, from the very first moment when you see the car winding up the mountain with that iconic music, you know you are in for a ride.

I tried my hand once again at my infamous burgers tonight, and they were one of the best yet! Asda now sell brioche burger buns which 'takes the burgers to another level' according to Rebecca, her face dripping with mayo. I'll be striving for those buns again in future as they really made the whole dish more gourmet/hipster.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Harbour Side Festival

Went out with a good crowd to mooch about the harbour side festival that consumed Bristol this afternoon. Fought through the crowds to meet up with Louis before heading to a nearby bar to watch some live music. Louis was desperate to watch this mellow 2-man band, but they didn't show. Louis was gutted, but we did get to see a fairly experimental band go at it really loudly on the feedback loop - I got a free shirt so I can't complain.

In a bizarre stroke of crazy luck, I bumped into the co-producer of the film I was working on amidst the hoards of people at the festival too. She was just visiting friends over the weekend and just happened to be down in Bristol, so that was a pretty cool coincidence.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Soggy Street Food

I agreed to meet Rebecca during her lunch break, and it was sods law that it would be chucking it down with rain just as we tucked into our street food. Got home and dried off while finishing Hollow Knight, couldn't actually believe how much gametime was crammed into this one - and I still only saw the most basic ending! Guess I need to put a few more hours in until I completely close the book on it.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Louis' Graduation

Attended Louis' graduation ceremony alongside the family. Granny Sue, Rachel and I unfortunately didn't get tickets for the actual event, but we could watch it on a live stream next door, which was great as it meant our hands wouldn't ache afterwards from all the clapping. Both of the Durrant boys are all finished up with uni and have graduated now, guess we are both off to conquer the world now.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Running Again - That's a Wrap

All finished up on my latest shoot. Final day went without a hitch, even with around 30 extras to manage. We just tried to keep them away from the crew snacks as much as possible as they descended on the
breakfast like a swarm of locust.

There was a really lovely farewell at the end of it all, our two leading actors were very gracious and gave a very moving speech at the end about their appreciation for the efforts of the crew. Then we all got T-shirts! Lovely little wrap present.

The only thing that wasn't stellar was the journey back home. Production very kindly booked me and some others a car back, however, they failed to input multiple drop off points so we only went to one house... Which was on the other side of London. Ended up in an Uber for over an hour going back the way we came. All I wanted to do was sleep but the driver struck up a conversation about investing in gold, and that somehow lasted the entire ride home. Funniest way to end a shoot though.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Running Again - The Early Bus

Three buses and an hour and a half later, I arrived on set a little earlier than I needed to be. Production were mortified when they heard about how early I woke up and insisted on booking me a car to take me there exclusively tomorrow, which means I can get away with a bit of a lay in.

Work wise though, we smashed today. Really good vibe on set, and everything really hit a tight and professional level all round. Last day tomorrow, can't actually believe its all going to be over in just 24 hours time.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Early, Early Call Time

Completed my weekend project of watching the entirety of O.J.: Made in America after Lincoln recommended it to me, and I thought it was terrific. Really was a sweeping and grand experience that was like attending a great history lesson.

Set my alarm for tomorrow morning, and I'm already dreading getting up. Its literally going to be like getting up for the airport tomorrow as I'm catching the 4:38am bus from Twickenham so I can arrive on time. As long as I have my headphones and Zelda, I should be fine, just think of me though, when your all getting up at a sensible time.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Running... I mean, Sitting Again.

Found myself with a completely free day on my hands, and frankly, it has done me wonders. I'd forgotten just how nice it was to sit in a comfy chair and just daydream for a bit. Spent a bit of time with Rebecca's parents, and the rest of my time blazing through the excellent OJ: Made in America documentary. Today was the perfect opportunity to make a dent in the 8 hour doc, and I'm already over halfway - its the perfect weekend watch.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Running Again - Floor Runner and Suited Up

Effectively upgraded myself to floor runner yesterday as I stayed glued to our first AD at all times on set to deal with any requests. He was getting immensely stressed at points, especially when it started to look more and more likely that we would run over time.

I got to brush off my old acting skills today as I donned a suit and tie to pretend I was a lawyer in a courtroom. I was only playing an extra, but it was fun to do a bit of dress-up, and I'm sure that my shoulder at least has made it into the final film!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Running Again - Bus Stop

Sat in a hotel room, sharing a space with our DIT Moose. Huge day once again, we even had a double decker bus turning up on set, which was being driven by the driver we used for Prank Me last month. I shook his hand and we reminisced about that last shoot as if it was a lifetime ago. Crazy to meet someone who I only met in passing, but we had such a warm and friendly encounter with each time.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Running Again - Hotel Haven

Just finished up on a significantly tamer day than yesterday. Spent it all at a hotel location and I was mostly helping out on catering and coffee's since there wasn't as much call for runners in general. Good to relax a little bit, we are back on at the uni tomorrow, but it should be a lot more easy going there as there won't be another open day on.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Running Again - Public Silencer

Huge day today, and a lot of it was a bit of a battle. Firstly, I was sent to pick up a whole load of supporting actors from a tube stop, but I wasn't given a proper list of the folks I needed to collect. I ended up waiting for a lot of people at the station who had drove to location instead, so I wasted a fair bit of time for no good reason which was a bit poo.

Arrived at our filming location, which is a university, and it turns out they were not only having graduation, but an open day for foreign language secondary school students. Naturally, sound was a nightmare for our boom operator so I was given a hi-vis vest and told to basically keep the outdoors section nice and quiet. Needless to say, the task was pretty impossible, but we did manage to get it down to a good level.

Final job was to do the same job in a canteen. Of course our set was next to a lunch hall full of 300 people. As the order to keep the peace came on the radio, I responded chirpily saying 'I'll see what I can do' the first AD responded by saying 'Kill them' in deep voice. At that moment, I pushed the doors open to the canteen and heard the clanging noises of hell that I was meant to silence.

So yeah, big old day, but we got it all in the can. It was a real slog at times but I just kept on pushing myself to get better and better, because when the going gets tough, I want to show that I'm a strong link in the chain.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Running Again - Sunday Off

Got a chance to fully recharge my batteries thanks to a very lazy Sunday afternoon. Earlier on Rebecca and I went to Brixton to meet up with an old housemate of hers who has just moved into the area. He's settled really well into his new home and it was good to see that he was doing so well straight out of uni.

My first job for tomorrow is heading to the tube station where all the extras / supporting actors are calling so I can herd them into a taxi. Just finished making a rustically makeshift sign to hold up like blokes in a departures lounge, so hopefully that will do the job.

Running Again - Night Shoot

Yesterday was the big one: The Night Shoot. At least we had a later call time of 2pm to compensate, got plenty of sleep in beforehand so I was ready to go. Aside from making sure everyone was fed and happy, I got to help reset a bedroom and return it to its former glory. Ended up getting into bed a little before 4am since we wrapped quite late, but we got the day!

Today was mostly spent recovering and sleeping. I was asked on a whim to go and do a recce for a potential filming location this afternoon, I delivered the photos and generally took it easy after that. Funnily enough, Lincoln called me up and asked if we could hang out as Rebecca and I were in London. We immediately responded and spent the night at a pub on the South bank. Haven't seen Lincoln in nearly a year and it feels like we picked up exactly where we left off. He's doing very well for himself, editing a certain big name Netflix show, really amazing to see him again too as he was amazing to chill with throughout the entirety of my third year at uni.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Running again - Guest Star

Hands down, my biggest job of the day was doing some traffic wrangling for our cast. Shot was this: our talent walks right down the middle of the road, the husband character pushing his wife in a wheelchair down the way. Since our principal actors are both over 80, it was hugely important to make sure the the road we were filming on was free of traffic, so I donned the hi-vis vest and waved down any cars that came my way. At one point, I slowed a car that ended up wanting to park a few doors down from where we were shooting. That was fine by our AD, but something still seemed a bit odd about the man behind the wheel of the car... He looked oddly familiar. It wasn't until a bit later our first AD told me it was Mark Strong living a few doors down I managed to put two and two together.

So yes, I basically gave Mark Strong permission to park in his own driveway. Easily the highlight of my day. The shot itself went really smoothly and once again, we got the day all in the can.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Running Again - Iced Coffee

I don't think I ever stopped sweating today. If I wasn't standing in the baking sun, I was running to the nearest shop for an emergency pick-up or sitting in a room with 8 other people and camera lights on. Everyone was proper sweaty. Luckily though, the house we are shooting in has an ice machine so I started making iced coffees for anyone who wanted one - which turned out to be half the crew! Kept them happy, kept them cool, that was today's job in a nutshell.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Running Again - Big Shopper

Arrived on set criminally early but luckily I bought Zelda to keep me busy until another familiar face turned up. I got sent on a fair few shopping runs today since the production supplies were already dwindling (bottled water goes down so fast). I headed to Morrison's for a monster shop and got picked up by an Addison Lee driver - it was like riding in a limo compared to an Uber or a taxi, driver even called me 'sir' a few times; I felt like royalty.

I'm already establishing some on set banter with the director so I guess that means I'm I've made it to the big leagues.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Running Again - Tea Making

Once more into the fray of film making. This time we started off in a hospital recording the first few scenes of the movie. I was mostly put on tea making duty, and I spent a lot of time babysitting some lights so no one prodded them too hard. Mad tired now that the day is all over, have a feeling that I am going to sleep very well tonight.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Baby Driver

Yesterday, Rebecca and I got up to a whole lot and made real good use of our weekend. We woke up bright and early to go visit Bath for the day, I can't remember going around the town at any point in my life, but Rebecca had a fleeting memory of what it was like. So we charted the landmarks we wanted to see and settled into a very nice burger restaurant for lunch. Saw the Assembly Hall and the Royal Crescent while soaking up the narrow streets and the twee vibe of the town - Rebecca insisted on visiting each bookshop we saw and each one was cuter than the last.

Once we got back to Bristol we headed to the cinema with Mark, Lucy and Jenny to watch Baby Driver which was a ton of fun. It took a little bit of time to set up all the pieces at the beginning, but after the half-hour mark, you knew exactly who all the characters where, their virtues and relationships, and that really fed into the action scenes down the line. And it had that signature Edgar Wright style throughout. The whole movie has a pulse and each scene blends to the sound of the music effortlessly. Really glad I got to see it on the big screen and its a Summer blockbuster that I'm not ashamed to say I watched.

Today I took the train down to Essex to get ready for the first day in the next big shoot I'm working on. Its gonna be quite similar to the last one I was on in terms of pace and I'm really eager to get back in the saddle.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Louis' Last Afternoon in Bristol

Met up with Louis, Rachel and Mum as it was move-out day for Louis. They popped round to ours for a tea before we went out for a Bahn Mi sandwich. Louis didn't understand the hype until he took the first bite - now he is a convert to my food recommendations.

Spent the remainder of my day re-playing Zelda now that the new 'hard mode' has been released. The difficulty has really ramped up now and its sure to keep me busy while I'm away on the film shoot next week.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Naughty Animals

Finished up my transcribing job at Wildseed. There was an awful lot of naughty words in that series and I got to effectively write up each and every one of them. Miles, the producer turned to me and said, 'of all the transcribing jobs out there, this is probably one of the best ones.' He wasn't lying, as it was a lot of fun.

Think I've had my last day at Wildseed for the time being. Their meetings went a lot quicker than expected and so they didn't need me until the end of the week. Really nice to hang out with those guys again though, I always look forward to getting more chances to chill out and be productive alongside them.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

It's Pie Noon

Got sent out to Pieminister to grab today's massive lunch order. In fact, we bought so many pies, that Mark and I were able to max out our loyalty cards and get a free lunch each after collecting all the stamps from our bulk order. I've had that loyalty card sitting in my wallet for 3 years, and it finally paid off.

Since Rebecca was out having work drinks I decided to play a few games. Booted up Hollow Knight and expected to play for 30 minutes or so, previously the game didn't really click for me, but I wanted to give it another stab. 3 hours later I was totally sold and I didn't put it down for a moment. Really solid exploration mechanics and a very gradual, but wholly customizable upgrade system won me over very quickly. I'm really hoping I can finish it before I head out on my next film shoot next week.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The Bell Tolls for Thee

Mark bought a wireless doorbell for the meeting folks to use. Almost like an old fashioned servant, I wait around at my desk, and when I hear the bell being rung I run up to offer what I can. As potentially degrading as it could have been, we all saw the humour in it pretty quickly. Once the day was over, one of the Wildseed team handed me the button that rings the bell, I told them that I felt like Dobby after he gets his sock.

Chilled out with Rebecca for the rest of the evening, I'm still catching up with Season 2 of Orange is the New Black and loving every moment.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Meeting Room Upgrade

Headed into Wildseed to help set up a meeting room for their new potential partners. I basically printed out a load of concept art to arrange around the room and brought some nice fruit for snacking, it seemed to create a friendly environment and every time I was inside during the meeting itself, everyone seemed very chipper.

Ended up playing some games with the DIT from the last shoot I worked on. Turns out we both have a mega passion for games, especially some hardcore PC shooters, so we played a bit of Rising Storm 2 together - looking forward to playing some more rounds with him in the future.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Post-Holiday Slopey Sunday

Reaped the fruits of the Steam Summer Sale now that I'm back from holiday. Got a good haul this year too, including a game that's been on my wishlist since it first came to PC: What Remains of Edith Finch, and I was really blown away by it. The game was only just longer than 90 minutes, but it was a hell of a unique and playful experience that was heartfelt and in complete control of its tone. Perfect game for me on this lazy Sunday.

I'm back to Wildseed for the next week as they asked me to be an office runner until Friday to make teas and coffees for a few guests who are involved in an upcoming project - it's a nice little money earner.

Spanish Caves

I'm writing this as I'm struggling to stay awake while waiting for the airport bus to pull away and back to my nice warm bed. The Spanish holiday is over! For our last day we headed to a beachy spot once again and then went to see some caves. I think Rebecca's parents really undersold the caves, because I thought they were the best thing we did. Simply amazing cavern full of classic stalagtites and stalagmites and some other funky formations, it was really beautiful in there and a great way to end a well deserved holiday.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Anniversary Curry and Bollywood

Rebecca's parents very kindly invited Rebecca and me to their favourite local Indian restaurant for their anniversary meal. 33 years now they've been married and I was privileged to be a part of their celebration. While the food was excellent, I was mostly taken aback by the series of Bollywood music videos they had going on in the background. Its been years since I last saw one and they seems so lighthearted and fun that I decided that I really want to try and watch another before the year is out.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Pool Time Once Again

Took a dip in the communal swimming pool in the place we are staying at. I can't remember the last time I properly went to a pool for a swim, but I ended up really enjoying myself. At least whenever I could borrow Rebecca's goggles I did. I also reaffirmed the fact that I cannot swim on my back, I just never got the hang of propping my body up in a way to make me float effortlessly. Aside from that though, I had a swell time.

I got to cook Rebecca's parents my prized burgers in a BBQ as well. The end product wasn't quite up to my usual level, probably on account of the fact the mince was a little lean, but they still turned out OK. Really pumped to cook some more grub on a BBQ when I get back now the Summer is in full swing.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Up on a Spanish Hill

Trekked to the top of a large hill to see the remains of a church. Hell of a view up there too, Rebecca and her parents bought along a small picnic too so once we got near the top, we chowed down on some great cheese and the remains of yesterdays BBQ. Went out for dinner a little later along the waterfront. Enjoyed a pizza and a long debate about The Great Gatsby with Rebs, its her favourite book and I'm infamously not as in love with it as she is. Rounded off the night with a game of cards and a few beers, think I've just about got used to the heat now too so I should sleep a little easier tonight.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Spanish Beach & BBQ

Spent the day with the sand between my toes on a Spanish beach and chilling out with Rebecca's parents. Her Dad busted out the BBQ for some great grilled food in the evening and we ended up staying awake until midnight. Looking forward to whatever we get up to tomorrow.

Napoli The Questionable Hairdressers

Got my haircut after going on a barber hunt on East Street. First place I called up was Napoli, already they inspired confidence after being named after a pizza, but they didn't have any prices listed outside. The phonecalls was even less enlightening. They wouldn't quote me a price, not even a ballpark figure as they guy 'won't do prices over the phone.' Absolutely mental. Ended up going somewhere else nearby for a trim and it certainly had helped me keep cool in this weather.

Rebecca and I are actually down in Spain now, landed a few hours ago and I am ready for a long slumber after a warm journey.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Warm Encounters

Headed out to see Louis and Rachel this evening and it may well be the last time we ever visit their flat as they are moving out at the end of the month. Rachel cooked us a delicious chicken and macaroni pasta bake type meal and we played the longest, and most hype game of Cosmic Encounter I've played in ages. Got a bit sweaty towards the end since they live on the top floor and the windows don't open too far, so by the end of the game it looked almost like we were re-enacting 12 Angry Men.

Had a really good evening though, and again I must say that anytime we see those guys its automatically gonna be a good evening.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

King of Caesar

It dawned on me that I didn't really own a pair of swimming shorts. Feels like every Summer I end up borrowing a friends pair, and since I'm off to Spain on Monday, I thought its high-time to get my own proper pair. Rebecca and I headed into the lovely Primark, and I somehow walked out with a good pair without a gaudy pattern or minion plastered all over them.

I made the king of all Caesar salads today too. I picked up a little tip from the caterers on the film shoot last week, the secret ingredient is anchovies. Just cut up in little bits strewn around the salad. It literally added another dimension of flavour to the piece and I'm struggling to imagine making it again without them.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Sing Street

Really tucked into a long session of Beyond Good and Evil, a game that came out in 2003 that I never gave the proper time of day until earlier this week. I powered through the second half in an afternoon and I loved every second of it. If I had played it when it first came out, it would had been a true classic in my eyes - right now I see it as a true gem that's a little rough  around the edges, but I admire the blemishes alongside the best parts.

Also got to see Sing Street with Rebecca, a coming of age musical set in 80's Ireland. And it was bloody good! A really feel good flick with a great message and punches way above its class with meaningful themes and side characters. It all adds up to a whole that's one part Rushmore and another School of Rock. If you like either of those then you have no excuse to pass up Sing Street.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Incendies and Second-Guesses

Thought I would check out Incendies today, its been on my list for a long time and it was amazingly cathartic to finally tick it off. In many ways, this film really makes a name for itself, it has a strong and convincing cast, beautiful camera work and locations and a very worthy story to boot. My only gripe with it is that I was able to figure out what the big reveal was only halfway through the film - and this is coming from someone who is rubbish at spotting twists in films. This actually doesn't bother me very much in other films with twists, if I can for whatever reason, second-guess a bit of the plot in any film, I get excited for two reasons:

1. I want to find out if I'm right about my hunch. (Petty I know, but who doesn't love getting their guess right?)

2. I am eager to see how the characters will react to the twist

The problem with Incendies is that it doesn't really dedicate enough time to showing how the characters deal with some pretty eye opening things about their family. We are just rushed along to the next scene so we can get the next piece of the puzzle. It's irritating, because our two protagonists just become an excuse to tell this story; they are vessels instead of fleshed out characters. So when the film does come out with a big reveal, there's no real pay-off to that moment, the characters look mopey but that's about it.

It's a shame, because a story of this calibre deserves to be done a little more justice. Instead I'll remember Incendies as having a great story instead of being a great film.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Amazon Voucher Surprise

Popped into Wildseed to give Mark my expenses receipts and pass over his Birthday present. I think collectively we got Mark a really good gift this year - a minimalist poster of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (his favourite film). He even mentioned to me about meeting up sometime soon to rewatch it, which I am 100% down for.

One of the people I was working with on last weeks shoot thought I did such a good job that they gave me a small bonus in the form of an Amazon voucher. It was a really lovely gesture! When I got back the other day I really wanted to get myself a little 'post shoot present,' but Rebecca and I were slapped with a water bill so I couldn't justify it. The voucher meant I could go ahead though without feeling guilty. So I bought a case for my Nintendo Switch, which arrived with same day delivery! What a world we live in.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

3 Years of Togetherness

Got a chance to have some bro-time with Louis after a three week drought. Its weird thinking that he's all done with his course now, guess we are both bums in that sense.

Nintendo had their big E3 announcement video today and I felt it was a little underwhelming, despite them hitting us with multiple game announcements in a very brief window. I didn't feel like anything captured my imagination this time around, that, and there was no new Smash Bros news which would have been nice, but in hindsight I reckon it was wishful thinking.

To numb the pain though, I went out with Rebecca for our dating anniversary to Flour and Ash, an independent and delicious pizza place on Stokes Croft. 3 years we've been together now, and we've been living together for just over 6 months too!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Pumping Iron

Thoroughly enjoyed my day off, I was actually spoilt for choice when it came to chill out activities as I wanted to do a little bit of everything. Now that I'm off set, I'm readjusting to the speed of a normal day and it feels a little weird. Still feeling a little bit exhausted, but a chill day is just what the doctor ordered.

Later on this evening while Rebecca went to her new yoga class, I lined up my film choice to at least be thematically similar. So I watched Pumping Iron and felt like crap as I sat there slobbing out with a beer while watching world class body-builders competing with their godly abs. The film was a lot more fly on the wall than I was expecting, and while it had a slow pace, I felt genuinely invested right the way until the end. Worth a watch if you are Arnie fan.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Prank Me: That's a Wrap!

It's official, three weeks ago we were gearing up for our first day of filming, and I can't believe how long ago that feels now. We called wrap at around 8pm yesterday and quickly hit the pub for food and drinks at our wrap party. Jesse and Hazel both got up to make speeches about the show and give a nice sense of closure to the whole project. What I didn't expect was Andy, our First AD to jump in on the speeches moments after the director to make his own announcement to everyone about the one person he felt deserved a special mention for all their hard work and dedication to the shoot. He then called me out and declared me Man of the Match, and the whole room went ballistic and started chanting my name. And I could feel myself getting redder and redder.

I got the loudest round of applause that evening, and I was so humbled by the whole thing. The DOP even patted me on the back and bought me a pint. It was a capstone to one of the best shoots I've ever worked on, and waking up today it felt weird knowing I wouldn't be surrounded by a team of people I have so much respect and warmth for.

Here are the legends that made Prank Me possible.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Prank Me: Day 14

I just keep hearing those fateful words words today 'we are fully wrapped tomorrow.' I can't wait to head back to a normal sleeping cycle as I'm knackered this evening. Gonna get some kip now so I can hit the last day with everything I got.

Prank Me: Day 13

Trellick Tower was our main filming base today, and Lordy Lu, that building is tall. We shot a bunch of stuff in one apartment on the 21st floor that was very generously loaned to us, bit since it was so small in there, we really had to restrict the head count inside. I was on standby, holding up members of the public in a hi-vis jacket once again and helped lift 'n shift stuff in and out of the tower.

The most infamous moment of the day was after we finished at Trellick, I helped art department de-rig the flat. They all bunged their stuff in the lift and I just missed the elevator doors closing. In my infinite wisdom, I thought it would be quicker to run down 21 floors worth of stairs. How wrong I was. I actually couldn't believe how long I was running down and I burst out laughing as I clocked onto the sheer absurdity of my decision. It felt a bit like that great moment in The Lavender Hill Mob where Alec Guinness runs down a seemingly endless flight of stairs and Bursts into hysterics. If nothing else, its a good story.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Prank Me: Day 12

Back in at the shopping centre to capture the last remaining shots. Got treated to a very nice breakfast and coffee that really set me up for the day, after that I was all cheery and smiley and hopefully a little of that rubbed off on the crew too. For the first time this shoot, I properly started daydreaming about life after the shoot. It's almost like being an astronaut coming back to earth after a long stint in orbit. Adjusting to normal life is going to feel really foreign initially, but I am really looking forward to seeing Rebecca again and chilling out back at our pad.  

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Prank Me: Day 11

Relocated to a great big shopping centre in the middle of London to get some filming done with the public. First order of business was coffee, and getting enough for 20 people, Costa must've hated us when we came in with out mega-order. I was assigned to mostly help out the gaffer today to help him shift kit and put up lights, turned out that we seldom used any, so instead I played watchman as I made sure none of the stuff got nicked; so far so good!

Prank Me: Day 10

Back on for the final block of filming Prank Me, now we are on a real back-to-back 6 day sprint to the finish. Got to play a reporter / journalist first thing, even got to actually record some footage for the camera crew using a chunky TV camera; my 3 years of Uni were shining bright then. Aside from that, we found ourselves dodging raindrops and wrapping up from the cold; hope it's not an omen for things to come.

And that, closes the chapter on our days filming at Stoke Court. We really had a lovely few days of filming there, it's the perfect Wildseed filming location and I was honestly a little bit sad to drive through the gates for what may well be, the last time.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Prank Me: Day of Rest

My final off day on Prank Me was spent having a massive, and well deserved lie-in. Watched some more Louis Theroux and a bit of Peep show with Mark too and that was massively chill and really easy going. Did my postal vote today too! Did a little bit of research into which candidate I thought I should go with and I feel like I made a relatively informed decision. This is also the first time I'd voted in a general election after I completely buggered up registering last year so that's pretty exciting.

Feeling refreshed and ready to hit the last six days of shooting now. It'll be back-to-back after now so we are really on track to bash out the last few days.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Prank Me: Day 9

Right before the shoot, I stepped out of my comfort zone and ordered a whole load of bits from a catering hire company. Today the fruits of my labour were fully realised as art department and a bunch of us managed to rig up a really convincing dinner party sequence going on inside a weird abandoned house. This scene was the crown jewel of art department and everyone collectively thought it looked great. I even got to portion out plates of food and carefully remove bits from it as if a guest had taken a few mouthfuls - this is where my dissertation in food porn came in handy (for once.)

Really pleased with how today went, and we even wrapped early! We took our spare time and just went to go and chill out at the pub. We have a really nice and hardworking crew, and its nice to see them for a bit just outside the work environment and just chat about everyday things.

Prank Me: Day 8

Yes, I think I can finally call this shoot by its official name 'Prank Me.' As of around midnight last night, a small press embargo lifted regarding the name and some other production details of the show. You can read all about it in this article if you are interested. And as a cool side note, James Philpott took the picture used in this article.

We had a significantly more chill day on set compared to yesterday, we got a lot of set-up stuff sorted in the meantime though so we can really hit the ground running tomorrow. The day's highlight was easily the arrival of our 'low-loader.' Basically its the vehicle they put the character's cars onto to simulate the actors driving in a scene - its just a fancy big-rig really. Never seen one in real life though so it was really cool to see one up and running on a Wildseed set. Another nice surprise was seeing Mark's Mum on set, she came to drop off her car as it was being loaded onto the low-loader. She arrived on one of the best possible days and you could tell that she was just thrilled to be there. It was nice to see Mark just showing her around the location and introducing her to people, you could tell that she was really proud of him, and frankly, he should be proud of himself too for organising a hell of a lot of this shoot.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

The Big Shoot: Day 7

This was the big 'un. What we in production simply referred to as 'Bus Day' has now come and gone, and it was huge. Firstly, we had about an extra 40 people on set, most of those being kids which we then loaded onto a moving double decker bus we hired. I was mostly on crowd wrangling duty, but I was doing a bit of everything at the end of the day, running around making sure everyone was A-ok. I was dressed by wardrobe at one point to be a stand-in for the bus driver, just in case he had to leave set early, but sadly, I was never asked onto set. Maybe next time...

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Big Shoot: Day 6

Woke up very early today so we could truck on down to Slough (hold your applause). We have now moved onto our second filming location which is a huge, basically abandoned animal testing facility bolted onto an old manor house. It's proper big this house too, and its almost labyrinth-like in design, I went up once to scrounge some bits and pieces and got horribly lost.

Yesterday I was also tasked with sourcing and buying a few extra mirrors for our makeup and wardrobe departments.Figured Argos would do me right as they have been decent in the past, my heart sank though when I heard that YODEL were the ones delivering my parcel. The mirrors arrived today a little later than I would have liked, but no real harm done.Catastrophe struck once I opened up the packaging for the biggest mirror ordered that I found it was smashed to pieces - effectively it was DOA.

Damn you YODEL, for being generally rubbish. Try as I might, I always want to give you guys another chance, but today was the last straw. Rest of today went fine, but I still have a bad taste in my mouth from the delivery nightmare.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The Big Shoot: Day 5

Back in, and subsequently out of our first location today! Mostly it was a pick-ups kinda day which was manic, and chill at the same time. But it all picked up after we wrapped and had to gut everything out the house. So that's, a few dressed locations, makeup and wardrobe rooms, unit base and a garden to clean up and pack down. It was a small miracle that we managed to do it in 90 minutes!

Monday, 29 May 2017

Not Shooting on a Bank Holiday

Spent my bank holiday in Central London, chilling with Rebecca. It was actually really sad saying goodbye to her at the train station today. I got this gnawing feeling in my stomach, the kind you get after saying farewell to a dear friend after spending weeks with them. But we had a lovely time chowing down on Mexican food and walking up and down South Bank.

Feeling really refreshed and ready to hit set tomorrow now!

Mid Shoot Rest Day

Very much enjoyed just kicking back for a day mid-shoot. Woke up with my legs in agony, they are massively stiff after bombing it down to the shops the other day so today was a good opportunity to relax them. I did go into Central London to drop off a hard drive for Mark, but aside from that, today was spent sleeping and mentally prepping for the days to come.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

The Big Shoot: Day 4

Holy moly, today was a big one. Wrapped quite late this evening after a mega intense day shooting. For the first time ever, tomorrow will be my first day off during a shoot. We got Sunday and the bank holiday off, but its going to feel very weird not heading to set in the morning.

Friday, 26 May 2017

The Big Shoot: Day 3

Arrived at location a little earlier today to take advantage of the complimentary breakfast. Can't go wrong with a bacon and egg muffin first thing, really set me up for what would become the sweatiest day so far. I had to run a few errands in along the local highstreet, although I use the word 'local' quite loosely. Turns out you can run there in about 10 minutes, but in the baking London Summer heat, it felt a hell of a lot longer. The run was mostly so we could buy the entire team a batch of ice cream, the sweat was worth it when I saw the happy faces of the crew.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Big Shoot: Day 2

Barrel rolled into day two and I was mostly dealing with props and other arty bits. Best and worst part of the day was organising a different sticker to put over the top of the Apple logo on a laptop, we went back and forth a lot until we got just what we wanted, but it was a good laugh in the end.

The evening culminated with two grown men being outsmarted by a duvet cover. It was not a proud moment for Mark and me.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Big Shoot: Day 1

Here we go again. Strapped my runner belt on and dived head first into our first big day. For the most part, I helped assemble props and did a fair bit more of lifting and shifting. Did go on a slight detour to Camden Town to pick up a charging cable an old Wildseed client still had stashed away.

Had a really solid first day of shooting and I have a good feeling about the days to come.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Prep for the Big Shoot

Made the big trip down to London to set up shop in our first location. Basically it was a whole lot of van loading and unloading in a very, very nice house. Got a fair bit of experience putting down masses of floor protective wrap (basically a massive roll of sellotape) and putting it along stairs and carpeted areas. Left the house with a good head-start for tomorrow, out first day should go quite well as a result.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Filming Pho

Since its the day before I head off for the big shoot I thought it would be nice for Rebecca and I to go out for a nice dinner out. I had a hankering for Pho, so we lined our stomachs with Vietnamese soup.

Just finished packing up for the next few weeks, got one case for keeping me warm, decent and smelling nice, while the other has my runner gear and a cheeky 3DS for any down time I may get. I'll try to keep the blog going on a daily basis as per, but I may miss a day or two if work gets rough - I'll try my best though to keep a good thing going.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Weekend beofre the Storm

Went out and about town with another batch of Rebecca's friends, this time we went up and down Park Street a fair few times. That's already quite a steep road to scale, and when you combine the fact that it was a hot day and Rebecca influenced me to wear a cardigan, it didn't make for a good mix. The sweat was worth it though for a paid for chocolate milkshake from Boston Tea Party.

Enjoyed my last proper day off before the big film shoot, when Wednesday rolls around I'll be stepping onto set as an Art Runner - and I can't wait to get stuck in.

Fridge Slogan

Shared the evening with couple Rebecca had made friends with while working at Foyles, and they were an absolute blast to have around. Played a bit of Cosmic Encounter with them and then just chatted the night away with a glass of wine. At risk of sounding like a slogan on a tacky fridge magnet, it really was a good way to end a Saturday.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Going Clear

Continued the great hunt for copyright free pictures of dogs. Its actually scary how much money a lot of stock image websites charge to use of their images, must be a super niche market that I have unknowingly stumbled into.

Went out to the Bear  Pit street food market to finally get my chops around the burger I bought for Mark last week. I took one bite and I felt a real pang of buyers remorse, I opted for some tomato relish as a sauce, and that was literally the only thing I could taste for the first quarter of my burger. After getting into the literal meat though, it was smooth, greasy sailing.

Finished watching Going Clear after a 5 month hiatus - Rebecca fell asleep the first time we tried watching it so we put in on hold for a little while. It is, for all intents and purposes, the most complete doc on Scientology. A detailed account of its history and its very troubling current situation. If you have even the slightest interest in the subject matter, then you've already seen it. For those who haven't, I can't recommended it enough.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Manhattan, Once More

Called up the most chipper sounding first aider I've ever heard. I was head hunting for a trained first aider and came across 'Mark the Medic.' If you check out his website you'll see a photo of a very smiley man in his full gear - eager to make a good impression. I called him up to get a quote on a single filming day and he burst into a flurry of excitement. 'Oh, a filming project!' He declared. Bless him, he must have felt so valued at that point because he stumbled over his words to ask me about the dates and details. It broke my heart when he quoted for a fairly larger sum than the last company I called so I don't think we'll be using him. But Mark, if your out there, keep up the good work.

Been waiting all week to watch Manhattan again in the Cinema's. Rebecca and I made a mental note of it about a month ago, and after it cropped up in Mark Kermode's podcast, the excitement hit  climax. The version we saw was an upscaled 4K edition and it looked beautiful on the big screen. Gordon Willis' cinematography always looked stunning, but this time around you could breathe on every detail. You all know my love for this film by now, so I won't bore you. But I will say that the audience was great too. Bristol's Watershed was packed out and we all shared the laughs. For me, this was the definitive viewing of this film and I'm really glad I could share it with Rebecca and Louis.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Not Free Air

Had Mr James Philpott round for dinner too which was nice. In fact it was a little bit difficult for him to leave. Minutes after stepping out the door I got a call from him saying his tire was flat, luckily we live close to an ASDA petrol station so we got him up and running - had to pay 20p for air though, but I guess its a cheap price to pay.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Dogs. That was my day.

I was asked to source multiple pictures of funny dogs that resembled our main actor for one of our gags. Hope I wasn't too unflattering to him... I didn't actually know anything about different dog breeds until today, now I think I have expanded my knowledge beyond simply Poodles and Labradors, now I can identify Min Pins, and Papillions; pub quiz here I come.

While I immensely enjoyed Takia Watiti's Eagel vs Shark, I had mixed feeling about What we do in the Shadows. Rebecca and I got a chance to check out Hunt for the Wilderpeople this evening and we both commented on how much we enjoyed it. The film was light hearted and full of that now trademarked, New Zealand charm. It was just a story about a juvenile looking for a place to call home with good character development and laughs throughout.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Walkie Talkie Man

Finished up making our set of fake ID's for filming, I know I said this last time, but I'm quite chuffed with how they turned out. My Photoshop skills must be improving!

Was also tasked with reprogramming all of our walkie talkies, we get them in from China because they are hilariously cheap, but you need to hack them and change the frequencies. First 30 minutes of my day was spent pouring over forums and YouTube videos, the program started off in Chinese too so that didn't help. Now though, we have a create full of walkies that are ready to roll!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Back to BBQ's

Around this time last year I found myself attending a lots of BBQs to celebrate the end of the year. Got massive amount of good vibes when Rebecca and I went out to celebrate Mark's early Birthday. We pulled up with a couple of instant BBQ's and grilled some homemade burgers, and I just had a smile on my face the whole time. Even got a cheeky round of Kubb in, my team lost hard, but it was good fun nonetheless. Ended up having a really easy-going and fun weekend doing exactly the kind of thing I always want to do. Now that the Summer is fast approaching, I really hope for more times like this.

Eurovision 2017

At long last, Eurovision 2017 has been and gone. While last year was polished and a spectacle, this year was memorable for some novel reasons. We had a decent yodeling act, some strong low-key hits and a member of the crowd mooning on live-TV - it was all exceptionally entertaining. Successfully predicted, and voted for the winner too, which is always a plus. And it was good to see the UK actually doing pretty well overall.

Just before the evening antics, the Bristol crowd all went down to the Foodie Festival to watch Jamie play in his other band. Really digged his sound and it suited the mood of the festival perfectly.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Searching for Sugarman

Once again, I got to put my photoshop skills to the test as I made mock ID's for some of our extras to wear. We got shop assistants and a bus driver that need these things, and although I had to Google pretty much every step of actually using photoshop, the end result isn't too shabby.

I decided early on today that I wanted to watch a film tonight, it wasn't until I ate my dinner that I got this horrible feeling in my stomach that told me that I just couldn't be bothered. I weighed up any other Friday evening plans and ultimately pushed myself onto Netflix anyway, just to browse the selection. I wanted something easy, interesting and just downright good to make it feel like my evening was spent doing something good. Enter Searching for Sugarman which was all those things, and more. It's rare for a documentary to be as satisfying as this, its just constantly building towards this tremendous payoff which is just perfect. It's a great, and amazing story that's paced well and it taps into something that really resonated with me. It's not a big expose doc with a political agenda, it's just a hell of a good anecdote and it deserved to be shared and made into a film. And I'm so glad it was, because it made my Friday night something a little bit more. 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Brownies and Bladders

Today's blog is bought to you by possibly the greatest brownie I have ever eaten. There's this little sandwich shop called The Coach House in Bristol, and they do this incredible butterscotch and chocolate brownie that punched above my expectations. It was gooey, and crunchy at the same time and it paired beautifully with my coffee. It set me up for a good rest of my day after lunch and it kept me smiling throughout.

Aside from that, my other big highlight was coming up with a way to make a character look like he was weeing himself on film. Came up with using one of those camel pack / bladder pouch bags that was all the rage with hikers about 7 years ago and modify the valve on it so it could leak when pressed. Little thing like that made me feel kinda great today.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Wedding Planner

Had the bizarre pleasure of hiring through a fancy catering company at different points today. One of the scenes we are doing is set at a fancy dinner and the folks at the hire company must think I am planning a wedding!

After listening to Mark Kermode's review of A Dog's Purpose, I was reminded that I had access to Best in Show, a mockumentary about the lives of people who participate in dog pageants. It was rather curious actually, for a mock, I didn't actually find myself laughing all that much, but I still had a really good time watching it. It carries a similar charm to Big Night in a way as, although the characters are presented as oddballs, its very rarely stretches beyond the realm of reality. The folks in it are just folks. It's clear that attending dog shows is their passion, but you never really see them as people to point and laugh at, they are a little charismatic and bodacious at times, but only because that's part of the lifestyle and as a result, I found it strangely humble and it made for an extreamely wholesome watch.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Props for Days

Continued to peck away at pre-production for Wildseed. I shot a few emails out to some hire companies we need to get quotes from, and I may even have to call a few of them up again tomorrow just to confirm the finer details. Mark said that the pieces are finally all coming together now, and that is only a good thing.

Had an evening all to myself since Rebecca is off to Italy tomorrow for a family holiday. I'm looking at the bed now and I'm just daydreaming about all the extra space I can have, I'm gonna indulge in as much spreading out as possible before she comes back on Sunday.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Podcast Convert

Got involved with the art director for Wildseed's upcoming project over a Skype chat. Together we are pooling together our resources to make sure we have all the right props for the film, we have a strong battle plan at the moment, and between the two of us, I think we are going to smash it.

I decided to finally take up Louis' advice to start listening to podcasts, and I can happily say that it will probably revolutionise the way I walk into work each morning. I am working my way through Mark Kermode's weekly film one and I am really, really digging it.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Kubo and The Two Strings

Saw Dad off for the Bristol 10K this morning, it was probably the earliest I'd gotten up on a Sunday in a little while. We all went for a walk shortly after, ending up at the Tobacco Factory's pop-up market and street food stands. Got the most incredible Jamaican jerked chicken wrap which made the trek all the way to that corner of Bristol worthwhile.

This evening Rebecca and I wereeant to have guests round, but they had to cancel last minute, so we tucked into Kubo and the Two Strings, while it was occasionally flawed film, you could tell there was real heart being poured into the film, and that stood out to me during and long after watching it. It was great to see a film that was actually had a slower pace than most animated films these days, the opening especially set the stage for the mood of it all very well and it stayed true to itself throughout. It was also a bit unsettling and violent at times, so while it may be a tad scary for younger audiences, I say let 'em watch it and be scared!

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Durrant's Tearing up Bristol

After a well deserved lie-in Rebecca and I met up with my parents. Dad came down to run a 10K tomorrow morning but they decided to make a thing of it and spend the weekend down in Bristol. We popped into Pinkman's bakery for lunch - never been there before but it was very nice indeed. Then after a little mooch session we had dinner at the Durrant favourite Mezze Palace, met up with Louis and Rachel there too and ate far too much. Ended up in a pub shortly after and we all just chatted the night away, I think we make a great little group when we are all together, we're always a good laugh.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Cutting Edge

Did a bit more prop sourcing today and got to make a few calls to various prop hire companies. Mostly I'm on the lookout for a retractable knife, which actually are harder to come by than you'd think. One company I hired flat out told me that production companies prefer to just VFX that kind of thing now as its not as risky. Found a smattering of options for that and made sure the final list of props and costumes was air-tight and ready for Monday.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Ending Redraft

Got a new ending to the script I'm processing today, the writer said in his email that he was way happier with this version and I can see why. Its much more climactic and is a really tense and engaging way to send it all off, I can already picture it in my head and I know it will be loads of fun to shoot.

Impressed a lot of people at work with my aeropress too. I'm not exaggerating when I say I made a flock of people approached when I pulled it out my bag. They were all so excited by it, despite the fact the office actually has one tucked away somewhere.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Jigsaw Production

Sat down in the Wildseed offices to crack on with some production notes for their next upcoming project. We all had a quick meeting first thing to align ourselves with what needs doing. Mark told me as we we t on lunch that he feels like he has a load of big jigsaw pieces that he's just waiting to put down now to complete the puzzle of the production. Once we get in some nearly finalised scripts over the next few days, everything will start flying.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Break it Down!

Did my first bought of Wildseed work from home today since they were pretty rammed with meetings today by the sounds of it. I read through the most recent draft of the script and corrected an outdated breakdown. Some bits hadn't changed too much, but other parts needed a massive overhaul. It's clear where they had to tone down the violence and darker parts of it, especially as the story reaches its conclusion. I managed to complete a breakdown of the entire script today so I can hit tomorrow in good stead.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Steam Train Wonder

Took Rebecca's parents up and along the harbour side leading up the The SS Great Britain. Actually bumped into a fully operational steam train chugging alongside too so that made for a novel sight for them. We said farewell around midday and Rebecca and I got cracking with a roast dinner which went down a treat; just what I wanted to be tucking into on Bank Holiday Monday.

I'll be starting my first of a handful if weeks with Wildseed Studios again tomorrow as a production assistanty type bloke. Already looking forward to my first day and the job itself sounds like good fun - really glad to be on board!

Sunday, 30 April 2017

A Cat-astrophe

Rebecca's dream of owning a cat came as close ad possible to coming true today. As a late Mother's day present, she took her Mum out to Bristol's Cat Cafe which was choc-full of personable kittens. One of which was a little too comfortable with Rebecca as he ended up weeing on the jacket she left on the floor. This was the bugger, but with a face like that how can you hate him?

Afterwards we hit up a pub and them got some grub at Bill's with Rebecca's folks. Ended up having a really jam-packed day.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Early Bird Stoph

I couldn't believe how early Mark was up today. Normally on Saturday's you'd be lucky to get a peep out of him just after midday, but come 9:30, he's asking me to play Don't Starve. Of course, I obliged and had a cracking good time. We got this amazing system in place which is ripe to take on whatever the game can throw at us.

Rebecca and I went over to Louis and Rachel's pad in the evening for dinner. Rachel always makes something neither of us have tried before, and its always great! I was under the impression that they had a stockpile of Chinese Supermarket goodies that needed eating up so I was happy to help. Good to see them both again, its always really easy going hanging out with those guys.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Late Night Date Night

Spent a fair bit of time writing up the script for my next video. Because this next one is t a review, the structure of it is a little more foreign so its taking a little longer. Plus, I keep coming up with new ideas I want to write and discuss in between all of it, from what I've do e so far, I know its going to be a fun one.

Rebecca and I went on a mini 'date night' this eve. Went out to the bar at the Watershed, which was amazingly nice and followed it up with an ice-cream from a late night parlour. Turned out to be a really fun and easy going night, perfect way to round off the week.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Spin 2 Win

Its been nearly a month since the 'Manic Monday' incident when our washing machine and fridge suddenly broke down. Fridge got replaced just last week and today, the washing machine got sorted - we can finally return to our normal lives.

Using the washing machine again forced me to rekindle my relationship with our airing rail who I hadn't seen in yonks. For the first time ever, it felt good to do some laundry.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Productivity Park

Took a walk into our nearest park today as an excuse to get me out of the house. I took a pad and paper with me so I could get some work done too, and I actually ended up planning and writing a fair bit for my next video, which is going g to be more of a short essay/editorial rather than a review.

I even spotted an urgent job offer on a Facebook page for Bristol film and TV. They needed a runner this evening. Spontaneously, I applied for it and heard back immediately. Sadly, the position for this evening had been filled, but they may need someone tomorrow so they asked for my CV so they could keep it on file. Bit of a result there!

In between all that, I wished my Grandmother Happy Birthday. She sounded over the moon when I called and we had a nice little chat about her plans and my job news. Even though I only saw them around Easter, I'm already looking forward to seeing my Grandparents  again.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Going for the Big One

Sent off an application to the one and only BBC. I made sure my covering letter was absolutely perfect before sending it off and I think I really smashed this one, so once again, fingers crossed. I also begun the 'mulling' phase for the topic on my next video. I have two potential things I'd like to discuss and I'm trying to decide which one I'd like to do first.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Prepped for Production

Prepped some more job applications a d tried to be productive. Ended up making a good sized list for all the stuff I want to get done tomorrow, if I get through them all then I'll consider it a successful day.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Pub Grub Lunch

Rebecca's parents came down for a quick day visit and a Sunday Roast from a nearby pub. Ended up having a really nice bit of chicken with all the trimmings, and people who know me well know that I love me some gravy. For the first time ever though I would say this place put on way too much of the stuff.

Rounded off the evening by showing Rebecca The Green Mile, and I got wrapped up in its world all over again. It's incredible how engaging it remains, even after a third watch, the three hours fly by and there wasn't a dry eye in the flat when the credits rolled.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Of Mice and Men

I borrowed Louis' copy of Of Mice and Men just after Easter and I sat down to read the first chapter this morning. Two hours later I was turning the last page and nodding approvingly. Immensely solid little book. At school we studies Lord of the Flies, while other groups covered Steinbeck's novel, and frankly I'm glad I got to appreciate this one on my own terms, in my own time.

Rebecca had her final day at Folyes too so I shot in at lunch to make one last use of her staff discount. Ended up walking away with The Nao of Brown, a book someone recommended in passing a few months back which I am really looking forward to reading.

Mr Philpott also made a surprise appearance after a quick phone-call, turned out he had the day free and want to hang out, so that exactly what we did. Went out to the park and spent the rest of the evening playing video games, ideal Saturday really. 

Friday, 21 April 2017

Application Double Whammy

Sent off two application today, finished off the one for the magazine which was my crowing achievement of the day. Rustled up an eggs florentine before restocking our freezer with all the stuff we bought 3 weeks ago but had to keep in Rebecca's work's fridge; its the longest I've ever had to wait to get some ice cream.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

The New Fridge!

Praise the lord, we got our new fridge today. Its crazy how impress I was with it, I felt like the first man to ever see a refrigerator. Every 5 minutes I was opening it up to look inside again, not because I was searching for food, the thing was empty and I just lived the way it looked. Did our weekly shop and I was just so pumped to chill some food.

Almost finished writing up the application for the local youth magazine, just one more question I gotta nail before I shoot it over.

Metal Gear Solid 5

Started my application for a local youth magazine today, made a mental checklist of all the relevant stuff I've done for boasting purposes and I've actually done quite a bit. This blog, Nerve Media, Wildseed Sci-Fi and Rubber Republic, it all adds up to one huge experience pool that I am looking forward to flaunting.

Finished up Metal Gear Solid 5 as well today... at least I think I did. Such a shame that the game lacks a definitive ending, the experience sadly fizzles out right at the end and just doesn't deliver the emotional punch the series has been known for. Still, it was one hell o fa ride there, and you know what they say about journeys and destinations...

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Might as well be a Bullet Train

Louis and I got the the faster train home I think we ever got, we arrived a full 20 minutes ahead of time which was glorious. The news of the next general election broke as we started traveling and Louis got very excited, haven't seen him so pumped in a while. Got back home to a very pleased Rebecca who still hadn't found some of the eggs I hid around the house a few days ago. We watched Airplane! since it was on Film4 too, Rebecca hadn't seen it before and I don't think it was quite what she was expecting.

Rebecca has flagged my attention to a youth magazine writer position for a local Bristol thing which I am going to apply for tomorrow. All those video reviews and gaming blog posts may well pay off if I use them as examples!

Monday, 17 April 2017

The Wrong Mans

Started watching The Wrong Mans with my folks and it was pretty dang entertaining. Good blend of adult comedy with Hot Fuzz meets Wallace and Gromit style set pieces. A series I plan on finishing.

Louis went out for a poker night this evening so we'll be getting the slightly later train back to Bristol. Looking forward to crawling back into my flat and hanging out with Rebecca again.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter 2017

Woke up unusually early for an Easter Sunday, just eager to get up and see the day I guess. After a big breakfast courtesy of my grandparents we were treated to the usual batch of chocolate goodies. For the first year ever though, I still haven't cracked into any of my stuff just yet. I wish I could say that I am resisting the urge to eat sweets, but in reality its because everyone else has been sharing bits with me, may soon have to return the favour.

Had a very chill Easter Sunday overall, spent it mostly in Orpington and then headed back to Newbury for a long session of chatting in the living room. Hope everyone else had an easy, chocolaty day.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Sweet Home Newbury

Louis and I made it back home to Newbury with a little help from Mark. Hit all the usual beats when we got back: haircut, bowl of soup and living room chilling. I've had more cups of coffee today than I've had for a few months too, it's a change I think I could get used to.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Ready for Hometime

Louis and I are ready to head back home for Easter. I've packed up everything I'm gonna need over the next few days, which is basically Zelda. Here's to a good extended weekend!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Video Review: Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

Finished up writing, recording and editing my latest video review for Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, a game I played over the summer that I felt deserved a shout out. I feel that this video is already a dramatic improvement over the first one as I've injected a little bit more personality into the reading, and the tone of the piece is generally more friendly.

Again, our upload speed is pretty naff so the video will hopefully be up and running in the morning so watch this space as I'll be updating this post once its all uploaded.

UPDATE: 9 Hours later, its finished uploading... Enjoy!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Neck Deep In Reviews

Got really stuck in with writing my next video review piece today after having a good chat with Louis. Very eager to work on my voice in the next video so it doesn't sound so sedate, its all a learning curve though.

Prepped what I though were legitimately the best looking burgers I think I've ever made. I know I say that every time too, but this time I really, really mean it!

These are the real deal, lettuce, tomato, beef and halloumi cheese... Without looking unbelievably greasy.  

Monday, 10 April 2017

Cookie Monster

Did something a little bit spontaneous this  evening: I decided to make cookies! To my knowledge, I can't actually recall baking cookies before so this was a bit of a learning experience for me. I immediately knew what went wrong after I took them out the oven though, I portioned them too generously and the tray I used wasn't big enough. As a result, I was left with a big, globby mass of cookies which I had to chop up - tastes good though even if they look a bit naff.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

We Survived Winter!

For the past few years, Mark and I had a dream: to get through the Winter levels in Don't Starve, and today we finally achieved that goal. Of course it was a bitter-sweet victory as Spring begins immediately afterwards and that comes with its own challenges so we will have to see how that goes.

I kept up with a bit more writing for my new blog too, hopefully I'll have a new post up there too in the next few days.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

The Great Escape

A favourite party question of Dad's is 'What's the most famous film you've never seen?' For a long old while my answer to that was The Great Escape, but as of today that can no longer be my go-to answer. Found myself enjoying it a lot more than I was expecting too, I knew roughly most of the beats and the classic imagery, but the characters really shone through here. It really captured that 'Make Do and Mend' mentality, which is probably why the film is so popular around Christmas time, and I found myself getting drawn in almost instantly to it. Possibly the guiltiest thing I can admit is how much I wanted to re-watch Chicken Run afterwards.

Friday, 7 April 2017

The Day I Worked on The X-Factor

So today I worked on the X-Factor. Not the super glitzy, Simon Cowell side of it, but I helped out on the very first round of interviews and auditions. I won't lie though, today's job wasn't exactly glamorous, I was most handing out release forms to the public as they queued for hours inside a shopping centre in Cardiff, but I still had a really great day. Despite the fact that the crowd had been waiting a very long time, everyone was in such high spirits. Each of them had this little twinkle of fame in their eyes and you could really tell that they wanted to go far in the competition. Not that I wholly subscribe to the X-Factor brand or its millions of followers, but after being among them all day, its clear that it has touched a lot of people and inspired them to push themselves out of their comfort zone. Got to meet some really cool and passionate people as a result, and after the release forms were all signed, it was basically my duty to keep the morale whoever was about to go next.

Again, it may sound a little bit thankless on paper, but I had one of the best Friday's I've had in ages.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Specter Knight Video Review

I got super pumped to work today so I blitzed through doing the video review I was working on yesterday. After some initial setbacks with my screen capturing software, I actually got it all done and dusted. As much as I would love to share it with the world, I remembered about 2 minutes after loading it onto YouTube that our internet is cursed with a disastrously slow upload speed. Its been going for 4 hours now, and its has just hit 61%. If I'm up early tomorrow then I'll try and link it here later on.

It was a lot of fun working on the video, it did take a while to make, and perhaps the current style of review is a little too safe and familiar, but that's what I'm doing this for, to find a voice and hopefully get more confident with editing software - its all good.

UPDATE - Video is up here:

Video Review Scripting

A good chunk of today was spent writing up a script for a video review for the latest Shovel Knight expansion. Again, its mostly a means of me to practise some editing skills, but it will also be interesting to dabble back into the world of YouTube. I'm going to hopefully get the video done and dusted by this time tomorrow so stay tuned if your interested.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The Owl's Eyebrows

A little while back I mentioned starting up a whole new blog as a place for me to publish some actual writing about films and video games. Well after much deliberation, and pondering and all that jazz, I am finally happy to present The Owl's Eyebrows!

As a small notice, I will continue to update daily on this blog, nothing is going to change in that regard. The new blog is simply a place for me to publish content that I have actually fostered in some way. I'm hoping to get way more content out on it soon, but until then, if you want to check out my Zelda and Switch reviews then go ahead and check them out; I'm quite pleased with how they each turned out.

From a design position, its a little unfinished (I've had a real trial by fire with WordPress) but I am going to be slowly updating in the future so don't get too attached to the way it looks now as it'll very likely change. 

Monday, 3 April 2017

Settle for Work Experience

Shot out some extra applications today, the pickings were a little slim online but I managed to find another place asking for a very easy bit of work experience that would help me get my foot in the door - I just gotta keep going until I land something dreamy.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

5K Cheering Session

Rebecca and I went down to Bournemouth Pier to cheer on her old housemates who were running a 5K. I was surprised by the sheer number of people who turned up to support the runners, it was a really inspiring atmosphere that almost made me wish I was participating too. Before heading back to Bristol we checked in with some other friends at the university which was really lovely. Back home now though and job hunt is really going to heat up, I'm pleased with the runner job I got on Friday, but I'm eager to get myself more positions down the line.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Students Never Die

Experienced some grade-A nostalgia while Rebecca and I drove through Winton high street once again. It was strange to walk around in Bournemouth knowing that everyone I went to uni with has now moved on. We went to an old recreation ground where I used to play rounders from time to time, and Rebecca walked past the house she spent third year in. What struck me most was seeing different uni students around on skateboards or buying bits in Lidl. Winton will never be short of students, its constantly regenerating in that sense. While my uni days are over, several other student stories are being made here every single day, and that thought just made me smile.

Friday, 31 March 2017

A Small Job!

After getting a bit of mediocre new yesterday, I'm happy to report that I did get picked up for a very brief runner gig in Cardiff next week. Its only for one day, but its something a little extra that I can put on my CV in the future.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Slight Bummer

Heard back from a very hopeful sounding mixing job for an indie film and sadly they had decided to go with someone else in the end. They wished me well though so that's more than any of the other positions I've applied for so far. I also got a message from another bloke I was meant to be doing sound for in two weeks time, that shoot has now been pushed back by another 3 months as their location fell through last minute which is a real shame.

Overall, today was a little bit of a bummer on that front. But I did successfully schedule a pickup of my dissertation and send over a final list of folks willing to go to Youth for Europe this year. Ticked a few of my boxes.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017


Eyed up a few juicy looking apprenticeships this morning. Positions at the BBC and the Bottle Yard have opened up and I'm in the process of writing up a killer application for each of them. In the meantime though, I finally got my hands on a copy of Metal Gear Solid 4 which I have been dying to play ever since its first trailers came out a decade ago. It'll serve as a nice carrot to the stick of writing covering letters.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Do you want my Services?

Put my name out for two new jobs today, one of which has already asked me some follow up questions so I've really got my fingers crossed. On top of that, my old housemate Lincoln recommended me to be a sound guy for one of his mates working on a really humble and fun production. I had a Skype call with the director earlier this evening so we could finally see each other and chat face-to-face. Really excited to get back in the game now.

'I'm the Ice Guy'

Louis once told me that if you ever wanted to get into a comedy or music venue for basically free, all you need to do is buy a few bags of ice, turn up to the bouncer and with authority say: 'I'm the ice guy.'

That's what it I felt like saying after walking into Rebecca's work while carrying a plastic container and a cool-bag full of ice and the contents of our fridge as we scrambled to get it into the chiller in her staff room. See, our fridge broke this morning, at least, we think it happened this morning. We came back having done a big weekly shop and a boat load of frozen salmon to find a big puddle in our freezer drawer. It was back to Asda for me. I came back with several bags of ice to dump into some vessels we found, it seemed to do the trick for a little while, fortunately Rebecca had the bright idea to stash the food in the fridge at her work.

In addition, our washing machine broke today, it started to make this death rattle after our first wash went through and then our timer didn't go off while we were cooking some garlic bread. The bad luck culminated somewhere around lunchtime when Rebecca and I couldn't help but laugh at all our misfortunes as I started to knowingly sing the chorus of 'Manic Monday' while bursting into hysterics.

A bit of light came back into our lives as Jamie and his girlfriend Heather came to visit though. We went out for dinner with them and I had a good old catch up with Jamie about all the time in-between now and Christmas. I always say on this blog how nice it is to see old friends, and after a crazy day like today, you learn to appreciate those moments all the more.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Damn You, Clocks!

The clocks going forward normally gets me, bit this year it knocked me quote hard. Getting out of bed was a real struggle, especially after I had an oddly restless night. First thing I did was down a glass of Barocca and apply to another job before heading out with Rebecca's parents once again. We took the to Brandon Hill to bask in the glorious sunshine and then headed to a little cafe for a bite to eat. Rest of the day was spent recovering from the clocks again, Rebecca had a nap while I just powered on through, don't think I've ever had a successful nap.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Rebs and her Folks

Rebecca and I took her parents out to see the various sights Bristol has to offer, from the humble delights of our flat, to the majesty of the Suspension Bridge. Actually went for a very long walk with them which culminated in a meal put at Prezzo's which was very nice indeed.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Hooray for my Lecturers

Responded to a runner position I saw being advertised by one of my old uni lecturers. The jobs in Cardiff so I'd have to make a short commute each day but its all good experience if I get it, and its paid too! Rebecca and I have started to get the flat ready for her parents tomorrow as they are spending the weekend in Bristol. I think Rebecca's a keyed up a full itinerary of things to do in a very chill manner so I should have a full, but easy going weekend ahead.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Mezze Meet-up

Hooked up with Pearless for dinner tonight since he was down and about in Bristol. mark and I took him out to the delicious (and affordable) Mezze Palace for a predictably excellent meal. We chatted mostly about his own personal job hunt and how he's eyeing up a position somewhere in Manchester and frankly, I think he'll be alright when he settles into a good job someplace. I shot out another speculative email to a work place too in the hope of hearing back from them sometime, you never know if you'll hear back doing it this way but at least occasionally worth doing.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Nifty CV

Massive shout out to Mark for helping me take my CV and covering letter for my job application from a 6/10 affair to a hearty 9.8/10. My CV is suited and booted to do some serious damage now so I shot off the application and went back on the hunt for more. To round off the day, Mark, Dan and I all got together to play a bit of Killing Floor 2 together to bask in the teamwork and bloodshed - the best kind of evening.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Potential Vacancy

Found a very promising job vacancy as an editing assistant today. In the processes of writing up a tailored covering letter ready to send off tomorrow, and after that I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Household Chore Day

Had a bit of a 'tying up loose ends/getting mundane stuff done' between Rebecca and myself. Got through a lot of laundry and finance stuff, turns out Rebecca owed me a tidy sum for all the shopping I'd been doing recently that we didn't have a chance to split. House is covered with wet clothes that smell of laundry detergent (yay, my all time fav scent) but at least we have gotten a lot of housework done.

Finally committed to completing the new Zelda too. I'd been putting it off for quite some time as there always seemed to be a quest I wanted to do, or a bit more of the map I wanted to explore, that and I guess I found it hard to admit that the experience was coming to a close. It's been a good, long ride, but I think I'm just about ready to put Zelda down for a fair old while.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Switch in Public

Rebecca and I both tried to do the most stereotypical millennial thing ever today: Sit and read in a coffee shop for a few hours. So we packed our bags and headed to Coffee #1 to drink and take it easy. I took along a backlog of graphic novels, and got through both 'A Taste of Chlorine' and 'Take it as a Compliment' which were both decent, if short. I also took my Switch with me so I could do a little bit of public gaming. Wasn't too sure if I turned any heads, nor did the shop all want to join in like they do in the adverts...

Alas, the good folks at Coffee #1 didn't take to it like this.

Dan Time is Bro Time

Daniel came down to Bristol today so Mark, Lucy, Rebecca and I all took him out to lunch and then had a really nice chill out session with him. I got a chance to show him Zelda and the Switch which he was in awe of, he kept trying out all the various bells and whistles that come with the game and frankly you could tell that he was having a ball. We rounded off the night with a few games from the JackBox collection. and a few cokes, courtesy of our haul yesterday, and it was just a massive bro session, had a really nice evening as a result. We like Daniel.

Friday, 17 March 2017

There were 24 Glass Bottles...

Spearheaded the job hunt after having a little pep talk with Rebecca. I've drawn up a little spreadsheet for a whole bunch of places I'm interested in applying to. I'll be shooting off CV's and the like after the weekend so they don't get lost in the hoards of Monday emails and I'm slowly drumming up excitement about what my next venture will be.

To keep me going, Rebecca's work were getting rid of a large create of cola in glass bottles. The batch had just fine out of date so I went to bring home as many as I could carry. My greed was greater than my strength however as I quickly discovered that 24 glass bottles weigh a lot. After a taxing walk home, the muscles in my arms actually started to seize and cramp up a bit, the motion of lifting a glass to my lips was almost impossible thanks to the cramping; what an ironic punishment...

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Just needs a Name...

Continued some writing efforts today as I am thinking about starting a separate blog to this one to post more fleshed out game and film reviews. I've already written up a smattering of articles and I'm just trying to think of a good name for the blog itself. Rest assured that I'll continue posting here on a daily basis, but I may well be linking to another site from time to time just to flaunt my work.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

'Next Steps' Lunch

Met my ex-boss for lunch today to discuss next steps and other potential career paths. It turned out to be a really helpful and inspiring chat, more than ever I feel confident in applying for some different roles within the media, he even offered to put me in touch with a few other people in the field so that a definite leg up.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Shopping for Shame

Left my debit card at home before going shopping. Very nearly had to do the walk of shame, but luckily I have been carrying a £50 note on me since Christmas that I never got around to cashing in. Of course that did me no favours on the self-checkout machine so I was escorted to a separate customer services desk - walk of shame lite I guess.

Finally got to watch 'Me and You and Everyone We Know'. Its been a long time coming since we actually used the trailer of that film as a reference piece for our 'Indie Film Trailer' short we did a few years back. The film itself was almost so Indie it hurt, yet it wore its heart on its sleeve throughout and that pulled it above its contemporaries. Everyone is so refreshingly earnest throughout, even the side characters get a good amount of screentime with substantial arcs. Found myself enjoying it a surprising amount, and if you have and independent film itch, this is the one to scratch it.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Successful Monday

Rebecca had the day off today so we thought we could make the most of it together. Briefly we headed to our local library to return some books, I'd only been in there in passing previously so I spent a bit more time eyeing up their selection and I was actually quite impressed. We went on a quick walk up and along to the SS Great Britain too and along the harbour which was nice too, its a side of Bristol we don't see often.

Later on we went over to Rebecca's college's house for some homemade paella which was spot on. Had a really good evening drinking wine and chilling round there. As far as Mondays go, we have done very well.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Go Karting For Real

Stoph and I went go-karting today in an epic bro-time session.Out on our track suits and revved the karts, I went ito the race feeling oddly confident. It wasn't until I got halfway through my first lap that I suddenly realised that my skills at Mario Kart weren't as transferable to real life as I thought. I really struggled to do the basics on the track, accelerating and braking were ok, but going round corners was a real mission for me. I tried to go round as quickly and as carefully as I could, but to my horror, everyone was overtaking me. I felt like I really was going as fast as I could round turns, and even during straights, but all the other riders seemed to hit pass everything else with ease.

Finally, I plucked up my courage and decided to do a 'fast lap' and you guessed it, they were some famous last words. I spun out on a harsh corner in the middle of the road and had to get a wingman to push me back on track. First thing I thought to myself was 'I hope Mark doesn't see this,' mid spin out, I lock eyes with him as I cut him off on the road and he just shook his head slowly...

Despite bricking it, I had a great time. The sense of speed on those things is amazing and I'd probably do it again if I got the chance. Hopefully with a bit more skill and confidence, but you gotta start somewhere.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Faster Writing

Started writing up my review for the Nintendo Switch, managed to blitz through a lot more than I expected which is amazing from my perspective. Normally I have found myself to be a quite slow and methodical when I try to write something like that, instead I went in an just wrote it all down as it came to mind rather than trying to micromanage every little word, I should try that style more often. Hoping to put that up very soon with pictures too.

Mark Meet Up

Met up with Mark at lunch today just because I haven't had much bro time recently. We headed to the street food place and got some amazing jerked chicken curry and I showed him the Switch after finished eating. It was really chill and I actually had a really good hour just chewing the fat with him.

Met up with Rebecca in town a few hours later so I could go jeans shopping with her. Bagged an amazingly cheap pair from M&S and managed to use up the very last of my gift card I got years ago. At long last, jeans have reentered my wardrobe!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Bit of Me Time

Took a little time out of my day to have a bit of 'me time.' In short, I sat on the sofa without distraction and seriously considered the direction I want to take with my career. I reckon my days of being an adverting creative are over, and I'm probably better off for it. I think I have a slightly better concept of where I would like to head towards now which is good.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

House Husband

Since I am now technically fun-employed at the moment I have taken the opportunity to personally give myself a brand new job role: 'House Husband'. Now that Rebecca is temporarily being the breadwinner I have done all the house chores that a stereotypical 50's housewife would have done (This gender reversal is timed perfectly with it being International Women's Day too.) Tidied the flat, hoovered the floors and wiped down every surface before cooking a nice dinner in the evening, Rebecca said she could get used to this new me.

Joking aside, the job hunt has progressed. I got in touch with my ex-boss and arranged a coffee meet-up soon to discuss next steps. I've been looking into other places on the side too, but I'm eager to have a chat with someone 'in industry' before committing to anything just yet.