Friday, 24 February 2017

Stationery Decluttering Session and a Vlog Post

So I can finally say that my first vlog post is up. I recently decluttered my family's stationery stash and used the event as a guinea pig for my first video in years. I say the first in years because over ten years ago I did upload two other videos onto YouTube that I did myself but they were of a totally different nature to the series I am currently planning and didn't feature me or my personal life at all. I promise to link them some other day but for now, Ladies and Gentlemen, my first vlog post revealed:


Friday, 17 February 2017

When Plans Get Unplanned and a Trailer To Watch.

It's embarrassing really. (I'm sure I heard this phrase in some film so it's even more embarrassing that I can't remember in which one). I promised a vlog post and a book versus film review and they both ended up not happening. So I decided to make today's post about laughing it off (seriously, stress does that to me!)

I'm a newbie vlogger and yet I tried my best to still get my first video ready in time to put it up today as part of my blog post. And complete it I did, tonight, filming and pasting and editing till I had what might not be an outstanding first try but a good one nonetheless and one worth sharing. So I happily pressed on the 'upload to YouTube' button thinking it would probably take some minutes. Only, on clicking the 'loading' icon it revealed that it would be some four hours loading, four hours I don't have as I am already past my guideline bedtime (remember that blog post about requiring more sleep? Well, still applies and I'm still not doing it often enough). So I promise that I will, somehow, manage to upload and link the video to this blog without a hitch. However, it seems like it was not meant to be in time for today's post.

Which leads me to another video that's been giving me a hard time. Remember I mentioned wanting to do another book versus film review, this time about An Awfully Big Adventure? Well, I tried to brush up my memory of the two before giving my two cents' worth but when I finished rereading the book and turned to the DVD, I found that our Blu-Ray player won't load the disc at all. I wondered at first what had happened to the DVD then remembered I must probably have seen it the last time on the Playstation and that it might be one of many DVDs that refuse to work on our Blu-Ray player. So whilst I will get round to it, I have neither watched the film again yet nor am I certain just when I'll be able to view it. All I can promise is that I will eventually, in some form, present you readers with my take on the story and the differences between the book and film.

So I once again must admit that I have no long absorbing post nor any video clips of my own to add today. Therefore I will at least link this trailer for the film directed by Mike Newell, for those that would like to at least have an idea what An Awfully Big Adventure (1995) is all about. Starring Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant, here it is, the black comedy about coming of age:


Friday, 10 February 2017

In the Pipeline...

I have lost count of how many times I got to the day I schedule for a blog post with no post in mind and this week is just the same. It's been another hectic one and I'm running behind schedule on so many things that just thinking about it has me in panic mode. However I made a tiny bit of headway in practicing on iMovie, learning to record my voice and how to add it to my filmed/photographed items as well as even decluttering because my first vlog post is going to actually be about that.

I figured that as I don't have time to learn through tutorials or make clips just for the sake of experimenting and still keep up with updating this blog and my column on eve.com.mt, I would rather start off with a vlog post that I will actually use on here at the end of it. So though I can't make promises due to my very erratic current life situation - we are refurbishing our home whilst living in it (bad idea might I add) as well as some other things that have come up - I do intend to get my first video post published soon. I'm sure it will look and sound amateur (just like the amateur I am in the field) but at least it should fit in well with my intentions of focusing all the vlog posts on Minimalism and Waste Reduction, at least for now.

I wish I had something more to say for today but all I can say is I am working on a book review about a heroine we all know (can't divulge more than that yet so keep tuned) and reading through An Awfully Big Adventure which is the book I was referring to last time when I said I will be doing another book versus film feature on here soon. Add to that, I have an artist feature lined up for whenever I manage to find time for the interview and also a products review type of post in the pipeline. I must be off now but I hope the things I have lined up are interesting enough to have you coming back to read (and view) them. Good weekend to you all.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Update: I Will Review, I Will Vlog

It's another Friday night and whilst I would have liked to find more time for writing and trying out new ideas, I did manage to keep up with research and planning this week. However I have not yet had the time to write it all down or (drum roll for my latest surprise to followers) to vlog about the interesting and informative topics I've been getting to know about for the very purpose of sharing with you all.
I must admit I had not touched a film-making program since around 2005 so I'm feeling like a newbie about this whole project. Also, whilst one of my childhood dreams was to become an actress, I am pretty camera-shy and the only film clips I ever did before were music clips which never featured me at all except for a photo taken by a very talented photographer. This time round, I'm hoping to actually appear in my clips though I am very nervous about it.
On to another film-related topic, I am planning another book versus film review about a little-known but fantastically written and acted British story set in England. This is a case where the film and book are almost identical, a fascinating feat and yet one that might have hindered the film's potential in my opinion. But more of that when I publish the post about it. I leave you now to a good weekend. Keep tuned, for my next post.