In other news, I've sort of been absent from internet things because I've been working on my first dissertation draft. IT WAS A MONSTER and I eventually got it done (9,810 words!) this evening with the grammar checking and general awesome superpowers of ormery so I should be around a lot more. Theoretically. I'm going to pretty much be throwing myself at my film because TIME IS EBBING AWAY SLOWLY and I've been focusing on my Dissertation so much that it's started to fall behind, and we have a monster of a deadline in February where everything has to be handed in EVER. ever. I am not looking forward to February.
BUT I just found out that my birthday will be in the Easter holidays this year, and my sisters is actually on Easter Sunday, mine two days later, so I actually might get to be at home for my birthday for the first time in two years. Not sure if I'm going to or not since the end of April is pretty much OH MY GOD MY FILM HAS TO BE FINISHED IN A FEW WEEKS go time, but we will see!
SO YEAH! Hallo internets I missed you. WHAT'S BEEN GOIN ON?
Sorry about the last entry. Turns out I was fretting for nothing, since on Monday, the day of the hand in, my Tutor informed us that, yes, this is part of our degree grade, but the majority of the marking wont be done till second hand in in February which is where the majority of our grade will come from. So I was working myself up into a state for PRE MUCH NOTHING.
I did get lots of work done though, not as much as I had wanted, but enough. And of course, the Sunday night, the night before hand in, Tumblr decided to commit suicide for over 24 hours, making it impossible for me to update my blog. The blog that I have to hand in as part of my production journal. The blog I actually started BEFORE the hand in unlike my usual rush at the end. JUST MY FUCKING LUCK, NO? If it was going to die, it had to be on that day. I'm moving all my university stuff to Blogspot now, because Tumblr has just been too unreliable, and I cannot afford for it to do that again on an actual IMPORTANT hand in. Which SUCKS because as far as I know, Blogspot doesn't have a backup tool like tumblr does. RHGHN
But yeah, I got the animatic done, and a couple of short animations, but my tutor told me that it did not reflect the amount of time I've had, because of all the stuff I've been struggling with. I'm going to do some work over the winter break to try and get something WORTH handing in, because I cannot let my brain fuck up my degree. I won't let it >:[
If anyone wants to see the animatic for my final film, it's here. Any feedback on stuff you think needs changing would be great. The music was written for us by a second year in the creative sound and music course, but we gave her the wrong animatic to time it to which is why it's a little short.
But yeah now I am recovering from all that stress and I'm back at home with my parents. There's still some snow on the ground, and we decorated the Christmas tree yesterday, and I've spent the majority of my time at home so far with my sister playing half life 2 and portal, and watching Glee. It's really great to be home, and to have not to worry (at least for a little while) about University. It's nice to get back into things I like, like RPing and icon making and drawing for ME, as well as seeing my sister omg I have not seen her in like 3 months sdjkgjkfhd
Man, I cannot WAIT for this degree to be over.
On Wednesday, ormery came down to stay with me for a couple of days, and pretty much all of my flatmates, plus one virtualdon and Squeak went to see the new Harry Potter film. IT WAS SO GOOD I DON'T EVEN. The next one can't come fast enough!! It has to be my favourite so far. God, I love Luna so good, but was really upset they changed Dobby's VA. It bothered me a lot 8( But it was lovely to see it with everyone, and I loved having Squeak around. I missed his lovely face.
THEN my Dad called me to say that he managed to transfer the money he'd brought back with him from Bermuda to my bank account, which meant that I could pretty much buy a Mac whenever I wanted! SO FAST FOWARD TO SATURDAY, I went into Cardiff, and with Donya's help, I purchased a Macbook Pro with Apple Care for three years, and cried at all that money going in one swoop (even with almost £500 off for being a student). But oh my goodness it was so worth it. I have spent pretty much all of today TOUCHING IT GLEEFULLY and admiring how pretty it is and getting used to where the different keys are and new shortcuts (not that it's going to take me long to get the hang of, since I've been using macs for years). And. GOSH. It is so pretty I don't even. So worth the money. I have named it Cupcake because I am predictable. But now I have very light savings to last me till January. Which should be interesting. I had to open up icon commissions, but I doubt I'll get any. Would anyone be interested in art commissions for £5/£10? I'm not sure what kind they would be but I need the money :(
ANYWAY today has sort of being a crazy day of fail when it comes to our house. Because it's been so cold lately (about -2 Celsius for the past three days IN THE DAY TIME AND IT SNOWED WHAT THE CRAP) all of our external pipes are frozen. Which caused our washing machine to spit all it's water onto our kitchen floor. So our landlord came around and took off the frozen pipe outside, which means it's spurting water onto our pavement instead of our drain but it's a fix till the weather clears up. AND THEN not an hour later, we notice a huge puddle coming from under our boiler, and one of the pipes is dripping scarily fast. So we call him back and he comes back out and, again, it's because of one of the external pipes had frozen so the boiler condensation pipe got backed up and overflowed.
And then we realised the toaster had given up the will to live.
But anyway other than being cold and slightly damp and toasterless, I have a beautiful laptop, had a lovely week and I'm quite content. It's probably going to change because I have a deadline fast approaching and I have thirty seconds of test animations, a three minute animatic to do as well as a whole bunch of concept art and blog catch up, so the stress is kind of getting to me. SHOULD BE INTERESTING. And once I hand in, I get to go home for the winter holidays. Looking forward to that. BUT TILL THEN, WISH ME LUCK ON MY DEADLINE.
You'd think I'd learn to do my work on time 8|;
EDIT: ALSO ME AND peypea ARE WATCHING SEASON ONE OF SUPERNATURAL, AND FINN HUDSON'S ACTOR, CORY MONTEITH, IS IN THE WINDIGO EPISODE AND GETS EATEN BY A WINDIGO. AHAHA I NEVER NOTICED BEFORE but it was a funny realization.
The second thing I would like to complain about is Don's neighbor. She lives on the top floor flat, and her bedroom is directly over the top of her below neighbor's bedroom. Now people who know me well enough will know that my BIGGEST PET PEEVE is snoring/heavy breathing. I cannot get to sleep if the room isn't completely silent, and snoring and heavy breathing is the worst noise to my ears. The worst.
So. Her below neighbor is a snorer. A really fucking loud snorer, as I can hear him through the floor clear as a bell, and since he's downstairs, I cannot pelt him with pillows to get him to stop. Trying to go to sleep is like the most traumatic thing you guys because the noise gets progressively louder as I focus on it, until it's almost unbearable and I just want to cry. Last night I went to bed specifically early, so I'd be sleeping BEFORE THE SNORING STARTED. Not two minutes after I climbed into bed. It started. FML.
I've been combating it by listening to floaty nice nice music on my ipod but I don't have ear bud headphones so it makes sleeping really uncomfortable, and because one side of my speakers broke a couple of days ago, I can still hear him snoring through the music.
You have no idea how upsetting snoring is to me you guys, I am so stressed out and I have had to resort to sleeping during the day to get my batteries up to full, functioning mode. I am so glad I am not living on top of that after Friday. SO FUCKING GLAD.
OTHER THAN THAT THOUGH IT IS NICE TO BE BACK IN WALES EVEN THOUGH I AM SORT OF FREAKING OUT OVER FINAL YEAR. I move into my place on Friday, but I have no idea when my internet will be connected but it is my top priority. I can't wait to see silverbrumby123 again :D I MISSED HER SO MUCH AND WE NEED TO CATCH UP LIKE THREE WEEKS AGO.
... /makes fang icons
It seems that the sales post was sort of a failure too, since I only sold to people I know, and the only one who was interested in other stuff dropped out soon after agreeing to pay for stuff (why would you do that?) I'm glad that I worked as much as I did last week, because I definitely have enough for my Rent/Deposit, and I also have a little left over that will be going toward food for the first two weeks that I'm not in classes/have my loan. But it's really upsetting that the amount of work I put into that sort of amounted to nothing. :I
I also had enough to buy myself a KIGU and I have been wearing it pretty much every day since I got it because my room is so motherfucking cold.
( KIGU )
My sister Hannah ended up getting a normal panda, and when we're both wearing them we'll chest bump and be all PANDA PALS!!! and it's sort of ridiculous. I love her to bits though lmfao.
AND NOW IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN!! Time to move all my junk back up to Wales with my parents. I'm not actually moving into my place till the 1st of October, but virtualdon is letting me store my stuff at her house whilst we wait for my lease to start, which is very nice of her. I would've been moving around the first, but my Dad couldn't get that time off work, so the 26th it shall be. BUT it'll be nice to see her whilst we wait! We're hopefully going to marathon a few TV series because we're awesome like that and try and ignore all my stuff in the corner (omg there is so much of it WHY DO I HAVE SO MUCH STUFF??)
GOODBYE LONDON/CROWBOROUGH I WILL MISS YOU. HELLO CARDIFF/NEWPORT AND YOUR ONE COMIC BOOK SHOP THAT'S KIND OF SHIT YOU BETTER STOCK CHILDREN'S CRUSADE OR I WILL FUCKING CUT YOU.
I started up again today, mostly because she sent me a really frantic text earlier whilst I was fighting a final fantasy 13 boss (she totally threw off my groove and I ended up just turning the xbox off because I was LOSING) and I went in for the afternoon. It wasn’t that bad, just boring as fuck, and we’ve still not discussed my paycheck. I’m hoping i got that raise she was promising me, but who fucking knows. I’m just really worried that working there every day is going to drain me, and I’m not going to have any energy to do anything other than play video games or read stupid comics, when I should be reading text books for my dissertation and drawing concept art for my final film. Which still needs script development and shit, but right now if I even look at it I feel sick.
AND I WAS GOING TO LONDON ON TUESDAY... but I’m an idiot and thought Scott Pilgrim came out a day earlier than it actually does, so it’s not out till Wednesday. So I totally asked for the wrong day off work, and now I have no idea if I’ll be free on Wednesday even though I sent my boss a text at like 6pm telling her I can come in tomorrow instead of having it off in exchange for Wednesday. I’m pretty sure she already hates me again and will make me work both days for just screwing with her schedules OTL.
But at least it gave me a day to read the whole of Scott Pilgrim before I see it. Took me about four hours of solid reading, and I really enjoyed it a lot. And possibly have a Wallace muse but I’m not promising anything.
( MOANING UNDER HERE )
ANYWAY. WEDNESDAY I AM HOPEFULLY SEEING SCOTT PILGRIM IF MY BOSS LETS ME TAKE THE DAY OFF INSTEAD OF TUESDAY BECAUSE I'M AN IDIOT. HOPEFULLY IT’LL BE AWESOME AND THEN I WILL GET A COPY OF GOOD OMENS AND READ THE SHIT OUT OF IT. AND POSSIBLY AN XI HOODIE FROM FORBIDDEN PLANET BUT ONLY IF THEY HAVE THEM SINCE THEY ONLY JUST CAME OUT.
Still a little bit jetlagged and missing the heat of Bermuda--it is so cold in england right now I don't even 8(--but it's certainly nice to be back! My mother redecorated my room whilst I was gone too and I now have an ACTUAL BOOKCASE INSTEAD OF A SHELF ON CINDER BLOCKS AND A PRETTY NEW COLOUR FOR MY ROOM which actually is a light shade of Tommy green and white. I'm thinking about putting a big orange arrow made from paper over my bed because it would suit this room and would amuse me endlessly. I'm just hoping my boss doesn't decide to call me tomorrow about coming back to work, since I'm reaaally not ready to GO back. Not for what I was getting for the work I was doing. I'd rather sell all my stuff, which, so it happens, I'm planning on doing but. HRHGHN.
And now that my 'vacation' stint is over, it's time to get back to University preparations--concept and story art for my final film (I'm going to try and do a drawing/painting a day once Squeak and Maria leave up until the point of going back to Uni, if not more) and another dissertation chapter to do which means getting out all my Miyazaki books and reading them over again, which isn't a biiiig deal. But I really should start so I don't fall into the constant trap that I seem to do by putting it off till tomorrow and then when tomorrow is the deadline I end up hating myself for not following through with the work. I AM SUCH A MODEL STUDENT YOU GUYS!!!
And on top of that I've some how been put in charge in organizing all the bills and internet and stuff for the new house and I'm trying to work it out. Gonna get peypea help me out next week, but MAN that is one thing I miss about living in dorms already. That shit is already done. Sob.
BUT YEAH. HI ENGLAND. YOU ARE COLD AND FULL OF RESPONSIBILITIES BUT I GUESS YOU ARE OKAY TOO.
( lots of rambling about recent awesome events )
Okay I think I'm done rambling. Here is a parting gift.
I'd appreciate some feedback as I've been feeling a little out of the rp loop lately. Constructive criticism is encouraged, especially in areas I can improve. Thanks ♥
-Oh, and hey, lynxgriffin, do you want to start up those art projects we did last summer? I think it'd be really fun again :)
I think I'm still going to go ahead and take a week off the internet even though I'm feeling better than I did a few days ago. Not sure how long it'll last since my mom told me that I'm going to be stuck in Wales till the 22nd now instead of going home this weekend, (and oh god that is so boring) but I'm going to make an effort to try and have a bit of time off. I think I'm going to try and get some hardcore gaming time in, sleep catchup, iconning and catch up on TV shows.
People can get in contact with me via email or text if you have my number, and I'll probably be lurking on facebook a little.
See you all around.
I hope you have an amazing day, and if you don't put a party hat on Kai and take a photo I will be so disappointed. MAY IT BE FILLED WITH AWESOME.
I now have little under a week to finish all my current university projects. It would've been a lot worse if they hadn't extended our essay deadline to the 11th, so thankfully I'll have another weekend to finish that. And then, I am free. Free. Well, at least till third year when I'll be dying from OH GOD I HAVE TO MAKE MY FINAL FILM AND WRITE A DISSERTATION OH GOD, but I'll have the American Adventure to take the edge off. Fff so excited about that. But first I have to finish all my work.
Here's a little check list so I don't lose track of what I need to do:
FOR 7TH MAY:
✔ 1 Minute Showreel of all my current work
✔ Final business card designs
✔ CD cover design (based from business card)
→ Cover Letter
→ Digital Portfolio
→ Self Reflexive journal (idek what this is)
→ Final Film Proposal with concept art, scripts, thumb nailed storyboards etc
FOR 11TH MAY:
→ Dissertation Proposal including a summer reading list
→ First chapter of dissertation (2000 words)
So I might be a bit scarce from now on sob. After I hand everything in, i'm spending my last week probably playing FFXIII and Rock Band, and going to the May Ball, which Feeder are playing at this year. Plus there's the whole free funfair in high heels, so it should be a blast like last year was. Especially since this year my sister is coming :3 AND THEN I GET TO GO HOME \o\
ALSO I SAW IRON MAN 2 YESTERDAY AND ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT IS DKJNSKDFNKJSNWAEKS<DMNKJDNFSXMSIKJNASZLJNFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFSOGOODGUYS!1!!!!one!!!
I got back to uni today after spending part of the day with the lovely ormery and countersparking. It's not so lovely that I have a 12 week project and an essay to do in 3 weeks, BUT I ALWAYS MANAGE IT. My lectures start up again tomorrow, and that teacher that everyone thinks is a useless waste of space has taken a leave of absence, so we get to be taught by my favourite lecturer, which I'm totally scyhed about. She's such an inspiration, and totally on my wavelength, and doesn't use long words to make herself sound fancy.
Just three more weeks and then I can have summer! And next week I get to book my final plane tickets for my American Adventure, and then all I have to pay is for things when I'm actually out there. Omg I am so excited.
ALSO my parents gave me an early birthday present yesterday since I won't be home for my 21st (but I'm hopefully going to have a guitar hero evening with cake /stares at hikaridonya) and it's that Flip Cam that I wanted! So now I can vlog my way around America. FUUUUUCK YES. It's such a cute little camera and so light! I can see why it's popular with the vlogging community.
It's going to be such a great summer, I can feel it :D
But seriously, we're doing a group project at uni right now, and I made it really clear from the start that I didn't want to do any animation, and I wanted to take a more pre-production side of things. Which I did, and I enjoyed! And now the deadline is looming, and I have lots of concept stuff to finish off, but since I'm the only other 2D 'trained' animator in our group (the other two are CG/Stopmotion) I've been given a couple of shots to finish off this weekend in time for the deadline. And the shots I got given are quite complicated, but when I sat down to start them on Friday, I sort of realized that I'd missed animating.
That's the second time this week it's happened--first when all the first years were having a crit in the studio I was working in (they were showing off their character performance pieces so like, run cycles, jumping, animal walk cycles etc) and it just... it got me so pumped that I asked the teacher for the brief to do in my own time since my showreel is really weak in that department. The first years have gotten so much more work than we had in our first year, and I'm friends with quite a lot of them.. I sort of wished I'd repeated first year, because they look like they are having a lot more fun, and I miss being taught by Matthew and Leoni (the only two teachers who are actually good at this stupid university).
I wish I could make my mind up about what I actually want to do. I mean, I do actually enjoy animating when I don't have HUGE deadlines and I've organized my time properly. But I also hate it with a passion, know that I'm not especially good at it, and prefer the preproduction stuff. RARRGHH.
I guess when I have to make my final film, we'll see which side of the work is stronger, and I'll work from there I guess.
But yeah, since I have all that concept stuff, scenes to animate and editing to do, I'll probably not be around much this week. Thankfully because there is four of us, the work isn't that stressful, but we need to get it done. I'm really proud of the look of the 2D stuff which was my idea and I'll probs post the thing when we finish, even though the stopmotion stuff is already looking a bit weird, because the director gave the model a really weird head--that I didn't design :| SIGH.
I am really looking forward to the next project though, which is sort of like a professional practice brief. We have to design business cards and cover letters (and I'm probably going to design a website too and maybe a mini portfolio and fjskdng) to send out to companies, and then we have to do a Live brief--which is basically designing those little idents that go in between TV shows on tv channels. (So like, the E4 estings, and the HIPPOS SWIMMING IN A CIRCLE on BBC1) And because I'm probably going to pick E4, it can be as random as I want it to be. It'll be nice to end this term on such a fun project.
/Goes back to animating someone standing up.
OH ALSO, I GOT SOULSILVER LAST TUESDAY AND FORGOT TO TELL ANYONE ON LJ.
IT'S FUCKING AWESOME even though I can't play it because of this looming deadline and I'm still in Violet City training my pokemans BUT IT IS STILL SO GOOD ;A;
I'm working on this big group project at the moment as the story artist, which I have no objections with. The thing I have an objection with is that the director is apparently a morning person, which means he's making us get up at unearthly hours, an I find it hard to function before 11am normally. And since I'm getting up early, I'm exhausted by about 3pm and usually pass out for a couple of hours in the evening. Which in turn means that I'm not really tired till about 3 in the morning and the VICIOUS circle continues. I seriously need to sort out this sleeping pattern of mine, because i'm just existing as a zombie at the moment which is not helpful to anyone, especially not when I have weight to pull in this project. Augggh ;A;
Also the latest what if Wednesday at XI had me in tears last night. 8(
I'm probably going to end up buying it, but I need the scans, so if anyone could help that would be most appreciative. (downloading from RS and re-uploading to mediafire would be awesome)
IN OTHER NEWS I MADE CUPCAKES.
( cupcakes are under here. )
I meant to post it on Valentine's day but I got distracted with How I Met Your Mother and Glee, and then I got eaten by university. Better late than never, derp.
I've still got loads to do though, so I'm actually going to give my internet cable to my flatmate so I can't actually go on the internet before hand-in. So I'm not going to be around till probably this Saturday, and I may come back like really upset, derp. People who have my phone number are welcome to text me, but otherwise I'll see you all after this horrible week is over.
Whilst we were in Cardiff though, we went to Wagamama and on the off chance, I asked if they had an vacancies for waiting staff. The waiter we had told me yes, and to bring my CV in and then they'd contact me about it! Wagamama and Starbucks are two places that I'd love to work (I'll probably change my mind once I'm there because customers lmao) so I'm really excited. I'll have to rewrite my resume and hand it in when I go back into Cardiff on Wednesday to see Sherlock Holmes again. I hope I get a job. It would be so helpful you have no idea, and when I got home in the holidays, I could always just transfer to the Wagamama in Tunbridge Wells, so it would be super handy.
On the subject of jobs too, Disney Interactive have sent around an application and creative brief for an year long internship in London that I'm pretty sure I'm going to apply to as well. Everyone keeps telling me to apply, even though I'm pretty sure I wont get it anyways, but I'll give it a go. It would be so cool to work for Disney--even if it's just as an intern. Aaa I'm excited about that too and I shouldn't be, sob. (but omg it would look so good on my resume and I would be working in london and living in london for a whole year and doing things like storyboarding and animatics and concept art and oh my god basically everything I want to do professionally SCREAMS)
I'm still gonna be scarce all this week. My teachers have lumped more work on us, and I still haven't finished that other thing, but I heard that a lot of my group still haven't finished either, which is a testament to how much work we had to do, if we're all struggling. I mean, silverbrumby123 handed her animation in a week late, and only 4/12 of us had actually handed in. Which is crazy. Hopefully I'll be finished by Wednesday though, because I seriously want to work on something new. That said though, I'm feeling good about 2010. Yeah. Really good. :)
Oh! And happy birthday scissorbite!
Oh, I'm not going to be around much at all over the next few days. That project I was supposed to hand in last week wasn't handed in, and so I've given myself another deadline for Friday. I hope I can get it done because I want to have it all finished before Maria gets here so we can have fun on the weekend, instead of it just being me fretting, since if it's not in by friday I'll drop two grades instead of just one. That plus I have a reading week project to do critical analysis on 5 showreels and then make my own. Annnnd instead of giving us three weeks, our tutor only just told us, which leaves us with one.
So, uh. See y'all around.
puratigerz: I wish pokemon were real
puratigerz: so I could become a pokemon prof
puratigerz: or just
ohmnomnom: .. lmao
puratigerz: or just idk be a TRAINER
puratigerz: you have no pressure to get a degree
puratigerz: you just beat people up and take their lunch money
ohmnomnom: LMFAO LMFAO
/goes back to writing her essay
If you could be so kind~?
I got back to Wales pretty much okay, mostly because I had to change my ticket to two days before I'd originally wanted to be heading back. This is cause we were forecast over 20cms of snow over the weekend, and that much snow would've ground the trains to a halt and I would've been stranded. Even when I left it was a blizzard, and Dad drove me down to the station and ended up abandoning his car and walking home @_@ I'm still majorly confused England. Why so much snow!
Also! Being Human started up last night! ( Not really spoilers but me talking about the tone of the show )
I'm now going to spend the rest of the week catching up on Uni work and trying to figure out how to makes meals using only rice and peas. At least till my loan comes in and I can buy some food.