Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Blowing my own trumpet

I have been working at the th1ng offices for just over a month now, and last Friday the opportunity had been given to me to work on a pitch with the founder of the company, Dominic Buttirmore. Straight away I stepped up to the offer, as I have been aching to help on pre production work since starting, and I thought this would give me a chance to show off what I can do.

The pitch was half way through completion when I was set to take it over, therefore included a few errors, which resulted in him flipping his lid from the get go. I shrugged off this early encounter and carried on through regardless, I understand and aware he could react like this. After all its his company, and his pitch for an important campaign. Therefore its got to be perfect.

He would return back and forth throughout, with of course making amends to sections here and there. Once the pitch had been completed, and everyone let out a huge sigh of relief, Dominic was kind enough to pass on some praise to me; 'Your good and quick are this aren't you'
It was only a few words, which he could have said to anyone. However I was still very thankful to hear that after all the stress from making the pitch.

I felt as if I was thrown in the deep end, having my first pitch for the company to be for the CEO. But then I took this on as a positive thing, as I believe it is better to start from the extreme end of the scale. Because I think moving forward, working on other pitches with the other producers will be less of a daunting task. As I have already experienced the stressful process with the up most important person of the company. Perhaps this would boost my confidence, with making suggestions with the producers. To show my interest in this industry, and interest to move up the career ladder.

That Friday evening I went home very happy.

MH x

Monday, 30 January 2012

The Weekend [28/29 Jan]

My weekend was relaxed on both days, Saturday evening began very successfully with the selling of my guitar on eBay. After all the dumb messages from the bidders, I was very pleased with the winning bid, as it turned out to be far more than I anticipated. This means I can fully pay off my credit card (as I had originally planned) and purchase a new bike. As you may remember my bike was stolen a few weeks back, and unfortunately the Police were unable to help. With the small debt cleared and bike purchase, I will still have some money over. So again, very happy with the winning bid.

The Saturday evening was completed with me and my girlfriend consuming a tub of Ben & Jerrys Cookie Dough ice cream whilst watching the film, 'I'm Not There' - This weeks film choice was hers, so expect the review from her later this week.

Sunday started off with massive excitement from me and my girlfriend, as it is now only 7 days until we head off to New York for a few nights. We can't wait for this, as we booked this back in November 2011.

I'm still looking into ideas we can do whilst out there, please help if you have any suggestions.

Friday, 27 January 2012

eBay members are dumb!

I have been buying and selling things on eBay for around 5 years now, and I have only been encountered with one issue in the past when a purchased item disappeared (but thats another story).

On Saturday I listed my Gibson SG Special on eBay for auction, due to me never using the guitar anymore. It has been sat in the corner of my room collecting dust. Since listing this item I have been bombarded with ridiculous questions from eBay members who amongst the bidding. Clearly my in-depth description for this item was not good enough for some eBay members. 

I am sure a majority of people would think the same as me, in not wanting pay for postage in the UK or even worse oversea. Therefore I decide to make the item collection only. 

However, some eBayers are insisting on asking whether I would consider posting the item to them, I feel like responding with a simple 'read the description!'
Then going further I have been asked if I would consider posting it to Europe.... clearly if I have stated 'Collection In Person' I don't want to be posting overseas. 

Now to go even further, don't get me started on people sending messages with appalling attempt at grammar, I know is not always good. However some of these massages have taken me at least 5 attempt of reading through to understand the question. 

I am probably just moaning for no reason, and just being horrible. But whenever I log into eBay and attempt to purchase or place a bid on an item, I do read the description, and take note on the eBayers reputation from past sales. 

Its just common sense. 

What encounters have you made on eBay?


Thursday, 26 January 2012

Week 3 film I haven't seen [Blow, 2001]

The true story of George Jung, the man who established the American cocaine market in the 1970s.

I picked up this film for two reasons; I heard of it before and been wanting to see it for a while, and I am a fan of Johnny Depp's work. From the opening scene and then throughout the film I was shocked and surprised to see Johnny Depp in such long hair that looked too fake for my liking. However, I managed to not let this distract me from Johnny's performance which of course was spot on.

Throughout the film you believe every piece of the performance, feeling for Georges (Johnny Depp) fortune and then miss fortune, and then naughty mischief. You know some decisions he is making are going turn out bad, but you go along with him as you know its going to be fun along the way, even if there are consequences. You feel as if he has become your friend on screen.

The visuals are also impressive, complimenting with the performances. Some scenes made me feel like they were influenced to or from Oceans 11's visual. Either films could of taken these visual elements as they were produced the same year, whatever the case may be Blow is still great work.

Week 2 film review

MH x

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

The perfect homemade chips

For a while now I have been trying to cook the perfect homemade chips, and during the weekend (I guess could have added this to Mondays post) I finally cracked them.
So if you are currently failing at homemade chips, follow these instructions and you are on the road to success.

What you will need:
Potatoes...obviously (1 large potato for each person)
Mixed Herbs (Optional)
Oil
Baking Tray
Saucepan
Oven (obviously)

1. Turn the oven up to its highest setting and leave the baking tray in there to warm up nicely.

2. Peel the potato(s) and wash off the excess starch that is left. Then cut the potatoes into slices of about 1cm thick. Then cut these slices into smaller 1cm pieces that resemble your typical chip.

3. Place all the potato pieces into a saucepan of water on the hob. As soon as the water starts boiling, leaving them to boil for 3 minutes. Soon as the 3 minutes is up, remove the saucepan from the heat.

4. Remove the baking from oven (with oven gloves!). Drain away the water from the potatoes in the saucepan and throw into the baking tray. Smother the potatoes with the oil, making sure all the potatoes are covered, sprinkle on top mixed herbs if desired. Then throw all back into the oven,  do not lower the heat. Leave potatoes for 10 minutes, after this remove and shake them about, return them to oven and leave for another 10 minutes.

5. Remove your now, chips from the oven and enjoy :)

MH x

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Gil Scott + Jamie XX

Last week at work I was able to give a helping hand on a small shoot down at the studio in the basement of our office. They were filming bubbles and ink in water to make particles to add into an animation.

I was interested in helping out as I have always wanted to film this effect to music. So I took home the remaining ink and syringes, and this is what I came up with.



I was quite happy how the video turned out, and I'm thinking of making this a monthly thing. Perhaps add a new video to my Vimeo account once a month, just to see a develop in my shooting and editing skills.

Monday, 23 January 2012

The Weekend [21/22 Jan]

Saturday I made the short journey into London to see the 'Yul Brynner: A Photographic Journey' exhibition at The Little Black Gallery. However for some reason was not able to find the damn place, even though I was using Google Maps on my iPhone. I was standing right over the spot where Google Maps was telling me the gallery was, however the gallery was not in my point of view.

At least 15 minutes went by consisting of me walking around in circles trying to find it, eventually stopping my frustration and leaving the area. To brush off my frustration I treated myself to a Boddeans for lunch. If you have never tried Boddeans before, I strongly suggest you do so the next time your in central London and craving some meat for lunch / dinner. Of course if your a vegetarian...stay clear. Next few weeks I'm hoping to try out Meat Liqour which I believe has recently opened up just a few streets away from Boddeans.

The evening was completed through putting my Gibson SG on eBay, as I realised I never use the guitar anymore. And I am need of the quick cash, it could come in handy as spending money for when I head off to New York with my girlfriend in just under 2 weeks time. Following this I found myself watching far too much trash TV for a Saturday evening.

The same followed on Sunday, along with watching the final episodes of Diggnation which I have been a fan for a good year or so, and will definitely miss the show. I need to find a new way to find out my tech news, any suggestions?

And if you know where The Little Black Gallery is please do tell me, I want to go this exhibition before It finishes.

MH x

Saturday, 21 January 2012

The Kingston Road Runner

Today is Saturday, which of course is a day to do whatever. The majority of the time that involves entertaining yourselves, so here is a piece of online entertainment you may enjoy.

Me and my housemate are easily amused.





Friday, 20 January 2012

The Maccabees - Given To The Wild [QUICK REVIEW]

This week my hands were finally in the possession of The Maccabees third album 'Given To The Wild'. I have have lost count how many the album has been played through since transferring it onto my iPhone.

From my first two listens I was a bit undecided whether the album was really enjoyable listen for a Maccabees fan. I couldn't help feeling the true Maccabees sounds had be lost somewhere amongst the 13 tracks. Thinking the stand out upbeat sing-a-long guitar riffs and unique vocals from Orlando were being lost behind the ambience of the album, therefore dear I say it; making the album sound the same the whole way through.

Of course I was just being nuts and this was only my first few listens. After this hurdle was succeeded the album really stands up as a fantastic third album from the guys. The albums pace goes up and down, continuously grabbing you. Hearing different things here and there along the journey.

I really believe this is a perfect third album from The Maccabees everyone knew the album was going to be a tough challenge after the success of 'Wall Of Arms' but I do believe they have succeeded. The development from 'Wall Of Arms' to this album has raised the bar from them all. Their new sound is very mature and additive, you can all tell their talents have been lifted so high over the last 9 years. And I can't wait to hear the songs when I get to see them at Brixton Academy on the 26th January.

If you haven't heard the album yet, just go out and buy it. You will not be disappointed. And if you haven't heard of The Maccabees, well...get all three albums.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Tourist

On Tuesday around 12 o clock I had to leave the office, and set up an account at a storage unit centre in St Johns Wood.

Making the short journey and arriving back out into the open from the underground I find straight infront of me a coffee shop simply called, 'The Beatles' full of their official merchandise, I think to myself that its pretty odd and carry on regardless. Whilst getting closer to the center and constantly looking at Google Maps on my iPhone I notice Abbey Road is approaching. Instantly I clocked what should be near by.

I stop for a moment and Google search the location for where the famous front cover was taken, whilst doing so I walk up to a crowd of people taking photos of a zebra crossing. Instantly a slight smile spreads across my face from the realisation of what is infront of me.

The zebra crossing gets another photo taken from my iPhone, then I move onto the store center. Walking back from setting up the account I of course walk back across the crossing with again a smile of my face.

The very small experience for me was a quick bit of fun, and I thought to myself one day I should spend one day during a weekend travelling around London visiting famous locations. It would be an enjoyable and different day out.

I need to make a list though first, any suggestions?

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Week 2 film I haven't seen [UP, 2009]

This weeks film choice came from my girlfriend, so I thought it was only fair to have her review the choice. I think I may make this a regular thing, I review the films I chose, and she reviews hers. 

Before I watched the film, I didn't really know what to expect. I had no idea of what the storyline was, I only knew that the old man (Mr Fredrickson) attached lots of balloons to his house and flew away. As a girl who has a habit of crying during films, I was assured that I would definitely cry at UP.

They weren't wrong! I really didn't expect to be welling up only 10 minutes into the film, but hey ho, it was to be expected really! This sadness was short-lived though, and I was soon engrossed in the story. It was nice to see that the  Pixar humour that we all know and love was still present; Mr Fredrickson was the perfect grumpy old man, and I couldn't help but chuckle at little Russell. He really was adorable. The only thing I wasn't sure about was the talking dogs! I did find them funny, I just thought it was a pretty random part of the story. Although, take the dogs out of the story and it wouldn't have been half as entertaining!

I really enjoyed watching UP, it's a lovely story, but it's definitely not Pixar's best work. If you haven't seen it - I would still recommend it! Despite the random talking dogs.

Week 1 film review

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

A late Christmas dinner


Last night I attended my late Christmas dinner party with my former colleagues from when I worked at Superdry in Kingston.

The evening started at the shop with some hilarious secret Santa gifts getting exchanged amongst everyone. Luckily my present was a really nice one from my manager. And of course to some people's disbelief were left without a gift (I guess that's the beauty of secret Santa)
It was quite odd experience being back at the shop, I was expecting a lot of changes as I left the job just over a month ago. However it felt like I left the job only yesterday. There were a few new products here and there, but the shop as  whole looked entirely the same.

Before arriving I had the impression it could be awkward to walk back into the store and chat amongst my former colleagues, but again that was totally fine. It was like I had never left.

After the shenanigans of Secret Santa at the store were over and dusted. We headed to Pizza Express, as Superdry offered everyone vouchers to eat there including myself, as I left the company just after the vouchers were handed out to each store. (I have excellent timing)

At Pizza Express the fun continued with a good helping with the flow of drinks. And again it felt like I had never left. Which reminded me how great of friendships I had made whilst working at the store for just over a year and a half.

I don't think I'll ever loose contact with them, It would be a waste to loose these friendships. But of course it will always be easy to keep in touch with the help of Facebook and Twitter.

MH x

Monday, 16 January 2012

The Weekend [14/15 Jan]

Saturday


I was asked to be on camera for a short film with a few of the guys from work. I was more than happy to fill this role, purely because I was going to be using the Canon 5D MK2. I have always wanted to use this certain camera since I started making my music videos back in 2010.

The camera was amazing to use, the quality of picture was just spot on. Even when used in low light the camera was outstanding. This was helped further with the high quality choice of lenses I had on offer, thanks to the equipment from work.

The shoot was for a short film to promote our talented crew, and to enter into film festivals in the coming months. The producer had acquired two actors from the site, mandy.com, this was the first time I have worked with genuine wannabe actors, and I was more impressed. One of the actors had a small monologue for the films climax. The actor delivered his monologue with real emotion every time we asked him to do so. I was blown away each and every time we asked him to deliver hese lines, I am looking forward to this final edit, because it should turn out to be quite a powerful piece of work.

Also I am looking forward to seeing my camera work edited together by someone else, and not me. In the past I have always edited my camera work, so this should give it a different angle and hopefully give me ideas on where I could improve my camera work.

Sunday

I wont go into too much detail for Sunday, it was not productive. It was a general day of relaxation and sorting out things here and there.

MH x

Friday, 13 January 2012

Dreams

So last night, I had one of those dreams which you know are odd whilst in your dream state. Then when you wake up, your laying there thinking 'wtf mate!'

In a nutshell my dream simply consisted of a family event at someones house, where one of my aunties turned up with a new man she was dating.

Little did we all know, this new man of hers was going to Mr John Major  - However for some strange reason everyone in my family amongst ourselves were insisting on calling him John Prescott. Which of course look nothing alike.
On top of all this strange goings on, John Major had a fake arm, which of course when i went to shake hands I shock his fake hand....and that was it for my dream.

Dreams like these really baffle me, I have no idea where these ideas came from. I have a tendency to have these odd dreams when I'm drunk, however I was stone cold sober.

I have not yet looked up what this dream could mean, but I would love to find out.

Have you had some strange dreams lately?

MH x

SIDE NOTE
With regards to the bike situation, I had phone call from the Police yesterday explaining they had a man in custody who had stolen some bikes around Kingston. However, none of them matched my bike description. I went ahead and asked about the CCTV footage, the woman on the phone was a little vague with this. But I think the outcome was that nothing was spotted, therefore I think my bike is gone. Which really sucks.

But I still do not want to give up, I will still attempt to find out if people can help find it. The internet can be a powerful tool!

Thursday, 12 January 2012

STOLEN BICYCLE

On 10th January 2012 between 10:45 - 21:00 my bike was stolen from outside Kingston station. Here is photo courtesy of Google Street View to where my bike was locked up in the morning.


My bike was locked up to the right of this photo, right infront of the blue railings outside Costa Coffe.

My Bike Details;
* Fixed Gear
* Dark blue frame
* Black spoked wheels + black tires
* One rear brake
* Black handlebars (with paint peeling off on the right side)
* Brake leaver on the left of the handlebars

So far I have reported it to the Police who will look at the CCTV as soon as possible. Luckily there is a fair amount of cameras in the location, so I can only hope.

Along with this I have just been putting out Tweets about the incident on my Twitter profile to help get the word out to people in the local area.

If you saw anything suspicious happening in that area during this time period, then please get in contact. I would like my bike back!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Week 1 film I haven't seen [El Topo, 1970]

Here is my first weeks entry in my New Years Resolution to watch a film me and girlfriend both haven't seen once every week.
I already had El Topo in my DVD collection as I purchased it for a university module. However, never got round to watching it.

El Topo is known to be a 1970 cult classic from Alejandro Jodorowsky. The film tells the story of lead character, El Topo. Who decides on confronting various Masters across mass deserts, accompanied by his 6 year old son. Who is shown naked throughout this boys entire screen time, I undoubtedly found difficult to watch. Early into the film El Topo ditches his 6 year old son for a woman called,  Mara. Taking her for the rest of his journey to confront and fight these Masters in the desert.

To be brutally honest I was not impressed with the whole film, I understood how the film was a cult classic. Due to the film looking, cheap, unpleasant, strange and many more ways to dislike the film, which ticks all the boxes in the cult classic category.

I do enjoy watching and discovering cult films, however this one failed to capture men. In a quick review I felt the films running time of 120 minutes was far too long. Due to their being around 45 minutes of dialogue spread across the film. Therefore making lengthy scenes (that I tend to enjoy in other films) looking less interesting, and more boring to watch. This may be due to the cheap and strange look to the film. Making me struggle to engage and enjoy the film throughout. I found the lengthy scenes looked like the script and storyline was made up on the spot, due to their to be no sense of journey. With the added unnecessary cuts of other action adding confusing.

I can see how this is a cult film, as these type of films tend to look bad. Making the audience work hard at trying to see the beauty out of it. Which I often find what is great about cult films, however I couldn't quite do this with El Topo.

If you have seen the film, please let me know what you thought of it. As I want to see why people would love it. If you haven't seen it, then do watch it. We should all watch a cult film, simply due to curiosity.

I'm hoping my girlfriends choice for next week is better than my choice of this week.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Jean Teulé - 'The Suicide Shop' [SHORT REVIEW]

For my birthday back in October my housemate gave me Jean Teulés 'The Suicide Shop' as a present. Judging by the blurb and the quotes I instantly thought it would be an entraining read.

Even though the book is a very short read at under 170, I managed to stretch it out over a staggering two months (takes me a while to get through books, but not because I'm a slow reader).

The book tells the story of the family owned business, 'The Suicide Shop. Selling various interesting and quirky items to assist the local people of the town to kill themselves.

The book plays out as a dark comedy, describing how deranged the family is. Being constantly negative towards life, never wanting to show positivity amongst themselves. Apart from their youngest song who was a mistake to the parents.

The story does have some comical moments, with how descriptive the selling of the items kill their customers. And the whole concept of the shop helping to kill people is of course a comical concept.

However, I was not fully gripped with the story, this may be due to me reading the story over a longer period of time than I should of (due to a number of reasons). Feeling like I was just reading a book about a families daily routines running a shop, with some comedy aspects to help me not get bored.

There is a nice twist in story which I wasn't able to predict (I never can) which improved the story for a moment. However I still didn't find the book engaging, finding myself wanting to get through the book and move onto the next read.

If your interested in a quick read one weekend then pick this one up and enjoy it, but maybe do not decide to read the book over a month like myself.

MH x

Monday, 9 January 2012

The Weekend [7/8 Jan]

For the moment I have decided to not post new blog entries at the weekends. For obvious reasons, I would like to keep my weekends free to take advantage of them with productivity and of course more important relaxing time. The weekend just gone consisted of both this;

Saturday

This was my day to chill and complete personal errands, which was to pay all bills that were due. That gave a nasty punch into my bank account. I also attended the gym which I have been a member of since my 23rd birthday. It was a terrible work out, but at least I went. However, I have had thoughts of leaving, simply because I may not be able to afford it soon. Plus I don't like how I have to keep making time for the gym, I like to have long evenings to relax after work. I have a bike which I ride every day, therefore I may choose to have long bike rides at weekends to wake myself up and give me a boost of energy.

Sunday

Like Saturday this started off as a relaxed day, but in the evening productivity was strong. I met up with Kid Champion, where we chatted over the music video. Which was a successful meeting as we now officially have a final edit. The next stage is just to look into getting a colour grader and some censoring to complete it. If you are a colour grader or know anyone who would be willing to work with us on this zero budget video, then please get in contact; us.fenixx@gmail.com

To complete my Sunday I cooked up a beef wellington for the first time for me and girlfriend. It was a decent attempt I thought, we both had cleaned plates at the end so that is a good sign.

MH x

Friday, 6 January 2012

Stupid Customers


Throughout my three years at university I found myself being interested in social media and the industry on the internet. I was fascinated with people who had careers thanks to the internet.

I would always think to myself that one day I will too work down this path and own a website which is regularly updated and perhaps gave me an extra bit of income, this of course was a blog of some sort.

I started up this one your reading right now, with the intention of regularly updating it about my life. And if you looked back at previous posts I managed this quite well in the first and second year, however declining last year. Thats why I am determined to work it back up to scratch this year (and so far this has been successful). But anyway I digress.

Whilst I was working in retail throughout my final year at uni I had a lot of free time where my mind would often wonder whilst on the shop floor. This resulted in the thoughts to have my own real blog of some sort creeped back into my mind. Until one day I realised I should create a blog based on my experiences in retail, and this is when Stupid Customers was created and went live.

The blog is a simple one, It will only contain stories about funny customer situations where ever the work place may be. The blog started mainly with my own entries but gradually more people have been submitting their own. The blog is still in early stages with a very small audience, but with it being one of my new years resolutions I am hoping to improve this throughout the year. With more regular submissions and a larger audience.

At the moment I post a new story every Monday, Wednesday and Friday leaving me the weekend free, which of course is always needed.

I hope you are interested in this blog, and if you are then you can find it here;
stupidcustomers.blogspot.com 

And to keep up with the blog you can follow the profiles I have created;
facebook.com/stupidcustomers
twitter.com/StupidCustomer_
gplus.to/stupidcustomers 

If you have your own submissions then please do send them in. Like I said the blog is in early days so I am always asking for content. Send your stories here;


submit.stupidcustomers@gmail.com

Sorry if this sounds like me selling my own stuff, but I enjoy this blog a lot. So I want to keep it going.

MH x

Thursday, 5 January 2012

The Separation - 'Our Lives In Cinema'

Back in February I shot two music videos over a weekend with Matthew Connell under our independent production company, Fenixx Productions. The videos were for Call Off The Search and  The Separation.

Unfortunately due to a couple of reasons the release for The Separations video was delayed until a few weeks back. We are pleased to finally show you this particular video so far it is our most technically produced music video.




Our next video release from Fenixx Productions will be for the Twickenham based band, Kid Champion.


We have been working on this video over the last few months, so expect a release very soon. However, we don't have a teaser trailer for you like we had for previous videos. But expect to see a lot of genitalia, champagne, a certain page 3 model and partying. With the added bonus of a Go Pro!




Wednesday, 4 January 2012

AVOID SCAMS, Especially Fake Accreditation

A few weeks ago a member of my family was a victim of cold calling leading to a scam. My family member received a call from a man claiming to be a Microsoft employee warning her about viruses on their home computer. Luckily she didn't think twice of going through the steps this man was attempting to give her down the phone whilst logged into the computer.

I hear of these type of scams are happening all the time, and I realised I have been a victim of such thing. Until the other night.

On my phone a receive and email from HM Revenue claiming I have a tax rebate to claim of a significant sum. Instantly I think 'Great...I need some quick money'. Without thinking I click the link, directing me to HM Revenues website with the steps to receive this rebate. I was reading through and I happened to glance up at the URL for this site, and this what I see;

Instantly I stopped what I was doing, and realised what a stupid mistake I was about to make. However, I was then curious to how this scam was going to carry out.

The fake HM Revenue website was asking who I bank with for the transaction, I clicked on my bank in the drop down menu which directed me straight to a page that looks identical to my online banking. Which of course asks for my 12 digit card, again I look up to the top of the page and staring at me was the previous strange URL.

From there I halted my proceedings, closed everyone down and deleted the original email.

I just wanted to post this entry to let you know that these scams can be easily received and even people like myself who would think to have a good knowledge of the internet can be caught up in them.  Although I was just being curious whilst being fully aware what was occurring.

Scams come in all shapes and sizes. Accredited online colleges and resources that are legitimate are posted just as easily as those which were created by developers, not educators and are illegitimate. They are hard to identify and have been steadily increasing over the past few years - in the last ten years investors have lost $23 billion in scams. Especially aided by social networks and the ability to correspond on the internet. Relationships that once took years to build are now fostered over days and because of this, many have placed their trust in the wrong hands and found their pockets empty.

Whenever you receive an email which makes you think "how did they get my email address" read everything over before clicking any links. And perhaps decide whether the internet is the best way to follow up this email.

I have just attempted to view that URL and luckily the site has been taken down. But of course there will be more out there being created.

MH x

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Weight Watchers advert/music video

On the 1st January 2012 Weight Watchers aired an  advert at 6:30pm on multiple terrestrial TV channels, including Channel 4 and ITV. This was the longest British TV commercial, setting the bar at just over 3 minutes.

I only knew of this happening from catching the end of a short advert a week before mentioning this date of airing. Straight away I took note of this happening, as I remember a few years back stumbling on a live TV commercial broadcast from Honda aired on Channel 4, which I thought was a great piece of clever advertising.

Like the Honda advert I was impressed with what Weight Watchers offered us. The advert consisted of genuine people (mainly women) who had been on the Weight Watchers scheme and succeeded in their goals. The women walk around the streets singing to the camera with Stritcly Come Dancings, Alesha Dixon.

The whole advert is constructed together with continuous sequences giving you the impression of their being no cuts throughout (of course there are cuts hidden with camera movements). This impressed me from the get go, as I always enjoy this technique in video. Like the music from Goldfrapp 'Happiness' and I especially enjoy these scenes when they are stretched out for a long period of time, for instance in Goodfellas when 'Henry Hill' enters a restaurant.

I had a quick searched on Google for a copy of the advert to embed into this blog post, however there was no result. I was hoping to show you if you didn't catch the advert, because If you missed the advert, well...you did miss out a nice clever piece of advertising (apart from the song). And If you did catch the advert, leave a comment telling me what you thought of it.

MH x

Monday, 2 January 2012

My New Years Eve 2011

2011 was my third year in a row to attend New Slang at the Hippodrome to celebrate new years eve. I have always chosen to attend New Slang to celebrate new years for the last 3 years due to a variety of reasons.

1. The club only plays indie & alternative music, which is ideal for me. As I would rather not spend a night listening to shit repetitive easily forgettable music thats released in the charts.

2. No hassle with wrong crowd of people. Everyone attends New Slang on new years eve for the intention to have a good time. I don't think I have ever seen a fight break out. I imagine this is down to the genre of music being played, linked with the crowd of people who would listen to it.

3. It is a cheap ticket for new years eve. The night only costs £10 in advance, or £12 on the door. Personally I think that is a bargain for new years eve, as some people can spend a lot of money to just attend a local pub....Or the other idea is a house party.

New Slang isn't only for new years eve, the venue is open every Thursday at the Hippodrome hosting the latest bands breaking into the indie & alternative circuit. If you have never attended New Slang and interested in this music, I recommend you do. You wont be disappointed.

More information on New Slang here, banquetrecords.com/newslang

MH x

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Bonjour 2012

Welcome to 2012, I hope you are not too hungover. However, I know I am...!

These are going to be my resolutions for 2012.

1. USE THIS BLOG MORE!
2. Enter Fenixx Productions work into film festivals
3. Increase the audience for my second blog, Stupid Customers
4. Move closer into London for work (Zone 2 or 3)
5. Use my camera more often to take photographs for my neglected Flickr page
6. Watch a film I have not seen once every week
7. Try to be less predictable
8. Drink the suggested pints of water a day
9. Eat more fruit and veg
10. Try to get back into the routine of flossing my teeth

I think 8, 9, 10 will be on my resolutions list every year from now on. I start the year well with these, but neglect them towards middle and end of year. So having them every year may embed them into the back of my brain in years to come.

My blog WILL get used more often this year, I know I can do it as I'm working where I want to be for once at th1ng. Therefore I am more willing to do other things, like this blog. I may even look into blogging every day for a year. So therefore I HAVE to blog.

Fenixx Productions and Stupid Customers are side projects I work on, and this year I am hoping to improve on these to make them feel more beneficial. I haven't explained Stupid Customers all that well so far, so maybe this week I shall explain this in more detail.

Moving into more central London is an essential must for me, it will be cheaper to travel, and less traveling time to and from work.

I have a nice camera, so why wouldn't I use it more often, again working where I want to be now has opened me up to hobbies. This could can include using my camera for my Flickr account.

My and my girlfriend have decided on a joint resolution for a bit a fun this year, to watch a new film we both haven't seen before once a week. We will take it in turns getting these films, and perhaps another incentive for me to use the blog as I shall post on here a short review on the film, and maybe ask for suggestions on the next film.

I have realised in the last few years I have quite a predictable personality, where that might be what I say or how I act. This year I am going to try and change this for the good, and be less predicable. I haven't thought about this too much, so it may or may not happen.

Tomorrow I shall enlighten you how my new years eve went down.

MH x