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Yesterday I went on an etching course with a friend of mine at the East London Printworks. It was a lovely day and I am pleased to have learnt a new technique. For a while I’ve been looking for a medium to draw in and although I am handy with a biro, I think etching more suits my style. It is quite precise and technical, and you get to use a lovely old press which was the best part. I will post a picture of my etch – although I was only able to do a draft print so it’s a bit grey, but it was my first attempt at art for years so I’m just pleased I did it.

 

Today I am finishing off the storyboard for my short film on giving up smoking which is tabbed as another page up top. After that I will post a few more storyboards for work I am doing at the BBC and put in some links to my vimeo site where a lot of my work currently lurks…I might even do a new showreel if I have time!

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Do I read?

Do I read?

I first listened to Robin Jarvis’ Deptford Mice trilogy when I was about 8 years old on audio tape during various car journeys my parents took me and my sisters on. Years later I decided to read it again, mostly because I had such vivid memories of the story and wanted to see if it was as good as my young mind had preserved it. I read the first book The Dark Portal on my kindle on and off over the course of a few weeks. I thoroughly enjoyed remembering the storyline as I went through the book, the evil rats and their God Jupiter with his evil plans. It was the finishing of this book, and the starting of the next that made me want to write this blog. The first line I read out of my next book Terry Pratchett’s A Blink of the Screen was from the forward and stated that ‘even people who don’t read read Pratchett.’ I though to myself, oh dear, I think I fall into that category, having read every Pratchett book but little else. It is time to come out of that – I am going to read a little every day and report on my progress. I will though be starting with the aforementioned Pratchett book, since I have started and would hate to leave it unfinished. That would be contrary to this blog’s mission.

Ok so I haven’t been very organised or motivated lately. In fact for the past 4 years I feel like I’ve been doing nothing with my life. I know this isn’t true but I am a harsh judge and I am failing myself. I am not as smart as I used to be, not as talented as I used to be, not as fit as I used to be, not as driven as I used to be, and not as happy. So I’m going to try and make a change. My motivations here remind me of the film Julia and Julia which I did actually find quite inspirational despite myself, and I would recommend for anyone who is feeling in a rut. I’m not expecting anything to happen or anyone to read anything I write here, I am simply disparing that I am becoming one of those people I thought I never would be, and it scares me how easy it was to get here. I have come to believe that if I write down everyday what I am doing, it will at least help me realise that I am doing stuff with my life and I am getting better. And if it turns out I am not, maybe reading it written down will show clear and simple that I am not trying hard enough and have to stop making excuses and blaming outside factors for my frustration.

What do I want to do?

I want to write a musical. I dont say this often but it is true, it is my ultimate goal, to write a musical and have it performed by a whole cast of actors and musicians, dancers and stage hands. So I’m going to get started. The process is going to involve step by step improving my skills to make sure I am capable. This is no longer going to be a case of waiting for the perfect idea to come along, I am going to write a collection of mini musicals, books, songs, and plays that may or may not lead to something bigger.

To start with I am going to start a collection of blogs. First will be this one, which is my personal diary type blog where I have to reflect everyday on the progress I am making. Second will be a book and film review blog. I need to read more and watch more films, and write down my feelings and inspirations that result. And the final one is my showreel/portfolio of work, which I will attempt to make myself using Dreamweaver, maybe it will work, maybe not.

This blog is called mush mumkin, which is the Egyptian Arabic phrase for ‘not possible, or no way’. I think it is one of the best phrases in the world to pronounce, and was one of the first Arabic phrases I lernt which got me interested in language in general. I also decided that calling this blog ‘not possible’ was a good way to motivate myself to work. If the blog itself doesn’t believe I can do it I certainly have to prove it wrong.