Continuing personal development …

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My ambition is to write a screenplay. A full length film. I’ve got the whole film playing out in my head – interrupted occasionally by the TV series I want to do. And chocolate adverts.

So I’m dabbling in online courses for film making and screenwriting, through the brilliant Future Learn portal – masses of free online courses you can do in your own time, or alongside potentially thousands of others. Do check them out.

The one I’m currently engaged in is ‘Explore Film’ and it’s pretty awesome – I’ve already watched some brilliant short films and am feeling inspired. Into Week 2 and there was the opportunity for some practical work. Today found me on location (at the ever welcoming Cafe @172/Dot Cafe in Rochester) with the lovely Sam Rapp, The Dyslexic Poet, and the also lovely Penny from the cafe (who didn’t need too much persuasion, since she’s another crafty creative we’ve found).

The brief was to write a 30 second script on the premise on someone in a room giving something to someone else coming into the room. I then had to storyboard it (you can see that on my Creative Arts Pinterest page. A must if you like stick men work) and then rope in some unsuspecting victims to film it with me (see above).

And this was the result. I still haven’t discovered the techy tricks that will make the video look as good on YouTube as it does on the iPad, which is annoying – but hopefully that’s something we’ll cover as we progress.

International dancers to take global stage with first ever live streaming

Silver Medallist Chelsea Andrejic_Genee 2008_Photo Christopher Wahl

Silver Medallist Chelsea Andrejic_Genee 2008_Photo Christopher Wahl

For the first time in its 84-year history, the Genée International Ballet Competition Final will be live streamed online, allowing the dancers of tomorrow to take their debut steps on an international stage with an enlarged global audience of dance lovers and professionals in virtual attendance. Past Genée medallists, such as Leanne Benjamin or Xander Parish, have gone on to work for some of the best ballet companies around the world.

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Sunday Slackers

spaceProductivity: Being late isn’t all bad.

Humanity in Space: The One Earth Message Project – crowdfunding for alien communication.

Art History: Rare photos of Picasso painting with light.

Food: Bacon in all but name – and it’s healthy!

You want me to do WHAT- I'm not here forPhotography: Unexpected famous couplings, and more.

For Writers: How to deal with rejection.

Animals: The Running of the Pugs.

Sport: Brief yet delightful – junior soccer star!

Images: Pixabay Space / Pug