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2014 – Band Poster and Album Cover Designs. A Level.
Engima Poster:Album Designs ALEVEL

2016 – Second Year Media Portfolio. Travel Magazine focusing on Japan. 
Japan Print Magazine

2017 – Third Year Media Portfolio. Tourism Magazine focusing on the Lake District. Designed for tablet devices. 
Online Magazine Designs

 

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A Short Story: This Time

This time it was over for sure.

As the door slammed shut behind him, Belle sat silently on the floor whimpering. She fixated on the window to see if he would return.

“Jack,” she called half-heartedly, but she was met with deafening silence. The clocked ticked in the kitchen and the sun broke through the clouds hitting the corner of her face in the hallway. Belle pulled herself up and staggered into the kitchen holding her arm. It was sore from when he grabbed her moments before.

A single tear rolled down her cheek and dropped onto the counter edge. It wasn’t the first time they had fought. It wasn’t the first time he had been angry at her. It wasn’t the first time he laid his hands on her. Belle hooked back the hair from the side of her face and looked over her shoulder. Everywhere she looked was left with reminders.

To her right was where Jack threw a plate at her during an argument about going to visit her mum for the weekend. To her left was where he had screamed in her face for not bringing him a beer fast enough while he was watching the UEFA Champions League.

Belle moved to the back of the house and up the stairs. She remembered the repeated number of times he yelled at her and said nasty things to her unprovoked. She stood coldly at the entrance to their bedroom. She remembered catching him with another woman when she got in early from work. That woman was her best friend since high school. Belle felt her heart go heavy as she sat slumped on the bed. She bent over and put her head in her hands and gave out a heavy sigh.

This time it was going to be different.

This time she was going to say no. Belle clenched her fist and pulled out a suitcase from under the bed. It was already half packed. She had felt this way for a long time, but was too scared to do it. Her mind felt warped and not her own anymore. She was alone, away from family and friends. She was unhappy. Jack made her unhappy.

The bed creaked as she stood up to empty out some more clothes from the wardrobe. She had it all planned. It had been planned for months, but she had always been so scared. This was it, she going to leave him for good. Enough was enough. A small smile stretched across her face at the thought of the relief. She could be free and start fresh.

Belle put on her jacket and took her suitcase to her car. It wasn’t everything but it was the essentials. She unlocked the car and put her bag on the back seat. Her life in one medium sized case, “tragic really,” she thought but anywhere was better than here. As she went to put her leg into the driver’s side of the car, a hum came from the entrance of the driveway. A van pulled up and parked alongside hers. Her eyes darted and felt an uncomfortable chill overcome her.

Jack was back and returned quick. Quicker than usual.

“Where’d you think you’re going?” he asked bluntly as he inspected her from head to toe like an old perverted man. Belle panicked and gripped the car keys tight in her hand,

“To the shops, I forgot to pick up some stuff for dinner.” Jack stomped forward and noticed the suitcase in the back of the car and sniggered in disbelief.

“To the shop eh, with a fully packed suitcase? You must think I’m a retard or something,” he paused and glared at her; she looked down at the floor and went to get into the car. “No, I don’t think so,” he snapped. Jack grabbed her by the hair abruptly and dragged her back into the house. She screamed and started to cry. Jack ignored her plea and threw her onto the floor.

“Get up you silly little bitch! Thought about leaving me did you.” Belle’s body banged against the wall knocking her head. She shuffled backwards and picked herself off the floor. As he lunged for her she stabbed the main car key into his side. He seemed indifferent and grabbed her hand and twisted it around.

Belle’s mouth was open as she silently screamed from the searing pain. She should have been quicker. She was supposed to be on the motorway back to her mums by now. Her hearing had mumbled as she zoned out from the agony.

She found herself fighting back, it was like something else had possessed her body. They struggled for a couple of seconds before Jack violently pushed her out of the open front door. She stumbled over the porch step and felt herself fall. She saw Jack get further away as she was falling lower and lower to the ground.

This time it was meant to be different.

Her body was still. She had hit her head on a large ornamental rock which decorated the entrance. A pool of blood seeped from the back of her head down the rock and onto the driveway.

This time it was different… she was dead…

New Project: Whitwell Common

I’ve been pretty quiet over the summer, but for a good reason.

I’ve moved across the country away from my family for a exciting new job opportunity that I started in August. I’ve packed up my recently moved back self to my new home up north and I am now a proper adult.

This has meant I haven’t been able to film my most recently signed up project for Whitwell Common back in Norfolk. However, with guidance and direction from afar, I’ve instructed a friend (and amateur filmmaker) to film for me and then from there I shall edit the video together.

So far, it is half way through the editing stages but should be completed within the next couple of months.

 

I’ve Finished My Degree!

The three years of hard work is over…

I will be graduating with First Class Honours of my combined degree of Geography and Media & Communications. 

In addition to this… 

I have been awarded The Department of Media & Communication Prize for the Best Performing Student in Media for the academic year 2016-17.

The celebrating will begin in Paris and end at graduation! 

 

 

Film Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Pirates of the Caribbean has received mixed reviews, with a low score on Rotten Tomatoes I was really skeptical of how good it was going to be. I wasn’t impressed with the previous instalments of ‘At World’s End’ and ‘On Stranger Tides’, so I didn’t think I would enjoy no.5 as much as I did.

It moved away from the serious aspect of the franchise and was filled with more jokes and slap stick comedy. It was a refreshing change and didn’t bother me too much. Parts had me jump out of my skin and the segment with the guillotine made me feel uneasy, but at the same time I found it hilarious. I didn’t know whether to be sick or laugh (or just do both).

The characters were likeable with some old favourites returning to our screens. Our villain Salazar had some groovy CGI work with the effect of his hair looking like it was underwater was really impressive. Furthermore, the editing of young Jack Sparrow (played by Anthony De La Torre) was interesting, but a little bit creepy because you knew it was fake, but it was high in quality.

I had no issues with the plot, there were a few things which I predicted before the big reveal, but that is common in so many films. The ending seemed a bit of a cop-out in terms of Will and Elizabeth’s cameo. It wasn’t really necessary and I would have liked to see something else for an ending involving an adventure or just something more exciting.

If this was to be the last instalment of the franchise I would be happy with it, however, talks have been sparked about a final sixth film. Personally, I would leave it at this one. With all notable characters apart from Jack out of the picture it would be a challenge to make another film to a high standard like the rest.

Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

It is no surprise or exaggeration when I say I have been looking forward to this film for a very long time. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was fantastic in multiple different ways, but its lack of solid storyline was made up with the brilliant character development.

The Guardians have now surpassed my Marvel love for the Avengers. These guys are just too cool. The opening is everything, with the humour and action combo with a perfectly vintage soundtrack. I think it is safe to assume that baby Groot stole the show for many people with his tiny anger and cuteness.

I will give a huge prop to the film for its ability to make the impossible seem possible. When the first film was advertised I was hugely skeptical to how could they make a walking tree and a talking raccoon work? It looked like it was a try hard film set up to fail, but it didn’t.

The sequel was just as good as the first with the bar of quality set high with the jokes and drama. If a sci-fi film can work David Hasselhoff and Pac-Man into the epic battle at the end without it looking out of the place, The Guardians of the Galaxy can do anything.

My admiration for this film and its cast has sky rocketed and I highly recommend it. It’s the perfect family film. Marvel have done themselves proud.