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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

 

Showreel: 

 

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A Shout Out to Ample Earth

I was approached by Harry McAlister, the co-founder of Ample Earth, to give a bit of insight into who they are and what they do.

Ample Earth brings video makers together to produce pieces for good causes and non-profit organisations. Professionals from all over the world are connected within Ample Earth to produce animations and short films about issues that matter. They key focus is to bring good story tellers together to tell the most important stories of all.

Some of their work has covered: Environmental Issues, Health, Renewable Energy, Children and Leadership.

‘A group of Oscar, BAFTA, EMMY and Sundance-winning film directors who create pro-bono and reduced rate videos for non-profits and impact business’

Ample Earth prides itself on ethical mindset, honesty and its philanthropic outlook on projects. It expands worldwide as it mainly operates online and through technology. That way people are able to express different ideas and get range a mix of artistic input and influence.

They are constantly on the look out for new enthusiastic video makers to join their team. If you have a passion for creating content and making stuff that matters, Ample Earth could be for you.

See below featuring co-founder Harry McAlister telling you more about it and be inspired:

 

Charlie Higson: The Enemy Book Series

In the last few months have been binge reading Charlie Higson‘s ‘The Enemy’ book series. I first acquired a book from the series for my 18th birthday after getting a signed, hardback copy of ‘The Fallen’.

The series is made up of seven books which revolve around the same timeline in London, where an illness has spread effecting everyone over the age of 14 years old. Those who did not die from the illness turned into zombie like ‘sickos’ who have a thirst for children. Groups of children live in the apocalyptic Capital City in constant fear of being eaten by the zombies.

The series books in order are:

The Enemy, The Dead, The Fear, The Sacrifice, The Fallen, The Hunted and The End.

Positives:

My favourite aspect of this series has to be the lack of fear to kill off main and important characters without warning. In the first book ‘The Enemy’, Arran is regarded as the main character so you presume he will be the storyteller throughout the books but he is instantly killed halfway through and not in the way it was built up.

The level of gore and the variety of deaths was graphic and powerful. The Author doesn’t shy away from the fact they are children. It has a similar edge to that of Battle Royale, which is a winning element for me.

As the timeline develops characters begin to crossover into each others story arcs. Readers get hit with the excitement of going ‘I know you!’ and having the upper hand to the characters in the story who have just met them. We know their history, personality and motive. I liked this aspect because it linked all the books together neatly, with the final book bringing them together accordingly.

Negatives:

My biggest issue was the ending. It wasn’t a bad ending, but it wasn’t satisfying enough for me. In the short-term the children have been successful, however, a lot is left to the imagination or is implied. While some may like the freedom to come up with their own absolute ending I would prefer to have something more concrete.

*Spoiler* The one character I hated with all my heart was David. If you read the books you’ll know why. It is implied he dies at the end of series. IMPLIED. Out of all the children he was the one who deserved it most, it would have been personally satisfying to know he got his Karma in the most painful and gory way possible (this could just be my sadistic side at this point). But I’m glad he’s dead nonetheless.

Conclusion:

I really gripping and enjoyable series which doesn’t shy away from graphic detail. It is true to its genre as a horror and it was a thrilling read from start to finish. Give me more!

 

 

Milton Jones is out there

One-liner comedian Milton Jones rose to popularity with his funny puns and on point wit when he was regularly seen on the TV show, Mock the Week. His mad hair style and atrociously vibrant Hawaiian shirts have now become his signature look.

The evening commenced with background music with some old classics following the ‘Jones’ theme, such as ‘Doctor Jones’ by Aqua and ‘Me and Mr Jones’ by Amy Whinehouse. All edited to feature ‘Milton’ in a abrupt and comical nature. But also others like ‘Sweet Caroline’, but with a similar twist (I’ll let you work that one out for yourself).

This was the followed by Milton Jones coming out dressed as Great Britain, and we had a chat about Great Britain to Great Britain. Great Britain was dressed in a very convincing 2D costume. Bizarre I know, what runs through that mans head has to be special.

The act was split with the support act coming in halfway through as comedian Chris Stokes. The main things you need to know about Chris Stokes, is that he is a baby-faced 30 year old, recently divorced vegan. Oh, and he’s a dog person and very very funny. Usually, supports can be dull but Chris Stokes didn’t disappoint.

Milton Jones graced the stage for the second half and covered a variety of jokes. All playing on one-liners and clever puns. One of my favourite jokes from the man was, “what is the place between murder and suicide… Merseyside” followed by a don’t kill him gesture and a positive reaction from the Scouse crowd.

Overall, Milton Jones was undeniably entertaining and fabulous. His unique act makes him incomparable to other big comics currently touring.

It’s different, it’s funny and my love for him has grow stupendously from his regular appearances on Mock the Week to now. It is hard to come up with so many original one liners which are equally as funny, so in some respect he is a rare comedy gem.

Check out some of his earlier material below:

 

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!