One morning, early in the editing period of my film, I arrived at college to find that the film room had burnt down.
My footage was in it.
Goodbye film number one.
My college relationship with video began promisingly. My first film combined stills and video in a psychedelic short: The protagonists entered a Seargent Pepper-like multicoloured world via a C.S. Lewis wardrobe. Yes, I always liked to mix my metaphors. (And my stimulants.)
I loved doing the storyboard. I enthused my spikey-haired flatmates into taking part in the shoot. It was the project I had most enjoyed since starting the Theatre Design course.
Beware of Bandits and Random Acts of Peril
The fire took me totally by surprise.
I didn't have any back ups of the film footage.
The universe was probably trying to give me a lesson on back-up's but I didn't listen.
In my final year, I tempted the film fates once again. I hooked up with a musician friend from Mozambique to make a music video for a song he'd written.
I can't remember much about the video except that that the cameraman was high and we co-opted a bunch of multi-ethnic kids to dance in a circle. So embarrassing to think of now. Probably just as well the musician ran off back to Mozambique with the only copy of the video.
I didn't see it that way at the time though. He went right before the end of the final college term, leaving me now minus two projects to present for my degree.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Demons
You can imagine it's been a big psychological challenge to work with film again. But hey ho, third time lucky and all that. I've got to bury that video demon sometime.
So last weekend I was on location in Almería - Europe's only desert where many Spaghetti Westerns were made. I went to shoot footage for an online course version of my book, Blast Your Creative Blocks.
So far, so good. The video has arrived home safe and sound and has been copied to my hard drive and iCloud. I'll be putting it on my back up drive and Google Drive as well just to make sure.
(Thank you Universe, I did finally learn!)
Barring alien intervention or a world-devastating, Mercury-retrograde-induced cataclysm, it should be safe.
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