A rather geeky and picture heavy sunday best. My week has consisted of a piano lesson, work, yo sushi, wagamama, Avatar (finally!) having my boy stay over all weekend, and dinner with my Dad, my new step mummy, and my gran tonight. I wandered around Asda for an hour and stocked up on lunch for the next week. The pounds are slowly sliding off despite my fiendish biscuit and crisp munching. Was a nice chilled end to the week :) I won a couple of Paul Frank tshirts on ebay, ordered those gorgeous Lady Luck brooches I'd been banging on about, and aquired a lovely pen pal! Ohh, and my business cards finally came in the post...
I got 50 for around £15 (inc postage) from Moo.com. I've used them before for invites and would highly reccomend them to anyone.
They come in this slick little black card holder. Customisation of the cards is 100% your own, and pretty easy to do. I'm marketing myself as an applied artist, with my main skill being scenic art but I could also work as art department, production assistant and wardrobe assistant. Its hard to narrow these titles all down to one, so applied artist seems the most appropriate. I didnt want a piece of my work pictured on my business cards, so I opted for 12 images from a Moo designer/photographer (cant remember his name, there are so many different designers work to look through) and my details on the other side in a really simple type font. Its pure tiny! haha it didnt seem that small when I was doing it on the site. Im not fussed though, pretty pleased with them :) Wanted them to be colourful, but not too fussy. My business cards are like little mini postcards, and I hope I get many chances to hand them out... and that the people who I network will remember 'oh, that pretty little picture in my pocket has Ayden Millars contact details on them...'
Hire me please? :)
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I worked on a graduation film last year for the Digital Film and Television course at my uni. Myself and my friend Ash jumped on as art department, and were kindly given the title of Production Designer (Me) and Art Director (Ash) before the screening. Always good for the CV :) The short film is called Choreomania, and is basically a kind of dark humour where the mundane aspects of day to day life causes a dancing plague to take over, and the story follows the main character from when he wakes up and tries to go about his day to day life, discovering that something pretty strange is going on. It was such a fun shoot to work on and its a hilarious little short film! I found out on friday that Choreomania has been awarded best undergraduate drama at the Scottish Royal Television Society awards. It will now enter into the National Television awards in London, and the Celtic media festival. Its also competing in the Glasgow Short Film Festival this February, with a screening at the CCA in Glasgow on Sat 20th Feb. The writer and director, Louis Paxton, emailed us to say that the short has also been accepted to a number of other festivals both at home and abroad, with January seeing the dancing plague stretching as far as Jaipur India and Berlin. So fingers crossed :) I only have one copy on dvd but I wish I could show it to you all! Here are some production pictures and stills from the very gem itself:
Haha, the pictures really dont do the film justice. I thought I would share anyways :) I feel awfy proud to have worked on something thats getting good press and attention in the filmy world. Like I said, I cant show you a copy, but I can show you a little clip of something else I worked on recently. Remember the little puppet set I worked on, which I blogged about a while back? I dont know if you will, but anyways it was a entry for a Kodak commercial competition for Barclays Bank. Again me and Ash were on it together as scenic artists this time. Its only a 30 sec advert, but have a little nosy :)
5 months and 1 week until graduation. Little projects like the ones above have helped to build me into the 'applied artist' that I am today. For example, doing film jobs completely off my own back and external to my uni curriculum (which is almost entirely theatre based) I share them on my blog, with you and with others because the things that inspire and excite me are things that I hope would bring inspiration to other people too. I may not be the best painter, or the best costume or prop maker. But I work so bloody hard, stay organised, and ultimately deliver the goods just as they should be delivered. So I hope thats a sort of proof that you can do whatever you want to do in life if you just work and work at it, giving as much effort and commitment as possible. Well dears, its bedtime now. And time for a good rest before the busy week ahead. Thanks for reading, as always ♥