Thursday, 31 March 2011

30 Day Challenge!



Hi

How's it goin? 

Long term readers will remember, last April I blogged everyday for a month.

This gave us such memorable blog entries as,
and of course,

And 27 other memorable and entertaining blog posts. I'm sure you enjoyed them all immensely.

Well April is nearly here again, and I am going to repeat my blog everyday for a month challenge. I realise that lately I have been blogging an awful lot, but that's just because an awful lot has been happening. I try to keep it down to three posts a week, but sometimes I get bored an want to share something with you.  SO I decided to re create my challenge from last year, however this year it will be slightly different. I will be following a set structure. It's a 30 day Photo Challenge. One of my Facebook friends was doing this with a facebook photo album, so I have adapted it for my crappy little blog.
So tomorrow starts the 30 day challenge. Here's what will feature on the blog for the next 30 days.






Day 1: A picture of yourself with 10 facts.

Day 2: A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest.

Day 3: A picture of the cast from your favorite show.

Day 4: A picture of your favourite night.

Day 5: A picture of your favourite memory.

Day 6: A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day.

Day 7: A picture of your most treasured item.

Day 8: A picture that makes you laugh.

Day 9: A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.

Day 10: A picture of the person you do the most fucking up things with.

Day 11: A picture of something you hate.

Day 12: A picture of something you love.

Day 13: A picture of your favorite band or artist.

Day 14: A picture of something you could never imagine your life without.

Day 15: A picture of something you want to do before you die.

Day 16: A picture of someone who inspires you.

Day 17: A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently.

Day 18: A picture of your biggest insecurity.

Day 19: A picture and a letter.

Day 20: A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel.

Day 21: A picture of something you wish you could forget.

Day 22: A picture of something you wish you were better at.

Day 23: A picture of your favorite book.

Day 24: A picture of something you wish you could change.

Day 25: A picture of your favorite day.

Day 26: A picture of something that means a lot to you.

Day 27: A picture of yourself and a family member.

Day 28: A picture of something you're afraid of.

Day 29: A picture that can always make you smile.

Day 30: A picture of someone you miss.




That's All For Now 

Until Next Time

Have A Nice

Andy G

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Even More Conversations From The Club

Hi

How's it goin?

It's time for another thrilling tale of my adventures in The Club.

It was St Patricks day a couple of weeks ago. A day universally recognised as the day you must go out and drink until you bleed. Just like the irish do. Paddy's day is a busy day in any pub or club, but we were choc a bloc. We were full to capacity before midnight, it was mental. 100% of the customers were blootered. 90% of the customers attempted to get discount by pretending to be Irish.  
There was more drama at the cloakroom, with one girl in tears saying that her purse had been stolen, and along with it, her cloakroom ticket. 
She then took out her purse to show me there was no ticket. I asked her how she got it back if it had been stolen? She claimed that someone found it outside and returned it to her because it had her ID in it. She was crying, a lot, saying her friends had left her, all her cards and money had been stolen, she just wanted her coat and wanted to go home. But with no ticket, she has to wait until the end of the night. I can't risk any mistakes and this drunk girl walking off with the wrong coat.
She then cried louder. Claiming this wasn't fair. Everything had been stolen from her. She then showed me her purse again in an attempt to emphasise her point. The funny thing is, when she showed me her purse I clearly saw a £10 note, and all her bank cards. I pointed this out to her and she said that the thief obviously didn't take everything.

So as I understood the situation, someone stole her purse, but she somehow managed to get it back, and the only thing which was actually stolen was the cloakroom ticket.

She then just cried louder. I told her to wait until the end of the night if she wanted her coat. I never saw her again. 


I suspect she is a con artist.


Last week was yet another busy week at Student Night. It's the last one for a a few weeks as it's easter holidays, so the organisers don't think it's going to be busy. Which is fine by me as it means a Thursday night off.

It was a very busy final night. Full to the brim yet again.
We have started to perform bag checks as people come in now. This is because there is not a week that goes by when I don't find at least one bottle of vodka on the floor at the end of the night. One night I found 3 bottles of vodka and 2 bottles of rose wine. We're not exactly expensive on student night, yet the cheapo students still find the need to sneak in their own stuff. This has led to many people getting to the front of the queue, being asked to check their bags and then disappearing round the corner to down a  bottle of vodka or supermarket wine before they come in.
Classy people.

Some people still manage to get some stuff in however. This past Thursday, two guys were standing at the bottom of the stairs and they dropped a bottle of Buckfast.
Buckfast? Really?

How scummy are you aiming to be?
The bottle smashed all over the floor and the two guys just walked away innocently pretending to know nothing about it. I had the doormen escort them both from the building. They both claimed, 
"I don't drink Buckfast." 
I shouted back at them, 
"Not anymore tonight you're not."
Dickheads.
I didn't shout the dickheads bit, they were both bigger than me and they might have been waiting outside for me later.

At the end of the night, the staff and I sat down for another well earned beer. It was this night that I discovered that barmaid Laura, (also known as Bitchface) has another nickname, BJ Laura. I don't know what the BJ stands for, I'll try and find out and let you know asap.
We then discovered what it would be like if BJ Laura/Bitchface was in a relationship with Lewis the Bartender.
If you can't see the video above then stop reading this crap on facebook and CLICK HERE.

That's All For Now

Until Next Time

Have A Nice

Andy G

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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

My Showreel

Hi

How's it goin? 

I've spent the past few days working on my showreel for school. It's something I have put together for a university interview. Once my main project is complete that will be included. In the mean time, this version features various clips from my films, and some of my camera work from other peoples films I have worked on. It includes clips from the nearly finished promo video for Bob's hotel, some fotage from the yet to be released Sticks & Stones, Written and Directed by Scott Ironside.


Hope you like.


If you cannot see the video above then stop reading this crap on facebook and CLICK HERE


What did ya think?


The films included were: 
The Hotel Promo (Not yet finished)
Cooking With Struan
The Private Island
Robins Induction Day
The Playhouse
All of the above you can see in the MY FILMS section of the blog.


Also included were:
Fabulous Make-Up For Beginners
Charlie & Viv
And the yet to be released,  Sticks & Stones,

That's All For Now

Until Next Time

Have A Nice 

Andy G 

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Monday, 28 March 2011

(Belated) Island Week: John Island

Hi

How's it goin?


Here's a film that was not finished in time for Island Week on The Blog a couple of weeks ago.
It was written and Directed by Kevin Macaloon, and stars the man who's in more films this year than anyone else, Struan.
It's very good.

Kev decided to go the opposite direction as everyone else and not include a physical island and make this instead.

John Island is a man who wishes he was someone else, working in an office all day he has plenty of time to wonder about his life as someone else and on the walk home his multiple personality syndrome kicks in.
If you can't see the video above then stop reading this crap on facebook and CLICK HERE.

What did ya think?

That's All For Now

Until Next Time

Have A Nice

Andy G

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Sunday, 27 March 2011

Cooking With Struan: How to make A Cottage Pie

Hi

How's it goin?



Here's the latest of my school projects. A cooking demonstration. It shows you how to make a cottage pie using my own recipe. It features Struan playing "Chef Struan." It's goes through every step of how to make a cottage pie. And it features a joke about a dead prostitute.

Enjoy.

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That's All For Now

Until Next Time

Have A Nice

Andy G

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Friday, 25 March 2011

Behind The Scenes on Struans Pet Hate

Hi

How's it goin? 

As regular readers will know, I've got a lot on at the moment, I'm busy making 4 films. And so are my classmates. Here's some behind the scenes pics from Struans Pet Hate. Struan is making a short documentary on people who hassle you on the street. In this particular scene, I play a tramp who steals a sandwich from him. And Scott plays another tramp who grabs his leg and begs for more money. 


The film is not intended to have a go at people begging. But the people who go a step to far. There is one guy in particular in Aberdeen who is really bad for this. He usually operates on Union Street. He approaches you and asks for directions to a homeless shelter, then asks for some money. He has asked me this countless times. Once he asked me three times in the two days. I saw him again last week and he was still looking for directions to the homeless shelter to get something to eat. He must be starving by now.


All the photo's were taken by Kevin Macaloon.

I grabbed the opportunity to talk to a real live tramp while we were filming. Here is the footage.


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Once Struan finishes his film hopefully he'll put it on you tube and I'll put it on the blog for you.


That's All For Now 

Until Next Time

Have A Nice

Andy G


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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

More Conversations From The Club



Hi

How's it goin? 

It's been a busy few weeks in the life of Andy G. Lots of school work to be done and movies to be made. But I have to pay the bills somehow. So I'm still working in The Club when I can.

A few weeks ago we had a big name DJ in. I say big name DJ, I'd never heard of him, but apparently he was kind of a big deal. The place was packed. 800 people were in. It was the busiest night I'd seen in a very long time. It was a ticket only event and the tickets had sold out a couple of weeks earlier. All day the phones had been going with people asking for tickets. It was tres annoying. (That's french for very annoying.) About an hour before we opened I was busy setting up the bar, when the doorbell rang. I assumed it was staff so went to check, otherwise I would have ignored it. It wasn't staff, it was a woman trying to get in.

Andy: Hi, can I help?

Woman: Yeah, I'm here for the show.

Andy: Alright, we don't actually open until 9. It's only 8 o'clock.

Woman: The ticket says 8.

Andy: No it doesn't.

Woman: Yes it does.

The woman then gets out her ticket, checks it, and has a look of stupidity on her face.

Woman: Oh, never mind then.

Andy: No problem.

Woman: I have a spare ticket, do you want it?

Andy: What?

Woman: Do you want to buy my ticket?

Andy: No, I work here.

Woman: Yeah, but do you want a ticket for the show tonight?

Andy: No, I work here, I am working here tonight. Why would I want to pay for a ticket when I am working here.

Woman: Oh yeah. Do you have any friends?

Andy: Yes, lots.

Woman: Do any of them want a ticket.

Andy: I doubt it.

Woman: Are you sure?

Andy: Yes, if my friends wanted a ticket they could have got one from me, that's just one of the many advantages of having me as a friend.

Woman: I see. So you don't want a ticket?

Andy: No.

I then slammed the door in her face.

Why would I want a ticket to the show I am working?
Stupid fooking cow.


As I said this night was particularly busy, and the problem with that, is that at the end of the night, 800 people try to get their coats from the very small cloakroom all at the same time.
It's mental.
The queue is a dangerous place to be.
At one point Vinnie (my boss) grabbed me and he and I attempted to police the queue. However I don't wear a suit to work, and I don't have a name badge. So to the general public, we look like a couple of idiots just messing about with the queue for fun. I did try to explain this to the people I was trying to hold back, but they all demanded proof to see that I was the manager. Several people asked to see my badge, and they refused to believe that a manager would not wear a badge. Eventually I convinced my boss that the doormen should be doing this, while we observed from a safe distance.

One particularly drunken twat decided to try and cause a riot by screaming abuse.

"Come on guys, lets just shout abuse until they give us our fucken jackets." He screamed.

He then continued to shout a lot of abuse in the general direction of the cloakroom. I politely asked him to stop shouting and to join the queue or he would be removed from the building.

"Who the fuck are you like? You fucken prick!"

"I'm the manager, he's the doorman, and you're the drunken twat who's getting chucked out. Cya later dickhead."

I'm not gonna lie, that felt good.


It got to around 3:30 am and the cloakroom queue was still pretty long, but moving fairly quickly. One woman attempted to complain me. She said that this queue was a disgrace and that she was working at 8am the next day. I informed her that the cloakroom had been open all night and she didn't have to wait until the end of the evening to get her coat. And if she was working at 8am, she really shouldn't have been out so late in the first place.
A woman standing behind her then added in,
"Yeah you stupid bitch!"
The moaning woman shut up and waited her turn, while the woman who called her a bitch got jumped to the front of the queue.
I live by a simple rule in hospitality, if you're good to me, I'm good to you. If you're a knob, you'll get fook all from me.


We do a student night once a week, and its pretty busy, although it's not to everyones taste. One girl went storming out the door saying,
"I'm not gonna lie to ya, thats the shittest club in Aberdeen."
I asked her if she'd ever been to The Priory.
Also that night, a drunken woman saw me come down the stairs and said,


Drunk woman: Is there another floor?


Andy: Yes.
I then pointed to the stairs.


Drunk woman: Is it upstairs?


Andy: Yes, that's why I am pointing at the stairs.


Drunk woman: And it's open now?


Andy: Yes, that's why I just managed to come down those stairs and I am now directing you to them, and all these other people are walking up them. See?


Drunk woman: So, I'm allowed upstairs?


Andy: Yes of course.


She seemed over joyed at this, so much so that she screamed with delight, gave me a hug and ran off to find her pals who then all went upstairs giggling. I'm not entirely sure why. Upstairs is open every week, and it's not much better up there than it is done stairs. I suspect she may have thought it was the VIP area or something. She would be in for a massive disappointment


Half an hour later she had to be carried out by her mates cos she was too drunk to stand. Fookin students!


At the end of a long night in The Club, myself and the staff quite often have a well earned beer. And sometimes a snack. Here's a video of one of the barman enjoying an afterwork beverage and a nibble.

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That's All For Now

Until Next Time 

Have A Nice 

Andy G 

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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Robins Induction Day



Hi 

How's it goin?

This is the latest in my school projects. 

The brief for this project was to make a 2.5 minute video following a pre written script about a boy who misses induction day at college. I changed the script a tad. And made it Robin, (As is Batman & Robin) has left Gotham and enrolled at the college. It's also slightly longer and 2.5 minutes. It's 11 minutes and 4 seconds.  It features Batman, Robin, Superman, The Riddler, and Morrice The Muppet. I hope you like it.


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What did ya think?

A massive thanks the stars of this film, Struan and Scott. And a massive thanks to Kev Laing for designing the Robins Induction Day Logo. And Diana Leto for designing The Bank of The Riddler Cheque.

That's All For Now 

Until Next Time

Have A Nice 

Andy G 

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Monday, 21 March 2011

The Official Making Of Sticks And Stones

Hi

How's it goin? 

A couple of weeks ago I gave you a look at a couple of behind the scenes pics and the trailer for The Making of Sticks and Stones. Here's the official Making Of. It's very good. It features all the cast and crew hard at work. 
Sadly the footage from the pub has not been included. One day I might unleash that upon the internet, but for now, this is what you get. 
As soon as Scott has finished the edit of the actual movie and stuck it on youtube, I'll be sure to post it on the blog. It's gonna be really good.






If you can't see the video's above then stop reading this crap on facebook and CLICK HERE

Several days after the shoot, Scott, Struan, Kaylee and myself all headed into town for a few drinks to celebrate a good weekends shooting. Where Scott was nice enough to present us with gifts.

Struan was chuffed with his Mini Helicopter, although he has been told he has to share it with his brother.



I was intrigued with my gift.

It's come in very handy.

That's All For Now

Until Next Time

Have A Nice

Andy G

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Sunday, 20 March 2011

Island Week: And the nominations are...

Hi

How's it goin?

So as Island Week draws to a close, it gives me great pleasure to announce who's films have actually been put forward for The Celtic Media Festival 2011.

We found out on Wednesday afternoon. Our lecturer told us the announcement would be up on the Further Educational Institutes  webpage within five minutes. And sure enough five minutes later, the link was up. I clicked it, I clicked that link with more enthusiasm than any link I had ever clicked ever.
And it didn't work.

It didn't work!
I went mental.
Myself and Stephen then searched the building for our course leader to demand answers. We went to 6 classrooms, 4 offices, 3 toilets, 7 cupboards and a tv studio. He was no where to be found. He was in hiding. He knew we were looking for him, I'm sure of it. This was some kind of psychological mind game he was playing. The bastard.
Eventually we broke into his office, found another teacher in there and demanded answers. He gave us none, and then we found the man we were looking for. He wandered in looking all innocent, claiming not to know we were searching the whole building for him.
Hmmmm? A likely story.
We demanded answers. He told us to ask another lecturer.
We then rushed back to class to find the lecturer in question, he then supplied us with the correct link on the webpage and we saw the delegates for the festival.
The people who's films will be shown at the Celtic Media Festival 2011 are...


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And a first year girl who I don't know.

There is a standby list, so if one of us can't go then one of the stand by guys will take our place. Amongst those stand by's are Sulaiman and Brodie. Both of whom deserve to go as they have made films which are much better than mine.

So the good news is, that Cat, Stephen and myself are off to Stornoway (all expenses paid) for a film festival for a few days. 
I don't expect my film to win. Both Stephens and Cats films are much better than mine. So I'm not going expecting to win anything, just hoping to have a good time for three days in Stornoway. 
I'll let you know how it goes.
A massive thank you to everyone who has viewed and liked my film on youtube, and for your kind words in fighting against my Anonymous Abuser.

That's All For Now

Until Next Time

Have A Nice

Andy G 

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Saturday, 19 March 2011

Island Week: Sulaimans Island

Hi

How's it goin?

And for the final instalment of Island Week, It's Sulaimans Island.
Sulaiman entered a film last year when the theme was Green. Here it is.

His first year film, Moments, was also very good. And starred a  couple of very talented actors in the opening scene.


Sulaiman shot his film on his own DSLR camera, and it looks fooking sexy. I don't mean the people in it. Just the shot's themselves.


Anyway, here it is, judge for yourself.

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What do ya think?

That's All For Now

Until Next Time 

Have A Nice

Andy G

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Friday, 18 March 2011

Island Week: Brodies Island

Hi

How's it goin?
Today's island film is not actually from one of my classmates, but from someone who is doing the first year of the same course I'm doing. His name is Brodie, and this is his island film.
It's very good.

If you can't see the video above then stop reading this crap on facebook and CLICK HERE

Come back tomorrow at the crack of noon for Sulaimans Island.

That's All For Now

Until Next Time

Have A Nice

Andy G

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Thursday, 17 March 2011

Island Week: Struans Island

Hi

How's it goin?

Last Friday I awoke at stupid o'clock in the morning (around 8 ish) and headed down to Aberdeen beach to film Struans Island film.


Here's a behind the scenes video.


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Here's a couple of behind the scenes pics.


And now without further delay, I present to you Struans Island film, If Love Were An Island.



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What did ya think?



Be sure to come back tomorrow at the crack of noon to see Brodies Island.


That's All For Now

Until Next Time

Have A Nice

Andy G

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