Saturday, 29 September 2012

The Greatest Thing: MPS Promo

Recently I appeared in a promo video for DCU's Media Production Society (MPS). I'm the one with the embarrassing lisp! Catch the video below:

If you are a DCU student who is in anyway interested in the media, and who wants to get hands on experience in creating your own videos or radio shows, then MPS is the society you need to get involved with. Clubs and Socs day is this coming Tuesday and Wednesday. Sign up!

Monday, 24 September 2012

My Lion Patronus

After seeing this tutorial by Joel Robinson, I decided to have a go myself.

Another reason why I followed this tutorial is because I have a little event idea that I could run with two societies in DCU. I'll say no more at the moment, because I need to run it by some people... But as always, stay tuned, I'll give away more details in the future.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Domino's Danny in DCU

A few months ago DCU's local Domino's asked MPS to create a promo video. The video was filmed on the campus.

I was involved in the editing process. Seeing the video now is getting me hyped up for a brilliant year with MPS.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

The Not So Silent Cinema

Last night I went over to the free 'Silent Cinema' that was happening on campus at DCU.

They gave out wireless headphones, so it wasn't exactly silent. And it was absolutely freezing! It didn't rain though, so I shouldn't complain!

The film shown was American Reunion. The American Pie films aren't ones that I'd usually choose to watch, but I got a giggle from it, and the whole experience of sitting outside with free pizza watching a film made for an interesting night!

I can't wait to get to some more events during Freshers' Fortnight. It looks like the Student Union have some fun events lined up.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Silent Cinema at DCU

Just a quick note to say: I'm back in Dublin! It's Orientation Week for the newbies (hello first years!) and DCU's Student Union have organised some events for Freshers' Fortnight. Today, at 7pm there will be a pop-up and silent cinema at the Mall. I have no clue of what to expect, but it looks set to be a lovely evening weather-wise, so why not check it out?

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Expect a post either ranting or raving about it soon!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Scene Not Herd Articles

At the end of August I had an unreal time volunteering at Electric Picnic with Body and Soul, I've written about it, you can find it here on the Temple Bar Cultural Trust blog.

Niamh and I at the Wishing Tree in Body and Soul

I have the opportunity to write opinion pieces with this blog because I am a Scene Not Herd member. Scene Not Herd is made up of young individuals who are interested in culture, and are willing to document their cultural adventures!

As well as writing about my Electric Picnic experience, I have also reviewed an exhibition and a play. One of the great perks of being a Scene Not Herd member is getting free tickets to events! It's a lot of fun being a a part of SNH, and I'm sure all this practice at writing reviews will be important in the future, if I ever decide to get into PR.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Photography & Imaging Strand

This month I will be entering my second year of Communications at DCU. As geeky as it is, I can't wait to get back to the lectures and see what I'll be learning about this year! To add to my excitement I discovered today that I was successful in getting my first strand choice of Photography and Imaging.

If you've had a glance at my blog before it is probably not a shock that I picked the Photography strand. I love to express myself visually, and I hope that my eagerness will help me excel in the module!

One of the resources I dipped into to help develop my photography skills.

It will be great to be guided by a lecturer; before this semester I taught myself how to use my DSLR to take decent photographs. It's two more weeks until year 2 commences. Bring it on.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Another Sip From the Teacup

It is coming to the end of my summer break from uni, and, as a result, I have been reflecting on my personal successes and failures of the season. I realised that this blog had left one of my favourite artistic endeavours without an adequate ending. You may remember the Teacup Chronicles photoshoots that I couldn't stop blogging about in the first half of the summer. Unfortunately, the posts stopped pretty abruptly because Sorcha's laptop broke, and files were lost, slowing the whole process down. If there was ever a time for a sad face emotion it would be now... :(.

After this happened we were all disheartened, and, as of yet, we never got another chance to round up the trilogy of photoshoots.

However, regardless of the unlucky circumstances, I still have some images saved that I haven't shared with this blog. So pop the kettle on and scroll down to have a gander at them!

All images featured on this post are taken and edited by me, unless I (the ginger one) am in the photo! Then it will have been taken by Alan or Paul (so sorry guys, I can't remember who took what) and edited by Sorcha.

The Teacup Chronicles team:

Sorcha: Came up with the idea for the Teacup Chronicles, editor, model, stylist.

Shauna: Model, stylist.

Alan: Photographer, model, stylist.

Claire (that's me!): Photographer, editor, model(ha!), stylist.

Thanks to Paul as well, although was not an official member of the team, on this outing he took some photos, and helped us get our hands on a sword, shield and bow and arrow! And thank you Fiona, for providing us with much needed refreshments after the shoot! There is much less time for tea than you'd imagine when you are at a ringfort taking photos for the Teacup Chronicles.

Note: Whenever I say 'model' or 'stylist' I am being pretentious, of course. What I really mean is that we were in the photos, and all chose our own outfits to fit with the theme. It sounds fancier with a title, so I'm adding one!

More photos from the second chapter of the Chronicles:

So there is a little selection for you! There are more images, some I have already posted on this blog here and here, and others are on my Flickr page.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the images from The Teacup Chronicles: The Honourable Defense!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Carefree Clicking

Today, I had the urge to take some photos, but I didn't have a creative concept in mind. So I carted my camera to town, hoping that I would stumble across something that would trigger an idea. While I wasn't exactly struck my a lighting bold of inspiration, I did take a few impulsive snaps. Below are the results.