Kodak Film School Competition

Currently, I am sitting in my university computer room waiting to ‘do lunch’ with my tutors Anna and Esteban. Oh how I am dreading it.

A little back story:

As you may know, couple of months ago my Moving Image group was told we will be entering the annual Kodak Student Commercial competition. I decided that I really want to do as many projects as possible this year, as it is my last year of uni and is the most vital. Therefore I decided that I really wanted to do this competition. Even though there were a few hiccups here and there (which I will not discuss), I hadn’t developed my own ideas, but found myself in a group with two other girls: Ni and Youting. They had already thought of a concept for the Dove brief, which was ‘What do you wish your mother told you’. I believed this to be a great concept and felt strongly for it.

We discussed the concept further, as well as the voice over which we wanted, and all our job now was to create the visual element to it – which has to be shot on film and given to the film processors by the 17th December.

Fast forward to now – a mere 11 days before we have to give in our shot film – and we still haven’t finalised our story board, let alone location hunted and everything else that goes with it. Bugger.

As a group, we have gone through at least ten different concepts, with at least two storyboards for each one of them. We have gone from documentary style to surrealist, showing body shots to shots of bubbles and foam. We have gone everywhere we could go with the visuals.

Every single one of them has practically been defecated on by our tutors.

So now, I’m in a bit of a fowl mood from the stress and the constant kicks in the teeth. I think I can speak for the other two members of the group, that they are stressed and disheartened too.

We have met up, discussed, researched practically everyday for about three weeks now, yet it’s still not good enough. We have come up with one more storyboard – hopefully the last that we will need – this morning. We are just waiting until 1.45pm to get the verdict of it over lunch. If it doesn’t get confirmed, then I haven’t got a bloody clue what to do next. I feel like all our resources have run out and nothing will be good enough.

What’s the chance of our latest storyboard being thrown in the bin with the rest of the rubbish of today’s lunch? I dread to even contemplate.

Hopefully I will be able to upload some of our storyboards at some point in time. But at the moment, I feel like I couldn’t care less.