If you follow my perjalanan hidup solely thru this blog (yes, all 2 of you -- stalkers!), let me just tell you that I have in fact returned from my one-month study sojourn in London. It's been one week plus, but I'm still re-adjusting to life in KL (kononlah).
But seriously, it was a wonderful and enriching experience for me. Doing a one-month course on film-making sounds rather impossible, but I did learn a lot, in and out of the classroom. You can read about my first day at the Central Film School London HERE
Of course it was also quite an experience just being on my own for a full month. Something that I only came to realise after I got there. I have to do my own laundry?? The horror! But no worries, I figured things out in due time. In fact, I did more than just laundry. Ta dah...
Canlah, scrambled eggs. But honestly, after a while, it just wasn't worth the effort, as Starbucks and Pret A Manger were on my route going to the school.
And that was the other thing that I enjoyed; the daily walk from my apartment to the school in Aldgate. It helped that the weather was near-perfect almost for the entire length of my stay. In fact, people were just puzzled by the abundance of sunshine and the lack of rain. Check out the views I get to enjoy every day : )
Of course the sunshine didn't mean it was hot and humid Malaysian-style; temperatures were always rather cool, which also meant it was perfect for running. I should know, I kept clocking in good times on my every-other-day runs, culminating in the Teach First 10k Challenge where I did a personal best.
As for the course itself, yes, there was so much to take in and digest in such a short period of time, but it was structured well, with maybe a few tweaks needed here and there. The school staff members were all very helpful and efficient, and the majority of the tutors were awesome too.
Personally, I wished that the screenwriting part was longer than the half-day that was given, but we also got three solid days of directing tutorials from a very competent teacher, Chris Thomas. It was really an eye-opener, especially his sessions on working with actors.
My classmates too were a bunch of interesting people from all over the world. We had everything; the talkative types, the silent types, the now-you-see-now-you-don't types... Hehe. But we had loads of fun, especially when we got down to the nitty gritty and started to shoot our short films.
Weekends though meant exploring stuff beyond London. But instead of making proper plans, I basically winged it. My first trip out was to Brighton, the popular seaside town. I googled it for a bit, but basically didn't really know what to look out for there. But hey, I had a pretty good time there, and you can read it HERE