Monday, 15 March 2010

Sometimes I get BIKE RAGE

So I had a little bit of a holiday the last few days. I'm looking at it as a break before all the hard
Went back to Oxford to hang out in the new house with Dan for abit and meet my parents etc. Had SUCH a good weekend, was so relaxing being at home (in a warm house) and having someone cook for me lol.

I didn't spend the whole time being lazy though, I actually managed to get so much research done, surprisingly! We went into Oxford on Thursday to be proper tourists and just wonder around the city looking at the beautiful buildings, and we went into several museums which turned out to be SO useful for my research.
We went to the science museum which had a Steampunk themed exhibition on at the moment, was really interesting and my mind hurt looking at all the amazing gadgets which were built like 500 years ago!
Upstairs was a whole area about medicine and surgery in the 1800's and loads of old equipment was on display which was really interesting. I like this 'post-mortem Kit'. You just cant find this stuff on the internet!

Afterwards we went and ate a PORK SANDWICH in the cutest little pub. Wish I'd taken a photo of the amazingness of this sandwich but to give you an idea...

We then went to the Pitts Rivers Museum. It was awesome full of...stuff! stuff everywhere! I got so many useful things for research. I hope I didnt bore Dan just dragging him round museums all day!

The next day we went to London to a huge prop-hire store called Chase Hire. They have 1000's of props-furniture/accessories which they hire out to films/tv shows/events etc. Never been to one and luckily managed to talk my way in and we spent hours just looking at stuff. It's the sort of stuff you'd see in a museum except you're allowed to touch it lol. Was amazing, there was just so much. Like rows and rows of tvs spanning from the 30s up to present, weapons, luggage-pirate treasure chests to a modern day brief cases! Even Porn from the 70s on VHS! You could literally find ANYTHING.

Saw Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland on Friday night. I actually quite enjoyed it. I didn't realise it was a completely different story to the Disney one. I don't know what everyone's moaning about, the storyline isn't the best but it works, they've taken elements from various Alice stories and Lewis Carrolls stories and mixed them up.As for the look of the film it's TOTALLY Tim Burton...but does anyone expect anything else? I mean if it wasn't in his style people would probably complain about that. I think it looked beautiful. I'm the first to admit I had my reservations about the film, it seemed a bit pointless, but I liked it in the end, It was funny, quirky and looked awesome. Wouldn't wanna watch it on anything less than a cinema screen though!

I am now going to make a list of all the things I need to do work-wise, have SO much research now I don't have ANY excuses!


Tuesday, 9 March 2010


...regarding Lady GAGA post it should be "tonight MATTHEW".



Also....I get very frustrated whenever my ink cartridges run out! ESPECIALLY when I've gone all out and paid for the proper brand name ones. I only bought them 2 weeks ago and theyve already run out-i've printed hardly ANYTHING off!
I therefore complained and got an email back explaining to me how a printer works:

"I would like to inform you that the depletion of ink directly depends on
what is being printed, the type of paper being used and the print area being
covered on the paper. If you do a lot of printing with colour, graphics,
then there are possibilities that the ink cartridges can run out of ink
early. "

Do they want to be any more condescending! I got quite angry..

"I'm not stupid,I realise that depletion of ink depends on what I am
printing-I have been using printers for many years now."

Got a reply saying they'll see what they can do about getting me a replacement.



Tonight Michael, I'm going to be....LADY GAGA...

So we all went up to Liverpool this weekend for Sophie's 21st Birthday! Had such a wicked time! Everyone went all out with the fancy dress, I won 2nd prize for my costume-woopwoop! lol. Was quite pleased with it actually, came out quite well!

Just come back from a lovely lunch with my lovely boyfriend, Now it is back to work. Had quite a productive evening last night with "The Huntress" part of my project. I'm going to post up more details about the areas I'm designing soon. Gotta get loads done as Im going home tomorrow evening-literally cannot wait!!!

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Work Experience!

I got some awesome news yesterday- my application was accepted to do work experience at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden! I am SO excited! I applied a couple of weeks ago but really didn't think I'd hear back from them as it's very competitive and thought they'd only be interested in those pretentious theatre types from London lol.
Its not til the end of June. I can't wait! :)

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

And so it begins...

I refuse to let it get to this again though.........

....those were dark Lionel Richie and Jeremy Kyle filled times :'(

Saturday, 6 February 2010

The Book of Lost Things

For my major personal project I want to design sets for a film production of a book by John Connolly called The Book of Lost Things. It is one of my favourite books, I've read it so many times!

"As war rages across Europe, David is violently propelled into a land that is both a construct of his imagination yet frighteningly real. a strange reflection of his own world composed of myths and stories, populated by wolves and worse-than-wolves, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious, legendary book...The Book of Lost Things."

It's quite a dark story based on well known fairy tales...but the original versions, which as most people know were much scarier once upon a time..

I'm going to chose 3 areas of interest from the book and designs sets for them. I'm not sure whether I will be building a colour-scale model or white card models with mood boards and then build part of a set full scale-it all depends on time and what I feel I can do. Either way I am very excited. I have wasted too much time all ready though!

Tuesday, 26 January 2010


Just a quick introduction to my blog. My name is Lisa Meller. I have just started my last term of my 3rd year of Uni-scary stuff! This blog has been created to record the progress of my final major project in the hope that others who are interested in my work will have a look, maybe read and maybe contact me.

I would like to work in the film industry in the art department helping design and make films. I have a year's work experience before I started Uni, working on Death at a Funeral and Eastern Promises. During this time I got to work with some interesting and inspiring people and it made me realise that is what I wanted to do.

Feel free to contact me at any time my email address is on the right :)