Hoo hoo! What a day! It all started with me waking up almost too late for Uni, and for many hours from then on, forgetting just about everything and anything, which led to me climbing flights of stairs or waiting eons for lifts over and over, so by midday I was pretty frustrated with myself. Pretty bog horrid day to date, then.
Well, at 2:30, we were all due to meet up with the Sci-Fi staff who had popped down for the day. I know, I said I'd shut up about them, but what else have I got to talk about? Anyway, they were here to show the other animation/multimedia groups the animations we did, where we had to briefly talk about our films. This was to convince these other groups to also make animations for the channel, so they will start airing them on TV once they have around 20 (currently, as you can see on the website, there is just the 10 so far).
Now when we first went to into live project, there wasn't really a "prize" for making an animation, except the fact that our films could be aired on TV, which is great in it's own right, but today they revealed that they had changed their minds, and had set a poll with all the staff on the Universal floors of the Oxford Street building. Rachel was the "Honourable Mention" and got a video iPod, which was nice. The winning place was in fact a draw between three people, so all 3 got a winning prize of a Archos AV 500: Joe, David and...me!
The prize came in this funky wrapping paper that reminds me of wallpaper we had in my house back when I was a kid (only it wasn't sliver), and had this cute little tag.
Once all this had taken place, we had our photos done (both the lot of us that did animations and the four of us who won prizes), which will be in the Local newspaper! Hoo hoo!
Now what is this AV 500 thingy then? Well, it's a 'Mobile Digital Video Recorder' that can be used as an MP3 player, photo viewer, movie clip viewer, and it can even rip video off of a telly! I remember Luke (AKA Surreal 8 on the interwebs) showing me something a lot like it, and looking it up this appears to be worth around £300. Holy hell!
Now if it wasn't something I would of got much use out of, I would have sold it off, with the money going towards a Nintendo Wii, but there's no way I'm getting of this. For starters, all of my animations and my showreel are going straight onto it for when I leave for Norwich tomorrow, just in case I bump into any animation guys I could maybe get a job or work placement out of! I've also found out it can be pretty handy for reading comics...
So overall a rather sweet day in the end! Now I just need to pack my stuff ready for tomorrow, and I'll see you lot when I get back Saturday!