Archive | August, 2009


30 Aug

Look at that. I put my mind to it and found motovation! Filming is arranged for Episode 2 of Pure Modesty. Most of it is complete – but there are parts that aren’t and we’ll get a head start on that from Saturday. Usually I work all day Friday/Saturday/Sunday, so it took guts to take Saturday off (as Jessie will know – and everyone else that thinks I’m a workoholic).
For this episode, Jodi and Chad have gone up to Auckland to pick up the rest of the stuff they left there in a storage unit. Jodi bumps into an old friend and Chad detects trouble. Meanwhile, Rose is still back at home running her business, “Herbal Roses” and gets her weeds crossed.

There are less than 60 days left until expires! Next month, it will cease to exist at this address. I want to go back to a private blog as I’ve been stressing over the last few weeks. BUT my film blog, is not going away =]



29 Aug

Thinking does a lot. It lets your thoughts wonder though the positives and negatives of things, and there’s been a lot of negative stuff recently. So I feel like spotlighting the positive stuff!

During my last few months at Highlands Intermediate, I wanted to go to Spotswood College. Spotty is ages away from where I live, but I wanted to go there because I didn’t want things to change. Go from co-ed Highlands to non co-ed Boy’s High. But most of my mates were going to NPBHS and it was the closest option, so that’s where I ended up. Back then I also planned on leaving school at 16, hah! How things change. I reckon I’ve been really lucky at the school to be honest.
When I first went there, there was a overpowering culture of Rugby. When I first got there, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew it wasn’t going to be Rugby-related. So damn – I ruled myself out of having any of the “chances” offered at school. You always hear prefects and teachers rabbit on about how schools offer great “opportunities”, but I never believed this because you never heard about success stories that wern’t sport related.

So I got into Film/TV/Filming and all that jazz. Back then, there was no room for this at all. To this day, there is no real drama/media studies/film classes at the school and I’m disappointed that there won’t be during the remainder of my time there. I can see why I felt like I wasn’t going to benefit much from the school. I started filming my own projects and asked if I could film in the school, because the interior of one of the buildings was very hospital-like. Success! They let me have a few afternoons filming there and were very flexible to allow us to do our thing. I’ve always been grateful that we were able to film in the office areas – where there is confidential information, money and other valuables stored. That trust was very important and we upheld that, which is something I’m proud of! We later needed to film there again, and we had quite a few sessions, one on a natioal holiday! The school could have said “No, do it after school” or requested money. But they didn’t. And that was fantastic because if they hadn’t opened for us or let us film, Tracey’s Back would not have happened.

I was also really lucky to go to South Seas Film & TV School last year. Dad couldn’t afford to take me, so the school paid for food and petrol as well as the course. And it was amazing, I benefited a HUGE amount by being there!
I’ve been to four WITT courses, three in video and the current in Journalism. There are fees for each student per session, which the school has also paid for. Plus I can’t forget the upcoming trip to Broadcasting School in Christchurch. Guess who’s paying for the course, flights, food, accommodation and more? I’ve had such a huge amount of support from the school and for that I am super-grateful. These courses and things are chances I would never been able to have taken part in without some kind of assistance. And it makes me glad to have gone to Boys’ High School instead of Spotswood. I’m not lost there; I’m being pushed up into my career choice and that would not have happened elsewhere. So I am very grateful. The school is full of positive stuff, it’s just a shame you don’t hear about it as often.

Episode 2 of Pure Modesty has been edited and there is more filming for it taking place hopefully next weekend! It’s exciting stuff. I’ve been too busy and lazy to do anything with it and I’m glad I finally have!

Make sure you check out You can see the TV ads for Countdown The Valley on there!

There are 57 days left until “” domain expires. Not a positive, but meh. I’m going to head to bed because I have work in the morning, but thanks for reading thus far =]

Getting slack…!!

25 Aug

Actually, slack isn’t really the word i’d use. Procrastinating is something I am a pro at doing these days when it comes to homework. It’s week 6 of Term 3, Exams are less than 10 weeks away. Well the mock exams anyway – bah. I don’t even like to think of it to be honest…like a few other students I’ve spoken to, there is no motovation for exams and assessments and all of that this year. I guess because we put so much effort in last year, we just can’t be bothered doing it all over again! So yeah, maybe slack is the word. Hmm

To do:
Continue filming/writing Pure Modesty.
-Continue filming TV commerical
-Complete Certificate in Customer Relations
-Complete radio course work
-Complete Countdown Level 2 Credits
-Complete Journalism story due this Wednesday.

I have to admit, I’m looking forward to having a private blog again. Then I’ll be able to write “so and so is being a cranky old bastard” and really be able to speak my mind without people getting annoyed and others wanting to moderate my content. It’ll be my thoughts and my thoughts exactly – right or wrong, I don’t care – and I am really, really looking forward to that.

What else is happening…OH! I brought a Sodastream machine from Woolworths. It’s really neat; I used to have a VERY old fashioned one when I was about 8 and it’s still around here somewhere. I loved it back then and I like it even more now – the syrup has less sugar than real fizz products (apparently) and it tastes nice; it’ll be cool to mix flavours and try wacky combonations. Hmm yeah, I might just do that.

Work is great – still working extra at the moment to raise that cash! Jessie complains I work too much which is probably true but I’m not overworked or anything so maybe it’s not. Shared a tin of fruit with Sade today; haha fun times.

Well it’s getting late and I seriously need an early night after chasing trollys all over the carpark tonight! See ya next time..

Right, I’ve made my decision.

19 Aug

I will continue with Pure Modesty. Right until the very end – which has already been penned and no one has any idea where the series is going to wind up. Except for me. Muhahaha. Yeah, Shortland Street now has a single mother of two prostitute, and I hope people can keep in mind that we released the series about a month ago and planned doing it in March. So there. Lol. Our storyline will be different…probably more raunchy than people expect.
Which has shocked a few people, I don’t think they were expecting how “different” this was actually going to be. It spread around the school like wildfire; Jamie’s being called a skux for almost getting in bed with Jodi, Ryan’s having to deny rumors that he smokes and I’m having to explain that I did not actually sleep with my Mum. Lol, but a huge number actually loved it and we’re going to continue with it.
Episode 2 is finished. I just need to get filming sorted out and then editing will start. It will hopefully be out next month, without the highly-controversial incestuous relationships! Haha =D

Pure Modesty + Shortland Street

16 Aug

I’m a bit worried about Shortland Street at the moment.
There’s a character’s sister who has come back into a show, a single mother of two. And it appears she is a hooker – sound similar?

Jodi Corrigan in Pure Modesty, is also a single mother of two who is also a prostitute! I’m worried about continuing because I do not want people to say I’ve copied Shortland Street with this, when in fact I haven’t 😦

So I need to do some serious thinking about what I’m going to do plot wise! Maybe we might drop the series and try something else, with the same characters? We’ll see. I’ll have a long think about it!

TUIKIWI on Outrageous Fortune; Again

16 Aug

Well not on the show, but in the recently-released book “Outrageous Fortune: The West Family Album.
In the book, theres a quiz on the show, and question 82 asks the reader to name another brand of beer that has featured on the show, other than Old Brown.
Checking the answers page, the correct answer is in fact, TuiKiwi!

Here’s a link to the page when TUIKIWI Lager first starred in the show =D

Clarity on charity

13 Aug

Thursday, August 13, 2009
Letters to the Editor | Taranaki Daily News

I’M WRITING in response to the article “Teen Blogger Tells On His Own School” as published in the Taranaki Daily News on August 11.

As a student on the council, we raised the debate earlier in the year that more [money] should be given to charity, but some seem adamant that most should stay for the school.
The statement made by (Boy’s High headmaster) Mr. McMenamin that it is a well-known policy that a percentage of funds raised are kept for sports teams was actually only mentioned by the head boy to the school at an assembly just the other day.
While the school is not holding a council meeting until next Thursday, I do find it especially low that Mr. McMenamin stated that the school only managed to raise $1000 from the mufti-day, when other mufti-days average around $1600.

I do believe that if it was made clearer where the money goes from mufti, then perhaps I would have agreed with Mr. McMenamin, instead of everyone else siding with Kyle.

Student Councilor, New Plymouth Boys’ High School.

Kyle’s Note: As this was published in today’s Taranaki Daily News and is a public letter, I have chosen to publish it here so others who have been following the story may also read his thoughts. I believe it is only fair people can read other people’s opinions and not just my own. Thank you.