I was curator of Screentest, the UK National Student Film Festival, during my final undergraduate year at the University of Bristol in 2008, following on from being a member of the Reel team the previous year. The festival takes submissions from student filmmakers around the country and holds an annual weekend of screenings and a lavish awards ceremony.
The 2008 festival was won by Chinese Documentary Shenzen: Transformation in Modern China by Tianqi Yu. A summary of the 2008 festival can be found on the Screentest website. Screentest is still going, and is currently held by London South Bank University in March each year.
I have also written scripts for several short films, one of which I attempted (badly) to direct and film myself. Another, Quarantine, was made into a short film by Alex Thorne, the first part of which can be watched below.
In 2007 I produced a fictional blog called Mia Without Oil as part of the ‘World Without Oil’ interactive online game. Over a month, thousands of people around the world contributed fictional blogs, each day a week in a global fuel crisis where oil prices shot through the roof and civilisation slowly collapsed.
My blog focused on a fictional young girl, Mia, as she lived through the oil crisis in my home city of Bristol, England. Over the 32 weeks, she experienced riots and food shortages, rationing and tragedy. The World Without Oil project was great fun, and I hope more collaborative experiences like it occur in future.
The Mia Without Oil blog was the second highest rated contributor to the project, and can still be found in its entirety on livejournal.
Over the years, I have been involved in a number of nonfiction projects. I have been a regular (and lately, semi-regular or even sporadic) book reviewer at SFCrowsnest. A summary of all my reviews (and an attempt to score my assessment out of 100) can be found at the awesome SFFMeta.
During my undergraduate years, I was a daily blogger for Futurismic, contributing posts about science, technology and all-around geekiness. The site is still going, and is well worth a read.