Joe Farley Award

At the end of 2016, I was delighted to be awarded the Joe Farley Award for my Design of Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sleeper and the Spindle’.

All students on the MA Production Design at National Film & Television School presented our ‘Fantasy’ paper based project for the Joe Farley Award. The jury consisted of Mark Farley, CEO of the Farley Prop Hire, Francesca Farley and Production Designer Stephen Scott (Hell Boy, Indiana Jones).

Mark has this to say about my work and presentation:

“Rosalind was the last of the students to present their work and it was certainly a case of saving the best until last. From the suggested books, Rosalind chose to design a set for The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman. She talked us through this modern take on the classic fairy tale and the way in which she had interpreted the story. She was eloquent and concise and had clearly thought of everything. Spiders play a big part in the story and Rosalind had been inspired to use the natural designs associated with them in the detail of her imaginary world. Spiders webs, legs and eyes were all used as the basis for the designs of the Gothic style architecture and her exceptional model showed them off to great effect. Her ideas were imaginative but had been well thought through and the practicalities of camera angles, space for crew, lighting and equipment had all been considered. Along with her model, Rosalind produced some exceptional detailed drawings and plans for her set and characters which helped to make her presentation so well rounded. She had even commissioned a composer friend to compose music to accompany her chosen scene. It was hard to believe she’d had no previous experience in this field having come from a furniture and graphic design background. Impressive stuff. A very worthy winner and definitely one to watch in the future.”

https://www.farley.co.uk/joe-farley-award-nfts-winner-2016-rosalind-gregoire/

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Textual Relationship

I recently designed the poster and promotional material for ‘Textual Relationship‘, a short film telling the story of two socially awkward singletons known simply as Uniquetalent_33 and DarkDemon92, who instantly hit it off when they meet online. It was such a great project to work on, and fantastic to see the final cut at the premiere at the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley a little while ago.

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Chika’s on Dagons Den

It was great to see my designs on BBC Dragons Den recently.The dragons remarked to Chika; “I like your branding, its very clean, very precise.” I have been working with the Nigerian-inspired snack company for over 2 years now, and have designed their branding, logo and packaging. It is really great to see the brand doing so well. You can buy Chika’s snacks in Wholefoods, Waitrose and quite a few other stockists.

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You can still watch the episode here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b063hr2s/dragons-den-series-13-episode-2

The First Musketeer

Last week I designed some posters for the launch of the The First Musketeer. Have a look a one of the final designs below. Season 1 of The First Musketeer will be released on YouTube on June 1st !  Watch the trailer now!

 

The First Musketeer Poster

This is a prequel story filmed on location in France telling the untold origin of the world famous characters created by Alexandre Dumas. The story follows Athos, arriving in Paris, not yet a Musketeer and not yet friends with Aramis and Porthos. I’m excited to see what develops!

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheFirstMusketeerWeb

Open Water Swim – A New Year Challenge?

Open Water Swim © Rosalind Gregoire 2015

I love the water, an have been swimming since I can remember, but in the last 18 months (April to September) I have swapped the pool for the open water. I love being able to ride down to the lake and jump straight in. It is the best feeling in the world, when you are in the middle of that lake, it is so peaceful and the water feels amazing.  

Getting to the lake feels like an amazing commitment I make to myself. The conditions may be good or bad, but I am there to swim. Sometimes the water is calm and peaceful, and sometimes there are issues you just have to deal with. The water feels alive! And makes me feel alive too!

Swimming at Marlow last year

I know the open water season is a little way off (and I haven’t quite got round to braving winter open water… yet!) but making race plans for this year has got me wondering… I have not yet done a pure open water long distance race yet and have been looking at the Dart 10K. Some people have told me this is a fantastic race – and no doubt one for the bucket list – whist others have told me it is not as spectacular as it sounds (with boat traffic and salty, mucky water).

Even if it is not the Dart that I choose, I feel I might be up to the challenge later on this year if my training were to stay as consistent as last year. But, my life is so hectic at the moment, and with that and injury, my training has taken a hit. It makes me wonder if I will be able to make it down to the lake enough this spring/summer to train for such a challenge. Unlike running or cycling, I am worried that I have to rely on getting there at a certain time to train.

If you have any experience with endurance swimming, or any recommendations for a long distance event, please let me know. I would love to know what you think!

Building up the distance – My First Olympic Triathlon

“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” – Theodore Roosevelt

After months of preparation the day finally came… my first Olympic triathlon!

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And I did it! And loved the whole thing! It wasn’t hilly, as the above illustration suggests – but The run felt like it! So here is a round up of how I found it:

The Swim: Standing in my wetsuit for the pre race briefing with the sun on my back, I became quite hot, and so the cool water was a lovely relief. The swim felt relaxed, and I think I paced myself well, feeling a little stitch in my side forming about halfway round, but I kept going and even managed a bit of a sprint at the end of the swim.

I was determined to get under 30 minutes for the swim, and was happy when I looked at my watch in transition and it said 30.30! (My official swim time being 29.27 for the 1500m – a PB!)

T1 Went fairly smoothly, considering the usual dizziness I get after a long wetsuit swim. Swim Bike Run Triathlon illustration

On to the bike, and the relief of being able to sit and get on with it. I always enjoy the bike a bit too much (if that is possible), and sometime forget to push as hard as I should be! I had some great support on the bike from Dan & my parents (who had to leave at lap 6). As usual, I think I could have pushed the bike a little harder for it not to affect my run too much. Again, another PB with a time of 1.23.56!

Another quick-ish transition, and on to the run: The sun was baring down by this point, and everyone I spoke to at the end said they didn’t enjoy the heat! My run is definitely my weakest point, having only started running properly last year. This was only the second 10k race I have done, and actually got a PB! But I was still a little disappointed, as I believe I could have pushed a little harder and gone a little faster. I know this is something I need to work on over the winter!

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Overall, I was happy! A total time of 3.02.44! It has given me a goal for next year to beat that 3 hour mark.

What’s next? I have joined Hillingdon Tri club, and am excited about starting to train with other people. Hopefully this will keep me going over the off season! I am always looking for my next challenge, so if you have any ideas, or want to join me, let me know!