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Peter O'Brien
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Attended Bath Spa University
Lives in Bristol, UK
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From the cave walls of long ago, via #digitalcontentcreation, #BatmanBegins, #TheDarkKnight and #Apple, to the ideal at the heart of our #perceptions and #preconceptions of the world. 

Here I consider the #digital age's contemporary updates of the #spectator and the #spectacle - '#consumer' and '#content' and ask what these two commonplace terms can tell us about our relationship and understanding of our world and of the #cultural #artifact we have created therein...

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It's all about prioritising your dream...
What follows is the briefest overview I can provide of my research and the philosophy behind why I am doing it, why I have always done it and why I continue to do it...  "If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anyth...
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From the cave walls of long ago, via #digitalcontentcreation, #BatmanBegins, #TheDarkKnight and #Apple, to the ideal at the heart of our #perceptions and #preconceptions of the world. 

Here I consider the #digital age's contemporary updates of the #spectator and the #spectacle - '#consumer' and '#content' and ask what these two commonplace terms can tell us about our relationship and understanding of our world and of the #cultural #artifact we have created therein...

#2interface  
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What it's all been for and now:
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I have been using the 'Fuck It' technique for nearly 2 years now and it has not failed me yet. 

If you've got something you need to do, but do not want to do it - 'Fuck It' and do it anyway.

If you're doing something you don't want to be doing - 'Fuck it' and do something else.

Sheer genius :)
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"If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done. Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal." -Bruce Lee
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"If we were meant to get stuck in unfulfilling careers and gruelling lifestyles, then the human race would never have left the cave! I promise you, if they could see how their descendants are stumbling today, they would go right back to their cave wall and dream bigger, much bigger."

In addition to providing encouragement and guidance for anyone who may be interested, what follows is the briefest overview I can provide of my research and the philosophy behind why I am doing it, why I have always done it and why I continue to do it...

#2film   #2interface   #creativity   #meditation   #mindfulness   #memorytraining   #memorypalace   #success   #philosophy   #research   #innovation   #reflection   #dreaming   #imagination  #neuroplasticity #lifestyledesign  #career #work #story  #iPhone #Ara   #selfimprovement   #health   #nutrition   #fitness   #psychology   #emotional #emotionalintelligence   #criticalthinking   #selfsufficiency   #branding  #sololiving #modernlifestyles   #life   #death   #living  
"If we were meant to get stuck in unfulfilling careers and gruelling lifestyles, then the human race would never have left the cave! I promise you, if they could see how their descendants are stumbling today, they would go ri...
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Ten-tastic!
 
David Tennant nursing a Cyberman!

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Creator, Writer, Filmmaker, Freelancer and award-winning Researcher
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Writing, screenwriting, editing, cinematography, lighting, producing, researching, archiving, analytical thinking, determination, endurance
Employment
  • I AM THE PRIZE
    Associate Producer, 2013 - present
    I Am The Prize is a British Comedy Feature film about one man's journey into the world of Pickup Artistry.
  • Ways2Interface.com
    Orchestrator and Researcher, 2013 - present
    Something new and fantastic! 'Ways 2 Interface' is a progressively inclined transdisciplinary research project that reconsiders the study of the content and the consumer in relation to a wider spectrum of knowledge and considerations. Building on my award-winning research paper, 'Ways of Being: The Spectator and the Spectacle', in a continuing endeavour to reconceive the spectator and the spectacle as the-actual-being-within-and-perceived-being-without; opposed to the spectator's and spectacle's more traditional black and white treatment. The fundamental focus of the project is the idea of an interfacing process - the introspective and expressive capacity inherent to us all - that we have always interwoven throughout our day-to-day existences and that we continue to do so at a formidably greater capacity in our contemporary digital realities. By examining the habits and manifestations of our cognitive, corporeal, cultural and connected ways to interface, the project will aim to build a unified understanding of this interfacing process - the brand at the heart of all our stories. From the two million year odyssey of our intellectual growth, to our current plugged in transmedia and transhuman digital re-birth, 'Ways 2 Interface' covers a lot of ground in its endeavour to ascertain how an interfacing habit has always empowered our ways of being stories, how it can enable us to embody better brand identities and what it can tell us about the transcendence of where our networked narrative is going. I am currently looking into a Masters degree, MSc in Creative Technologies and Enterprise, that will allow me to develop and apply this research at a more advanced level.
  • Bath Film Festival
    Projectionist and Usher, 2013 - 2013
    As I had done with the Encounters Short Film and Animation festival in September, I volunteered for the Bath Film Festival as a means of further research into public exhibition and how our viewing habits are changing, see 'Ways 2 Interface'. As I had lived in Bath for 4 years, I knew the type of local atmosphere and audience the BFF needed to cater to and it did this very well in its selection of subject matter and in its presentation of that content. 'The Passion of Joan of Arc' in the Bath Abbey with live musical accompaniment was of particular note, because the inherent connection between the film's subject matter and the exhibition venue itself gave the event a hyperdimensionality. The screen needed to have been VASTLY bigger and the seating could have been better thought out; however, on the whole, the event did go down very well and it provided me with some interesting observations on immersive cinema. All the other events I was involved with were smaller affairs at the Little Theatre Cinema, Komedia and the Arts Chapel Centre. When I was projecting, observing the audience reception to the film screenings was not something that I was able to do, but when I was ushering I was able to get a much better sense of the audience reaction. This was important because it indicates the level of attention that an audience invest in a film and how their attention changes throughout the course of a film. The main difference between the BFF and Encounters is that the BFF is very traditional, whereas Encounters is more progressive in its festival approach. Unlike Encounters, where I had volunteered mainly for the research; at the BFF, I found myself being pulled back towards just enjoying the films! The BFF was a much more subdued affair that made for a more relaxed and cerebral experience: I had some interesting discussions and observations; I met some new faces and saw some old ones and I found myself enjoying the films much more so.
  • EYES (web series concept proposal package)
    Creator and Showrunner, 2012 - 2012
    EYES is a dramatic, surrealistic, cognitive web series concept proposal that is a reflexive expression of contemporary networking attitudes and their implications on our ways of being. The project acted as my third year Creative Enterprise Project/practical dissertation. I endeavoured to create a highly progressive concept for a web series that received the highest mark of the Creative Enterprise Project module! My full range of roles included: Creator, Writer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor and Co-Producer. In terms of workload, I would rather not have fulfilled all of these roles, but I did so as EYES provided an opportunity for me to demonstrate that I was capable of doing all of these skills. While I do not intend to continue the web series, I will complete the Pilot and host the entire project on the blog as an online portfolio. Ultimately, as a testament to my abilities as a creative and progressive thinker.
  • Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival 2013
    Volunteer, 2013 - 2013
    Volunteering for Encounters provided me with an opportunity to witness a film festival up front; as I commented during the festival: “I’m not here for the films, I’m here for research” (see 'Ways of Being' and 'Way 2 Interface'). Examining a film festival (the spectacle) and its outreach to the public (the spectator) was something I wanted to observe in the mists of the current digital re-birth and how that digital upgrade is influencing the purpose of the film festival. Previously, the film festival was a platform used by filmmakers to secure distribution for their films. Now that filmmakers have the ability to self-distribute their films online, the role of a film festival is changing. The 21st century film festival is less about the distribution business and more so about the film festival’s promotion of a particular selection of films to the public. However, while its outreach to the cinephile is very strong, Encounters outreach to the general public is something that is only marginally being tapped into, as its pop-up cinemas demonstrated – these should have been primary components of the festival’s program! I made my assistance very available throughout the main festival and its fringe events. My main duties during the festival were assisting in the setup and wrap-up, ushering at the Watershed, ushering at the Pop-up Cine Chalet and providing general assistance to the public and festival team. I was able to network, attend industry talks and to see the odd film here and there. The festival coincided with my relocation from Bath to Bristol and allowed me to meet local people and inquire about Bristol. Overall, Encounters was an enjoyable and educating experience; through which I was looking to ascertain the cultural role a film festival plays and the potential it has as an ongoing cultural entity - I am pleased to say that its potential appears to be very is vast and waiting to be exploited!
  • Sunflower Film & Creative Agency
    Shadower/Work Experience, 2013 - 2013
    Sunflower is a creative agency that creates videos for clients and helps their clients build a strong online identity through the use of social media. Additionally, the agency also nurtures strong links with the Bath community with its film school service. This position came about after an inquiry I sent to the agency for a potential internship or work experience opportunity. At the interview I spurred enough enthusiasm from the Creative Director for him to see the potential for an ongoing position at the agency. As such, I was invited in for a shadowing opportunity so that I would have the opportunity to familiarise myself with the agency's day-to-day operations. The four days that I was there I was shown the administration of the business and some of the practical filmmaking side of the business. Additionally, I was also talked through the agency's use of the longevity of social media as an additional component to extend the life of their videos and the online identity of their clients. As the Creative Director was a former industry professional, I acquired many pieces of advice. I was offered the opportunity for an ongoing Assistant Editor position. As such, I was supplied with some introduction training on the use of Final Cut Pro X. However, feeling that I would be better served elsewhere, I elected not to continue with the agency.
  • SpaLife TV
    Video Content Producer, 2012 - 2013
    Volunteer video producing role. SpaLife is the student media group for Bath Spa University. I have fulfilled the capacities of cinematographer and production assistant. These are two roles that have allowed me to refine my filming techniques and my administrative skills: filming subjects, securing releases, securing permissions, keeping track of details, booking out the University’s equipment and advertising for more SpaLife volunteers. As it demanded less of my time and was something that I could very easily combine with my University studies, SpaLife has proven to be the natural successor to the BIME video producing role.
  • Remember This (short film)
    Co-Producer, 2012 - 2013
    This project was produced in co-operation with my EYES web series project. As such, I served as the producer on 'Remember This' in return for having Matt (writer, director, co-producer and co-editor) serve as the producer on EYES. I was heavily involved with the organising and co-ordination of 'Remember This' during the pre-production phase before Christmas (Oct - Dec), but in the New Year I devoted more of my time my own projects. However, throughout the whole process of making 'Remember This', my producing role has consistently been concerned with motivating the members of the project and keeping everything on schedule. I also offered additional technical support during the production phase.
  • Fencing (short documentary)
    Co-Creator, 2012 - 2013
    The documentary provides a six minute examination of fencing as a sport and a hobby as it exists in the modern idiom. Combating assumptions about elitism and identifying challenges to both professionals & amateurs. Culminating in a thoroughly entertaining, charming and interesting experience that will leave the viewer with a respect and admiration for a sport that truly deserves it. With the assistance of the Bath Sword Club, this was co-produced as one of my undergraduate final year projects as part of the Short Form Documentary module. In addition to increasing my theoretical and practical understandings of documentary making and filmmaking as a whole, it was a highly enjoyable experience to undertake! A 40 second trailer was also produced and a wiki was assembled alongside the production of the documentary to chronicle and reflect on its development. While the documentary and trailer formed one half of the module's mark, the wiki comprised the other. The wiki for our project came in at over 30,000 words and provided a highly detailed account of the documentary's evolution. This was co-produced with TW Vision.
  • designability - Bath Institute of Medical Engineering
    Video Producer, 2012 - 2012
    Brand development. The planning, filming andesignabilitd editing of videos used to promote the benefits of the institute’s products. As the Institute was not able to devote much time to assisting me with the role, I was required to manage myself. I gained experience with time keeping, successful interviewing, contacting interview subjects, arranging interview filming locations, securing permissions for filming in public spaces, booking the university’s equipment and completing risk assessments. The role also gave me an opportunity to improve the technical knowledge I had acquired as part of my second year studies. I became proficient at using the University’s camera and sound equipment; as well as Final Cut Pro. I believe my producing, cinematography and editing skills have greatly improved as a result of undertaking this role. I worked on four videos during my time with the Institute. I finished the first three videos and filmed the fourth (a profile of the Institute). I would have liked to have finished the fourth video and to have continued with the institute, but the schedule of my final year studies prevented me from doing this. However, I was instrumental in linking the institute up with the University so that other interested students could apply for video producing roles at the Institute.
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People like me have something inside... something #2dowithfilm. Creator, Writer, Filmmaker, Freelancer and award-winning Researcher. I am investigating our ways #2interface as content and consumers.
Introduction
I am a creative academic who possesses an ever rising level of expertise about how we make sense of the world through the stories we tell ourselves and what role mass entertainment and branding play in this inherent narratology.

For all of my life, I have had a fascination with this grey subject, my fundamental focus. Sometimes against severe opposition, I have spent a great deal of my time and my energy nurturing this fundamental focus; as such, I now hold a First Class BA (Hons) in Creative Writing with Film and Screen Studies.

As one tutor commented: “I can't help but feel your careful consideration and reflection has developed formidable power. I wish that all my students had a fraction of your application and drive to dig deeper.”

Ways 2 Interface, a transdisciplinary research project, is the primary endeavour through which I am building on my degree, by continuing to explore my fundamental focus at an even greater level of application and intellect.

From the bison sketched on the cave wall to the latest meme posted on the facebook wall, the interface of the spectator and the spectacle, a physical and cognitive intermingling of consumer and content, is an integral identity and reality constituting process, that quite literally tells the story of our universal and underlying ways of being.

It builds on the research of my theoretical dissertation, Ways of Being: The Spectator and the Spectacle, a paper that received the highest mark ever awarded to a Film Studies dissertation at my institution and a research excellence award. Additionally, the project also builds on my EYES web series project - my practical dissertation - that was also awarded the highest mark of its module.

I am also the co-creator of Fencing, a six minute documentary on contemporary perceptions of the sport.

I am developing two other creative enterprise projects that will further build on my research interests, time will tell their details shortly, until then...

... why not connect with my story?


My other interests include: fitness, digital photography, non-fiction prose writing (factual and life writing), blogging, videography, scriptwriting, IMAX, filmmaking, all things film, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), cycling, running, hiking, skiing, healthy living,mindfulness, psychology, technology, philosophy, neuroscience, science, my nephews and Doctor Who. 

For more on my interests, check out my Pinterest boards.

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I have been in the real (wooden) TARDIS set. I taught myself to read.
Education
  • Bath Spa University
    First Class BA (Hons) Creative Writing with Film and Screen Studies, 2009 - 2013
  • The Sixth Form College, Farnborough
    Film Studies, Philosophy, Photography, Media Studies, 2006 - 2008
  • Kings International College for Business and the Arts
    2001 - 2006
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