RTG Blog #1 – The Road to Graduation

This year (2017) is the year I graduate (Hopefully with a BA Hons). As this is quite a big thing to say the least, I thought I’d start a blog that is separate from my FMP blog. The purpose of this blog is to get down ideas about what comes next, how I plan to go about it and my thoughts and feelings about this final leg of the journey.

At the moment nothing is 100% set in the ground of what I’m going to do, but I have a good idea of what I would like to do. At the moment my main focus is getting all my modules finished off. One of those modules, however, is all about setting up your own business, which is convenient as that’s one thing I’d really like to do.

To briefly explore that notion of my own business, it will involve setting up a lighting company. I tend to get work as a lighting technician on a semi-regular basis. So it would make sense to pursue that area as I already have a lot of the gear needed and I have experience. This would set everything up for my other pet project too. A year or so ago I set up a company called Scruffy Mutt Productions, something that I hope will one day become a fully fledged production company.  Due to the amount of Uni work I had I was forced to put it on the back burner.

The Scruffy Mutt Productions logo

Now, I know that it is pretty implausible and certainly not practical to leave University saying I going to make a living making my own films. Facts being facts films cost money to make and not many people are willing to just hand over the money to someone fresh out of Uni with no proven track record. Which is where starting a little smaller should help out. My current plan is to set up a Lighting Company that provides lighting services to filmmakers of all areas. As well as lighting I can provide services around set design and prop making. I have a few ideas about other areas I may be able to get money from too which I call “trickle funds”. The money made from this specialist arm of the Mutt will partly feed into funding my own films. The idea partly came from George Lucas, the creator of my all time favourite film franchise.

Lucas Film is a film and TV production company, THX is a sound company set up by Lucas so his films had great sound and Industrial Light and Magic was set up by Lucas as a visual effects company. To link that to what I’m considering, Scruffy Mutt is my Lucas Film, my lighting company will be an arm of Scruffy Mutt that works independently as well as with Scruffy Mutt such as THX or ILM.

As for now though I need to focus on getting the foundations laid and the modules passed. Speaking of which, I have work to do! So, Until Next Time!

ONE – An Introduction

Hello, my name is Jack Watling. I am currently a University film student in my final year and freelance gaffer/lighting technician. As part of my Final Major Project, I am required to create a blog. The purpose of the blog is to act as a sort of running commentary for what will eventually become my final 15-20 minute University film.


To briefly introduce myself, I am a mature student. I restarted my education into film around 4 years ago, after initially leaving school I have worked in several different industries such as construction, sales and retail. A lot of these jobs have given me skills that I can apply to the freelance work I take on in my spare time such as prop building, set design, negotiating and problem solving. My main area of interest is lighting as it is an extremely effective method of creating mood and feel, it’s also a good way to make a low budget film look more professional without breaking the bank.

As for the film, it will be between 15-20 minutes, can be any type of film (experimental, short film, documentary etc.) and will be graded across two modules. One of the modules is solely based on the outcome and effectiveness of the film. The other module will be graded based on preproduction materials such as scripts, storyboards, risk assessments etc., this blog and management aspects of making a film.

For now though that’s it. My next post will hopefully be within the next few days when I can reveal in more detail the plan for my film.