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A day at EMPIRE: The World’s Biggest Movie Magazine

Well I’ve made it, the clock has struck 6pm and my first day of work placement at EMPIRE is over.

There’s no question it’s been overwealming, and perhaps I feel as though I could have accomplished more, but I’m happy with the day, and most importantly, I’ve enjoyed myself.

My first taste of the industry has been as entertaining as I expected, with stories and comments flying around the office and big Hollywood names being name-checked here and there throughout.

I didn’t get off to the best start, having been told to go to the FIRTH floor instead of the FORTH, but there’s still time to turn around those first impressions, and everyone I’ve met is very nice.

I won’t (t)witter on about it too much, but there’s no signs of the credit crunch dampening people’s spirits in this festive Christmas season.

The office, littered with EMPIRE issues as you’d expect, is also complete with a pool table to unwind with, as well as a couple of shiny big screen TVs for those all-important DVD views.

Most impressively though, is the A1 cardboard representations of some of the magazine’s most iconic covers, which brought a warm smile to my face as soon as I arrived.

As well as that there seems to be a large amount of Star Wars related things lying around, fingers crossed that my new T-shirt in the same vein will make a good impression later in the week.

Stay tuned for more.

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I do, I undo, I redo


You may have noticed a change around here. On the other hand I suppose you may have never been here before, in which case welcome along, but the big change to the blog today is the name.

Yes, that’s right, I’ve finally realised that no one except me and old people in Vatican City with big beards understands Latin anymore, so it was out with “Ex virborum auditorum” and in with “This is Entertainment”. I thought I’d opt for a name which reflected a little more the content of the page, something which I hope to build up on in future.

Also there’s a snazzy banner at the top (comments?), which I knocked up on trusty Photoshop Elements (6.0, none of this archaic 4.0 University nonsense) so hopefully it gives things a little more cohesion, I suppose only time will tell.

The name of the post, for those who are interested, is from an artistic work I saw (above) in the Tate Modern in London a few years ago by Louise Bourgeois, which consisted of three large metal towers called “I Do”, “I Undo” and “I Redo”.

I just the symbolism reflected here quite nicely, I hope you’ll read on…