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Natasha Steel

BSc (Hons) Psychology

A Road Trip To See Taking Back Sunday

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

At the weekend I went on a little road trip to Coventry to see Taking Back Sunday, a band I’ve loved for years. They were amazing live and their set list was exactly as I’d hoped, lots of older material that I’d listened to growing up, with a few newer tracks too.

1912395_253851221452434_654446333_n They had so much energy and Adam Lazzara (the lead singer) did some really impressive mic swings. I know if that was me, I’d be tangled up in the wire and unfortunately, even just thinking about it brings back an embarrassing moment I had when I used to play in a band. We were performing on stage and I managed to somehow get my foot tangled in my guitar lead and ended up tripping across the stage in front of everyone. Oh dear!


I made a vlog for the trip which you can see below. Hope you enjoy watching it!

Cupcakes and Coffee @ Be Tempted, Durham

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Today I want to share with you a little place in the North East that serves the best cheesecake. Now that may seem like a big statement to make, but trust me, it really was amazing!

Let me introduce you to Be Tempted, a little cafe in Durham (just around the corner from the Cathedral) that is well worth a visit. Coffee chains are all well and good (and by no means am I here to criticise them) but I feel better knowing I’ve helped a local business by going to an independent cafe that would really benefit from it.


Be Tempted has a huge range of cupcakes, all freshly made each day. If cupcakes aren’t your thing, there’s traybakes too and the likes of rocky road and the peppermint crunch looked really yummy.

Aside from their sweet treats, they also serve a selection of paninis, sandwiches and snacks and have a good selection of hot drinks available.

I visited on a Saturday afternoon with my friend Megan and it was quite busy, so I would recommend going on a weekday or if you choose to go on a weekend, try to avoid lunchtime. It is quite small, but not too small for you to feel too close to other tables, if anything it’s cosy and friendly.

What’s your favourite coffee shop?

Dissertation Test Shots

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

On Monday I went over to Cumbria with my dissertation group to look at our locations and do some test shots. As I’m the sound designer for the film, I was mainly checking for any odd sounds, echoes or anything that could affect the recordings. It went really well and we found the areas in our locations where we’ll be shooting some of the scenes for our film!

1236508_710583508986742_1420574750_nHere I am with Kit (writer/editor) Rob (Camera) and Sarah (Director) at the top of  our (slightly foggy) forest location.

Get a sneak preview of some other parts of our locations and see what we got up to in the video below.

David Puttnam Guest Lecture

Saturday, February 8th, 2014


Yesterday I attended a guest lecture on Sound and Music in films by David Puttnam. I thought that not only would it be great to hear from such a well known and successful producer, but it might give me some hints and tips for making the sound design for our dissertation film a success.

He spoke about the history of sound in films, how things transformed from silent films to the ‘talkies’ and the impact it had on both the audience and the actors starring in the films, then spoke about the use of sound and music in the films he produced, speaking about the composers he had worked with and giving us examples to watch and listen to.

It was really interesting and he’s worked with such a range of people. I’ve been to one of his guest lectures before and it’s pretty cool how the uni do it with him via a skype link (or some sort of equivalent). He’s doing a few more guest lectures on special topics so if you’re a student, or even just someone around the area who’s interested, definitely take a look on the website, book a place (it’s free) and come along!

Prospectus Photoshoot!

Friday, February 7th, 2014

So this week I’ve had two photoshoots for the university prospectus; something that’s really exciting to be involved with!

On Wednesday we had our group shot. It was great to see the fellow Lives Online guys and have a quick catch up with coffee when we finished the shoot. It was really cold and in hindsight, I think my dress perhaps wasn’t the best outfit choice. I’m really looking forward to seeing the photos of all of us that get used in the prospectus which I think is meant to be out next month!

Here’s a couple of photos of the photoshoots; the one on Wednesday with Grant and Natasha beside me then Friday morning, my solo photoshoot with the steadicam and a really helpful stand-in student called Emma.

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Keep an eye out for the 2015 university prospectus and look for our faces!

Dissertation Location Recce

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Yesterday I went on a location recce with my dissertation group. A location recce is basically where you look around one or more areas and scout out potential locations where you could film. As I’m the Sound Designer, I was checking to see if I could hear any road noise or anything that could affect the quality of the sound recordings – even wind noise can be a problem (as you’ll notice in the video below)

It went really well and I’m confident we’ll get a good location that will really boost the production value of the film. My Converse might not agree with me though as they got ridiculously muddy and it was quite slippy getting to the first lake! At least I know now I definitely need some walking boots for our film shoot.

If you want to find out more about the film, check out our facebook page here and we’ve also got a couple more days left on our kickstarter here.

  • Name: Tasha Steel
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Media Production (Video and New Media) BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Sunderland
  • Ambitions: I want to have a creative role within the media industry. I'm keeping my options open right now and just trying to get as much experience as possible.

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