For my Eyes only on 103 The Eye

30 Jul

Hi guys

Whilst I have been waiting for my upcoming media projects, which will be in the next two weeks, I have been looking into getting involved with another radio station as I haven’t been able to get into Leicester for a few weeks. And as I still love playing music and volunteering I looked into a station closer to home and came across 103 The Eye. After eyeing up the website, contacting them, sending in an application I was invited into the studio to shadow one of their well known prestigious presenter- Karl.

Once in the studio it was this does this, that does that and here are all of these colourful lights and buttons. It was certainly a lot to take in but I am learning, again. Playing old classics and learning new tricks of the trade was pretty cool, and having a laugh putting on voices and telling quirky stories too. I must have done a good job today because I have been invited back to the studio to gate crash another show on Friday which I am gonna do and see what happens all fun and games. I am certainly looking forward to the first two weeks of August helping film a sports event and a few days working on a feature film.

Please stay tuned to the page.

BAFTA Brilliance with Mr. Beckett

19 Jul

Hi Mediadreamz-ers

I hope like me you have been soaking up some of this hot weather (if you are based on the fair shores of Blighty, then I guess you have, if not hope its hot where you are).

Things are slowly coming together with upcoming media productions and projects that I am looking forward to being part of, but first I will share you my day regarding the above.

Normally my saturdays are pretty boring but today was a turnaround for me: I headed to a BAFTA event at Broadway Cinema, the last time I went to one was in October where I met the director of Warp Films. I made it after getting drenched and ended up meeting some familiar faces from previous events. It was a Q&A session with a guy called Ray Beckett, a sound mixer who has worked on over 40 films some of which we were shown clips of. The session was a case of the interviewer asking an array of questions that Ray answered and in between to demonstrate the points and address certain points. The floor was opened up to us to ask questions before heading to the bar for food, drinks and networking with everyone who attended. I also got a chance to meet and chat with Ray about films, sound and opportunities and his word of wisdom of learning new skills and playing on strengths, as well as sharing stories and tales from being in the industry. Hopefully, I have made another contact in the industry and will see what happens, one thing I am doing is learning engineering in radio with another radio station I am working with.

So its streaming sporting events, working on a feature and covering an event in Leicester and much more to come. Stay tuned as they say on the radio.

Never Surrender, Never Retreat.

‘Allies’, Armed and in Action

11 Jul

Hi fellow followers

Here is a belated posting for a film I worked on. Please read and feel free to comment

 

 

Hi Mediadreamzers

No sooner had my StreamUK opportunity ended, another one arose. You may remember that I mentioned a Q&A session and talking about a film called ‘Allies’, and how the director mentioned about letting me help out on the production, well that time had come.

As a reminder and a refresher to you here is a little info on the film; Set in August 1944, a team of British soldiers led by US Captain are dropped behind enemy lines in France on a mission that could shorten the war. As nothing goes according to plan, commando Sergeant Harry McBain and Captain Gabriel Jackson know they must put aside personal animosity if the mission is to succeed. The film is Inspired by true events; Allies tells the story of friendship and survival during World War Two.
Although I was involved for a few days on the film, it was a brilliant two days.

The first day was an early start, even earlier than when I normally get up in the morning; 5am call time. After collecting the Director, 1st AD and DOP we travelled to the location on day one and once there it was meeting the rest of the production team, getting the call sheet of the day and getting ready to begin filming. I was assigned to unit B which involved going off site to another locations to film the scenes of the day, forests, train stations etc (one thing I have noticed is when your working on a production, time does not stand still, it goes way too fast). Most of the day involved driving backwards and forwards collecting people, supplies and going to the production office. Sooner than expected wrap time was called for everyone to leave the production base, until tomorrow.

The following day was more hands on than Thursday and after driving around in the morning to get more supplies and collect actors from the station, I was invited into set by Unit A by the 3rd AD, Faz. I think at one point I was very popular because it was about 24C I had an ice pack with with me I was letting the crew use it to keep cool until it turned to water (next time I will try to remember my pocket fan. On set it was a case of wearing ear plugs because of the constant gun fire at different stages of filming. The afternoon involved looking after the equipment with another runner called Ian, taking actors to the station, taking rushes to the office and dropping one of the actors off at his accommodation before I needed to leave due to work.

Although filming ended on the film on Monday and I worked on the production for two, it was a brilliant experience. I just want to say an awesome thank you to the following people;

Dominic Burns for letting me get involved in the production
Emma Biggins
Faz Buffery

RTS on the road for a summer show

29 Jun

Hi Fellow Mediadreamerz

I do have a posting to add about my experience on a really awesome film, but cannot post until I have the green light from the team. Hopefully, very soon. Until here is my latest news.

The comment Summer is mentioned loosely as the day the above mentioned event was on a miserable day. This is the third event I have been to run by the Royal Television Society, and as it was in Nottingham I thought lets go!

I made it to the venue; BBC EMT Studios and as soon as I walked through the sliding doors I saw William Gallagher, the writer and guy I met at the event in Birmingham. We had a great catch up in the reception before the speakers arrived and instructed us to follow them up to the venue. Once there more people arrived and introducing ourselves to everyone else the speakers; Jayne Greene, Isobel Clark, Stuart Hall (head of BBC EMT). I met a lady there who told me that her son’s girlfriend is currently working on a ITV Drama so I will try to track her down and contact her. I managed to mingle with others and William and I got to chat about his works, past and present, career paths and life in general. We saw how the news and weather is transmitted with the newsroom producers and editors trying to keep the news within the allocated time at lunchtime.

As there was a great spread putting on for everyone as people we starting to leave, we were advised to take stuff with us (I pinched the sparkling water and let the others who were travelling on the train to take the food). Soon we left and couldn’t get over how quickly everything had gone, and I got lots of contacts from the day and even got the name of a accommodation company to contact if I need help for places in the future regarding media work.

The cool thing is I have another networking event 19th July for BAFTA, so more news and info to come.

One last thing; Nunquam Deditionem, Never Surrender, never retreat

Cyber Doctors go StreamUK

17 Jun

Hi Mediadreamz readers

I know things have been quiet for the past couple of weeks since my last posting but fear not I have been busy with a variety of productions, some of which I will share later with you. For now I will share with you what I did on Thursday. I had applied for the role of a runner with a company StreamUK, who are StreamUK, answer they are online video and webcasting specialists that provide individuals and companies with the means to stream events LIVE. Like to sound of what they do then check them out http://www.streamuk.com/what-we-offer/media-platform/

I applied and after a day or two I heard from a guy called Stephen who said he would like to add me to the list of other runners who where helping out in all the major cities across the UK, and after a Skype chat received all necessary info on the event, venue and my role on the day Thursday 12th June.

Now that day has arrived. After arriving at Leicester University and finding the building I needed to be in (though it took some time to find the room but I did, eventually). I then met Sally, my venue contact who provided me with the laptop for everything I needed to do tonight. After getting help getting onto the network from one of the guys at the university, I was up and running to perform the test links and staying in contact with everyone via ‘What’s App’, it is a great App if you don’t already have it, get it. A handy tool if you are involved in a group and you need to report to a main point of call.

Soon everyone attending arrived and the event; Doctors and Professors from the Royal Society of Medicine in the field of Oncology, began with each speaker talking and presenting slides at the same time on their topic in question and although I do not know a lot about medicine it was really interesting. As the webinar progressed I and the others assigned to the various cities were submitting questions, it was soon time for the event to end and it was a case of where has the time gone?

 

All in all it went well. I just hope that I did a good job and represented StreamUK in a professional manner. I was grateful to Stephen calling and saying thanks for my help. I enjoyed it.

 

Now onto the next media activity which will be in Derby next Thursday working on a film, which I will share more about soon. I am also working on a film that is being shot in the West Midlands called ‘Our Father’ that is listed on the IMBD website, feel free to check it out and of course the ‘RatCatcher’ film that is in pre-production and filming will commence with in Autumn, and leading into next year. In between all that going to more and more networking events and everything else in between too. So I will leave it there for now, don’t want to be rabbiting on too much and have nothing interesting to post next time I am blogging away.

Before I go I have one more thing to share; I also have a motto that I use in every situation even if it is not media related; Nunquam Deditionem- Never Surrender, Never retreat.

Rocking the Crumbling Cookie

22 May

Hi Guys

Apart from the day not making its mind up, it was a great for me, why you may ask; Answer helping work on a music video. An email was sent out last week by a company 151 films asking for a runner to help out on a shoot I threw my hat into the ring, sort of speak and was happy to hear that I had been picked.

Made it to the venue early; The Crumbling Cookie, cafe/ place where local bands perform before everyone and I then met Pete one of the camera operators and the man with the lightening equipment. Soon the band arrived ‘The Strangler Figs’, and then the rest of the crew arrived and it was great to put a name to face with the guy who hired me for the day, Merlin. I then met the sound guys Peri and Gil, followed by the Jamie and Gareth the camera operators. It was all hands to the pump, and I learned something new; how to rig and de-rig lighting equipment and how to alter the appearance of the lighting.  Where we were setting was really spacious and was handy that it had a bar in the basement/ lower floor of the venue. Once everything was set and ready and acting as the ‘Clapper’ those famous words were spoken by Merlin; ACTION.  The Strangler Figs performed a selection of songs and I admit they were pretty cool songs, I will have to see if they are on iTunes, and if so download their tracks. Soon it was time to shout ‘That’s a wrap’ and the de-rigging began, and although it was only for a couple of hours I enjoyed it. It was nice to work on a project that is local and not so far away.

 

So if anyone is seeking to have a video made for your business, performances, artists, corporate events and special occasions then feel free to give them a buzz http://151films.co.uk

More on the horizon, please stay tuned and wait for the chips to fall.

Meeting Derby’s version of the A-team, ‘Allies’

13 May

Hi Guys

I know I have been off the radar for the past couple of weeks but I now have a moment to sit in front of my Mac and write a posting and have a catch-up. I am still involved with the ‘RatCatcher’ film and god I can’t wait for production to commence on this.

I really intend to write about an event I went to in Derby this evening; the Derby Film Fest. A director I heard about and met in January has made a trailer for a feature film called ‘Allies’. The film  is based on the Second World War French Resistance and now I and many people were treated to a viewing of the trailer and a Q& A session beforehand. Which actors star in the film I hear you ask, answer

Dominic Burns- the director and creator of ‘Allies’

 

Julian Ovenden, known for appearing in Foyle’s War, Downton Abbey and much more (unfortunately Julian could not attend)

Chris Reilly, known for Doctors, Homefront, Game of Thrones etc

Matt Wills as many of you will say McFly now McBusted

Edmund Kingsley, appearing in Hugo, Endevour, The Borgias etc

Leon Vickers, appearing in Doctor Who, Up there, Garrow’s Law

Emmanuelle Bouaziz, starring in many French films

The session began with a the cast and director being introduced with a wave a applause before the Q&A, and it was very interesting the answers the actors and director gave about the film, how they got involved in the industry of TV and Film. Soon the floor was opened to everyone for Questions and we were treated to the screening of ‘Allies’ the trailer (I had the honour of Chris Reilly sitting next to me during the viewing and talking to everyone afterwards, except Matt, had to dash, but was great to get a photo with him and everyone else. What a great night! I appreciated the actors stopping and talking to everyone at the very end of the event and sharing more of their experiences and advice on the industry itself.

 

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From the photos you can probably tell that it was a great night. The trailer was amazing and I cannot wait for it to be in the cinemas soon, unfortunately I cannot say as I do not know myself. It was also great that I got a phone call from a production company that I am working with to go into the office tomorrow hoping it will be good news and a lot of it. At some point I am hoping to go to London to the Bond in Motion Exhibition. More to follow.

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