To those that follow me and those that stumble onto my blog, hello.
I haven’t had the chance to write anything for the past couple of days because I have been all over the place. I have been working on two short indie feature films; one was filmed in a cabin out in Derby and I admit if someone wanted to do a remake of ‘Friday the 13th’ in Britain, then thats the best place to go. I was the boom operator on that shoot and I laughed at one point, and you may too at this; there was a car scene where audio had to be recorded of the person in the car, so I had to go into the back of the car and hide myself. I was in the car for 40mins before the crew realised that I was still there; they had all forgotten me. Of course we laughed about it.
The next film I was involved in was being shot at Newstead Abbey and I must say what a beautiful place. Although in my first day of helping the crew DIY one of the houses I couldn’t find any parking, I did eventually. The shot was for 6 days and the first 3 days devoted to cleaning and painting a house for key scenes. When filming commenced on the fourth day I was one of the runners to be selected to go down to the lake to shot some really cool scenes. We were there for 5 hours and whilst there I learned from some of the professional canoeists who were helping with the scenes that Roger Moore once lived in the area. One thing that shocked me was the number of properties around Newstead Abbey. I also thought it was cool that I saw a Fox when on site. It was a great experience and I can’t wait to see the trailer for the film.
Following that I went to a school to help a production crew film a corporate film for school supplies that are tested out by children. One thing that made me sad was the fact that the day went by so fast. I laughed during the day when the director wanted to borrow my hoodie for the actress playing a teacher. Whilst I was taking off my hoodie I jokingly said that they could have my long sleeve top (which was cream with red strips). Everyone looked at each other and the look signalled a yes please.
So it is the second production I have worked on where a production has had the shirt/ top off my back. It was a great day and I have more still come ranging from networking events to upcoming film project. When there is more more will be revolted.
I just have to say that I have loved working with the different production crews and hope to work with them again, soon.
Normally I am not filming on a Sunday, but this weekend was certainly different. i was heading out to Derby to help Darren (a director I had worked with on ‘Brothers’) who has a new production, a horror move. So it was a case of travelling out to a secluded area where there were fields, bridges and of course a pub! and on the site where the pub was were a selection of wooden cabins. I took one look at the cabins and thought gosh we are doing a remark of ‘Friday 13th’ the british way.
Once on site and seeing everyone in the cabin, prepping began with the actors in make-up and everyone going through scenes and scripts for filming. I got chatting to the actresses and learned they had all come from all corners of the UK; Wakefield, Surrey, Slough and Southampton. I took on my role that I did on the last film; Sound Recordist, and it was great having a catch up with everyone about what we have all been doing since the Summer last year.
We had to wait a few hours for darkness to film the rest of the scenes, one point I had to crawl into the back of a car to record the sound for a scene, and I ended being in the car for 40mins partially because they all forgot I was in the car (this was captured by Connor on his camera, lol). Eventually it was wrap time and we all left, one thing I will say was the cabins were really nice and if I want to at some point have a break and escape the hustle and bustle of a city of have some me time then that is where I will probably go. So Derby today, Nottingham tomorrow where I am helping out prepping a set of a gothic horror for this week and thereafter more work to come.
What a Valentine’s Day, despite the constant downpour of rain and weather befitting that in a natural disaster film. This didn’t stop me from going to Derby to help out on a local film of a friend of mine. The scenes that were being captured was that in a boxing ring/ gym scene. I was surprised by the fact that I got there without any delays on the roads, and after meeting everyone else we took the equipment in and set everything up. One thing that was very important to do; make the T & C’s for everyone. Once everything was set up we were greeted by Andy Potter from BBC Radio Derby who spoke to Lloyd and some of the other actors featuring in the film. I did get a chance to speak to Andy who gave me his contact details and offering me the chance to go to Radio Derby to work shadow, which I am looking into accepting the offer to do.
One thing I was responsible for was using the clapper board, and marking the shots for each scene, and then the best words were shouted ‘Action!’. Luckily the sound wasn’t affected by the rain hammering the roof of the gym, though the rain would have been better to use as imitation sweat rather than a spray bottle. Eventually the scenes were shot and was time to go, as far as I am aware there will be feature film dates in the next two months and hopefully I can get involved in with that too.
So it was nice to do something productive to do something different on Valentines Day, though one thing that I am trying to figure out is the Valentine Day card I received. I have no idea who so there is some mystery that is surrounding me at the moment, that and waiting for film dates for another production I am hoping to get involved in the final week of February. So these are my upcoming journeys and I look forward to completing them, though I look forward to going to BBC Radio Derby soon too.
What a great weekend, well Saturday I had (beats standing at a checking and being a robot!). What did I do you may ask the answer Media work of course. I got up really early to head out to a film studio in Nottingham called Giltbrook a place that I have been and worked at before (post on TRISTAR day). My role for the day was working as a runner at the studio with a company that had come all the way from London; Superhero Screen.
I arrived at 7.30am, even though the call time was 8am it was to get started with everything that needed doing in prep. Very soon the crew arrived and one of them I remembered Amy Nicolson, an Art Department supervisor who I’d worked with before, so it was great to work on another project and get to have a catch-up. Once equipmet had been set up, the props arrived and the 10 children who were going to be appearing in the project arrived from Lincoln, filming commenced. Shortly after we were greeted with Lillie, the dog who would be making her debut appearance in the afternoon with the children. We all kept Lillie entertained with treats; biscuits and cakes before she went onto set at 3.30pm. Whilst helping to look after the studios special guests, I also had a chat with the chaperones to the 10 children, and heard about the various productions and other media activities they had all been involved in and what was coming up for them later in the year. One rising star I heard about was Samuel Mckrone who I was surprised to hear had recently featured in ‘The Invisible Woman’ (a film directed and starring Ralph Fiennes), so I and others will have to keep their eyes out for him.
Then at lunchtime a well-known famous person local to Nottingham arrived to be filmed for her role; Su Pollard and what a truly wonderful person she is. She was full of energy and enthusiasum from the word go and after getting her a cup of tea she was straight into make-up. It was great to have a chat with her, and with the children involved in the filming. Su shared tales of her past work in the media industry and told us about her time involved in the Christmas pant with David Hasselhoff (who I hear is a legend in Germany). Soon those sad words were uttered; ‘That’s a wrap’,and with any and all media activities I am involved in the time always goes by so fast , there should a law that prevents this from happening as this never happens when I am standing at a checkout in a supermarket. I thanked Tom, Malcolm, Ken and Dom and all the other members of the team at Superhero Screen for having me on board with the filming, and that I had had a blast. I hope to work with Superhero Screen again as they are a really great team to work with, though my next opportunity is helping out on a music video at the same studio Giltbrook Studios.
If you have a moment check out Giltbrook Studios and see what you think
Many people would be shocked about me getting up at 4am, something I did this Wednesday just gone why you may ask, to get to ready for filming. I had received a email a few weeks ago from a person called Guy, who is the owner and director of a company called ‘SecondSight’. The email mentioned about an opportunity helping film footage for various automobile companies, think ‘Top Gear’ style, which sounds and sounded pretty cool.
After hearing that Simon Cooper, a cameraman I’d worked with previously was helping out on the shoot too was awesome too. So the plan was for Simon and me to travel to Lutterworth, meet Guy, collect equipment and travel to the first location, as we were going to be visiting three. We made good time getting to Buckinghamshire to film a selection of interviews and cutaway footage for the project, and once filming was finished there it was onto the next location; Northamptonshire. It struck me how fast the morning had gone and this always happens when doing any media work that I enjoy, there should be a law that time cannot fly when your having fun!
Once everything had been completed in Northampton it was a small detour back to ‘SecondSight’ and then off to Derby. I admit each time I travel to Derby I always think I am going back to University, it was nice to pass my old stomping ground (even if it rained quite heavily). Most of the vehicles that were filmed and photographed were enormous, and I thought to myself I could really do with a people carrier especially going up and down the country for media work. Then Guy/ Simon uttered the words at the end of any shoot ‘That’s a wrap’, and it makes me sad as I really enjoy my work and wish it wouldn’t end. After packing everything up it was time for us all say bye, and for me to say to Guy how much I’d enjoyed the days work, and if he needed any help on future shots to give me a call, fingers crossed. Simon and I headed back to our destination and I eventually got home. Despite being up early I was not tired at all, though I laughed when I checked my emails; a lady who had got my details from someone I’d worked with on a studio job asked if I was free and interested in helping out in February on a shoot, so of course I said yes.
So word to the wise and those eager to get into the same game as me; its not what you know but who. I am going to be working on some low budget indie films in the next couple weeks too, so more experience on the CV and what not. Fingers crossed 2014 is the year for me to really go for it.
Well, as promised I would say what the outcome was of my interview on Tuesday. I was out shopping when I got the call from PRO CAM, and it was unsuccessful. The reason for their decision was that they felt that because of where I want to go with my career path, they feel that working at PRO CAM would not put me in the right direction. Although I was disheartened by the decision, Jonathan (the guy on the phone and who interviewed me with his colleague) said that they both enjoyed meeting me, that everything I said in my interview was brilliant and ticked all the right boxes there was an enormous ‘BUT/ HOWEVER, you showed a lot of enthusiasm and passion that we want to help you on the right career path, so we will send your details out to the various production companies that we know and work with in Manchester, if you are happy for us to do that’. You can of course guess my response which was yes, definitely. The only thing I had to do was make some changes to my CV and then it would be sent out. So there was bad news, followed by good news.
I will be honest, what I was glad that I got from my interview was constructive feedback on my CV, interview and everything else. So I am happy with the new CV at least it isn’t War and Peace, as it used to be with too much info and not enough of the crucial stuff. The hardest part was cutting my personal statement down to the bare bones, but I did it. Before my conversation ended with Jonathan, he said that I showed a lot of enthusiasm, passion and drive from what I have done and am currently working towards, and that he has a feeling that I will make it and to not give up. So we are back to the its not what you know, but who you know situation, and it totally works.
My Motto is ‘Never Surrender’, and that is something that I won’t give up on.
Hopefully, I will hear from the different companies, and see what happens.