BAFTA EVENT- Is this thing on?

20 Sep

Hey Mediadreamzers

The good news things will be back on track with Media posts and work, now that my move will be completed in the last week of the month. Stressful trying to remember everything but soon it will all be done and dusted soon.
For now I will share a BAFTA event held in Birmingham, god I love these events. Last BAFTA event I went to in Birmingham was January 2015 meeting Haris Zambarloukos, nice to experience de ja vu.

Stepping off the train back into the city where Birmingham is London’s version of the big industries. And the bonus was that it was a very short walk to the event venue, so short that the tortoise and hare would be moonwalking it- The Mailbox. The question your asking is who was the guest Media speaker; Answer Andy Kennedy which I’m guessing the next question is who is Andy Kennedy. The answer to that one is Andy is a Sound Designer who has worked on a wide variety of collective films. Do the titles ‘The Imitation Game’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Kick ass’ to name a few well known films. The majority of the BAFTA event was a session where Andy was interviewed with a series of questions that were insightful answers that focused on how he Andy got into the industry, what inspired him to pursue this career path and the moments from working on his first production to the advice to give young people starting out.

Before the event ended it was a Q&A from the audience, surprisingly there was roughly 30 of use, but still a great turn-out. Everything from today blow my mind. These events are great for not to listening to the tales of Andy’s experience and memories from working in both TV and sound.

My next opportunity will be in Oct- events and media jobs to apply for and work, I’m looking forward to the future the filming and walk to do. Travelling back to the Midlands I was reflecting on everything that was said and achieved.


Nuquam Deditioneum

Memories make and mould

9 Aug

Hey again Mediadreamzers

I know its been an age or two since my last post, I have been having so much fun working with the media company I am with, in between my freelance work, (and looking at property to rent in the area) that I now have time to sit and take a deep relaxing sigh. I thought for a change I would sit and reminisce over the memories I have collected over the years thinking about the people I have worked with, and the productions I have been apart of.

One in particular came to mind, I forewarn you now this is one which, to date, I rank as the worst experience of my life. Lets just say if I organised an Oscars night the award for the worst memory would go to this one. For this post I will change the names slightly-Last year I worked on a production with a ‘company’ called McHipney productions and although I was with the for two weeks, it was the LONGEST two weeks of my life. The man in charge was called Puke, and I personally believe that he suffers from what I call the ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Jack-ass syndrome; he would be nice when first meeting you and then when you got to know him he would turn into a right control freak and nothing you did was ever good enough. I initially got involved as a production assistant and was offered the role of third AD, a small step, but a step in the right direction for moving forward. I was then offered the role of 2nd and I did not want to take on a role I had no knowledge or experience in. That’s the equivalent of getting a taxi driver to fly a plane= NO EXPERIENCE. After promises that I later discovered were empty (getting help, guidance the whole bag of tricks) I foolishly accepted the role and from my very first day I was in hell. With Puke I couldn’t do anything right, when I asked for help I got insulted, belittled and had to contend with his swearing, he even had the nerve to tell me that he had fired 9 people from the production and he turned round and said to me ‘I hope your not going to be the next person I fire, are you’. Yeah, that’s one sure way of inspiring someone and not trying to intimidate them. The plus side of working on the production from hell with McHipney was meeting and working with some really talented individuals, and working with people I had worked with before. Lets just say that he could make an entire convent of nuns to drink, drugs and crime with his attitude towards people, personally he needs a crash course in people skills rather than insulting everyone to the point of being blacklisted. One point to note in the present if this guy is such a wonderful actor/ director whey has he never appeared in anything made by the BBC, ITV, SKY or is any big feature films. Answer because he is and always will be a failure.

The crunch for me came the Friday of the second week where I had serious had had enough of being treated like dirt, sworn at, called stupid in not so many words and made to think each time I went into the office ‘What I am gonna get my chest twisted over about today’. That and my time with them had come to an end. Everything went pear-shaped when Puke’s partner reduced one of the people involved to tears, and then bitched about her behind her back and then started  trashing the work we had both put in on everything that needed to be done. The final straw for me was being made to feel like I was making mistakes when I was going under the guidance of Checca. Leaving the office that afternoon I thought long and hard and thought for my own sanity I need to pull out because if I didn’t I would either turn to drugs or drink in order to survive, and believe me folks it was the best decision I ever made. The reason I am writing about an experience that happened a long time ago is because of my last media job I got to catch up with a friend of mine who filled me in on the weeks filming took place and how promises he made and broke with paying crew, letting certain people leave at times they needed to go due to other important commitments and just general bullshitting from a man who dared call himself a producer and actor two things he is not. I filed these stories away with ones I had heard from 6 other people who worked on the production and how they were treated.  He is certainly a pre-Madonna (Oscar nomination there folks).   From what I gather everyone has come away with ‘unforgettable memories’ of their time of this project and I think we will all have agreed in our own way to never work with a twat.

This walk down memory lane certainly made me stronger and taught me to never let anyone like walk all over you. I have more positive memories that will make this dark blimp disintegrate in the fires of hell. I guess this moral of the post is you may have bad experiences in life, learn from them, never let anyone take you for a fool and make sure you get something in writing to cover your ass.

Looking forward to writing my next post very soon, who knows what it will be about

Nunquam Deditioneum

3rd Up, that’s entertainment

7 Jul

Hey fellow Mediadreamzers

I guess if you are in the UK, like me, you’ll have been lapping up the sun and enjoying the fact that Summer is actually here. Getting up to 30C+ is a blue-moon moment in all honesty, quick someone say Twilight Zone. Although it has taken a turn; raining and then being humid, it is so worth it.

This turn of the tide with the weather did not hinder me getting involved with my latest freelance project and the good news ladies and gents is this time I was not a production assistant, but a 3rd AD. Small step up he ladder, but in the right direction. The production I was working on was with YSP Media, a production company I have had the honor and privilege to work with again, as it only felt like yesterday that I worked with YSP on ‘Jobseekers’. To find this post scroll through my timeline, where I spent a week working with a wonderful director- Chris Bevan, Cameraman- Karl Poyer, Assistant Director- Alex Withers, MUA- Charlotte Price (we had a good and long catch up) and a lot of brilliant people. The production is a comedy, unfortunately I cannot say anymore at present. So its a cliff hanger moment…. Hold On!

Made it to the location stated on the call sheet and I admit at first I was doubting whether or not I was in the right place. This changed when extras and other crew arrived too, especially when the director arrived. As soon as I stepped out of the car, work commenced; helping set up food and drink for crew and cast, picking up a poly board for the camera crew, supervising the runner on set and just generally being on hand to help. I was later given the task as the clapper too and holding the poly board to created more light for filming certain scenes. Time always goes by really fast when I’m working on productions, it feels like a conspiracy.

The day started out perfectly until the heavens opened up at about 2pm where it was everyone for themselves to get under shelter and protect the equipment. It did stop and filming resumed then rained again. It was a moment where you felt that the elements were against you, as soon as we were under shelter it stopped then we we came out it start to get ready to rain again. The good news was that all scenes were shot, interviews were captured and everyone was happy. It was a battle making sure all release forms were signed off as some of the extras were all over the place but I got everyone before they were needed on camera or had to go. I’ve found thinking and planning ahead are two traits to have when filming, means that the crew can focus on their jobs, saves having someone to tell you what needs doing and it cuts down on time when your gonna wrap.

The words that’s a wrap soon rung around and production for the day ended. All I can say is it was a blast being a third and I’m gonna push to do more third work and then work up the ladder.

Where my next freelance work will be in between my other media work, who knows.

Nunquam Deditioneum

How to save a life

26 Jun

Hey Mediadreamzers

I know I have used words from a song for my latest post, but it basically summons up what I have been doing for the past 3-4 days. With work I was offered the chance to go on a First Aid At Work course, and naturally I opted to go on the course. Tip to those wanting to pursue a career in media or for self-learning as it is great to have on your CV and it helps to have as a life skill.

On the first day, there were a mixture of others, people in media, teachers, network rail workers and people who work in construction. In total there were 18 of us. The first day all basic stuff; what is in a first aid box, role of a first aider etc before moving onto videos assessments and basic treatments. The second day was kicking up a gear to slings, dressings, mind-map presentations on various conditions and treatments before spending the afternoon role playing. After being split into groups; first aiders and casualties and acting scenarios and I admit there were moments where. We all ended up laughing as everyone who were casualties were over the top dramatics with screaming and whaling in pain. Final assessment of the day was a car accident with numerous casualties, bystanders and one in the group going into mass hysteria/shock.

Unfortunately the final day of the course that person came in with a lost voice. Apart from summarising everything from the past 2 days it was recovery position and CPR before being split again and demonstrating what treatment used to help an accident and the symptoms of a casualty. One thing that was hard and I mean really hard was learning something called the ‘Roll Technique’; this is something used when a casualty has a suspected back/ spinal injury and you and 5 other people have to turn them to the right or left. The hard part is co-ordinating everyone tasks to help turn the casualty, then it was kicked up a gear, others from the other group started to try to distract us, deliberately but my god we did it.

Out of the 18 of us there only 17 passed; there was a guy from TNT there who did not understand the majority of the tasks both written and practical, so after a word or two the guy left where he chooses to return and do it again, I don’t know. One thing that I have thought about and decided to do is look into getting trained using a de-fibrillation machine too. So I am Fire and First Aid trained, hopefully more to learn soon.

Just going off on topic onto another I maybe involved in an upcoming production, it’s early to say too much at present but will hopefully will officially confirm all in my next post.

Nunquam Deditioneum

The Finish Line has been crossed

7 Jun

Well, as I mentioned in the last post that I was going to be running Race For Life. I jogged and in between walked it and it took me 30 minutes and 35 seconds. At 3KM it started to get much harder, and the temptation was there to jump in the fountains to cool down but I thought the urge.

At the end it was great getting my dog tags as my medal, I called myself a Captain in the Pink Army, even at the start of the race we all began a workout with some really fit and buff guys with input from Capital FM presenters adding their thoughts.

My feet are a little sore but as long as I can drive tomorrow then I’ll be fine; now time to recover.

All Fired up

7 Jun

Hey Mediadreamerz

It has been a while since I have sat in front of my mac to say what I have been up to in the great sphere of media. I am fast approaching my second month of my three month probation with SIS, and it was on Friday that was really busy for me.

Instead of spending the whole day in the office I had decided to sign up to the Fire Marshall training course. Why, for numerous reasons; wanting to learn something new, if and when I am in a work area in and outside of the office and there is a fire, so I know what to do if there is a fire in my home and is also something to add to my CV for future job applications. Tip; good for anyone to have as an extra skill and good for when you go for job interviews.
When I first got to the venue I thought it was only going to be women, then three men joined the group and I must say 5 hours do go by really fast. It was videos, discussions and then heading out into the carpark to use the different extinguishers. Word to the wise- When using the CO2 never touch the base or the funnel as your hand(s) will freeze to it and you’ll get frostbite.

So now I am qualified as a Fire Marshall, I just need to wait for my certificate to arrive, which lasts for three years. Next on the agenda is three day First Aid Course, which is probably gonna be in about 3-4 weeks. plus when the three months are officially completed I can work with the editors, camera-crew, AP, producers, sound mixers and anywhere else with the company.

Next thing is running/ jogging Race For life, or as I brand it R4L on Sunday, wish me luck and hope that I finish at a decent time.

Nunquam Deditioneum

Bend it like pros

17 May

Charity football


Hi Mediadreamzers

Glad I have the weekend to sit and type with going back and forth to MK, though for the next two weekends I am working and then the challenge I have been training for will be upon me; R4L. Though this weekend was certainly busy in Nottingham; There was a charity football event on a Meadow Lane ground which had been organised by a known artist. I will give you a clue- His first song was called Lightning Bolt, his music has featured in the film ‘The Fault in your Star’ and he has performed on the Jay Leno show. Answer is Jake Bugg. This was in aid of the British Heart Foundation, and the name for the event ‘Football Rocks’, something I believe the majority of the male population will agree with.

It was great that the weather held up for the day and that there were other local celebrities that attend, one being Vicky McClure who is in well known in programmes like Line of Duty, This is England, Broadchurch and a few more.

Normally I am not one to immediately watch football, but I always make sure I watch charity matches both local and well known, specifically soccer aid (can’t wait for the next one). I always wondered why do days that when your having fun the day goes by so fast. The more events like this the better and I am looking forward for other events her, there and all over the UK.

Nunquam Deditioneum


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