Archive | July, 2012

Diary of an Usher

25 Jul

Greetings everyone

As I’d mentioned previously that I would be away for a while, working at Pinewood Studios, as an Audience Usher I can now share with my experience and how totally awesome it was being at Pinewood Studios. Went down to Iver Heath on the Thursday and after getting my details sorted at the gate I found where I needed to go and met Mickey Beese, the Studio Manager for numerous programmes and for the one I would be helping out on; ‘Love Machine’. I met her other colleague Emma Kelly, the lady who had originally contacted me about runner vacancies that I was unsuccessful with, and others in the office. I was then given a tour of where I and the other ushers would be taking the audience to during the five days filming would commence, and whilst in the studio I met Neil again (one of the camera crew guys who I’d worked with on Embarrassing Bodies). I then got to meet the rest of the ushers and I learnt that some were newbies to this type of work, like me, and others who had worked as ushers on previous shows. Down in Slough and anywhere South the weather was perfect, no clouds and the sun shone practically everyday. Though I did get an enormous shock during my time at Pinewood; I had heard from Mickey and another usher that a well-known actress was at Pinewood working on a film and I thought when I heard that that I wouldn’e see her. Well, on Friday I was so wrong; whilst I was at my dissignated spot for escorting people to the studio numerous buggies were going by and one in particular had tinted screens down and I saw the silhouette of the person mentioned. At first I wasn’t 100% sure it was her, second time I became 75%sure and on the third time the tinted plastic shades were up and it was confirmed. Unfortunately, like the official secrets act I cannot reveal the name, though if you want to leave me your guesses feel free to.

Although the role of an usher is escorting audience members to and from the car park to the studio, marquee and anywhere else, liasing with staff and security, ensuring there are no problems, observing everything and anything that happens I really did enjoy my time. In a way the role was like an immigration officer (and the role came with a neon jacket and walkie talkie head set) I will confess that I had never considered ushering as another way of gaining experience within TV and Films I will when offered more opportunities I will say yes without a hesitation.

I will also say that having a simple conversation with others who work at the studio can be immensely helpful. This I especially learned when talking to the security guards who parted some very sound advice, and I hope I have remembered their names of the guys I spoke to; Jon, Darren/ Louis, James and Alex. Watching the show was really interesting some of the people who featured in the upcoming series when it will be aired I do not know, though I, the rest of the crew and the different audiences did get a laugh out of Chris Moyles and Stacey Solomon during the five days the were filming.

When my time came to an end with Pinewood I was sad becasue I had really enjoyed myself and I a great time working at the studio. Before leaving to head home to the East Midlands, I said my goodbyes to everyone I had worked with and seen during my time there and Mickey mentioned that if there are any future ushering opportunities that she will will let me know, as she would like to have me back. So that made my day, and I really hope that there are more ushering opportunites soon to come. Before I left, I sotred a few more things out and asked the very nice people in the reception to take my picture to show everyone my time being in Iver Heath.

Before I forget I need to say a thank you to Mickey, as one of the days I was working it was really hot, so I borrowed one of the Pinewood caps in the office and Mickey said to me that I could have it. I thought she met for the next day, oh no, have it to kep for good, which I thought was really kind off her. Another surprise was the guys at the reception saying I could keep my I.D and neck band. So I came away with a few souvenirs of my time and I really hope I get to go back really soon, hope you guys enjoy reading about my time at Pinewood. So I have now decided on other routes of getting into media, not solely as a runner, and with this keep my eyes peeled for other opportunities and will hopefully have more to share with you.

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Extra, Extra update

18 Jul

I know I mentioned in my post of the day that it would be my last for the week because of traveling on Thursday, it turns out I forgot to mention what I was up to, as an extra. Headed into Derby for the day, and after getting there and arriving at the location, I met about 8 other extras, a group of extras and a production team. Once we’d had our meet and greet session, we all told that the scene we were shooting was about a group of young people wanting to make a TV show, and the acting would be terrible, the ‘extras’ who were the crew would act as though we were all hopeless. The funny thing behind this was I, along with a guy called Josh were given the roles of Production Assistants ironic really. I met another extra, Lynn, who I learned had done some work with a company that supplies animals for films, some she mentioned were ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’, ‘Midsomer Murders’, ‘Sherlock Holmes 2’ and many more. Lynn even mentioned that the dog seen on TV and in Midsomer Murders was trained by the company she has worked with, which I though was really interesting. As soon as we began, it ended quicker than I expected and it was a really surprise, whether any of us will be asked back for additional scenes or for future projects who knows, though it is nice to have something different on the CV, so its worth considering. I hope to keep in touch with all the people I met yesterday and hope to see them again if we are called for more work like this.

So after this post you won’t hear a peep from me for a few days, which will be good, as the next time I write a post I will be talking non-stop.

Next venture on the cards

17 Jul

Hi one and all

I know it has been a while since I posted anything, though my reason for this is I have been making arrangements for my next opportunity. Although I am out today, heading to a location to fill in as a extra in a film scene, my next job involves me going to Slough on Thursday. So from Thursday to Tuesday next week I will have no Internet, so everything that I will be doing will go into one big long post, once I am back. You may have guessed where I am heading, but for those not in England or are not sure here are a few clues;

Iver Heath

007

‘oh yes a splendid man, he went down very well with the natives’ ‘They ate him’.

See what you make of that, and leave me your guess either here on on Facebook. Happy guessing guys.

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