Archive | January, 2013

Valuation of the day; what a Real Deal

29 Jan

I am sad that my placement with Creative England has come to an end, though I can say that I have enjoyed it. It was nice of Stephen and Elizabeth to take me for a leaving lunch, and it was the first time I got to try Falafel (I know of all the things to have off the menu, but as I had never tried it I thought why not).

As the saying goes when one door closes, another opens and this was certainly the case. Despite the door being open for a day I got the chance to work with a production company surprisingly they were filming a daytime episode in my home town. I thought at first that this was a twilight zone moment as I live in a town which has nothing to really offer, nor anything exciting. This was part of a programme made by RDF Television, and the clue is in the title. I made it to the location in plenty of time and met 6 other runners who had traveled from places like Manchester, York etc, and from what I could gather from everyone many of them were/ are novices to the role. We met the production assistants Jo and Emily, who gave us the tour of the place and we were all allocated our roles. I was assigned the front and inner part of the conference hall, where I was detailing with refreshments, answering questions and letting participants into the conference area in small amounts. The day went by so fast, and after we’d all had lunch at the various intervals, I and everyone rotated roles and mine was with one of the podium’s and that was a treat meeting one of the dealers and she was really sweet. The afternoon was one where I was problem solving for not only the other runners on an crisis, and with the actual crew RDF on a minor issue that I solved using my initiative. Eventually the day overall came to a quick end (or it rather felt like that) and it was a case of thanking Jo for letting me help out and if there are future productions in the Midlands to give me a buzz and I will be there like a shot. So it was a great opportunity under the hammer, well I am sold on this and fingers crossed they ask me back. At one point in the day, I got a chance to interact with the production crew, one of which was an electrician who had worked on ‘Doctors’, and other projects. Great day, great day.

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Come rain or shine (or even snow)

18 Jan

Well this was certainly the case for me and an enormous amount of the population in the UK. Although everyone was advised to stay in-doors, I braved the ice climate of the beast of the east (thank you Russia) to get my destination; Birmingham. Normally, I venture into this region for my placement at Creative England, this time it was to head to BBC Drama Village. Although my first train was a little late, I got to Birmingham with time to spare to catch my next train out to Selly Oak. Once there I ventured out in the ankle high soon to BBC Drama, for my chat/ interview. I met another guy who was there for the same reasons I was and we shared our stories of the snow and how we nearly never made it in time. Although the team interviewing me were running a little late, I didn’t mind, as it gave me a chance to not only prepare but also saw some of the cast for ‘Doctors’, which was pretty cool, and soon it was my turn.

My chat lasted for 20mins, and it was mainly about my experiences, scenarios and programmes I like, what I know about BBC Birmingham Drama. Hopefully, this moves in a good direction in that I am invited back to work shadow or just be there to see what is going on, or in the pipeline for the future. When it came to walking back to the train station I had this worry I was gonna miss my train for getting home, but thankful for some mercies. The train back in to Birmingham was late by two minutes, and luckily made it back to the East Midlands before the major delays and cancellation of trains started.

 

More to come in the next few days/ weeks so provided the weather clears up then I can fulfil this promise.

New Year, many things to come

8 Jan

Hi guys

I see we all survived the end of the world (though I wondered if the world was going to end surely everything would be free, you wouldn’t have to pay for anything). Hope everyone has enjoyed their Christmas, and New Year. I have a few things planned for this month which I looking forward to. Have resumed my placement with Creative England, have another networking event to go to at the end of the month and helping out as a runner/ steward for a daytime TV programme in my hometown. Those are just a few things, as well as resuming my short film projects; radio volunteering and one about a friend of mine who did a trek round Nepal for 11 days who I will be interviewing about his expereince (plus for a personal record for himself and possibly MacMillan cancer research).

Hopefully, more opportunities will arise for me to apply for and when they do I will share with you all, and will hopefully get me closer to climbing the greasy poll of the working work of media.

Stay tuned

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