Archive | July, 2013

And the Liebster Award goes to….

22 Jul

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Oh, I get so nervous at these award ceremonies. Well I’m not sure if I have won anything, yet, but it certainly was a nice surprise.

A few days ago I received an email comment from tukusigal (http://www.kyushujapan.com) nominating me for the Liebster Awards, so want to say thank you for the nomination.

For those of you who don’t know Tuksigal is a Japanese who moved to the USA who blogs about her home country; Kyushu.

Now that I have had a break from filming on various productions here are the things you need to know.

11 FACTS ABOUT ME 

  •  I am 25, though people think that I am 16-17 (evident by the fact they ask me how my A- Levels are going/ school) and I also get ID every time I buy alcohol even though I don’t drink
  • The last time I went on a plane was when I was 17
  • I have a love for old school comedies such as ‘The Two Ronnies’, ‘Morecambe and Wise’ etc
  • One of my pet peeves is people clicking their fingers when bending them backwards, although I have others thats my main one
  • My uncle Jack, on my Dad’s side of the family knew Vidal Sassoon when he first started out, with a comb and razor (Great man, shame he is no longer with us)
  • I am addicted to Jamaican Sweet potatoes both White and Purple skinned
  • I once electrocuted myself changing a light bulb
  • I have met/ seen the Queen 3 times during my life
  • My favourite subject is History, though I do not know much about US History or Asian though I should
  • I have been to Pinewood Studios 5 times and on one of those visits I saw Angelina Jolie
  • I enjoy making cards and cooking, and my goal is to learn how to make clothes (when I have a moment to breath I will learn)

And now here are answers to the questions that I have been posed.

What is your favorite pastime activities?

Playing sports and going to the gym, I get my best ideas when on the cross trainer, rowing machine and when out walking. Though I want to unwind then I read a good book

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Depends on my week; I am mainly a morning person, as I am the type of person that likes to do something productive during the day,  don’t waste time you could use wisely. However, if I am working on a production then I must be a night owl.

What food do you like?

I love fruit and veg, and eat it practically everyday

What holiday do you like the best?

If we are talking calendar holiday then it is Halloween, as it is a night where people can dress up and have fun (plus its my birthday the next day).

Which season do you like the best?

Summer is a great season where everyone can enjoy the sun, ice cream and encourages others to holiday in the UK and for people to have family days out. Autumn is my favourite especially when the leaves change colour and your surrounded by reds, oranges, yellows and golden browns.

                    

Do you get along with all your family members?

Most of my family I do, though I have the odd squabble with my sister.

If you can have another life, what would you want to be?

I would love to have been a fashion designer as it would give me a chance to show a flare of creativity and imagination with ideas and designs.

If you are a man, do you like voluptuous and short women or slender and tall women?  If you are a woman, do you like muscular and short men or slender and tall men?

Slender and Tall men are my cup of tea, as I am a short person, means I can wear high heels and look pretty

When was your first love?

At primary school I had a huge crush on a boy called Brian and I loved him for years.

Which type of movies would you like the best, comedy, action, romantic, documentary, SciFi, or something else?

When it comes to films I am eclectic I love a mixture of film styles and genres, and as long as the story makes sense and isn’t far-fetched then I love it.

What kind of music do you like?

Dance/ club music as it gets me in the mood to dance. Though I do enjoy movie music, pop and some rock old school music from say like ABBA, Queen etc.

Any singers you like?

Psy, Daft Punk, Jessie J, David Guetta, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Lady Gaga there are tonnes more just can’t think of anymore at present.

Whilst I am posting I will add that I maybe helping out on a pilot episode of a series being shot in the Midlands and possibly other projects from now till December, so keep eyes peeled and mouse finger at the ready for Googling mediadreamz, happy reading and enjoy. My next objective is to nominate 11 other blogs, when I have a chance to sit and breathe again I will do so. Before signing off I wish to thank tukusigal  for nominating me, I really appreciate you doing that.

Before signing off I want to nominate at least one blog, as I have been nominated. I will nominate more blogs soon.

http://cancerkillingrecipe.wordpress.com– Recipes for heath and well-being

http://donnamcgee.ie– A lady studying Digital Media who loves painting

http://ladybluerose.wordpress.com– Beautiful poetry written by a talented individual

http://arcticsilver1.wordpress.com– A girl who adores fairytales

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I need a Job, Job, Job is what I need

22 Jul

Well not me personally as I work part time and work freelance. This is in reference to my latest media opportunity that I have been working; a sitcom in the Midlands. This was with a company called YSP Media, and although the opportunity was for a week I was only able to do three days, which was sad but I loved very minute, or rather day of it. This was last week just gone, time does go by fast when you enjoy something so great.

Of course my role was that of a production runner, and I was one of 4-5 and then that changed (which I will mention later). The first day was heading to one of the locations and meeting the YSP Media in the car park. After the meet and greet it was a case of helping unload the vans, set up tea, coffee and a food station ready for the crew and extras arriving. I met the A.Ds (Melissa, Joshua and Alec) who made me feel like a member of the team, the producer Belinda who throughout my three days praised me for everything I was doing and using my initiative and being attentive. Later I met the camera crew and one of the guys wore different T-Shirts, so I nick-named him with whatever logo was on them (Batman, Danger mouse etc) Phil the DOP, who I called Dr Phil and Chris the Director who was a great guy to work with and for.

Whilst the crew focused on getting the necessary shots, I and the other runners I was supervising focused on looking after the extras and any other activities that needed our attention. First day came and went in the blink of an eye and this always makes me sad. During the afternoon when filming continued I found out that Belinda and I share a mutual friend (I know title of a Dicken’s novel) Terry. I also learned one of the crew members had worked on some really cool films Fast and Furious films.

Second day was on an industrial site and as soon as I got out of the car (and was handed a florescent vest) Belinda praised me again for my work yesterday, and I was surprised to learn that I was promoted to role of production assistant (second to Emma who was the main production assistant), and it was doing the same things as yesterday except keeping the extras and crew topped up with suncream as I was the only one who had a bottle factor 30 Max, and making make shift paper fans for those roasting outside. I even offered one of the guys working on the site who was started to get sunburned some sun cream and he accepted (he even told Belinda and Chris, both of whom praised me to the guy in question). We then moved to the next location and spent part of the evening filming on a street, and as you can imagine that is not easy, especially when traffic is constantly coming towards you form both angles. So some of the runners stood at either ends of street to forewarn of cars, bikes and people approaching, me being one of them as I was wearing the jacket. One thing many of us couldn’t escape was the sun and intense heat and even after being in the sun for hours and hours I didn’t even brown.

My third and final day was in a wine bar, bet most people would be thrilled to be filming in a place like that. Before coming to the location, I had to pick up the costume supervisor and one of the runners before parking up. Initially, I was advised to park in a place that was a 15 minute walk away, then an idea came to me; to ask to park at my old university digs as that would mean I would only be 5-8 minute walk away from location, and helped if I needed to drive off to fetch or take someone somewhere. I was immensely grateful to the site staff for allowing me to park on site whilst filming for that day. This decision was praised by Belinda and Josh for my thinking ahead.

I received an enormous surprise when I opened the door to the bar everyone started shouting my name and started saying that they really missed me on Wednesday as I had to work an afternoon evening shift. Even one of the cast members Ed was thrilled to see me, all I can say is that I was glad to be back on set. I resumed work as usual, met a new runner called Beth (who I later learned worked on Everything or Nothing James bond Documentary, which was AWESOME). I also sourced out props, went to collect refreshments, and just being on hand as usual. The afternoon soon arrived and I got the chance to chat to Sammy, one of the other runners and Alec the 3rd AD about films, experiences and topics of general interest. Soon some of the runners were told they could go home, and I stayed on stand-by with some of the other crew members whist the main team filmed a scene on a street. Eventually, Josh came back to the bar and said that I could go home as the filming on the street was nearly done, and I was sad to go as I had a really great time with YSP Media and I appreciated them making me feel like part of the team.

Overall, it was an amazing experience I wish it could last forever, I am certainly gonna stay in contact with YSP Media about future work as they said I did a great job, to the point where after a day I was promoted. I hope to work with YSP Media in the foreseeable future as they are not many media production companies in the Midlands and that most of them are London or Manchester based, so it is an advantage.

I have more media opportunities to add to the blog, in the weeks to so many months one of which will be working on a film in October which was confirmed last night (Tuesday 16th July).

I was surprised to find a message on my phone the next day from Belinda saying thank you, I just have to find a way to save or print the text message off my phone.

An ‘Outland’ experience

8 Jul

Hi Guys,

In addition to one film I am helping out on, I am also helping out on another, this one is called ‘Outland’. Its a local low budget film, that is produced and directed by Jonathan Lee Millward. The film itself without giving too much away is on the lines of ‘The Hobbit’/ ‘Lord of the Rings’. Initially I and the rest of the team thought the temperature on the day would be average. Yesterday we were filming at a castle and country park, which was full of people coming to a county fair event. Oh, no we had a massive heatwave, of say 30C (I wasn’t complaining about it as the UK has had some pretty disappointing weather over what is SUPPOSE to be Sumer). At one point during filming I had to take my shirt off (don’t worry I had a vest on underneath). Most of today was rehearsal and filming of one scene at various angles, which was pretty cool. Prior to that Martin, the actor for the day was in costume and make-up and it took a while to get everything done and on him by the make-up costume team, especially putting in the contact lenses that made his eyes go yellow. Now that, after seeing it done was awesome. During this time I acted as one of the runners as well as helping the camera people focus their wide angel shots by filling in for Martin during rehearsals, and taking over the logging of shoots. I even got to play with the clapper board (I wonder if that makes me a AD?). As part of the first day I managed to get some happy snappy shots of the team, and some video content of our time in the woods of the park at Elvaston Castle, though I have decided if I ever win the lottery I will either buy or build a castle.

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Eventually it was time to call it a day, well for me it was, as I had a BBQ to help put together and that was one of the highlights enjoying Smokey Texan Chicken. Although the next film date for this project is Saturday I cannot make it, though I have more dates for filming with Darren and helping finish off ‘Brothers’. I have heard from a few people and applied for other opportunities for work and one of which I need to chase up Monday. If you wish to know more about the film feel free to check the directors page Jonathan Lee Millward https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.l.millward?fref=ts or search for Outland via Google.

This is your Captain speaking, please return to your seats and prepare yourselves for filming

4 Jul

Hi guys

The clue is in the title of the post what I have been doing.

I am having a blast working on ‘Brothers’, will be sad when it come to an end, though between that I heard that there was a film company looking for extras for a film on aviation safety looking for extras and production runners. I contacted them through their website and forwarded my CV and wanted to hire for me for the two days they were in my hometown. This was both unexpected and an enormous surprise for me. The film crew also asked me to spread the word for in and around my hometown to be extras, and what better way to do this then via Facebook and Twitter (you gotta love the internet). On my first day I met several members of the cast and crew and decided to get started by helping Jo set up tea, coffee and food table. In addition to this, I did a few tasks in the office and drove to set a couple of times, and the first time I did it was a great surprise seeing so many planes. It was so cool going on a plane, and after meeting Tristan, the Director,  I even got a chance to go into the cockpit and had fun seeing how to fly a plane. Soon it was time to wrap first day and it had gone in the blink of an eye.

The next day it was all hands on deck as there were lots of extras to look after. Once they were all on site, it was a case of them all going to the location for filming, and I followed as I was going to be on the plane as a passenger during filming which was really cool. During the breaks between filming I got the chance to have a chat with some of the other extras who had come from all over to be involved. Soon the day came to an end, like yesterday, so quickly and it was that time to wrap so the crew could move onto the next location for filming. Overall, I have enjoyed my two days working with ‘Fact Not Fiction Films’, and working with a great team Emily Production manager, Giuseppe 2nd AD, Sarah Assistant Producer, Christianne 1st AD, Nick DOP,  Emma, Leah, Kat the actresses and Location Manager, Jo who did an awesome job with catering, Pete, Sam, Tristan the Director who like everyone else (Camera crew and rest of the team) made me feel very welcomed on set and during the two days. I hope I get to work with the team again in the foreseeable future.

Whilst filming was happening for the two days, I got the chance to see lots of cars mainly BMW s racing round the aerodrome track, and I thought how cool it would be if I could do that one day. Or it could be an idea for someones birthday/ Christmas gift.

At least I am starting to fulfill my New Years Resolution; to get experience/ work in films as I have more in TV than film, so I have more areas of experience and come more symmetrical.

I hope I have more great news to share with you all. Hope you all enjoy my posts. I hope I get to work with the team again on future productions.

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