Archive | January, 2014

Marks, Get Set, Drive and Film

25 Jan

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.

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The Decision

19 Jan

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.

First thing to start the year

16 Jan

Hey one and all

Gosh I haven’t blogged in awhile, well not since Christmas, but it was great to have a break and I guess everyone I know in TV and Film was glad for the break too. Over the Christmas break I have been planning what to do in the New Year as well as making corny New Years Resolutions. My first media activity of the year was going for an interview in Manchester with a company called PRO CAM, and although my interview was in the late afternoon I got up to Manchester earlier than expected.

After looking on Google Maps for a street view of the location I was going to, I eventually made it after a 35mins walk. It certainly felt a lot longer than 35mins, once one site I was surprised at how quickly I found PRO CAM’s offices. Although I was half and hour early I had my interview earlier than planned, and of course it began with the traditional questions; tell us a bit about yourself, what can you bring to the company, why should we hire you, etc. That couple with the a series of scenarios and how I would handle them, then it was finished off with my career ambitions and if I had any questions.

From where I was sitting I think it went o.k I just have to wait till the end of the week beginning of next week to see what the outcome was. I have some planned projects to be getting involved in, everything form indie films to BBC/ ITV/ C4 programmes. In my spare time I will be making a lot of things too with the really cool sewing machine I got for Christmas and planning things to make next year, one of which is flavoured Brandy and more alcoholic ice cream (maybe I should ask Heston if he is interested in some of my ideas).

Until my next posting, happy reading and New Year to you all, and on a personal note I think it is ridiculous that Eater eggs are being sold this early and we haven’t even had Valentines Day or Mothers Day. Crazy.

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