Archive | July, 2014

For my Eyes only on 103 The Eye

30 Jul

Hi guys

Whilst I have been waiting for my upcoming media projects, which will be in the next two weeks, I have been looking into getting involved with another radio station as I haven’t been able to get into Leicester for a few weeks. And as I still love playing music and volunteering I looked into a station closer to home and came across 103 The Eye. After eyeing up the website, contacting them, sending in an application I was invited into the studio to shadow one of their well known prestigious presenter- Karl.

Once in the studio it was this does this, that does that and here are all of these colourful lights and buttons. It was certainly a lot to take in but I am learning, again. Playing old classics and learning new tricks of the trade was pretty cool, and having a laugh putting on voices and telling quirky stories too. I must have done a good job today because I have been invited back to the studio to gate crash another show on Friday which I am gonna do and see what happens all fun and games. I am certainly looking forward to the first two weeks of August helping film a sports event and a few days working on a feature film.

Please stay tuned to the page.

BAFTA Brilliance with Mr. Beckett

19 Jul

Hi Mediadreamz-ers

I hope like me you have been soaking up some of this hot weather (if you are based on the fair shores of Blighty, then I guess you have, if not hope its hot where you are).

Things are slowly coming together with upcoming media productions and projects that I am looking forward to being part of, but first I will share you my day regarding the above.

Normally my saturdays are pretty boring but today was a turnaround for me: I headed to a BAFTA event at Broadway Cinema, the last time I went to one was in October where I met the director of Warp Films. I made it after getting drenched and ended up meeting some familiar faces from previous events. It was a Q&A session with a guy called Ray Beckett, a sound mixer who has worked on over 40 films some of which we were shown clips of. The session was a case of the interviewer asking an array of questions that Ray answered and in between to demonstrate the points and address certain points. The floor was opened up to us to ask questions before heading to the bar for food, drinks and networking with everyone who attended. I also got a chance to meet and chat with Ray about films, sound and opportunities and his word of wisdom of learning new skills and playing on strengths, as well as sharing stories and tales from being in the industry. Hopefully, I have made another contact in the industry and will see what happens, one thing I am doing is learning engineering in radio with another radio station I am working with.

So its streaming sporting events, working on a feature and covering an event in Leicester and much more to come. Stay tuned as they say on the radio.

Never Surrender, Never Retreat.

‘Allies’, Armed and in Action

11 Jul

Hi fellow followers

Here is a belated posting for a film I worked on. Please read and feel free to comment



Hi Mediadreamzers

No sooner had my StreamUK opportunity ended, another one arose. You may remember that I mentioned a Q&A session and talking about a film called ‘Allies’, and how the director mentioned about letting me help out on the production, well that time had come.

As a reminder and a refresher to you here is a little info on the film; Set in August 1944, a team of British soldiers led by US Captain are dropped behind enemy lines in France on a mission that could shorten the war. As nothing goes according to plan, commando Sergeant Harry McBain and Captain Gabriel Jackson know they must put aside personal animosity if the mission is to succeed. The film is Inspired by true events; Allies tells the story of friendship and survival during World War Two.
Although I was involved for a few days on the film, it was a brilliant two days.

The first day was an early start, even earlier than when I normally get up in the morning; 5am call time. After collecting the Director, 1st AD and DOP we travelled to the location on day one and once there it was meeting the rest of the production team, getting the call sheet of the day and getting ready to begin filming. I was assigned to unit B which involved going off site to another locations to film the scenes of the day, forests, train stations etc (one thing I have noticed is when your working on a production, time does not stand still, it goes way too fast). Most of the day involved driving backwards and forwards collecting people, supplies and going to the production office. Sooner than expected wrap time was called for everyone to leave the production base, until tomorrow.

The following day was more hands on than Thursday and after driving around in the morning to get more supplies and collect actors from the station, I was invited into set by Unit A by the 3rd AD, Faz. I think at one point I was very popular because it was about 24C I had an ice pack with with me I was letting the crew use it to keep cool until it turned to water (next time I will try to remember my pocket fan. On set it was a case of wearing ear plugs because of the constant gun fire at different stages of filming. The afternoon involved looking after the equipment with another runner called Ian, taking actors to the station, taking rushes to the office and dropping one of the actors off at his accommodation before I needed to leave due to work.

Although filming ended on the film on Monday and I worked on the production for two, it was a brilliant experience. I just want to say an awesome thank you to the following people;

Dominic Burns for letting me get involved in the production
Emma Biggins
Faz Buffery

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