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Beyond the call of duty… in more ways than one

7 Mar

To those that follow me and those that stumble onto my blog, hello.

I haven’t had the chance to write anything for the past couple of days because I have been all over the place. I have been working on two short indie feature films; one was filmed in a cabin out in Derby and I admit if someone wanted to do a remake of ‘Friday the 13th’ in Britain, then thats the best place to go. I was the boom operator on that shoot and I laughed at one point, and you may too at this; there was a car scene where audio had to be recorded of the person in the car, so I had to go into the back of the car and hide myself. I was in the car for 40mins before the crew realised that I was still there; they had all forgotten me. Of course we laughed about it.

The next film I was involved in was being shot at Newstead Abbey and I must say what a beautiful place. Although in my first day of helping the crew DIY one of the houses I couldn’t find any parking, I did eventually. The shot was for 6 days and the first 3 days devoted to cleaning and painting a house for key scenes. When filming commenced on the fourth day I was one of the runners to be selected to go down to the lake to shot some really cool scenes. We were there for 5 hours and whilst there I learned from some of the professional canoeists who were helping with the scenes that Roger Moore once lived in the area. One thing that shocked me was the number of properties around Newstead Abbey. I also thought it was cool that I saw a Fox when on site. It was a great experience and I can’t wait to see the trailer for the film.

Following that I went to a school to help a production crew film a corporate film for school supplies that are tested out by children. One thing that made me sad was the fact that the day went by so fast. I laughed during the day when the director wanted to borrow my hoodie for the actress playing a teacher. Whilst I was taking off my hoodie I jokingly said that they could have my long sleeve top (which was cream with red strips). Everyone looked at each other and the look signalled a yes please.
So it is the second production I have worked on where a production has had the shirt/ top off my back. It was a great day and I have more still come ranging from networking events to upcoming film project. When there is more more will be revolted.

I just have to say that I have loved working with the different production crews and hope to work with them again, soon.

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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