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Event is Bond, Bondstars

25 Sep

Hey Mediadreamzers

 

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As promised this post is one that is a must to share, I have been waiting for months for this day and it finally arrived. It was an early rise to get to Pinewood Studios for a Bondstars event ‘Designs on Bond’ honoring Peter Lamont, Art Director for the Bond films from Goldfinger to Spectre. Apart from a nightmare getting to Pinewood due to road closures I made it and once there it was like film heaven, going in and getting a goodie bag of Peter Lamont’s book (which I got autographed) and other items it was a case of touring the Heatherden Hall seeing the Special guests many of whom I met during the day. The special guests were at tables with autographed photos and other items, next to tables of dealers selling merchandise, one thing I came away with was a Moneypenny signed t-shirt. Well if people are gonna christen you with that name you might as well have the t-shirt to go with it. It was great to see and meet many of my Bond Facebook friends in person and we had a great chat and catch up before the event officially kicked off. We were introduced to the work of Peter Lamont, his work and him answering questions from the Bondstars.com organizers. We saw a tribute program to his work on the Bond films and everyone sharing their memories of Peter Lamont, it was interesting to learn that Peter’s brother and also his were also part of the Bond franchise. After the documentary many of Peter’s colleagues got on the stage and shared their memories of Peter and the Bond films they had worked on, really interesting to hear.

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When there is a break before the next surprise, I decided to wonder round and get some autographs from many of the well-know crew from Bond, one of whom was Terry Madden (and I also saw Terry Bamber-The man and legend), as well as Terry Ackland-snow, Chris Corbould, John Richardson, John Grover and many other people. I got to sit with many Bond Facebook friends, and got to meet the guys behind James Bond Radio for a chat and lunch which was really enjoyable. After this it was a Q&A session with Peter Lamont and seeing tributes on the big screen from Sir Roger Moore, James Cameron and other well know stars looking over the film sets he has created and the Oscar he won working on Titanic, as well as showing other iconic films he has been part of. Some of the Bond writers came to pay tribute to Peter as a surprise too which was great. There were some apologises said, one of which came from Barbara B and Michael W, and other individuals who could not make it. After the Q&A we all got a break and got to wonder round the memorabilia room to see what else was there and other guests had arrived too. I got to have my picture with some of the Bond Girl stars, I particularly had a really enjoyable conversation with Madeline Smith and Caroline Munroe both of them were very kind in saying that I was very pretty and yes they were being very kind. There was a garden tour of Pinewood but as I have had a tour of Pinewood before I stayed to continue chatting to Madeline and Caroline as well as talking to the other Bond stars/ girls as they had taken the day to come to Pinewood I thought it would be rude to not go and say hi. It was an incredible day involving tea and scones that everyone enjoyed, before going to listen to Q The Music tribute to Peter and the Bond films he has worked on. I continued to chat to Caroline and Madeline and other stars. I was flattered beyond measure by Caroline saying to other Bond special guests about me and how pretty I am and said that I should consider being in a Bond film. One can only dream.

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Q the Music was brilliant like it was the first time I heard it and seeing with others was incredible. I was said when the day came to an end, and we all needed to leave. I said my goodbyes and thanks to everyone I got to meet, especially Peter and I also got to see his grandson too. Got many hugs and kisses from people I met, I really hope I get to go to the next Bondstars.com event next year, fingers crossed that there gonna be other Bond events in the future.

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When my next opportunity is going to be I do not know but I am looking forward to it, next on my list is to bake for the Macmillan coffee morning this week coming up so I will see how this goes and if everything turns out o.k.

 

All that is left to say is Thank you Peter Lamont, Bondstars and all other special guests- crew and Bond Girls who came to Pinewood Studios.

 

Nunquam Deditioneum

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Cain Hill and Able for three days

25 Sep

Hey Mediadreamzers

I know the last post I mentioned about an upcoming event but I decided to add my latest media production work. I have spent three days working on a horror film called ‘Cain Hill’ and although it was only three days, and I wished it was longer, I had an awesome time on set. You maybe wondering what ‘Cain Hill’ is all about and here it is; ‘Cain Hill’ is about a group of documentary filmmakers who are shooting a TV special about the events of Cain Hill, an asylum famous and mysterious going on’s, and the unexplained abductions and murders that occurred at the site since then. Soon the group learn that one of the inmates never left Cain Hill at all. DUN-DUN-DUUUUN, makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up just reading the plot.

Day one of my three days on location was great filming at a pub/ social club, met the crew and got started with the usual tasks and after 20 mins I kept hearing ‘Where have you been hiding, we could have done with you at the start of filming’ (unfortunately I had to work; sad face) Everyone was friendly and welcoming on my first day Adam the Production Manager, Andy the DOP, Gene the Director, Soroosh the Sound Recordist, George the Make-up man, Ciara the Script Supervisor, Austin who was learning DOP work and Sheldon a runner and also assisting Andy too. Along with the usual tasks I do as a PA, I also got to have fun being an extra in a pair seen, this is my fourth time being an extra. Speaking of extras there were a lot more that arrived during the afternoon/ evening filming and one thing many of us noticed was one of the extras was the spitting image of, wait for it, Daniel Craig. I am not joking it was uncanny. Day flew by leading to the night scenes to be shot and another actor arrived on set, Michael Parr. The name may sound familiar an that is because Michael is known for playing Ross Barton in Emmerdale, and has also been in Hollyoaks, Doctors just to name a few. Day one went by really fast and ‘Wrap’ was shouted so it was time to get kit packed and rooms back to the way they were before.

Day two and three were at the same place, before leaving from the social club/ pub Sheldon, me and others were de-briefed on what needed to be done as soon as we arrived on set and that’s what we did when we arrived. There was somewhat of a delay filming in the afternoon due to a guy nearby using a chainsaw to cut down trees and main crew trying to film whilst that happened, but they got it and everyone was happy. It was fun during these few days to shadow Ciara with Script Supervisor on what happens in that role, hope I get to do more of that in the future, as well as using the Clapperboard amongst other tasks. The final day was great but a sad one, not in a bad way but in the way that it was the last day of filming, pet peeve of mine is working on a project and it coming to an end really fast. The last part to shoot was a scene that involved fire, so my fire marshall training came into play here, so everything was set for that; water, towels, soil. Got a lot filmed on day three and wrap was at 6.15pm, so all hands to the pump for clearing and packing everything away ready for the wrap party at 7.30 pm at the social club. The fun part of the evening was everyone being given an award for categories they were nominated for; mine was the Steven Segals Award for Best Martial Artist. Reason behind that award is on day two I mentioned that I knew self defense training and was challenged to taking George down, although that didn’t happen at least I had fun showing how to defend myself. Other categories for crew were funny and cleverly done too. Wrap party was great fun wish I could have stayed later and longer but had to travel back home. I hope I get the chance to work with Gene, Cupsogue Pictures and everyone else on the crew in the future as they are awesome people.

As I was given a trophy it is only fitting to share with you that and an wrap party photo

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Nunquam Deditioneum

The Finish Line has been crossed

7 Jun

Well, as I mentioned in the last post that I was going to be running Race For Life. I jogged and in between walked it and it took me 30 minutes and 35 seconds. At 3KM it started to get much harder, and the temptation was there to jump in the fountains to cool down but I thought the urge.

At the end it was great getting my dog tags as my medal, I called myself a Captain in the Pink Army, even at the start of the race we all began a workout with some really fit and buff guys with input from Capital FM presenters adding their thoughts.

My feet are a little sore but as long as I can drive tomorrow then I’ll be fine; now time to recover.

Trains, Strangers and a whole lotta networking

13 Mar

Hi fellow mediadreamz readers and those who follow me (to the many that do, thank you, it means a lot).

I have a great day heading to Birmingham for an event at the Library of Birmingham. As the event started at 11am I caught an early train, as I had no idea where I was going, funny thing me doing that as I ended up running into a customer I serve at Tesco and we had a good old catch-up as well as meeting a friend and colleague of his named Chrissy. Before going to find the venue I did my good deed for the day; took a lady to the Mailbox as she didn’t know where it was so I had a lot of time to spare. I then helped a guy find Queensway in Birmingham (if all fails in the TV/ Film industry, I can be a tour guide).

Got the the library in plenty of time and saw a lot of familiar faces and people which I had a great catch-up with. Spent the first hour meeting people and handing out loads of business cards before going to an induction session opened by a guy by the name of James and after being introduced to the guest speakers for the days events. Before everything started it was lunch and networking, though that was a let down of the day, a few trays of finger food and hardly anyone got anything to try. During the lunch break I got to talk to the guests who were attending, and it was during this time that I got a marriage proposal. How and why you may ask, explanation; two guys were looking for where the food was, only thing available was spicy asian cheese tarts, I noticed a tray of satay chicken and mentioned this. I was praised for my observation skills and one of the guys said ‘will you marry me, I won’t take no for an answer’. (Though I later learned both of these guys were both guest speakers and are writers in drama and comedy, guess which genre my proposal came from). It remained our private joke throughout the day.

First session I went to dealt ‘Skills for Success-Keeping your edge in a competitive changing environment’ with Creative Skills set talking about traineeships, opportunities and funding available for training up and down the UK. Second session ‘Film Finance Workshop’ was a Creative England talk where we were informed of film funding and grands to finance productions in and outside of Birmingham. The Third and final session ‘Getting and sustaining a career in the media’. It was here that I received a big shock seeing the two guys who had spoken to me who I later learned were William Gallagher who is famous for radio Doctor Who, ITV’s ‘Crossroads’ and a wide range of other drama programmes. The other guy was Keith R Lindsay, the man who proposed, who is known for working on ‘Birds of a feather’, ‘The green green grass’ which was co-written with John O’Sullivan a legend in himself. Another writer on the panel was Claire Bennett, a drama writer who has worked on ‘Doctors’ and ‘Holby City’. Out of all of these sessions this was my favourite, as it was relaxed and free flowing whereas the other two were regimental. Plus we could speak freely in the session and it was more humorous talking from all panel speakers.

Eventually the day came to an end and after hearing a summary of the day and about coming to future summit events. Then it was time to leave before heading home, and once on the train i met to people who started talking to me (I wonder if I have a face that invites people to talk to me, is there anyone else who had a face like that?) When we started talking one of the ladies told me her son works as a Art Director, and I immediately handed her my business card and it was my last one, which made to journey home even more sweeter.

So a productive day and I have projects in the pipeline and more to come soon, very soon

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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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