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RTS on the road for a summer show

29 Jun

Hi Fellow Mediadreamerz

I do have a posting to add about my experience on a really awesome film, but cannot post until I have the green light from the team. Hopefully, very soon. Until here is my latest news.

The comment Summer is mentioned loosely as the day the above mentioned event was on a miserable day. This is the third event I have been to run by the Royal Television Society, and as it was in Nottingham I thought lets go!

I made it to the venue; BBC EMT Studios and as soon as I walked through the sliding doors I saw William Gallagher, the writer and guy I met at the event in Birmingham. We had a great catch up in the reception before the speakers arrived and instructed us to follow them up to the venue. Once there more people arrived and introducing ourselves to everyone else the speakers; Jayne Greene, Isobel Clark, Stuart Hall (head of BBC EMT). I met a lady there who told me that her son’s girlfriend is currently working on a ITV Drama so I will try to track her down and contact her. I managed to mingle with others and William and I got to chat about his works, past and present, career paths and life in general. We saw how the news and weather is transmitted with the newsroom producers and editors trying to keep the news within the allocated time at lunchtime.

As there was a great spread putting on for everyone as people we starting to leave, we were advised to take stuff with us (I pinched the sparkling water and let the others who were travelling on the train to take the food). Soon we left and couldn’t get over how quickly everything had gone, and I got lots of contacts from the day and even got the name of a accommodation company to contact if I need help for places in the future regarding media work.

The cool thing is I have another networking event 19th July for BAFTA, so more news and info to come.

One last thing; Nunquam Deditionem, Never Surrender, never retreat

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And the BAFTA goes to…. oh, I get so nervous at these things

8 Apr

Hi Fellow Mediadreamz readers

I have had the best weekend of my life to date, so far, and of course the title of my latest posting speaks volumes so loud I think life on another planet would hear it. Saturday marked the day where the cast and crew of ‘Jobseekers’ took a trip to the capital, to a really cool place, address 195 Piccadilly Circus. A group of us; Lee Dilley, Hayley Dilley, Paul Farrell, Sophie Elizabeth Black, Ciall Kennett, Tina Harris, Jason Parrish, Jade Hunter and a few other people got in a minibus and headed to the venue. And from the pictures at the beginning you can see what happened, and our pit stop and the really cool picture I took of Sophie’s Krespy Kreme doughnut.

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Whilst traveling down we all played a game similar to catchphrase say what you see and at times it was really hard, but it got us all laughing and in the mood for the event. Sooner than expected we were passing Brent Cross and heading round roundabouts and down routes that looked very familiar; we even headed down a really swanky street that got us all laughing and joking to the point where we were saying ‘this street is so posh, it has its own tress’, and from there we were finding new features to add to the sentence. And of course, it would not be London without going past London Zoo and down a few of the famous streets (ironically I  said I wonder whether we would be going down or past Savile Row, and of course we did and we saw a lot of people in London wearing really cool hats some of us counted 6 people).

 

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We got out and eventually we were outside the BAFTA House, and it surprised me a little, in that it reminded me of the Tardis; small on the outside and enormous inside. Whilst we waited outside other cast and crew for Jobseekers arrived, as did some of the cast and crew for the other production that was being showcased called ‘The Wolds’. The doors opened and once inside we took pictures of the BAFTA  head mounted on the walls, and then entered the theatre where the screening was to take place. I notice in the theatre that on some of the backs of the chairs are bestowed to famous actors and well known individuals/ companies. ‘Jobseekers’ was shown first, after Lee did a great introduction before it was shown on the great big screen, and it got all the laughs in all the right places and there was a lot of laughing from ‘The Wolds’  cast and crew. Before ‘The Wolds’ was shown Gary, Sean and another individual gave a few words about the programme and how it was made, the ideas and the cast too. The way I interpreted the layout was a cross between Benny Hill and Little Britain, one sketch made me laugh; a woman goes to knock on someones front door and it is answered by a goth with a tropical snake around the person neck, making the woman who had knocked on the door scream and pass out.

 

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After the screening, we all wondered round drinking and networking with people, one of the guys who helped out on ‘The Wolds’ production, mention that he has appeared in ‘The Mummy’ and various other films like ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’. I gave him one of my business cards and made it my mission on Sunday to find him and add him as a contact (I later learned that he knows a good friend of mine Terry B). Before leaving there was an queue so long it could have been to Congo line, people waiting to have their picture taken against the enormous BAFTA statues and here is the fun that we all had, and soon it was time to leave as BAFTA was closing up, so we headed up to Hanover Street to one of the pubs where the majority of the party had a drink and chilled out. One thing I remember seeing was a Blush bus for hen parties or any party people would want to host, that along with a limo and hummer, never dull in London. We left at 10pm, stopped to stretch out legs at about 11.30am and made it back to Derby at 1am, I was gonna take a selfie of me being exhausted, but had not energy. All I could do in the build up to going to the capital was to get my Facebook friends and followers to see if they could guess as to where I and the rest of the group were going.

 

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It was a brilliant night and although I only got 4 hours sleep it was so worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BAFTA, Broadway, Barry, Brilliant

30 Sep

Hey fellow mediadreamz readers

I have literally just got in from driving back from a networking night. This is something I saw a few weeks ago and bought my ticket for on Friday and what a brilliant night it was; a BAFTA Masterclass, with the class being delivered by a production manager that owns a company called Warp Films, his name you may ask is Barry. When I walked into the Broadway cinema screen 3, I was greeted by a friend from the past; Stephen Badham my supervisor when I was at Creative England, who was overseeing the event by Creative England.

The event was get and Barry provided a lot of useful info about how Warp was formed, who was involved in the beginning and the productions they first started making, see if these shake your memories: ‘Deadman’s Shoes’, ‘This is England’, ‘Kill List’ ‘Four Lions’. Just a few to see if you remember any of them, if not go and watch. I also learned how much a production manager really has to do, I knew the basics of what a P.M does but now I have a greater respect for Terry, Barry and everyone in the world who have this as their job title as there is so much work, pressure and red tape to get through.

It was then a Q & A session and I asked the question ‘what is your most memorable moment in the film industry? This lead to Barry revealing a friend and colleague nearly getting arrested and how they were moving a helicopter and it was flying over a guns n roses gig and people were having diffiuclty hearing the gig because of the chopper!

Afterwards it was networking, catching up with Stephen and talking to his colleague based at Pinewood. I mixed and mingled with other people there and got the opportunity to chat to Barry about work, past experiences and career aspirations. The event ended and it was an awesome night and I hope there will be more BAFTAs to come and I look forward to the Mayhem Festival that is always on at this time, like it was last year.

I hope my meeting and passing out business cards leads to potentially more work. I only wish I had a crystal ball so as to look into the future.

Coming this fall

26 Sep

Hi one and all who read and stumble on my blog. I know I have been away for years (I think fire has been discovered, the wheel was invented and we then got electricity). I have been busy applying for different media jobs both in TV and film, one of which I went for an interview for yesterday and I just need to keep my eyes on my emails to see if I have been selected for the opportunity. I have also applied for local film work and I await to hear back about whether I have been successful there too.

I have also ordered a ticket to a BAFTA networking night on Monday, which I look forward to going to, hopefully I will get decent parking and enjoy the talk and Q&A. I will of course posted how the networking night goes and if I have made a new contact or two. Some advice I part with and live by go to as many networking events in your area as possible as it is not what you know, but who you know. I just that it doesn’t rain that night, and I have a week off work to look forward to, so I hope to be busy with other activities too, if and when I am I will add that to the site.

Happy reading

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

A week of Mayhem in Nottingham

4 Nov

 

 

Lets start with a cheesy joke; ‘Knock,knock, who’s there?, Dr, Dr Who?, Yes thats right. If you are wondering why this joke has been used, the answer is this; I attended a networking event that involved a Q & A event at Nottingham’s broadway from Joe Ahearne. This was all part of the the ‘Mayhem Horror Film Festival’, a five day event that of course started on 31st October, and ends on 4th november. The funny think about this is I only came across reading the Metro when I was travelling to London on the 30th Oct, one event I saw was a preview screening of a BBC series called ‘The Secret of Crickley Hall’. This series was part of the BAFTA UK learning and networking events, and as I was free on the Saturday, I decided to venture out to the broadway.   As I had never been to this cinema before I kept thinking will I find it in time, and surprisingly I did. When I got into screen 2 I saw roughly about 20 odd people, which was good as there were too many people to fight a seat for. I admit I haven’t read the secret of Crickely Hall, though I was impressed about what I saw. The plot summary, in brief, centres on a family called the Caleighs who have been through a terrible ordeal; their son Cam has gone missing. In order to escape the dreadful remainder on the anniversary of his disappearance, Gabe takes his wife Eve and two daughters, Loren and Cally, away to Crickely Hall, a house on the outskirts of the village Devil’s Cleave. Once in the house, Eve begins to hear Cam’s voice, Loren and Cally seen the ghosts of past children who lived in the house, when it was once an orphanage of strict discipline.

This is a three part series and from what I saw I thought it was brilliant, especially the time shift from past to present and how each of the characters expressed their sadness and despair in wanting answers to questions about Cam, the house and what happened to the children in the house.

Once the episode had finished it was a Q & A session with the man behind the programme, writer and director Joe Ahearne. Although I mentioned he has worked on Doctor Who, Joe also created ULTRAVIOLET; a British TV Series about Vampires and supernatural happenings, I haven’t seen this series, though I will try to watch it on 4OD.  before leaving I went to meet the man behind the adaptation and asked a few questions of my own about the series, filming on location, how to get into TV and Film and mentioned my past experiences and to my surprise Joe said everything I was doing was right and that it took him till his late 20’s early 30’s to full get into the industry. And of course, before parting, I passed on a business card and asked that if there are any future projects Joe Ahearne will be involved in, if he would consider me as a potential runner.

 

All in all the event was great, and made it out of Nottingham no problem, though I did feel sorry for one woman who was trying to manoeuvre into a parking space right next to to cement pillar and unfortunately she scrapped it numerous times. Eventually she got into the space, but all down the passenger side a long line of grey scratches. Overall, I enjoyed the BAFTA BBC MAYHEM FILM FESTIVAL I guess its because there are never really that many events like this that I am aware of in the East Midlands, so I will see if I hear of anymore events, and if I can attend them. Next event is in Manchester in two weeks, and all I need to do is book my hotel and then I’m off. Really enjoyed meeting Joe and fingers crossed this leads to more opportunities.

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