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31 Oct

Hi Everyone

Let me just say Happy Halloween, I would like to point out that this along with Christmas, that Halloween is my favourite holiday, and because my birthday is the next day.

The title of my post refers to my two amazing days in London, and the truly were amazing. I had recently seen a posting for a networking event on Facebook about a seminar Q & A session ‘Skyfall: Behind the Scenes’, and as I was free on tuesday I thought why not. So booked my ticket and traveled to London on the Monday for the evenings event, at the Rich Mix cafe/ cinema.

 

As I had some time to kill before the event, I ventured out to the Victoria and Albert Museum hoping to go round the Hollywood Costume exhibition, only to find that when I’d got there it had sold out. I guess thats what you get when it is half term for schools in london, oh well it is on till January 2013 so there is still time to go. Despite this setback, I did enjoy the rest of the museum, especially the theatre, performance, film and photograph sections. Here are some happy-snappy shots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made it to Bethnal Green Rd it took a heck of a walk to get there, but I made it a.o.k. Once there I met others who were in the media industry, and it was soon time for the seminar to start. This was chaired by a really nice guy named Harvey, who is a Council Film Officer, and we were introduced to the Unit Production Manager, the Supervising Locations Manager and the Head of london underground Film Office. The talk was really interesting learning about how Skyfall was shot, the different locations used, a typical day on set and all the contracts, paperwork and red-tape to get permission to film on location.

After all of our questions were answered it was a drinks an nibbles moment were I got to talk more to all of the guest speakers about my career goals, ask more Qs about Skyfall and their careers, as well as handing out my business cards to most of the people there. I did surprise myself by finding my hotel in the dark from Bethnal Green.

Once the first day came to an end, then next one commenced. Prior to coming into London I made arrangements to find out if my friend Terry would be free to meet up for a chat, to which he said if I could get to Leavesden Studios then yes. Ordinarily I would have left London after I had done what I had gone to the capital to da, but on this occasion I thought why give myself a Halloween treat and go to the studio. Once at Walford Junction I caught one of the numerous tour coaches to the studio and although it took 15 mins to get there, it was so worth it. Pulling unto the car park I was greeted with the Harry Potter Studio Tour, and as much as I wanted to go on the tour after meeting Terry would have meant getting home really late (won’t be back in time for potential trick or treaters), so I will safe that for another day. After getting to security and being escorted to the right building I was soon in the presence of the great Terry B. Unfortunately, I arrived on a day where everything was all systems go on a film set, so only stayed on site for about 20-30mins, but it was enough time for us to catch up, and tell him how the seminar had gone last night along with everything else I have been up to.

 

I will admit it took a while to get home, and even longer when it started to rain, and I got completely drenched walking home. Next on the agenda is going to Manchester on the 13th then the 20th November. All that is left for today is to wait for potential trick or treaters, whilst counting down the hours till I turn 25.

Lets hope it doesn’t rain on the 13th and 20th Nov, keep reading.

Diary of an Usher

25 Jul

Greetings everyone

As I’d mentioned previously that I would be away for a while, working at Pinewood Studios, as an Audience Usher I can now share with my experience and how totally awesome it was being at Pinewood Studios. Went down to Iver Heath on the Thursday and after getting my details sorted at the gate I found where I needed to go and met Mickey Beese, the Studio Manager for numerous programmes and for the one I would be helping out on; ‘Love Machine’. I met her other colleague Emma Kelly, the lady who had originally contacted me about runner vacancies that I was unsuccessful with, and others in the office. I was then given a tour of where I and the other ushers would be taking the audience to during the five days filming would commence, and whilst in the studio I met Neil again (one of the camera crew guys who I’d worked with on Embarrassing Bodies). I then got to meet the rest of the ushers and I learnt that some were newbies to this type of work, like me, and others who had worked as ushers on previous shows. Down in Slough and anywhere South the weather was perfect, no clouds and the sun shone practically everyday. Though I did get an enormous shock during my time at Pinewood; I had heard from Mickey and another usher that a well-known actress was at Pinewood working on a film and I thought when I heard that that I wouldn’e see her. Well, on Friday I was so wrong; whilst I was at my dissignated spot for escorting people to the studio numerous buggies were going by and one in particular had tinted screens down and I saw the silhouette of the person mentioned. At first I wasn’t 100% sure it was her, second time I became 75%sure and on the third time the tinted plastic shades were up and it was confirmed. Unfortunately, like the official secrets act I cannot reveal the name, though if you want to leave me your guesses feel free to.

Although the role of an usher is escorting audience members to and from the car park to the studio, marquee and anywhere else, liasing with staff and security, ensuring there are no problems, observing everything and anything that happens I really did enjoy my time. In a way the role was like an immigration officer (and the role came with a neon jacket and walkie talkie head set) I will confess that I had never considered ushering as another way of gaining experience within TV and Films I will when offered more opportunities I will say yes without a hesitation.

I will also say that having a simple conversation with others who work at the studio can be immensely helpful. This I especially learned when talking to the security guards who parted some very sound advice, and I hope I have remembered their names of the guys I spoke to; Jon, Darren/ Louis, James and Alex. Watching the show was really interesting some of the people who featured in the upcoming series when it will be aired I do not know, though I, the rest of the crew and the different audiences did get a laugh out of Chris Moyles and Stacey Solomon during the five days the were filming.

When my time came to an end with Pinewood I was sad becasue I had really enjoyed myself and I a great time working at the studio. Before leaving to head home to the East Midlands, I said my goodbyes to everyone I had worked with and seen during my time there and Mickey mentioned that if there are any future ushering opportunities that she will will let me know, as she would like to have me back. So that made my day, and I really hope that there are more ushering opportunites soon to come. Before I left, I sotred a few more things out and asked the very nice people in the reception to take my picture to show everyone my time being in Iver Heath.

Before I forget I need to say a thank you to Mickey, as one of the days I was working it was really hot, so I borrowed one of the Pinewood caps in the office and Mickey said to me that I could have it. I thought she met for the next day, oh no, have it to kep for good, which I thought was really kind off her. Another surprise was the guys at the reception saying I could keep my I.D and neck band. So I came away with a few souvenirs of my time and I really hope I get to go back really soon, hope you guys enjoy reading about my time at Pinewood. So I have now decided on other routes of getting into media, not solely as a runner, and with this keep my eyes peeled for other opportunities and will hopefully have more to share with you.

Next venture on the cards

17 Jul

Hi one and all

I know it has been a while since I posted anything, though my reason for this is I have been making arrangements for my next opportunity. Although I am out today, heading to a location to fill in as a extra in a film scene, my next job involves me going to Slough on Thursday. So from Thursday to Tuesday next week I will have no Internet, so everything that I will be doing will go into one big long post, once I am back. You may have guessed where I am heading, but for those not in England or are not sure here are a few clues;

Iver Heath

007

‘oh yes a splendid man, he went down very well with the natives’ ‘They ate him’.

See what you make of that, and leave me your guess either here on on Facebook. Happy guessing guys.

Hut or Hike, ‘the city of dreaming spires’ and shaken but not stirred

20 Sep

Well, these are and were some of the plans I had in the pipeline, but things have changed. Not by choice but because I spent the last two weeks trying to get rid of an illness.

The reference to dreaming spires is to do with Oxford; an opportunity for an internship with a production company for 8 weeks was one opportunity I missed out on because of being ill. However, I did ask if I missed out on the internship if I can still help out on the film, to which they said ‘Yes’. So I will need to chase up the production company up about when they will be starting production work.

The first part of the title is to do with a volunteering filming and editing opportunity with Derby Braves American Football team. The good thing about this is it is flexible so I can do as much as I wish on the project. I just need to get a few details about this volunteering opportunity, what I’m filming and all the usual questions that need answering.

The last part of the title shaken not stirred is to do with the next James Bond film, and boy did I get a surprise. I contact one of the cameraman who passed on some key advice and it was this key advise that led to me getting a letter from the production manager saying that they will contact me soon to let me know if and when they are looking for Floor Runners.

Despite three opportunities and some of them being missed because of illness, as I said before, I am still continuing to find filming and editng opportunities, now that I know that BBC North are not taking anymore applications for Manchester. I have more to say, but I think I’ve said enough for one post. So lets wait and see what happens.

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