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Dotting the I’s and Crossing Paths

27 Mar

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Hey Mediadreamerz

What a bit of a quiet time I have had so far, at guess because of Easter being upon us tomorrow in UK. It is scary as to how early it is this year and someone kindly pointing out on Facebook that yesterday marked 9 months till Christmas. Yes that will be the first thing on people’s mind.

Well, Easter for me is normally spent working part in a supermarket (something I no longer do I say as I sit typing away here) and having a day where I could simply do without the questions, and the long hours. Only this year I got to enjoy part of my Easter going to see and support a friend’s introductory premiere of a film that he has worked on, and is hoping to develop it a step further. I admit on the morning of the screening I had this feeling that public transport would be against me what with it being Easter Saturday but I made it with 15 minutes to spare. After meeting up with the cast, are and others who had come to support the production it was nice to have a few minutes to catch with people I have worked with in the past on various projects and with others who I am friends with on Facebook but haven’t actually met face-to-face, until now.

One thing I enjoy about the Broadway Cinema is screen room 4, granted that is a strange thing to say but the reason for that is it is called the Paul Smith and of course the chairs and inside and designed and inspired by him; love those striped chairs you get to sit in. Once in and the introductions had been done by Michael Sales from Midland Movies and Ben the Director of the film and of the company that made the film; B Squared. B Squared is local production company in the Midlands, so anyone in the East needing a production filming go to this one. Once all introduction were done and dusted, the screening commenced.

Afterwards it was a Q&A session with the actors and the director and the production, their experiences, the ideas and everything and anything related to the whole experience. The fun part was seeing the cast and crew signing the big banner poster that was outside as it moved each time someone wanted to write something, and before going in we got to have our pictures taken with it. 

My pic with poster

 

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And one thing I remember taking away from the day was being called a ‘Fountain of Youth’; reason because I told a few people in conversation how old I am and watching the look of sheer surprise on their faces with them thinking I was somewhere in the region of 19-22, how kind people cane be.

I’m waiting for the next media event or project something that might be happening once Easter has come and gone; Happy Easter to all.

Nunquam Deditioneum

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All Rise for High-Rise

3 Mar

Hey Mediadreamzers

I’m back from Paris batteries recharged and 5 euros richer when I went out to Versailles. First media activity/ event for me being back is a film screening of the film ‘High-Rise’ and a Q+A with the director Ben Wheatley. I won’t give too much of the plot away encase you haven’t seen it but the cast consists of Tom Hiddleston (possible candidate for the next 007 franchise after seeing ‘The Night Manager’), Jeremy Irons, Keeley Hawes, Sienna Miller just to name a few.

The film is set in London in 1975 and focuses on Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston), who plays a young doctor seduced by a lifestyle of luxury and wealth in a isolated community known as High-Rise. Spending time in this community it is soon discovered that all is not well behind the shiny façade of this building: the residents are plagued by mysterious sleep disorders and constant technical faults. It’s not long before increasing tensions between the upper and lower floors turn into open violence, and Laing must decide on which side – up or down – he belongs. The film made me think that it was a modern and kinder version of 1984, but that is my view from that angle.

Though one thing I thought seeing Tom Hiddleston on screening and I am guessing that many will probably agree with me on this; the next 007 is staring right at us and the only question is will he accept and will others agree that Tom should step into the shoes when Daniel Craig says no more.

It was such a popular film and event that it lead to it being a sold out screening. This compared to other past events is a first, for media and networking on that part being in such a success. This success was followed by a multitude of questions on the film, past and future productions, the challenges of the industry about what is likely to occur in the film industry and so forth.

The next screening is for a local film, sounds exciting.

 

Nunquam Deditioneum

More Mayhem to shake you to the core

18 Oct

If you though one event was exciting then several will get you buzzing.

Well, in my case that’s what happened, every year near to Halloween at the Broadway Cinema the Mayhem Festival kicks off and although I did not go for the whole sch-bang I did enjoy the ones I chose to go to, and my all time favorite was the watching and hearing an Hammer Horror script that had NEVER been read before. The script was titled ‘The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula’ and honestly if Christopher Lee was alive and it were the 1970’s I would strongly suggest that he play Dracula. Majority of the event was listening to a series of actors read their allocated parts and the Narrator Johnathan Rigby reading too.
The plot in short is this; Count Dracula escape to India where his evil influence is just as insidious and powerful. This script would also stand as a great horror story round a campfire for those wanting to spook one another.

It is definitely a big thank you that needs to be given to the Hammer Films and The Cinema & Television History Research Centre. Only wish that there were more Hammer Horror scripts like this, fingers crossed for the future though.

Following on from the night a sheer terror came the next master class to go to with the guest speaker being Michael Eaton, who is a English playwright and scriptwriter. He is best known for his television docudrama scripts, including Shipman, Why Lockerbie and Shoot to Kill, and for writing the feature film Fellow Traveller (1989), which won best screenplay in the British Film Awards.
In recent years, he has become known for stage plays and his radio dramas for the BBC. Listening and taking notes on the various productions he has been part of and why he go into the industry as many of us have a reason or some form of inspiration/ goal for choosing this career path. I am looking forward to hearing about his next or future works as it was inspiring to listen to someone from the region I grew up in make it in the Media. I only hope I can get as far as I want to go, only time will tell.

Well, I am getting excited about next weekend, granted I am working but as soon as I am done its a case of getting changed and driving to the second place I like to call my home. I do not wish to give too much away as I will ruin it, all to be revealed next Sunday. And yes there will be photos as it is very rare I put pictures up of my Media activities and events, I seriously need to correct that.

Nunquam Deditioneum

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.

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

It will be all underwired on the night

9 Nov

The reason for the title of this latest post is all to do with another networking event I attended, and was surprised that it was held at Broadway Cinema. It felt strange, as I had been there nearly a week ago, but at least I there ok this time round. The event I am referring to is the UnderWire Festival, which is tailored to solely encouraging and showcasing the talent and work of women in the film industry.

As this didn’t start till 6.30pm, I left at what I thought was in plenty of time and made it to the Broadway Cinema, and once there there was some delay with the event starting, as some people had been told it started at 6.30pm, and others 7pm. Once we were given the green light to go into screen 4, and we all ventured in, I saw the coolest cinema chairs I have ever seen and had the honour to sit in. The reason I was honoured was because they were designed by none other than the Midlands greatest fashion designer; Paul Smith. Paul Smith to me is one of the Midlands greatest assets and I think his praises need to be spoken here for not only fashion, but also for furniture, great man. So if anyone ever visits Nottingham please visit one of the numerous shops he has in Nottingham, as the fashion is amazing (and if you visit the Broadway cinema and go into screen 4 then you’ll have the chance to sit in a Paul Smith chair). We were introduced to the founders of the Underwire Film Festival and were shown a series of films that had been into the programme, some were good others bordered on the level of insanity, but were interesting.

After about an hour, it was a case of us having a break, with a free drink, and a chat with others there. I chatted with a few people and handed out business cards, before leaving to get back home, as I had a 6am start at work to next day. What surprised me was the number of guys that attended the event, as the whole thing was emphasising the work and trials faced by women in the working world of TV and Film.

With this in mind, I can’t wait till the 13th and 20th Nov, as I am off to two other networking events which I am so looking forward too. I just hope I make the right impression (as people would jokingly say I’m sorry I don’t do impressions) on those attending and those in the working world of TV and Film. Fingers crossed something helps from these social gatherings.

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