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3rd Up, that’s entertainment

7 Jul

Hey fellow Mediadreamzers

I guess if you are in the UK, like me, you’ll have been lapping up the sun and enjoying the fact that Summer is actually here. Getting up to 30C+ is a blue-moon moment in all honesty, quick someone say Twilight Zone. Although it has taken a turn; raining and then being humid, it is so worth it.

This turn of the tide with the weather did not hinder me getting involved with my latest freelance project and the good news ladies and gents is this time I was not a production assistant, but a 3rd AD. Small step up he ladder, but in the right direction. The production I was working on was with YSP Media, a production company I have had the honor and privilege to work with again, as it only felt like yesterday that I worked with YSP on ‘Jobseekers’. To find this post scroll through my timeline, where I spent a week working with a wonderful director- Chris Bevan, Cameraman- Karl Poyer, Assistant Director- Alex Withers, MUA- Charlotte Price (we had a good and long catch up) and a lot of brilliant people. The production is a comedy, unfortunately I cannot say anymore at present. So its a cliff hanger moment…. Hold On!

Made it to the location stated on the call sheet and I admit at first I was doubting whether or not I was in the right place. This changed when extras and other crew arrived too, especially when the director arrived. As soon as I stepped out of the car, work commenced; helping set up food and drink for crew and cast, picking up a poly board for the camera crew, supervising the runner on set and just generally being on hand to help. I was later given the task as the clapper too and holding the poly board to created more light for filming certain scenes. Time always goes by really fast when I’m working on productions, it feels like a conspiracy.

The day started out perfectly until the heavens opened up at about 2pm where it was everyone for themselves to get under shelter and protect the equipment. It did stop and filming resumed then rained again. It was a moment where you felt that the elements were against you, as soon as we were under shelter it stopped then we we came out it start to get ready to rain again. The good news was that all scenes were shot, interviews were captured and everyone was happy. It was a battle making sure all release forms were signed off as some of the extras were all over the place but I got everyone before they were needed on camera or had to go. I’ve found thinking and planning ahead are two traits to have when filming, means that the crew can focus on their jobs, saves having someone to tell you what needs doing and it cuts down on time when your gonna wrap.

The words that’s a wrap soon rung around and production for the day ended. All I can say is it was a blast being a third and I’m gonna push to do more third work and then work up the ladder.

Where my next freelance work will be in between my other media work, who knows.

Nunquam Deditioneum

All Fired up

7 Jun

Hey Mediadreamerz

It has been a while since I have sat in front of my mac to say what I have been up to in the great sphere of media. I am fast approaching my second month of my three month probation with SIS, and it was on Friday that was really busy for me.

Instead of spending the whole day in the office I had decided to sign up to the Fire Marshall training course. Why, for numerous reasons; wanting to learn something new, if and when I am in a work area in and outside of the office and there is a fire, so I know what to do if there is a fire in my home and is also something to add to my CV for future job applications. Tip; good for anyone to have as an extra skill and good for when you go for job interviews.
When I first got to the venue I thought it was only going to be women, then three men joined the group and I must say 5 hours do go by really fast. It was videos, discussions and then heading out into the carpark to use the different extinguishers. Word to the wise- When using the CO2 never touch the base or the funnel as your hand(s) will freeze to it and you’ll get frostbite.

So now I am qualified as a Fire Marshall, I just need to wait for my certificate to arrive, which lasts for three years. Next on the agenda is three day First Aid Course, which is probably gonna be in about 3-4 weeks. plus when the three months are officially completed I can work with the editors, camera-crew, AP, producers, sound mixers and anywhere else with the company.

Next thing is running/ jogging Race For life, or as I brand it R4L on Sunday, wish me luck and hope that I finish at a decent time.

Nunquam Deditioneum

Bend it like pros

17 May

Charity football

 

Hi Mediadreamzers

Glad I have the weekend to sit and type with going back and forth to MK, though for the next two weekends I am working and then the challenge I have been training for will be upon me; R4L. Though this weekend was certainly busy in Nottingham; There was a charity football event on a Meadow Lane ground which had been organised by a known artist. I will give you a clue- His first song was called Lightning Bolt, his music has featured in the film ‘The Fault in your Star’ and he has performed on the Jay Leno show. Answer is Jake Bugg. This was in aid of the British Heart Foundation, and the name for the event ‘Football Rocks’, something I believe the majority of the male population will agree with.

It was great that the weather held up for the day and that there were other local celebrities that attend, one being Vicky McClure who is in well known in programmes like Line of Duty, This is England, Broadchurch and a few more.

Normally I am not one to immediately watch football, but I always make sure I watch charity matches both local and well known, specifically soccer aid (can’t wait for the next one). I always wondered why do days that when your having fun the day goes by so fast. The more events like this the better and I am looking forward for other events her, there and all over the UK.

Nunquam Deditioneum

Cosmopolitan Carnival Creativity

24 Aug

Hi Mediadreamz readers

What a day I have had, luckily not stuck on a checkout but something much more interesting. A few weeks back I was contacted by a company, through a recommendation, to help film an event happening in Leicester this weekend. The event is as you see above the Cosmopolitan Carnival and the purpose of the event is and was to Celebrate Leicester’s culturally diverse city through every imaginable art form. Everything from dancing of all forms to graffiti art, to music to singing and I along with a friend of mine, Raj, who I have worked with before on episodes of ‘Dickinson’s Real Deal’ were given the role of filming the setting up of the events, the reactions of people, the performances throughout the day and the closing aftermath of the events on the day.

 

                                    cosmopolitan

 

Prior to the event starting all the people involved we all met at Red Hot World Buffet where everyone had a complimentary lunch before getting ready to work. After getting the cameras Raj and I started filming, though the first half hour the cameras died so whilst they were charging we improvised (I used a spare Flip camera that I bought with me, and Raj used his phone). When all cameras had died it was a case of taking shifts to monitor the charging and guarding the tripods in half hourly intervals, in order to get some incredible footage. The main stage was mainly musical acts and the high st was dedicated to a mixture of dancing everything from tribal to zumba that encouraged other people to get involved too. I also thought the people on stilts was very creative. I made a couple of trips to st. Martin’s sq to listen to the random musical acts too, as well as getting people’s reactions. Personally my favourite bit was the dancing Chinese dragon, it was certainly something the children who came to the event found really interesting).

Areas were designated for the following
– Jubilee Square MAIN STAGE- MUSIC
– High Street DANCE ZONE
– St Martin’s Sq PERFORMANCE AREA-MUSIC

and not forgetting the Silver Arcade ARTS HUB & WORKSHOP DISPLAYS

Soon time grew closer to the fact that the dancing had finished and that everything was to end at Jubilee Sq with a few final acts before it all ended with a film projection on the wall of BBC Radio Leicester, so of the members of staff I met during the days events, and the footage was very interesting and cleverly constructed. And as usual the day went by so fast, this one of the disadvantages I have when involved in media work, that when I am enjoying something so much time just goes by, that is why it is so precious to any and all productions.

I am also having fun working on the feature film I mentioned before, which I resume work on in the next few days.

Production Progress

18 Aug

Hi guys

It was been a little quiet on my side having a day or two of boring days after filming the baton twirling event (will add another picture shortly), but for now I am involved in another production.

photo to end all shoots on Baton Twirling

The production is with a local company is working on a thriller film cannot say too much because things are still in motion, but I am loving the plot so far and I am immensely surprised by the fact that I have been given a role of huge responsibility- Line Producer. Never worked in this role, but I am gonna give it my all (hopefully I won’t mess up but if I do I will go down all guns blazing, but it won’t happen). So far I have had 2 meetings, location scouting, looking into hiring vehicles including a bus, booking venue(s) for auditions and all matters that require release forms.

The other film ‘RatCatcher’ that was scheduled for filming this year will commence in January and I am hoping to be involved with this film again too. So it appears things are going o.k at present and at the weekend I am working as a camera assistant on the Cosmopolitan Carnival so busy busy busy. Interested in knowing more then check out

https://kaleidoscopyarts.wordpress.com/cosmopolitan-carnival-the-high-street-dance-area/

 

Plus a really cool event in October that I am really, REALLY looking forward to

 

I am immensely surprised by the fact that on 15th Aug I had 175 views- so I want to say thank you guys for looking and reading my blog, means a lot x

 

Still use my motto Never Surrender, Never Retreat

Baton Battle Day The Grand Final

11 Aug

Well fellow Mediadreamzers readers

The day has come for the final of the world baton twirling championship, and although I missed the actual performances of the finalists because I work (through the rest of the production crew told me the best highlight moments, one of which was Keisuke Komada, of Japan scoring a perfect 10 across the board again)  I made it in time for the team event and I made sure I did not miss it. Luckily I arrived just as the last few senior men were performing their routines and then work started. The team performances from each country were spectacular, it got to the point where I tried not to blink for fear of missing anything. After the last performance from France there was a break so the judges could total up all the scores for each country and I guess for everyone to stretch their legs, and it was dying this time I was sent on a secret mission by Myra Kirk, Head of the Baton Biz, that the rest of the crew could not know about; and all was revealed 20mins later- I was instructed to go and get 7 little batons with the UK flag on as a souvenir from us all working on recording and streaming the event.

Though one thing that surprised me was the announcer for the championship did a thank you shout out the production crew- Owen Tooth- Director, David Wayman-Camera operator, Ola Meser-Camera operator, Phil Arnold-Camera operator, Brett Turner-Editor (who heard the announcement and got up and  raised his arms in the air, and I was very surpassed that they announced my name- Production runner WOW.

Soon the winners were announced for each country and to show who won I have included pictures

Junior Women Winners- 1st Japan, 2nd Japan, 3rd Japan

Junior Women Winners 2014

Junior Men Winners- 1st Japan, 2nd France, 3rd Italy

Junior Men Winners 2014

Senior Women Winners- 1st Japan, 2nd USA, 3rd Japan

Senior Women Winner 2014             Senior Women Winners

 

Senior Men Winners (though I think you can guess the winner on this one)

Winners-1st Japan, 2nd-France, 3rd-Japan

Senior Men Winners 2014

 

Junior Pairs Winners- 1st Japan, 2nd Italy, 3rd USA, 4th France

Junior Pairs Winners 2014

 

Senior Pairs Winners-1st USA, 2nd Japan, 3rd France

Senior pairs winners 2014

 

World Team Event Winners-1st France, 2nd Japan, 3rd USA

World Team Winners 2014

The country that won the World Baton Twirling Championship 2014 cup and trophy

1st Japan, 2nd France, 3rd USA

Overall Winners 2014

 

Before the championship was officially closed there were additional certificates and merits handed out to those competing for 5 years and 10 years as well as some members being given lifetime achievement awards. Then the party really got started for the athletes as I heard it was a tradition that they celebrate by dancing to great tracks- traditional song of Nottingham ‘Robin Hood’, the Macarena (and at one point I thought our director when he got up and walked round the desk was gonna go onto the floor to dance, unfortunately not), Cotton-Eye Joe, Gangnam Style and YMCA and a few other tracks. And it was a wrap for us, taking equipment apart of packing it away and doing all the usual things after a production. One thing that I got for Myra that was from all the team was a box of chocolates, that she was surprised about. One cool thing we all got was a photo was the Senior Men’s winner (courtesy of Owen’s phone)

 

photo to end all shoots on Baton Twirling

A fitting way to end the 5 days filming such a cool and breath-taking championship. Next years tournament will be in Canada and the following year will be in Sweden, I hope we are lucky enough to be chosen to go to these countries to capture it on film and stream it LIVE.

I hope I work with everyone again soon, as I had a blast and it certainly kept me fit, forget gym membership

Next on the production list is Line Producer with LightFilms, which I am looking forward to.

 

Baton Battle Day 3-Semi Finals

9 Aug

Hey fellow Mediadreamzers

Welcome to day threes instalment of the days event; I was sad to miss most of the day due to work (nightmare) but I made it to the venue, with plenty of supplies, and it was all systems go. When I arrived it was the Senior Men Semi final performances and they were spectacular, truly spectacular. And speaking of spectacular there was one performance from a competitor that was a real show stopper; Kazuhiro Ogami from Japan performances was utterly flawless. After is performance the spectators were chatting ’10, 10,10′. Once on the stage and the judges scores appeared you can imagine the results- 10 across the board for everything in all fields. From what I heard from Myra Kirk a rep from Baton Biz is that we all at the venue wished something that has never happened, and of course this is something I won’t forget. And of course if you are curious and/ or want to see the performances so far of today and other days then feel free to go onto Baton Biz http://www.batonbiz.com as each days events are being streamed by the production crew I am working with and it is awesome, beyond awesome in fact.

Japan's perfect 10

 

 

 

http://www.batonbiz.com and then go from there

As I won’t be free till lunchtime tomorrow to help, I did everything I did yesterday; labelling tapes, ordering lunch and getting snacks ready for the crew in the morning. Once the days events had ended and we had our post production meeting we were all presented with Baton Twirling merchandise, T-shirts, jogging bottoms mine I have and will wear as it is the last day, and of course I got a picture with mine on (although it is on back to front it is so the sparkles don’t blind the competitors in the floor).

Showing my support for the Sport

Showing my support for the Sport

So tomorrow is when everything is on and the competitors are narrowed down and the winners are crowned the champions. I am so looking forward to the day, and I will be sad when it comes to an end as I have had so much fun (only hope everyone thinks I have done a good job).

Conclusion tomorrow, never surrender, never retreat.

Baton Twirling battle commences day 1- Thurs 7th

8 Aug

Well the first day of the championship got into well swing, and quite possibly spin today. Early met with the team and the Baton Biz representatives/ organisers prepping us on today’s events. Every event began with a warm of the Junior and Senior women first then the men before each group performed for their designated judges.

The events of today were compulsories for the Juniors and short programs for the Seniors in the morning, which lead to the performance of the Junior and Senior pairs in the afternoon. I must say it was a lot of skill and co-ordination in baton twirling, and it is a very creative sport. Soon the day came to an end and it was a case of us wrapping and reading the schedules for Friday.

Lets see what the day holds for everyone at Capital FM

That’s the Sport

7 Aug

Hi Mediadreamzers

I know have a few minutes sit down to share with you my latest media activity, its something thats new to me and very interesting; baton twirling. This years event is being hosted in Nottingham at the Capital Fm arena for 4 days, 5 if you include the opening ceremony, which was a terrific event. This year marks the 32rd annual Baton Twirling competition in England, I hear last year the host country was Paris. As it was a day of peeping and setting the various cameras up ready for the nights festivities and for filming the event from tomorrow, as well as live streaming. One thing that is really great about being part of such a great sporting event is working with people I have worked with before on past productions, was great having a catch up with everyone and finding out what everyone has been up to. The majority of the day as I say was setting up the equipment and testing it before the opening ceremony began, as well as meeting the people behind Baton Biz, so if you are curious about the event and want to see what performances are held each day (Thurs-Sun) then feel free to logon to http://www.batonbiz.co.uk and register for live stream, also the Facebook page and the twitter feed #worldbaton2014.

 

One thing I was asked to do by the director with regard to making sure the cameras, monitors and all visual equipment was working was to go onto the floor and dance like a mad person to makes sure that all was in working order (unfortunately there are no youtube videos to load to show).

On that note I must go and get ready for todays event and will share the days happenings with you later.

 

First day in the office

14 Apr

Hi my Mediadreamz readers, followers and those who find me

Today marks my first day in the office working with the production company LightFilms on an new and upcoming feature film, and it was even better with the sun shining too.  I guess the next question that springs to mind is who are LightFilms, answer- they are professional filmmakers who work on corporate, feature and wedding productions in the East Midlands. There latest project, ‘RatCatcher’ is a film that follows the story of three brothers who take a hunting trip in the woods in a remote snow covered area. Arriving for a long weekend away, they discover that they are not alone in the woods… For a more depth idea think of the films Rambo, Deerhunter and the Bourne films to give you a better idea. The film is being brought to life by the director Tom Wadlow and producer Chrissa Wadlow and guys they are brilliant. Other feature productions they have made are Shelf Stackers, Wasteland, The Apartment, and many more which you can check out on their website http://www.lightfilms.co.uk. The films LightFilms make have the honour and delight of going to Cannes, thats right you read correctly, Cannes Film Festival that place where the great actors and actresses attend every year, so the film will be heading in that direction.

The main tasks of the day were finding locations ready for filming a longer version of ‘RatCatcher’, so I set to work contacting properties and country parks about potentially using their locations for the film and getting all necessary information in prep. At one point I was on the verge of speaking to a Lord about his property, but my call was diverted to a member of staff. So far positive responses, all the locations I found as many of them have said let us know when you are free and call us back and we will take you round the areas we think will be excellent.

I cannot forget to mention also that ‘RatCatcher’ would not be happening without the role that the projects contributors have played, who want to be part of this incredible journey from beginning, middle and end. Being part of this awesome production has its perks; making a contribution gives you the chance to select from the list, this can be anything from having a big shout out, film screening ticket, DVDs or even getting your name on the credits with a snazzy title. Sound like something you want to be part of too?  Then check out the films indiegogo page

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rat-catcher-feature-film

One of my to do list activities tomorrow is to call a producer friend of mine about doing a news piece on ‘RatCatcher’ as it is also to create at least 20 jobs and getting others involved from start to end, so that will keep me busy with that too.

So I think the next thing will be going to the locations with camera and all and getting shots of the different areas for filming, I’m so excited.

I look forward to the next day I am in the office or as I mention going off to locations for filming.

 

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