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30 Mar

Hey Mediadreamerz

OMG where does the time go these days? Can’t believe it was over a month ago that I posted anything. But it’s been a fun few weeks so now I have time to sit and type away. My other reasons for this are from baking for the last so many weeks; Red Nose Day, socially and I’m still baking and have started making Easter eggs for work and friends. As I mention RND regarding work it was fun and interesting going into a production company on that Friday wearing red cosplay wig and getting a combination of ‘I didn’t recognise you’, ‘Red hair suits you’ and ‘You should wear this and other wigs to work more often’- That last comment IS tempting I admit.

For those who are curious as to what the wig looked like, here is a shot; please feel free to comment on what you think on that.

I was glad last month to be having a break in Paris for a few days and seeing a lot of media out there was very interesting to observe and speaking French too was great especially using certain phrases; Can I have a lawyer who speaks English, Where is the British embassy, I’m drunk, I’ve lost my wife (not that I need to really use that one but it’s funny to know. Amongst those phrases, I did learn others.

Once back I got straight into media work most of which is related to my job itself, I’ve spent part of my holiday days off work WORK work-shadowing in the Production Gallery and from the past 5-6 days doing this I am starting to get the hand of everything that is going on.
There is also the upcoming 48-hour film challenge that I am hoping to be getting involved in and also hopefully a film called the Mask of thorn next month which is gonna be great working with people I know and haven’t worked with yet.

I am happy to share that next month I am going to the premiere of 2 films I worked on one in London and the other in Romford which I am looking forward to and already have my outfits for those nights. The film in Romford is called Borstal, and it is on sale now, and the other is Cain Hill both of which were awesome experiences. So I will be looking forward to blogging about those nights.

Most current experience to share is being at Elstree Studios at a Creative England for the launch a something ProConnect event. As you have heard and seen that Elstree is known for TV shows like Pointless, Big Brother, The Voice just to name some nd with films like Paddington Bear, The King’s Speech, The Danish Girl and much more.

ProConnect is a program that supports creative businesses, freelance individuals, entrepreneurs. Offering workshops that cover topics like Government tax breaks and incentives, Marketing, Funding, etc. ProConnect is covering two regions; Manchester and Hertfordshire, so people in the North and the South are covered. It was interesting to hear what they offer media companies and freelance individuals and having received an email on what workshops that are happening from Summer to Autumn, so that’s something else to look forward to.

Once Easter is over and I have distributed my continental Easter treats and Easter Eggs I will be back on track to work on films and other activities for the Summer.

Nunquam Deditioneum

And the BAFTA goes to… Oh I’m so overwhelmed

27 May

Hey Mediadreamzers

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Well, I didn’t  per se win a BAFTA but I have seen two films that are contenders for winning the theatrical mask award. Who would have thought that I would be siting at my MAC composing my latest post at 1.15am, but I guess I am wired up from such a great night meeting new people and catching up with some familiar faces. This has what got me through my day, I initially didn’t think I was gonna get to the second place I love going to is the BAFTA House in Piccadilly again, until tonight. This was for the premiere screening of two films directed by one of my friends Sean Cronin; not only a talented director but also an actor who has been in quite a few well known films, James Bond, M:I 5 and recently Hard Tide which I still think was brilliant. Once I arrived at BAFTA House it was meeting a few people I know on FB, having a catch up chat and walking round the room before going into take a seat ready for the screenings, and it was a success as the event was sold out. And of course there are photos from the night.

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The two films were both hard gritty action films; one called Unborn Justice and the other Jack Mulligan. Unborn Justice focuses on a Allen, an ex special forces, who goes on a weekend break with his wife Lisa to London, unaware of the surprise Lisa has for him. Lisa ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time, only for her surprise to be short lived. Allen sets out on a path of revenge to find those involved only to realise his target is a high profile organisation dealing in weapons and drugs. Determined to find his man Allen realise’s the hard way there are more hurdles to overcome before he can get to the worlds most wanted. The fight scenes definitely were choreographed to a very cool style and the ending at present is that of a cliff hanger seeing that actions speak louder than words. When Unborn justice had been screened it was a Q&A session with the cast and director, which lead nicely into the second film Jack Mulligan. Jack Mulligan within the same genre as Unborn justice, the plot is of course about the titled character, who decides to confront the man who was responsible for attacking his girlfriend. After receiving a threatening call Jack has flashbacks that paint the picture to why Jack resorts to doing what he has chosen to do. Like the first film Q&A followed which then lead to the rest of the evening to drinking, chatting to new people standing by the BAFTA statues, on the red carpet and with other people to be papped or photo bombing shots. One thing that surprised me was that during the meet, greet and chat people were asking me if I was an actress, followed by my age, the look of surprise, commenting on my dress and saying that I should be an actress, or consider going in front of the camera more. I’m guess these people were being kind to me in that sense, though some people said that my dress looked great had seen it when I walked in and were waiting to say it to me. I also got a chance to have a picture of 2 which Sean Cronin, I look forward to seeing future films from Sean and the team.

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It was great meeting new people and saying hi face to face with people I know on FB and actually meeting them in the flesh. One thing that ticks me about Media work and activities as I will constantly say is that time flies; what feels like 10mins equals 3 hours. I made it back home a little after 1am wide awake with throbbing feet. My guess is that I will crash like the Titanic later today (Friday), so I will be making very good friends caffeine to try to stay awake and find someway of staying awake. I need to say a thank you to Sean Cronin, and Alan Nolan on the two excellent films and how much I enjoyed meeting so many cool people and here are some pictures from the fun night. I am sitting as I type whilst my feet are throbbing from my heels, I admit I have done really well from wearing these for 5 1/2 hours before the pain start to set in, and it got to the stage where I ended up watching up and down Piccadilly Circus (Wayne’s World Quote here) in my tights in order to try and regain some feeling. I do love London at night, seeing it all lit up like a Christmas Tree. Please let there be another BAFTA screening/ premiere soon as it is always nice to visit the Capital.

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Hopefully more things to share and attend in the next few weeks.

 

Nunquam Deditioneum.

The Tide is Hard, but we’re hanging in there

10 May

Hey Mediadreamzers

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Time to post another blog post on media activities, and I thought I’d start of a networking event, well the first one to go to this month. This event was a Q&A session with the director of a recently released film called ‘Hard Tide’. This is a film that stars two actors who I am friends with on Facebook and see from time to time at other events. The Director has worked in a variety of roles ranging from Producer, Writer, Actor (yes his CV and IMDB is from the sounds of this very impressive).

 

I won’t give too much away on ‘Hard Tide’ encase you are still waiting to see it but the film is based on real events and centres on a man who comes to care for a little girl when he is trying to escape a life of drugs and drug dealing. As any film you watch where children are starring in it there are moments where you laugh and smile at what is being discussed, and yes there were moments. After the film, once all the credits had rolled  the Q&A session opened up; most of the questions ranged from time taken to shoot the film to where the best ideas come from one making films, along with a multitude of others asked. I also had the opportunity to speak to the Director afterwards, mentioned the actors and people I know who starred in the film, as well as passing on one of my business cards; I never leave home without them, even if I’m going to the supermarket.

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It was also great to catch up with people I have seen at these events in the past, and finding the status of films I am hoping to get involved in pretty soon. Hopefully the next event will be as exciting, or when my next media opportunity will be something soon as I am eager to get into a production. I also wish my friends luck and success out in Cannes as the festivities begin tomorrow.

 

Nunquam Deditioneum

Before Tilbury A Dream

16 Apr

Hey Mediadreamerz

Time seems to be going by so fast that I’m frightened to blink too often. Though I have used my time wisely over the last couple of weeks learning new skills and taking on new activities. I’m enjoying fencing, something I have been doing for the past 6 weeks and although it is exhausting I am loving it. The other activity is self defence classes, which is taught by Army cadets so I will know how to kick someones ass if they try to attack me, I write this in a jokey tone. One main important point is that both of these skills will bulk up my CV, specifically for work as an extra/ SA as any unusual skills, hobbies, traits can enhance your changes for particular roles. It is also a good ice-breaker for meeting people in the future.

 

I digress, must get back on track, back to the topic of my post which was a meeting of writers and production crew on the above planned project. Getting into the venue was a challenge but found a way inside before heading to the meeting room. Alan the Director, introduced everyone there and I learned that some of the writers have worked with the BBC and other well-known production companies, so a lot of credits and merits to their names. The idea was explained by Alan that he wanted three types of media into the production, though the issue was distracting and confusing audiences with too much with a short running time. Once the writers had discussed their suggestions on what could be done instead it was agreed that individual meetings with each group of people needed to be arranged for us all to move forward onto the next stage. It was great meeting new people who asked me for one of my Paul Smith inspired- styled business cards (I need to restock my card case now). It is always good to have meetings in order to share creative ideas and to eliminate issues and find solutions to approaches that won’t work.

 

So I have my extra curriculum activities to keep me busy, and looking to learn so much more, it maybe something I do next year as part of my next set of goals/ challenges to try my hand at; makes my year much more interesting. I just hope I can remember what I was taught last Sunday if we are asked to re-cap everything.

Nunquam Deditioneum

Christmas Cheering Round One

8 Dec

Hey Mediadreamzers

Festive season is soon to be upon us, of course and one thing, rather strike that two things that have shocked me so far, one is that I got my Christmas shopping done by the end of November, normally I get it done on second or third week. The second is that I have been invited to three media Christmas parties and my first one was last night in where other than the capital.

So after playing dress up and trying to make myself look pretty, heading to the station and getting to the Capital, specifically Farringdon to Dado54. I am surprised I found it without getting lost and once in it was free champagne and photo shoot A-list style. It was nice to meet one of my media producer contacts face to face; Jonathan. Soon more guests arrived and I admit it was not just people that work in media; lawyers, people who work with politicians, photographers, event organisers and lots more. One thing that gets me down is time is on overdrive when I am in the Capital or at a party and in my guess it was double the speed being in Capital.

I eventually drag my ass back home after midnight and all I can say is what an ace party definitely a 10/10, I just hope that my next party on the 15th is gonna be as awesome as this one. Back to the Capital again today to take Christmas treats to my other media friends and I don’t know how I did it but I got there without any of the stuff getting crushed or destroyed on the train. miracles do exist.

Next to come- Curry Nite.

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

Magnetitude of a Masterclass: Francine Marchetti

17 Oct

Hi Mediadreamzers

Gosh it feels like years have passed since I last wrote a post on here, its mainly down to getting everything finally settled with moving house. Now I am back and nearing to share my planned and upcoming events and media activities.

The first one to share with you was a Masterclass and Networking event that happened earlier today. This is and was part of the Nottingham International Microfilm Festival (its one of the many upcoming events I am looking forward to going to over the next few days). So it was a case of travelling to Nottingham and getting ready to listen to, make notes and ask questions from the guest speaker; Francine Marchetti.

And the next question is who is Francine Marchetti and the answer is that she is an accomplished senior executive and producer with extensive experience in film, television and digital media production, including scripted and non- scripted content creation, production and post-production management, and production pipelines in visual effects, animation and stereoscopic 3D for global entertainment. She will be discussing her work and developments for those aspiring industry professionals. One particular production Francine was involved in was the film W. about Wallis Simpson. Listening to her experiences, how and why she got involved in the industry, tips and advice and a few funny moments in the industry and on projects was both insightful and intriguing.

I know my main area is miscellaneous crew but it nice to hear from other fields in the industry and if they know of or can recommend individuals to contact or send ones details too.

My media work with the company I work with is going well, and I am definitely looking forward to the new year where I get the chance to go into the field more with the camera crew and work upstairs with the editors and assistant producers and hopefully now forward some point next year.

There is one particular event that is on my calendar that I am getting very excited about and it will be a pre-birthday treat for me to go to well there are actually two; one on 25th and one 26th. Keep your eyes open for pictures and clues on the events yet to come. I may also be involved for a few days on a freelance project back in my home county.

Nunquam Deditioneum

Memories make and mould

9 Aug

Hey again Mediadreamzers

I know its been an age or two since my last post, I have been having so much fun working with the media company I am with, in between my freelance work, (and looking at property to rent in the area) that I now have time to sit and take a deep relaxing sigh. I thought for a change I would sit and reminisce over the memories I have collected over the years thinking about the people I have worked with, and the productions I have been apart of.

One in particular came to mind, I forewarn you now this is one which, to date, I rank as the worst experience of my life. Lets just say if I organised an Oscars night the award for the worst memory would go to this one. For this post I will change the names slightly-Last year I worked on a production with a ‘company’ called McHipney productions and although I was with the for two weeks, it was the LONGEST two weeks of my life. The man in charge was called Puke, and I personally believe that he suffers from what I call the ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Jack-ass syndrome; he would be nice when first meeting you and then when you got to know him he would turn into a right control freak and nothing you did was ever good enough. I initially got involved as a production assistant and was offered the role of third AD, a small step, but a step in the right direction for moving forward. I was then offered the role of 2nd and I did not want to take on a role I had no knowledge or experience in. That’s the equivalent of getting a taxi driver to fly a plane= NO EXPERIENCE. After promises that I later discovered were empty (getting help, guidance the whole bag of tricks) I foolishly accepted the role and from my very first day I was in hell. With Puke I couldn’t do anything right, when I asked for help I got insulted, belittled and had to contend with his swearing, he even had the nerve to tell me that he had fired 9 people from the production and he turned round and said to me ‘I hope your not going to be the next person I fire, are you’. Yeah, that’s one sure way of inspiring someone and not trying to intimidate them. The plus side of working on the production from hell with McHipney was meeting and working with some really talented individuals, and working with people I had worked with before. Lets just say that he could make an entire convent of nuns to drink, drugs and crime with his attitude towards people, personally he needs a crash course in people skills rather than insulting everyone to the point of being blacklisted. One point to note in the present if this guy is such a wonderful actor/ director whey has he never appeared in anything made by the BBC, ITV, SKY or is any big feature films. Answer because he is and always will be a failure.

The crunch for me came the Friday of the second week where I had serious had had enough of being treated like dirt, sworn at, called stupid in not so many words and made to think each time I went into the office ‘What I am gonna get my chest twisted over about today’. That and my time with them had come to an end. Everything went pear-shaped when Puke’s partner reduced one of the people involved to tears, and then bitched about her behind her back and then started  trashing the work we had both put in on everything that needed to be done. The final straw for me was being made to feel like I was making mistakes when I was going under the guidance of Checca. Leaving the office that afternoon I thought long and hard and thought for my own sanity I need to pull out because if I didn’t I would either turn to drugs or drink in order to survive, and believe me folks it was the best decision I ever made. The reason I am writing about an experience that happened a long time ago is because of my last media job I got to catch up with a friend of mine who filled me in on the weeks filming took place and how promises he made and broke with paying crew, letting certain people leave at times they needed to go due to other important commitments and just general bullshitting from a man who dared call himself a producer and actor two things he is not. I filed these stories away with ones I had heard from 6 other people who worked on the production and how they were treated.  He is certainly a pre-Madonna (Oscar nomination there folks).   From what I gather everyone has come away with ‘unforgettable memories’ of their time of this project and I think we will all have agreed in our own way to never work with a twat.

This walk down memory lane certainly made me stronger and taught me to never let anyone like walk all over you. I have more positive memories that will make this dark blimp disintegrate in the fires of hell. I guess this moral of the post is you may have bad experiences in life, learn from them, never let anyone take you for a fool and make sure you get something in writing to cover your ass.

Looking forward to writing my next post very soon, who knows what it will be about

Nunquam Deditioneum

Guess whose coming to Iver Heath

18 Feb

Hi fellow Mediadreamerz

I want to first say thank you to everyone who is following my blog. I appreciate you guys liking my posts and website, before I mention anything media related I have signed up for Race For Life. I have created a giving page and if anyone wishes to check it out here is the page https://www.justgiving.com/kathrynsmith7/ (It will get much more interesting in the weeks/ months leading up to the event. I have accepted two challenges from someone which I will capture everything on camera within reason. I will of course jazz the page up with video I make and progress reports on diet and means of training. I have a target and I want to surpass it).

My evening was more interesting than the day as I was driving down to the wonderful place known as Iver Heath, the land of Pinewood Studio. Took me longer as traffic was a nightmare, but I made it.  Unfortunately I was not there for a visit to my second home, but to catch up and meet new people in the media industry, over a curry night that had been organised by my friend Alex.

As it takes nearly 2 hours to head south I left early and arrived at my accommodation and decided to chill out before leaving for the evenings events. Once I got to the venue and when I walked through the door I was greeted with three tables occupied with guys and after everyone had arrived I saw that I was the only female within the group. I’m not sure that was a good thing or a bad thing, but it did not bother me. Everyone I met was really friendly and shared lots of interesting stories from productions they’d worked on, so it was interesting to learning something new. After awhile we all left and headed home, I just went back to where I was staying and just chilled.

 

I was sad to live Iver Heath , but I am hoping to hear back on some opportunities I have applied for, or going to see .

Buzzing from Birmingham BBC

21 Oct

Hi Mediadreamzers

I have just got back having had to put up with a 45mins delay on getting back, despite that the amount of travel I do these days I should invest in a Bradshaw book going on the trains back and forth. My latest venture was to Birmingham, to the Mailbox for a course titled ‘Get Your Next Job in TV Drama’, I must say thank you to my friend William Gallagher for passing on the course details and letting me know about it. Once inside the Mailbox I was greeted by a large number in the entrance, some I struck up a conversation with before heading into the delegated area for the course introduction and the numerous courses.

Once at the venue, tea and coffee was on tap and individuals began talking to people, I got chatting to had recently come back from Milan, was a producer of daytime TV, mainly cooking programmes and was looking to get into Drama. Everyone took seats and were greeted by a panel of well distinguished individuals who have worked in the industry for many years. The host of the panel was Marvarine Cole who is now a presenter on QVC but was previously a presenter on BBC, ITV and SKY NEWS, who operated a Q&A to the individuals who either work for independent companies and BBC, and mentioning how Drama is really making its presence known in Birmingham. When the hour’s panel had finished we all separated to attend our chosen workshops, for me the first was ‘Moving on from a Runner’, this was delivered by a guy called Andy, who now works as a 1st AD, previously a 2nd, 3rd and runner. The beginning of the session was Andy presenting his background in media and why he chose to go down the route of media, and all of us saying what career we are working towards. Andy even shared stories of individuals making mistakes and that ending their media careers, something that many of us made notes on the dangers and factors to be aware of.

 

During the lunch break I and those who attend were networking as much as we all could before the next selection of workshops started. I came prepared with a so many business cards that I was handing them out like sweets, and many remarked on the design I ‘d gone for- Paul Smith stripes. Soon it was time to attend the next selection of workshops and I opted for Script Supervisor, where a lady called Lisa who shared her experiences and how she got her break in TV, and how from there on she has worked on a multitude of productions ranging from ‘Death in Paradise’, ‘Midsomer Murders’ (a programme I love watching on repeat), ‘Hustle’ to ‘Minder’ ‘Father Brown’ and many more. We were shown a series of examples and templates of the documents a Script Supervisor uses when preparing for a TV series, and I must say it is A LOT of paperwork. One topic that Lisa made us all aware of was continuity where the script matches what is on presented on the screen from start to finish. To emphasis this we were all shown a series of clips from films where there mistakes; I have never stared at a TV screen so hard in my life in order to see and discover flaws, something I will be doing in the future. Soon that session ended and it was time for another break and more chatting before going onto the third and final class- Networking face to face and online and addressing the fears and myths; one exercise involved the room being split into two and one side saying why networking is bad and why is is good and answering simple questions, studying pictures and just giving our overall opinions on networking as a whole. From the set up of the room this was a masterclass that practically everyone wanted to attend and get as much insight into the best methods, approaches and results gained at the end.

 

The final part of the day was a closing Q&A session titled ‘Making great Drama in the Midlands’, delivered by Jamie Glazebrook who is the Executive Producer on the second series of ‘Peaky Blinders’. The questions were asked by the Marvarine who opened the event it felt appropriate that she should close it, with a combination of clips from the series and a preview of the next episode. It was then time for us to let our hair down and have drinks and continue to network, something I did for a short time as I had to dash to catch my train. I came away with a lot of useful advice, tips and information which I will be acting in the next couple of days. I was glad to have had a chance to speak to the guest panel of media representatives all except Will who had to leave during the lunch break because of a media meeting.

 

My next event all being well will be the 5th November and I am looking forward to the fact I will be catching up with a media friend/ contact I have known for 4 years. That combined with media activities in between.

 

Nunquam Deditioneum

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